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Cable 'cautiously optimistic' over Britain's economic recovery
VINCE Cable has expressed "cautious optimism" that Britain's economy is on the mend as more figures out today suggest the recovery is gaining momentum.

Tories 'are stupid' on immigration
DAVID Cameron and his Conservative ministers have come under fire from their Liberal Democrat Coalition colleagues for launching a "stupid and offensive" crackdown on illegal immigrants.

House policy 'may push up prices'
A flagship UK Government policy to revive the housing market has been questioned by a minister, raising fears it could lead to another property bubble.

Trade union threatened to shut Grangemouth refinery over Falkirk chairman's s...
THE trades union Unite threatened to shut Scotland's only oil refinery after a key figure at the centre of the Falkirk selection debacle was suspended by his employers at the plant.

Russell engulfed in cronyism row
EDUCATION Secretary Mike Russell is embroiled in a cronyism row after a former SNP candidate landed more than £175,000 of Government work as a college adviser.

MP criticised over restaurant links
A Labour MP's ­judgment has been questioned over his backing for a Labour-supporting businessman's restaurant.

Labour bids to win back Western Isles seat
Labour hopes it can win back the Western Isles at the next General Election despite the constituency's omission from a list of the party's top targets for 2015.

Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry could hang over Labour for months
An inquiry into allegations of vote-rigging in Falkirk could hang over Labour for months, even running into to the party's annual conference, it has emerged.

Ruling: Salmond didn't break code of conduct by flying Saltire at Wimbledon
ALEX Salmond has been cleared of claims that he broke Holyrood's code of conduct by waving a Saltire at the end of the men's final at Wimbledon.

Regional bank call over RBS future
The Coalition Government should refashion RBS into a network of regional banks to help boost the economic recovery by helping small businesses, it has been claimed.

Coalition hails on the mend economy
Coalition ministers have claimed that the economy is finally "on the mend" after official estimates suggested sustained growth not seen for almost two years.

Neil: We would win alcohol price case
The Scottish Government will "win hands down" if a challenge to its plans to bring in minimum pricing for alcohol ends up in the European Court, the Health Secretary predicted.

Camerons fly off to Portugal
David Cameron flew to Portugal on holiday yesterday ? successfully avoiding a downturn in the Scottish weather.

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

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

 

Scotsman

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The Scotsman cartoon - 29/07/13

Labour MP Dennis ­Canavan said the hereditary principle of the monarchy was an “affront” to democracy.



Lesley Riddoch: Norway?s monarchy a line to follow

Deciding whether the Queen remains our head of state should not be a footnote in a manifesto, writes Lesley Riddoch



Leaders: ?Boarding? patients unpopular & unhealthy

Concern has been growing for months over the practice of hospital “boarding” – moving patients between wards and parking them in wards that are not appropriate for their condition.



Brian Monteith: A union at odds with itself

Not all union members vote Labour, and some give surprising answers to surveys, writes Brian Monteith



?Ofgem must turn spotlight on big energy firms?

Prices have risen has resulted in “deep mistrust” from customers, said the committee, adding that the small number of people switching suppliers suggested the market was not as competitive as it could be.



Scottish independence: Support for monarchy vote

Growing numbers of independence supporters are backing a call from the chairman of the Yes campaign for a referendum on the future of the monarchy after ­independence.



Are sports TV rights on an even playing fied?

The European Court of Justice has rejected an appeal by Fifa and Uefa that would have overturned the UK’s decision that World Cup and European Championship finals matches cannot be shown exclusively on pay-TV.



Theresa May weight loss from diabetes, not makeover

HOME Secretary Theresa May has spoken of her shock at being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but insisted it would not affect her demanding political career.



Illegal immigrant crackdown ?offensive? - Cable

Vince Cable today attacked Tory colleagues for launching a “stupid and offensive” crackdown on illegal immigrants and accused them of being obsessed with migration figures.



Labour for Independence group backs Trident ban

LABOUR for Independence has opened its first policy conference with a call to ban the Trident nuclear deterrent from Scotland.



Holyrood faces campaign to scrap Barnett formula

COUNCIL leaders in England are to campaign for Scotland’s block grant to be cut.



100 sex offenders say no to rehabilitation

MORE than 100 sex offenders in Scottish jails are refusing treatment designed to reduce the chances of them repeating their crimes, an official study has revealed.



Labour in bid to tackle Scotland?s alcohol problem

A FRESH bid is to be launched to tackle Scotland’s alcohol problem by tagging bottles, cracking down on drink adverts near schools and banning tonic wines with a high caffeine content.



Scottish independence: Call for vote on monarchy

THE chairman of the Yes campaign has reopened the debate about the future of the monarchy by declaring that Prince George should never be king of an independent Scotland.



Drumlanrig: Jean Urquhart | Ruth Wishart | Cameron

INDEPENDENT MSP Jean Urquhart and journalist Ruth Wishart (below) deserve medals from the pro-indy cause.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scotland's largest political party

One down
Just one to go. Come on, Mr McDougall, you and your man know where we are.

Everybody?s talking
Since this’ll be the hot subject of the day, you might as well see it for yourself.

Peaking too soon

Another thing we don?t understand
Our old pal Tom Harris fits awfully comfortably into the pages of the Daily Telegraph for a Labour MP representing a poverty-blighted Glasgow seat. But there’s something a bit odd about the ugly little piece on immigration he penned for the paper this week. See if you can spot it. “Too often those who oppose [...]

Empty chairs
As yet we’ve had no replies from anyone to our invitation to the Yes and No camps to conduct a public head-to-head independence debate. Dennis Canavan is on holiday at the moment, but none of Blair McDougall, Alistair Darling, Blair Jenkins or the official Yes and No campaigns have bothered to respond at all, despite [...]

An open invitation
We just had to have a lie down after wading through Tory councillor Tom Kerr’s speech in Bathgate last night. We don?t know if we dare inflict the full incoherent horror of it on you, to be honest. But something quite interesting happened after it. A local activist stood up and asked Blair McDougall if David [...]

Behind open doors
As we noted earlier, the Wings Over Scotland spy at last night’s “Better Together” meeting in our home town of Bathgate last night wasn’t alone. Some intrepid readers also attended the event, and recorded the whole thing to find out what the No campaign are telling people away from the scrutiny of the media. It’s [...]

The Bullshit Files
Tonight saw the launch of “Better Together Bathgate”, the No camp’s debut foray into our beloved hometown. The email advertising the event, sent out on the 15th of July, said “I hope to see you at the on 28th June” [sic], which might help to explain the rather sub-spectacular turnout of around 40 hardy souls [...]

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

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

BBC Scotland

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

Yes chairman reopens monarchy debate
The chairman of the Yes campaign reopens the debate about the future of the monarchy in an independent Scotland.

Rail upgrade 'would ease A9 traffic'
The Rail Freight Group says upgrading the railway line between Perth and Inverness would help to ease travel on the A9 trunk road.

Labour Yes group in Trident ban call
The Labour for Independence group opens its first policy conference with a call to ban Trident nuclear weapons from Scotland.

Ombudsman reports record complaints
Complaints to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman reach a new high, fuelled by a 23% increase in complaints against the NHS.

West Lothian hit by new jobs blow
Crisp producer Highlander Snacks is set to close its factory in Bathgate, in a fresh jobs blow for West Lothian.

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

VIDEO: Alarm over alcohol pricing plan
European wine-producing nations are warning that Scotland's plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol could have a devastating impact on the industry.

VIDEO: Scottish islands seek greater autonomy
Scotland's three island councils are campaigning for greater powers after the independence referendum.

AUDIO: Currency union 'best for both countries'
Alex Salmond says a currency union in an independent Scotland is 'best for both countries'.

VIDEO: Referendum: Summer review
The referendum campaigns kicked off just over a year ago so let's have a summer round-up of how its going.

Audience plea for TV debate
Newsnight seeking independence debate audience members

What do Scottish nationalists want?
Douglas Fraser talks to leading figures in the nationalist movement

Analysis: University tuition fees
Complex issues around university tuition fees in Scotland

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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

Britain ? no longer the land of the future, but one living in the past

  By Gerry Hassan
 
Once upon a time, like many other Scots, I believed in Britain.
 
Britain seemed the future: it had appeal, appeared modern, progressive and full of promise. That now seems a world away from the Britain of today: which appears content to live permanently in a fictitious past.

This is the Fantasyland Britain we see before us this week ? of a society, culture and media obsessed with celebrating the birth of Kate and William?s royal baby and third in line to the throne. And this Sunday is the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War which will be officially commemorated next year.



Cameron forgets babies born into poverty

  By Aamer Anwar
 
Cameron wasn't shy bouncing out of the doors of Number 10 to pronounce what a great moment the royal birth was for the nation.
 
He did the same with Andy Murray and the Olympics but as the PM rejoiced over a child being born to rule over us, 700 others were born into poverty, that's one in five children born into poverty every day in the UK.



Sport's biggest transfer overshadows battle

  By George Kerevan

Forget Luis Suárez: the real transfer story is Ian Livingston, the Glaswegian boss of BT, quitting to join the UK government as a trade minister.

Livingston leaves BT on a high, having rescued the company from its recession nadir in 2009, when the share price hit 72p. Thursday?s first-quarter earnings report claimed 500,000 subscribers already signed up for BT?s new sports cable channel ? which does not start till next month. Better still, pre-tax profits outperformed market expectations.



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

  By Mark McNaught

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

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



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

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



Recovering from Brain Injury

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



Terrorism, Double Standards and the EDL

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



Scottish Labour must clarify its stance on Trident

  By Steven Griffiths

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

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



Economic growth gives Scots a warm feeling

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



Dithering over Heathrow damages Scotland

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



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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

Holyrood faces campaign to scrap Barnett formula

COUNCIL leaders in England are to campaign for Scotland’s block grant to be cut.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Attacks on Scotland's budget may not be the worst of the consequences of a No vote in next year's independence referendum. It is not difficult to see that the British parties would regard it as ...



Scottish Labour - the gloomy outlook.

I believe Scotland will vote Yes in the independence referendum in 2014, but I can't deny that in that I'm very much in a minority at present.



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How the BBC manipulated the debate over oil

Oil took centre stage in the independence debate this week.  How much is left and how much cash it will generate was a matter of considerable speculation, not to say dispute.



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Scottish civil servants probe plans for 'Nordic' intelligence services after ...

SCOTTISH civil servants are investigating how to create Nordic-style intelligence services post-independence.



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Andrew Wilson: The ?Big Lie? about North Sea oil

THE “Big Lie” in political propaganda and in life has appeared a lot in theory, practice and in fiction. Coined by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf, it therefore has foul antecedence.

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Scottish independence: Call for vote on monarchy

THE chairman of the Yes campaign has reopened the debate about the future of the monarchy by declaring that Prince George should never be king of an independent Scotland.

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No Campaign keep talking down oil industry | Scottish National Party

The SNP have accused the anti-independence campaign of being ‘obsessed’ with talking down the future of Scotland’s oil and gas industry.



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Farmers' independence campaign launches at Borders show

On Saturday, July 27, Yes Scotland will launch the latest country-wide group to campaign for independence at a centuries-old agricultural show.



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Labour pro-independence group holds first conference in Glasgow

Over two days, members will examine what Labour policy in Scotland could become in the event of a Yes vote.

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Another thing we don't understand

Our old pal Tom Harris fits awfully comfortably into the pages of the Daily Telegraph for a Labour MP representing a poverty-blighted Glasgow seat. But there's something a bit odd about the ugly li...

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Scottish independence starts to hypnotise north east England

Fearing a new economic 'tiger' over the border, a report urges council leaders in north east England to forge new alliances with Scotland as a counterweight to indifferent London
Peter A Bell's insight:

Severin Carrell is at it again! There is no "greater devolution promised by pro-UK parties".



See ...

Do Not Adjust Your Set!

The nationalist position on the BBC has long been caught between the political need to reassure people that a valued institution will continue and their ideological desire to dismantle something that, for them, represents a shared British experience.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Let's face it! Blair McD...



Difference between a Yes and a No vote | Herald Scotland

Peter A Bell's insight:

CERTAINTY.

I can't help but envy their certainty. The so-called Cybernats, the ones who come out to lambast anyone daring to express a wobble over the thought of independence, I can't help but envy them. Alex Salmond, wobbling insistent chins and waving a Saltire blushing un...



?Yes? campaign comes to Bute

With only 14 months until Scotland decides on its independence, the campaign for a ‘yes’ vote has come to the shores of Bute.

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Comment: Dare to set out a vision, First Minister

In an open letter to Alex Salmond, George Kerevan explains why he is concerned about next year’s referendum

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Daily Record

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Independence referendum: Support for Union has nine point lead, according to ...
ACCORDING to the Panelbase survey support for the union is at 46 per cent as opposed to 37 per cent in favour of independence.

Mail Opinion: £25bn obscenity of Trident
MAIL Opinion argues that the £25billion cost of Trident is morally and financially wrong - and would be better spent on our hospitals, schools, roads, police officers and cutting national debt.

Shadow pensions minister questions SNP scheme which could open £250m black ho...
FINANCE Secretary John Swinney last week promised a state pension of £144 in 2016 but Labour's Gregg McClymont has raised concerns over the move.

Bookies see £176m rise in cash staked on casino-style terminals dubbed the 'c...
ACCORDING to new figures, Scots gamblers staked £4.4billion on the fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) between October 2011 and September 2012 - losing £149million in the process.

William Hague criticises Egyptian security forces over violent clashes which ...
THE Foreign Secretary warned leaders on all sides that reducing tension was their responsibility.

George Osborne claims tiny growth figures prove UK's economy is 'on the mend'
THE Chancellor says that the 0.6 per cent growth for the quarter is a triumph, despite experts warning the country is stuck with low productivity and stagnant living standards.

Record View: Country is not out of the economic woods yet
RECORD VIEW says that Chancellor Osborne's gloating over the tiny economic growth figures is premature, as normal families struggle to maintain living standards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A new claim by Dictator Eck (©2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace ag...
A new claim by Dictator Eck (©2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace again.


Salmond's rearmament plans threaten European peace
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Salmond must detail exactly the hideous death each recruit will suffer as a stormtrooper in a separate Scotlandshire invasion horde

Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies! "North Bri...
Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies!
"North Britain Isles in turmoil following Salmond visit"
Fury as slippery Salmond escapes again

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

Leading North Sea oil and gas companies issued a statement warning that Alist...
Leading North Sea oil and gas companies issued a statement warning that Alistair Darling is in danger of running dry by 2014.


Oil companies warn that Darling is a depleting resource
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Darling's personal economic model isn't reliant on a single resource, but flips revenue so...

Alex Salmond is in the process of handing in his badge and gun and retiring f...
Alex Salmond is in the process of handing in his badge and gun and retiring from politics.


Barack to the future as U-KOK re-invent telephone
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann?s comments about Falkirk and Trident are currently on their way to her by horse and carriage, and should be available early ...

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


Rev begs for handouts
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
All the polling needed has been done by the Better Together campaign and Strathclyde University.

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


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

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

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

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


'Scotlan...

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


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

Auchenshoogle celebrates royal birth.
Auchenshoogle celebrates royal birth.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Bella Caledonia


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CIRCA Lead Frack Off Scotland Resistance
By Coco At 8.30am yesterday morning, anti-fracking activists gathered for a clowning action at the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Affairs (DPEA) in Falkirk. Dressed in colourful clown costumes a group of 17 activists mocked the dangers of fracking with... Read More ›

And the Land Lay, Still
By Iain MacKinnon At the Community Land Scotland conference earlier this summer, the Scottish First Minister appeared to dismiss the possibility that legislation giving communities the right to buy land should be strengthened. While his comments angered land reform campaigners,... Read More ›

Mad Scotland Hurt You Into Song: The Poetics of a Stateless Nation
by Stewart Sanderson In 1940, the English poet W.H. Auden declared that ?poetry makes nothing happen: it survives / in the valley of its making.? From its first publication, this apparently unambiguous statement was rendered complex by the poem of... Read More ›

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scotland and Independence

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British universities face £10 billion funding crisis after Scottish independe...

Telegraph.co.uk

British universities face £10 billion funding crisis after Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) highlighted the regulations earlier this year and warned they could force many cross-Border companies into bankruptcy after indep...


Scottish independence: Dennis Canavan reopens monarchy debate - BBC News

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Dennis Canavan reopens monarchy debate
BBC News
The Yes campaign chairman has reopened the debate about the future of the monarchy in an independent Scotland. Dennis Canavan said a national referendum should be held on who should be head of state, if Scotland votes fo...


Would independence harm Scotland's energy industry? - BBC News

BBC News

Would independence harm Scotland's energy industry?
BBC News
... years, creating economic growth and jobs. Ministers in London have warned that the subsidies that support the industry might be reduced if Scotland votes for independence, but Scottish nationalists argue England will need its ...


Britain's new heir stirs Scottish independence debate - Denver Post

Britain's new heir stirs Scottish independence debate
Denver Post
The Scottish National Party (SNP), the main force backing independence for the country of around 5 million, has promised voters they can become independent while keeping Queen Elizabeth as their monarch and the pound sterling as thei...


Labour Yes group in Trident ban call - BBC News

Labour Yes group in Trident ban call
BBC News
The Labour for Independence (LFI) group has opened its first policy conference with a call to ban Trident nuclear weapons from Scotland. The controversial topic was among those discussed at the start of the two-day event in Glasgow. LFI, led by Labour ....


Scottish independence: Call for vote on monarchy - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Call for vote on monarchy
Scotsman
THE chairman of the Yes campaign has reopened the debate about the future of the monarchy by declaring that Prince George should never be king of an independent Scotland. Just six days after the birth of the third in line to the UK t...


Newborn Prince George reignites centuries old Scottish independence debate - ...

Examiner.com

Newborn Prince George reignites centuries old Scottish independence debate
Examiner.com
Prince George Alexander Louis may only be a week old, but HRH, The Prince of Cambridge has already reopened an old wound regarding Scotland's independence from England, and reportedly ?playing into t...


Scottish civil servants probe plans for 'Nordic' intelligence services after ...

Scottish civil servants probe plans for 'Nordic' intelligence services after ...
Herald Scotland
The Sunday Herald understands government officials have been sounding out international experts on security for more than a year. Their focus, sources stress, is firmly on developing the kind of counter...


Labour's Scottish independence group calls for Trident ban - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Labour's Scottish independence group calls for Trident ban
Herald Scotland
Labour for Independence has opened its first policy conference with a call to ban the Trident nuclear deterrent from Scotland. Labour for Independence has opened its first policy conference with a call to ban ...


Scottish independence: Air and naval defence plans - Scotsman

Scotsman

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


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Will George be King of Scotland? - Huffington Post UK

Will George be King of Scotland?
Huffington Post UK
A critic of hereditary monarch, Canavan's views sits in contrast with SNP leader Alec Salmond who has publically stated that separation would not lead to the abolition of the Queen's role as head of state, despite pressure from 'Yes Scotland' camp...


'Yes' campaigners at war over monarchy - Express.co.uk

'Yes' campaigners at war over monarchy
Express.co.uk
Despite Mr Salmond's claim that the SNP has supported the retention of the monarchy for decades, in 2002 the party published a draft written constitution for a separate Scotland that included plans for a referendum on the issue. The Duke and Duch...


Britain's new heir stirs Scottish independence debate - The Mercury

Britain's new heir stirs Scottish independence debate
The Mercury
The Scottish National Party (SNP), the main force backing independence for the country of around 5 million, has promised voters they can become independent while keeping Queen Elizabeth as their monarch and the pound sterling as thei...


Britain's newest royal heir stirs Scottish independence debate - Free Malaysi...

Britain's newest royal heir stirs Scottish independence debate
Free Malaysia Today
The Scottish National Party (SNP), the main force backing independence for the country of around 5 million, has promised voters they can become independent while keeping Queen Elizabeth as their monarch and the pound...


Better Together ahead in new poll - Herald Scotland

Better Together ahead in new poll
Herald Scotland
Meanwhile, the SNP has seen its support increase by three points to 48%. Among other constituency voting preferences, Labour support is unchanged at 30%, Conservatives remain on 13% and the Liberal Democrats slip by one point to 4%. Regional voting ...


'SNP policy will leave £700m pension black hole' - Herald Scotland

'SNP policy will leave £700m pension black hole'
Herald Scotland
THE SNP Government's pledge of guaranteed annual state pension rises will mean the cost of them to taxpayers will rocket from the current £53 million a year to a "black hole" of more than £700m by 2050 if Scotland became indepen...


Quadratic leap in detecting smallest unit of genetic change - HealthCanal.com

Quadratic leap in detecting smallest unit of genetic change
HealthCanal.com
?There are two axes of performance in SNP detection ? read length and specificity,? said study co-author David Zhang, who joined Rice's Department of Bioengineering this month. ?We're at least an order of magnitude better o...


Support for union 'nine point lead' - Ellon Times

Ellon Times

Support for union 'nine point lead'
Ellon Times
SNP party business convener Derek Mackay said: "This is an extremely encouraging poll for Yes and for the SNP. With just a single-digit gap between Yes and No, a swing of less than 5% is enough to put independence ahead. There is everything...


George 'should not be Scots' king' - East Lothian News

East Lothian News

George 'should not be Scots' king'
East Lothian News
An SNP spokesman said: "The policy of the SNP and Scottish Government is clear that the Queen will be head of state in an independent Scotland, as part of a continuing social union with the rest of the UK - that will be the posit...


Poll swings - Scotsman

Poll swings
Scotsman
And let us not forget that in March 2011, two months before the Scottish Parliamentary election, Labour held a double-digit lead over the SNP in the opinion polls ? 44 per cent to 29 per cent. And yet the latter went on to win this historic election, delivering a ...

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Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Gary Muir jailed for stabbing wife in 'referendum row' - BBC News

Gary Muir jailed for stabbing wife in 'referendum row'
BBC News
A man who accidentally stabbed his wife during a heated row about Scotland's independence referendum has been jailed for 14 months. Gary Muir admitted stabbing Matthew Stewart during the row at a flat in Falside Road, Paisley, on 20 Ap...


Referendum U-turn for charities - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

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


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

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


Majority not ready for referendum - Herald Scotland

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


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

Herald Scotland

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


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

allmediascotland.com (press release)

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


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

Scotsman

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


Yes leader's monarchy vote plan 'foolhardy' - Herald Scotland

Scotsman

Yes leader's monarchy vote plan 'foolhardy'
Herald Scotland
A call by the chairman of the Yes campaign for a referendum on the monarchy in Scotland if Scots opt for independence has been branded "foolhardy". A call by the chairman of the Yes campaign for a referendum on the monarchy in Scot...


Scottish island communities launch joint referendum campaign - stv.tv

The Times (subscription)

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


Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum. DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish i...


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Rising Fuel Bills Promote Lunacy

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Independence Debate "heats Up"

Right, who was it?

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-23464421

 



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

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

Who pays the piper?
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Jingo Unchained
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Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
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Yes campaign gains support in latest independence poll
The good news from the latest poll of referendum voting intentions conducted by Panelbase is that...

Our future is in safe hands with Gavin Pearson
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More evidence that Labour is heading for defeat
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This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
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Congratulations, Mrs Windsor, it's a head of state!
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Go get 'em, Tiger! You da man! Get in the HOOOOOLE!
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ICM subsample : SNP retain lead in Westminster voting intention
More bad news for the No campaign has arrived in the shape of this month's GB-wide poll of Westmi...

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

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

UK government proposes military occupation of an independent Scotland. Will ...
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YouGov's attention to detail
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Yes Scotland

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Latest nationwide group to campaign for independence ? Farming for Yes

The country?s largest grass-roots movement Yes Scotland has unveiled the latest nationwide group ...



Farmers' independence campaign launches at Borders show

On Saturday, July 27, Yes Scotland will launch the latest country-wide group to campaign for inde...



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

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



Scotland?s Defence in Scotland?s Hands

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



Labour For Independence to hold Policy Conference at the STUC

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



Scotland Open for Business

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



Scotland's energy future in Scotland's hands

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



Jeane Freeman writing in Scotland on Sunday

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

"J...



Support for Yes rises as voters become more informed about independence

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



Westminster isn't working for Scotland's children

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

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

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



Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

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

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



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

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

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



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

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

Steve Bell



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Scottish independence: the nuclear options | Editorial

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

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



 

   

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