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Ming defied health advice
SIR Menzies Campbell has revealed for the first time how he defied the advice of his doctors - concerned about his recovery from cancer - to become leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Labour urged to reopen inquiry into vote rigging
ED Miliband is being called on to reopen Labour's probe into alleged vote-rigging in its Falkirk constituency party after a leaked dossier of emails suggested ­officials from Unite plotted to undermine the inquiry.

Alexander very confident rail project will be under budget
CHIEF Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said that he is "very confident" the HS2 high-speed rail project will be delivered under budget.

Police chief calls for Plebgate apology
THE three police officers accused of giving misleading accounts of a meeting with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell as the "plebgate" scandal erupted should apologise for their actions, the head of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has said.

Warsi glad at scrapping of 'go home' vans
THE Government minister responsible for religious and racial communities has said she is glad that Home Secretary Theresa May had ditched the use of advertising vans carrying messages telling illegal immigrants to "go home or face arrest".

Academic's warning on funding
AN academic advising Labour on reducing public spending has branded the council tax freeze a "major problem" for councils.

Cameron unveils new wave of youth apprenticeships
DAVID Cameron unveiled a new generation of apprenticeships designed to drive down youth unemployment and make vocational training an attractive choice for thousands of young people.

Tory chief suggests licence fee reduction
THE BBC could face a cut in the licence fee or have to compete with other broadcasters for a share of the money unless it rebuilds public trust and becomes more transparent, a senior Conservative minister has suggested.

£250,000 to upgrade MPs' gym
UP to £250,000 of taxpayers' cash is to be spent upgrading a gym for MPs, peers and Parliament staff, new documents show.

Dunfermline Labour win 'marks party fightback'
LABOUR has claimed its victory in Dunfermline, the first Holyrood seat to change hands for 13 years, is the start of a fightback against the SNP.

Will she, won't she? Presidential question is answered in a quip
WILL she, won't she?

Salmond says Grangemouth future secured for 'quarter of a century'
A DEAL to save Grangemouth from closure will secure its future for a "quarter of a century", Alex Salmond has said, as the reprieve for the petrochemical plant secured thousands of Scottish jobs.

Special advisers bill rises by £1m
The bill for the Westminster Government's special advisers has rocketed by £1 million - an increase of 16%, according to official figures.

Tory MP Fabricant criticises comic Brand over interview
Comedian Russell Brand has been criticised by a Tory MP after the star admitted he had never voted during an appearance on Newsnight.

Chancellor hails economic growth
BRITAIN is on the "path to prosperity", George Osborne has declared, after the economy grew in the third quarter at its fastest pace for three years.


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Leaders: Drive for new road tax a welcome diversion
28 Oct 2013 at 3:43pm

Opposition to the poll tax, many will recall, was largely because it was deemed to be manifestly unfair.



Lord Ashcroft: On the trail of the Scottish Tories
28 Oct 2013 at 3:42pm

In electoral terms, the Scottish Tory is a rare creature, but the party has its supporters – call them the ‘Reluctant Cameroons’ – and their time may come, writes Lord Ashcroft



Hugh Reilly: A tilt at the windmill of Gaelic
28 Oct 2013 at 3:22pm

IN SOOTH, if a language fails to move with the times it dies.



Peter Jones: Hard hats off to sensible Salmond
28 Oct 2013 at 3:22pm

Zeroing in on economic realities at the root of the crisis, the Scottish Government did well at Grangemouth, says Peter Jones



Tiffany Jenkins: License to print 3D masterpieces
28 Oct 2013 at 3:20pm

The innovation of 3D printing is heralded as revolutionary, but it will never threaten the value of originality, writes Tiffany Jenkins



Andrew Whitaker: Reassessing the value of Tony Benn
28 Oct 2013 at 3:20pm

THIS month has seen the publication of the final volume of the series of political diaries by veteran Labour left winger Tony Benn. Due to ill health three years ago, the former cabinet minister, now aged 88, ended his famous practice of keeping political diaries – begun before the Second World War.



Christine Jardine: Overcrowded Lords demands reform
28 Oct 2013 at 3:20pm

New Lib Dem peers must be prepared to carry through changes their party expects, writes Christine Jardine



Scottish independence: Night classes criticised
28 Oct 2013 at 1:43pm

TAXPAYER Scotland has criticised a local authority for running Road to the Referendum night classes saying it should not be providing subsidised political education for residents.



MSPs to investigate problem of child poverty
28 Oct 2013 at 11:55am

THE “large and growing problem” of child poverty is to be investigated by MSPs.



Grangemouth: Unite?s Stephen Deans resigns
28 Oct 2013 at 10:39am

Stephen Deans, the Unite convenor at Ineos Grangemouth, has resigned, it has emerged.



The Scotsman cartoon: Falkirk
27 Oct 2013 at 7:03pm

Today’s cartoon focuses on Falkirk.



Build trust or face licence fee cut, BBC warned
27 Oct 2013 at 6:14pm

THE BBC could face a cut in the licence fee or even have to compete with other broadcasters for a share of the money unless it rebuilds public trust and becomes more transparent, a senior Conservative minister has suggested.



Scottish independence: Yes campaigners heartened by poll
27 Oct 2013 at 6:13pm

THE Yes campaign needs just over a four-point swing to surge ahead in the independence debate, a new poll has indicated.



Grangemouth: Salmond held talks with Greenergy
27 Oct 2013 at 6:08pm

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond held secret talks last week with a potential buyer for the closure-threatened Grangemouth industrial site before it was spared the axe.



Falkirk: Pressure on Labour to reopen selection inquiry
27 Oct 2013 at 5:10pm

Labour leader Ed Miliband is facing pressure to reopen an inquiry into vote-rigging, after a cache of e-mails suggested that the Unite official at the centre of the Grangemouth dispute was involved in derailing a candidate selection investigation.




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Appointment to view
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2013 at 2:56pm
For those of you who – inexplicably and frankly rather hurtfully – STILL don’t follow us on Twitter and may therefore not have heard the news yet on your gramophones, this evening’s Scotland Tonight promises to be a real treat. Not so much for the fact that they’ll be referencing our poll, but because they’ll [...]

To your values be true
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2013 at 1:25pm
(Data.)

Separated at birth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2013 at 10:04am
Something that Professor John Curtice said in an extensive and fair review of our second Panelbase poll today gave us some cause for thought. It’s hardly a secret that the No campaign has spent just about every waking hour of its existence frantically trying to turn the referendum into one on the SNP and Alex [...]

The in-betweeners
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2013 at 6:43am
The last of our poll data releases yesterday highlighted perhaps the biggest factor in deciding the outcome of the independence referendum – the views of the undecided. Cross-referencing those yet to make up their minds with the other questions in our survey tells us much about the arguments that will win or lose the vote. So [...]

Crosstown traffic
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2013 at 1:00pm
For our final instalment of poll data, we’re going to look at two groups of results that at first don’t appear to be connected, but which are more linked than you might imagine. We’ll do the housekeeping first, to build the tension a bit. No skipping ahead. There’s no real way of measuring the reach [...]

Making the difference
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2013 at 11:00am
Both of our polls so far have been far less concerned with HOW people intend to vote in the independence referendum, and much more concerned with the WHY. So in the second one, we decided to have a bit of a dig around in their reasons, see what it was they really wanted, and what [...]

Still looking
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2013 at 9:00am
In our previous poll, we discovered that the public overwhelmingly thought its politicians were a bunch of liars. Not a single one of them scored a net positive trust rating for truthfulness, although Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon had the small consolation of being well out in front of the competition as the least distrusted. [...]

The mind of the nation (part 2)
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2013 at 6:59am
Alert readers will recall that earlier today we revealed the answers to the first 10 questions we asked the Scottish public about their views on various topics not directly related to the independence referendum, just because we were asking them about stuff anyway and it seemed like a good idea. Here, in a surprise twist, [...]

The mind of the nation (part 1)
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2013 at 5:00am
As we were compiling our second poll, it struck us that it provided an opportunity to find out a lot of things about the Scottish public at once, that weren’t necessarily directly related to the referendum. Politicians and newspapers routinely make all sorts of claims about what the public’s attitude to various issues are, but [...]

The gnat?s chuff
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2013 at 3:00am
As readers will know because we always go on about it, we’re not very fussed about straight Yes/No polls this far out from the vote. We want to get right under the Scottish electorate’s skin, so for our second crowd-funded poll (as with the previous one) we asked for their opinion on all sorts of [...]


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Deans 'treated as enemy within'
28 Oct 2013 at 6:00pm
The Unite union official at the centre of the Grangemouth industrial dispute resigns from his job at the facility, claiming he was treated as the "enemy within".


Most councils miss recycling target
28 Oct 2013 at 12:48pm
Less than a third of councils in Scotland met the national target to recycle half of their household waste, new figures show.


Gap in oil tax forecasts highlighted
28 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm
There is a gap of more than £1bn in forecasts for the oil and gas tax an independent Scotland could expect, according to an academic study.


Neil to address Estonia on alcohol
28 Oct 2013 at 6:40am
Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil invited to Estonia to outline Scotland's position on minimum unit pricing.


Salmond to lead China trade mission
28 Oct 2013 at 12:24pm
First Minister Alex Salmond is set to lead a delegation of oil and gas and construction firms on a trade mission to China.


Views to be sought on isle power bid
28 Oct 2013 at 10:52am
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is calling for support from islanders for a campaign that is seeking to gain more powers for island councils.


Lamont urges council tax rethink
27 Oct 2013 at 11:40am
The leader of the Labour party in Scotland has suggested there needs to be a rethink of how local government is funded.


Residents to give views on flooding
28 Oct 2013 at 7:27am
People living near the River Tay are to be asked how they think their homes can be best protected from flooding.


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


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


VIDEO: Brian Taylor sings Miles to Dundee
25 Oct 2013 at 3:48am
BBC political editor Brian Taylor sings a verse of Dundee while waiting to hear the result of the Dunfermline by-election.


VIDEO: 'New agreement with the unions'
25 Oct 2013 at 2:16pm
The chairman of the company which owns the Grangemouth petrochemical plant says that it will stay open and investment will be made after a new deal was struck with workers.


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15 Oct 2013 at 7:32am
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Independence Referendum - Who are the 'undecideds'?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Oct 2013 at 2:13pm

By Dave Taylor
 
Many of you will have devoured the posts on the Wings over Scotland site giving the details of the Panelbase poll, as well as taking the three seconds required to read the report on it in the Sunday Herald - Yes 37% : No 45% : Don't Know 17%.
 
Interestingly, the BBC's favourite polling expert (psephologist to us geeks) Professor John Curtice seems to be running out of reasons to suggest that it must be Panelbase that is out of line, and not the other pollsters.



The Unions of the United Kingdom are Changing
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Oct 2013 at 7:54am

By Gerry Hassan
 
This week the British media turned its attention to the christening of the Royal Baby with the headlines 'Gorgeous George', continued its obsessions with who said what and apologised for what in 'Plebgate', and allowed for an occasional airing of the issue which rocked Scotland: the potential closure of Grangemouth petrochemical plant.



We are Scotland - Jenny, Edinburgh
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Oct 2013 at 3:28pm

  In this, our ninth instalment of the 'We are Scotland' video series Newsnet Scotland travels to Edinburgh to speak to Jenny.

A poet and promoter, Jenny is also a member of pro-independence creative movement National Collective.  Describing an independent Scotland as "the ultimate creative act" she challenges the myth that the young are not interested in politics.



brr...brr..."Hello, BBC complaints...Can I help you?"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Oct 2013 at 6:24pm

By Derek Bateman
 
It was election time and I was given the task of producing a series of five-minute films satirising the campaign for Newsnight.  They would be shown on each of four Thursday nights, that being the last transmission day of the week for the programme in Scotland.



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

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

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



JFK inspired a generation to cynicism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Oct 2013 at 4:52pm

By George Kerevan
 
FIFTY years ago next month ? on Friday 22 November 1963, to be exact ? President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
 
For my generation of baby boomers, JFK's death was a defining moment.  It was the first major human drama to be played out on television.



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

By Derek Bateman

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

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



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

By Jeremy Green, University of Sheffield

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



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

By Ken Ferguson

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

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



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

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




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Mark Frankland: WHY ONLY A 'YES' VOTE IN THE REFERENDUM OFFERS ANY HOPE TO SC...
by Peter A Bell
28 Oct 2013 at 10:27am

Yesterday I took a ride up the Nith valley to deliver a first consignment of food parcels to our latest satellite outlet. My destination was Kirkconnel in name and ‘Post Industrial’ in nature. ‘Post Industrial’ is one of those new phrases that has crept in to the way we speak over the last few ye...



Separated at birth
by Peter A Bell
28 Oct 2013 at 10:24am

Something that Professor John Curtice said in an extensive and fair review of our second Panelbase poll today gave us some cause for thought.

It’s hardly a secret that the No campaign has spent just about every waking hour of its existence frantically trying to turn the referendum into one on the ...



Which Way Might the Don't Knows Go? - Evidence from the Wings Poll - What Sco...
by Peter A Bell
28 Oct 2013 at 10:19am

Commentary on what the Wings over Scotland/Panelbase Oct 2013 poll reveals about the inclinations and views of Don't Knows in the independence referendum

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28 Oct 2013 at 9:46am

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28 Oct 2013 at 8:27am

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Momentum with Yes as poll shows just over four point swing needed to take lea...
by Peter A Bell
28 Oct 2013 at 7:54am

With 11 months to go to the Independence Referendum, Yes needs just over a four point swing to take the lead, a new poll shows today.



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The in-betweeners
by Peter A Bell
28 Oct 2013 at 7:42am

The last of our poll data releases yesterday highlighted perhaps the biggest factor in deciding the outcome of the independence referendum – the views of the undecided. Cross-referencing those yet to make up their minds with the other questions in our survey tells us much about the arguments that...



Scottish independence: Yes campaigners heartened by poll
by Peter A Bell
28 Oct 2013 at 4:46am

THE Yes campaign needs just over a four-point swing to surge ahead in the independence debate, a new poll has indicated.
Peter A Bell's insight:

How characteristically petty of The Scotsman not to mention that the poll was crowd-funded through the Wings Over Scotland website.



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SCOT goes POP!: Boost for pro-independence campaign in new Panelbase poll
by Peter A Bell
28 Oct 2013 at 4:27am

I'm delighted to see that RevStu has included a straight voting intention question in the latest Wings over Scotland poll, partly because it takes away any alibi from Alex Massie and others for making any of the thoroughly daft comments they did last time, but also because it will help enormously...



Crosstown traffic
by Peter A Bell
28 Oct 2013 at 3:23am

For our final instalment of poll data, we’re going to look at two groups of results that at first don’t appear to be connected, but which are more linked than you might imagine.




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Johann Lamont re-writes history | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
27 Oct 2013 at 11:46am

Commenting on her interview on the BBC Sunday Politics Scotland programme today - in which Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont claimed she had not used the expression "something for nothing" in relation to people in Scotland benefiting from universal services, but that it had been invented by th...



Making the difference
by Peter A Bell
27 Oct 2013 at 11:06am

Both of our polls so far have been far less concerned with HOW people intend to vote in the independence referendum, and much more concerned with the WHY. So in the second one, we decided to have a...

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Independent Scotland can have first-class security service | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
27 Oct 2013 at 10:35am

A former counter-terrorism chief says an independent Scotland can have a first-class intelligence and security service, built on the country’s wealth of experience and talent in this field.



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Still looking
by Peter A Bell
27 Oct 2013 at 9:46am

In our previous poll, we discovered that the public overwhelmingly thought its politicians were a bunch of liars. Not a single one of them scored a net positive trust rating for truthfulness, although Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon had the small consolation of being well out in front of the com...



Referendum race remains tight as new poll shows single figure lead for No
by Peter A Bell
27 Oct 2013 at 7:03am

The gap between those in favour of independence and those against stands at single figures, according to results of a new poll.




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Unite union official at centre of Grangemouth dispute resigns from his job at...
by dailyrecord
28 Oct 2013 at 12:27pm
STEVIE Deans was investigated by the company following his involvement in the row over the selection of a Labour candidate in the Falkirk constituency.


Charity fears that energy price hike could kill up to 20 pensioners a day who...
by James Lyons
28 Oct 2013 at 3:05am
THE survey by Age UK revealed that around 24,000 people in the UK could end up dying needlessly because of the cold winter ahead.


Syria chemicals trade: MPs tell business secretary Vince Cable to expose firm...
by Billy Briggs
27 Oct 2013 at 4:31am
 


Britain needs more politicians like Shirley Williams.. who see their job as a...
by dailyrecord
26 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
HONEST, genuine and graceful - these are qualities that the author of Shirley Williams: The Biography says many in power today could stand to take from her.


Dunfermline by-election victory proves Labour are back on track, insists Joha...
by David Clegg
26 Oct 2013 at 3:31am
A SEVEN point swing from the SNP gave Labour candidate Cara Hilton a majority of 2873 and Lamont declared the result "emphatic".


David Cameron: People leaking information about our intelligence agencies are...
by Jason Beattie
25 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
THE Prime Minister said his main priority is to keep the country safe and defended security services after claims Britain may have helped America to spy on European leaders.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Oct 2013 at 3:35pm
Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to 80mph (130km/h) are predicted to hit the region during Monday. However, the Met Office has not issued any weather warnings for Scotland.


UKOK: Wind in a separate Scotlandshire too uncertain
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One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single ce...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2013 at 6:03pm
One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single celebrating the life and work of a much loved labour MP. He who put the 'Doing' into 'Doing Good', Westminster's King of Slapstick, the man who likes to say NAW!


A musical tribute to the chairchoob - Ian Davidson
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As the SNP form practically the only opposition to the new Westminster immigr...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2013 at 3:41pm
As the SNP form practically the only opposition to the new Westminster immigration bill, and Labour MPs abstain, the Scottish Government launches its own version of the Hate Van.



BBC Scotlandshire is coming to a close for the night. We ask you be upstand...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2013 at 5:47pm
BBC Scotlandshire is coming to a close for the night.

We ask you be upstanding for our national anthem - by order of Andrew Rosindell MP.


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


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

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


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

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

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



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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Fascists in a fash over feis
www.bbc.sco...

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


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


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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION


Fumes, Oligarchs and Resilience
by bellacaledonia
26 Oct 2013 at 4:52am
By Mike Small Several elements of the Grangemouth spectacle were on the edge of farce this week. MP Eric Joyce complaining that the people of the area “deserved better representation”. Truly. The utter capitulation and ineptness of the union. The... Read More ›

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

Telegraph.co.uk

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


Does Scotland Want Independence? - New York Times
2 Oct 2013 at 8:04pm

New York Times

Does Scotland Want Independence?
New York Times
GLASGOW, Scotland ? IN just under a year, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to become an independent country. The issue is already so divisive that the comedian Susan Calman had to call for an end to the ?name-calling, swearing ...


Scottish independence support at 25 per cent - poll - Scotsman
11 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence support at 25 per cent - poll
Scotsman
With support for independence seemingly stalled, Yes Scotland drew comfort from the increasing number of don't knows, arguing that they could be convinced to support independence. ?Different polls report various results, but with ...


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

Scotsman

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


Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels - BBC News
10 Oct 2013 at 7:36am

BBC News

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


In 2014, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether or not to end the union ....
25 Oct 2013 at 11:08pm

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


Scottish independence: EU leaders' secession bias - Scotsman
16 Oct 2013 at 9:31am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: EU leaders' secession bias
Scotsman
EUROPEAN Union leaders are downplaying an independent Scotland's right to EU membership to compel it to join the euro, open its borders and pay more towards the European budget, according to a senior German government adviser. EU tr...


Is UK gearing up for fight over Scottish independence? - Christian Science Mo...
9 Oct 2013 at 10:29am

Christian Science Monitor

Is UK gearing up for fight over Scottish independence?
Christian Science Monitor
Glasgow, Scotland. With less than a year to go to a referendum on Scottish independence, the British coalition government has replaced the minister responsible for Scotland in a surprise cabine...


Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond - BBC News
8 Oct 2013 at 11:18am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Defence jobs depend on UK, says Hammond
BBC News
"We have seen a restricted briefing document from the MoD, from the team that's been charged with preparing and putting out the Scotland analysis paper on the issue of Scottish independence. "It offers us some insight i...


Asterix An Unlikely Scottish Independence Hero - Sky News
24 Oct 2013 at 1:07pm

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



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SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP fail to address affordability of council tax freeze - Left Foot Forward
28 Oct 2013 at 6:28pm

SNP fail to address affordability of council tax freeze
Left Foot Forward
?Yet during the past five years, the SNP has increased spending on benefits (free prescriptions, personal nursing care etc) and subsidised the council tax freeze. Spending on these areas has risen from £568m in 2007 to £1,666...


CPPR warning on oil money 'gap' - Stirling Observer
28 Oct 2013 at 3:46pm

CPPR warning on oil money 'gap'
Stirling Observer
Labour finance spokesman Iain Gray said: "This confirms the inconvenient truth that the SNP dare not admit in public - an independent Scotland would be entirely reliant on the volatility of oil and would mean serious instability in the public financ...


Oil money wouldn't compensate for loss of UK revenue in iScotland, say ... - ...
28 Oct 2013 at 12:29pm

Oil money wouldn't compensate for loss of UK revenue in iScotland, say ...
Herald Scotland
Labour finance spokesman Iain Gray said: "This confirms the inconvenient truth that the SNP dare not admit in public - an independent Scotland would be entirely reliant on the volatility of oil and would mean...


Dunfermline by-election win puts us back in the game, says Labour leader - Th...
28 Oct 2013 at 9:53am

The Times (subscription)

Dunfermline by-election win puts us back in the game, says Labour leader
The Times (subscription)
Johann Lamont, the Scottish Labour leader, has claimed her party's emphatic win in the Dunfermline by-election shows it is now ?able to compete? following its rout in the last H...


China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (SNP): Sinopec field could reignite ......
28 Oct 2013 at 8:57am

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (SNP): Sinopec field could reignite ...
Seeking Alpha
SNP's Jianghan unit has more than doubled its 2015 output target for the key shale area of Fuling in southwest China after successful pilot drilling, hoping to cut costs through measures such as drilling num...


SNP taking from the poor to help the rich, claims Labour - The Times (subscri...
28 Oct 2013 at 9:53am

The Times (subscription)

SNP taking from the poor to help the rich, claims Labour
The Times (subscription)
Labour hit back in the battle over its so-called cuts commission yesterday when an influential party adviser accused the Scottish government of taking £1 billion from the poor to give to the we...


Winter clock switch should last three months, says MP - The Times (subscription)
28 Oct 2013 at 9:53am

The Times (subscription)

Winter clock switch should last three months, says MP
The Times (subscription)
Britain's clocks should go back for just three months every winter, according to a leading SNP MP. The UK operates on Greenwich Mean Time in the winter and on British Summer Time between March and...


Poll showing freeze backing leaves Lamont exposed - SNP (press release)
28 Oct 2013 at 7:44am

Poll showing freeze backing leaves Lamont exposed
SNP (press release)
SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson - who convenes the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee - has called on the Scottish Labour party leader to clarify her party's position on the Council Tax freeze after recent declarations by herself and...


Scots Labour leader seeks council tax alternatives - Public Finance
28 Oct 2013 at 7:36am

Scots Labour leader seeks council tax alternatives
Public Finance
Midwinter is advising Lamont on options for re-ordering Scottish spending priorities, with a particular focus on SNP-backed universal benefits like free tuition, prescriptions and pensioner travel. 'There is no sound financial reason...


As Others See Us: The View from Quebec (2) - Herald Scotland (blog)
28 Oct 2013 at 6:09am

As Others See Us: The View from Quebec (2)
Herald Scotland (blog)
So is that SNP "progressive" pitch working? Well, maybe. Take Quebec. This French-speaking outpost of North America has, of course, gone through two of its own indyrefs in the last 30 odd years. So its political class is keeping a ke...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels - BBC News
10 Oct 2013 at 7:36am

BBC News

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


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

The Guardian

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


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

Milngavie Herald

Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older
BBC News
Teenagers who will be 16 or older when next year's independence referendum is held can now register to take part. It is the first time in a UK political vote that people under the age of 18 have been allow...


Does Scotland Want Independence? - New York Times
2 Oct 2013 at 8:04pm

New York Times

Does Scotland Want Independence?
New York Times
GLASGOW, Scotland ? IN just under a year, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to become an independent country. The issue is already so divisive that the comedian Susan Calman had to call for an end to the ?name-calling, swearing ...


Yes Scotland to reveal latest weapon in referendum battle - Herald Scotland
16 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Yes Scotland to reveal latest weapon in referendum battle
Herald Scotland
The software will allow door-knocking activists to refer voters' questions and concerns straight back to Yes Scotland's HQ - which will "micro-target" them with specially tailored campaign material later the same day. The app...


Scottish Christians take a 'StAnd' ahead of independence referendum - Christi...
10 Oct 2013 at 7:33am

ChristianToday

Scottish Christians take a 'StAnd' ahead of independence referendum
ChristianToday
Christians across Scotland are uniting in a year of prayer leading up to the independence referendum in September 2014. A twelve-hour session of worship and prayer will be held on St Andrew's Day - 30 N...


Leaders: Referendum shifts up a gear | True Scots hero - Scotsman
19 Oct 2013 at 1:33pm

Scotsman

Leaders: Referendum shifts up a gear | True Scots hero
Scotsman
The First Minister was impressive in his focus, and also in the calm and measured way he spelled out his vision for Scotland becoming an independent country. This was not independence as revolution, nor independence as insurrec...


Dear Sirs, the referendum debate is getting thrilling - Herald Scotland
10 Oct 2013 at 9:10pm

Dear Sirs, the referendum debate is getting thrilling
Herald Scotland
Scots living outside Scotland but inside the UK might not get a vote in the referendum, but we have a voice and we care deeply about our country." Will the Yes camp give a flying Scotsman what Fergie does in his capacity as trave...


A Swedish take on the referendum - Herald Scotland
2 Oct 2013 at 9:09am

A Swedish take on the referendum
Herald Scotland
Plus, no lives would be lost on Scottish soil, meaning Scotland's international reputation as a friendly nation would be reinforced. This plan should work, unless the enemy has come prepared for all eventualities, including this type of non ...



SNP should be bold and call pre-referendum convention - Herald Scotland
16 Oct 2013 at 9:10pm

SNP should be bold and call pre-referendum convention
Herald Scotland
The opinion polls refuse to move. Professor John Curtice's authoritative polling blog,What Scotland Thinks has been struggling to find anything new to say as survey after survey tells the same story: that Scotland thinks it shoul...



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Anything Goes

Twerking - This Is How It's Done...
28 Oct 2013 at 6:12pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CddMD3QqTFs



Yes V Better Together - Dundee Debate - 30Th October
28 Oct 2013 at 6:07pm

http://blairvsblairheadtohead.eventbrite.co.uk 

 

Debate this Wednesday at Dundee Uni, 6-7, regis...



Kilmarnock Is The Worst Place To Live In Scotland
28 Oct 2013 at 3:29pm

According to the new edition of Crap Towns...

 

http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories...



How Not To Keep Your Job As A Teacher
28 Oct 2013 at 3:20pm

"Hitler wasn't all bad - he killed the Jews, the gays and the disabled".

 

 "I didn't want to be ...



Bill Bryson
28 Oct 2013 at 12:32pm

Just reading Bill Bryson's latest book, One Summer. In it he claims that Jack Dempsey's fight in ...



Help With My Wife's 30Th Birthday Pressie! From Those Abroad...
28 Oct 2013 at 9:51am

*awaits a berating!*

 

It’s my wife’s 30th birthday shortly, and I have had the stupid idea of pu...



Red Or Dead/liverpool Books
28 Oct 2013 at 7:17am
Faither in laws birthday coming up, he's a big Liverpool fan and was thinking of buying him David...

Sebastian Vettel
28 Oct 2013 at 3:31am
Heard on the radio today his F1 title puts him up there with Schumacher, Fangio & Prost.
It's no...

U K O K Bingo
28 Oct 2013 at 3:13am

Land of milk and honey http://taboard.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=147900&p=2463439



Kick Ass 2
27 Oct 2013 at 6:09pm

Worst sequel?

 

Kick Ass was brilliant, but this was just utter pish.




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Better Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love Voltaire us apart, again
by Dom
19 Sep 2013 at 6:32am
One of the questions regularly raised in discussions of independence is what would happen to Scot...

The Westminster Party ? what?s their record?
by James
19 Sep 2013 at 2:34am
Scotland’s vote in a year’s time is too important to be decided by who looks likely to win the UK...

The People?s Land
by James
18 Sep 2013 at 2:24am
As a socialist, I believe in the power of collective action, both through the state and through i...

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

The political paradigm of the commune: recovering the humanity in policy
by Guest Blog
13 Sep 2013 at 12:04pm
Another guest post today from April Cumming, vice-chair of the Scottish Fabians, who previously w...


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Scot Goes pop

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

Boost for pro-independence campaign in new Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2013 at 8:33am
I'm delighted to see that RevStu has included a straight voting intention question in the latest ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Labour history and a better future for Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
28 Oct 2013 at 8:26am
On Saturday we took a Yes Scotland stall to the Scottish Labour History Conference in Glasgow Uni...

Charity chief calls on Bedroom Tax to be binned
by sean.lafferty
28 Oct 2013 at 6:44am

Shelter Scotland's director Graeme Brown is calling on the UK government to bin the "monstrous" B...



Independent Scotland can make real difference to people in developing countries
by Stuart McDonald
28 Oct 2013 at 5:59am

Yes Scotland welcomes the publication of ?Jubilee Scotland and the independence referendum? and s...



Momentum with Yes as poll shows just over four point swing needed to take lead
by Peter Dempsie
27 Oct 2013 at 8:59am

With 11 months to go to the Independence Referendum, Yes needs just over a four point swing to ta...



Independent Scotland can have first-class security service
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
27 Oct 2013 at 3:01am

A former counter-terrorism chief says an independent Scotland can have a first-class intelligence...



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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


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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...


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


Letters: A Scottish Borgen
28 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm

Your report of Paula Milne's aspiration to remake Borgen for UK viewers (Political drama gets ready for a comeback, 26 October) neatly encapsulates the problem facing Scotland's independent program...




Scottish government 'failing to live up to climate and wildlife promises'
by Severin Carrell
28 Oct 2013 at 11:32am

Study finds efforts are repeatedly undermined by low funding, poor implementation and vested economic interests

Alex Salmond's government is failing to live up to many of its ambitious promises on...




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

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

Contrary to the idea that Jim Ratcliff...




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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



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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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