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There is an elephant in the room at The Swan
THERE was a chill profounde and it wasn't just the Continental beer as David Cameron took Francois Hollande down to his local pub.

Unspun: The Politics Diary
Cabbies, naw!

Cable warns MPs funding for universities could be cut
VINCE Cable, the Business Secretary, is expected to warn MPs next week that Scottish universities could see their research funding cut and their reputations harmed if Scotland became independent.

PM claims victory in immigration reforms
David Cameron claimed victory over the progress of his immigration reforms, despite relying on the votes of Labour and Liberal ­Democrat MPs to overcome a revolt by his own backbenchers.

Labour want winter fuel payment earlier to combat poverty

MSPs call on UK Government to end bedroom tax or give Holyrood power to scrap it
A CROSS-PARTY committee of MSPs has called on the UK Government to abandon the so-called 'bedroom tax' - or hand Holyrood the power to scrap it.

Cameron gives in to Tory rebels over vote on immigration
DAVID Cameron's authority over his own party suffered a major blow after he caved in to Tory rebels over the deportation of foreign criminals, ordering his Conservative ministers to abstain in a key Commons vote.

Group says assisted suicide support falling
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to any moves to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland say that support for a change in the law is falling.

NFUS in call for action over EU subsidies
ACTION has been promised to tackle so-called "slipper farmers" who take subsidies without doing any productive work on their land.

Jardine will stand for LibDem post
A former adviser to Nick Clegg has been nominated as the LibDem candidate to try to succeed Sir Malcolm Bruce, the north-east of Scotland's longest serving MP.

UK's poor hardest hit by troubled economy, warns new IFS report
Poorer families are likely to be the biggest losers over the UK's economic problems, according to a respected think tank.

Trident deterrent need not be at sea
Britain could still maintain a credible nuclear deterrent while cutting back its Trident submarine force, according to a new analysis.

PM to have Hollande EU talks over pub lunch
DAVID Cameron will today entertain France's Francois Hollande in an Oxfordshire country pub in the hope of persuading the socialist President to back his drive for reform of the European Union.

PM refuses to reject notion of 40p top-rate income tax cap
DAVID Cameron has left the way open for the Conservatives to propose cutting the top rate of tax for high earners from 45p to 40p ahead of next year's General Election.

LibDem deputy vote criticised
THE Liberal Democrats have come under fire from Labour for, in the midst of two sex controversies, choosing party grandee Sir Malcolm Bruce as their deputy leader instead of fellow candidate for the top job Lorely Burt.


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Scottish independence: Salmond renews debate call
2 Feb 2014 at 10:21am

ALEX Salmond has renewed his challenge to David Cameron to take part in a debate on Scottish independence after it was reported that the Scottish and UK Cabinets are to meet within miles of each other.



Alex Neil blames Thatcher for Scots? drink problem
2 Feb 2014 at 7:46am

HEALTH Secretary Alex Neil has claimed that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is to blame for the drink culture in Scotland.



Scotland on Sunday cartoon: Miliband Labour reform
1 Feb 2014 at 8:30pm

ED Miliband has vowed to “let people back into our politics” as he unveiled details of his promised plan to recast ­Labour’s historic link with the trade unions.



Ed Miliband recasts Labour?s union ties
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

ED Miliband has vowed to “let people back into our politics” as he unveiled details of his promised plan to recast ­Labour’s historic link with the trade unions.



Poundland: Independent Scotland?s currency options
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

Bank of England governor’s sortie north of the Border has put the cat among the pigeons on the issue of a post-independence currency



SNP cuts face-to-face hospital appointments
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

PATIENTS will only be given hospital appointments as a “last resort” under radical cuts to NHS clinics, it has emerged.



Andrew Wilson: We all want currency union to work
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

SUCCESS, like life itself, is a “marathon not a sprint”. Or to put it another way, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.



Comment: Currency union is can of worms for SNP
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

SPEAKING privately to Mark Carney last week after his blockbuster press conference in Edinburgh it was clear that he was strictly “on message” and not for being caught out by an awkward question.



Drumlanrig: Dismal outlook on neverendum debate
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

THE monotone, super-serious delivery of the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, caused much comment when he came to Scotland to deliver his verdict on Alex Salmond’s plans to keep the pound.



Leaders: Salmond plays high-risk game | NHS
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

ONE of the strengths of the Yes Scotland campaign is that it reaches out beyond those who would traditionally call themselves nationalists.



SNP MSP accused of bid to ruin gay marriage bill
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

GAY rights campaigners have accused an SNP MSP of a last-ditch attempt to “wreck” a historic move to legalise same-sex marriages in Scotland.



Euan McColm: Teachers must try harder with CfE
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

THROUGHOUT my school years in the 1970s and 80s, I was frequently told that a Scottish education was the best in the world.



Scottish independence: 1/3 unaware of white paper
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

ALMOST a third of Scots are unaware of the existence of Alex Salmond’s White Paper and almost nine out of ten people have not bothered to read it, a poll commissioned by the Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter has claimed.



100,000 Scots children face poverty by 2020
1 Feb 2014 at 6:00pm

CHILD poverty levels in Scotland are set to rise after a decade of steady falls which saw progress north of the Border outstrip the rest of the UK, a report has warned.



Scottish independence: Vote is too close to call
1 Feb 2014 at 4:30pm

The independence referendum is “way closer to call than anyone thinks” following a new poll indicating a swing towards the Yes campaign, according to a Scottish entrepreneur.




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The crushing of a people
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2014 at 1:03pm
The following paragraph closes an article in today’s Observer. “Kelly Gibson, 36, a homeless Big Issue seller on busy Sauchiehall Street, perhaps summed it up best: ‘I think that maybe we’ve got too much to lose. If they can’t explain to me how Scotland will be richer, how do I know that I will be better off?’” [...]

The lifelong sigh
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2014 at 10:44am
Sorry we haven’t posted much today, folks, but with a pulsating League Cup semi-final and then Scotland’s first game in the Six Nations (about which we shall speak no more) it’s been a big day for sport. You know, this stuff: We hate to be so petty and chippy, but after 40-odd years it wears [...]

An impressive feat
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2014 at 4:37am
It takes some doing to make even BBC News presenters look a little uncomfortable at the sheer depth of your ignorance when it comes to Scottish independence, so we probably ought to offer some sort of commendation to this guy: It packs a lot of stupid into just 82 seconds, but our favourite bit is [...]

Stories of the week, 2-2-14
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2014 at 4:00am
The top five most-read stories on Wings Over Scotland in the last seven days. 1. The honesty patrol Cybernats! 2. The lonely hours Cybernats! 3. Cybernat of the week CYBERNATS! 4. The Mars bar at your seat Idiot. 5. You’d need a heart of stone Idiot whines about cybernats. Eesh. Grim stuff. Let’s hope for [...]

Our new theme music
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Feb 2014 at 4:00pm
We’d appreciate if people could arrange for that to be played when we enter a room at any future events. We would find a lack of compliance… disturbing.

Cybernat of the week
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Feb 2014 at 10:52am
Poor Anas Sarwar. He just can’t get anything right. Doing his best to join in with the Daily Mail’s month-long witch-hunt, Labour’s “deputy” leader in Scotland leaps on an abusive and disturbingly racist-looking comment aimed at him. It’s nasty all right. It could well qualify as “hate”. But who’s it from? Above is the rest [...]

Busy busy bees
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Feb 2014 at 5:07am
We like to put a bit of extra effort in in January. The excitement of a fresh new year, coupled with the need to shake people out of the festive-period stupor that otherwise kills momentum stone dead, calls for 110%. Even so, with the slow opening week and then losing most of a weekend to [...]

Always have a backup
by Chris Cairns
1 Feb 2014 at 1:00am

The tumbleweed express
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jan 2014 at 3:30pm
We were expecting the turnout for the No campaign’s Great Train Mobbery to be a lot better for the afternoon session, on account of the fact that nobody would have to get up at 6am to go and leaflet a dark, freezing-cold railway station. The opposite turned out to be true. The above image is [...]

Type mismatch
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jan 2014 at 10:46am
While we struggle through a tax return and our intrepid spotters document the second half of Better Together’s Big Train-Station Day Out, we figured you might like to read the Scottish Daily Mail’s story on the operation. It’s a strange piece, opening with a dramatic “evil cybernat spies under the bed” headline and an opening [...]


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


Strong drink 'too cheap' to ignore
1 Feb 2014 at 6:17pm
Alcohol as cheap as 20p a unit proves minimum pricing is needed to combat Scotland's relationship with drink, according to the health secretary.


Report praises child poverty action
2 Feb 2014 at 7:20am
Child poverty fell in Scotland at about twice the rate of England over 10 years, a report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says.


Education 'key' to knife crime plans
1 Feb 2014 at 5:40am
Longer jail terms for carrying a knife will be less effective unless they are accompanied by effective education, research suggests.


Trident cuts 'won't hit deterrent'
30 Jan 2014 at 9:29pm
The UK's Trident submarine force, currently based on the Clyde, could be cut, saving billions while also maintaining a credible nuclear deterrent, a report suggests.


Control hub could create new jobs
31 Jan 2014 at 10:10am
A new hub in Inverness that would be available for co-ordinating major incidents and events could create new jobs, says justice secretary.


More poorer Scots applying to study
30 Jan 2014 at 6:20pm
The proportion of young Scots from the poorest areas who have applied to university has more than doubled in the past decade.


Labour plans to cut unions' power
1 Feb 2014 at 9:32am
Trade unions, MPs and MEPs will have their influence over Labour leadership elections reduced under plans announced by Ed Miliband.


MSPs call for end of 'bedroom tax'
30 Jan 2014 at 6:24pm
A Holyrood committee calls on the UK government to abolish the spare room subsidy or hand powers to the Scottish Parliament to enable it do so.


MSPs seek views on fire service
31 Jan 2014 at 5:43am
Scots are being asked how they feel their local fire service is performing after a major shake-up last year.


'Scots could join EU in 18 months'
30 Jan 2014 at 12:27pm
An independent Scotland could expect to become a member of the European Union within 18 months of a yes vote, according to a veteran EU negotiator.


Police control room cuts go ahead
30 Jan 2014 at 3:08pm
Proposals to cut the number of police control rooms in Scotland are approved by the Scottish Police Authority.


Tory peer's comment sparks row
30 Jan 2014 at 10:55am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson hits out at the use of "intemperate language" amid a row over comments made by a Tory peer.


Cash scheme approved for Oban revamp
30 Jan 2014 at 5:56am
Argyll and Bute Council is given the go-ahead to borrow cash for a £144m scheme to transform the Oban area.


Council approves 170 post closures
30 Jan 2014 at 6:31am
South Lanarkshire Council is to close more than 170 posts by 2015 in a bid to balance its budget.


'Public backs' child car smoking ban
30 Jan 2014 at 9:13am
Most Scots would back a ban on smoking in cars when children are present, according to a survey by Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume.


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Quick! Before it?s too late?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Feb 2014 at 6:21pm

By Derek Bateman
 
I was enjoying my Times of London this morning when I came across a story that made me frown. It was a mother from England complaining that her daughter had been bullied at school in Fife by someone telling her to go back to her own country. Gordon Brown was involved and it was linked to the referendum.



Honour and dishonour
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
31 Jan 2014 at 1:36am

By Paul T Kavanagh

Thatcher?s former Governor General of Scotland, Ian Lang, made a wee speech in the House of Lords in which he said that Scottish independence would dishonour all those who had fought and died in the UK?s assorted wars.

As far as I can discover, Ian Lang has never seen active service in the military.  Instead he?s made a very lucrative career for himself in Tory politics, followed by his pretendy Lordy title and a series of directorships.



Scotland International: A Letter from Istanbul
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Jan 2014 at 3:33pm

By Gerry Hassan

Europe from its edges, corners and fuzzy borderlands looks and feels rather different than it does from elsewhere.

Here in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, Scotland?s debate and the UK?s never-ending turmoil with regard to its relationship with Europe, seems far removed.

Yet what is striking is that there are commonalities between these examples as I contemplate life looking at the shores of the Bosphorus ? that historic meeting and clashing point of cultures, and the crossroads between Europe and Asia.



Who'd want to share anything with this lot?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
29 Jan 2014 at 6:13pm

By Derek Bateman

My position has not changed?I thought Carney was measured and fair, giving benefits (which as I said earlier he rushed through at the start but that wasn?t what the mainstream media types were after) and he gave an objective assessment of potential obstacles and compromises.

The only question I have about his effort was in trying to compare the Eurozone with the UK.  He missed the key point about the problems with the euro ? that it was attempting to tie together disparate economies with totally different approaches to tax and spend.



ICM, YouGov, ComRes ? We're learning something interesting
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Jan 2014 at 4:06pm

  By Dave Taylor
 
Most of you will have seen the headline data from the latest ICM poll on Referendum Yes 37%, No 44%, Don?t Know 19%.  On European election voting intention ? it's SNP 43%, Lab 24%, Con 14%, UKIP 7%, LD 6%, Green 4% respectively.
 
Interestingly, in England & Wales, pollsters ComRes report that Tory and Labour are neck and neck at 33% support each, while YouGov have the Labour lead in GB down to 2%.



All academics are respected, but some are more respected than others
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Jan 2014 at 3:40am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Last week a respected academic appeared on STV and BBC.  Professor John Curtice was talking about the latest survey on social attitudes.
 
The Scottish Social Attitudes survey was carried by every news outlet in Scotland, its findings deemed crucial to the independence debate.  Interviews and articles accompanied the latest poll and Professor Curtice enjoyed yet more media attention.



Pariah or Partner: Scotland and the European Union
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Jan 2014 at 1:25pm

By Bryan Samuel

Scotland's relationship with the European Union following a YES vote in September's independence referendum continues to gain traction in the campaign.  This is hardly surprising since those arguing for the status quo appear convinced that EU membership is a weak point in YES Scotland's case; and inconveniently for those advocating change, the issue will only be settled definitively through agreement after a YES vote.



Parliamentary Supremacy UK Achilles Heel
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Jan 2014 at 2:10pm

By Mark McNaught

Reading through the American Declaration of Independence, it is uncanny how many of the constitutional grievances over Westminster control reflect the modern debate over Scottish independence and the future status of Wales and Northern Ireland within the UK.



Didn't He Do Well?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Jan 2014 at 7:10am

  By Derek Bateman
 
Dr John Robertson of UWS acquitted himself rather well on Radio Scotland this morning [Saturday] in defending his Fairness in the First Year report on broadcasting and in the process made the BBC look small.
 
After listening to Dr Robertson, whom I?ve never met, I was left wondering what the BBC was afraid of. He didn?t rant. He didn?t accuse. He appreciated the pressures of newsgathering. He isn?t a Nat. He sounded surprised at his own findings and had expected them to be viewed as helpful.



Workers face stark choices
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
24 Jan 2014 at 12:12pm

By Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser

Working class people, the majority population of Scotland, face a stark choice this September. Vote NO to democratic self-government and get a renewed dose of attacks on jobs, wages, rights at work, benefits and public services from a Westminster regime emboldened by their success in seeing off any threatened 'Scots rebellion'.




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Finnegan's Waking?
by Peter A Bell
2 Feb 2014 at 11:37am

Closely after Burns was enlisted to support a Yes vote (followed by a scurry of slightly desperate denunciations) along comes James Joyce. Placing Scotland on the periphery of Europe ...



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Lallands Peat Worrier: Can Cameron lose a debate against Eck?
by Peter A Bell
2 Feb 2014 at 11:30am


Peter A Bell's insight:

Interesting analysis from LPW. Particularly the point about expectations. But there is a sense in which the reasoning of reason one applies to reason two in that we know the media will pronounce Cameron the winner - or Salmond the loser - regardless of what actually happens...



Poundland: Independent Scotland?s currency options
by Peter A Bell
2 Feb 2014 at 10:55am

Bank of England governor’s sortie north of the Border has put the cat among the pigeons on the issue of a post-independence currency

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Salmond renews call for independence debate with prime minister
by Peter A Bell
2 Feb 2014 at 10:22am

Alex Salmond has renewed his challenge to David Cameron to take part in a debate on Scottish independence after it was reported that the Scottish and UK Cabinets are to meet within miles of each other.

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Alex Neil blames Thatcher for Scots? drink problem
by Peter A Bell
2 Feb 2014 at 9:38am

HEALTH Secretary Alex Neil has claimed that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is to blame for the drink culture in Scotland.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Jackson Carlaw isn't too bright. He doesn't seem to realise that, by mindlessly lashing out at an SNP Minister in the way that is so sadly chara...



Cameron has ' nowhere left to run' from TV debate | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
2 Feb 2014 at 7:45am

First Minister Alex Salmond has today said that Prime Minister David Cameron has "nowhere left to run" from a live TV debate on independence, as it was revealed that both the Scottish and UK Cabinets will be crossing paths later this month.



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More drama as TNS-BMRB poll suggests the pro-independence campaign have close...
by Peter A Bell
2 Feb 2014 at 5:50am


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An impressive feat
by Peter A Bell
2 Feb 2014 at 4:47am
It takes some doing to make even BBC News presenters look a little uncomfortable at the sheer depth of your ignorance when it comes to Scottish independence, so we probably ought to offer some sort...
Peter A Bell's insight:

The inanity of the London-centric media encapsulated.



See it on Scoop.it, v...

Scottish independence: 1/3 unaware of white paper
by Peter A Bell
2 Feb 2014 at 4:42am

ALMOST a third of Scots are unaware of the existence of Alex Salmond’s White Paper and almost nine out of ten people have not bothered to read it, a poll commissioned by the Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter has claimed.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Is it not a sad commentary on our society, our me...



IMMIGRATION - THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCOTLAND AND THE UK.
by Peter A Bell
1 Feb 2014 at 12:52pm

This week the UK Parliament passed the immigration Bill. It is a nasty, pernicious, rotten bill that will charge migrants for health services and turn those who rent homes in the private rented sec...

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Wee Things With Johann Lamont
by Peter A Bell
1 Feb 2014 at 11:21am

See also Jim Murphy: Cybernat Detector. Greg Moodie @gregmoodieNational Collective
Peter A Bell's insight:

Another brilliant piece from Greg Moodie.



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Cybernat of the week
by Peter A Bell
1 Feb 2014 at 11:17am

Poor Anas Sarwar. He just can't get anything right. Doing his best to join in with the Daily Mail's month-long witch-hunt, Labour's "deputy" leader in Scotland leaps on an abusive and disturbingly ...
Peter A Bell's insight:

There was just a moment there when I was on the verge of feeling sorry for...



ScotRail ?forced to scrap political badge ban?
by Peter A Bell
1 Feb 2014 at 10:16am

RAIL unions today claimed they had forced ScotRail to scrap plans to ban its 4,700 staff from wearing political badges in the run up to the independence referendum.

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French 'non' to treaty change could spell trouble for Salmond, says legal expert
by Peter A Bell
1 Feb 2014 at 9:22am

ALEX Salmond's preferred fast-track route for an independent Scotland's membership of the EU could be stymied by President Francois Hollande's firm "non" to treaty change, one of the UK's top legal experts has suggested.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Mr Armstrong is to be congratulated for putting a high...



West Lothian Bathgate SNP
by Peter A Bell
1 Feb 2014 at 9:15am

Meeting on independence and what it means for West Lothian

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Sir Tom Hunter demands independence referendum information from politicians t...
by dailyrecord
2 Feb 2014 at 6:44am
THE Scots tycoon is wanting more information for voters ahead of the referendum in September and he writes exclusively for the Sunday Mail about his proposal.


Independence referendum: Sir Tom Hunter pledges support for experts to give S...
by Mark Aitken
2 Feb 2014 at 2:27am
SIR TOM has claimed voters are not getting the impartial information they need to make a decision at the Independence Referendum in September.


Scotland's most senior judge finally agrees to meet MSPs after snubbing Parli...
by Russell Findlay
1 Feb 2014 at 6:01pm
LORD Gill met petitions committee members behind closed doors to discuss conflict of interests - but no minutes were taken.


4000 knives seized at the Scottish parliament from visitors in the last three...
by Stuart Macdonald
1 Feb 2014 at 2:34am
NEW figures show 1497 people passing through the airport-style security system at Holyrood had to hand over blades in the past 12 months alone.


Anas Sarwar says the SNP's focus on cutting Corporation Tax while snubbing ta...
by dailyrecord
31 Jan 2014 at 1:01pm
LABOUR MP Sarwar believes the nationalists are backing big business rather than looking after the interests of working people.


UK Government should end 'bedroom tax' or hand powers to Scotland to enable i...
by dailyrecord
31 Jan 2014 at 4:52am
THE Welfare Reform Committee made the recommendation in its interim report on the issue, following scrutiny of the impact of the removal of the so-called "bedroom tax", and other welfare changes.


Jim Sillars: If Scotland wins independence, I don't want to hand over economi...
by dailyrecord
31 Jan 2014 at 4:03am
FORMER SNP deputy leader argues that Alex Salmond's plans to share the pound with the rest of the UK fly in the face of going it alone.


Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars describes nationalist's currency plans a...
by David Clegg
31 Jan 2014 at 2:57am
THE heavyweight Yes campaigner warned that sharing the pound with the rest of the UK would give London huge control over Scotland's economy.


MSPs call on Con-Dems to give them the power to scrap hated bedroom tax
by David Clegg
31 Jan 2014 at 1:41am
AN INFLUENTIAL Holyrood committee heard from victims of the unfair policy and agreed that the tax hits the most vulnerable in society. 


Independent Scotland can become EU member within 18 months of referendum, say...
by dailyrecord
30 Jan 2014 at 7:57am
GRAHAM Avery, the European Commission honorary director general, said Scots should dismiss anti-independence "tactics" as he spoke at Holyrood's European and External Relations Committee.


Scottish independence: Alex Salmond pressed to admit plans to retain pound as...
by dailyrecord
30 Jan 2014 at 7:40am
JOHANN Lamont and Ruth Davidson both challenged the First Minister on an independent Scotland's currency in the wake of the Bank of England governor's revelations.


Assisted suicide should be legalised, according to two-thirds of Scots
by dailyrecord
30 Jan 2014 at 7:16am
A NEW poll has shown 69 per cent of those questioned back the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill put forward at Holyrood by MSP Margo MacDonald.


Record View: Weird world of Alex in Wonderland
by Record View
30 Jan 2014 at 3:55am
RECORD VIEW questions what the point of Scottish independence is, if the big idea for the currency is to end up not being independent at all?


Scots business leaders insist migrant workers are vital to country's economy ...
by Charlie Gall
30 Jan 2014 at 3:11am
EDUCATION Secretary Mike Russell yesterday accused the Con-Dem coalition of being driven by UKIP and a ?nasty xenophobia? in their immigration policy.


Independence referendum: Governor of Bank of England says sterling zone would...
by David Clegg
30 Jan 2014 at 2:21am
MARK Carney said Alex Salmond's idea of sharing the pound with the rest of the UK would require giving up some of its independence to ward off the risk of a meltdown.


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The Daily Mail has today released devastating new evidence which they claim p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Feb 2014 at 12:38pm
The Daily Mail has today released devastating new evidence which they claim proves beyond all doubt that nasty Cybernat tweeters are being directly controlled by Alex Salmond.


Cybernat abusers under Salmond's control, says pished Peer
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Foulkesake - I invented the concept o...

Here is today's news. We apologise that it is only in print form, but our Bet...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Feb 2014 at 4:21pm
Here is today's news. We apologise that it is only in print form, but our Betamax recorder is broken again.


And now the Scotlandshire News from where we are
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In the pretendy wee Parliament, the Natz whined that Johann La-Mont had described issues such as Trident, the Bedro...

Finally, the truth about #Stationgate.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm
Finally, the truth about #Stationgate.



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by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Jan 2014 at 2:31am

A despicable plan hatched by hundreds of shower-averse cybernats to harass, b...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jan 2014 at 4:54pm
A despicable plan hatched by hundreds of shower-averse cybernats to harass, bully and spy on brave Better Together footsoldiers has been foiled by the quick thinking genius of UKOK head, Blare MacDougall.


Brave Blare Blocks Cybernat Snooper Scheme
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We could have placed a s...

Please share this public safety message from Ian Smart. Soon we'll have all t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Jan 2014 at 3:50pm
Please share this public safety message from Ian Smart.
Soon we'll have all those damned cybernats identified.



Holy Murphy's other prayer... ... and the original: http://www.bbc.scotlands...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Jan 2014 at 4:36pm
Holy Murphy's other prayer...

... and the original:
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/652-holy-murphys-prayer.html



Pointless MSP Kezia Dugdale launched her political career as an online abuser...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jan 2014 at 5:31pm
Pointless MSP Kezia Dugdale launched her political career as an online abuser and troll in the Scotsman comments, working for Laird Foulkes.

She is now complaining - in that fine socialist journal the Daily Mail - that she has been upset by a 'recent' tweet sent in 2012 which said, "...dancing...

"Holy Murphy!" Who is the Murphy that Burns wrote of?
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jan 2014 at 3:06pm
"Holy Murphy!" Who is the Murphy that Burns wrote of?


Holy Murphy's Prayer
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Any reader able to suggest who Murphy might be should send their suggestion, written on the label of a full bottle of Islay Malt, addressed to the professor c/o BBC Scotlandshire.

Scotlandshire's most sincere MP is asking for your help to make sure none of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Jan 2014 at 11:55am
Scotlandshire's most sincere MP is asking for your help to make sure none of those evil Cybernats ever manage to sneak onto the telly. But first we need to identify exactly who they are.
Please share this image and help Jim smoke them out.



"I am teaching E-safety to my ConDem colleagues and wanted to try a little ex...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jan 2014 at 1:38pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my ConDem colleagues and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's insensitive Cyberarmy turn me into a useless waste of space.
Share it and see how uncaring and unkind those Cybernats can be!"



Spoof broadcaster, BBC in Scotlandshire, has reacted with predictable fury an...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
Spoof broadcaster, BBC in Scotlandshire, has reacted with predictable fury and incompetence to a report about the BBC and STV.


Spoof BBC knickers get twisted
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Do what Nixon should have done, and BURN THE FUC*ING TAPES, so that there is no evidence.

New political format fails to excite. The plan worked, said spoof BBC spokesy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
New political format fails to excite. The plan worked, said spoof BBC spokesyawn.


Spoof BBC deploys the yawn weapon
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Panellists were forced to comment repeatedly that the choice of questions directed vaguely in their direction were largely irrelevant to the debate on split...

"I am teaching E-safety to my Tory colleagues at the moment and wanted to try...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2014 at 5:35pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my Tory colleagues at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's tree-tossing Cyberarmy turn me too into a quivering nervous wreck.
Share it and see how vile and nasty those pinko Cabernats c...

STV pushes the frontiers of broadcasting by polling the dead.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2014 at 1:03pm
STV pushes the frontiers of broadcasting by polling the dead.


Dead poets to decide splittist referendum!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Some politicians spread clouds of misery, fogs of obscurity and deep depressions wherever they go.


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From the Province of the Cat #24 ? Get Stuffed
by bellacaledonia
2 Feb 2014 at 2:54pm
by George Gunn As Ian Lang both stood up to speak in the House of Lords against Scottish independence and at the same time sunk into the Hades of history it is perhaps as good a time as any ?... Read More ›

Finnegans Waking?
by bellacaledonia
2 Feb 2014 at 10:23am
By Mike Small Closely after Burns was enlisted to support a Yes vote (followed by a scurry of slightly desperate denunciations) along comes James Joyce. Placing Scotland on the periphery of Europe (but in a good way) in Cultural Weapons... Read More ›

Wee is Beautiful
by bellacaledonia
31 Jan 2014 at 5:20am
By Mike Small Oh dear, Calamity Johann. After her ‘no such thing as something for nothing’ derision of univeralism, hapless Johann Lamont has hit a new low with her worst FMQs performance yet. See her Wee Things comments (here). Tom... Read More ›

Culture Club
by bellacaledonia
30 Jan 2014 at 7:58am
By Mike Small The List’s indy issue is really odd. Promising ‘a range of cultural voices’ I thought of all the papers out there The List has managed at last to unearth some No voting creative types. Seems, they hadn’t.... Read More ›


Baron Lang of Monkton Speaks
by bellacaledonia
30 Jan 2014 at 4:14am
By Mike Small You’ve got to admire the sheer chutzpah of Barons and Lords pontificating on democracy. Today a whole parade of ermine will trumpet the need for less of it. But what many commentators seem to have forgotten is... Read More ›


Generation X
by bellacaledonia
29 Jan 2014 at 3:32am
In the first of our interview series featuring young people and their views on the new Scotland, this by student journalist Sean Martin (@smarti51) He?s quite remarkable, for a 17-year-old. As well as a Yes Scotland campaigner, he?s an MSYP,... Read More ›

American Dream
by bellacaledonia
28 Jan 2014 at 3:24pm
By Scott Davies I spent some great years in America and I have lots of amazing American friends. My parents spent crucial years in America and so I have family friends that I cherish. All of which is irrelevant. I’m... Read More ›

A Map of Yes
by bellacaledonia
28 Jan 2014 at 8:18am
The Yes campaign has been under intense criticism from all sides (even their own). But look what they’ve done … created a network for the mass movement to emerge across the country. This is a formidable achievement with no equivalent.... Read More ›

Better Togethers Surrealist Turn
by bellacaledonia
27 Jan 2014 at 6:25am
By Mike Small Douglas Alexander is frequently put forward as the thinking mans Unionist. He is, like his sister, credited with being the ‘great intellects’ of the Scottish Party. Whilst others like the Red Baron or ‘Raving’ Ian Davidson might... Read More ›

Running Scared Yet?
by bellacaledonia
27 Jan 2014 at 5:46am
By Mike Small We’re in the midst of a period of great propaganda and it’s worth looking out and back at how this has worked (and failed) elsewhere. As Jack Foster has written: “The cybernat witch-hunt led by likes of... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Sterling effort - BBC News
2 Feb 2014 at 10:45am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sterling effort
BBC News
Mark Carney, the rock 'n' roll central banker, drove his roadshow into Edinburgh this past week, and although the stage act was rather dry and technical, it got him a lot of attention. In a debate on Scotland's future which is often seen as tr...


Scotland's pro-independence camp gets small poll boost before vote - Reuters UK
2 Feb 2014 at 7:38am

Scotsman

Scotland's pro-independence camp gets small poll boost before vote
Reuters UK
LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people in Scotland who want their small country to become independent of the United Kingdom in a referendum later this year has risen slightly, a poll showed on Sunday, but those o...


Scottish independence: Salmond renews debate call - Scotsman
2 Feb 2014 at 10:25am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Salmond renews debate call
Scotsman
ALEX Salmond has renewed his challenge to David Cameron to take part in a debate on Scottish independence after it was reported that the Scottish and UK Cabinets are to meet within miles of each other. A new TNS poll commissioned by...


Scottish independence: Taxis to drive Yes vote - Scotsman
31 Jan 2014 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Taxis to drive Yes vote
Scotsman
The former lecturer and Labour party member said the ?positive impact? of the Scottish Parliament in areas like education and the NHS persuaded him to join the independence camp. Edinburgh cabbie Dougie Brown has also signed up and ins...


Scottish independence: Former Scottish secretary warns of 'hostile divorce' -...
30 Jan 2014 at 11:36am

Scottish independence: Former Scottish secretary warns of 'hostile divorce'
BBC News
The prospect of Scottish independence risked looking like an "increasingly hostile divorce", a former secretary of state for Scotland has claimed. Opening a House of Lords debate in light of the independence refere...


Spain pledge not to interfere in Scots independence - Financial Times
2 Feb 2014 at 3:29pm

Spain pledge not to interfere in Scots independence
Financial Times
Spain has no intention of interfering in Scotland's push for independence and is willing to consider an eventual Scottish application to join the EU as a separate state, the foreign minister said in remarks that will bolster the na...


Scottish independence - The Economist
30 Jan 2014 at 10:07am

SBS

Scottish independence
The Economist
Scotland's independence vote may turn out to be an exception. Undecided voters are more left-wing than the average Scot, more hostile to the Conservative-led government in London and more inclined to think that Scotland would succeed alone; in short, ...
Commen...


Scottish independence: Carney says Scots currency plan may lead to power loss...
29 Jan 2014 at 7:27am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Carney says Scots currency plan may lead to power loss
BBC News
The Bank of England governor has said an independent Scotland would need to give up some power to make a currency union with the rest of the UK work. Mark Carney said such a move, proposed by the Scottish...


Scottish independence: Scots EU exit 'a nightmare' - Scotsman
30 Jan 2014 at 6:28am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scots EU exit 'a nightmare'
Scotsman
Senior European figures like EU President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, have indicated the legal position is that Scotland will be outside and have to re-apply to join after independence. But...


Scottish independence: University fee refuge fears - Scotsman
29 Jan 2014 at 5:59pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: University fee refuge fears
Scotsman
Students from the rest of the UK are currently charged up to £9,000 a year to study in Scotland. However, should Scots back independence, universities would have to offer English, Northern Irish and Welsh students free tuition in l...



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Carney says privately what currency union really means for Scotland - Sociali...
2 Feb 2014 at 3:51pm

Socialist Resistance

Carney says privately what currency union really means for Scotland
Socialist Resistance
The SNP's currency union is much more than simply using the pound. That in itself would not require any fiscal pact. It is their other demands of: the BOE underwriting the Scottish banking a...


SNP Health Minister: Margaret Thatcher to blame for Scotland's drinking - Tel...
2 Feb 2014 at 10:58am

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP Health Minister: Margaret Thatcher to blame for Scotland's drinking
Telegraph.co.uk
Margaret Thatcher is to blame for Scotland's destructive relationship with alcohol, the SNP's health minister has claimed. Alex Neil said the late Tory Prime Minister was responsible for a 60 per ...


Scottish independence: Sterling effort - BBC News
2 Feb 2014 at 10:45am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sterling effort
BBC News
Without that share of oil, the governor's paper highlighted the close correlation between the economies of Scotland and the rest of the UK. That includes output, on which the SNP government has been keen to stress relative under-performance ov...


Willie Rennie warns against SNP ?dismantling of Scottish justice system? - Li...
2 Feb 2014 at 8:10am

Willie Rennie warns against SNP ?dismantling of Scottish justice system?
Liberal Democrat Voice
The other day, someone said in a comment on here that the SNP seemed like a liberal party. I don't doubt that there are liberals in it, but they are not evident at the higher levels and particularly in r...


Scottish anti-gay marriage MP tables last-minute amendments - Gay Star News
2 Feb 2014 at 7:54am

Gay Star News

Scottish anti-gay marriage MP tables last-minute amendments
Gay Star News
Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Scotland are accusing a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician of a last-minute attempt to scupper the bill's chances of being signed into law next week. Members of Scottish...


SNP Welcome weekend polls - SNP (press release)
2 Feb 2014 at 6:35am

SNP Welcome weekend polls
SNP (press release)
"This is a welcome and positive contribution to the referendum debate by Sir Tom Hunter, which clearly indicates that people want and appreciate detailed information, which is exactly why we published the 670-page guide to an independent Scotland late l...


Scots families miss out on marriage tax breaks - SNP (press release)
2 Feb 2014 at 4:05am

Scots families miss out on marriage tax breaks
SNP (press release)
The SNP has highlighted new figures which show that almost three quarters of families in Scotland would not benefit from the UK Government's married couples tax allowance. Implementing the policy in Scotland is likely to cost over £...


A week's booze for £5: why SNP want minimum pricing - Herald Scotland
1 Feb 2014 at 9:09pm

A week's booze for £5: why SNP want minimum pricing
Herald Scotland
A week's booze for £5: why SNP want minimum pricing. Catriona Stewart. Columnist/reporter. Sunday 2 February 2014. EVIDENCE that a week's worth of alcohol costs less than £5 is proof that minimum pricing is needed to battle S...


Scots don't need a currency union - The Sunday Times
1 Feb 2014 at 7:09pm

The Sunday Times

Scots don't need a currency union
The Sunday Times
Scoring an own goal once can be regarded as unfortunate on the part of the SNP administration at Holyrood: to do so repeatedly begins to look incompetent. Yet once again, SNP ministers have hammered the ball into their own net over ...


Scotland's first gay marriage could be held at end of July - Herald Scotland
1 Feb 2014 at 9:09pm

Scotland's first gay marriage could be held at end of July
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND'S first gay marriages could be held as early as July as part of a collaborative effort with Westminster, SNP ministers believe. SCOTLAND'S first gay marriages could be held as early as July as part of a collaborativ...



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Scotland's pro-independence camp gets small poll boost before vote - Reuters UK
2 Feb 2014 at 7:38am

Scotsman

Scotland's pro-independence camp gets small poll boost before vote
Reuters UK
In the referendum, to be held on September 18 this year, voters will decide whether Scotland, which has a population of just over 5 million and is a source of North Sea oil, should end its 307-year-old union with ...


Scottish referendum: Mark Carney warns that Scottish pound would come at a .....
30 Jan 2014 at 3:28am

The Independent

Scottish referendum: Mark Carney warns that Scottish pound would come at a ...
The Independent
An independent Scotland would have to give up a significant amount of its freedom to tax and spend if it wanted to form a currency union with the rest of the UK, the Governor of the Bank of...


Teenager Sasha Bell-Newman bullied 'over Scottish independence referendum' - ...
30 Jan 2014 at 9:31pm

Daily Mail

Teenager Sasha Bell-Newman bullied 'over Scottish independence referendum'
Daily Mail
According to Sasha's mother, Teresa, the pupils have recently been taught about the forthcoming independence referendum and had been encouraged to think about a Scottish national anthem. The distressing ...


Expat Scots demand a vote in independence referendum - Reuters
27 Jan 2014 at 1:44pm

Scotland on Sunday

Expat Scots demand a vote in independence referendum
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - A million Scots living outside of Scotland should be allowed to vote in a referendum this year on whether their country becomes an independent nation, one of them said on Monday as he sought backing fo...


Scottish youth divided over referendum - SBS
30 Jan 2014 at 1:55pm

SBS

Scottish youth divided over referendum
SBS
I personally don't think I have enough information about the referendum so I probably won't vote but if I had to I think I'd vote no, as I feel Scotland would benefit from its connections with England in the long run". The "Yes Scotland" camp and ...
Sco...


Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker? - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 9:46am

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Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker?
BBC News
Could a seemingly random sum of money help voters make their decision in the Scottish independence referendum? Since 2011, the authors of a survey on Scottish social attitudes have been asking the same key questions based ...


Scottish independence: Taxis to drive Yes vote - Scotsman
31 Jan 2014 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Taxis to drive Yes vote
Scotsman
But as Scotland's historic referendum approaches later this year, a new group of taxi drivers has emerged bent on persuading their fares to vote Yes. Cabbies for Yes insist they will only engage with punters who ?are up for it? ? but N...


Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims - BBC News
14 Jan 2014 at 2:08am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims
BBC News
With the debate on Scotland's future entering "referendum year", the "yes" and "no" sides are intensifying their campaigns. But what are their messages and how are they being viewed, not only by each other, but by experts...


As-it-happened: Scottish independence referendum debate - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 5:51am

As-it-happened: Scottish independence referendum debate
BBC News
The first in a series of BBC Scotland television debates, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, came from Greenock. On the panel: Actor Sanjeev Kohli, deputy Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Culture Secretary Fion...


Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 1:17am

BBC News

Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum
BBC News
On Thursday, 18 September, registered voters in Scotland will be asked the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Those voters will have a straight choice between "yes" and "no". For the first time - and...



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Lottery
2 Feb 2014 at 2:52pm
£193.00 payout - that will do nicely thank you!!!

Didn't realise it was as much nowadays - last t...

One Of The Best Arguments For Voting Yes I've Seen
2 Feb 2014 at 1:18pm

Posted by a friend of mine on Facebook. His words, but sums it up fantastically for me. Ignores a...



Phillip Seymour Hoffman Deid
2 Feb 2014 at 12:38pm
Drugs overdose

Andy Murray Holds The Key To England's Davis Cup Hopes
2 Feb 2014 at 12:13pm

Take a bow unionist supporters in Scotland.

 

 

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Misleading Headline
2 Feb 2014 at 12:09pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-26000035

 

 



Same Old Scotland
2 Feb 2014 at 12:07pm

Oh dear The annual 6 nations embarrasment has started. Lets face it we are not a rugby nation. Wi...



Maximilian Schell
1 Feb 2014 at 9:31am

has passed away at the age of 83

 

A great character actor, star of some great films including Th...



Guessing Game
1 Feb 2014 at 8:16am

Ok, folks, it's been a bit late in production this year (apologies to those that haven't received...



Manchester Should Be Uk Capital
1 Feb 2014 at 6:30am

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/graham-stringer-mp-move-hous...

Kilt Shop In Edinburgh
1 Feb 2014 at 1:54am

Looking to buy a couple of kilts...

 

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Work as if you live in the early days of a

Putting human rights at the heart of Scottish foreign policy
by Guest Blog
31 Jan 2014 at 7:58am
Thanks to Andrew Smith for today’s guest post: Andrew is a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms...

In for a penny, in for a groat
by James
29 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
The Governor of the Bank of England has just sunk plans for Scottish independence today, we’re to...

Thinking the unthinkable.
by Dom
26 Jan 2014 at 2:15pm
When The Scotsman is agitatedly reporting a poll showing moves towards a Yes vote then you know i...

Academics prove nothing in the hands of spin doctors
by Dom
21 Jan 2014 at 12:33pm
During the autumn I was asked to join up to a campaigning group that would have assembled people ...

Commonwealth and Common Weal: The shape of things to come.
by Dom
8 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm
According to Nicola and Alex the world is watching, but the truth is that Britain isn?t even watc...

Ayes to the Right
by James
22 Dec 2013 at 10:51am
Few people remember Nick Johnston‘s career as a Tory MSP, which ended more than twelve years ago....

Time to close Longannet
by James
20 Dec 2013 at 6:57am
The most recent figures on Scotland’s energy mix are a small step in the right direction, with re...

Three funerals, and a past that refuses to die.
by Dom
7 Dec 2013 at 6:17am
The death of Margaret Thatcher should have been a chance to move on, were it not for the apparent...

Lagom and the art of welfare maintenance
by Guest Blog
5 Dec 2013 at 2:00am
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. In this article she...

Our Friends In The North: The Nordic dream without the navel gazing
by Dom
26 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
It was with trepidation that I sat down to watch Our Friends in the North, BBC Scotland?s attempt...


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

Six Nations 2014 prediction
by James Kelly
2 Feb 2014 at 8:59am
As ever, I was asked by a member of my family to fill in a Six Nations prediction form for a comp...

More drama as TNS-BMRB poll suggests the pro-independence campaign have close...
by James Kelly
1 Feb 2014 at 7:23pm
There are two new referendum polls out tonight, one from a polling company that is a veteran of t...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Some politicians didn't require the benefit of hindsigh...
by James Kelly
29 Jan 2014 at 5:00pm
"Will the approach that is being taken work?  The argument is that it will be a salutary lesson, ...

ICM poll looks robust
by James Kelly
27 Jan 2014 at 9:05pm
Many thanks to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of the full datasets for the remar...

SNP enjoy huge 19% lead over Labour in ICM poll
by James Kelly
26 Jan 2014 at 7:02pm
Further details of this weekend's extraordinary ICM poll have been released by the Scotsman. Unf...

This is the bit where everything changes - sensational ICM poll shows pro-ind...
by James Kelly
25 Jan 2014 at 8:14pm
At moments like this you're supposed to punch the air in delight, but I'm so dumbfounded that I t...

Professional buffoon Ian Dunt thrills the nation with another vintage gaffe, ...
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2014 at 9:36pm
Ian Dunt, fondly known to millions across Scotland as "the thinking woman's Richard Madeley", has...

Wisdom on Wednesday : There is no such thing as Macra! Macra do not exist! ...
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"It's just possible that you've been given a series of orders while you've been asleep. You know,...

William Hague and the illegitimacy klaxon
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2014 at 10:17pm
I doubt if anyone is going to faint with amazement at the sight of an academic study showing that...

Alex Massie, and primary school debating points
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2014 at 12:22am
I overlooked Alex Massie's defence of Chris Deerin's widely-ridiculed "independence supporters ar...

More statistical proof that Yes can win (courtesy of Fraser Nelson)
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2014 at 9:50pm
One of the hoary old myths that has occasionally been trotted out in this campaign is that there ...

Warning on Wednesday : The true meaning of the UK's 'best of both worlds'
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"The first thing is to stop the Scots grumbling. Emasculate them. That would concentrate their mi...

This is one Scot who will not shirk his moral duty
by James Kelly
13 Jan 2014 at 10:02pm
Whenever Blair McDougall takes some rare time out from his internet trolling career to laud an an...

Ipsos-Mori's 'state of the nation' poll provides dramatic new evidence that t...
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 7:23pm
The think-tank 'British Future' (who, judging by both their name and their analysis, are anything...

Sagacity on Saturday : Last time around
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"Interesting, but appears to have misunderstood the question."

Canon Kenyon Wright, chairman of th...


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Blair Jenkins: 'Common currency is common sense'
by Kevin Gilmartin
30 Jan 2014 at 6:15am
Video of sXmnIZ1RRf8

Following the speech given by Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England...



TNS poll shows Yes closing the gap
by Sean Lafferty
2 Feb 2014 at 6:42am

A poll commissioned by business tycoon Sir Tom Hunter shows that momentum is firmly behind the Ye...



'Sensible negotiations on currency will begin immediately upon independence'
by Sean Lafferty
1 Feb 2014 at 6:52am
Setting aside the usual thinly-disguised glee that comes from some in the official No campaign wh...

Why a Yes vote will be good news for Scotland's small business community
by Peter Dempsie
31 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
Yes Scotland today opens a new phase in the referendum campaign by spelling out the gains of inde...

Daily Digest: Patrick Harvie, Westminster Cuts and No campaign pushing the bo...
by Stuart McDonald
31 Jan 2014 at 6:41am

Patrick Harvie highlights opportunities of Yes

Scottish Green Party leader, Patrick Harvie, has sp...



Scotland's choice between two futures
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
31 Jan 2014 at 6:10am

On 18 September we get to choose whether Scotland's future should be in Scotland's hands or the h...



Daily Digest: exports, currency union and debates in the Lords
by Stuart McDonald
30 Jan 2014 at 7:42am
Scots exports would be worth almost £100 billion after independence The Financial Times looks at...

'Wee things' make a big difference
by Kevin Gilmartin
30 Jan 2014 at 7:06am

Johann Lamont described the changes that would be possible with the powers of independence as "a ...



Scottish trade unions stay secure from Westminster?s attack
by Cailean Gallagher
30 Jan 2014 at 6:50am
We know that trade unions are under fierce attack from the Westminster coalition, whose policies ...

Common sense from Carney on currency
by Cailean Gallagher
29 Jan 2014 at 9:38am
The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, today set out a common sense approach to a common curr...

Daily Digest: Westminster's mixed messages on currency and immigration
by Stuart McDonald
29 Jan 2014 at 6:57am
The Tory Coalition's proposed ?Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Ad...

Daily Digest: 'We need a recovery that benefits all'
by Stuart McDonald
28 Jan 2014 at 7:09am
The breaking news story this morning is publication of the latest growth figures from the Office ...

Hamish Macdonell: 'Yes campaign right back in the hunt'
by Sean Lafferty
28 Jan 2014 at 6:04am
Commentator Hamish Macdonell, not normally noted for giving credit to the pro-independence moveme...

Yes responds to ICM poll which shows pace and momentum with Yes
by Peter Dempsie
27 Jan 2014 at 10:08am
Video of hB7GvPY2kPw The ICM poll for Scotland on Sunday shows that Yes now needs a swing of ju...

Daily Digest: A choice of two futures
by Stuart McDonald
27 Jan 2014 at 5:36am
A number of papers follow-up on the ICM survey for Scotland on Sunday which showed a significant ...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Will we go totally metric in the event of a 'Yes' vote
2 Feb 2014 at 4:45am

Personally I would like to keep it the way it is - a half way house.

 

But would we see road sign...



Stamps 2014 (October)
1 Feb 2014 at 5:44am

I think we need to get our stamps sorted now just to be on the safe side?

 

or maybes

 

If ...



FAO Unionists ..Should Westminster come clean?
30 Jan 2014 at 11:03am
I have asked the unionists this question directly on other threads without response. Indeed they ...

National Anthem of an Independent Scotland
29 Jan 2014 at 7:26am

What should be the official national anthem?

 

Personally I'm in favour of Scotland the Brave as ...



Do we all agree with the 50p tax rate
28 Jan 2014 at 6:48am

Does anyone think the SG should comment on the 50p tax rate?



Head of State in an independent Scotland
27 Jan 2014 at 8:49pm
Apologies in advance if I'm being daft asking, but this point seems to have hardly even been ment...

Better Together - As long as your Tory/Lib/Lab
25 Jan 2014 at 2:40pm
On the 12th May 2013 a Better Together spokesman said: Only three parties are part of the offici...

Allistar Carmichael
23 Jan 2014 at 12:10pm
Apparently saying and independent Scotland may need border controls with England,,,honestly! You ...

Question Time from Dundee - 23/1/14
23 Jan 2014 at 10:07am
Question Time tonight is coming from Dundee, and the make-up of the panel suggests it'll be refer...

Referendum Debate - Greenock
21 Jan 2014 at 12:51pm

BBC Two tonight at 9pm. Thread to discuss the show.

 

Not sure how the debate is going to be stru...



A chance to rid ourselves of the House of Lords and FPTP
21 Jan 2014 at 7:23am

One of the most persuasive arguments for independence is that an independent Scotland would be fa...



New to here
16 Jan 2014 at 3:47pm
Just joined up because I wanted to see what the general feeling on the referendum was on here.

Are...

Will you move............
12 Jan 2014 at 1:59pm

Whatever the outcome is in September, I'm pretty sure no-one in Scotland will die of starvation o...



Childcare
12 Jan 2014 at 11:27am
The Scottish Government is making it a huge issue for the referendum; but not a trace or limited ...

George Galloway
12 Jan 2014 at 5:17am
Really struggling to find any logic to Mr. Galloway when it comes to Scottish Independence. He tr...


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Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Alistair Carmichael: 'Nationalists say Scotland and England have different va...
by Daniel Boffey
1 Feb 2014 at 6:03pm

In his first major interview of the year, the Scottish secretary says that nationalist rhetoric is in danger of poisoning relations in the referendum runup

It was the week that the Scottish referend...




Scottish independence: stay united and Scotland could be key to a better, fai...
by Will Hutton
1 Feb 2014 at 2:30pm

The SNP could be a battering ram to create a more federal Britain with Scotland as the principal beneficiary

The referendum on Scottish independence is an existential political moment. If the yes vo...




Scots Labour leader derided for casting independence gains as 'wee things'
by Severin Carrell
30 Jan 2014 at 11:54am

Salmond's nationalists circulate damning poster after Johann Lamont rebuffs first minister's vision accusing party of delusion

A Scottish Labour party attack on Alex Salmond's plans for currency uni...




Pound or euro? It's not what Scottish voters are talking about | John Curtice
by John Curtice
30 Jan 2014 at 7:01am

Politicians may debate the future currency of an independent Scotland, but most people just want a healthy economy

Economists tell us that the question of which currency to use is the most important...



Alex Salmond and Mark Carney: money talks | Editorial
by Editorial
29 Jan 2014 at 4:09pm

The deep integration of English and Scottish business means that sharing a currency makes unambiguous sense

Mark Carney is a jet-setter who worked for the global Goldman Sachs. He skipped across the...




Mark Carney raises doubts over Scotland's plan to share the pound
by Severin Carrell
29 Jan 2014 at 1:10pm

Bank of England governor says there are logical economic and business arguments for currency pact, but also warns of dangers

The battle over the Scottish government's plans for Scotland to share the...




Could an independent Scotland keep the pound?
by Angela Monaghan, Heather Stewart
29 Jan 2014 at 7:53am

Q&A: Mark Carney is visiting Scotland to discuss the implications of Scottish independence for monetary policy. How would it work?

Which currency would Scotland use after independence?

It is still un...




Mark Carney sits on the fence about Scottish independence ? or does he?
by Larry Elliott
29 Jan 2014 at 7:26am

The Bank governor's stance seemed neutral: but he left the distinct impression that talks on currency union wouldn't be easy

Anybody expecting Mark Carney to go to Scotland and say something controv...




Independent Scotland 'needs to cede sovereignty' for currency union with UK
by Severin Carrell
29 Jan 2014 at 7:15am

Bank of England governor's warning raises fresh doubts over SNP pledge that independence would give Scotland responsibility for all its economic levers

The governor of the Bank of England has warned...




Scotland and England: we need each other, in sickness and in health | Martin ...
by Martin Woollacott
27 Jan 2014 at 12:00pm

Divorce is never easy, and the English value the Scots far more than they will ever let on. Let's not go into this hastily

There can be something akin to love between peoples. In the debate on Scott...




Bannockburns by Robert Crawford ? review
by James Campbell
25 Jan 2014 at 2:45am

The independence referendum as a literary battle
Podcast: Remembering Robert Burns and WG Sebald
Gallery: Robert Burns Birthplace Musuem
Quiz: Do you ken Scottish writers?

Before reading Robert Crawfor...




Of course Robert Burns would vote for Scottish independence | Liz Lochhead
by Liz Lochhead
24 Jan 2014 at 11:45am

As we prepare for Burns Night, at the start of referendum year, I'm reminded of a lover of freedom and autonomy

I'll be at a big charity Burns supper in Glasgow on Saturday night. I'll be joining va...




Devolve power to England's regions | Billy Bragg
by Billy Bragg
24 Jan 2014 at 3:59am

An English parliament would still be dominated by the City's economic imperatives, so a regional solution is required

Whatever the result of the coming referendum on Scottish independence, one thing...




Salmond's Scottish immigration plans 'would mean border posts with UK'
by Severin Carrell
23 Jan 2014 at 12:56pm

Alistair Carmichael, the Scotland secretary, says SNP leader's liberal stance would render open borders deal unworkable

The Home Office has warned Alex Salmond he would have to abandon plans for a l...




Scotland's Labour traditions are the real battleground for the yes vote | Pet...
by Pete Ramand, James Foley
23 Jan 2014 at 4:15am

The independence referendum reflects longstanding divisions over the British state's direction. Voting yes is about keeping what remains of social democratic decency

This week's Scottish Social Atti...




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