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SNP in tribute to 'stalwart' Hunter
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has paid tribute to an SNP "stalwart" who died after battling cancer.

Tory MP Dorries forced to repay £3000 travel claims
Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has repaid £3000.72 in travel expenses after accepting that the claims were "wrongfully made and should not have been allowed", a report published by the Independent Parliamentary Standard said.

Cable 'ducked responsibility over fresh economic woes'
LABOUR has accused Vince Cable of attempting to duck responsibility for the struggling economy after the Lib Dem Business Secretary hit out at the Bank of England.

Labour's Falkirk report branded 'shoddy farce'
UNITE union leader Len McCluskey has condemned an internal Labour report into the Falkirk selection row as a "shoddy farce" as he demanded a greater say over the party's future direction.

Referendum U-turn for charities
CHARITIES have been given the green light to campaign and take sides in the independence debate after their regulator backed down in a row over their involvement in the referendum.

Concessions 'could take impact out of budget cuts'
A REAL-TERMS cut that Prime Minister David Cameron helped secure in the European Union's long-term budget is "not as good as it looks" because too many concessions have been made, peers warned.

Conservatives plan to 'keep under the radar' to win seats
The Conservatives plan to increase the number of Westminster seats they hold in Scotland by keeping "under the radar" at the next General Election.

Cameron reveals reforms ?to tackle web porn
David Cameron has threatened to impose tough new laws on internet firms if they fail to blacklist key search terms for horrific images by October as part a crackdown on online porn unveiled yesterday.

Call for probe into Crossrail 'blacklisting'
The Government has been urged to launch a probe into claims of blacklisting against workers on the prestigious Crossrail project after "clear proof" the practice is continuing.

Peer apologises for DVLA comments
A CONSERVATIVE peer has apologised in the House of Lords after he suggested he was able to trace the details of drivers he spotted throwing rubbish out of their cars.

Lord Touhig accuses Government of 'cheapskate' methods over Army cuts
The Government is making soldiers redundant in a "cheapskate" way to save "a few bob in petty cash", a former defence minister has claimed.

EU membership benefits outweigh loss of independence, report claims
The economic benefits of Britain's European Union membership outweigh the loss of independence on policy, the government said yesterday in a review that will underpin Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to renegotiate EU ties and hold a referendum.

Miliband to put union reforms to the vote at special conference
Ed Miliband is to hold a special conference of the Labour Party to ratify his plans for a radical new relationship with trade unions in the wake of the Falkirk allegations.

MPs warn over shortage of school places for Forces families
MPs yesterday warned there could be too few school places for the thousands of children of Forces personnel due to return from Germany over the next three years.

NHS crises prompt plan for new watchdog with teeth
Plans for a tough new health service watchdog have been unveiled following The Herald's NHS Time for Action campaign.

 

Scotsman

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Julian Assange launches WikiLeaks Party via Skype

Secrets spiller Julian Assange on Thursday launched his WikiLeaks Party’s Senate candidate team for Australian elections due this year.



Scottish independence: Air and naval defence plans

ALEX Salmond insisted that Scotland would have greater “naval capability” under independence as he used a keynote speech to set out the SNP’s plans for defence.



?Export Scottish oil expertise? call by ministers

TWO UK Government Ministers today pledged to ensure that the expertise and skills built up in Aberdeen over decades of North Sea developments are exported to the forefront of new oil and gas discoveries across the world.



Plans for Scots marine protection areas unveiled

CONSERVATION groups today hailed the publication of the first ever blueprint to be produced for the future management of Scotland’s seas as an opportunity to reverse centuries of environmental decline.



Five EU nations to block SNP minimum pricing plan

FIVE EU nations are attempting to block the SNP Government’s flagship mimimum pricing for alcohol plans.



No police probe into Labour Falkirk allegations

THERE are “insufficient grounds” to launch a criminal investigation into alleged irregularities in the contest to select the new Labour candidate for the Falkirk seat at Westminster, police have said.



Robin McAlpine: Let?s not revisit the oil con

Nationalising Scotland’s oil is not a priority – stopping multinationals and their pals in the Treasury fleecing us again in the renewables field as they did in oil is, writes Robin McAlpine



Natalie McGarry: Sticks, stones and loads of moans

Vitriolic attacks on the First Minister seem to reveal more about his rivals’ insecurities than his own failings, writes Natalie McGarry



Tavish Scott: All aboard for a welcome in Shetland

The cruise liner business is great news for many Scottish ports. Increasing numbers of tourists take to the high seas for relaxation and Scotland, Faroe, Iceland and Norway are all popular destinations.



Harvey Aberdein: The prize we cannot afford to lose

A Yes vote is simply opportunity to manage our own economic and political affairs, writes Harvey Aberdein



MacAskill ?ignored? public opinion on gun licences

AN INFLUENTIAL shooting organisation has accused the Scottish Government of hypocrisy over its determination to push through airgun licensing despite public opposition.



We need to act sooner to help our children

The Scottish Government’s introduction of the Children and Young People Bill furthers its bold ambition for Scotland to be the best place to grow up in.



?Injustice? to vulnerable NHS patient slammed

SCOTLAND’S public services watchdog has raised concerns about the care of vulnerable adults in Scotland’s hospitals following complaints about patient treatment.



Scottish independence: Plan warns of oil dangers

A LEAKED Scottish Government internal paper on an independent nation’s energy plans has warned of the need to wean the country off “damaging price-volatile fossil fuels”.



Meningitis vaccine guidance ?could cost lives?

The decision not to recommend a new vaccine to protect children against a deadly form of meningitis has been branded a “severe blow” by campaigners,



Wingsland Blog

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Scotland's largest political party

The slowest reader in Scotland?
We don’t like to resort to personal abuse or crude language on this site, but we’re really struggling not to use the phrase “clueless thick comedy twat” here. Dammit. Blair McDougall is the director of the “Better Together” campaign. He’s rumoured to be paid £100,000 a year. Yet his skills don’t appear to extend to [...]

Scottish and British
Looks like someone had this problem at the online flag shop. Remind us again why it’s “cybernats” we’re meant to be ashamed of.

Later than you think
In an extraordinary outburst on TV last night, “Better Together” campaign chairman Alistair Darling accused Alex Salmond of exaggerating the amount of extractable oil in the Scottish sector of the North Sea by 1,200%. The former Chancellor (who we learned a few weeks ago thinks the population of Scotland is six million, creating an impressive 705,000 [...]

Meta-polling #1
Okay, we’re cracking on with this poll thing. Now we need your opinion. We want to put a question that will make people really think about the prospects of extra powers for the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote. Which of these do you think is the best way of wording it? [...]

Down with this sort of thing
We’re still mentally paralysed from this morning’s horrific TV, sorry. So here’s a wee screenshot that we took while setting up yesterday’s ludicrously successful fundraiser. Vote Yes to stop this happening in the future, folks.

Please make it stop
Woke up this morning and accidentally switched on the news, foolishly thinking “It happened yesterday afternoon, surely they’ll have run out of completely inane drivel to say about it by now”. Brain now turned to semolina. Can barely construct sentences, let alone analyse anything. Be with you in a bit.

Stag night
Our hardworking and still-undiscovered mole at “Better Together” HQ reveals the extent to which the No campaign is becoming demoralised and irritable over the Scottish media’s increasing weariness – and sometimes outright mockery – of “Project Fear”. (Five bonus points if you spot what’s extra-special about this one.)

Let?s get a thing done
Okay, it seems safe to say already that reaction to the idea is very positive, so why waste time? The new fundraiser page is now live. The more money we raise the more questions we can ask, so let’s see what we can find out. [EDIT: Base target crushed in 70 minutes. Wow. But keep [...]

Let?s do a thing
Recently we’ve seen quite a few people on social media wondering why there hadn’t been any opinion polls on independence published in a while. We thought it was a bit curious ourselves, so we rang a few polling companies with a view to commissioning our own one, but Panelbase told us they were doing fieldwork [...]

The hopeless case
We linked you yesterday to a quite startling display of cognitive dissonance, as a dedicated Labour activist struggled to reconcile his party’s position on Trident with his own belief in disarmament, reaching some quite extraordinary contortions of logic in an attempt to convince himself that staying in the Union represented the best way of ridding [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Police rule out vote rigging inquiry
Police will not launch a criminal inquiry into vote rigging allegations in Falkirk, BBC Scotland learns.

Bid to block minimum alcohol pricing
Five European wine-producing nations are trying to block Scotland's plans for minimum alcohol pricing, BBC News learns.

Parents face 'childcare lottery'
The cost and availability of nursery care and out-of-school care varies significantly across Scotland, according to a new report.

New hopes for Scotland's sealife
Environment campaigners welcome a new Scottish government maritime consultation document which promises to end centuries of sealife decline.

Ministers to consider island powers
The Scottish government is to set up a ministerial working group to consider greater autonomy for the Western and Northern Isles.

Rival garden plan to be 'revisited'
Plans for a contemporary arts centre in the heart of Aberdeen, which were torpedoed three years ago by another project, could be resurrected.

SNP stalwart Allison Hunter dies
SNP leader Alex Salmond pays tribute to the party's former national organiser Allison Hunter who has died, aged 71, after a battle with cancer.

Energy policy document 'leaked'
A leaked Scottish government document looking at energy policy in an independent Scotland is seen by the BBC.

Rise in inward investment projects
The number of foreign direct investment projects in Scotland increased by 16% in 2012-13, according to official figures.

One year to go to Commonwealth Games
Sir Chris Hoy joins events in Glasgow to mark the one-year countdown to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Ministers set out oil industry plans
Ministers are to set up an expert commission to examine how an independent Scotland could maximise North Sea returns.

Planning threat to £2bn green plans
Scottish Renewables say proposals from Holyrood to block wind power developments in parts of the country jeopardise £2bn in green energy investment.

St Nicholas House plan is 'lawful'
A legal challenge to plans for the re-development of former council headquarters in Aberdeen is rejected by the Court of Session.

South Scotland ITV overhaul unveiled
Television regulator Ofcom announces details of the overhaul it wants to see in the ITV service for the south of Scotland.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

Newsnet Scotland

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

Earth to Westminster: The Sun has set on the British Empire

  By Mark McNaught

Several disclosures in the past weeks have vaporised any pretence of the Westminster government's legitimacy, and demonstrated not only that the system is no longer fit to govern, but also overtly contemptuous of the residents and the land within the UK. 

Iain Duncan Smith 'defended' his £500 per week overall welfare cap by citing his 'belief I am right' that his savage cuts will induce a 'cultural change' and transform skyvers into strivers through depriving the disadvantaged of the means to continue their existence.



Can the TV licence be justified in today's Scotland?

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Last week three unrelated things happened that for me marked the beginning of the end of the BBC in Scotland ? at least as we know it.
 
A survey revealed that less than half of Scots felt that the broadcaster represented them in news and current affairs programming.  Forty eight per cent of those who responded to a BBC Trust survey said they were unhappy with the programming output from the corporation.



Recovering from Brain Injury

  The second in a two part series by Lynn Malone [Part One Here]
 
When my son regained consciousness following an accident my immediate response was relief but it was short-lived when it transpired he had a ticking time bomb in his head.
 
Mike, 28, who was studying social work while working with disadvantaged young people, lost his balance going up stairs to his tenement flat, falling onto concrete steps and landing on his head in November 2011.  He suffered a bleed on his brain and an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and had been placed on a ventilator.



Terrorism, Double Standards and the EDL

  By Aamer Anwar
 
You may be shocked to learn that over the last 4 weeks a bombing campaign appears to taken place in England but there was 'no cause for alarm'.
 
In Walsall a nail bomb was found and exploded by bomb disposal squad with the police denying at first that it was an 'act of terror', a week later in Tipton the wrong timing meant only seven people were in a building when a bomb exploded strewing nails, debris across the adjacent car park and shattering windows.



Scottish Labour must clarify its stance on Trident

  By Steven Griffiths

It has long been clear that, if they remain in government, the Tories intend to replace Trident, and this week's Lib Dem Trident Alternatives Review shows that they are also committed to maintaining the UK as a nuclear state in the face of public opposition.  But what of the Labour party?

The Blair government imposed a three-line whip on a Westminster vote on the issue back in 14 March 2007, and Jim Murphy, currently the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, stated earlier this year on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland that, "We're in favour of the UK retaining a nuclear capability".



Economic growth gives Scots a warm feeling

  By George Kerevan
 
Scotland?s economy has been basking in summer sunshine this week. New data showed that the economy grew by 0.4 per cent in the first quarter, faster than in the UK as a whole.
 
In fact, on an annualised basis, Scottish GDP grew by what counts as fast these days: 1.2 per cent. That compares with an anaemic 0.3 per cent for the UK as a whole.



Dithering over Heathrow damages Scotland

  By George Kerevan
 
YEARS ago Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a play whose basic premise is that hell is being locked up with other people.
 
These days he would probably have a different premise: hell is spending time in any major airport. Yet here?s the curious thing: airports are now the central fulcrum around which the global economy is hinged.



The Independence Referendum - Ignorance is not an option

  By Rob Connell
 
As Stephen Noon has written about so convincingly, it is important that the pro-Independence campaign be a positive one.  After all, the goal is not Independence in itself, rather it is the positive effect self-determination can have on the people of Scotland's lives. 
 
But, purely on a personal basis, I feel that some of the people of Scotland are letting themselves, and the rest of us, down badly ? and frankly it's not bloody good enough.



Hang the lime soaked sheets again ? this time to keep the smell in

  By Tommy Sheridan

It was exactly 155 years ago today.  London was in the midst of a heat wave and it's population was growing in response to rapid economic growth.  The Prime Minister of the day, Disraeli, had parliamentary business suspended to introduce emergency legislation.

The River Thames was overflowing with human excrement as no sewage system existed and the rapid population growth was matched with associated human waste dumped in an untreated Thames.  It was called the Great Stink.



If you hate Alex Salmond clap your hands ? or phone Call Kaye

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
It's national 'Hate Salmond Week'.  Not since Fred the Shred took the wrap for destroying Gordon Brown's pledge to end boom and bust has so much ire been aimed at one man.
 
Salmond's crimes include waving a Scottish flag, having his photo taken with a US golfer and suggesting golf clubs ought to accept women as members - shocking.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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

The slowest reader in Scotland?

We don't like to resort to personal abuse or crude language on this site, but we're really struggling not to use the phrase "clueless thick comedy twat" here.



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Alex Salmond accused of 'talking down' Royal Navy

Alex Salmond has faced accusations of talking down the Royal Navy after claiming that Britain’s maritime defence is based on “prestige, not performance.”
Peter A Bell's insight:

Distortion courtesy of Simon Johnson.  Deflection courtesy of Gemma Doyle. They share credit for dishonesty.

And Alex Salm...



Independent Scotland will be forced to move away from using

THE document criticises First Minister Alex Salmond for recent comments suggesting there was still £1.5trillion worth of untapped oil in the North Sea.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It comes as no surprise whatever to find Torcuil Crichton regurgitating Project Fear's ridiculous lie about an "oil “bonus”...



INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM

There is one word that you won’t find in the independence debate and that is the word ‘freedom’. You will also not find our independence movement being described by anybody as ‘national liberation’. Such is the almost exclusively civic nature of our movement that such terms seem almost alien and ...



Harvey Aberdein: The prize we cannot afford to lose

A Yes vote is simply opportunity to manage our own economic and political affairs, writes Harvey Aberdein

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

BBC Scotland colluding with Better Together as oil debate threatens No campaign

A document allegedly 'leaked' to BBC reporter Raymond Buchanan which the corporation is using to mount an attack on the SNP, was originally obtained by anti-independence group Better Together before being passed to the broadcaster.




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Natalie McGarry: Sticks, stones and loads of moans

Vitriolic attacks on the First Minister seem to reveal more about his rivals’ insecurities than his own failings, writes Natalie McGarry
Peter A Bell's insight:

Personalised attacks on Alex Salmond are to be expected as part of the campaign to deny Scotland's rightful constitutional status. It is, ...



Earth to Westminster: The Sun has set on the British Empire

Several disclosures in the past weeks have vaporised any pretence of the Westminster government's legitimacy, and demonstrated not only that the system is no longer fit to govern, but also overtly contemptuous of the residents and the land within the UK.



See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Robin McAlpine: Let?s not revisit the oil con

Nationalising Scotland’s oil is not a priority – stopping multinationals and their pals in the Treasury fleecing us again in the renewables field as they did in oil is, writes Robin McAlpine...

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Scottish independence: Plan warns of oil dangers

A LEAKED Scottish Government internal paper on an independent nation’s energy plans has warned of the need to wean the country off “damaging price-volatile fossil fuels”.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Once again I am struck by the sheer mindlessness of the British parties' flailing attacks on the SNP. It...



SNP need England to keep green dream alive

ALEX SALMOND would still need English customers to pay for his green energy dream in an independent Scotland, a secret SNP paper admits.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Strange, is it not, that the unionists throw terms like "separatist" at those who seek to normalise Scotland's constitutional status while...



Kieran Psyl's Blog: Bias in the Scottish media

If the media in this country is to be believed, an independent Scotland will be a friendless, incompetent, struggling nation with a pot full of useless oil.

The referendum on Scottish independence will ultimately decide the future of the Union, and whether or not Scotland will become an independ...



Devolution: This English question demands an answer

More devolution to Scotland will be the final straw for the Union’s largest country

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Logic's Rock: How Long has the Gorbals Goebbels Got?

I sincerely hope Ian Taylor's company Vitol got good value for money for the $1M dollars he paid Serbian war criminal Arkan, because Taylor must be despairing for the £500,000 he donated to Better Together, the self-styled Project Fear.

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Scotland Open for Business

UK Government figures published today by UK Trade and Investment confirm that Scotland continues to prove a very attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI).  The Inward Investment Report 2012/13 welcomes "a record number of projects and jobs secured for Scotland".



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Daily Record

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No criminal inquiry into Falkirk 'vote rigging' allegations as police say the...
LABOUR had handed documents over to police after claims the contest to replace Eric Joyce as MP for Falkirk may have been fixed.

Health Secretary confident Scottish Government's minimum alcohol price plan w...
ALEX Neil reacted today after it emerged five European wine-producing nations had branded minimum pricing for alcohol as illegal, unfair and ineffective.

UK economic growth rises to 0.6 per cent for second quarter of this year
AFTER a dip in GDP last year, the 0.6 per cent rise is the best since 2011, outside of the Queen's Jubilee last year, showing a steady recovery for the British economy.

Independent Scotland will be forced to move away from using 'damaging' fossil...
THE document criticises First Minister Alex Salmond for recent comments suggesting there was still £1.5trillion worth of untapped oil in the North Sea.

Alex Salmond accused of 'treating Scots like fools' after claiming oil revenu...
FORMER Chancellor Alistair Darling hit out at the First Minister in the latest row over North Sea tax cash.

Joan McAlpine: Privatisation is killing off NHS south of the border.. we must...
THE public interest comes a poor second to the self-interest of Westminster elites.

Paedophiles will laugh at David Cameron's pornography crackdown, expert warns
FORMER Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre chief Jim Gamble says the Prime Minister's proposals are too little, too late, to protect the nation's children.

Record View: It's time to end the Atos witchhunt against the disadvantaged
RECORD VIEW says that the news the ConDem coalition Government is finally criticising Atos is a significant step forward.

Prime Minister David Cameron warns of tough crackdown and legal reforms for o...
THE government is looking to impose stiff new laws to restrict access to online porn and all internet users will comply unless they choose an opt-out service.

David Cameron warns internet giants to crack down on child porn or face tough...
THE Prime Minister will tell search engine companies like Google that they have a moral duty to stop paedophiles from accessing vile images of youngsters being abused.

Billy Connolly: Comedians should stay out of influencing people in independen...
THE veteran funnyman, who has spoken out against independence in the past, has vowed not to stay out of the debate in the run-up to next year's vote.

Record View: David Cameron is right to demand that it's time to close the net...
THE least we owe the victims of child pornography whose lives have been tainted by sick adults is an internet clampdown, argues RECORD VIEW.

Tony Blair's greatest achievement after six years as special envoy to the Mid...
THE former Labour PM has failed to make any progress on a peace deal and is unpopular in the region for having neither power nor expertise.

Anas Sarwar: Nicola Sturgeon has not defeated a Sarwar in an election yet and...
THE deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party has pledged to step out of the shadow of his former MP father as the big vote on Scotland's future draws nearer.

First Muslim MP Mohammad Sarwar set to quit Britain for new political challen...
THE former MP for Glasgow Govan is set to be appointed governor of the Punjab - a job which could lead to him being in the running to become president of Pakistan.

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Exclusive : Separatists plot to discover what people think!
Exclusive : Separatists plot to discover what people think!


Rev begs for handouts
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All the polling needed has been done by the Better Together campaign and Strathclyde University.

David Cameron to severely restrict the availability of PORN (Pernicious Onlin...
David Cameron to severely restrict the availability of PORN (Pernicious Online Republicanism & Nationalism).


Westminster Block Internet P.O.R.N.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Asking Google to hide PORN is like Johann Lamont asking Twitter to stop calling her Jimmy Krankie. It's a nice idea, but anyone...

BBC Scotlandshire broke the news that all the oil would be gone in two years ...
BBC Scotlandshire broke the news that all the oil would be gone in two years way back in December of last year.

The spoof media is only now catching up with our award winning journalism.

Here's the scoop from last year:
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/108-oil.html


'Scotlan...

Our Agony Aunt has problems of his own! Here's a sad letter from my uppity ne...
Our Agony Aunt has problems of his own! Here's a sad letter from my uppity nephew Scott, who thinks he can run his own affairs better than Dave and I can."


How do you solve a problem like a Scott?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I?ve heard some rumours, but all the regulars I?ve spoken to seem happy for...

Auchenshoogle celebrates royal birth.
Auchenshoogle celebrates royal birth.


Hysteria in Auchenshoogle at Royal birth
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
UKOK head, Alastair Darling, attempted to sneak into the viewing enclosure of the pigsty and unfurl a large Union Flag behind Princess as she delivered her final triumphant push.

EXCLUSIVE! We reveal the first 50 questions that UK Gov will demand that the ...
EXCLUSIVE! We reveal the first 50 questions that UK Gov will demand that the Natz answer.


First 50 questions from UKOK Black Paper revealed.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We present a preview of the first 50 major Black Paper questions here.

As part of the austerity drive David Cameron’s government intends to merge th...
As part of the austerity drive David Cameron?s government intends to merge the Department of Health and the Department of Work and Pensions.


Blood for Benefits
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The new department will be called the Department of Wealth from Health and is expected to be officially launched...

Naughtie's bubble too big to fit spoof BBC Glasgow HQ.
Naughtie's bubble too big to fit spoof BBC Glasgow HQ.


We're forever blowing bubbles
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Conceding Scotlandshire can keep the UKs phallic power symbol is rewarding the separatists and may turn those warmongers we so desperately need away.

Our new briefs are hanging out to dry and fluttering in the breeze. "Better T...
Our new briefs are hanging out to dry and fluttering in the breeze.
"Better Together Seeking Literary Talent"
and
"Dictatorship could be flushed down the pan"


BBC Scotlandshire - Short news articles
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicro...

A shift towards a Yes in next year's poll on separation has led to parts of S...
A shift towards a Yes in next year's poll on separation has led to parts of Scotlandshire beginning to disappear from maps of the UK.


Google portents doom for Scotlandshire
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
A separate Scotlandshire would have to re-apply to all map-makers to be re-included after a Yes vot...

The Scottish government has proposed a unique solution to the problem of perf...
The Scottish government has proposed a unique solution to the problem of performance enhancing drugs.


Top Jock Shocks Other Top Jocks by 'Thinkin' Ootside the Box'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Greeks are foreigners. Scots would also become foreigners. It stands to reason.

Following reports of more doping scandals among well-known sportsmen, the Sco...
Following reports of more doping scandals among well-known sportsmen, the Scottish government has proposed a unique solution to the problem of performance enhancing drugs.


Top Jock Shocks Other Top Jocks by 'Thinkin' Ootside the Box'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Greeks are foreigners. Scots would als...

For more than a year, UKOK has owned the wee dug argument against Separation...
For more than a year, UKOK has owned the wee dug argument against Separation for Scotlandshire.


Separatist Campaign Goes 'Tae The Dugs'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic ...

A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington...
A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington DC by an anonymous government official known only as Deep Thrapple.


A Letter to America
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Ms U. Kaye had run up some shocking debts recently, which she can't possibly afford to pay back, and is no...

A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington...
A copy of the following letter was recently sent to our offices in Washington DC by an anonymous government official known only as Deep Thrapple.


A Letter to America
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Ms U. Kaye had run up some shocking debts recently, which she can't possibly afford to pay back, and is no...

Bella Caledonia


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Closer
By Mike Small Later this year we’ll be publishing  a paper looking at how independence represents an opportunity to bring democracy closer to people – but also an opportunity to be a first step towards further deeper democracy. It follows... Read More ›

Democracy Max?
By Juliet Swan At Electoral Reform Society Scotland we are committed to campaigning for a better democracy. As we approach the independence referendum, we think it is vital that we take the opportunity to assess, and where necessary reform, our... Read More ›

For A That ? Baby Special
This from our friends Mr Greenwell and Mr Worrier over at Scots Indy Podcast …”A special podcast for this most special royal event?” As usual, this is the direct download link (right click and save as) You can listen to... Read More ›

I Predict a Riot
By Mike Small News that ‘FAR right campaigners from the Scottish Defence League will be allowed to march through Edinburgh at the height of the Festival next month’ according to the Scotsman does not bode well for cultural expression in... Read More ›

David
As people get confused with their numbers and ‘a whole people’ ponder the meaning of George, our friends at the National Collective explain why it’s really all about David. Filed under: Arts & Culture Tagged: David

Last-Minute Reilly
Lawrie Reilly was among the most prolific international marksmen in the history of Scottish football, with a strike-rate for his country superior to that of both Denis Law and Kenny Dalglish and a gilded Wembley tally of five goals against... Read More ›

Power in the Darkness
By Mike Small This week we saw the biggest benefit scrounging family in the land have another baby, a huge % of the population revealed as morons, a massive Al Qaida breakout, and FINALLY conclusive proof of God’s existence. So,... Read More ›

5 Artists in Search of a Country
For one day only five very different artists are meeting to share thoughts on Scotland’s future, what it means and what they hope for, what role art and culture can and should play in the historic debate. The panel includes... Read More ›

Couch Surfing and Crowd-Surfing
Amanda Palmer: The art of asking. Ahead of the festival we found this funny and moving about the nature of performance, faith in humanity, crowd funding, ninja master-level fan-connection and random intimacy  … See more about Amanda P here. Filed... Read More ›

Feeling UK:OK? They?ve Just Sold Our Blood Supply
By Tom Walker The Tory government has just sold off state-owned NHS blood supplier Plasma Resources UK to US private equity company Bain Capital for £230 million. Hang on ? Bain, that name rings a bell? Bain Capital is perhaps... Read More ›

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Air and naval defence plans - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Air and naval defence plans
Scotsman
ALEX Salmond insisted that Scotland would have greater ?naval capability? under independence as he used a keynote speech to set out the SNP's plans for defence. ? Alex Salmond has said that an independent Scotland would have greate...


Scottish independence: Ministers to set up commission on oil industry - BBC News

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Ministers to set up commission on oil industry
BBC News
An expert commission will be set up to examine how an independent Scotland could maximise the returns from North Sea oil and gas, the Scottish government has announced. A new paper has set out the SNP administrat...


Energy policy document 'leaked' - BBC News

Energy policy document 'leaked'
BBC News
It also restates the Scottish government's preference for the current UK-wide subsidy of renewable energy to continue after independence, saying: "It is equitable that these costs continue to be shared among consumers in Scotland and the rest of the UK.".



Scottish Independence: Charities can choose sides - Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence: Charities can choose sides
Edinburgh Evening News
And now, in new advice, the OSCR has said charities north of the Border can voice an opinion on Scotland's future relationship with the UK, so long as they do not breach charity law. It also warned that c...


Scottish independence: No nasty surprises for oil - BBC News

Scottish independence: No nasty surprises for oil
BBC News
One answer from the document published today by the Scottish government, and it's... not much. That's deliberate. The document appears to follow a careful listening exercise by ministers and civil servants, hearing what the oil and gas indu...


Belief in Scottish independence may see nationalism outperform current poll ....

Belief in Scottish independence may see nationalism outperform current poll ...
Slugger O'Toole
Kevin Toolis provides a fascinating take (h/t John at Nuzhound) on the quiet unionist syndrome noted here yesterday when he looks to Northern Ireland for lessons to draw for Scotland which will in the Au...


Mr Salmond says an independent Scotland would reap the benefits from the oil ...

BBC News

Mr Salmond says an independent Scotland would reap the benefits from the oil ...
BBC News
Oil revenues will be a "bonus" but not the basis of the economy in an independent Scotland, the first minister has said. Alex Salmond made the comments ahead of the publication of a Scottish government...


Andrew Fairlie and Beppo Buchanan Smith to debate impact of Scottish ... - Bi...

Andrew Fairlie and Beppo Buchanan Smith to debate impact of Scottish ...
BigHospitality.co.uk
Taking place on 18 September, a year to the day before Scotland asks its people to vote in an independence referendum, the Institute of Hospitality (IOH) Scotland debate 'What independence would mean for t...


Scottish independence: Scientists setback fears - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scientists setback fears
Scotsman
SCOTTISH scientists risk losing access to internationally renowned facilities should voters back independence in next year's referendum, experts have warned. The Institute of Physics (IOP) in Scotland, which represents 3,000 members, ...


Scottish Independence: Oil 'a bonus' in Scotland - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish Independence: Oil 'a bonus' in Scotland
Scotsman
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland will benefit from a North Sea oil ?boom? but will not become over-reliant on the offshore industry, a Scottish Government paper will claim this week. The paper will argue that offshore revenue should be treate...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Salmond reveals independence vision - The Blairgowrie Advertiser

Salmond reveals independence vision
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
The SNP would seek to "change and improve" Scotland's ties with Nato, Europe, the pound and the monarchy if it severs the political union with Westminster, according to the First Minister. The independent defence force would be primaril...


Mackay: SNP 'open-minded' on housing debt solution - Shetland Times Online

Shetland Times Online

Mackay: SNP 'open-minded' on housing debt solution
Shetland Times Online
SNP local government minister Derek Mackay has echoed SIC political leader Gary Robinson's criticism of the UK government's inaction over the council's historic £40 million housing debt. Mr Mackay was pres...


SNP keen on greater isles autonomy, says First Minister in 'Lerwick Declarati...

SNP keen on greater isles autonomy, says First Minister in 'Lerwick Declaration'
Shetland Times Online
Speaking after the SNP Cabinet discussed the matter in Lerwick Town Hall yesterday, Mr Salmond said the government was making a ?very friendly response? to Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles' ...


Alex Salmond accused of 'talking down' Royal Navy - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond accused of 'talking down' Royal Navy
Telegraph.co.uk
Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, has previously said the SNP no not appear to understand that defence is organised on a UK-wide basis, meaning ships and aircraft based south of the Border help secure Scotland's w...


MSPs welcome boost for highlands geo-tourism - SNP (press release)

MSPs welcome boost for highlands geo-tourism
SNP (press release)
Highlands SNP MSPs have today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government that is it supporting two Geoparks, in Shetland and the North West Highlands, with funding of £280,000. This two-year investment will boos...


Scottish independence: Air and naval defence plans - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Air and naval defence plans
Scotsman
ALEX Salmond insisted that Scotland would have greater ?naval capability? under independence as he used a keynote speech to set out the SNP's plans for defence. ? Alex Salmond has said that an independent Scotland would have greate...


Alex Salmond unveils his independence vision - The Courier

The Courier

Alex Salmond unveils his independence vision
The Courier
While the social union will continue to flourish regardless of the constitutional position, the SNP would actively seek to maintain the European Union, the currency union, the union of the crowns and the defence union through Nato,...


Salmond: inconceivable independent Scotland would have taken part in Iraq War...

Herald Scotland

Salmond: inconceivable independent Scotland would have taken part in Iraq War
Herald Scotland
The SNP would seek to "change and improve" Scotland's ties with Nato, Europe, the pound and the monarchy if it severs the political union with Westminster, according to the First Minister. T...


Readers letters - Carluke Gazette

Carluke Gazette

Readers letters
Carluke Gazette
Should he resign from the Party I would respectfully request he stands down as an SNP councillor ? after all he has been elected many times under that banner ? and allow a by-election at which he would be free to stand under his chosen banner. It is hi...


Joan McAlpine: Privatisation is killing off NHS south of the border.. we must...

Joan McAlpine: Privatisation is killing off NHS south of the border.. we must pay ...
Scottish Daily Record
Westminster has already abandoned the principle of free education, charging university students £9000 a year for tuition ? a road Scotland's SNP Government refused to follow. Here, the SNP to...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Referendum U-turn for charities - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Referendum U-turn for charities
Herald Scotland
CHARITIES have been given the green light to campaign and take sides in the independence debate after their regulator backed down in a row over their involvement in the referendum. CHARITIES have been given the green light to campaign a...


Majority not ready for referendum - Herald Scotland

Majority not ready for referendum
Herald Scotland
LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues surrounding independence and the referendum, research by pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland has found. LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues .....


Taxpayers to foot £1.5m research bill before 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Taxpayers to foot £1.5m research bill before 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
Already, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) has appointed seven one-year fellowships, which will look into various aspects of Scottish independence. But in a parliamentary answer, David Willetts...


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
Here we look at the key events and forces that brought Scotland to a referendum on deciding whether or not it should remain as part of the UK. 1707: Scotland and England forma political union. The Scottish Parliament is adjourned; with ...


Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role - BBC News

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role
BBC News
Presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. He will present the Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Radio Scotland tw...


Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable - BBC News

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable
BBC News
Scottish independence will "destabilise enterprise and potentially put jobs at risk", according to a paper produced by the UK government. The threat to employment will result from the break-up of the UK's si...


Scottish island communities launch joint referendum campaign - stv.tv

The Times (subscription)

Scottish island communities launch joint referendum campaign
stv.tv
Scotland's island communities have challenged both sides of the referendum debate to give them greater powers and resources. The Our Islands, Our Future campaign hopes to ensure that the "special position" o...


BBC Scotland on hunt for trainee journalists to assist in referendum coverage...

allmediascotland.com (press release)

BBC Scotland on hunt for trainee journalists to assist in referendum coverage
allmediascotland.com (press release)
BBC Scotland is on the hunt for trainee journalists to assist in its coverage of next year's referendum vote on Scotland's constitutional future. Sa...


What will be the Scottish independence referendum question? - Scotsman

Scotsman

What will be the Scottish independence referendum question?
Scotsman
The Scottish Government has accepted the Electoral Commission's recommendation that the question on the referendum ballot paper will ask voters ?Should Scotland be an independent country ?? Alex Salmond had wanted to ask: ...


NHS boss must put referendum before patients - Express.co.uk

Scottish Daily Record

NHS boss must put referendum before patients
Express.co.uk
The Scottish Government has been criticised after a post advertising the role of NHS Scotland chief executive and director general of health and social care outlined commitments for driving independence before mentionin...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

Spanish Train Crash
That footage of the train hitting the wall is horrific. If you were to think about the shit that ...

Church Of England And Wonga

After the Archbishop of Cantebury stating today he will make it his mission to put Wonga out of b...



Embdy Know This Footsoldier?
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-23449199

"A hoax caller was so happy when a s...

It's Scotlands Oil

".....And so, on the pristine white walls of the Scottish Parliament, scrawled in the glistening ...



Talk Talk
My Old Dear's landline's buggered (no calls in; none out). I phoned Talk Talk (India Branch), who...

Fined For Buying Tomatoes. And Oh Aye, Having Sex With A Prostitute.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-23449261

 

 

The BBC is full of brilliant stories...



'i Want Ma Phone Back. You're A Dundee Supporter'

   

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-23449199

 

Anyone know this guy ?



France To Contest Minimum Alcohol Pricing
Apparently it will favour domestic wine producers.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-...

Living Overseas, Married To A Foreign National And Thinking Of Returning To T...
Pretty harsh IMHO...

http://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/lifestyle/new-immigration-laws-hin...

Johann Out Anas In

Rumours on social media



Better Nation

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

Labour?s chance to seize on a radical Holyrood agenda
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. Here she writes for...

We can fund politics
Last week our friend Andrew Smith did a guest post about the problem of party funding at Holyrood...

Who pays the piper?
Thanks to Andrew Smith for another guest post. Andrew is a Scottish born communications professio...

Vince: your P45 is in the post
All too often since 2010, the left has found itself on the back foot: protesting after fees for E...

Remodelling the unions? links with Labour
Has Ed Miliband’s “Clause Four moment” finally come, with his plans to require union members to o...

Why are Unite (the union) so determined to ignore their members and unite the...
Yesterday, in the heat of the Falkirk row, Lord Ashcroft  published a leaked Unite strategy paper...

You may continue to pay for sex
Well, you probably don’t. Maybe you do, though: some people clearly do. Perhaps you do but you wo...

A sickness at the heart of Westminster
The Tories’ latest wheeze to head the racists in blazers off at the pass is this: to make Johnny ...

Jingo Unchained
Not respecting  ?our? troops is one of the biggest taboos in politics. Armed Forces Day is a most...

When civil partnership was radical
Just over ten years ago, the Rainbow Parliament came to town, full of Greens, Socialists and inde...

Scot Goes pop

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

More evidence that Labour is heading for defeat
Although YouGov have yet to match ICM by producing a poll showing the Tories level-pegging with L...

This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
Spotted at the BBC's "live blog of the royal baby celebrations" (give me strength) -

"As a Briti...

Congratulations, Mrs Windsor, it's a head of state!
By a rough extrapolation, Kate Middleton's son was just one of the 5000 or so babies born yesterd...

Go get 'em, Tiger! You da man! Get in the HOOOOOLE!
Yup, you've guessed it. Not content with my already impressive credentials as a woman-hater (wel...

ICM subsample : SNP retain lead in Westminster voting intention
More bad news for the No campaign has arrived in the shape of this month's GB-wide poll of Westmi...

YouGov poll : Scotland says a resounding no to renewing Trident
Here's another significant blow for journalists who like to peddle the fiction that Scottish publ...

Just 11% of Scots think Labour have a strong leader
One fairly consistent feature of GB-wide polling is that Labour tend to fare better in supplement...

UK government proposes military occupation of an independent Scotland. Will ...
One of the best teachers I ever had was a history teacher at Anniesland College. When he was exp...

A plea to Yahoo "UK" : would it be possible for me to check my emails without...
As you can see from the top of the sidebar, I now mainly use a Gmail account, but I still have a ...

Underground, overground, Scowimbling free, the Scowimblian of Scowimbledon Ce...
When Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in a best-of-five-set match on Wimbledon Centre Court to ...

Want to know how to help the world take a small step towards averting nuclear...
If so, click HERE to read my 1000-word potted guide over at the International Business Times. If...

Is the painful 117-year Scowimblian drought about to end?
This is from Ethan Grant at the Bleacher Report -

"When it comes to Sunday's matchup, Djokovic a...

YouGov's attention to detail
I got mildly excited a few minutes ago when I checked the YouGov website and saw the words "Scott...

A tale of one Scowimblian and one Scolionian
On Saturday, Richie Gray will become the third different Scolionian in as many weeks to serve as ...

Who's talking the most nonsense about Edward Snowden? Rod Liddle.
Our old friend Rod "Scotland is NOT a nation" Liddle has penned a piece in the Spectator with the...

 

Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

A Yes vote is the key to bringing power closer to the people

Giving people the opportunity to make decisions about their own communities is one of the key adv...



Scotland?s Defence in Scotland?s Hands

First Minister Alex Salmond today set out some of the key strands of the Scottish Government?s vi...



Labour For Independence to hold Policy Conference at the STUC

Labour for Independence will hold their first policy conference at the STUC in Glasgow this weeke...



Scotland Open for Business

UK Government figures published today by UK Trade and Investment confirm that Scotland continues ...



Scotland's energy future in Scotland's hands

Whatever way you think we should use our immense oil and gas resources, one thing is increasingly...



Jeane Freeman writing in Scotland on Sunday

Jeane Freeman, co-founder of Women for Independence writing in yesterday's Scotland on Sunday 

"J...



Support for Yes rises as voters become more informed about independence

Increasing numbers of people are planning to vote Yes in next year's referendum as they become be...



Westminster isn't working for Scotland's children

Child poverty costs Scotland?s local authorities £2.1 billion every year, new research has reveal...



Social media users view a No vote as 'fear of change'

People planning to vote No in the independence referendum may be doing so for 'emotive' and 'irra...



The most equitable societies in the western world belong to the small, Nordic...

A new study by leading German think tank, the Bertelsmann Foundation, has confirmed that the most...



5 Things to Tell Your Friends and Family About Oil & Gas & Renewables ? and a...

1. Regardless of the differing views about how to best use these resources the fact that we've st...



Only a Yes vote can deliver a Scotland free of weapons of mass destruction.

The long-awaited review of options for new nuclear weapons was published by the Westminster gover...



Perspectives: 'The hunt for the positive case for the Union continues'

It was billed as a relaunch of Better Together, setting out the ?positive case? for Westminste...



Perspectives: 'British constitution has always been a mess'

Constitutional expert Elliot Bulmer says that, thanks to "Westminster?s constitutional jerry-buil...



VIDEO: An independent Scotland will more closely reflect the values of the Sc...

Blair Jenkins, the chief executive of Yes Scotland, tells a very well-attended meeting of Yes Mus...



Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...

Pre-emptive Policing
I am deeply concerned about pre-emptive policing,  or arresting people who might be going to do s...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | guardian.co.uk
Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

First minister says oil reserves are worth £300,000 a head for every Scot, making independent country richer than rest of UK

Alex Salmond has been warned about making exaggerated claims about the po...



Scottish independence: don't be fooled by Alec Salmond's protestations of fri...

The first minister approved Donald Trump's golf complex plan over the heads of local planners and against local opinion

Ever since Alex Salmond emerged in the early years of Blairism, I've been a fa...



Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition | Kevin McKenna

The Better Together campaign uses the sort of propaganda you normally only see when a country is gearing up to invade

Wearied frustration usually follows when another civic panjandrum takes on a com...



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

Scottish warrior hero will be portrayed on screen in two series next year as independence referendum looms

Scotland's independence referendum has not just ignited furious debate over the country's f...



Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

Prostitutes have their say in criminalisation v legalisation debate as Edinburgh police step up raids on saunas

Dressed in jeans and a hoodie Roseanne glances around Glasgow's red-light district, wa...



The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | Alan Bissett

The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

I must admit that I was surprised to learn that Alex Salmond is to enlist S...



Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations'

Scotland's first minister tells Kevin McKenna about the social ties that will always bind the countries of the British Isles ? and that saltire he waved at Wimbledon

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

Scottish novelist William McIlvanney top of government list to write version that will 'capture the imagination'

Some of Scotland's finest writers are to be asked by the SNP to apply a dash of liter...



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

The rumoured plans for the naval base were a reminder of how deeply unpopular Trident is among Scots

The MoD's, or Whitehall's, or whoever's plans to designate Trident's Faslane base "sovereign UK t...



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Steve Bell



Trident submarine base: No 10 disowns MoD's Faslane sovereignty proposal

Whitehall row and SNP anger ignites over report of plans to make naval base UK territory if Scots vote for independence

A furious behind-the-scenes row has prompted Downing Street to disown a propos...



No 10: MoD sovereign territory plans for Trident base not credible

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Downing Street has dismissed as not "credible or sensible" a proposal to designate...



What part of England would you trade with Scotland for Faslane? | Open thread

The Ministry of Defence plan to make the Faslane nuclear base sovereign UK territory could always involve a swap ?

The British government is looking at ways to make the Scottish base that contains T...



Can Ed Miliband give England a political voice at last? | Martin Kettle

The English identity is much more complex and progressive than the saloon-bar Farageism it is too often depicted as

Who are we? And what identity do we want our institutions to express? The question...



Scottish independence: the nuclear options | Editorial

The cost of relocating the Trident fleet and finding an alternative base to Faslane is a very pricey headache

Of all the difficult questions that would arise if Scotland voted yes in the referendum ...



 

   

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