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Cameron to set out the case for action in Syria
DOWNING Street has insisted that David Cameron is fully aware that in light of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, he must make a "very clear case" for military action against Syria to win parliamentary and public support.

Cameron and Hague to meet Gibraltar's chief minister
Gibraltar's chief minister Fabian Picardo is to hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague in London over the current border row with Spain.

New bid to help graduates into employment
BUSINESS leaders are ­teaming up with Ministers in a joint effort to tackle graduate unemployment through encouraging recruitment and internships.

Cameron accused of bowing to Tory guru Crosby
DAVID CAMERON will today be accused of desperately resorting to dog- whistle politics by allowing the "Crosbyisation" of the Conservative Party - a reference to election strategist Lynton Crosby.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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10 murders committed by prisoners freed early
28 Aug 2013 at 5:11pm

TEN people were murdered by offenders released from prison on licence or under supervision orders in Scotland in the last year, new figures show.



Majority of MSPs demand Bill Walker resignation
28 Aug 2013 at 4:57pm

MORE than half of Scotland’s MSPs have backed a Holyrood motion calling on convicted wife-beater Bill Walker to ­resign his parliamentary seat, it emerged last night.



Jackie Kemp: Hospitals must offer real food choice
28 Aug 2013 at 3:57pm

Spending money we don’t have on food for patients who don’t enjoy it makes no sense. There is a better way, argues Jackie Kemp



Michael Kelly: PC brigade need to lighten up
28 Aug 2013 at 3:52pm

HOWEVER well-intentioned, the demand for political correctness is making the world a blander place, writes Michael Kelly



Tavish Scott: Rules must be seen to be obeyed
28 Aug 2013 at 3:47pm

PURDAH. A strange word, but it matters because this is about government behaviour during elections.



Bill Jamieson: Beware independence blank cheque
28 Aug 2013 at 3:26pm

A new paper raises stark questions over the running of our banks should Scotland go it alone, writes Bill Jamieson



Scottish independence: Sterling zone plan ?flawed?
28 Aug 2013 at 3:00pm

THE SNP’s plan for Scotland to share a “sterling zone” with the rest of the UK after independence has been dealt a serious blow after one of the country’s leading bankers warned it is “perhaps fundamentally flawed”.



The Scotsman cartoon - 29/08/13
28 Aug 2013 at 12:30pm

David Cameron is holding something unexpected in his hand in today’s cartoon



Archbishop defends ?wicked? anti-gay marriage vote
28 Aug 2013 at 9:28am

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that his stance against gay marriage could be seen as “wicked”.



Scottish independence: Salmond hails constitution
28 Aug 2013 at 7:19am

CREATING a written constitution for an independent Scotland will help the country move away from a “profoundly undemocratic” system at Westminster, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.



Eddie Barnes: 2014 could trigger referendum run
27 Aug 2013 at 3:03pm

THIS is where it gets complicated. The referendum on independence takes place next year. There is a general election the year after that. Then, depending on the result, the whole of Britain looks set to have its own “independence” referendum – on whether or not to remain part of the European Union.



Alex Massie: Nostalgia is undoing of Scottish Left
27 Aug 2013 at 2:39pm

SOCIALISM cannot regain traction in Scotland by harking back to the old days, writes Alex Massie



Scottish independence: Moore issues SNP challenge
27 Aug 2013 at 2:37pm

THE Scottish Government has been challenged to be “straight with the people” when ministers set out the case for leaving the UK in the white paper on independence.



Brian Wilson: Bill Walker case leaves a sour taste
27 Aug 2013 at 2:36pm

The prosecution of MSP has heaped further pressure on the role and independence of the Lord Advocate, writes Brian Wilson



The Scotsman cartoon - 28/08/13
27 Aug 2013 at 1:42pm

Plans for a new visitors’ centre on the Forth Bridge and the latest trouble for the HS2 rail project come together in today’s cartoon




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Quick work
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2013 at 5:12pm
This was waiting when we got back to Wings HQ this evening: “Dear Sir, Thank you for taking the time to write. I agree the leader column should have said Labour introduced the policy and we are printing a clarification. However, we are making no apologies for highlighting the ConDem witch-hunt against people like Anthony Walker. Kindest [...]

And now, a short film
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2013 at 7:53am
…about the sales figures of “regional” Scottish newspapers, released today: Numbers (for Jan-June 2013, compared to the same period in 2012) are below. Press & Journal: 65,500 (down 5%) The Courier: 52,300 (down 7%) The Herald: 41,000 (down 10%) The Scotsman: 31,300 (down 17%) Sunday Herald: 24,900 (down 13%) Scotland On Sunday: 37,400 (down 20%) [...]

Louder than you can possibly imagine
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2013 at 4:00am
We’ve recently been documenting the No campaign’s increasingly-panicked attempts to avoid, or entirely shut down, the Scottish independence debate by various means. We were on the sharp end of it again last night, as the usual small group of frothing extremist BritNats and psychopathic stalkers (accompanied this time by a tiny handful of “useful idiots” [...]

At war with Eurasia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2013 at 2:04am
This site has on several occasions praised the Daily Record for its sustained – and almost alone in the UK media – campaigning against the callous savagery of “Work Capability Assessments” carried out for the Department of Work and Pensions by the ironically-named Atos Healthcare, though we’ve also pointed out the Record’s curious reluctance to [...]

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Warning over further college cuts
28 Aug 2013 at 6:21pm
Scotland's college merger programme will have to find more savings in the face of continued funding cuts, the public spending watchdog warns.


Former banker doubts currency plan
28 Aug 2013 at 6:21pm
The Scottish government's plans to keep the pound sterling after independence are described as "fundamentally flawed" by a former banker.


First meeting of isles powers group
28 Aug 2013 at 6:22pm
A ministerial working group set up to examine the transfer of powers to three Scottish island authorities is due to hold its first meeting.


Salmond and Moore in referendum push
28 Aug 2013 at 6:46am
Two of the leading figures in Scotland's independence referendum campaign pitching their cases to voters.


Salmond cautions over Syria action
28 Aug 2013 at 9:36am
The Scottish first minister says the case for military action in Syria has not yet been made.


Talks over council equal pay dispute
28 Aug 2013 at 6:03am
Talks are to take place in a bid to agree a settlement in a long-running equal pay dispute involving South Lanarkshire Council.


Bee disease find prompts warnings
28 Aug 2013 at 11:41am
Bee keepers in Scotland are told to be vigilant after a disease which can wipe out honey bee colonies is found in Inverness.


Faroe herring trade sanctions begin
27 Aug 2013 at 6:30pm
Trade sanctions against the Faroe Islands are introduced because of an international dispute over who has the right to fish herring.


Hillary Clinton in line for honour
28 Aug 2013 at 3:44am
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to be honoured for her work when she visits Scotland next month.


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


AUDIO: Sanctions over Faroese fishing row
28 Aug 2013 at 3:15am
The Faroe Islands face trade sanctions from Wednesday because of an international dispute over who has the right to fish herring.


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


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


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


Join the BBC's referendum debate audience
28 Aug 2013 at 10:50am
Join a TV audience debating issues linked to Scotland's future


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Who are the Syrians?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
27 Aug 2013 at 5:42pm

By a Newsnet reporter

Although often presented in the media as a black and white issue of a "good" opposition fighting against an "evil regime", the reality on the ground in Syria is considerably more complex.  With a total pre-war population of over 21 million, Syria is made up of a patchwork of different religious and ethnic groups, the current civil war has its roots in the tensions and disputes which have arisen between these groups.



A night of music, culture and politics
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
27 Aug 2013 at 8:16am

By Maggie Chetty

Sir Jonathan Mill?s refusal to commission major items about the referendum for next year?s Edinburgh Festival programme is a debate that will not disappear quietly now that he has opened up the topic for discussion.



Darling U-turns to cover up HS2 mistake
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Aug 2013 at 3:03pm

  By Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp
 
HS2 'High-Speed 2' is a white elephant of a transport project with little or no economic benefit to the UK as a whole and a hugely damaging economic impact on Scotland.  Initially approved by Alastair Darling as Chancellor, HS2 aims to provide fast trains from London to Manchester and Birmingham but no further north.
 
It will be especially damaging to intercity rail travel north of Edinburgh effecting Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen.



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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

By a BBC Scotlandshire reporter

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



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

  By Mark McNaught

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

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



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

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




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An alternative vision | Holyrood Magazine
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 9:32am
Over the past year, despite the mudslinging, I’ve actually enjoyed the early stages of the referendum debate. It’s slowly beginning to dawn on people just
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is always disappointing, not to say distressing, to find an advocate for independence echoing the lies and fallacies ...



Scottish independence: ?SNP deflecting reality?
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 6:39am

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

The usual empty-headed nonsense from Mr Pointless as he demonstrates yet again his total failure to grasp either the c...



Louder than you can possibly imagine
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 5:49am

We’ve recently been documenting the No campaign’s increasingly-panicked attempts to avoid, or entirely shut down, the Scottish independence debate by various means.

We were on the sharp end of it again last night, as the usual small group of frothing extremist BritNats and psychopathic stalkers (a...



Salmond: Scottish constitution will let us move away from undemocratic Westmi...
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 5:42am

Creating a written constitution for an independent Scotland will help the country move away from a "profoundly undemocratic" system at Westminster, First Minister Alex Salmond will say today.

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A COUNTRY OF OUR OWN
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 5:30am

There’s just over one year to go to the referendum and now is the time to up the passion and shout out about what we are hoping to achieve.


What we want is a country of our own. One run by Scots, for Scots and always in our interest. A nation with a Government we always vote for delivering the pri...



Armed forces event to steal a march on SNP | UK | News | Daily Express
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 5:21am

A HUGE celebration of the British Armed Forces is to be held in Scotland just weeks before the independence referendum.
Peter A Bell's insight:

At least the Daily Express acknowledges the politicisation of Armed Forces Day by the UK Government. But, being a down-market organ of unionist propaganda,...



Scotland?s Big Debate, Mini-Crises and A Tale of Two Establishments
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 4:42am

We hear all the time from all quarters and opinions that the independence debate is a historic one and a momentous decision.


Peter A Bell's insight:

I was about to dismiss this article as nothing more than the continuation of Gery Hassan's ongoing whinge about how we're all doing the referendum deb...



Brian Wilson: Bill Walker case leaves a sour taste
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 2:41am

The prosecution of MSP has heaped further pressure on the role and independence of the Lord Advocate, writes Brian Wilson
Peter A Bell's insight:

Is there any issue that Brian Wilson will not seek to spin for his purpose of denigrating Scotland and its institutions? Here he uses the sensitive issue...



Salmond and Moore in indy drive
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 1:45am
Scots Secretary Michael Moore and First Minister Alex Salmond continue their drive for and against independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Salmond accused of NOT scaremongering about independence!



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It's time to stop poisoning present with bitter debate
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 7:16pm
Cybernats’ bile and the taunting of a child are signs Scots are ignoring warning on referendum debate, says Alan Cochrane
Peter A Bell's insight:

Poor Old Cockers has always been one of the more rabid British nationalist fanatics. His one redeeming feature has been the fact that he was a figure of ...



London is an extraordinary city but 'another country'
by Peter A Bell
27 Aug 2013 at 5:30pm

London is an extraordinary city and its transformation over the past 30 to 40 years has been astonishing.  Love it – and visitor numbers suggest most do – or loathe it, there is no doubt that the UK’s capital is one of the most powerful cities on the planet, combining political, economic and cult...



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

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



Peter A Bell's insight:

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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




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Alex Salmond in favour of written constitution if Scotland was to become inde...
by dailyrecord
28 Aug 2013 at 5:58am
THE First Minister says that even though he wants to break the political union between Scotland and the rest of the UK, he would retain ties such as the European Union and the defence union.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2013 at 2:35am
Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's latest spontaneous grassroots campaign, NO! Glasgow, which is to be launched at a secret location somewhere in the city, on an undisclosed date and at a time which no-one must know.


If you can find them...mibbes you can ...

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


Forsyth feartie flight l...

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


Shocking New Emails ...

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


Scotland may not ...

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


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

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


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

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by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2013 at 1:02pm

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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Missing The Risk
by bellacaledonia
28 Aug 2013 at 1:10pm
by Jim Cuthbert   Section 1: Introduction. The Office of Budget Responsibility, (OBR), was created by George Osborne in 2010, with its main duty being to examine and report on the sustainability of the public finances. Central to the OBR?s... Read More ›


Flags and Fences
by bellacaledonia
28 Aug 2013 at 5:36am
Next up in Know Your History is an early documentary on the phenomenon that was the Blue Nile … Filed under: Know Your History Tagged: The Blue Nile


Jimmy Reid and the UCS
by bellacaledonia
27 Aug 2013 at 4:18pm
To unleash the latent potential of our people requires that we give them responsibility. The untapped resources of the North Sea are as nothing compared to the untapped resources of our people. I am convinced that the great mass of... Read More ›


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning - BBC News
28 Aug 2013 at 6:52am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning
BBC News
Two of the leading figures in Scotland's independence referendum campaign have been pitching their cases to voters. In a speech in Glasgow, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore accused the SNP of saying and doing anything to ...


Scottish independence: Salmond hails constitution - Scotsman
28 Aug 2013 at 7:26am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Salmond hails constitution
Scotsman
?Independence offers the opportunity for Scotland to move away from that outdated and profoundly undemocratic Westminster system - one which for two-thirds of my life has delivered governments with no popular mandate in Scotland. ?W...


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

Scotland on Sunday

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


Scottish independence: Push in defence of Union - Scotsman
25 Aug 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Push in defence of Union
Scotsman
CHANCELLOR George Osborne is to lead a fresh push in Scotland in defence of the Union in the coming weeks as UK ministers prepare for the final 12 months of the independence referendum campaign. The UK government last night said a tou...


Scottish independence: UK ministers pledge to 'expose' pro-Yes claims - BBC News
26 Aug 2013 at 7:25am

Scottish independence: UK ministers pledge to 'expose' pro-Yes claims
BBC News
UK government ministers have pledged to "step up the pressure" and "expose" a lack of authenticity in the pro-independence campaign's arguments. They have also said that in the coming weeks they will make the positive ca...


'Changing the packaging' or 'inspiring the people'? Scottish independence ......
28 Aug 2013 at 11:19am

'Changing the packaging' or 'inspiring the people'? Scottish independence ...
The Independent
With polls so far failing to show a majority support for independence, the Scottish Secretary claimed: ?Having looked at the numbers, the SNP leadership has come to fear that independence is a product that...


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

Scotland on Sunday

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


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

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


The debate over Scottish independence - DAWN.com
25 Aug 2013 at 9:44pm

The debate over Scottish independence
DAWN.com
DRIVING from Devizes to the very northern tip of Scotland, I am struck by the vast, empty spaces that separate the small communities here. The population of nearly 5.3 million is unevenly dispersed, with 70 per cent concentrated along the Glasgow ...



Scottish independence: Salmond says yes-Scotland could have stronger EU voice...
21 Aug 2013 at 1:46pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Salmond says yes-Scotland could have stronger EU voice
BBC News
Scotland would have more of a say in Europe if it were independent, First Minister Alex Salmond has said. During a speech in Hawick, the SNP leader expressed fears that Scotland's voice in Europe could be...



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Scottish independence: Sterling zone plan 'flawed' - Scotsman
28 Aug 2013 at 7:53pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Sterling zone plan 'flawed'
Scotsman
THE SNP's plan for Scotland to share a ?sterling zone? with the rest of the UK after independence has been dealt a serious blow after one of the country's leading bankers warned it is ?perhaps fundamentally flawed?. ? BILL JAMIESON...


Scottish independence: Stirling zone plan 'flawed' - Scotsman
28 Aug 2013 at 6:08pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Stirling zone plan 'flawed'
Scotsman
THE SNP's plan for Scotland to share a ?sterling zone? with the rest of the UK after independence has been dealt a serious blow after one of the country's leading bankers warned it may not be feasible and is ?seriously, perhaps fun...


Majority of MSPs demand Bill Walker resignation - Scotsman
28 Aug 2013 at 6:02pm

Majority of MSPs demand Bill Walker resignation
Scotsman
Supporters of the motion include MSPs from the SNP, which expelled Walker when allegations of abuse were first made about the politician, who was elected to parliament in 2011. Walker has so far refused to resign as the Dunfermline MSP and ev...


The question is: does the country want independence or a pick-and-mix union? ...
28 Aug 2013 at 5:21pm

The question is: does the country want independence or a pick-and-mix union?
The Times (subscription)
Is it political calculation, as the normally mild-mannered Michael Moore said yesterday, or a deeper confusion at the heart of SNP thinking? Politics first. Independence is, by anybody's measure, a...


White paper must be straight: Moore - The Blairgowrie Advertiser
28 Aug 2013 at 5:08pm

White paper must be straight: Moore
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
He issued the challenge to SNP ministers as he accused Alex Salmond's administration of downplaying the "fundamental" change that independence would bring. The Scottish First Minister has already claimed a number of unions between north...


Has SNP Group been shafted already by Argyll and Bute for Change? - For Argyll
28 Aug 2013 at 12:37pm

For Argyll

Has SNP Group been shafted already by Argyll and Bute for Change?
For Argyll
Without a written agreement signing up to collective responsibility and wthout a whip to enforce that, Councillor Walsh, shortly to be Council Leader again, can be sure that the first seriously unpopular decision...


Moore: independence White Paper must be 'straight with the people' - Herald S...
28 Aug 2013 at 12:09pm

Herald Scotland

Moore: independence White Paper must be 'straight with the people'
Herald Scotland
With polls so far failing to show a majority support for independence, the Scottish Secretary claimed: "Having looked at the numbers, the SNP leadership has come to fear that independence is a product ...


Diabetes Holds Unique Heart Risk for Some - MedPage Today
28 Aug 2013 at 12:32pm

Diabetes Holds Unique Heart Risk for Some
MedPage Today
In diabetes patients, the single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) was associated with a 36% higher chance of coronary heart disease (P=2×10-8), Lu Qi, MD, PhD, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues reported. But the SNP...


Scottish independence: Moore issues SNP challenge - Scotsman
28 Aug 2013 at 11:25am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Moore issues SNP challenge
Scotsman
He issued the challenge to SNP ministers as he accused Alex Salmond's administration of downplaying the ?fundamental? change that independence would bring. The Scottish First Minister has already claimed a number of unions between n...


Scottish independence: Michael Moore and Alex Salmond clash over future of .....
28 Aug 2013 at 11:33am

The Independent

Scottish independence: Michael Moore and Alex Salmond clash over future of ...
The Independent
Mr Moore argued that after poor showing at initial polls, the SNP is going to overhaul its rhetoric and ?pretty well say anything and do anything? to win the referendum next year. Giving a ...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning - BBC News
28 Aug 2013 at 6:52am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning
BBC News
Two of the leading figures in Scotland's independence referendum campaign have been pitching their cases to voters. In a speech in Glasgow, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore accused the SNP of saying and doing anything to ...


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

Herald Scotland

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


TV referendum debate: Appeal for audience members - BBC News
28 Aug 2013 at 11:07am

TV referendum debate: Appeal for audience members
BBC News
... hosted by the BBC's Glenn Campbell, will take place at Culloden Academy in Inverness. The programme will be on Wednesday, 18 September, exactly a year before the people of Scotland go to the polls and vote in the Scottish independence r...


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

Scotsman

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


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

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



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

Scotsman

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


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

Scotsman

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


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

The Times (subscription)

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


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

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


Eddie Barnes: 2014 could trigger referendum run - Scotsman
27 Aug 2013 at 6:10pm

Scotsman

Eddie Barnes: 2014 could trigger referendum run
Scotsman
The UK out, and Scotland in (No4). The UK in, and Scotland out (No5). Or both out (No6). Chest deep in the hypothetical mud, no-one, when faced with this mess, will be blamed for concluding that it is better to ignore it and take one ...



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Any Tips For An Eating Competition?
28 Aug 2013 at 1:24pm

My wife's folks are coming over from Lithuania tomorrow and they have requested a visit to a High...



Drinking And Driving Recommendations
28 Aug 2013 at 12:23pm

The missus and a friend of hers want to do a fairly brief (four / five days?) distillery tour, pr...



Deluded, Scared And In Debt
28 Aug 2013 at 6:16am

"(Before retiring, John Jappy was a senior civil servant in the Inland Revenue, working for the A...



Walking And Wildlife Recommendations
28 Aug 2013 at 4:02am

Ok, I've got a week's leave to take, and I'm thinking of doing it in Early October. Rather than g...



Breaking Bad - The Final Episodes
27 Aug 2013 at 8:18pm

No spoilers or anything, but this is almost as good as The Sopranos.

 

Being a hipster twat, I re...



Keep Watching The Skies!
27 Aug 2013 at 3:24pm
...because there's a new star up there!

Ok, it's not new as such but it's gone nova - not superno...

Jim Traynor
27 Aug 2013 at 9:16am

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



Jamie Oliver
27 Aug 2013 at 8:59am

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



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

 

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



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

How cool does this look? I'm there!

 

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

The No campaign has the balance all wrong
by Stuart McDonald
28 Aug 2013 at 12:03pm

Even crossing the road involves risks and uncertainties, yet also advantages! The No campaign has...



The People?s Constitution
by Peter Dempsie
28 Aug 2013 at 8:42am

First Minster Alex Salmond has today highlighted the ?democratic deficit? caused by lack of a wri...



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

Writing in Business for Scotland today: 

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

Wages have fallen f...



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

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




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pandering to Racism
by craig
26 Jun 2013 at 7:52am
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
by craig
25 Jun 2013 at 5:51am
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

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

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

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

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

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


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


Analysis of welfare reforms 'strengthens case for Scottish independence'
by Severin Carrell
28 Aug 2013 at 6:05pm

Scotland's deputy first minister says Westminster's reforms will have a disproportionate impact on women

Nicola Sturgeon has said fresh evidence that Westminster's welfare reforms are having a direc...




Scottish secretary accuses SNP of retreat on independence
by Severin Carrell
27 Aug 2013 at 6:03pm

Michael Moore claims Scottish National party is 'changing the packaging' in order to win September 2014 referendum

Alex Salmond's government is in a headlong retreat over its plans for independence ...




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

Phil MaynardGregg McClymontPat KaneElliot Smith




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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