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Chancellor defiant after loss of prized AAA rating
GEORGE OSBORNE attempted to play down the impact of the UK's loss of its AAA credit rating and said he would redouble efforts to cut the deficit.

Peers' partial U-turn on press controls
Peers yesterday staged a partial climbdown in their clash with the Government over the introduction of Leveson-style controls on the press.

Scottish force may share Ireland's forensics
JUSTICE Secretary Kenny MacAskill has revealed Scotland's new police force may share its forensics services with operations run on both sides of the Irish border.

No-fault compensation plan 'will cost NHS millions'
SCOTTISH Government plans for a no-fault compensation system in medical negligence cases could add tens of millions of pounds to NHS costs, lawyers have warned.

Police probe Rennard allegations
Scotland Yard is investigating "whether or not criminal activity has taken place" following allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, it said tonight.

Economic growth worries after AAA rating blow
A senior Conservative minister has warned it may take years for the UK to regain its prized AAA credit rating.

Concern at exams body deal with Bahrain
THE Scottish Tories have sought "cast-iron guarantees" from ministers about a deal between an exams watchdog and a Middle East regime accused of brutally crushing opponents.

Fresh storm engulfs LibDem chief
Yesterday, Nick Clegg appeared, winking, on the front of a glossy Sunday magazine under the headline "Would I Lie to You?"

Cover-up claims as hospital report is 'diluted'
The Scottish Government has been accused of a "culture of cover-up" in the NHS after revelations of a report into the care of older people at a city hospital.

Fears for Royal Mail post-2014
LABOUR want urgent answers from the SNP after a UK department suggested an independent Scotland would lose Royal Mail.

UK loses AAA credit rating
CHANCELLOR George Osborne yesterday refused to admit he had broken a Conservative manifesto promise to "safeguard Britain's credit rating", despite the UK losing its gold-plated status for the first time in 35 years.

NHS chiefs to be quizzed over waiting time scandal
SENIOR NHS officials and health board executives face being called before a Holyrood committee to respond to the damning revelations about waiting lists.

'Stay in EU' appeal to Scots
THE German president has gone over David Cameron's head to appeal directly to Scots to vote against any UK withdrawal from the European Union.

Alexander backs higher tax-free allowance
Danny Alexander has thrown his weight behind calls to raise the tax-free allowance on wages to £12,500 after the next election.

MP's call to reward strivers
Labour's policy chief has suggested that those in work for many years should get significantly higher benefits if they lose their job.

 

Scotsman

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Soup protest over food bank ?scandal?

SOUP tins were piled up outside the Houses of Parliament yesterday to highlight the “scandal” of the huge increase in food banks.



Sex claims Lib Dem peer will co-operate with inquiry

A SENIOR Liberal Democrat peer accused of sexually harassing women in the party last night said he would “co-operate with any properly constituted inquiry” into the claims.



Italian elections: Voters send the euro plummeting

ITALIAN politicians scrambled for a way out of the country’s post-election gridlock yesterday as markets around the world reacted to fears that one of Europe’s biggest economies would be unable to stay the course on austerity measures.



Eddie Barnes: Pro-independence camp cannot gamble its campaign on fed-up vote...

AT THE Eastleigh by-election on the south coast of England, the talk yesterday was of the major error made by UKIP leader Nigel Farage in deciding not to stand.



Michael Fry: Converts to Scotland?s cause

OCCASIONALLY, when wandering round my own neck of the woods in the West End of Edinburgh, I bump into old Tory chums, all grown a little greyer in the whiskers – just like myself.



Allan Massie: Talk of Special Relationship is pure nostalgia

THE Obama administration’s foreign policy has been directed chiefly to Asia and especially to America’s relations with China and Japan.



Alex Orr: Small countries can have a big impact in Europe

MUCH has been written of the benefit of being a large state in the European Union, especially in the ongoing debate over Scottish independence. And it is naturally the big states that make the headlines in EU policy making.



Brian Wilson: Why Clegg and Co should jump ship

THE Eastleigh by-election is an unfamiliar affair with two partners in a coalition government locked in mortal combat. Even more oddly, the Tories’ best hope of winning appears to lie in claiming that unfamiliar territory, the higher moral ground.



Robinson in plea for donor anonymity

THE threat to political donors from terrorism in Northern Ireland should be taken seriously, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party said yesterday.



SNP youth wing vice-convenor expelled and reinstated

THE SNP’s youth movement was facing embarrassing claims of “bullying” and in-fighting last night after a leading member was first expelled and then reinstated after insisting that “heads must roll” in the “YesScotland” campaign.



?One in five students must be from poor backgrounds?

SCOTLAND’S universities have been told poorer students should make up at least 20 per cent of their roll – with sanctions looming if they do not improve access.



The Scotsman cartoon - 27/02/13

NHS waiting lists are the subject of today’s cartoon



Council face ?culture of fear? probe

CITY chiefs are set to be questioned on whether a “culture of fear” exists within the council, with a councillor calling for changes to tackle anxiety within the workforce.



Troops ?too scared? to complain

Defence officials were yesterday urged to urgently investigate claims that fear of redundancy is deterring armed forces personnel from making complaints about genuine grievances.



Independent Scotland ?will hand control of spending to London?

ALEX Salmond’s plans to keep the pound after independence will leave London with effective control of public spending levels in Scotland, the UK government is expected to argue next month.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

The siren song of opposition
In political terms, being an MP is a bit of a poisoned chalice of a job. You ostensibly get elected to represent your constituents, but in reality to represent your party leader. Unless you manage to land yourself a ministerial job you’re basically nothing but a vote on legs, told what to say and ordered [...]

And finally? #22
It’s old news, but someone finally dug up the actual leaflet. Click for the reason! If the YesScotland campaign had its wits about it, it’d be running off a million of these with this week’s news stories printed in bold on the back.  

Normal service imminent
We apologise to all readers for the extra-flaky performance of the site today. The ridiculously, needlessly convoluted process of moving domain should be complete by tomorrow, and we should be in maximum effect at our brand-new, altogether-more-robust location by Friday. And we thank, once again, everyone who contributed to the donations that made that move [...]

Information request #4
We’ve already asked this question on Twitter (no answers yet), but we should open it up here too. In the light of today’s piece by Stewart Bremner, we’ve been racking our brains trying to think if anyone has moved, in public, from being a Yes vote to a No – or even a Don’t Know [...]

Stepping out of the confession booth
For a long time if felt like a dirty secret. It’s how we’ve been conditioned. It was simply something that you just didn’t speak about, because most people around you would look down on you if they knew. Those feelings are something that many who believe in an independent Scotland have encountered at some point [...]

Causing a cache-flow crisis
Our story of this morning raised an interesting issue in the comments, namely whether sites like this one are actually helping to prop up the Scottish mainstream media by linking to its articles and thereby generating web traffic, page rankings and money for what is too often a toxic and dishonest propaganda tool for the [...]

A Scotsman on the make
We’re indebted to an alert reader for pointing us towards this intriguing story: “For knowingly selling paid links, The Scotsman and JP’s regional news sites were not removed from the search results – you can still find The Scotsman’s site if you perform a brand related navigational search. They have however, had their pagerank scores [...]

Rainy day blues
One of the main weapons in the arsenal of the No campaign is to induce fear in the public over their pensions. It?s a strategy based on the generally inadequate knowledge that most of us have over our pensions, so the “Better Together” coalition has been handing out flyers proclaiming that “the pensions of 1 [...]

Quoted for truth #10
Showbiz news from yesterday’s Daily Record: “In a shameful confession that will shock their fans, cheeky TV duo Ant and Dec have admitted that one of them… voted Tory. The Geordie lads, back on ITV tonight on Saturday Night Takeaway, revealed all in a no-holds-barred interview in which they also said they?d taken drugs. Asked [...]

Quoted for truth #9
A powerful reality check from Iain Macwhirter in the Sunday Herald: “Scotland bailed out the UK economy in the 1980s with Scottish oil revenues, and received precious little in return except factory closures and the highest mortality rates in Europe. And it doesn’t take a genius to see that any improvement in the UK economy [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Plans for overhaul of civil courts
A specialist court to deal with personal injury claims is expected to be proposed in plans for an overhaul of Scotland's civil courts.

A&E patients are waiting longer
Longer A&E waiting times but only seven people missing out on treatment within a new 12-week NHS guarantee are highlighted by government figures.

Minister rejects phones for inmates
Allowing inmates to use telephones in their prison cells is ruled out by Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

Councillor leaves SNP over schools
An Angus councillor resigns from the Scottish National Party as part of a dispute over schooling in Arbroath.

Sturgeon lobbies MEPs over EU funds
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is in Brussels where she will ask Scottish MEPs to back her bid for a fair share of European Union funding.

Poppy field for Aberdeen considered
A poppy field is being suggested for Aberdeen to commemorate the centenary of World War I.

Salmond saddened at cardinal's going
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says he is saddened to hear of the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien who faces allegations of "inappropriate behaviour".

Rest and be Thankful diversion ready
Work on an emergency diversion route for The Rest and Be Thankful section of the A83 in Argyll is completed.

Brave hailed after Oscar success
First Minister Alex Salmond says he is delighted Brave has followed its success at the Baftas and Golden Globes by winning an Oscar for best animated feature film.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Mike Russell says Post-16 Education Bill "not absolutely or perfectly cast in stone".

AUDIO: World watching Scots - ex-UK minister
Former UK minister Mark Malloch-Brown says the world will be watching Scotland as the referendum on independence draws nearer.

AUDIO: 'Need to understand' EU funds cut
Scotland's Deputy First Minster Nicola Sturgeon says she wants to "better understand" why the country could be facing a disproportionate cut in European structural funds.

VIDEO: Could Scotland have a film industry?
The Glasgow Film Festival is under way and the first UK screening of the Hollywood movie "Cloud Atlas" will take place on Sunday. It is one of a raft of US block-busters which chose Scotland as a location. But given the recent success of some of our home-grown talent, is it too much to consider whether these big films could be developed here too?

VIDEO: Pensions - should we be worried?
If you are young enough you don't think about it. If you are old enough you are probably worrying about it. Pensions are a big problem. More people are drawing them and fewer people are contributing. As the UK government warns us to take more responsibility for our retirement, there's a warning Scotland will enter the pension crisis before the rest of the UK.

Denmark: Why do Danes seem so delighted?
What can Scotland learn from Denmark's welfare system?

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Yes to a Just Scotland - Trade Unionists for Independence

  By Richie Venton
 
For trade unionists and workers suffering the viciousness of the unelected Westminster Coalition, the Yes Scotland campaign?s report ?Yes to a Just Scotland? is a welcome step forward compared to being told for months to vote Yes so that little or nothing will change!
 
It rightly highlights the greater likelihood of the historic aims of the trade union movement - social justice, wealth redistribution and equality - being achieved under independence.



Why we need to scrap Trident

  By Steven Griffiths
 
Last week?s announcement from David Cameron that the government is to consider spending money from the UK's £10bn aid budget on peacekeeping and other defence-related projects has been rightly slammed as deeply concerning and counterproductive by agencies such as Christian Aid.



The Mantras of Professional Scotland are Part of the Problem

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, February 23rd 2013

Social justice is in the air. This week there was Anas Sarwar?s speech on Monday; by the close of the week there was ?Yes Scotland?s? mini-summit and its response to the STUC?s ?A Just Scotland? document.

In-between we have had another litany of grim statistics telling the familiar story: of the inequality, poverty and exclusion in Glasgow and parts of the West of Scotland. And the now well-trodden path of politicians and public sector professionals saying they have learned from the past and embraced new thinking.



We are Scotland - East Dunbartonshire Toni and Moira

  The recurring theme in the video above is of a need for information from both sides in the referendum debate.

An honest and mature debate is something that most people will agree is an absolute necessity as the nation edges towards decision time.



First Minister's Questions - 21 Feb 2013 - video

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

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



Repeating errors of bad old days

By George Kerevan

We are at war ? a currency war, that is. The world is in danger of repeating the mistakes of the Great Depression when nations tried to ?export? their unemployment through competitive devaluations of their currencies.



No comment: the 'spokespersons' and their secrets

By Kenneth Roy

Last Wednesday, just after 9am, I sent emails to two Scottish public bodies. Neither email could be accused of being long or complicated. The first was to Transport Scotland:

I am the editor of the Scottish Review online current affairs magazine and may be doing a piece tomorrow on the Dunragit bypass and the destruction of a site of archaeological interest that this work will involve.



The Sectarian Foundation of the United Kingdom

By Mark McNaught

A cursory review of documents which have forged UK constitutional history amply demonstrates that sectarianism is a primary source of state legitimacy. We also observe laws passed by Parliament that have sought to codify religious dogma, to be promulgated through the established church.



Rosyth's last hope is sunk by Tory traitors

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It?s quite a headline isn?t it ? the ?traitors? word isn?t one that nationalists should use and it's banned on this site, we can already hear the squeals from the Better Together campaign as Labour join their Tory and Lib Dem allies to denounce the narrow minded nats.
 
The headline though is from the Daily Record in 1996.  It accompanied an article which followed the decision to award a contract to refit Trident submarines to Devonport instead of the more deserving Rosyth.



The world after Saddam, Blair and the Iraq invasion

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, February 16th 2013

February 15th 2003 was a moment in global history: a rare articulation of political connectedness and consciousness.

From London to Glasgow to Ullapool to New York, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Tokyo, people took to the streets to protest about the Blair-Bush march to war with Saddam Hussein?s brutal Iraqi dictatorship.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Labour to join Tories in backing a £25bn deal to renew Trident fleet

Labour will fight the next general election on a pledge to retain Britain's independent nuclear deterrent, senior party sources have said.
Peter A Bell's insight:
At least johann Lamont will know where she stands on Trident now that her London bosses have told her. She may even be allowed to talk about it now.

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Business Quotations

The following is a selection of quotes from business people and commentators on the issue of how Scotland will be affected by independence from the United Kingdom.



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Wings Over Scotland | Information request #4

We’ve already asked this question on Twitter (no answers yet), but we should open it up here too. In the light of today’s piece by Stewart Bremner, we’ve been racking our brains trying to think if anyone has moved, in public, from being a Yes vote to a No – or even a Don’t Know – since, let’s say, the SNP’s victory in 2007, the point at which a referendum started to become a real possibility rather than just an abstract concept.



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Wings Over Scotland | Stepping out of the confession booth

For a long time if felt like a dirty secret. It’s how we’ve been conditioned. It was simply something that you just didn’t speak about, because most people around you would look down on you if they knew.



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Scotland?s relationship with Europe | Your Scotland, Your Referendum

Scotland has always been an outward looking nation. The ties that bind our country to neighbours and friends across Europe are exceptionally important and according to recent opinion polls people in Scotland believe they are worth preserving.



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An Independent Scotland Might Have to Thole Trident on the C

Getting rid of Trident won't be a simple process even in an independent Scotland, writes defence specialist STUART CRAWFORD. 

The recent revelatio
Peter A Bell's insight:
Here we have yet another example of the contradiction and confusion that pervades the anti-independence campaign. On the one hand we have one of their tame experts insisting that Scotland will be obliged to keep Trident whether we like it or not. On the other hand we have the UK Government stating that Scotland would be prohibited from hosting nuclear weapons - http://bit.ly/YuQp1W.Changing your mind may be a perfectly valid part of the intellectual process, but perhaps not so much when you do so every few minutes.

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Creighton EU clarification 'not news' and did not 'add to sum of human knowle...

The BBC has defended its limited coverage of comments made by Irish Minister Lucinda Creighton on the EU membership of an independent Scotland, by suggesting that her clarification remarks following a BBC interview did not “add to the sum of human knowledge”.

 



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Fears for Royal Mail post-2014

Peter A Bell's insight:
Sometimes the unionists' scare stories get lost amongst the doom-mongering and the smears.

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Socialist Courier: MacCapitalism

 In a mock independence referendum students at Glasgow university voted "No" by a margin of nearly two to one. Just 967 votes (37 per cent) were cast in favour of independence, with 1,614 (62 per cent) against. There were eight spoiled ballots. In the actual debate, according to an Al-jazeera report, nationalists chanted “in-de-pendence”, while some at the back of the hall responded with cries of “the workers have no country.”


Peter A Bell's insight:
Perhaps not the most valuable contribution to the referendum debate.

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind: Salmond reaching ?sell-by date?
Alex Salmond is reaching his “sell-by” date, according to for-mer Scottish, foreign, and defence secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind.
Peter A Bell's insight:
This from a man who was a nonentity even at the peak of his career. Note also the characteristic irony-blindness of the British nationalist as Rifkind whines about Salmond attacking the person while he snipes with typically pointless pettiness at the First Minister.

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Sturgeon warns UK could be heading for EU exit door
NICOLA Sturgeon will today attack the Coalition government’s relations with Europe, with a stark warning that the UK could be heading out of the EU exit door.

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Independent Scotland ?will hand control of spending to London?
ALEX Salmond’s plans to keep the pound after independence will leave London with effective control of public spending levels in Scotland, the UK government is expected to argue next month.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Once again we see a mindless knee-jerk reaction from unionists who simply assume that the rump British state will be in a position to dictate terms to Scotland. The reality is that rUK will need a currency union at least as much as Scotland. But Scotland will have alternative options while rUK will have none.When it comes down to it, we will see the mother and father of all U-turns from the rUK government after independence as they have to face a situation which they seem pathologically incapable of even envisaging.

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Credit downgrade takes centre stage in Scottish independence debate

While Westminster is absorbed by the difficulties facing Nick Clegg over allegations relating to the conduct of the former Lib Dem chief executive Lord Rennard, it remains the economy that will decide the result of the next General Election.

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UK Government set to admit independent Scotland could use pound

The anti-independence campaign has suffered another significant blow today after media reports which claim that the Westminster Government will next month admit that an independent Scotland can use sterling.



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No lessons to be learned from uni?s indy referendum

ANDREW NICOLL: STUDENTS at Glasgow Uni vote NO in independence referendum, so what does that tell us?
Peter A Bell's insight:
The Glasgow University referendum actually tells us nothing at all about the wider independence campaign. This article, on the other hand, tells us a great deal about Andrew Nicoll's personal prejudices.

And about the shallowness of his analysis. Yes Scotland's involvement in the mock referendum was a mistake, he insists because they "got gubbed". A more thoughtful individual might have realised that the exercise offered an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge of an important sector of the electorate as well as practical experience all in a context where thew outcome was of no great consequence.

Yes Scotland will have come away from this with something new and useful, while Andrew Nicoll has nothing but the same old blinkered unionist preconceptions.

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Daily Record

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A&E waiting times target being missed as more than 300 patients wait longer th...
THE December figure - which showed 323 cases where patients in A&E had to wait longer than 12 hours - is the worst since July 2007.

Lord Rennard scandal: Deputy PM Nick Clegg demands police be allowed to do th...
POLICE are investigating allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women by the peer.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg: I've nothing to hide over sex claims against Lord ...
THE Deputy Prime Minister faces questions over a cover-up after he yesterday admitted knowing five years ago about claims of alleged sexual harassment by the peer.

Storm brewing on south coast
THE Con-Dem government are at each other's throats on the Southampton coast as Thursday's by-election edges closer.

Mr yes is just a modern-day Dr no
PAUL WHEELHOUSE is famous for one thing, and that is selling the shooting rights on the Government-owned estate on the Isle of Raasay.

Nick Clegg admits his office knew of sex claims against Lib-Dem peer Lord Ren...
THE Deputy Prime Minister admitted he heard of claims about Lord Rennard's conduct in 2008,and says he was warned that such behaviour was unacceptable.

Frozen beef products removed from Scottish Government buildings
CATERING company Sodexo have removed the products in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

Clegg and Cable deny knowledge of sex claims against senior Lib-Dem Lord Rennard
VINCE CABLE said he and the party leader were unaware of claims that Rennard had behaved inappropriately towards women.

Revealed: Eight out of ten affected by bedroom tax are disabled
NEW figures show the sick and disabled will bear the brunt of the Tories' hated new tax.

Only an independent Scotland can keep the fatcats in check, says Elaine C Smith
THE Rab C Nesbitt star said a vote for independence would be a vote for a fairer Scotland.

SNP call on trade unions to help them break up Britain
YES Scotland have asked the STUC to explore policy options for ­independence as they claim Scots could end welfare cuts and changes to the public sector.

Classroom funding crisis: Come and see how bad my school is, teenager tells p...
CAITLYN MCCLUE, 14, contacted the Record following our investigation this week which found budgets for school equipment had been slashed.

Council tax frozen across all 32 Scottish local authorities for sixth year
FINANCE secretary John Swinney said he was 'delighted' after all 32 local authorities agree not to increase charge.

Alex Salmond accused of putting press stunts ahead of patients as health watc...
THE First Minister has been accused of not paying enough attention to patients in wake of shocking revelations that waiting lists had been manipulated to meet targets set by the SNP.

Labour MP brands Atos 36 per cent profit increase as 'slap in the face' to Br...
LABOUR'S Tom Greatrex says the Tory government should be demanding money back from Atos because of the mess they have made of the work assessment tests.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Independent Scotland would have little influence on bank policy, says minister

Westminster would control Bank of England decisions even if Scotland kept sterling as its currency, says Michael Moore

An independent Scotland would not be allowed a role in setting policy for the B...



Scotland: Britain's real referendum | Editorial

Bit by bit the arguments and terrain for the 2014 referendum vote are taking sharper shape

It is about time that British politics got real about the referendum. Not the hypothetical referendum on th...



SNP urges Cameron to start handover talks for Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon says independent Scotland could begin 15 months after a 'yes' vote but critics dismiss timetable as 'absurd'

Nicola Sturgeon has challenged David Cameron to start talks on an "order...



Steve Bell on the wording of the Scottish independence referendum question ? ...

Alex Salmond accepts election watchdog's criticism of original wording as well as its proposed campaign spending limits

Steve Bell



Alex Salmond's Scottish independence referendum question rejected

Electoral Commission says SNP leader's choice of wording was biased in favour of a yes vote and should be dropped

Alex Salmond's preferred referendum question on Scottish independence has been rejec...



Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness | Blair McDougall

The SNP's deeply negative independence campaign is at odds with the positive, outward-looking outlook of most Scots

Asking questions of your government is a basic feature of democracy. It is also de...



Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution

Less than a quarter of Scots are in favour of breaking away from UK, according to survey

Support for independence among Scottish voters has slumped to its lowest level since devolution, with less th...



Alex Salmond gave incomplete answers on EU legal advice, inquiry finds

First minister cleared of breaching ministerial code but criticised for 'muddled' response in BBC interview

Alex Salmond has been chastised for giving "muddled and incomplete" answers about his lega...



Pro-UK camp suffers friendly fire wound in first skirmish of the year

It has been a far quieter start to the independence campaign than in 2012 but the 'yes' camp scores the first point with its 'pay a pound for freedom' campaign, courtesy of Danny Alexander

If the st...



MoD: Trident submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to Plymouth

Devonport is ruled out as home for submarines, raising questions over future of fleet if Scotland votes for independence

Britain's nuclear-armed submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to the Devon...



Salute Scotland's great and good of 2012 | Kevin McKenna

Whether it was sport, politics or charity, this has been a memorable year for the nation

Being a large-glass-of-Bacardi-and-Coke-half-full sort of chap, I have tended to see the good in every year t...



Salmond sets up Leveson panel as Scotland prepares to go it alone

A five-person panel of legal experts and journalists has been appointed by the Scottish government to consider how to implement the Leveson report.

They are to spend three months considering how sta...



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

Ban on open displays of tobacco products likely to come into effect in April after supreme court throws out firm's case

Shops in Scotland will be banned from openly displaying cigarettes after a leg...



Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

Move comes after president of European commission says independent Scotland will not inherit UK's EU opt-outs

The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency stat...



Scotland calls for urgent talks over EU membership

Scottish government rejects commission chief's assertion that independent state would have to reapply to join European Union

The Scottish government is pressing for urgent talks with the European co...



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Driven by Bigotry?
Rangers disappointed? They should be seething with their supporters. By Andy Muirhead Saturday?s game against Berwick Rangers should have been about the football on the pitch, but it was overshadow...

People Powered Future
Imagine Scotland as a Hub of Democratic Innovation, a Scotland where Everyone has A Say!

For A That 15 ? Good Grades
For the 15th episode of the For A? That podcast Andrew and I spoke with Kate Higgins of Burdz Eye View fame. We had a quick natter about the AAA rating story and why it may [...]

Just Say Yes
By Cat Boyd With the publication yesterday of Yes Scotland?s response to the STUC?s ?Just Scotland? paper, the question is raised again – what would trade unionism look like in [...]

Scotland 2014: Rock The Vote?
By Kate Higgins It garnered a lot of unwarranted media coverage, both in the run up to the vote and on the result itself. In a mock referendum for students, [...]

The Union?s Credibility Gap
By Jamie Maxwell Moody’s decision yesterday to strip the UK of its AAA credit rating (‘UK loses top AAA credit rating for first time since 1978′) represents a severe blow [...]

MORE BOREALI (Latin: in a northern way)
This is an old editorial from the Edinburgh Review republished with kind permission by Robert Alan Jamieson I?d like the Scottish Nationalists more if they didn?t have word Nationalist in [...]

Hard Money
By Callum McCormick Venezuela?s announcement on 8 February of an immediate currency devaluation was neither unprecedented nor unexpected. Despite government officials? repeated insistence they were...

Perspective from outside a fragile beautiful planet
A visually stunning, poetic, inspirational short film (20min) featuring interviews with a lucky few who’ve seen Earth from beyond its thin skin of atmosphere.  Well worth putting the kettle on [......

Europe, the Left and Scottish Independence
By Emily Macintosh When discussing the EU in a Scottish independence context, the Yes campaign line is that a vote for independence is not insular or parochial, it is about [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Glasgow students reject independence in mock referendum by large margin - The...

The Guardian (blog)

Glasgow students reject independence in mock referendum by large margin
The Guardian (blog)
Jackie Ballie, for the anti-independence Better Together coalition, interviewed on STV's...


Yes Scotland frustrates STUC with broadbrush promises on social justice with ...

The Guardian (blog)

Yes Scotland frustrates STUC with broadbrush promises on social justice with ...
The Guardian (blog)
As he released a lengthy submission to the Scottish TUC's "A Just Scotland" age...


Yes Scotland boss says referendum victory 'achievable' as his troops hit the ...

The Guardian (blog)

Yes Scotland boss says referendum victory 'achievable' as his troops hit the streets
The Guardian (blog)
The recent polls, particularly last month's Scottish Social Attitudes surve...


Joan McAlpine on Scottish independence - Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record

Joan McAlpine on Scottish independence
Scottish Daily Record
The lads perform at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in late March, 2012 AS One Direction gear up to pla...


Independent Scotland would be banned from possessing nuclear arms - BioPrepWatch

BioPrepWatch

Independent Scotland would be banned from possessing nuclear arms
BioPrepWatch
The government of the United Kingdom recently confirmed that Scotland would be banned from having nuclear we...


British EU referendum helps Scottish independence - Europe Online Magazine

British EU referendum helps Scottish independence
Europe Online Magazine
The Scottish government, however, is "strongly committed" to staying in the EU - not least because of its single market - Depu...


Sturgeon: case for Scotland remaining in EU is 'common sense' - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Sturgeon: case for Scotland remaining in EU is 'common sense'
Herald Scotland
The SNP deputy leader said that Europe would benefit if Scotland continues to be in the EU if it votes for...


Independence goes with interdependence - SNP (press release) (blog)

Independence goes with interdependence
SNP (press release) (blog)
It is an ideal forum in which to talk about Scotland's referendum on independence in 2014, and its implications for our relationship ...


Bob Servant actor Brian Cox: English and Scottish independence - BBC News

BBC News

Bob Servant actor Brian Cox: English and Scottish independence
BBC News
Actor Brian Cox, playing a would-be MP in a BBC4 comedy, claimed "our political system is failing us daily", and he pre...


As Others See Us: the view from Catalunya (2) - Herald Scotland (blog)

Herald Scotland (blog)

As Others See Us: the view from Catalunya (2)
Herald Scotland (blog)
Just a few short months ago independentistas in Barcelona were rejoicing that Scotland would have a referend...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Waiting time at A&E is worst for six years - The Scottish Sun

Waiting time at A&E is worst for six years
The Scottish Sun
It's the worst performance since July 2007, just after the SNP came to power. Health Secretary Alex Neil this week handed A&E departments a...


Patients left to languish in A&E - The Times (subscription)

The Times (subscription)

Patients left to languish in A&E
The Times (subscription)
It is the second waiting times debacle in the past week to hit the SNP Government, which has set set much store and p...


SNP youth wing vice-convenor expelled and reinstated - Scotsman

Scotsman

SNP youth wing vice-convenor expelled and reinstated
Scotsman
THE SNP's youth movement was facing embarrassing claims of ?bullying? and in-fighting last night after a leading member was first...


SNP expresses sadness at balloon tragedy - ITV News

SNP expresses sadness at balloon tragedy
ITV News
SNP expresses sadness at balloon tragedy. Last updated Tue 26 Feb 2013. World · Egypt · Luxor · Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter Share on Google+...


Sinopec Sees a Larger Pot and Raises: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp ... - I...

Sinopec Sees a Larger Pot and Raises: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp ...
Insider Monkey (blog)
China's state owned oil giant China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP), otherwise known as Sino...


Scotland's position in europe is weaker than the SNP would have you believe -...

Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Scotland's position in europe is weaker than the SNP would have you believe
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
Nicola Sturgeon, arguably the SNP's most effective asset at present, went to B...


Sturgeon: case for Scotland remaining in EU is 'common sense' - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Sturgeon: case for Scotland remaining in EU is 'common sense'
Herald Scotland
The SNP deputy leader said that Europe would benefit if Scotland continues to be in the EU if it votes for...


SNP youth wing vice-convenor expelled then reinstated - Scotsman

Scotsman

SNP youth wing vice-convenor expelled then reinstated
Scotsman
THE SNP's youth movement was facing embarrassing claims of ?bullying? and in-fighting last night after a leading member was firs...


MP attacks SNP on Stranraer regeneration - The Galloway Gazette

MP attacks SNP on Stranraer regeneration
The Galloway Gazette
The SNP MSP made the claim when responding to a letter from Mr Brown calling on the Scottish government to invest in the regeneration of ...


Independence goes with interdependence - SNP (press release) (blog)

Independence goes with interdependence
SNP (press release) (blog)
Independence goes with interdependence. SNP Depute Leader and Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has spoken to the Eur...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Glasgow students reject independence in mock referendum by large margin - The...

The Guardian (blog)

Glasgow students reject independence in mock referendum by large margin
The Guardian (blog)
As an acid test of Scottish opinion ? the first live exercise involving the agreed refer...


Michael Fry: Converts to Scotland's cause - Scotsman

Scotsman

Michael Fry: Converts to Scotland's cause
Scotsman
Since that policy has failed as a means of solving Scotland's problems, it is unlikely yet more subsidies will ever do the trick. We are loc...


British EU referendum helps Scottish independence - Europe Online Magazine

British EU referendum helps Scottish independence
Europe Online Magazine
The Scottish government, however, is "strongly committed" to staying in the EU - not least because of its single market - Depu...


Sturgeon: case for Scotland remaining in EU is 'common sense' - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Sturgeon: case for Scotland remaining in EU is 'common sense'
Herald Scotland
The SNP deputy leader said that Europe would benefit if Scotland continues to be in the EU if it votes for...


Independence goes with interdependence - SNP (press release) (blog)

Independence goes with interdependence
SNP (press release) (blog)
It is an ideal forum in which to talk about Scotland's referendum on independence in 2014, and its implications for our relationship ...


Scotland's timetable for EU membership - European Voice

Scotland's timetable for EU membership
European Voice
Next year, the Scottish people will vote in a referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent nation. The formal authority for the refere...


Put your referendum questions to Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens - BBC ...

BBC News

Put your referendum questions to Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens
BBC News
The leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, will be in the hot seat to answer your referendum questions....


Scott, T - Scotland's Future Paper - DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)

Scott, T - Scotland's Future Paper
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands) (Scottish Liberal Democrats): To ask the Scottish Government when work began on Scotland'...


Grant, R - Scotland's Future Paper - DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)

Grant, R - Scotland's Future Paper
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) civil servants and (b)...


MacDonald, A - Referendum - DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)

MacDonald, A - Referendum
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to provide a Gaelic lang...


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I love finding new music... embdy got any to share? 

 

 

I found this group, C2C, cannae mind how now but think they are pretty cool... well produced, enjoyable, non taxing music with great vids......



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Bailiffs In England...

Dunno if this would apply 'up the road' - but I liked it.

 

Get a drink, put your feet up and enjoy the floorshow.

 



Are You A Good Citizen
Street beggar in America found a ring in his cup and handed it back to owner, the owner told people about it and now the beggar has been given about 150 thousand dollars in donations,  has anyone o...

Do You Know Who I Am?

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-door-staff-reveal-what-1378140



Bill Hicks

Died 19 years today

 



Hot Air Balloon Crash In Egypt

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/26/us-egypt-luxor-balloon-idUSBRE91P04S20130226

 

What a way to go, i would assume it would be quite slow motion compared to most other air crashes. 



What's Your Favourite Bird Call?

I love the Eider Ducks call, it's hilarious.. 

 

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/e/eider/index.aspx

 

love Moorhen too... 

 

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/m/moorhen/...



All This Lib Dem "inappropriate Behaviour" Stuff

Looks like a story that keeps on giving:

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/9893927/Lord-Rennard-fresh-questions-for-Nick-Clegg-over-the-sex-scandal-whistleblower.html

 

Th...



Aaaaaarrgghh! Fkin Clipshear!



Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...

Why the SNP is playing down the consequences of YES
How changing the question added 16 points to NO’s lead There’s new polling out from TNS-BMRB into the form of wording for the Scottish Independence referendum due to take place in October 2014. The...

A MORI double whammy for Salmond and the SNP
Three weeks into the campaign and NO increases lead There’s a new telephone poll from MORI of Scottish voters and the results are not encouraging for Alex Salmond or his party in their effort to se...

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of the UK's top 100 political blogs.

What's an anti-nuclear country to do?
I gather from a newspaper report today that the UK government has decreed (in its usual self-effacing manner) that an independent Scotland would be 'banned' from possessing nuclear weapons.  So let...

And you dare me to face the attack
Yes folks, it's that time of the year already, when I pointlessly alienate 99% of regular readers by reminding you that this is (theoretically at least) a Eurovision blog as well as a Scottish poli...

Plaid Cymru surge to joint lead for Assembly list vote in dramatic YouGov poll
Here is the type of bizarre poll that we used to see in Scotland when people still thought that the list vote was a second preference vote. But the Additional Member System has been operating in W...

Comment is free (at least here)
I'll start by apologising in advance, because the majority of you won't have a clue what this post is all about. But as a matter of principle, I object strongly to being censored, especially when ...

Will the Tories rebrand themselves as 'Scotland for Socialism'?
I received a glossy No2AV-style purple leaflet the other day from an organisation calling itself 'Scotland for Marriage', and yet curiously their main preoccupation seems to be with preventing cert...

Yes voters who were born outside Scotland
I'm not sure if this has been commented upon elsewhere yet, but one feature of last week's Ipsos-Mori poll on independence that struck me as particularly interesting was the breakdown of voting int...

Creative accountancy on Twitter
Spotted on Twitter earlier this morning -

Katherine O'Donnell ?: Comparison with Nov 2012 Ipsos MORI poll suggest Scots keener than the English on EU - 50% of English wanted out, 53% of Scots want...

Labour vote falls 4% in Rutherglen South by-election - Labour councillor desc...
This was the rather startling verdict of Labour councillor Davie McLachlan on yesterday's Rutherglen South by-election -

"Amazing result and body blow to the nats. The downfall begins"

"Massive d...


Another tragic example of the 'empowering' effect of owning guns for self-def...
Unconfirmed media reports this morning are suggesting an unimaginable human tragedy - that legendary South African athlete Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead after mistaking h...

Ipsos-Mori becomes third pollster this year to show a swing in favour of inde...
Here are the latest Ipsos-Mori findings on independence, which make highly encouraging reading for the Yes campaign -

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 34% (+4)
No 55% (-3)


In theor...

My campaign to be Pope starts here
I was surprised and delighted to discover on the BBC website a couple of hours ago that I am fully eligible to be elected Pope next month. It seems that there are no boring requirements about havi...

I-I-I-I wouldn't change a thi-ing
From the BBC -

Writing before the launch of the Westminster government's document, Mr Cameron pledged that his government would put the "facts" about Scottish independence to the public.

He said:...


The right of Scottish Labour MPs to deny equal marriage rights to English peo...
A few days ago, someone asked me on PB if I couldn't think of some good points to the constitutional status quo.  "There must be something, surely," he said (or at least that was the gist).  After ...

Angus Reid finds 1.5% swing in favour of independence since last month
The Mail are manfully spinning this for all it's worth (yes, they even use the traditional words "huge setback"!), but I'm afraid facts are chiels that winna ding - the first poll on independence u...

Photos on Sunday : Celtic Connections
Before anyone accuses me of stealing the title of this post from Tris, he got the idea from me. Honestly. (I think.)

Yesterday I went to the finale of the Danny Kyle Open Stage, which was a far ...

 

     

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