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Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland

BORDER PLANS A 'FATAL MISTAKE'
26 Dec 2014 at 6:16pm
Redrawing Northern Ireland's border would be a "fatal mistake", ex-Irish premier Garret FitzGerald privately warned Margaret Thatcher, secret files have revealed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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?Ed Miliband banned from referendum rally speech?
28 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

Labour leader Ed Miliband has been branded an electoral 
“liability” after reports emerged that he was blocked from speaking in an eve-of-referendum rally earlier this year.



Nick Clegg ?most gay-friendly party leader?
28 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg is considered the most “gay-friendly” party leader – but the Liberal Democrats are struggling to turn that into votes, a poll found.



Thousands spent every day on pothole damage claims
28 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH councils are paying out thousands of pounds in compensation every day to ­motorists because of damage caused by potholes.



SNP slammed as 1,200 hospital beds go in two years
28 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

ALMOST 1,200 hospital beds have disappeared from wards around Scotland in just two years, official figures have shown.



Dissidents in Cuba ?kept in dark? over US deal
28 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

Cuba’s most prominent dissidents say they have been kept in the dark by United States officials over a list of 53 political prisoners who will be released from jail as part of a deal to end decades of hostility between the US and their country.



The Scotsman cartoon: Ed Miliband silenced
28 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

ED Miliband was instructed not to speak at Better Together rally by his fellow campaigners it has been claimed.



Alan Cumming says he took No vote personally
28 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

HOLLYWOOD star Alan Cumming has spoken of his devastation at the rejection of Scottish independence in this year’s historic referendum - saying he took the result personally.



Brian Monteith: Second indyref shouldn?t be feared
28 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm

ANTI-SEPARATISTS have every right to want to avoid another referendum – but they should not fear it, writes Brian Monteith.



Lesley Riddoch: New year, new leaders, new tests
28 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm

The SNP will have its work cut out as ‘new’ Scottish Labour tries to rebuild support ahead of election, writes Lesley Riddoch.



Leader: Slicker hospital beds system needed
28 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm

IS THE SNP administration vulnerable to charges that there is a shortage of beds in Scotland’s hospitals? Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats appear to put the issue beyond doubt. They show that the number of available beds has fallen by 1,000 in recent years. But is the issue as clear cut as the numbers suggest?



SNP MPs ?best to represent Scotland? says poll
28 Dec 2014 at 8:59am

MORE THAN half of voters think that the more SNP MPs are elected at next year’s general election the better Scotland’s interests will be protected, according to a new poll.



1,500 children homeless over Christmas reveals MSP
28 Dec 2014 at 7:25am

THE number of children living in temporary accommodation over the Christmas period is “appalling”, a Liberal Democrat MSP has said.



Holyrood seeks views on e-cigarette regulation
28 Dec 2014 at 6:50am

SCOTS have a few days left to give their views on the further regulation of e-cigarettes.



Ambulance hoax call-out levels are ?despicable?
28 Dec 2014 at 5:21am

CONSERVATIVES are demanding tough punishments for hoax callers to the ambulance service after figures showed more than 6,100 malicious 999 calls have been made in the last three years.



The Scotsman cartoon: SNP look forward to 2015
27 Dec 2014 at 7:23pm

A NEW ICM poll shows the SNP are in a healthy position ahead of next May’s general election.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

The resentful elephant
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Dec 2014 at 7:12am
Several papers lead this morning with a Panelbase poll showing that a sizeable majority of Scots – regardless of their party allegiances – think that electing a large number of SNP MPs at next May’s UK general election will be the only practical way to safeguard Scotland’s interests in the wake of the referendum No […]

Under false pretences
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Dec 2014 at 9:18am
We’re still supposed to be on a skeleton service for the festive period, but we couldn’t just let this one slide. The cashflow problems at the Labour Party must be more severe than previously thought, because the entire organisation seems to be sharing a single email account. We got yet another begging letter today, from […]

They think it?s all over
by Chris Cairns
27 Dec 2014 at 12:00am

Diversification strategy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Dec 2014 at 11:00pm
Wait, what? We know there’s a lot of talk of the other Unionist parties stepping aside in order to give Scottish Labour a clear run in 2015, in a desperate attempt to stop the SNP from picking up too many seats, but this is surely taking it a bit far.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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BBC Scotland

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


Call for transfer of air tax power
27 Dec 2014 at 7:12pm
The transport minister Derek Mackay calls for control over air passenger duty to be devolved to Holyrood immediately.


Summit to encourage breastfeeding
26 Dec 2014 at 6:01pm
Encouraging more women to breastfeed their babies will be focus of Scottish Government summit in the New Year.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Newsnet Scotland

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

COUNTDOWN TO NEWSNET.SCOT RE-LAUNCH
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 3:19pm

By the Editors

Newsnet Scotland is to be re-launched on a new web platform within the next 24 hours.

One of Scotland's foremost alternative news sites, Newsnet Scotland repeatedly broke new and vital stories during the independence referendum campaign.

Now the site is merging with the current affairs' podcast site Batemanbroadcasting.com to create a new home for new journalism in Scotland.

We intend to broaden Newsnet to cover Scottish news and current affairs, as well as Scottish politics.

We believe our readers and listeners want to access independent, high quality journalism and comment.

Newsnet will continue to lead on Scottish politics - especially with the UK general election next May and the Scottish Parliamentary election in 2016 looming.

But we shall also reflect on issues that matter in Scotland. We plan to include "Citizen" journalism, features and other elements which will be rolled out as quickly as possible.

We shall also provide space for readers to post comments and exchange views.

All of this takes time, and money. We shall be seeking subscriptions as well as other financial support in order to maintain the site and to pay for the everyday running costs of Newsnet Scotland.

Much more will be announced during the weeks ahead. Earlier today, co-editor Derek Bateman explained a little more here.

Meanwhile please take some practical steps to ensure you continue to enjoy Newsnet Scotland:

Regular visitors should set their browsers to the Web address www.newsnet.scot in order to access the new site directly.

Other addresses such as newsnetscotland.scot and newsnetscotland.com will re-direct to the new "umbrella address". All changes will take place during Monday, December 29.

www.newsnet.scot



Open letter to thon quine in Lundun
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 2:25pm

Commentary: Blogger Russell Bruce responds to Her Majesty's Christmas broadcast...

 

 

Dear Quine,

 

Speeches are funny things and it is easy to get things wrong - just as I am not sure how to address you. I will be honest. I am a bit of a soft republican. So for me you are not the most important issue.

 

I hope that provides some little assurance, rather than offence of which none intended. Monarchy just seems out of place in the modern world, but then Scotland has been a monarchy in full and in part for 1,000 years. That sort of track record is good for tourism so probably explains a wee bit of my ambivalence on the subject.



Dumped SNP hopeful complains about procedure
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Dec 2014 at 6:50am

By Derek Bateman

The former diplomat Craig Murray has claimed the SNP is authoritarian after being rejected as a prospective candidate.

The Yes blogger, who was interviewed on Bateman Broadcasting two weeks ago, was rejected from the approved list of candidates after taking part in hustings for the Falkirk seat where he was seen as a frontrunner. He has been approached by other constituencies to stand for the SNP.



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

Analysis by Mike Danson

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

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

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



How The BBC Stole The Referendum - Chapter 2
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:57pm

How The BBC Stole The Referendum is a book currently being written by GA Ponsonby, founder of Newsnet Scotland.

Ponsonby, a fierce and consistent critic of the BBC's role during the referendum campaign, has pulled together his critique of the corporation, and the influence he believes it had on the final vote. It is a view shared by many Yes campaigners.

Here Newsnet Scotland reproduces a late draft of the second chapter [Click here to read chapter 1]. Its author is raising funds to publish the book by April 2015: in time of the UK general election, where the BBC's coverage will be under intense scrutiny once again. Details are at the bottom of the page.



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

By Thomas Connolly

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

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



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

By Thomas Connolly

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

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

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



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

By Thomas Connolly

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

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

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



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

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

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

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



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

Exclusive by Thomas Connolly

 

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

 

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

 

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




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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.

Journalists must challenge Labour on their secret plan to go into coalition w...
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2014 at 12:32pm
Do Labour know the meaning of the expression "no shame"?  This from Scotland on Sunday's report o...

Craig Murray
by James Kelly
27 Dec 2014 at 11:42am
I've been following Craig Murray's quest to become an SNP candidate at the general election with ...

Breathtaking poll from "gold standard" ICM gives the SNP a 17% lead
by James Kelly
26 Dec 2014 at 12:19pm

Heaven only knows what the Guardian are doing releasing a poll on Boxing Day, but that appears to...



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Gerry Hassan: Get set for a dramatic year of politics as the traditional part...
by dailyrecord
28 Dec 2014 at 4:35am
WITH the General Election just four months away, Gerry says the Conservatives and Labour will do ...


Alistair Carmichael looks back at 2014 and calls for New Year to bring a new ...
by dailyrecord
27 Dec 2014 at 5:28am
SECRETARY of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael writes for the Daily Record exactly 100 days...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Least said about us fixing it, best mended.

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:11pm



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


Annabel G...

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


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independence - autonomy - self-determination


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Scotland and Independence

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

Revealed: 'Out of touch' Ed Miliband was barred from appearing at final rally...
28 Dec 2014 at 5:14am

Telegraph.co.uk

Revealed: 'Out of touch' Ed Miliband was barred from appearing at final rally ...
T...


Queen's Speech: Elizabeth II Speaks Of The Troubles, Scottish Independence .....
25 Dec 2014 at 9:28am

Reuters

Queen's Speech: Elizabeth II Speaks Of The Troubles, Scottish Independence ...
Huffington P...


Alex Salmond Says 'Yes' Could Win Second Scottish Independence Referendum - H...
20 Dec 2014 at 12:26pm

Aberdeen Press and Journal

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


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

Globalnews.ca

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


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

Aberdeen Press and Journal

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


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

Scotsman

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


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

Daily Mail

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


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

Scotsman

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


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

Telegraph.co.uk

Independence referendum causes slump in market for Scotland's sporting estates
Tele...


Punk rock legend John Lydon insists Scottish independence is a rotten idea - ...
7 Dec 2014 at 3:53am

Scottish Daily Record

Punk rock legend John Lydon insists Scottish independence is a rotten idea
Sc...



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SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
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SNP ministers 'took luxury trips' - Deeside Today
28 Dec 2014 at 6:34pm

SNP ministers 'took luxury trips'
Deeside Today
James Kelly, Labour's Scottish Parliament Business ...


Labour: SNP ministers are staying at some of world's top hotels on foreign tr...
28 Dec 2014 at 6:23pm

Labour: SNP ministers are staying at some of world's top hotels on foreign trips
Herald Scotland
Ja...


Labour accuses ministers of living 'luxury lifestyle' with hotel stays - stv.tv
28 Dec 2014 at 6:07pm

Labour accuses ministers of living 'luxury lifestyle' with hotel stays
stv.tv
Scottish Government m...


SNP slammed as 1200 hospital beds go in two years - Scotsman
28 Dec 2014 at 6:06pm

SNP slammed as 1200 hospital beds go in two years
Scotsman
?The SNP in government spent so long cam...


'Ed Miliband banned from referendum rally speech' - Scotsman
28 Dec 2014 at 6:01pm

'Ed Miliband banned from referendum rally speech'
Scotsman
SNP Glasgow Cathcart MSP James Dornan sa...


Labour 'could be left with just three MPs in Scotland': Miliband faces humili...
28 Dec 2014 at 5:20pm

Labour 'could be left with just three MPs in Scotland': Miliband faces humiliation ...
Daily Mail
T...


Leader: Slicker hospital beds system needed - Scotsman
28 Dec 2014 at 4:04pm

Leader: Slicker hospital beds system needed
Scotsman
IS THE SNP administration vulnerable to charge...


Lesley Riddoch: New year, new leaders, new tests - Scotsman
28 Dec 2014 at 4:03pm

Lesley Riddoch: New year, new leaders, new tests
Scotsman
Meanwhile, there are bound to be more ran...


Labour man calls for SNP clarity on bedroom tax - Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
28 Dec 2014 at 2:08pm

Labour man calls for SNP clarity on bedroom tax
Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
SCOTTISH LABOUR'S ca...


Labour dismiss 'nonsense' claims that Ed Miliband was 'barred from speaking a...
28 Dec 2014 at 2:07pm

The Independent

Labour dismiss 'nonsense' claims that Ed Miliband was 'barred from speaking at ......



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Referendum 2014 (Google News)

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

Referendum blamed for 'stagnating' Scottish retail - Scotsman
28 Dec 2014 at 6:07pm

Referendum blamed for 'stagnating' Scottish retail
Scotsman
?There is, however, a divergence betwee...


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

Reuters

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


Common Agricultural Policy and referendum dominate farming year - Herald Scot...
28 Dec 2014 at 6:27pm

Common Agricultural Policy and referendum dominate farming year
Herald Scotland
While the inefficie...


'Ed Miliband banned from referendum rally speech' - Scotsman
28 Dec 2014 at 6:01pm

stv.tv

'Ed Miliband banned from referendum rally speech'
Scotsman
But a Scottish Labour spokesman la...


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

The National

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


Referendum rift will take time to heal, says Queen - Herald Scotland
26 Dec 2014 at 5:41am

Referendum rift will take time to heal, says Queen
Herald Scotland
"In Scotland after the referendu...


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

Longford Leader

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


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

Daily Mail

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


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

Herald Scotland

TV review: Rory Bremner looks at the referendum
Herald Scotland
The Rory Review was ...


Queen's Christmas Day speech urges peace and reconciliation - Express.co.uk
25 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm

Express.co.uk

Queen's Christmas Day speech urges peace and reconciliation
Express.co.uk
Speaking wit...



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Anything Goes

Public Spelling Blunders
28 Dec 2014 at 2:49pm

spotted in Asda

 

Maybe there was a '2 for 1' deal on the letter N



Another Plane Missing
27 Dec 2014 at 10:49pm
AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501: Plane bound for Singapore lost contact with air traffic   PUBLI...

Telegraph Ratchets Up The Anti Scots Bigotry
27 Dec 2014 at 7:33pm
Was it something we said?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/11314342/The-insecure-Scots-have-turn...

The Waterboys Stirling
27 Dec 2014 at 12:04pm

I can`t make this gig http://www.stirlinghogmanay.co.uk/ticketsbut if any tambers make it along, ...



Craig Murray
27 Dec 2014 at 10:50am

Plant? Or exposing the "SNP is a broadchurch" as a lie.

 

I'm undecided, but can quite believe hi...



Cards Against Humanity
27 Dec 2014 at 5:33am
Has anyone else played this? Someone pulled it out onBoxing Day and a few of us gave it ago. Now ...

The Word "scientist"
26 Dec 2014 at 10:03pm

The word Scientist, comes from :

 

http://thereconstructionists.org/post/59444876063/mary-somervi...



Where's Wibble?
26 Dec 2014 at 6:29pm
Haven't had any of his fantastic drunken nonsense on the weekend for a while.

I miss it.

Labour Set For A Bloodbath In Scotland
26 Dec 2014 at 4:20pm

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/26/labour-bloodbath-scotland-general-election-2015-sn...



A Few Flakes Of Snow Expected In Southern England
26 Dec 2014 at 3:12pm
a few flakes of snow are expected to fall in southern England so please be aware that there will ...


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Guardian - Scottish Politics

The Guardian
Scottish politics | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish politics: who are the leaders and how are they doing?
by Tom Clark and Severin Carrell
26 Dec 2014 at 1:25pm
As poll shows some party chiefs on the election campaign trail are far from well-known, Guardian writers compile a who?s who

Four parties returned MPs to Westminster from Scottish seats in 2010, but...



Scottish Labour?s Jim Murphy: we?re in for the fight of our lives
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
26 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm
Party?s new leader in Scotland must overcome largest-ever poll deficit after survey puts it 17 points behind biggest rival, the SNP

Christmas has been a brief moment of calm for Jim Murphy, Scottish...



Labour set for a bloodbath in Scotland in general election, poll says
by Tom Clark
26 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm

Traditional Labour heartlands turning to SNP, which could win 45 of 59 Scottish Westminster seats, Guardian/ICM survey finds

Labour is on course for a bloodbath in Scotland in 2015, according to a s...



After independence defeat, SNP looks set for general election victory in 2015
by Tom Clark
26 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm

ICM poll reveals old distinction between Scottish and UK elections is disappearing in wake of September referendum

Forty-five is a losing score in a referendum, but as a percentage in a general elec...



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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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




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newest submissions : Scotland
newest submissions : Scotland
Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Update on Postal Vote Counting Investigation
28 Dec 2014 at 6:14pm
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Will Scotland get reheated Blairism?
28 Dec 2014 at 3:57pm
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Independence Referendum absent from BBC's "2014 in pictures' feature
28 Dec 2014 at 3:15pm

Forgot about us already? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-30440130

submitted by Smokedmemories
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Panorama of Tantallon Castle (with weird stretchy dog...)
28 Dec 2014 at 3:00pm
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Gerry Hassan: Get set for a dramatic year of politics as the traditional part...
28 Dec 2014 at 12:33pm
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ICM Underline Labour?s Woes and Affirm Smith?s Lack of Popularity
28 Dec 2014 at 12:16pm
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The Scottish Tin Man
28 Dec 2014 at 10:01am
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'SNP?s bedroom tax question exposes their plan to prop up a Tory Government" ...
28 Dec 2014 at 7:04am
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Murphy accused of 'abandoning truth' by former spin doctor of Labour leadersh...
28 Dec 2014 at 7:01am
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The insecure Scots have turned in on themselves - and against us - Telegraph
28 Dec 2014 at 6:48am
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Our summer of love | Herald Scotland
28 Dec 2014 at 5:30am
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England must be resolute and save the Scots from self-destruction
28 Dec 2014 at 4:13am
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Should Scotland be a country?
28 Dec 2014 at 2:58am
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Trading places? Left-right placement in Scotland.
28 Dec 2014 at 12:55am
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/r/Scotland Official Best of 2014 Thread
27 Dec 2014 at 5:21pm

As suggested by /u/a_funny_user_name, this is the Reddit /r/Scotland Best Of 2014 Official Thread.

Here's how it works.

The categories will be posted as Top Level Comments. Reply to them with you...




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Giving up bad habits
by weegingerdug
26 Dec 2014 at 1:03pm
This article first appeared in the first edition of iScot – Scotland’s new news, politics and features magazine.  If you’ve not subscribed yet, do so now!  I’ll be writing for them regularly – beca...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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