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Woolf quits child abuse probe after victims lose confidence
31 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
THE head of a high-profile Government probe into historic child abuse has resigned after victims told her they had no ­confidence in her inquiry.

Miliband reveals plan for senate of nations
31 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
Ed Miliband will today pledge to replace the House of Lords with an American-style directly-elected senate representing the UK's nations and regions.

Claims UK spending on EU is spiralling out of control
31 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
THE UK's net contribution to the European Union soared to £11.3 billion in 2013, an increase of £2.7bn from the previous year, according to official statistics.

Ed and Dave play Punch and Judy while Nigel waits in the wings, smoking
29 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
HE who laughs last laughs loudest.

Immigrants and asylum seekers 'prepared to die' to get to UK
28 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
Thousands of immigrants are prepared to die in their bid to come to the UK, MPs have been warned.

PM presses Pakistan over imprisoned Scot
28 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
DAVID Cameron has pressed his Pakistani counterpart over the case of a mentally ill Scot shot in the country while in a maximum security prison.

High-paid public sector staff could face repaying redundancy if they return t...
27 Oct 2014 at 10:04pm
HIGHLY paid public sector administrators who receive large redundancy pay-outs then return to the same part of the public sector could be forced to hand back the money to the Exchequer.

PM insists UK will not pay £1.7bn bill as Ukip support soars
27 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
BRITAIN will not pay "anything like" the £1.7billion demanded by the European Commission and will challenge it in every way, David Cameron has insisted.

Archbishop takes swipe at politicians over immigration
27 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused politicians of inflaming the heated debate around immigration.

PM backs HS3 plans to cut journey times
26 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
DAVID Cameron and George Osborne have welcomed a report which suggests journey times between northern English cities could be slashed under proposals put forward yesterday by the boss of the £50billion HS2 high-speed rail project.

One game of Cluedo the Prime Minister refuses to lose
24 Oct 2014 at 10:04pm
Question:

Angry Cameron tells EU: No way UK is paying £1.7bn bill
24 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
A furious David Cameron has launched his most trenchant attack on Brussels, insisting there is no way Britain will pay a surprise demand for £1.7 billion and warning it could help push the country towards the exit door.

Osborne warns of critical moment
24 Oct 2014 at 10:02pm
BRITAIN has notched up its seventh successive quarter of growth, but George Osborne warned the country faced a critical moment amid a darkening picture for the global economy.

Reform your economies, PM tells European countries
23 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
EU member states must start deregulating their economies and reform their labour markets to boost growth and jobs, David Cameron has urged as he warned Britain was not "immune" to the impact of sluggish economic performance elsewhere in Europe.

Miliband lays down plans for migrant workers
23 Oct 2014 at 10:03pm
ED Miliband has promised "clear, credible and concrete" reforms on immigration, placing them at the heart of a Labour government's programme in a new Immigration Bill to be published if they win victory at the 2015 General Election.


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Lesley Riddoch: Sarah Boyack is Labour?s best bet
2 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm

A CONSENSUS has emerged around Jim Murphy for the Scottish leadership but he’s not a shoo-in, writes Lesley Riddoch.



Leader: Alistair Darling loss another Labour blow
2 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm

NEWS that former chancellor Alistair Darling is standing down as an MP at the next election will deliver a further blow to already collapsing morale within Scottish Labour.



Brian Monteith: SNP should rethink EU assumptions
2 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm

WHEN Nicola Sturgeon made the intentionally provocative suggestion that Scotland should have a right of veto on the UK leaving the European Union in any future British referendum she did so from a position of arrogance and complacency.



Alistair Darling to stand down as an MP
2 Nov 2014 at 3:21pm

FORMER chancellor Alistair Darling has announced that he is to stand down as an MP at the next general election.



Kezia Dugdale to stand for Scottish Labour deputy
2 Nov 2014 at 11:13am

KEZIA DUGDALE has become the second candidate to stand for Scottish Labour’s deputy leadership position.



Jim Murphy quits Labour shadow cabinet post
2 Nov 2014 at 7:02am

SCOTTISH Labour leadership candidate Jim Murphy has stood down from his international development post in Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet.



Ed Miliband is doing ?a good job?
2 Nov 2014 at 6:44am

SHADOW home secretary Yvette Cooper has affirmed her faith in Ed Miliband after a new poll revealed he is now less popular than Nick Clegg.



Alex Salmond: Scottish Labour will pay the price
2 Nov 2014 at 6:20am

LABOUR politicians in Scotland will pay the price “for a generation” for campaigning alongside Conservatives in the independence referendum, Alex Salmond has said.



The Scotsman cartoon: ?Sorry? from Scottish Labour
1 Nov 2014 at 8:37pm

SCOTTISH Labour should apologise to the Scottish electorate for failing to listen to the public after losing two Scottish parliamentary elections.



Rival military men claim control of Burkina Faso
1 Nov 2014 at 8:26pm

THE landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso was gripped by a power struggle yesterday after two rival ­military leaders claimed to have seized control.



Democrats buoyed in US senate fight
1 Nov 2014 at 8:22pm

DEMOCRAT supporters are hoping black, minority and women voters will turn out in force to help prevent the Republican Party reclaiming control of the US Senate on Tuesday.



Scottish MP?s quest to end modern slavery
1 Nov 2014 at 8:13pm

BIG businesses will have to sign up to an ethical agreement promising to eradicate slavery from their supply chains under a new clause put up by a Scots MP as part of the Modern Slavery Bill, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.



Dr Jean Turner: GPs struggle with conveyer belt
1 Nov 2014 at 7:51pm

THE Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland’s report reflects a very fair assessment of the current state of GP services and the amount of pressure on them: there is no doubt patient safety will be compromised if the Scottish Government does not give proper attention to general practice.



Funding failure for GPs ?putting patients at risk?
1 Nov 2014 at 7:47pm

PATIENTS are being put at risk by the Scottish Government’s failure to adequately fund GP surgeries, with one in four Scots unable to see their doctor within a week of wanting an appointment, experts have warned.



BBC to consult public over TV election debates
1 Nov 2014 at 7:43pm

A public consultation is to be held by the BBC on the format of its planned television ­debates in the run-up to the general election next May.




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The song remains the same
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Nov 2014 at 4:29pm
Wendy Alexander, 2007: “It is a journey that I am determined will end with Scottish Labour back in power at Holyrood,” she said. To get there we must win back the trust of the Scottish people. And to win that trust we must listen to them and show that we have listened to them by […]

2015 general election: results in
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Nov 2014 at 9:00am
Some SNP supporters have – rightly, in this site’s view – called for calm and caution over this week’s opinion polls, showing the Nats at stratospheric support levels and, supposedly, on course to win either 54 or 47 of Scotland’s 59 Westminster seats next May. Given the huge gaps that the SNP would have to […]

Down at the dataface
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Nov 2014 at 7:05am
There’ll be some more psephology coming up on Wings next week, readers, so we thought we’d get prepared by having a delve around in the inner workings of this week’s YouGov findings and seeing if we could find a few interesting nuggets. (1) A sizeable 45% of Scots (YouGov) say there SHOULD be another referendum in […]

The emperor?s old cloaks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Nov 2014 at 10:08am
To his credit, Ed Miliband seems to have noticed that his party is crumbling beneath his feet. The rot is spreading down from Scotland, and Labour’s vote in Rochester & Strood – a seat it held, with slightly different boundaries, as recently as 2010 – has plummeted to just 16% despite voters in the constituency naming the […]

The generation game
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Nov 2014 at 6:34am
Sometimes, readers, analysis is simply unnecessary, because the news speaks for itself. We’re not just saying that because it’s a lovely sunny day outside in unseasonal t-shirt temperatures, either, because it’s difficult to think of what needs to be added to a polling result saying that – far from being sick of the whole issue […]

He is the eggman
by Chris Cairns
1 Nov 2014 at 1:00am

Looking for a way in
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Oct 2014 at 7:32am
It’s been impossible to know where to start today. Last night hundreds of angry protestors picketed a £200-a-seat banquet in Glasgow at which Scottish Labour “showcase[d] the party in front of donors and business figures” in a desperate bid to raise cash for the branch office (which survives on handouts from the UK party), and at which […]

Every one a gem
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Oct 2014 at 10:05am
Our favourite pundit, Scotsman clickbait troll John McTernan, 23 October 2014: “Routed in their homelands. A leader so beleaguered he has had to resign. No credible domestic policy agenda. In danger of irrelevance in Scotland at the next General Election. These are disastrous times for Scotland?s party. I mean, of course, the Scottish National Party.” […]

The sure thing?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Oct 2014 at 5:33am
Here’s a picture of Jim Murphy campaigning for a No vote a few weeks ago. Except it isn’t, is it? Alert readers will have noticed that almost every single person in the shot above, taken from Murphy’s tour of 100 street corners on an Irn-Bru crate, is already holding a No Thanks placard. It’s the […]

Painted out of a corner
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Oct 2014 at 4:32pm
Jim Murphy has finally announced that he’ll stand for the leadership of the Scottish branch office of the UK Labour Party. Tonight he told the Daily Record that: “I am not going to shout at or about the SNP, I am going to talk to and listen to Scotland.” For any of you who might […]


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Alistair Darling to stand down as MP
2 Nov 2014 at 3:23pm
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling is to stand down as an MP at the general election.


Salmond: Labour will 'pay the price'
2 Nov 2014 at 6:25am
Labour in Scotland will pay the price "for a generation" for campaigning with the Conservatives in the independence referendum, Alex Salmond says.


GP funding 'puts patients at risk'
1 Nov 2014 at 7:02pm
The Scottish government's failure to adequately fund GPs is putting patients at risk, according to the organisation that represents general practitioners.


Jim Murphy quits shadow cabinet
2 Nov 2014 at 11:52am
Jim Murphy resigns from the shadow cabinet to focus on his Scottish Labour leadership and Kezia Dugdale confirms she is standing for deputy leader.


Sturgeon hails £400m hospital fund
1 Nov 2014 at 7:03pm
Nicola Sturgeon promises state-of-the-art hospitals and health centres will emerge from a £409m public-private funding package.


Campaign calls for third gender
1 Nov 2014 at 11:58am
A campaign calls for the Scottish government to recognise intersex people - those who are not obviously male or female - as a third gender in Scottish law.


14,000 submissions to powers talks
31 Oct 2014 at 1:38pm
The commission set up to discuss further devolution to the Scottish Parliament has received more than 14,000 submissions.


BBC election consultation welcomed
1 Nov 2014 at 2:03pm
The SNP welcomes a public consultation to be held by the BBC on its coverage in the lead-up to next year's general election.


Unison backs Findlay for Labour job
1 Nov 2014 at 10:27am
The Unison union backs the Lothians MSP Neil Findlay to be Scottish Labour's new leader.


Charity defends airport green tax
31 Oct 2014 at 7:42pm
The conservation charity WWF Scotland cautions against moves to scrap Air Passenger Duty for departures from Scotland.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
30 Oct 2014 at 9:26am
Alex Salmond faces questions on the NHS following a report from Audit Scotland.


AUDIO: Labour's 'political wake-up call'
31 Oct 2014 at 5:31am
Two Scottish Labour leadership candidates admit polls suggesting the party is on track to lose the vast majority of its Westminster seats to the SNP were a "political wake-up call".


VIDEO: Miliband: 'We face big challenges'
30 Oct 2014 at 12:42pm
Labour leader Ed Miliband says the next leader of the party in Scotland faces "big challenges".


VIDEO: Murphy: 'I'll bring Labour together'
30 Oct 2014 at 6:07am
Jim Murphy MP says he is running to be Scottish Labour leader and first minister of Scotland to end the party's period of "self-harm".


VIDEO: Would-be Labour leaders make a case
29 Oct 2014 at 12:41pm
Two MSPs who are bidding to become the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party have been speaking to the BBC's Politics Scotland programme.


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SNP and indy poll boost spells doom for Miliband
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Nov 2014 at 10:36am

By a Newsnet Reporter

 

Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond said today that Scottish Labour would continue to pay the price for working within the Better Together campaign, after significant opinion polls indicated the SNP in a significant lead for Scottish seats in the UK General Election.

 

Over many years, received wisdom has been that Scots tend to vote for UK parties at Westminster. But two polls show the SNP in big leads over Labour, as the latter grapples with the task of electing a new leader in Scotland.



Government funded drugs charity promoting Buddhism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Nov 2014 at 4:38am

By Roberto Maranzano

The Scottish Government has been accused of sponsoring a pro-Buddhism charitable organisation that works with former drug addicts.

Questions are being asked within the drug rehabilitation world as to why grant aid is paying for the promotion of the eastern religion, and particularly to vulnerable people.



Better Together: arisen with a new cause
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Nov 2014 at 4:27am

By Derek Bateman

If there was one aspect of the referendum that turned off Labour people it was Better Together.

From the first grudging acceptance of Darling as chairman ? a cold, middle class Edinburgh lawyer ? to the backslapping and hugging with victorious Tories, the Union campaign set voters? teeth on edge.



Murphy's launch backed by the party machine
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Nov 2014 at 2:26pm

Commentary by Hugh Kerr


Jim Murphy launched his leadership campaign on Saturday morning in the somehow appropriately named King Khalid Building of the Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh.

Older readers will remember King Khalid was the King of Saudi Arabia, responsible for the biggest-ever arms deal between the UK and any foreign government. It was a deal which British Aerospace gained by extensive bribery of Saudi officials.



Yes supporters should welcome a Murphy leadership
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Oct 2014 at 5:33pm

  Commentary by Hugh Kerr


There must have been some interesting discussion at the "gala" Labour dinner in Glasgow this week, and the placement of guests certainly must have been tricky!


Still, since all the seats are being paid for no doubt by wealthy business sponsors, maybe it won't be such a problem!

 



What awaits Jim Murphy and Labour in Scotland?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Oct 2014 at 2:38pm

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby

So, if Jim Murphy is the favourite to lead the Labour Party in Scotland.  He?s a shoe-in if the media is to be believed.

That may be so, but has Jim got what it takes to bring the warring factions together, or is his reputation as a big-hitter more a product of a fawning Scottish media taken in by the illusion it helped cultivate?



The challenges facing Scottish housing
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Oct 2014 at 11:15am

By Chris Cunningham

Housing is devolved isn?t it?  That?s clear then, the Smith Commission won?t have much impact on it?

Wrong!

The Scottish Parliament is currently responsible for about 40% of housing within Scotland.  Primarily this is around the regulation and supply of social housing, regulation (to the extent there is any) in the private rented sector and some aspects of encouraging owner occupation eg help for first time buyers.



Referendum changed Scotland forever - Sturgeon
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Oct 2014 at 4:50pm

First Minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon MSP has started to set out her vision of a future Scotland and the task she faces when she takes over from Alex Salmond next month.

Sturgeon made the first of six planned keynote speeches at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange tonight. Newsnet Scotland is reproducing key extracts to accompany our earlier report of her EU referendum initiative.

The new SNP leader was forthright in accepting the referendum result and pledging her commitment to working with everyone, Yes and No alike.



Sturgeon EU safeguard plan sets challenge for new Scottish Labour leader
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Oct 2014 at 4:28am

By a Newsnet reporter

Nicola Sturgeon today set out proposals aimed at preventing Britain from leaving the EU unless all four constituent parts of the UK vote to do so.

Setting out plans for a so-called 'quadruple lock' on EU membership, the First Minister in waiting called on pro-Union parties to back her plan.



Viewpoint: Red and White Poppery
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Oct 2014 at 4:41pm

In the 100years since the First World War it appears the causes for which this tremendous loss of life - prejudice, ignorance and the need to be "right" and on the "right side" - are still alive and well to-day, believes Peter Thomson.

One example is the "White" poppy which people purchase to demonstrate how PC and anti-war they are, ignoring that emblem of British Imperialism which is the "Red" Poppy.




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Sturgeon trump card is not in any doubt
by Peter A Bell
27 Sep 2014 at 9:43am
HISTORY is written by the winners, according to the old truism.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Magnus Gardham neatly sums up the two different stories of the referendum depending on which side of the argument you are on. What he fails to note is that the Yes story is based on facts and reasonable supposit...



Five Million Questions - Bought and Sold, or Hype in Bold? Newspaper Framing ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm

The following findings are published by Dr David Patrick who is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working at the University of the Free State (South Africa). He was awarded his PhD (History) in 2013 from the University of Sheffield, for his thesis, "Framing Disinterest: Anglo-American Pre...



Our man on the scene
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:26am

There's been a lot of talk on Twitter and Facebook of irregularities at the referendum counts, leading to accusations that the referendum was somehow fixed, culminating in a petition to have the pr...



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Election watchdog calls in police over claims about No camp access to postal ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 10:28am

POLICE have been called in to ­investigate allegations Better Together agents breached election law by viewing postal votes to discover how well the No campaign was doing in the weeks before the referendum poll closed.

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The Scottish National Party Is Now On The Brink Of Political Obliteration
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 8:16am

The SNP must reinvent itself after referendum loss.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Had to laugh at the headline. And the article itself was just about as hilarious. I'm not sure who told Thomas Hirst he could be a political analyst, but they grievously deceived the fool.



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The best of friends
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:23am

We’ve known and documented for some time now that Scottish Labour’s attitude towards “foreigners” is, well, let’s be super-generous and say “ambiguous”. But this photo from nine days ago made even us take a sharp breath.

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MOVING ON
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:16am

The last few days have been just about the most traumatic, exhilarating and emotionally draining I have ever known in my political life. Yet, I still feel invigorated, hopeful and optimistic about ...

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Call to boycott ?firms who scared Scotland?
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:09am

POLITICAL leaders from both sides of the referendum debate joined in a pledge of unity for a common purpose as part of a reconciliation service at St Giles’ Cathedral.

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Darling accuses Salmond of losing the plot
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:02am

SPEAKING at the Labour conference, Darling claimed the First Minister's suggestion that there could be a parliamentary route to independence was "dangerous".
Peter A Bell's insight:

Darling and Lamont appear to be competing to see which of them can be the most vacuous and hypocritical. Darling seem...



Labour's battle in a divided city
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 5:46am

All eight constituencies backed the SNP's Yes campaign in a move which has bolstered their hopes of taking the city, a long-term Labour stronghold, next year.

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Better Together Campaign Chief: We Would Have Struggled To Win Without "Scare...
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 3:02am

He said the campaign’s own research showed negative tactics worked

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Labour will look to reach out to Scottish Yes voters
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:40am

Labour are going to focus on reaching out to disillusioned traditional Labour supporters who voted Yes in the Scottish referendum. Three of the four local authorities where a majority supported ind...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Those "senior Scottish Labour figures" are a bit late listening to people'...



Tory MPs turn crackpot and adopt crackpot BNP policy on English Parliament
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:01am

(not satire - it's the Tories!) The biggest supporters of an English parliament used to be the far-right skinheads of the neo-nazi British National Party and the equally crackpot English Democrats....

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Why the Salmond magic is in need of a revisionist take
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 8:46am
Displayed in the main reception room of Bute House is Sir James Gunn's painting of the former Secretary of State for Scotland, Thomas Johnston.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Do you think maybe David Torrance is seriously pissed off at being excluded from Alex Salmond's resignation press conference? This ...



The going of Alex Salmond | Snowblog | Snowblog
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 3:15pm

We might have been sitting in an undertaker’s waiting room. Something was afoot. You could have cut the air with a knife.



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Alistair Darling to stand down as Labour MP at next election
by Jack Blanchard
2 Nov 2014 at 1:48pm
THE Former Chancellor, who recently led the successful Better Together campaign against Scottish independence, revealed he will step down in May while he is "still relatively young".


MSP Kezia Dugdale launches bid to become new deputy leader of Scottish Labour...
by dailyrecord
2 Nov 2014 at 10:04am
DAILY RECORD columnist Kezia Dugdale has announced she will stand for the position of deputy leader recently vacated by Glasgow MP Anas Sarwar.


Alex Salmond: Recent rifts within the Labour Party only prove what I always s...
by Mark Aitken
2 Nov 2014 at 4:16am
AS he prepares to step down as First Minister, the SNP leader says he has no regrets about resigning and reveals his hopes for the future.


Jim Murphy launches Labour Party leadership bid with three-point plan as he s...
by Lynn McPherson
2 Nov 2014 at 3:35am
THE MP admitted Labour have failed to listen to voters but vowed to unite Scotland, make the country better off and reduce poverty if he becomes leader.


Jim Murphy launches leadership bid with an apology to the people of Scotland ...
by dailyrecord
1 Nov 2014 at 2:22am
THE MP ? who hopes to be elected new Scottish Labour leader ? pledges that his party will change and no longer take voters for granted.


Fiona Woolf quits as head of child sex abuse inquiry due to her links to form...
by dailyrecord
31 Oct 2014 at 2:44pm
SECOND chairman is forced to step down after failing to gain support of victims who believe an establishment cover up at Westminster helped bury the issue for years.


Danger dogs: Daily Record campaign to protect children close to victory as go...
by Andy Philip
31 Oct 2014 at 11:24am
THE move came as it was revealed that microchipping was backed by the vast majority of people who responded to a consultation on new controls.


Record View: Labour crumbling without leadership or direction like dark days ...
by Record View
31 Oct 2014 at 4:56am
ED MILIBAND has issued a rallying cry, but Scottish Labour is in turmoil and polls putting SNP on 52 per cent marks the end of a terrible week for the party.


Susan Riddell: Haunted Houses of Parliament crammed to the rafters with ghoul...
by Susan Riddell
31 Oct 2014 at 4:54am
GATHER round children of all ages - SUSAN is about to drain the life out you and the colour from your skin with tales of a psychopathic slasher.. of pensions.


Alex Salmond opens Lidl store as snub to Asda for failing to back Scottish in...
by dailyrecord
30 Oct 2014 at 7:40pm
THE First Minister agreed to his first supermarket opening after Asda chief executive Andy Clarke claimed prices would soar in an independent Scotland.


Anas Sarwar resigns as deputy leader of Scottish Labour party
by David Clegg
30 Oct 2014 at 3:22pm
THE Glasgow Central MP, who will follow in the footsteps of Johann Lamont by standing down, announced his decision at a Labour fundraising dinner attended by Ed Miliband.


Beleagured Scottish Labour Party would be annihilated if a general election w...
by Mark McGivern
30 Oct 2014 at 9:51am
THE poll, commissioned by STV, paints Scottish Labour as a party in the midst of the deepest crisis in its history, with only 23 per cent of those polled supporting them.


Daily Record setting the agenda on Scottish politics with exclusives and grou...
by dailyrecord
30 Oct 2014 at 4:42am
IN a massive year for politics which has seen the electorate become more switched on than ever before, it pays to stick with the Daily Record as we set the agenda that other news organisations follow.


Jim Murphy launches bid to become next Scottish Labour leader with simple mes...
by David Clegg
29 Oct 2014 at 10:00pm
IN an exclusive Daily Record interview, the East Renfrewshire MP pledged to listen to Scots' demands for change and unite the party after the bruising referendum campaign.


First Minister-elect Nicola Sturgeon insists Scotland should be able to veto ...
by David Clegg
29 Oct 2014 at 7:01pm
STURGEON said an EU exit should only be allowed if all four home nations back the move in a referendum.


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The BBC are proud to be associated with the campaign to elect Jim Murphy to t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Nov 2014 at 11:56am
The BBC are proud to be associated with the campaign to elect Jim Murphy to the position of leader of the Labour party branch office in Scotlandshire and our management are happy to endorse Mr Murphy's candidacy.


It's political strife, Jim, but not as we know it.
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Jim Murphy is delighted to be entering the leadership contest for Branch Mana...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Nov 2014 at 4:29pm
Jim Murphy is delighted to be entering the leadership contest for Branch Manager of the Labour in Scotlandshire outfit. Initial pre-selection rounds included synchronised avoidance and personal advancement prioritising tasks, which we are led to believe Jim excelled at.


Jim runs to the rescue of a...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Oct 2014 at 11:53am



As things stand, SLab can only hope for an underminer's strike.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Oct 2014 at 2:43pm
As things stand, SLab can only hope for an underminer's strike.




EXCLUSIVE: On the day the Lords debate which new powers can safely be loaned ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Oct 2014 at 6:34am
EXCLUSIVE:
On the day the Lords debate which new powers can safely be loaned to Scotlandshire, JK Rowling announces she is to sponsor Lord Voldemort for SLab leadership, with Severin Snape MSP as deputy, neatly avoiding the bear trap of having two Westminster MPs in charge of the branch office.




BREAKING: In a shocking new development, leading Conservative MSP Murdurr Fra...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Oct 2014 at 3:13pm
BREAKING: In a shocking new development, leading Conservative MSP Murdurr Fraser has become the first politician to announce his intention to stand for leadership of the Labour Party's branch office in Scotlandshire, a post left open by Johann La Mont's sudden resignation last Friday.


Murdurr Fras...

EXCLUSIVE: In her second shocking revelation this weekend, Ex-leader of Labou...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2014 at 4:19pm
EXCLUSIVE:
In her second shocking revelation this weekend, Ex-leader of Labour in Scotlandshire Johann La Mont has announced that she has today relinquished her Labour membership and applied to join the Scottish National Party.


Johann La Mont resigns from Labour to join the SNP
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The BBC Scotlandshire management team has yet to decide on who will be the ne...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2014 at 11:01am
The BBC Scotlandshire management team has yet to decide on who will be the new Scottish Labour Leader.

We'll let you know once a decision has been made by the champagne socialist in charge at the one and only true real state broadcaster of Scotlandshire.

p.s. Would a Mr Sarwar Snr stop telepho...

CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT We're working with top British scientists to see if w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2014 at 4:05pm
CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT

We're working with top British scientists to see if we can go back to 1997 for the benefit of our friends in the Labour Party.

BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE Ruth Davidson MSP to remain leader of the Scotti...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Oct 2014 at 3:46pm
BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE

Ruth Davidson MSP to remain leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

And ooh... JoJo is going!


Scottish Labour leader to stand down
www.bbc.co.uk
Johann Lamont is to stand down as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, BBC Scotland understands.

On the day Anniesland Labour tries to sack its Yes-voting chair, but can't lo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Oct 2014 at 11:09am
On the day Anniesland Labour tries to sack its Yes-voting chair, but can't locate enough No-voting members for a quorum, Mags Curran sets off on her tour to win the hearts of Yes-Voting Slab supporters.




BBC Scotlandshire is proud to present a new film, commissioned by us from the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2014 at 12:32pm
BBC Scotlandshire is proud to present a new film, commissioned by us from the team which brought you the #PatronisingBTLady, Fibber and Kantz plc, and which shows how far our beloved region has come in just a single month.


Patronising BT Lady II: You'll have had your serial
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The Scottish Nationalistic Party's plans for a new Deputy Leader were last ni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Oct 2014 at 3:12pm
The Scottish Nationalistic Party's plans for a new Deputy Leader were last night thrown into chaos when North British Labour leader Lady JoJo Lalamont highlighted the lack of any fish-related surnames among the candidates.


The missionary positions of the three stooges fighting to be Wee Nippy Swee...

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, an...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Oct 2014 at 7:54am
?The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.?

? George Orwell, Animal Farm




Over recent days, senior members of the Scottish Labour and Scottish Conserva...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Oct 2014 at 1:59pm
Over recent days, senior members of the Scottish Labour and Scottish Conservative parties have been holding secret talks concerning their 2015 election strategy, which could lead to the merger of the two parties, BBC Scotlandshire has learned


Scottish Labour and Conservatives parties to form even ...


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The Elephant in the Room
by bellacaledonia
2 Nov 2014 at 2:30pm
At noon on November 30 the Scrap Trident coalition are organising a demonstration at Faslane. We intend it to be the biggest anti-Trident event ever held outside the base. We are encouraging everyone to come and see for themselves the miles of high fences with razor wire, the electronic alarms, ...


A Yes Registry
by bellacaledonia
2 Nov 2014 at 2:16pm
Continuing our series of new #IndyIdeas, Braco has a practical project he needs help with. Many thanks to Bella who have very kindly agreed to publish this short article simply requesting that any YES Shops that are currently still open,... Read More ›


It?s November Already. So What Are Supposed to do Now?
by bellacaledonia
2 Nov 2014 at 1:59pm
Continuing our series of proposals and ideas for the way forward (#IndyIdeas), Peter Arnott has a tactical proposal, and argues that ‘to live without hope in the future is no way to live in the present’ Hey! Let’s not pretend it... Read More ›


Scottish Independence: a Feminist Response
by bellacaledonia
2 Nov 2014 at 12:48pm
Interview with Cat Boyd, co-author of the book ‘Scottish Independence: a Feminist Response': Filed under: Gender Equality Tagged: Cat Boyd, Feminist Response, Scottish Independence


The Fire Next Time
by bellacaledonia
1 Nov 2014 at 6:10am
By Mike Small (part of our #IndyIdeas series) Each week up until the RIC conference we’ll be writing and commissioning practical movement-building suggestions and ideas. Here’s our first. Nobody’s going back in any box. Six weeks on and it’s getting clearer and clearer... Read More ›


What Next?
by bellacaledonia
31 Oct 2014 at 4:01pm
By Ivan McKee (part of our #IndyIdeas series) Part 1 : What has been achieved. Six weeks later, and time to take some perspective. There are many positives to take from the campaign. The age demographics (with a majority of under... Read More ›

From the province of the Cat #33 ? Me and My Monkey
by bellacaledonia
31 Oct 2014 at 3:57am
By George Gunn Sometime between the Referendum result and now, as if in a dream, I saw or imagined I saw Ed Miliband standing on a platform saying something like, or to the effect of, ?I want to make it absolutely... Read More ›


Safeguarding Books
by bellacaledonia
30 Oct 2014 at 5:00pm
By Mike Murphy Borrowing a line from a Lesley Riddoch podcast, they got a vote but we got a movement; there?s something about the last month or so which, ok defeat in the vote wasn?t a desired outcome, but it... Read More ›


And It was All Yellow
by bellacaledonia
30 Oct 2014 at 1:39pm
By Mike Small Nicola Sturgeon began a national roadshow in Edinburgh this week, with further events planned in Dumfries, Dundee, Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow, where she is set to speak in front of a capacity crowd of 12,000 at the SSE... Read More ›


Carving Out Foresight: Deep Time and the Long Now
by bellacaledonia
30 Oct 2014 at 10:52am
D.J. MacLennan celebrates the ‘Clock of the Long Now’ a ‘monument scale, multi-millennial, all mechanical clock as an icon to long term thinking’. The clock in the mountain: the thought of it thrills my guts. At other times, it makes... Read More ›


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Scottish independence poll now puts Yes ahead - Scotsman
1 Nov 2014 at 5:45am

Scotsman

Scottish independence poll now puts Yes ahead
Scotsman
It comes on the back of a separate Ipsos Mori poll for STV last week which found two-thirds of Scots want another independence referendum within the next ten years while more than half think a vote on the country's future should take pl...


Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum - Scotsman
31 Oct 2014 at 10:26am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum
Scotsman
TWO-THIRDS of Scots want another independence referendum within the next decade and more than half think one should be held within five years, a poll has revealed. Little more than a month after the most significant vote in Scotland's ...


Sunday Herald backing Scottish independence a 'risk that paid off' says MD as...
27 Oct 2014 at 10:44am

Sunday Herald backing Scottish independence a 'risk that paid off' says MD as ...
The Drum
Newsquest's Herald & Times Group has reported a major lift in its Herald and Sunday Herald titles as a result of the Scottish independence referendum and a boost in the metered paywall site's subscriptions. A...


UK's David Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum - Economic T...
29 Oct 2014 at 12:57pm

Deccan Chronicle

UK's David Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum
Economic Times
"This knee-jerk rejection by the Prime Minister to a perfectly reasonable and balanced proposal to reflect Scotland's interests in Europe flies in the face of what he and the No campaign promised during ...


Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence - Telegraph....
15 Oct 2014 at 11:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
But she said that would only happen when a majority of Scots vote for independence, before pledging: ?I will be First Minister for all of Scotland, not just for SNP supporters, not just for those who vot...


The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ... ...
23 Oct 2014 at 10:37am

Herald Scotland

The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ...
Huffington Post UK
A new oil field has been discovered in the North Sea, but Scottish independence campaigners are bitterly unimpressed with the news. BP and GDF Suez E&P UK said they had discovered the fiel...


Is Scotland already regretting their No to Independence vote? - IrishCentral
26 Oct 2014 at 7:28am

IrishCentral

Is Scotland already regretting their No to Independence vote?
IrishCentral
It's been over a month since Scotland rejected independence, but already the British Prime Minister David Cameron is being accused of betraying the country by breaking pledges to grant wider spending powers to th...


Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time - The Indepe...
22 Oct 2014 at 1:54pm

The Independent

Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time
The Independent
This followed the promise organised by the former prime minister Gordon Brown, that rejection of independence would not mean ?no change? for Scotland. Further devolved powers, including greater levels of...


Scottish Independence Rally Draws Thousands To Glasgow's George Square ... - ...
13 Oct 2014 at 5:47am

Huffington Post UK

Scottish Independence Rally Draws Thousands To Glasgow's George Square ...
Huffington Post UK
Thousands of people flocked to the centre of Glasgow for a rally in support of Scottish independence on Sunday. The Hope Over Fear event, organised by the socialist campaign for an indepe...


Scottish Independence - Hope Over Fear - Huffington Post UK
17 Oct 2014 at 11:57am

Huffington Post UK

Scottish Independence - Hope Over Fear
Huffington Post UK
Scotland will eventually win its independence. Many of the 73% of over 55's who voted no, will soon be extinct. Dead as a dodo. They will be replaced by vibrant, young people who have the self belief and courage their elder...



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Scots Would Vote for Independence Today, Says Pollster - teleSUR English
2 Nov 2014 at 5:28pm

Scots Would Vote for Independence Today, Says Pollster
teleSUR English
According to YouGov, the poll spells good news for the pro-independence Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), but bad news for Scottish Labour in the UK's 2015 elections, likely to be held in May. ?Labour has been swept aside by an ...


Scotland: Spirited socialist conference tackles post-referendum challenges - ...
2 Nov 2014 at 5:24pm

Green Left Weekly

Scotland: Spirited socialist conference tackles post-referendum challenges
Green Left Weekly
To date, 60,000 people have joined the SNP post-referendum, nearly quadrupling its membership to 82,000 and overtaking the Liberal Democrats to become the third largest party across Britain...


Alistair Darling to stand down as MP - BBC News
2 Nov 2014 at 5:13pm

BBC News

Alistair Darling to stand down as MP
BBC News
Two recent opinion polls have suggested Labour is on track to lose the vast majority of its Scottish seats at Westminster to the SNP at the next general election. Mr Darling, who represents the Edinburgh South West constituency, told the FT that...


Darling to leave Commons next year - Belfast Telegraph
2 Nov 2014 at 4:42pm

Belfast Telegraph

Darling to leave Commons next year
Belfast Telegraph
He surprised some, however, when he got the better of SNP leader Alex Salmond in the first of their two televised debates in the run-up to the referendum vote, although the Scotland First Minister was generally perceived to have ...


Leader: Alistair Darling loss another Labour blow - Scotsman
2 Nov 2014 at 4:27pm

Scotsman

Leader: Alistair Darling loss another Labour blow
Scotsman
But the three Unionist parties worked together to campaign for a No vote without any concession to the deep differences between them on other issues ? just as the Yes campaign brought together groups on the far left with which offic...


Brian Monteith: SNP should rethink EU assumptions - Scotsman
2 Nov 2014 at 4:27pm

Scotsman

Brian Monteith: SNP should rethink EU assumptions
Scotsman
I cannot recall at any point she, the not quite retired First Minister, or anyone else from the SNP in a position of authority, suggesting Scotland could not leave the UK if one part of it, a distinct entity such as Orkney and Shetl...


Lesley Riddoch: Sarah Boyack is Labour's best bet - Scotsman
2 Nov 2014 at 4:04pm

Scotsman

Lesley Riddoch: Sarah Boyack is Labour's best bet
Scotsman
In 2008 he observed that ?Labour's reticence about the symbols and emotion of patriotism has enabled the SNP superficially to conflate patriotism and separatism.? So perhaps he will surprise everyone by wearing the kilt, quoting the...


Alistair Darling Will Step Down As MP, Vents 'Frustration' At Crisis-Hit Scot...
2 Nov 2014 at 3:59pm

Alistair Darling Will Step Down As MP, Vents 'Frustration' At Crisis-Hit Scottish ...
Huffington Post UK
He surprised some, however, when he got the better of SNP leader Alex Salmond in the first of their two televised debates in the run-up to the referendum vote, although the Scotland First Minist...


Alistair Darling to stand down at next year's general election - USA NEWS
2 Nov 2014 at 3:53pm

USA NEWS

Alistair Darling to stand down at next year's general election
USA NEWS
Polls in Scotland show surging support for the SNP regardless of its unsuccessful yes campaign, with a single YouGov survey obtaining 52% of individuals have been in favour of leaving the UK only weeks just after the na...


Alistair Darling To Stand Down As Labour MP - Sky News
2 Nov 2014 at 3:19pm

Alistair Darling To Stand Down As Labour MP
Sky News
But he surprised some, however, when he got the better of SNP leader Alex Salmond in the first of their two televised debates in the run-up to the referendum vote, although the Scotland First Minister was seen to win the subsequent head-to-head. ...



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Majority Of Scots Want Another Independence Referendum Within Ten Years - Huf...
2 Nov 2014 at 8:52am

Scotsman

Majority Of Scots Want Another Independence Referendum Within Ten Years
Huffington Post UK
More than half (53%) of people said they supported having another referendum if the Conservatives win a majority in next year's general election while 54% said a vote on Scotland's future in the UK sh...


Canavan: another indyref may come sooner rather than later - Herald Scotland
2 Nov 2014 at 2:11am

Herald Scotland

Canavan: another indyref may come sooner rather than later
Herald Scotland
Some of us are old enough to remember the 1979 referendum when the majority of votes cast were in favour of a Scottish Parliament. However, that Scottish Parliament never happened because the number of Yes vot...


Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum - Reuters UK
29 Oct 2014 at 8:43am

Reuters UK

Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum
Reuters UK
LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron rejected on Wednesday a proposal by the Scottish National Party (SNP) that the United Kingdom should only quit the European Union after a future referendum if a major...


Scotland: Spirited socialist conference tackles post-referendum challenges - ...
2 Nov 2014 at 5:24pm

Green Left Weekly

Scotland: Spirited socialist conference tackles post-referendum challenges
Green Left Weekly
The period is marked by unprecedented popular engagement in activism and debate over Scotland's future. This phase was triggered by the referendum on Scottish independence, won by the No vo...


Scottish professor gives insight on referendum - Murray State News
1 Nov 2014 at 6:51pm

Scottish professor gives insight on referendum
Murray State News
Mooney led a presentation and discussion about the referendum Tuesday night in the Curris Center. The presentation was titled ?The United Kingdom Following the Scottish Independence Referendum: Does it have a Future?? Mooney began his...


Give us a new referendum by 2024, say two-thirds of Scots - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

Herald Scotland

Give us a new referendum by 2024, say two-thirds of Scots
Herald Scotland
More than half - 53 per cent - said they supported having another referendum if the Conservatives won a majority in next year's General Election. A similar number said a referendum should be held if the Tories ...


If referendum were now, majority of Scots would go for independence - Buenos ...
1 Nov 2014 at 9:22am

If referendum were now, majority of Scots would go for independence
Buenos Aires Herald
A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held today, according to a poll, just six weeks after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom. The YouGov poll for the Times newsp...


BBC Scotland's referendum final will be from Lanark - Carluke Gazette
30 Oct 2014 at 4:06am

Carluke Gazette

BBC Scotland's referendum final will be from Lanark
Carluke Gazette
WHAT is being billed as the 'final-final' word on air about the Scottish Referendum will be spoken in Lanark. BBC Scotland has chosen the town for staging a 'post-mortem' edition of its Referendum series of The Big D...


Scotland would vote yes to independence today, poll finds - BreakingNews.ie
1 Nov 2014 at 5:39am

BreakingNews.ie

Scotland would vote yes to independence today, poll finds
BreakingNews.ie
It comes on the back of a separate Ipsos Mori poll for STV yesterday which found two-thirds of Scots want another independence referendum within the next 10 years while more than half think a vote on the countr...


Call to rule out early Scottish independence referendum repeat - BBC News
4 Oct 2014 at 10:14pm

BBC News

Call to rule out early Scottish independence referendum repeat
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon should rule out a rapid second independence referendum, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has urged. Mr Carmichael was addressing the Liberal Democrat autumn conference in Glasgow. He called on Ms S...



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2 Nov 2014 at 1:28pm

House of Lords next stop? 

 

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The Infamous 32 Court Case
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When is the 32 infamous loyalist thugs  court case from the Sep 19 riot ? Ready for the biggest n...



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2 Nov 2014 at 9:53am
How easy is it to transfer music from Spotify to iTunes bearing in mind I don't know hee haw abou...

The Media And Jim Murphy
2 Nov 2014 at 8:20am

Hot on their heels of the propaganda and manipulation of the truth during the referendum, anyone ...



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1 Nov 2014 at 3:47pm

Fecking love this song



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I've unfortunately lost a lot of my Scotland tunes recently and I'm after a copy of this version,...



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Any recommendations for good razor blades?, I have spent a small fortune over the years on trying...

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31 Oct 2014 at 5:55pm

Possibly the longest wait for a LP (well it would have  been a LP in the 80's) release ever but J...



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31 Oct 2014 at 5:52pm

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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

MPs debate further devolution after the Scottish referendum: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Oct 2014 at 11:25am

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including MPs debating fu...



Alistair Carmichael's statement on Scottish devolution: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including Jeremy Hunts statement on Ebol...



Scotland after the independence referendum: week in review
by Libby Brooks
26 Sep 2014 at 12:12pm

Vow wobbles, an energised electorate, first-time voters reflect and the beginnings of a new polit...



Nicola Sturgeon parks independence and opts for devolution: five reasons why ...
by Severin Carrell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:31am

Nicola Sturgeon has signalled the SNP has sidelined its historic quest for independence after it ...



Nicola Sturgeon faces cuts and hard choices as domestic realities bite at Hol...
by Severin Carrell
24 Sep 2014 at 12:39pm

The debates and wrangles over the Scottish parliaments tax and welfare powers will dominate Nicol...



Scottish independence referendum: grief at the Glasgow Skeptics
by Libby Brooks
23 Sep 2014 at 2:44pm

A packed discussion about where next after last weeks referendum inevitably ends up picking over ...



Labour conference & Scottish independence referendum aftermath: Row over brok...
by Andrew Sparrow
21 Sep 2014 at 11:53am
Milibands interview with Andrew Marr - Summary
Salmonds interviews - SummaryLunchtime summary
After...

Gordon Brown tells Scots: let us be a nation, united again - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
20 Sep 2014 at 9:18am
Gordon Brown sets out his ideas for Scotlands futureAlex Salmond to step down as first minister
Vi...

Alex Salmond to resign as first minister after Scotland rejects independence ...
by Claire Phipps, Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh, and Peter Walker in London
19 Sep 2014 at 12:46pm

Rolling coverage as Scotlands longest-serving first minister says he will step down following no ...




What next for the UK after Scotland votes against independence? - podcast debate
by Presented by Jonathan Freedland and produced by Peter Sale and Jason Phipps
19 Sep 2014 at 5:02am
Jonathan Freedland presents a special discussion exploring the impact of Scotland's independence ...

Scottish independence referendum: Scotland votes no - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
19 Sep 2014 at 1:49am

Rolling coverage of the results of the Scottish independence referendum, with reaction and analys...



Scottish independence referendum: Alex Salmond addresses final campaign rally...
by Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
17 Sep 2014 at 5:04pm

Rolling coverage of all the developments in the last day of campaigning before tomorrows Scottish...



Scottish independence referendum: Ed Miliband disrupted by yes campaigners - ...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm
Cameron/Miliband/Cleggs vow - Summary and analysisAlex Salmonds BBC Radio Scotland interview - Su...

Scotlands referendum has spurred a dash for devo but localism is no panacea ...
by Polly Toynbee
16 Sep 2014 at 12:00am

England is so grotesquely unequal that more devolution could be a disaster for deprived regions

Th...



Scottish referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
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A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

It's official - the SNP are projected to be the third-largest party in the ne...
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2014 at 10:02pm
Here is the current forecast for next year's general election result from the UK-Elect website -

L...

There's no hiding place, "Vow-makers" - YouGov poll confirms Scotland wants t...
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2014 at 10:58am
The full datasets from the YouGov poll are now out, and they reveal a treasure-trove of informati...

Cameron's arrogant and anti-democratic claim that "it's over for a lifetime" ...
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2014 at 11:53pm
I don't think it's possible to overstate the importance of the extraordinary sequence of polling ...

Scotland swings behind independence by record margin in stunning YouGov poll
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2014 at 8:22pm
OK, this is a few weeks too late, but let's not knock it - the future is still stretching out in ...

1-0 to Sturgeon on the EU
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2014 at 11:00am
Naming no names, but I gather that one or two high-profile broadcast journalists did a spot of ed...

Huge SNP lead for Westminster reported in jaw-dropping YouGov poll
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2014 at 5:14pm
Hot on the heels of the Ipsos-Mori bombshell comes this full-scale Scottish poll from YouGov.  Th...

Findlay's Casebook, Murphy's Law and the Boyacks of Summer
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2014 at 12:08pm
Just a very quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Ti...

Political earthquake beckons as SNP notch up 29% lead for WESTMINSTER in Ipso...
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2014 at 9:17am
We now have the third full-scale Scottish poll to have been conducted since the referendum - and ...

Late October days brightened by comedy highlight of the year, as Lib Dem blog...
by James Kelly
29 Oct 2014 at 9:01pm
"Gawd."  Can he "be arsed"?

Yup, you've guessed it, it's our old friend Mike "varied vocabulary" ...

Three questions for Jackanory Jim
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2014 at 11:51pm
If the Guardian are to be believed (and there always ought to be some kind of question mark over ...

Anas Sarwar does not recognise dinosaurs
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2014 at 9:33am
I don't know if I've just been in a particularly giggly mood since Johann Lamont resigned, but it...

Housekeeping note : we have a small problem
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2014 at 8:20pm
If you've left a comment on this blog over the last few days, you'll probably have been asked to ...

Exactly how is this thing going to work, Scottish Labour?
by James Kelly
26 Oct 2014 at 11:38am
There now seems to be a view emerging from Labour "sources" that the next head of their Scottish ...

Lament for Lamont?
by James Kelly
24 Oct 2014 at 7:23pm
For weeks now, I've been meaning to write a post containing a Top of the Pops list (or Top of the...

Salmond's potential return to Westminster - the impact?
by James Kelly
24 Oct 2014 at 12:05pm
I must admit that until I caught up with last night's Question Time, I had given very little cred...


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I found this post on r/wtf...
2 Nov 2014 at 5:34pm

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Unions refuse to back Jim Murphy as Labour leader in Scotland.
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Alistair Darling to stand down in 2015.
2 Nov 2014 at 1:44pm
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Best public firework display
2 Nov 2014 at 12:01pm

What public fireworks display would you say is best? I've only ever attended calendar park in fal...



Nate Phelps is doing a talk in Glasgow a week tomorrow. Is anyone planning on...
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Change of career...
2 Nov 2014 at 10:33am

Now, I know this isn't about Scotland, really, but you lot are alright, and im hoping for a bit o...



Should Scottish MPs be allowed to vote on English only matters?
2 Nov 2014 at 9:23am

Discuss.

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Hustings for SNP Deputy leadership?
2 Nov 2014 at 9:21am

Hi, does anyone have a list of Hustings locations for the deputy leadership of the SNP?

A pal of ...



So should we just rename this place r/wehatejimmurphy?
2 Nov 2014 at 9:02am

Like seriously, this place is becoming less about Scottish discussion and more about spreading ne...



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Why Ed Miliband now looks for salvation from an old Scottish foe | Andrew Raw...
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1 Nov 2014 at 7:05pm
The Labour leader desperately needs Jim Murphy to revive the demoralised party north of the border

One of the many reasons that I never lose my appetite for politics is the menu of lip-smacking iron...



Is Jim Murphy really the man to lead Scottish Labours recovery? | Kevin McKenna
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1 Nov 2014 at 7:04pm
The Westminster MP for East Renfrewshire is diligent and hard working, but...

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Scotland would now vote for independence, poll finds
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1 Nov 2014 at 12:33pm
Just six weeks after majority voted no, YouGov survey finds 52% of people in favour of leaving UK

The race to lead the Labour party in Scotland has intensified with further union backing for left-wi...




Martin Rowson on the Scottish Labour party cartoon
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31 Oct 2014 at 6:16pm
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Alex Salmond interview: Ive never had a problem with taking decisions, or bee...
by Ruth Wishart
31 Oct 2014 at 11:11am

Last month Alex Salmond brought Scotland to the brink of independence and then dramatically resigned as SNP leader. In his first interview since the vote he looks at how Scotland has changed and ...



Jim Murphy: can the Irn-Bru street fighter save Scottish Labour?
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
31 Oct 2014 at 1:59am
The big political beast in the Scottish Labour party leadership contest is a vegetarian teetotaller who can be hard as nails yet may have enough stardust to revive the partys fortunes

In an era in ...



Ed Miliband: Labour faces a fight to save its Scottish MPs
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Oct 2014 at 5:00pm

Labour party leader reacts after poll suggests Scottish National party could win up to 54 Scottish seats in 2015 election

Ed Miliband has admitted that his party must fight for every hour and every ...




Politics Weekly podcast: Scottish Labour, Mediterranean migrants and US midterms
by Presented by Hugh Muir and produced by Phil Maynard
30 Oct 2014 at 12:39pm
Libby Brooks, Anne Perkins, Ken Rudin and Martin Kettle join Hugh Muir to discuss Labour's Scottish meltdown, migration across the Mediterranean Sea and the US mid-term elections Continue reading...

Sturgeons Euro gambit could galvanise another Scottish independence tilt | Ru...
by Ruth Wishart
30 Oct 2014 at 11:38am
Nicola Sturgeons bid for a Scottish veto over a European exit further defines SNP politics as a Ukip-free zone

Nicola Sturgeons bid to let the four home nations have an individual say on whether to ...



Labour faces massive losses to SNP at UK general election, poll shows
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Oct 2014 at 11:01am
Shock Ipsos Mori poll comes as Jim Murphy, the clear favourite to be the next Scottish Labour leader, accuses his party of lacking passion

Jim Murphy, the clear favourite to become the next Scottish...



Scottish no voters have every reason to feel let down since the referendum | ...
by Mike Small
30 Oct 2014 at 8:56am
Labours woes are the least of Scotlands concerns right now. The famous silent majority of no voters is hushed and somnolent

Nicola Sturgeon began a national roadshow in Edinburgh this week, with fur...



Jim Murphy, Neil Findlay to stand in Scottish Labour leadership contest
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
29 Oct 2014 at 7:35pm

Former Scottish secretary and Scottish shadow health secretary enter contest after Gordon Brown rules himself out

The former Scottish secretary Jim Murphy has announced that he intends to stand for ...



Nicola Sturgeon calls for Scottish veto on EU referendum
by Libby Brooks
29 Oct 2014 at 5:52am
Incoming first minister says it would be democratically indefensible for Scotland to be taken out of EU against its will

Scotlands incoming first minister Nicola Sturgeon is calling for Scotland to ...



Gordon Brown rules himself out of Scottish Labour leadership contest
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
27 Oct 2014 at 1:40pm
Tensions between Blairite wing and left wingers could now be exposed as rival wings of the party compete for control

The Scottish Labour party faces a bruising leadership contest between its Blairit...



Anas Sarwar rules out Scottish Labour leadership bid
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
27 Oct 2014 at 8:11am
Deputy leader says he would rather focus on interim role, further clearing way for Jim Murphy to replace Johann Lamont

Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labours deputy leader, has ruled himself out as a candida...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Jim Murphy?s BOGOF
by weegingerdug
2 Nov 2014 at 4:20am
Less than two months after the referendum, you know, that vote that was supposed to establish the settled will of the Scottish people until the Sun expands in a ball of hot gas and consumes the Ear...

Red pandas and pop tarts
by weegingerdug
30 Oct 2014 at 7:42pm
The red panda is a real thing. It’s much smaller beastie than the better known giant panda, but it’s only marginally less endangered. According to Wikipedia, the red panda faces extinction because ...

scot2.scot gets ready to launch
by weegingerdug
29 Oct 2014 at 2:35pm
We live in a country where the people voted to continue to be ruled by a parliament in London. Okay, the majority wasn?t very large but it gave the parliament in London the green light to ?get ahea...

Spermatazoa and Jim Murphy
by weegingerdug
27 Oct 2014 at 6:19pm
What happens when you call an election and no one comes? Labour looks like it may be about to find out as each of those tipped as future pretendy leader of the pretendy “Scottish Labour” branch off...

Is schadenfreude fatal?
by weegingerdug
25 Oct 2014 at 2:13pm
Less than two months since Scotland voted No, and it’s become clear that the big loser from the independence referendum isn’t the SNP or the other pro-independence parties, it’s Labour. Is schadenf...

A wee update about flitting and fags
by weegingerdug
23 Oct 2014 at 12:04pm
The fact I’m posting this ought to let you know that I’m back online again – whoo hoo. But this isn’t a post about the Smith Commission, the British Labour party, or any wit and wisdom about anythi...

How now Brown?s vow
by weegingerdug
18 Oct 2014 at 6:27pm
The road to Hell, blog posts, and post-referendum vows is paved with good intentions. Or at least that holds true for two items on the list, whether there were ever any good intentions in the vow i...

Newton?s law of Y-fronts
by weegingerdug
13 Oct 2014 at 7:35pm
When I’m not wondering why I have a waffle iron, and am still unclear on what a waffle iron is, never mind wondering why there’s one in the cupboard, I’ve been on the phone to utilities companies, ...

Oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea
by weegingerdug
9 Oct 2014 at 11:13pm
I’m now at the “oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea” stage in the house flitting process, and am sitting here surrounded by packing cases and piles of assorted stuff all over the floor...

Garden gnomes and koalas
by weegingerdug
6 Oct 2014 at 8:19am
I was going to blog something about the Lib Dem conference which was held in Glasgow this weekend, but what’s the point? Does anyone actually give a toss what Vince Cable thinks? Even the rest of t...


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

De-pressing depression: a personal reflection
by Malc
31 Oct 2014 at 4:48am
A brave and very personal guest post from Malc Harvey, one of the original founding team of this blog. Thanks Malc! Taking a leaf out of the book of John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Barrow and Furn...

There is only one coherent solution to Scottish Labour?s problems
by James
27 Oct 2014 at 10:23am
Prior to Johann Lamont’s doomed leadership, there was no leader of Scottish Labour, just a Leader Of Labour In the Scottish Parliament, a mere LOLITSP. Iain Gray, a much better politician than he e...

The wrong kind of policy on the lines
by James
22 Oct 2014 at 5:02am
The weekend before last, to my surprise, the Scottish Greens’ conference rejected a motion calling for free public transport. I don’t know why conference opposed it, but I know why I did, and why I...

Join the conversation
by Guest Blog
14 Oct 2014 at 9:00am
A guest post today from Andrew McFadyen on the future of the Labour Party: here’s the Labour for Scotland statement.  September 18th was a misty, murky morning in Edinburgh. Beneath the haar that r...

This is England
by Dom
12 Oct 2014 at 1:28pm
Those who squeezed in to the Scottish Green conference this weekend were greeted by thought-provoking image on the front of their delegate packs ? an inverted map of the UK with Scotland in the mid...

The Two Faces of Democracy
by Guest Blog
8 Oct 2014 at 8:37am
Today’s guest post is from Duncan Thorp, who?s previously written for us about social enterprise and hate in politics. Thanks Duncan! We?re living in exciting times, Scotland has changed for the be...

Two weeks, two votes, two very different journeys
by Dom
30 Sep 2014 at 12:09pm
The day before the referendum on Scottish independence I took the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, the Bathgate and Airdrie way, through the central belt. With a Danish TV crew in tow we rolled pas...

A modest riposte
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 8:31am
Esteemed traitor Peat Worrier wrote today about the SNPs new mission: “the greatest autonomy possible within the Union.” based on another key phrase which was heavily used during the campaign: “Abs...

Polling day
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 7:00am
Like the French Revolution it’s a bit early to say what the referendum result means. The next steps need to be open, inclusive and fast but more of that in another post. In this I thought I’d talk ...


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