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Academic warns of a bleak future for youth employment
a LEADING academic has warned young people may never join the labour market on the terms their parents did and predicted part-time and zero-hours contracts may now be a permanent feature of the employment landscape.

Syria attack looms large as US hits out at 'moral obscenity'
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said there is "real and compelling" evidence Syria used chemical weapons against its own people.

Business leaders condemn plans for high speed rail link
MORE pressure has been piled on the Coalition Government over its flagship £50 billion high speed rail plan (HS2), with the Institute of Directors calling on it to abandon what it branded a "grand folly".

May vows to bring in tougher slavery sanctions
HOME Secretary Theresa May has pledged to create tougher sanctions to tackle the problem of slavery.

Blow for Miliband as he suffers poll slump
The proportion of voters who think Ed Miliband is doing a good job has slumped over the summer, according to a poll.

Scotland blows £1bn on public sector payoffs
ALMOST £1 billion has been spent by Scottish public bodies in severance deals for staff since the SNP came to power in 2007, according to the latest figures compiled by Scottish Labour.

Strange saga of council charity with just one donor
A CHARITY set up by Glasgow City Council to combat hardship has been criticised after it was revealed that all of its income was down to just one Labour donor.

Sunday Herald campaign: MSPs and MPs jailed for violence should be automatica...
THE Sunday Herald is today launching a campaign for the automatic disqualification of MSPs and MPs who are jailed for crimes of violence.

Revealed: council leader's George Square scorecard
GLASGOW City Council has been forced to release previously secret documents cited as evidence of improper bias by Labour leader Gordon Matheson during the George Square redesign debacle.

Living standards are worse than 1980s, says Miliband
ORDINARY families are facing tougher economic times today than in the mass-unemployment era of the 1980s, Labour leader Ed Miliband has warned.

Shamed MSP Walker keeps up political duties as quit calls intensify
WIFE-BEATER Bill Walker is shamelessly carrying on as normal as an MSP - after signing a parliamentary motion in honour of a football star.

Alexander wants UN access to 'chemical attack' site
UN inspectors must have complete access to the site of the suspected chemical attack in Damascus "within days", Douglas Alexander, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said as the UK Government directly blamed the Assad regime for the alleged atrocity.

Half of UK over-50s 'would choose to leave European Union'
ALMOST half of today's over-50s would vote to leave the European Union, a new survey reveals.

Labour to fight Royal Mail sell-off
Labour has launched a campaign against the Government's plan to privatise the Royal Mail, branding the move "dangerous".

Cameron under pressure over role in data destruction
PRESSURE is mounting on David Cameron over his role in getting a newspaper to destroy classified information divulged by the American whistleblower Edward Snowden.


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Scottish independence: ?SNP deflecting reality?
27 Aug 2013 at 2:37pm

The SNP is attempting to “de-risk, deflect and distract” from the challenges that would face an independent Scotland, the Scottish Secretary will say today.



Michael Moore backs Dundee City of Culture bid
27 Aug 2013 at 12:01pm

SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore hailed Dundee’s “world-renowned” video games sector, pledging to introduce tax cuts for the industry as he also met with the Dundee UK 2017 City of Culture bid team.



Alex Salmond makes Campbeltown property visits
27 Aug 2013 at 11:39am

Two property ventures have been formally opened by the First Minister.



Jeremy Bowen in Syria warning at book festival
27 Aug 2013 at 9:28am

BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen has said the West is “walking on thin ice” when it comes to democracy in the Middle East at the Edinburgh International Book Festival yesterday.



Aberdeen SNP urged to consider £50m Wood offer
27 Aug 2013 at 8:47am

ABERDEEN’S Liberal Democrat councillors have urged the SNP group on the council to join them in approaching Sir Ian Wood about his latest offer of a £50 million donation towards a transformational project in the city.



Tony Blair: west must take sides in Middle East
27 Aug 2013 at 8:32am

The announcement of the summit in Jordan this week, after the use of chemical weapons in Syria, is very welcome.



Tony Blair calls for attack on Syria
27 Aug 2013 at 7:31am

Allowing the enduring controversy over the decision to invade Iraq in 2003 to hold back military intervention in Syria could help produce a “nightmare scenario” for the West in the Middle East, Tony Blair warned.



Parliament recalled to debate Syria response
27 Aug 2013 at 7:18am

MPs are to be recalled early as speculation mounts that the UK will join allies in military intervention against the Assad regime in Syria.



The Scotsman cartoon - 27/08/13
26 Aug 2013 at 7:11pm

David Cameron is breaking off from his holiday to continue a round of calls with world leaders amid mounting speculation the UK might join international military action in Syria



Syria: Snipers target UN chemical weapon inspectors
26 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm

UNITED Nations inspectors came under sniper fire while en route to the site of a suspected chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus yesterday as US secretary of state John Kerry accused president Bashar al-Assad of destroying evidence.



Syria: MPs urge Cameron to recall parliament
26 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm

PRIME Minister David Cameron was under mounting pressure to recall parliament yesterday, as Britain and the United States moved closer to the prospect of military intervention in Syria.



Defence, immigration debated at politics festival
26 Aug 2013 at 4:13pm

DEFENCE, immigration and social media dominated the final day of the Festival of Politics, held in the Scottish Parliament yesterday.



Peter Jones: Wars over water could flood world
26 Aug 2013 at 3:41pm

The cause of Middle East unrest is ostensibly political, but lack of water has a part to play, writes Peter Jones



Jim Gallagher: Referendum comes down to money
26 Aug 2013 at 3:41pm

Rising to a challenge to make a positive case for the Union, Jim Gallagher looks at Scotland’s trade and the impact it has on the country’s economy



David Maddox: Badger cull may be last straw
26 Aug 2013 at 3:41pm

COUNCIL planning departments up and down the UK, especially those in rural areas, used to have an unwritten rule: “Don’t annoy the RSPB.”




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Trading partners
by Scott Minto
27 Aug 2013 at 10:00am
In an interesting addition to the independence debate today, Jim Gallagher (former director-general for devolution in the UK government, and senior adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown on devolution strategy from 2007 to 2010) has written about the “positive case” from a business perspective for Scotland to remain in the UK. His article for the [...]

Despatches from hostile territory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Aug 2013 at 5:59am
As befits quality investigative journalism, we’ve had our shadowy agents scouring the streets of Glasgow since yesterday looking for the location of the No campaign’s top-secret “public meeting” on Saturday. We think one of them may have stumbled across it, as we just received this encrypted image on our special secure email account. (Apologies for [...]

Today?s time-saver
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Aug 2013 at 4:21am
There’s a lot of cobblers talked about independence, so with only a limited number of hours in the day it’s important to know when you can safely stop reading something, because the person being quoted is clearly a clueless buffoon who’s forgotten to take the little green pills again and can be ignored without fear [...]

Papers please
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Aug 2013 at 1:09pm
With the official campaigns now over a year old, we can’t help wondering whether “Better Together Glasgow” shouldn’t have been launched before now. But this is a funny sort of “public meeting”, isn’t it? The last “Better Together” public event didn’t go so well. It was a shambolic affair, attended by a number of independence [...]

The Bank?s Holiday
by Robert Bruce
26 Aug 2013 at 3:56am
The debt Scotland stands to inherit as an independent nation is often used as a stick to beat the Yes camp, and various “estimates” of the size of said debt - ranging from the merely extreme to the comically deranged - are a core element of the scare stories that suggest Scotland would have a fragile economy prone [...]

Unionist of the week
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2013 at 4:00pm
We haven’t had one of these for a while, but it’s a peach. Phil Welsh is an official of the Unison trade union in Dundee, though we notice he’s recently removed that fact from his Twitter bio. We’ve had to block him now for associating with our hate-crazed psycho stalker, but earlier this week we [...]

The Tallinn Protocols
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2013 at 8:11am
Alert readers will be aware that we like to occasionally have a bit of light-hearted satirical fun pointing out the gulf in numbers between grassroots campaigners on the Yes side of the independence debate and their counterparts in the No camp. But we’ve been gathering evidence of a much more sinister side to the phenomenon. [...]

Drip, drip, drip
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2013 at 5:03am
This site spends much of its time highlighting major outbreaks of misrepresentation, spin, distortion and outright lying in the Scottish and UK media. Readers will be aware that we very rarely find ourselves short of material. Which means that we don’t often have time to report the small stuff. The image above comes from a [...]

Reaching out from here
by Fiona Quinn
24 Aug 2013 at 4:48am
Whenever there’s a discussion of women’s voting intentions in the referendum, it’s striking how quickly it all slides into stereotyping. Maybe that’s inevitable when you set out to examine the collective motivations of a group of diverse individuals who basically have one characteristic in common. Sometimes it feels like asking what all red-haired or right-handed [...]

Emergency kitten
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Aug 2013 at 12:50pm
Yesterday was (variously by turns) such an exhausting, depressing and infuriating day that some drastic action was required this afternoon in order to restore our spirits. Lucy, meet the readers of Wings Over Scotland. Readers, Lucy. (She’s not ours, sadly – she belongs to a friend a few miles down the road who we went [...]


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Probe into hospital mortality rates
27 Aug 2013 at 5:07am
Health inspectors are to assess patient safety at three Lanarkshire hospitals following concerns about above average mortality rates.


Scots drug deaths fall slightly
27 Aug 2013 at 10:38am
Drug-related deaths in Scotland fall slightly in 2012, but remain the second-highest on record, according to the latest figures.


Scots A&E patients 'waiting less'
27 Aug 2013 at 7:14am
Almost 95% of accident and emergency patients in Scotland are being treated within four hours of waiting, newly released figures say.


Thousands of farmers receive handout
27 Aug 2013 at 11:26am
Thousands of farmers in Scotland who lost livestock during snowy weather earlier this year have been given nearly £750,000 in compensation.


Scottish new home numbers fall 14%
27 Aug 2013 at 9:55am
A construction body calls for measures to address the "crisis" in the industry after the number of new homes fell by 14%.


Minister meets city's culture team
27 Aug 2013 at 9:28am
The team running Dundee's bid to be UK City of Culture for 2017 meets the Scottish Secretary Michael Moore.


Salmond meets residents in Argyll
27 Aug 2013 at 10:28am
First Minister Alex Salmond meets the residents of a £5m affordable housing estate in Campbeltown, Argyll.


Date agreed for referendum purdah
26 Aug 2013 at 2:03pm
The independence referendum's purdah period, which prevents the announcement of new government legislation, will begin when Holyrood is still sitting.


Ministers to 'expose' pro-Yes claims
26 Aug 2013 at 7:24am
UK government ministers pledge to "step up the pressure" and "expose" a lack of authenticity in the pro-independence campaign's arguments.


Stirling Council staff strike on pay
26 Aug 2013 at 3:50am
Staff at Stirling Council are staging a one-day strike in a row over pay and conditions.


Consultation on school closures
26 Aug 2013 at 4:07am
A public consultation into the potential closure of schools in Aberdeen is under way.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
27 Jun 2013 at 12:28pm
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.


VIDEO: Yes group 'did not buy my opinions'
22 Aug 2013 at 11:28am
An academic who received payment from pro-independence group Yes Scotland to write an article in The Herald newspaper insists his opinions had not been for sale.


VIDEO: Pupils start learning for new exams
20 Aug 2013 at 6:16am
Pupils in Scotland have begun courses for the new curriculum for excellence exams which are replacing the old standard grade.


VIDEO: Commonwealth heads 'decide membership'
20 Aug 2013 at 4:31am
The Commonwealth's Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma suggests to Newsnight Scotland that an independent Scotland may have to apply for membership of the organisation.


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Bulmergate and growing suspicions of a conspiracy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Aug 2013 at 6:31pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It began with an offer by Yes Scotland to the Herald newspaper of an article by a respected academic and ended with the entire online operation at Yes Scotland being closed down.
 
The controversy over a small fee paid to Dr Elliott Bulmer for an article published in the Herald has dominated the headlines since late Wednesday. 



We are Scotland - Laurie, Glenrothes
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Aug 2013 at 5:00pm

  In this, our eighth instalment of the 'We are Scotland' video series Newsnet Scotland travels to Glenrothes to speak to Laurie.

Born in England, Laurie moved to Scotland at a young age.  Here he explains why he drifted from Labour and gives his reasons for supporting Scottish independence.

Laurie also comments on the pro-independence wing that is emerging within the Labour party in Scotland. 



Yes Scotland hacking 'large scale' and may have been going on for months
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Aug 2013 at 3:35am

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Email accounts belonging to the pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland appear to have been exposed to a large scale attack which has been going on for several months, it has emerged.
 
According to the Sunday Times, sources close to the investigation into the unauthorised access have uncovered evidence that the illegal activity is far worse than initially thought with thousands of emails being vulnerable.



London Scots and the Referendum
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2013 at 5:34pm

  By Gerry Hassan
 
A coterie of media-elite Scots, peddling ill-informed and biased opinion, leaves the referendum debate the poorer, writes Gerry Hassan
 
One of the most powerful group of Scottish opinion formers do not live and work in Scotland, but are the London Scots.
 



Second Yes Scotlandshire email piles pressure on 'skinny' Jenkins
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Bob Duncan)
25 Aug 2013 at 4:44am

By a BBC Scotlandshire reporter

PRESSURE is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive of the subversive group Yes Scotlandshire, following a second leaked email that reveals Mr Jenkins ordered a 'Pret a Manger' sandwich for his lunch on Friday, for which he paid an outrageous £5.60.



UK stuck in dysfunctional feudal oligarchic mire
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2013 at 5:09pm

  By Mark McNaught

Over the last weeks, we have discovered even more insidious aspects of the Westminster system which further confirm its status as an anachronistic, feudal relic which should have been abolished centuries ago.

Reports concerning 'Prince' Charles' secret veto and his planting of moles in Whitehall raise serious questions about royal political interference, why there is not an enforceable clear delineation and separation of powers in a written UK constitution, and whether it will ultimately compromise his status as 'King'.



Festival Referendum Ban - An open letter to Sir Jonathan Mills
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2013 at 7:28am

Dear Jonathan,
 
In your position as the Director of Edinburgh's International Festival, I appeal to you to reconsider your decision that you have taken in the name of 'political neutrality' that next year's festival will take no account of the Independence referendum scheduled for September 2014, on both the grounds of cultural openness and inclusiveness, democracy and freedom of expression.
 
Whilst I trust you have attempted to clarify that there is no ban on the theme of Scots Referendum by suggesting that issues of "nationalism and nationhood" will be covered by what has already been chosen, namely, the Commonwealth and the centenary of the First World War, you will be effectively banning a direct and unequivocal opportunity for the richly diverse artistic community of Scotland to be able to engage, inform and promote debate on the future of the nation.



'Undecideds' fed up with status quo
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Aug 2013 at 1:00am

  By George Kerevan
 
Nate Silver is a youthful American opinion poll analysist who correctly predicted the outcome in every state, in the last US presidential election.  Nate has grabbed headlines on this side of the pond by predicting the Yes camp has no hope of winning next year's Scottish referendum.  Is he right?
 
For a start, while Nate wins points for his 50 out of 50 score last year, we shouldn't get carried away with his psephological genius.  His attempt to call the 2010 UK general election was an embarrassing failure. 



The real reason for all that stuff in the papers about Andrew Marr
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Aug 2013 at 4:54pm

By Kenneth Roy

I have had a vision ? a sort of nightmare. It threatens to be a recurring one. In the first half of 'An Audience With James Naughtie' ? coming soon, to a theatre near us ? the former chief political correspondent of the Scotsman (James Naughtie) interviews the former parliamentary correspondent of the Scotsman (Andrew Marr) about the latter's opinion of Scottish affairs.

There is an interval for the consumption of strong drink. In this nightmare, I'm having a large one.



What happens after the demise of 'the Holy Trinity' of Britishness?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Aug 2013 at 5:13pm

  By Gerry Hassan

It has been a week of momentous events. The unfolding Egyptian tragedy, the restarting of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, and in our corner of the world, the first Scotland v. England match in over a decade.

It feels inappropriate and insensitive to mention a mere football match in the company of such historic events. Yet, I think with that caveat the game mattered because it offered a glimpse of future possible arrangements. Two neighbours and friends with a rich, shared history, but who have slowly drifted apart. And in this slow semi-detachment, they have begun to appreciate each other in a new light. At least, that?s what I thought about the football.




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Keeping focus | Holyrood Magazine
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 11:53am

One issue has dominated Scottish politics since the 2011 election and it seems inevitable that the referendum on Scottish independence will hog the parliamentary programme, the debate and the headlines for the next year.



Peter A Bell's insight:

It seems Johann Lamont has been found. But she might a...



Trading partners
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 11:14am

In an interesting addition to the independence debate today, Jim Gallagher (former director-general for devolution in the UK government, and senior adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown on devolution strategy from 2007 to 2010) has written about the “positive case” from a business perspective fo...



Jim Gallagher: Referendum comes down to money
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 11:08am

Rising to a challenge to make a positive case for the Union, Jim Gallagher looks at Scotland’s trade and the impact it has on the country’s economy
Peter A Bell's insight:

This would only be an argument for the union if the union was a prerequisite of free trade. It may have been 300+ years ago. It...



Democracy Max
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 8:30am

As the Edinburgh festivals celebration of artistic endeavour and creativity drew to a close ERS Scotland shared the results of 13 months of political endeavour and creativity with the launch of the Democracy Max vision for a good Scottish democracy.




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Darling u-turns to cover up HS2 mistake #Indyref
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 7:15am

HS2 'High-Speed 2' is a white elephant of a transport project with little or no economic benefit to the UK as a whole and a hugely damaging economic impact on Scotland.

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Timely thoughts on referendum
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 5:56am

The man once regularly cited as Scotland's most senior civil servant, Sir John Elvidge, established himself as someone worth listening to both in and out of office.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Is Sir John Elvidge "worth paying attention to"? Certainly not if we look at the content of his remarks rather...



Joan McAlpine: Scotland is a proud nation in more arenas than just sport
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 4:25am

JOAN reckons the Commonwealth Games will be a valuable lesson to the next generation of Scots on what independent countries can achieve.

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We are Scotland - Laurie, Glenrothes
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 2:31am

Born in England, Laurie moved to Scotland at a young age.  Here he explains why he drifted from Labour and gives his reasons for supporting Scottish independence.



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Miliband to bring Labour Shadow cabinet to Scotland
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 2:28am

Labour leader Ed Miliband has announced his intention to bring his shadow cabinet to Scotland in an attempt at persuading Scots that staying with the Union is the best way to protect against welfare cuts and a stagnant economy.




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Ex-civil service chief: indyref debate is so polarised it may leave toxic legacy
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 2:02am
THE independence referendum debate has become so polarised and divisive it could leave a toxic legacy that damages the fabric of society, Scotland's former leading mandarin has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I note, with no surprise whatever, that the anti-independence campaign views with horror t...



Stephen Tierney: Towards a Fair and Democratic Process? Regulating the Refere...
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 1:06am

The referendum on independence is still a year away and already attention is focused on major substantive issues such as economic relations between an independent Scotland and the United Kingdom, and the ease or difficulty with which an independent Scotland would achieve membership of the Europea...



Overnight count for referendum vote welcomed | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
26 Aug 2013 at 2:31pm

A commitment to allow overnight ballot counts in the Referendum Bill Committee’s Stage 1 Report has been welcomed by the SNP.



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Papers please
by Peter A Bell
26 Aug 2013 at 1:22pm

With the official campaigns now over a year old, we can’t help wondering whether “Better Together Glasgow” shouldn’t have been launched before now.




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Yes, no, maybe? | Holyrood Magazine
by Peter A Bell
26 Aug 2013 at 11:53am

I have a wonderful neighbour; 83 years old, an academic with a brilliant mind and a keen sense of right and wrong. She’s also an atheist who volunteers for
Peter A Bell's insight:

It's a strange one. This whole article strikes me as a discordant mix of astute analysis that eschews the cosy consensu...



Meet the campaigners leading the fight for Scottish independence who come fro...
by Peter A Bell
26 Aug 2013 at 10:26am

WE meet the people hailing from south of the Border who are backing independence for Scotland.

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David Cameron insists no decisions have been made on British involvement in S...
by dailyrecord
27 Aug 2013 at 12:44pm
THE Prime Minister said the question is whether failing to act this time would lead to more use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere in future.


Joan McAlpine: Scotland is a proud nation in more arenas than just sport
by Joan McAlpine
26 Aug 2013 at 6:01pm
JOAN reckons the Commonwealth Games will be a valuable lesson to the next generation of Scots on what independent countries can achieve.


Meet the campaigners leading the fight for Scottish independence who come fro...
by Brian McIver
26 Aug 2013 at 3:57am
WE meet the people hailing from south of the Border who are backing independence for Scotland.


Labour leader Ed Miliband to bring entire shadow cabinet to Scotland for show...
by David Clegg
26 Aug 2013 at 3:07am
LABOUR leader to stamp authority on party after critics slam his performance.


MSPs set to stop wife-beating politician Bill Walker from collecting his £30,...
by Mark Aitken
25 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
SCOTTISH Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says the shamed MSP who faces jail for nearly 30 years of domestic abuse does not deserve Holyrood benefits.


Citizens Advice issue emergency guide to surviving with no food or money as i...
by David Clegg
24 Aug 2013 at 2:00am
THE charity said it was forced to issue the document after being swamped by pleas for help from people left destitute.


Wife of disgraced Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker says she will stand by her viol...
by James Moncur
24 Aug 2013 at 1:28am
JUNE WALKER was sent out by her husband to face the press on the doorstep of their Kincardine home yesterday.


Syria groups hold protest outside Scottish Parliament over 'chemical massacre'
by dailyrecord
23 Aug 2013 at 1:21pm
MEMBERS of the Scotland 4 Syria, Together for Syria and Free Syrians Glasgow groups gathered outside Holyrood this afternoon to demand action against Bashar al-Assad's regime.


William Hague urges rapid action on Syria as he says only explanation for atr...
by dailyrecord
23 Aug 2013 at 12:01pm
THE Foreign Secretary spoke strongly about the massacre today and stressed that "time is of the essence" in getting UN weapons inspectors to the scene.


Alex Salmond leads calls for Bill Walker to quit as MSP.. as questions mount ...
by David Clegg
23 Aug 2013 at 2:49am
THE First Minister has demanded that Walker go but it has emerged that the SNP knew about the MSP's history of violence before he was selected as a candidate.


Methadone 'millionaires' set to be axed thanks to Daily Record campaign again...
by David Clegg
23 Aug 2013 at 2:05am
THROUGH the Daily Record campaign, we revealed that addicts were put on methadone for decades and how other potential treatments were ignored.


Shamed MSP Bill Walker refuses to quit Holyrood despite being found guilty of...
by dailyrecord
23 Aug 2013 at 1:40am
THE 71-year-old MSP, who was branded "violent, domineering and relentless", carried out attacks on his terrified partners over a 28-year period.


MSPs call for Bill Walker's resignation after he is convicted of domestic abu...
by dailyrecord
22 Aug 2013 at 7:25am
THE 71-year-old from Clackmannanshire, was convicted of carrying out domestic abuse attacks on his three ex-wives and a stepdaughter between 1967 and 1995.


Revealed: Yes Scotland email account was illegally accessed by foreign hacker...
by David Clegg
22 Aug 2013 at 2:11am
STAFF at Yes Scotland are now facing the possibility that confidential information about donors and funding arrangements could have been accessed by the hackers.


Record View: Bedroom tax eviction shows heartlessness across politics
by Record View
21 Aug 2013 at 6:01pm
RECORD View on the case of Lorraine Fraser, a disabled single mum, who is being evicted from her specially adapted flat by North Lanarkshire Council due to the bedroom tax.


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Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlands...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Aug 2013 at 5:36pm
Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlandshire. Deployed by skilled counsel, it should allow the noble and distinguished defender of the Union, Lord Michael Forsyth of Dunspeedin to mount a successful appeal against his unfair conviction.


Forsyth feartie flight l...

Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Aug 2013 at 6:09pm
Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive of the terrorist group Yes Scotlandshire, following a second leaked email that reveals that Mr Jenkins ordered a 'Pret a Manger' sandwich for his lunch on Friday, for which he paid an outrageous £5.60.


Shocking New Emails ...

Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2013 at 2:03pm
Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blow today as the Galaxy's top Klingon cast doubts on SNPs claims that Scotlandshire would be allowed to join the United Federation of Planets U-FoP within months of a Yes vote in the separation referendum.


Scotland may not ...

BBC Scotlandshire is pleased to carry this devastating expose of modern Scotl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2013 at 12:08pm
BBC Scotlandshire is pleased to carry this devastating expose of modern Scotlandshire from a wholly impartial observer.


Modern Scotlandshire is deep in socialism
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The difference, while there still is one, is that the relentless leftism goes almost entirely unrebutted in Sc...

Scotland is not a member of the Commonwealth not now not ever.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Aug 2013 at 1:52pm
Scotland is not a member of the Commonwealth not now not ever.


Glasgow?s Commonwealth games will be moved to London
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Sarwar - As Dad is now in charge of Pakistan, would it not be better to move the games to an Asian venue where a few bob could be made?

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by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2013 at 1:02pm

Livingroom-Tax Collector Thwarted by Smelly Scrounger
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The video below shows one such miscreant deliberately refusing to cooperate with the brave chappie who has called to collect his Livingroom tax, or Jeremy Kyle subsidy as it is more properly known in government circles.

Do remember to vote in our new poll - "In the unlikely event that Scotlandshi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2013 at 12:06pm
Do remember to vote in our new poll - "In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, which current power would you most like to see retained by Westminster?"

This poll was unusually crowd-sourced by the entire 9,378 people of the indep...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2013 at 12:03pm
This poll was unusually crowd-sourced by the entire 9,378 people of the independent nation of Nauru. Find out why they wanted to know where Johann is.


Where is Johann? A nation's concern
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Our final sample, therefore, which (at 147) is statistically valid, was divided betwe...

Please watch the video, then write to the authorities condemning this behavio...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Aug 2013 at 3:18pm
Please watch the video, then write to the authorities condemning this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.


Livingroom-Tax Collector Thwarted by Smelly Scrounger
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The video below shows one such miscreant deliberately refusing to cooperate with the brave chappie who ha...

Spoof broadcaster BBC in Scotlandshire has caused outrage today by broadcasti...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Aug 2013 at 6:32am
Spoof broadcaster BBC in Scotlandshire has caused outrage today by broadcasting a piece featuring a notorious separatist blogger on their satirical morning news show, Good Morning Scotlandshire.


Crowd-funded Poll a front for Alien Invasion, says Prof. Poultice.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The the al...

The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinbu...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Aug 2013 at 12:13pm
The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinburgh zoo.


Scottish Panda Pregnancy Confirmed ? Salmond accused
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Alan Grogan, head of the SNP's 'Labour for Independence' front, wrestled with the concept for a while then said simply, Pandas 3, Tor...

A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separa...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Aug 2013 at 4:37pm
A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separate Scotlandshire, and he's no sucker.


'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

There will be no separation-themed productions at the 2014 Edinburgh Internat...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Aug 2013 at 1:59pm
There will be no separation-themed productions at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, its outgoing director announced yesterday.


Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a ti...

BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively reveal Blair McDougall has reported Channel...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Aug 2013 at 11:02am
BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively reveal Blair McDougall has reported Channel 4 to the Office of Communications (OFCOM) for high treason and aiding and abetting the separatist cause.


http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/500-demands-that-ofcom-investigate-channel-4.
www.bbc.scotlan...


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Know Your History
by bellacaledonia
27 Aug 2013 at 9:53am
A new series, Know Your History offers up political and cultural slices of the past for you. Write us and suggest one? To kick us off here’s rare film of Neil Young busking in Glasgow city center, April 1 1976,... Read More ›

Democracy Max
by bellacaledonia
27 Aug 2013 at 7:45am
By Juliet Swann As the Edinburgh festivals celebration of artistic endeavour and creativity drew to a close ERS Scotland shared the results of 13 months of political endeavour and creativity with the launch of the Democracy Max vision for a... Read More ›

Struileag/Shore to Shore Update
by bellacaledonia
26 Aug 2013 at 2:23pm
Great news! We have been commissioning new songs, poetry, text and music over the last few months and this weekend we are holding a work in progress weekend this week when we will rehears and record some of the wonderful... Read More ›


Protest Overview
by bellacaledonia
26 Aug 2013 at 11:32am
This is from Ultraculture who introduce it saying: “Penn State doctoral candidate John Beieler has created a time-lapse visualization of every protest on the planet since 1979. What you?ll see is tiny blips popping off here and there in the... Read More ›

The Land that Time Forgot
by bellacaledonia
24 Aug 2013 at 6:06pm
By Mike Small Steve Richards and Alex Massie can’t both be right. Richards has argued in the Guardian (‘Scotland is going it alone’): Scotland becomes more markedly different than ever. In Scotland the NHS is spared the haphazard revolution in... Read More ›

Gaelic Revival
by bellacaledonia
24 Aug 2013 at 5:30pm
By Arthur Cormack Neil Mcrae (‘What Gaelic Revival?’) quotes a foreword to Bòrd na Gàidhlig?s Annual Report written by me when I was the Bòrd?s Interim Chair. He does so extremely selectively, but that?s nothing new. I?ve tried reasonable debate... Read More ›

Gaelic Revival ? What Gaelic Revival?
by bellacaledonia
23 Aug 2013 at 8:56am
By Neil Macrae With the 2011 Census results nervously awaited, even Bòrd na Gàidhlig agrees that the decline in the number of Gaelic speakers will continue. Surely there is now a need to completely re-evaluate the way we approach the... Read More ›

Crowded Out
by bellacaledonia
22 Aug 2013 at 11:06am
By Donald Adamson When the date for the independence referendum was announced in March this year there were a number of pessimistic voices in Scotland who predicted that such a lengthy run-up to polling day would ensure apathy, or even... Read More ›

Punk Fiddle
by bellacaledonia
21 Aug 2013 at 10:53am
Punk Fiddle by Jim Ferguson (Whirlpool Press) reviewed by Peter Burnett ?Bobby is a 30 something Glaswegian who plays pool for money.  He finds himself waking up in an Edinburgh hospital and tries to piece his life back together.  In... Read More ›

Digging the Seam
by bellacaledonia
21 Aug 2013 at 10:21am
How the 1984-5 miners? strike for jobs inspired film, art, music and literature, is explored in a series of essays in a new book. Photographer Peter Arkell, who wrote about how journalists and photographers can shape opinions, reviews Digging the... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess - BB...
26 Aug 2013 at 5:57am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess
BBC News
The independence referendum's purdah period, which prevents government from announcing new legislation, will begin when Holyrood is still sitting. The plan will form part of the Scottish Independence Referendu...


Scots to flock south if granted independence - Express.co.uk
26 Aug 2013 at 8:05pm

Scotsman

Scots to flock south if granted independence
Express.co.uk
... in the housing market and leaving the nation with a catastrophic skills gap. Our Angus Reid survey of 549 Scottish voters on August 16 also found that 66 per cent would want to retain British citizenship if next year's referendu...


Scottish independence: 'SNP deflecting reality' - Scotsman
27 Aug 2013 at 2:42pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'SNP deflecting reality'
Scotsman
?Scotland is more than wealthy enough to be a fairer and more prosperous society. It is only with full responsibility in Scotland following a Yes vote and independence that we will truly be able to protect the people of Scotland by ta...


Scottish independence: Cash for comment criticised - Scotsman
24 Aug 2013 at 6:08pm

Scottish independence: Cash for comment criticised
Scotsman
Jeane Freeman, a founding member of Women for Independence, said Yes Scotland was ?wrong? to pay Dr Elliot Bulmer, a research director of the politically neutral Constitution Commission, for the article, which was published by a Glasgow ne...


Scotland's epic media fail - GlobalPost
26 Aug 2013 at 11:59am

Scotsman

Scotland's epic media fail
GlobalPost
But today, just 12 months before people go to the polls in a historic vote on full independence, worries are mounting about the survival of the country's newspaper industry. The September 2014 referendum on whether or not Scotland should leave the ...
Ed...


Scottish independence: 'Impartiality will be hard' - Scotland on Sunday
22 Aug 2013 at 1:40pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'Impartiality will be hard'
Scotland on Sunday
He was speaking during a question and answer session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival after being asked how BBC Scotland would deal with the claims and counter claims being made by the Yes Scot...


Scottish independence: Northern England links eyed - Scotsman
21 Aug 2013 at 5:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Northern England links eyed
Scotsman
Council chiefs on the southern side of the Border want to cash in on the boom they believe will follow independence and have signed a deal securing ties with Scotland in areas like economic and transport initiatives. The First Mini...


Scottish independence: Charities' lobbying bill fears - Scotsman
23 Aug 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Charities' lobbying bill fears
Scotsman
SCOTTISH charities fear proposed laws planned to crack down on lobbying could stop them speaking out on key issues during the independence referendum debate. In a letter co-authored by charities south of the Border, they have as...


Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP - Scotsman
20 Aug 2013 at 11:25am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No Commonwealth issue - SNP
Scotsman
SNP constitution spokesman Pete Wishart MP said Scotland would be expected to have discussions with a range of multinational organisations after independence but that its memberships will ultimately be secured. He said: ?It's like ...


Essex-born incomers fly the flag for Scottish independence - Scottish Daily R...
26 Aug 2013 at 4:15am

Essex-born incomers fly the flag for Scottish independence
Scottish Daily Record
The county, which lies to the north-east of the British capital, is also the birthplace of some of the hardest working campaigners in the Scottish independence movement. Marketing director, Ian Dommett, was born and ra...



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Scottish independence: 'SNP deflecting reality' - Scotsman
27 Aug 2013 at 2:42pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'SNP deflecting reality'
Scotsman
Michael Moore will accuse the SNP of seeking to ?re-cast hard realities in a more forgiving light? in their attempts to redefine independence. The nationalists are prepared to ?pretty well say anything and do anything? to win the inde...


Quick Highlights of Top Decliners: DF, SNP, TMS - SBWire (press release)
27 Aug 2013 at 2:36pm

Quick Highlights of Top Decliners: DF, SNP, TMS
SBWire (press release)
Pennystocksupdate.biz is devoted to fetch you the most exclusive stocks in the market today. Apart from scanning the markets for the most underrated stocks. We propel those victors directly to your email inbox first ahead of the...


SNP try to reintegrate Breslin - For Argyll
27 Aug 2013 at 1:02pm

For Argyll

SNP try to reintegrate Breslin
For Argyll
The SNP are about to support Argyll and Bute for Change into the leading power position they were themselves given by the electorate in May 2012. They have agreed to put back into power and support, as a junior partner, the force whom they campaig...


Make the right decision (Douglas Young) - Shetland Times Online
27 Aug 2013 at 11:00am

Make the right decision (Douglas Young)
Shetland Times Online
Shetland's long-standing support for the Liberal Democrats and dislike for the SNP make it one of the more challenging areas to garner support for a Yes vote as many still link a vote for one to be a vote for the other. Of course it is n...


Sinopec, Weatherford JV Uncertain - Analyst Blog - NASDAQ
27 Aug 2013 at 10:36am

Sinopec, Weatherford JV Uncertain - Analyst Blog
NASDAQ
loading. Asia's largest refiner Sinopec Corp. ( SNP ) has announced that it has no concrete plan to establish an oil service joint venture with Switzerland-based Weatherford International Ltd. ( WFT ). China, which presumably holds the largest...


Aberdeen SNP urged to consider £50m Wood offer - Scotsman
27 Aug 2013 at 8:57am

Scotsman

Aberdeen SNP urged to consider £50m Wood offer
Scotsman
ABERDEEN'S Liberal Democrat councillors have urged the SNP group on the council to join them in approaching Sir Ian Wood about his latest offer of a £50 million donation towards a transformational project in the city. The oil tycoon an...


Fife councillor says a 'shameful new low' reached during school closure debat...
27 Aug 2013 at 8:39am

The Courier

Fife councillor says a 'shameful new low' reached during school closure debate
The Courier
Fife Council's education spokesperson Councillor Bryan Poole has appealed to the local authority's SNP group leaders to ?lay-off? education officials as they progress plans proposing the closure of...


Dundee councillor's attendance record questioned - The Courier
27 Aug 2013 at 6:01am

The Courier

Dundee councillor's attendance record questioned
The Courier
The suitability of an SNP councillor to sit on Tayside Health Board has been called into question due to his ?poor? attendance record during a previous spell on the board. Councillor Ken Lynn missed three out of seven meetings ...


Joint statement to come from Councillor Sandy Taylor and Councillor Duncan .....
26 Aug 2013 at 6:03pm

Joint statement to come from Councillor Sandy Taylor and Councillor Duncan ...
For Argyll
The SNP Group leader, Councillor Sandy Taylor, is moving at speed to get the SNP as far from frontline power in Argyll and Bute as his colleagues have allowed him to take them. Earlier today, he sent the follo...


Fizz over minister for Irn-Bru - The Sun
26 Aug 2013 at 8:01pm

The Sun

Fizz over minister for Irn-Bru
The Sun
RISING SNP star Humza Yousaf plugs his favourite fizzy juice so often he's been dubbed the Minister for Irn-Bru. Holyrood wags gave the 28-year-old Glasgow MSP the new title as they are fed up hearing him hail his love for the drink on Facebook and Twit...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess - BB...
26 Aug 2013 at 5:57am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess
BBC News
The independence referendum's purdah period, which prevents government from announcing new legislation, will begin when Holyrood is still sitting. The plan will form part of the Scottish Independence Referendu...


Timely thoughts on referendum - Herald Scotland
26 Aug 2013 at 9:09pm

Timely thoughts on referendum
Herald Scotland
People could be so divided by the way they choose to vote in the referendum that a toxic after-effect could blight Scotland for years to come, he told an all-party Parliamentary Group on the Constitution at the House of Lords. His seven years as ...

and ...


Scotland's media fails to capitalize on referendum - MinnPost.com
26 Aug 2013 at 8:35am

Scotsman

Scotland's media fails to capitalize on referendum
MinnPost.com
The September 2014 referendum on whether or not Scotland should leave the United Kingdom after more than 300 years may be grabbing international headlines, but it's doing nothing to counter a long slump in Scottish newspaper sa...


Jim Gallagher: Referendum comes down to money - Scotsman
26 Aug 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotsman

Jim Gallagher: Referendum comes down to money
Scotsman
The union to which Scotland belongs has economic, social, and political aspects. They are interconnected. Political union provides the opportunity for economic integration. Economic integration both enables and requires social solidarit...


Gerry Hassan: London Scots and the referendum - Scotsman
23 Aug 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotsman

Gerry Hassan: London Scots and the referendum
Scotsman
In this Marr writes that apparently Scotland was governed by an SNP-Green coalition in 2007, which will be news to Patrick Harvie, gets the results of the 1979 and 1997 referenda wrong in percentages and actual numbers, and much more. P...


The referendum and the media ?¦ the Sunday Herald debate - Herald Scotland
24 Aug 2013 at 9:10pm

The referendum and the media ?¦ the Sunday Herald debate
Herald Scotland
Even when it was pointed out that Scottish newspapers - including this one - backed the SNP at the last two Holyrood elections, Higgins insisted they had done so only at the last minute and they had calculated they were backin...


Stirling to host Armed Forces Day - BBC News
25 Aug 2013 at 5:06am

BBC News

Stirling to host Armed Forces Day
BBC News
The national event for Armed Forces Day is to be held in Stirling next year ahead of the independence referendum. UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the event would help underline the strength of the union. Scotland's veterans minister, Keith...


What The Scottish Independence Referendum Means To Europeans - Social Europe ...
22 Aug 2013 at 4:49am

The Times (subscription)

What The Scottish Independence Referendum Means To Europeans
Social Europe Journal
On 18th September 2014 the Scottish people will vote on whether Scotland should be an independent country. This referendum itself is a symptom of the big changes which have been taking place i...


Warning of referendum debate risk to 'fabric of society' - Herald Scotland
27 Aug 2013 at 1:30am

Herald Scotland

Warning of referendum debate risk to 'fabric of society'
Herald Scotland
THE independence referendum debate has become so polarised and divisive it could leave a toxic legacy that damages the fabric of society, Scotland's former leading mandarin has warned. THE independence referendu...


Sunday Express poll shows referendum gap narrowing - SNP (press release)
25 Aug 2013 at 5:08am

Sunday Express poll shows referendum gap narrowing
SNP (press release)
The poll also finds that people in Scotland trust First Minister Alex Salmond more than anti-independence campaign leader Alistair Darling when it comes to the referendum, with 34% trusting the SNP leader more compared to 27% wh...



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Jim Traynor
27 Aug 2013 at 9:16am

A BIG thank-you to whoever gave him the job at Sevco as the back pages and airwaves have never so...



Jamie Oliver
27 Aug 2013 at 8:59am

Don't buy your food from supermarkets says the guy whose £10M + contract with Sainsburys' is now ...



Scotland Football Quiz
27 Aug 2013 at 8:53am
Can you name the International Football XIs: Scotland?

 

http://www.sporcle.com/games/Freddie/int...



Forth Bridge Glass Lift
27 Aug 2013 at 6:24am

How cool does this look? I'm there!

 

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/forth-bridge-get...



The Syrian Conflict/war
26 Aug 2013 at 3:35pm

with Westminster's impending involvement in attacking Syria with America .... they are committing...



Better Together Glasgow Launch
26 Aug 2013 at 1:20pm
This is the one you have all been waiting for. Saturday 30th August Alistair Darling will launch ...

Edinburgh Tattoo
26 Aug 2013 at 12:52pm
Loving the commentator introducing new tunes including "wear the fox hat"! Made me chuckle!

Weegies Being Racially Persecuted In Edinburgh...
26 Aug 2013 at 6:51am

Due to a 25p charge for ketchup

 

Feeling peckish, he went to the Gold Sea, Ferry Road, and order...



Hackasaurus
26 Aug 2013 at 5:37am

MOURINHO CONFIRMED FOR DANCING ON ICE

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Remix of BBC Football webs...



Good Film Recommendations
26 Aug 2013 at 4:29am

I'm keen to see if the original thread gets restored.

 

I'm keen to see who recommended "Amores P...




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

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

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

Fracking is not just an issue for a small corner of England
by Dom
19 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
As I write this Caroline Lucas MP is being detained in the back of a police van and likely making...

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
by Natalie
14 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...

A Niceway To Die
by Dom
13 Aug 2013 at 9:12am
  The ?Niceway Code? is not just about appeasing cyclists ? it is typical of a government increas...

This is what fear looks like
by James
7 Aug 2013 at 7:56am
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
by James
4 Aug 2013 at 8:38am
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...

On the reporting of data.
by James
2 Aug 2013 at 8:33am
Good solid data is loved by the political and media classes, unless of course it points in the wr...

What it would have taken for me to be against independence.
by James
1 Aug 2013 at 3:11am
I keep telling people I’m a non-nationalist for independence, but they don’t believe me. It’s tru...

Soylent Green is? not real.
by Dom
26 Jul 2013 at 12:25pm
As has been covered by the UK-wide Green blog Bright Green, there has been a bit of a stooshie am...


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Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

London is an extraordinary city but 'another country'
by Stuart McDonald
27 Aug 2013 at 11:17am

London is an extraordinary city and its transformation over the past 30 to 40 years has been asto...



Borderlands - a renewed relationship between Scotland and Northern England
by Angus Millar
23 Aug 2013 at 10:39am

Independence presents exciting opportunities for closer economic, social and cultural co-operatio...



Yes, Freshers!
by Stuart Turnbull
23 Aug 2013 at 9:14am

The summer months are sadly coming to an end and the start of term has started to leer menacingly...



Perspectives: a rare opportunity to discuss possibility in politics
by Peter McColl
21 Aug 2013 at 10:18am

The views in this article are those of the guest author and do not necessarily represent the view...



Perspective: Record oil and gas investment underlines industry's strength
by Angus Millar
21 Aug 2013 at 8:28am

The views in this article are those of the guest author and do not necessarily represent the vie...



Scotland has an abundance of natural and human resources
by Angus Millar
20 Aug 2013 at 5:28am

Earlier this year Yes Scotland launched our Prosperity campaign, outlining Scotland?s economic st...



Cuts after 1979 Referendum highlight Westminster threat to Scotland's finances
by Angus Millar
19 Aug 2013 at 9:35am

Scotland was singled out for draconian cuts by Westminster after Scots failed to back devolution ...



Video: Sarah Jane Walls on fairness and enterprise
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
19 Aug 2013 at 5:31am

Successful businesswoman Sarah Jane Walls talks about how prosperity and fairness are two sides o...



Independence is the right option for Scotland and the UK
by Yes Scotland
15 Aug 2013 at 10:54am

Writing in Business for Scotland today: 

Laurie Clark, owner and managing director of Anglo-Scott...



Yes vote would allow Scotland to better protect consumers - and act on "legal...
by Angus Millar
13 Aug 2013 at 10:54am

A new discussion paper by the Scottish Government has outlined how an independent Scotland would ...



Independent Scotland could act to protect people against cold calls
by Angus Millar
13 Aug 2013 at 8:27am

An independent Scotland would be able to act to protect families and individuals against cold cal...



Westminster?s failing people who work in Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
12 Aug 2013 at 9:06am

Working people in Scotland and across the UK are being failed by Westminster.

Wages have fallen f...



Yes LGBT steps up campaign for equal rights in written constitution
by Peter Dempsie
9 Aug 2013 at 5:10am

A campaign to enshrine equal rights for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people in a writt...



Poll finds majority would vote No to Scotland joining the UK
by Angus Millar
8 Aug 2013 at 10:07am

Just 18% of Scots would vote to join the Union if Scotland was already an independent country cho...



Reports highlight opportunities of a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
7 Aug 2013 at 10:50am

Two Reports published today shine a light on our economic direction over the coming years, and hi...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pandering to Racism
by craig
26 Jun 2013 at 7:52am
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
by craig
25 Jun 2013 at 5:51am
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
by craig
24 Jun 2013 at 12:47pm
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
by craig
17 Jun 2013 at 4:25am
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
by craig
14 Jun 2013 at 12:55pm
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
by craig
14 Jun 2013 at 4:34am
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
by craig
13 Jun 2013 at 10:22am
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...


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


Toughen up, Scottish nationalists, and stop playing nice | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
24 Aug 2013 at 11:01pm

Yes campaigners will have to change their tactics to counteract Better Together's negativity

There are people in Scotland who would have us believe that the independence debate must rise on angels' ...




Nicola Sturgeon interview: 'I do believe Scotland can be better off'
by Ian Jack
24 Aug 2013 at 2:00am

She is the calm foil to Alex Salmond's larger-than-life ebullience ? so can deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon persuade Scotland to vote Yes to independence?

If Alex Salmond fell under a bus, Nic...




Scotland is going it alone ? regardless of the referendum | Steve Richards
by Steve Richards
23 Aug 2013 at 1:09pm

There may be no divorce, but devolution combined with a rightwing Westminster government is moving our nations in separate directions

I have spent the last month in a different political world from ...




Scottish independence campaign paid academic to write newspaper article
by Severin Carrell
22 Aug 2013 at 7:52pm

Yes Scotland says Better Together complaint over payment to Elliot Bulmer is less serious scandal than alleged email hacking

Officials in the pro-UK Better Together campaign have said they are prepa...




Pro-UK campaign to file complaint over Yes Scotland newspaper payment
by Severin Carrell
22 Aug 2013 at 12:53pm

Pro-independence campaign claims information about Herald fee came after official's personal email was allegedly hacked

Officials in the pro-UK Better Together campaign have said they are preparing ...




Salmond: Bill Walker MSP should stand down after assault conviction
by Severin Carrell
22 Aug 2013 at 10:16am

Scottish Parliament byelection possible after ex-SNP member found guilty of assaulting three ex-wives and step-daughter

Alex Salmond has urged Bill Walker to resign his Holyrood seat after the indep...




England 'faces theatrical talent drain to Scotland as a result of arts cuts'
by Charlotte Higgins
21 Aug 2013 at 11:19am

Head of Scottish National Theatre warns reduction in English arts funding will 'damage the DNA of the arts ecology'

England risks a "talent drain" of artists taking advantage of a more welcoming Sc...




Should Scotland be an independent country? - five-minute video debate
by Phil Maynard, Gregg McClymont, Pat Kane, Elliot Smith
19 Aug 2013 at 4:01am

Labour MP Gregg McClymont takes on independence advocate Pat Kane on the question that will be put to Scots in a referendum

Phil MaynardGregg McClymontPat KaneElliot Smith




Scotland and England are growing apart. A no vote won't stop that | Iain Macw...
by Iain Macwhirter
18 Aug 2013 at 2:03pm

Unionist triumphalism is premature ? regardless of the referendum, Scotland is heading towards independence anyway

They think it's all over. The leaders of the unionist Better Together campaign are ...




William McIlvanney 'in the dark' about Scottish independence manifesto offer
by Severin Carrell
16 Aug 2013 at 6:12pm

Author shares stage with Alex Salmond at Edinburgh book festival, but says he has not been asked to write foreward

William McIlvanney, the award-winning Scottish novelist credited with creating the ...




Andrew Marr 'very worried' by tone of Scottish independence debate
by Charlotte Higgins
16 Aug 2013 at 7:18am

Broadcaster talks 'toxic' anglophobia at Edinburgh international book festival, in first public appearance since stroke

It was a frail figure who gingerly made his way on to the stage at the Edinbur...




Alex Salmond accused of misleading voters over Trident base promises
by Severin Carrell
15 Aug 2013 at 8:02am

Both political opponents and allies of Scottish government say pledge to join Nato is at odds with stance on nuclear disarmamant

Alex Salmond's government has been accused of misleading voters over ...




Lanark author slams 'Scotophobic' culture agenda
by Charlotte Higgins
14 Aug 2013 at 12:37pm

Alasdair Gray says appointment of English people to cultural jobs in Scotland is part of part of anti-independence strategy

Alasdair Gray, author of the classic novel Lanark and one of Scotland's ou...




Scottish independence campaign has almost no chance, says Nate Silver
by Charlotte Higgins
13 Aug 2013 at 9:55am

Political polling guru says data on referendum is 'pretty definitive' unless there is a major crisis in England

The campaign for Scottish independence has "virtually no chance" of victory, according...




The Edinburgh festival's attempt to keep politics out in 2014 is farcical | M...
by Mike Small
13 Aug 2013 at 8:02am

With the Scottish independence referendum looming, any attempt to artificially separate art and politics is likely to fail

On Monday the Scottish Independence Convention hosted the first major Scott...




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