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Blair accused of Sinn Fein deceit
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair engaged in a "deliberate deception by omission" by failing to tell the majority of politicians in Northern Ireland about the agreement his government struck with Sinn Fein to deal with on-the-run republicans, Stormont's First Minister has said.

MSP says eating disorder conference was 'rewarding'
THE MSP whose family tragedy led to one of the biggest ever conferences on eating disorders has spoken of it being extremely "draining but incredibly rewarding" and his wife said "it makes us so proud".

Labour at odds over full income tax powers for Holyrood
SCOTTISH Labour's policy commission is expected to draw back from recommending a full, immediate transfer of income tax powers to Holyrood, senior party sources have claimed.

Farage tells of languages on train trip
NIGEL FARAGE has said he felt "awkward" on a recent train journey in central London when he heard only foreign languages spoken by fellow passengers.

Unspun: The politics diary
Fergie hairdryered

Miliband urges party to back biggest reforms in 100 years
ED Miliband will today urge Labour to become a movement again by backing the biggest party reforms for almost 100 years to give ordinary workers a voice "louder than ever before".

Immigration flow surges to 212,000
A SURGE in immigration from Romania and Bulgaria and a drop in people leaving the UK has dealt another blow to Government hopes of slashing net migration to the tens of thousands.

The Queen joins Cameron for lunch at his country residence
THE Queen and Duke of Edinburgh joined Prime Minister David Cameron for lunch at his official country residence yesterday.

Row as Glasgow is latest council to quit Cosla
SCOTLAND'S largest local authority has formally signalled its intent to quit the body representing all 32 councils, claiming it will "stagger zombie-like" before winding up.

MSPs back bid to kill off criminal trial corroboration by three votes
KENNY MacAskill's flagship legislation to remove the centuries old requirement for corroboration in criminal trials has scraped through by three votes at a rowdy Holyrood.

Terror suspect letters 'worthless'
ALMOST 200 IRA terror suspects can be arrested and prosecuted for past offences in an attempt to avert a political crisis in Northern Ireland over the collapsed Hyde Park bombing case.

Cable leads political outrage at RBS's £576m bonuses pot
FURY has been unleashed after the Royal Bank of Scotland, part-owned by the taxpayer, announced £576 million in bonuses despite posting a loss of £8.2bn for 2013.

Calls for McAlpine to resign as aide
SNP MSP Joan McAlpine is facing calls to resign as an official aide to First Minister Alex Salmond after referring herself to Holyrood authorities over an expenses claim.

Neil 'owes apology over beds figures'
HEALTH Secretary Alex Neil has been told he owes a leading doctor an apology in a row over hospital beds.

Plans to double size of park land
A CONSULTATION on plans to double the size of Pentland Hills Regional Park is being launched by an MSP.


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Katie Morag author backs Scottish independence
2 Mar 2014 at 10:20am

The Scottish author of the popular Katie Morag children’s books has spoken positively about independence.



Scottish independence: Yes/No camps appeal to voters
2 Mar 2014 at 7:38am

LEADING figures on both sides of the independence debate have made a fresh plea to voters with 200 days to go until the historic poll.



Sir Sean Connery backing Scottish independence
2 Mar 2014 at 5:40am

VETERAN actor Sean Connery is urging Scots to vote in favour of independence, saying it is too good an opportunity to miss.



The Scotsman cartoon - Putin at the Oscars
1 Mar 2014 at 6:28pm

VLADIMIR Putin gives his Oscar speech in today’s cartoon, as events in Ukraine take on a new dimension.



Euromillions winners give Yes Scotland another £1m
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH Euromillions winners Colin and Christine Weir have handed another seven-figure donation to the Scottish independence campaign, it emerged last night.



Scottish Labour to back welfare devolution
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH Labour is poised to back the devolution of key welfare and tax powers to Holyrood in a historic move aimed at reclaiming Labour’s mantle as the party of home rule.



Carmichael attacks scrapping of corroboration rule
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael has warned that the controversial abolition of corroboration in criminal ­trials could lead to a sharp ­increase in miscarriages of ­justice and tarnish Scotland’s legal system.



Euan McColm: Don?t be browbeaten by SNP conspiracy
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

THE conspiracy grows wider still. Not only – according to the Scottish Government – have Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians cooked up a position on currency which puts defeating the SNP before the interests of the people, but businesses have joined their cabal.



Scottish independence: Sturgeon to attack devo-max
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

NICOLA Sturgeon is to launch a scathing attack on the plans of the main Unionist parties to extend devolution in the event of a No vote.



Claire Black: Northern Lights offer light relief
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

THE first time I heard the words aurora borealis, Ella Fitzgerald was singing them. They were in Johnny Burke and Erroll Garner’s song Midnight Sun and my dad was a fan.



Drumlanrig: Jim Murphy | Pete Wishart | STV debate
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

WHAT terrible scenes in the House of Commons last week, as Labour shadow cabinet minister Jim Murphy clashed with SNP MP Pete Wishart.



Dani Garavelli: Apology isn?t issue in Harman row
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

OH, how I longed to dismiss the stories about Harriet Harman, the National Council for Civil Liberties, and the Paedophile Information Exchange, as a smear campaign perpetrated by a newspaper whose hatred of women is matched only by its hatred of the so-called “loony left”.



Call for Scottish pupils to start school aged 4
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH children should start school at the age of four to ensure those from poorer backgrounds begin on an equal footing with their better-off peers, a new report states.



Ed Miliband hails Labour Party reform change
1 Mar 2014 at 9:24am

FAR-REACHING reforms that change Labour’s historic links with trade unions were backed by 86 per cent to 14 per cent at a special conference.



Scottish independence: Union support at 53% - poll
1 Mar 2014 at 6:14am

MORE than half of Scots want the country to remain part of the UK, while just over a third support independence, a new poll has suggested.




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The Eton Rifling
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Mar 2014 at 12:51pm
Heavens above. We thought that being reduced to sending out chain letters might have been some sort of rogue effort, but it seems “Better Together” really is as desperate for cash  as it’s appeared to be in recent months, with barely a week going by that we don’t get an email from Alistair Darling, chatting […]

The case as it is
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Mar 2014 at 10:23am
If you missed it live, here’s the audio recording of the debate held at the Volunteer Rooms in Irvine on Friday. (The event wasn’t video-recorded, despite Clan Destiny Films having a high-quality camera team there, because the Labour MP for Central Ayrshire, Brian Donohoe, refused to give his permission.) Click the image for the two-hour MP3 […]
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The meanings of life
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Mar 2014 at 5:12am
This week’s edition of the Sunday Herald is a “referendum special” marking 200 days of the campaign to go (although actually it doesn’t have an awful lot more referendum coverage than a normal issue). There are lots of things worth reading – as ever, we recommend spending a modest 69p for a digital copy via […]

Pay your money, take your choice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm
This morning’s Scotland on Sunday: Well, that seems clear. Then again, here’s yesterday’s Herald: Now we’re just confused.

A tale of two cities
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2014 at 4:00pm
Yes Scotland campaigning today in Edinburgh: And here’s “Better Together” doing the same thing in Glasgow: The good news is we might be able to fix up a hot date for the poor chap.

New currency options explored
by Chris Cairns
1 Mar 2014 at 12:00pm

As other selves see us
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2014 at 9:00am
Will Self in the New Statesman, 28 February 2014: “As someone who for the past two decades has visited Scotland at least three or four times a year, and spent a great deal of those visits in and around the former steel town of Motherwell, I cherish few illusions about the country. On the whole, […]

Let?s throw a surprise party
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2014 at 6:39am
Melanie Phillips of the Daily Mail on Wall Street Journal Live yesterday. “I would be very surprised if at the end of the day the Scots will vote for independence. It’s a fantasy, it’s a romantic fantasy, it’s fuelled by fantasy, by resentment, by all sorts of issues.” Shall we take five minutes out from […]

A quirk of fate
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2014 at 4:48am
The diagram below comes from an interesting feature in The Chemical Engineer Today, pointed out to us by an alert reader and which has a few flaws but is still well worth a browse if you have (quite a lot of) time. But the thing giving us a wee wry smile this morning is the […]

Ever onwards
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2014 at 4:19am
Running total (10am March 2nd, including “offsite” donations): £97,128.12 Last 24 hrs: £3,072.50. As the main posts about our 2014 fundraiser are now off the front page, we’re pinning the above link so that it’s always easy to find, check progress and of course donate. We’re now dizzyingly far beyond our original target, but the […]


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Drugs system 'unfit for purpose'
2 Mar 2014 at 12:01pm
Senior doctors involved in the treatment of cancer patients say many of them are not getting the drugs they need.


Campaigns mark referendum milestone
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm
Leading figures on both sides of the Scottish independence debate are marking the campaign entering its final 200 days.


More than 700 attacks on A&E staff
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm
Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats show there were 774 attacks on staff in Scottish A&E departments over a two-year period.


BA 'positive' about independence
28 Feb 2014 at 12:23pm
Scottish independence could be a "positive development" for British Airways, according to the boss of the company which owns the airline.


Labour told: 'Be bold on devolution'
28 Feb 2014 at 7:44am
Labour should "act boldly" and offer Scotland further devolved tax powers, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander says.


Glasgow City Council to leave Cosla
28 Feb 2014 at 12:38am
Scotland's largest council is set to leave the local government group Cosla, the sixth council to announce its intentions to do so.


Former Labour chairman backing Yes
1 Mar 2014 at 7:43am
Former chairman of Scottish Labour Bob Thomson says he will back a Yes vote in the independence referendum.


Hedges bill set to come into effect
28 Feb 2014 at 5:47am
A new bill which aims to resolve neighbourhood disputes over the height of tall hedges will come into effect on 1 April, it is announced.


Labour approves membership reforms
1 Mar 2014 at 1:13pm
Historic changes to the Labour Party's links with the unions are approved at a special conference of members by an overwhelming majority.


Salmond praises Bannockburn centre
28 Feb 2014 at 11:03am
Alex Salmond visits the new Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre and describes the site as the "birth place of modern Scotland".


Standard Life quit plan sparks row
27 Feb 2014 at 4:44pm
Standard Life's announcement that it may move operations outside Scotland in the event of independence sparks a political row.


Corroboration move endorsed by MSPs
27 Feb 2014 at 1:03pm
Controversial plans to get rid of the need for evidence in Scottish criminal trials to come from two sources are endorsed by MSPs.


MSP backs eating disorder campaign
28 Feb 2014 at 6:10am
Dennis Robertson, whose daughter died from anorexia, backs a campaign raising awareness of the struggles eating disorder sufferers face.


Funeral of Borders councillor held
28 Feb 2014 at 4:09am
The funeral is held in Hawick of the town's former provost, Zandra Elliot, who died at the weekend.


Young 'most likely' to feel Scots
27 Feb 2014 at 9:08am
Scottish government says details revealed by the 2001 Census show a welcoming, diverse and dynamic nation.


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Scottish Land, Environment, and the Written Constitution
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Mar 2014 at 3:06pm

By Mark McNaught
 
As part of our ongoing project to develop a written constitution worthy of ratification in an independent Scotland, I am beginning a series of articles to explain what is included in the present draft, and elicit comment and suggestions as to how it could be improved. 
 
In Scotland, the issue of land and the environment crucial not only to the quality of life to be enjoyed for this and future generations, but also to help forge a more egalitarian society.



Another Easterhouse is Possible
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Mar 2014 at 3:32am

  By Peter Geoghegan

"Anyone here who has never been canvassing?" Jonathan Shafi, co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign, projected his voice to be heard by the 50 or so hardy souls huddled together in a half-empty car park in Easterhouse on a dreich midweek evening.  A couple of novices, hands gingerly raised, were quickly paired up with more experienced stagers. "Once you've got a partner go over and get a sheet from Tony."



Dear Sir?.
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Mar 2014 at 3:32pm

By Derek Bateman
 
I've got a job at last! Blogging to end immediately?I'm hunting out my suit?Listen to this ? BBC Scotland wants a public affairs adviser, someone with intimate knowledge of Scottish politics, who understands broadcasting and can advise senior management at PQ. It's made for me?
 
They're advertising for a good communicator ? duh! ? who can sort through a mass of information quickly and produce a coherent synopsis and tell the managers what to do to improve their image.



Can Strachan lead Scotland out of the wilderness?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Mar 2014 at 4:59am

By Stefan Bienkowski
 
The hopes of the nation were once again renewed as Scotland's national team found out its fate ahead of Euro 2016, with the preliminary qualification groups decided by this week's draw.
 
Gordon Strachan's squad were given a testing collection of sides to overcome in their long and questionable task of qualification, with Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar making up Group D.



Is the UK 'the most successful political union in history'?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Feb 2014 at 5:22pm

By Hamish Scott
 
One of the signs of a changing constitutional politics in Scotland is a change of slogans and their claims. For many years, the description of the Union as a ?partnership of equals? was perhaps the most popular such slogan.
 
It was used by unionists and nationalists alike, and gained mantra-like status in the process.



Standard Procedure
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Feb 2014 at 3:30pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Standard Life ? Standard Procedure. What did you expect from a financial company ? altruism? Presented with any change they can't manage themselves, they panic. Oh yes, they do have to plan for eventualities, but they don't need to make public announcements coordinated with a political campaign.
 
Notice how early warnings were issued to selected media including the BBC's Robert Peston who worked hand-in-glove with Alistair Darling's Treasury during the financial meltdown to get daily exclusives.



BBC bias is already a referendum issue
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Feb 2014 at 11:24am

  By Kenneth Roy 
 
I
BBC News Online is the most popular news website in the UK. Its 40 million 'unique users' every week ? of whom 25 million are in Britain ? give it a position in the media market of enormous dominance and authority. That is why anything that happens on BBC News Online should be watched carefully.

And something is happening ? something rather odd. Since the appointment of Tony Hall as director-general, the BBC has embarked on a perverse mission to save a failing British institution ? the mainstream press.



Pensions: Britain's Ponzi Scheme
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Feb 2014 at 5:29pm

By Derek Bateman
 
What's going to happen to your pension, the Unionists like to ask. It's a very good question and they've managed to spin it relentlessly to frighten pensioners into thinking Scotland couldn't afford to pay its way.
 
Like so much else in this debate, the case is built on a myth. It pre-supposes that Britain's current arrangements are rock-solid and sustainable?carried aloft on David Cameron's broad shoulders.



The Flaw in Osborne's Pre-Emptive Strike
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Feb 2014 at 5:13pm

By David Scheffer
 
Recently, misleading presumptions about what international law requires and seeming indifference to the necessity of negotiations following a possible pro-independence vote in Scotland on September 18th have framed the referendum debate.  Politicians can always craft arguments around faulty presumptions and then make a dire outcome sound eminently plausible.  But the fate of Scotland cannot be so easily disposed of by the Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, the Chancellor the Exchequer.



Puerile bile and contemptuous invective
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Feb 2014 at 4:35pm

By Paul T Kavanagh

We're doing things all wrong you know.  After spending the past 18 months or so sneering contemptuously, ignoring all positive arguments for independence, and belittling Scotland's chances of making it as an independent state, the Observer/Guardian has decided that Scots are not having the debate we're supposed to be having.




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Future Focused
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 11:39am

What is the source of people's fear and lack of confidence? Some of it is inculcated by the No campaign, but some of it goes far deeper in our history and our psyche. At a recent publ...



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Former UEFA and SFA chief backs Yes | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 11:25am

The former general secretary of UEFA and chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, David Taylor has given his backing for a Yes vote in September.



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Union accused of 'stitch-up' over UK call for a No vote
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 11:20am

A MAJOR trade union has been accused of a referendum

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The case as it is
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 10:27am

If you missed it live, here's the audio recording of the debate held at the Volunteer Rooms in Irvine on Friday. (The event wasn't video-recorded, despite Clan Destiny Films having a high-quality c...

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Research shows why Scotland needs pensions powers | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 9:49am



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Euromillions winners give Yes Scotland another £1m
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 9:13am

SCOTTISH Euromillions winners Colin and Christine Weir have handed another seven-figure donation to the Scottish independence campaign, it emerged last night.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Tory MSP Alex Johnstone shows how British nationalists' generalised contempt for Scotland and its people can extend ...



The meanings of life
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 8:40am

This week's edition of the Sunday Herald is a "referendum special" marking 200 days of the campaign to go (although actually it doesn't have an awful lot more referendum coverage than a normal issu...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Hope and positivity versus threats and fear. The independence debate in a ...



Peter A Bell: The referendum is about us
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 8:38am

The following is a transcript of a speech I presented at Yes Dundee's Yes Cafe in Roseangle Art Gallery, Dundee on Saturday 1 March 2014.

I have been a supporter of independence all of my life. Or, as I prefer to put it, an advocate of restoring Scotland's rightful constitutional status.

I put it t...



Indyref minus 200: meeting the Blairs across the Yes/No divide
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 8:24am

THE "fence-sitting period" is well and truly over, declares Blair McDougall as both sides of the indyref campaign mark 200 days until the vote.
Peter A Bell's insight:

If there was any remaining doubt about Blair McDougall's deluded dishonesty it must surely have been dispelled by his denial that B...



Scottish Labour to back welfare devolution
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 7:21am

SCOTTISH Labour is poised to back the devolution of key welfare and tax powers to Holyrood in a historic move aimed at reclaiming Labour’s mantle as the party of home rule.
Peter A Bell's insight:

"Scottish" Labour - more correctly British Labour in Scotland - can talk about devolving tax and welfa...



A tale of two cities
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 6:15am

Yes Scotland campaigning today in Edinburgh: And here's "Better Together" doing the same thing in Glasgow: The good news is we might be able to fix up a hot date for the poor chap.

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English mortgages will rise with no currency union - GMK on Newsnight Scotlan...
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 6:10am

Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp explains how scare stories on companies leaving Scotland - if we decide to build a better nation - date back to the devolution referend...

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Yes camp fightback takes off thanks to airlines
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 5:39am

The accelerating campaign for independence has received a timely boost after two of the UK airline ­industry's most senior figures expressed support for Alex Salmond's policy on the so-called air travel tax.

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Poll of polls shows monthly move towards Yes vote | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 5:34am

A new poll of polls published today shows a steady monthly move towards a Yes vote. With February’s final referendum poll published yesterday, final analysis for February – and a month by month comparison over the last four months since the publication of Scotland’s Future - shows a steady and su...



Can we really persuade Labour supporters to back radical independence? Oh yes...
by Peter A Bell
2 Mar 2014 at 5:31am

It's a Wednesday evening in Easterhouse and the first of a series of mass canvases organised by the Radical Independence Campaign.

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"Scotland has the chance to make a step change," says Sean Connery, ahead of ...
by dailyrecord
2 Mar 2014 at 8:44am
YES vote is too good an opportunity to miss for the Scots, says the James Bond star in New Statesman article to be published this week.


UK pulls out of meeting on G8 summit in Russia as tensions rise over military...
by dailyrecord
2 Mar 2014 at 8:27am
FOREIGN Secretary William Hague urges Vladimir Putin to speak directly with Ukraine's new leaders as he flies to Kiev for crisis talks.


Scottish independence is now becoming a palpable threat to the English elite,...
by dailyrecord
2 Mar 2014 at 7:00am
AS Alex Salmond gets set to address Westminster with his case for independence, Jason Cowley reflects on how the threat of a split is starting to cause panic amongst our English peers.


Ex-Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy: Westminster must give more powers to Holyro...
by Mark Aitken
2 Mar 2014 at 3:39am
WITH 200 days until the referendum, the Labour MP says Scotland should be given more devolution even if the nation votes to remain part of the UK.


Sunday Mail Opinion: We must stop all the childish bickering and have a grown...
by dailyrecord
2 Mar 2014 at 2:34am
AFTER the embarrassing barney between Nicola Sturgeon and Johann Lamont on STV, it's time for us to step back, listen and have a civilised argument on the future of our country.


Independence referendum: More than half of Scots want the country to remain p...
by dailyrecord
1 Mar 2014 at 7:03am
THE latest study by polling firm YouGov found 53% of those surveyed wanted Scotland to continue as part of the UK.


Disabled man starved to death after benefits cut when Atos declared him fit f...
by Vicky Smith
28 Feb 2014 at 2:08pm
Mark Wood who was declared fit to work weighed just five stone when police found his body


Scottish independence: British Airways boss reckons Yes vote in referendum co...
by dailyrecord
28 Feb 2014 at 7:20am
WILLIE Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group, said the Scottish Government's policy on air passenger duty meant that a Yes vote on independence would be "marginally positive" for the industry.


Record View: Scottish Labour must back more home rule
by Record View
28 Feb 2014 at 3:26am
RECORD VIEW says Scottish Labour delivered devolution, now they are tasked with delivering the home rule with more powers to the Scots not convinced by independence.


Iain Duncan Smith accused of 'fiddling figures' to make it looks as if Con-De...
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Feb 2014 at 3:10am
THE Work and Pensions Secretary's attempt to change the way in which child poverty is measured was delayed after a disagreement with the Treasury.


Kenny MacAskill sparks fury as he claims opposition to his plan to scrap corr...
by David Clegg
28 Feb 2014 at 2:39am
THE Justice Secretary launched his attack after Labour, Tories, Lib Dems and Greens brought the SNP government within a whisker of their first defeat since winning parliamentary majority in 2011.


Johann Lamont warns independence could cost Scotland more jobs than Margaret ...
by David Clegg
28 Feb 2014 at 2:22am
THE Scottish Labour leader said Alex Salmond must admit that a Yes vote in September's referendum could create a "disaster for Scottish jobs.".


Douglas Alexander: SNP offer of independence sells the Scottish people short ...
by dailyrecord
28 Feb 2014 at 2:08am
DOUGLAS ALEXANDER writes exclusively for the Daily Record and says it's time to offer Scots the best of both worlds - with more decisions being made in Scotland but backed up by the strength and security of the UK.


Joan Burnie: Believe it or not, some have no choice but to starve, George Osb...
by Joan Burnie
27 Feb 2014 at 6:01pm
AS the Chancellor reportedly starts the 5:2 diet, JOAN says an increasing number of people in the UK will be forced into doing the same because they can't afford meals for a full week.


Patrick Harvie: Pride House at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games means warm wel...
by Patrick Harvie
27 Feb 2014 at 11:36am
PATRICK HARVIE says the introduction of a Pride house for the Commonwealth Games shows that Scotland is a welcoming place for the LGBT community.


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Scots money floods Bath!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Mar 2014 at 1:18pm
Scots money floods Bath!


Money floods South from Scotlandshire as indy referendum looms
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We tried to contact Jim Murphy MP, but only reached an answering machine which told us to ?F*ck off!?, over and over again.

Dignity prevails at FMQs
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Mar 2014 at 3:16pm
Dignity prevails at FMQs


Stairheid gets away wi' murrdurr at FMQ's
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LaMont trounces the big fat liar!

We are keen to see who Keen appoints as the first Tory FM of Scotlandshire. L...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Feb 2014 at 4:28pm
We are keen to see who Keen appoints as the first Tory FM of Scotlandshire. LaMont is the hot tip.



Tories will rule Scotlandshire after No vote
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Tannadice has never been the same since Jim McLean sadly left us.

We suspect that today's announcement that a Scotlandshire without oil would s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Feb 2014 at 4:14pm
We suspect that today's announcement that a Scotlandshire without oil would still get a AAA rating from S&P might have influenced things.


Radio broadcast 'from the future' predicts massive win for Yes
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Before listening to the broadcast, please ensure that your player is se...

Leader of the Nu-Socialists in Scotlandshire Johann Lamont astonished the wor...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Feb 2014 at 3:39pm
Leader of the Nu-Socialists in Scotlandshire Johann Lamont astonished the world last night with evidence that the region can?t rule itself even if it wanted to.


Scots not genetically programmed to make political decisions, reveals astonished Lamont
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Among English Tories, t...

Johann is in her bunker awaiting the arrival of her script.
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Feb 2014 at 2:04pm
Johann is in her bunker awaiting the arrival of her script.


Johann's script is late - What is she to do?
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Independent Scots will lose everything with the term 'British' in its name, i...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 4:10pm
Independent Scots will lose everything with the term 'British' in its name, including their British DNA, claims an influential Westminster government spokesman.


Blow for Salmond as top Tory warns Indy Scots ?would lose their DNA?
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Conservative Cumbrae councillor Tom Marsha...

Which of these two are you?
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 1:02pm
Which of these two are you?



Mr Cameron and the rest of the UK Government cabinet are on their way to Aber...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 1:19am
Mr Cameron and the rest of the UK Government cabinet are on their way to Aberdeen.


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BBC Scotlandshire has given Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent, a ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 12:25am
BBC Scotlandshire has given Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent, a wad of English notes and told him to get up to Aberdeen quick smart to report on the big stooshie that's going to explode today.

He's currently on a bus heading north.

Follow @ScotshireLive for breaking updates from Na...

Eurovision - the decisive factor in the splittist debate. The PCS Union casts...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Feb 2014 at 1:50pm
Eurovision - the decisive factor in the splittist debate. The PCS Union casts its vote. Who gets 'Nil Points'?



PCS Union vote to stay neutral in Eurovision debate
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
It would be damaging, impossible to operate, and just how the fUK would you share out the 'Nil Points'?

Follow @ScotshireLive for breaking updates from our Chief Political Correspon...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Feb 2014 at 8:40am
Follow @ScotshireLive for breaking updates from our Chief Political Correspondent Nat Hunter.

BBC Scotlandshire executives exercise their Leveson 'right to reply' to James...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Feb 2014 at 5:09am
BBC Scotlandshire executives exercise their Leveson 'right to reply' to James Kelly MSP and the Daily Record.


BBC Scotlandshire accused...
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johnny Bossyman, BBC Scotlandshire's Head of News and Bias said, "You call that hitting out? Just wait until you read the rest of thi...

Which side is James Kelly MSP on when he attacks the real true state broadcas...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Feb 2014 at 9:01am
Which side is James Kelly MSP on when he attacks the real true state broadcaster of Scotlandshire in such a way?

It is almost as if he is one of those Labour MSPs who are rumoured to be closet YES supporters and will be putting their cross against the splittist choice in Dictator Eck's wee pret...

Following the announcement that Scots won't be allowed to use the English Pou...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Feb 2014 at 2:17pm
Following the announcement that Scots won't be allowed to use the English Pound, the Torygraph comes up with some helpful ideas.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/engerland/671-5-alternative-a-increasingly-insulting-currencies-for-an-independent-scotland.html


5 alternative & increasingl...


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it's time to get above ourselves

Future Focused
by bellacaledonia
2 Mar 2014 at 11:29am
By Mike Small What is the source of people’s fear and lack of confidence? Some of it is inculcated by the No campaign, but some of it goes far deeper in our history and our psyche. At a recent public... Read More ›


Certainty and Falsehood
by bellacaledonia
1 Mar 2014 at 11:52am
John S Warren on Douglas Alexander?s asymptotic offer of further Scottish Devolution  Douglas Alexander claims in his speech (28th February) that Scotland already has the ?best of both worlds?; a phrase that in political history deserves the same derision as... Read More ›

Keeping Up with Developments in Writing
by bellacaledonia
1 Mar 2014 at 5:02am
What are you reading on your tablet? By Graeme Purves In recent years I have enjoyed the events I have attended at Glasgow?s Aye Write! Festival and I look forward to my annual jaunt to the Mitchell Library in the... Read More ›


Kissinger?s ?First Virgin? and the Excluded Middle
by bellacaledonia
1 Mar 2014 at 4:23am
By Gavin Falconer Alan Trench, writing on his “Devolution Matters” blog, this week put a name to the UK Government’s newly robust referendum strategy: the “excluded middle”.[1] In a nutshell, that strategy might be summed up as one of undermining,... Read More ›


Our First Indy Anthem
by bellacaledonia
1 Mar 2014 at 3:33am
Paulo’s Nutini’s new album ?Caustic Love?, is out next month. The latest track to be released is ?Iron Sky’. It features an extract of the political speech given by Charlie Chaplin at the end of The Great Dictator. The powerful... Read More ›

From The Province of the Cat ? The Agony of North Sea Oil
by bellacaledonia
28 Feb 2014 at 8:47am
by George Gunn On Monday 24th February 2014 it was a tale of two cabinets and one city. This was the day we saw two different political cultures at work. After a brief sprint around BP?s ETAP platform roughly 100... Read More ›

Reporting on Douglas and his Fantasy Britain
by bellacaledonia
28 Feb 2014 at 5:24am
By Mike Small Douglas Alexander’s speech today is a travesty of superficiality and bland meaningless utterances about more powers for the Scottish Parliament. It’s not so much light as non-existent. There is, literally no content, no actual detail at all.... Read More ›

Honey I Shrunk the Country!
by bellacaledonia
27 Feb 2014 at 1:03pm
By Dr Robert Sproul-Cran Here’s a teaser. Imagine a helicopter takes off from the most northerly point in the UK and flies in a straight line to the most southerly point. Exactly half way through this flight it stops to... Read More ›

Is the UK ?the most successful political union in history??
by bellacaledonia
27 Feb 2014 at 9:22am
By Hamish Scott One of the signs of a changing constitutional politics in Scotland is a change of slogans and their claims. For many years, the description of the Union as a ?partnership of equals? was perhaps the most popular... Read More ›


Should Scotland be an independent country?
by bellacaledonia
26 Feb 2014 at 10:43am
By Karen Campbell I?m a writer. So why haven?t I been writing about the referendum? I believe passionately in an independent Scotland, I follow blogs and Twitter accounts, read widely and voraciously sook up every piece of informative debate I... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: BA boss Willie Walsh 'positive' about impact - BBC News
2 Mar 2014 at 4:37am

BBC News

Scottish independence: BA boss Willie Walsh 'positive' about impact
BBC News
Scottish independence could be a "positive development" for British Airways, according to the boss of the company which owns the airline. Willie Walsh said the Scottish government recognised the "huge impact" air p...


Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone - BBC News
2 Mar 2014 at 3:41am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone
BBC News
On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked the straight Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said only a Yes vote would secure the powers Scotland needs. Ba...


Scottish independence is opportunity 'not to be missed' says Sean Connery - T...
2 Mar 2014 at 4:34am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence is opportunity 'not to be missed' says Sean Connery
Telegraph.co.uk
The 83 year old said voting for independence could create a number of opportunities for Scotland, including bolstering the creative industries and leading to more jobs. Sir Sean, who does not li...


Scottish independence: Standard Life draws up 'Yes' contingency plan - BBC News
27 Feb 2014 at 10:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Standard Life draws up 'Yes' contingency plan
BBC News
Standard Life's announcement that it may move operations outside Scotland in the event of independence has sparked a political row. The company said it was putting the contingency plan in place because of uncertai...


BBC Cymru Wales poll: Few in Wales back Scottish independence - BBC News
1 Mar 2014 at 2:48am

BBC News

BBC Cymru Wales poll: Few in Wales back Scottish independence
BBC News
Fewer than one in five Welsh voters say they would like to see an independent Scotland, a BBC Cymru Wales poll reveals. The survey found only 5% of people want to see an independent Wales, but that figure rose to 7% in t...


Scottish independence 'would break up Olympic teams' - Telegraph.co.uk
2 Mar 2014 at 1:31am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence 'would break up Olympic teams'
Telegraph.co.uk
Although polls have so far failed to show majority support for independence, Mr Carmichael said it was important to ?guard against complacency?. A survey published yesterday suggested that more than half of Scots wa...


Scottish independence: MSPs question business leaders - BBC News
26 Feb 2014 at 12:34pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs question business leaders
BBC News
The Scottish Parliament's economy committee has questioned Scottish business leaders ahead of September's independence referendum. MSPs questioned those on both sides of the debate on the implications for investment, currency an...


Scottish independence: Proclaimers anger at Lamont - Scotsman
28 Feb 2014 at 6:32am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Proclaimers anger at Lamont
Scotsman
The MSP adapted the band's Letter From America hit while referring to Standard Life's threat to quit Scotland over the independence referendum, saying: ?If there is a Yes vote, is it not the case that we will need to rewrite the so...


Scottish independence:S&P reveals creditworthiness - Scotsman
27 Feb 2014 at 1:57pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence:S&P reveals creditworthiness
Scotsman
S&P makes clear in its report that it is not passing judgement on the actual rating of an independent Scotland, and it takes no view on the merits or otherwise of independence. ?In brief, we would expect Scotland to benefit from al...


Scottish independence: Pensions and the referendum debate - BBC News
27 Feb 2014 at 3:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Pensions and the referendum debate
BBC News
And it certainly matters in Scotland - the issue of pensions has consistently registered as one of the key issues in the independence debate. A recent BBC poll found that pensions came second in a list of the 10 things that ...



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SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence is now becoming a palpable threat to the English elite ...
2 Mar 2014 at 7:05am

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish independence is now becoming a palpable threat to the English elite ...
Scottish Daily Record
He got his answer when Labour were deservedly routed and the SNP won a landslide victory. For far too long, the Westminster establishment has been complacent about Scotland an...


Cost of Scottish Tory peers 'beggars belief' - SNP (press release)
2 Mar 2014 at 6:40am

Cost of Scottish Tory peers 'beggars belief'
SNP (press release)
?The SNP's long-standing position is that we believe those making laws should be elected by the people. For this reason, we do not nominate members to the House of Lords. ?If the rest of the UK wants to keep funding the unelected Hous...


Indyref minus 200: meeting the Blairs across the Yes/No divide - Herald Scotland
2 Mar 2014 at 2:33am

Herald Scotland

Indyref minus 200: meeting the Blairs across the Yes/No divide
Herald Scotland
It's something the polls say voters want, but after setting up three commissions to chew over the issue, the parties have failed to agree a plan, allowing the SNP to claim a No vote would halt devolution. ...


SNP Councillor resigns from party - The Edinburgh Reporter
1 Mar 2014 at 6:21am

The Edinburgh Reporter

SNP Councillor resigns from party
The Edinburgh Reporter
Unfortunately, this also means that I'm no longer an SNP member for the first time in my adult life. But things move on and tomorrow is a new day. Reluctantly, I'm an independent Edinburgh councillor now.? The council we...


Forget the dam busters … iScotland would be oil rich and creditworthy ... - H...
1 Mar 2014 at 9:09pm

Forget the dam busters … iScotland would be oil rich and creditworthy ...
Herald Scotland
I know this makes me sound like an SNP press release, but I am not a member of the SNP and never have been. However, I simply can't help seeing last week's events in a rather different light than most of...


Poll: Majority against independence - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
1 Mar 2014 at 6:24pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Poll: Majority against independence
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
The SNP said that when undecided voters were excluded, support for Yes was 40%, with the party adding it was the first time YouGov had recorded backing for independence at this level since the start...


Euromillions winners give Yes Scotland another £1m - Scotsman
1 Mar 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotsman

Euromillions winners give Yes Scotland another £1m
Scotsman
Scotland on Sunday previously revealed that the SNP has refused to hand over the £1m from the Weirs along with a £918,000 bequest from the late Makar Edwin Morgan that was also intended for the cross-party campaign. Last night the ...


Euan McColm: Don't be browbeaten by SNP conspiracy - Scotsman
1 Mar 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotsman

Euan McColm: Don't be browbeaten by SNP conspiracy
Scotsman
THE conspiracy grows wider still. Not only ? according to the Scottish Government ? have Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians cooked up a position on currency which puts defeating the SNP before the interests of th...


Andrew Wilson: Actions speak louder than words - Scotsman
1 Mar 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotsman

Andrew Wilson: Actions speak louder than words
Scotsman
This should all be welcomed and, in accepting that welcome, Labour would be graceful and classy if they recognised that they would not be here were it not for the seismic SNP victory in 2011 and all that followed. What remains to be se...


Councillor resigns from SNP - Southside & Newington Newsblog (blog)
1 Mar 2014 at 1:50pm

Councillor resigns from SNP
Southside & Newington Newsblog (blog)
Yesterday a Southside & Newington Councillor resigned from the SNP. He intends to continue as an independent. The departure of Jim Orr from the Scottish National Party means the ward is now represented by myself (Conservative), a Lab...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Sean Connery urges Scotland to break away from Britain in independence ... - ...
2 Mar 2014 at 1:01pm

Daily Mail

Sean Connery urges Scotland to break away from Britain in independence ...
Daily Mail
Film star Sean Connery is urging fellow Scots to vote for independence when a referendum is held in September. The longtime independence advocate says in The Sun on Sunday newspaper that the opportunity ...


Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone - BBC News
2 Mar 2014 at 3:41am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone
BBC News
On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked the straight Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said only a Yes vote would secure the powers Scotland needs. Ba...


Scottish independence: BA boss Willie Walsh 'positive' about impact - BBC News
2 Mar 2014 at 4:37am

BBC News

Scottish independence: BA boss Willie Walsh 'positive' about impact
BBC News
Willie Walsh said the Scottish government recognised the "huge impact" air passenger duty had on the economy. The Scottish government has pledged to reduce, then possibly abolish, the duty after a "Yes" vote in the...


Scotland independence referendum: Vote 'Yes' and lose the BBC, says Maria ......
26 Feb 2014 at 6:36am

The Independent

Scotland independence referendum: Vote 'Yes' and lose the BBC, says Maria ...
The Independent
Scotland independence referendum: Vote 'Yes' and lose the BBC, says Maria Miller. Robert Dex. Wednesday 26 February 2014. Print. Your friend's email address. Your email address. Note: We do ...


Scottish independence: Pensions and the referendum debate - BBC News
27 Feb 2014 at 3:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Pensions and the referendum debate
BBC News
How to fund an increasingly ageing population is a 21st Century problem that weighs heavily on the minds of governments across the world. And it certainly matters in Scotland - the issue of pensions has consistently register...


Battle for key votes in Scotland ahead of referendum - BBC News
1 Mar 2014 at 8:37am

BBC News

Battle for key votes in Scotland ahead of referendum
BBC News
There are 200 days to go until Scotland's independence referendum and the Yes and No campaigns are locked in a fierce battle to win crucial votes. But the opposing camps are using very different tactics as they try to reach out t...


Scottish Independence: Standard Life May Quit Scotland After Referendum - Int...
27 Feb 2014 at 7:52am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence: Standard Life May Quit Scotland After Referendum
International Business Times UK
Insurance firm Standard Life may quit its Scottish home if the nation breaks from the United Kingdom in its referendum on independence in September 2014. There is u...


Scottish independence: Standard Life draws up 'Yes' contingency plan - BBC News
27 Feb 2014 at 10:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Standard Life draws up 'Yes' contingency plan
BBC News
In the event of a referendum "Yes" vote, the Scottish government wants to keep the pound as part of a formal currency union with the rest of the UK - but the three main Westminster parties - the Conservatives, Lab...


Scotland referendum: Yes vote would not guarantee all of Alex Salmond's ... -...
14 Feb 2014 at 1:00am

The Independent

Scotland referendum: Yes vote would not guarantee all of Alex Salmond's ...
The Independent
Mr Salmond, Scotland's First Minister, reacted furiously on Thursday night. He said: "This is an astonishing and irresponsible intervention by a senior Coalition source. The Westminster establ...


Scottish referendum and the debate about money explained - BBC News
22 Feb 2014 at 3:51am

Irish Independent

Scottish referendum and the debate about money explained
BBC News
But Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, says he would want to keep the pound if that happens as he thinks it would be bad for both countries if it was to change. Well, this might seem confusing as Scotland alrea...



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Anything Goes

Parliamentary Evidence
2 Mar 2014 at 1:35pm

Instead of these intensely irritating debate programmes which scratch the surface and in the main...



Ukraine
2 Mar 2014 at 11:32am

Didn't notice a topic on it

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/02/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBRE...



Brian Donahoe Prevents A Yes/no Debate Being Broadcast
2 Mar 2014 at 11:12am



Big Sean Enters The Debate...
2 Mar 2014 at 8:03am

http://news.stv.tv/scotland/265886-sir-sean-connery-independence-too-good-an-opportunity-to-miss/...



Good Article
2 Mar 2014 at 5:58am

from Ian Macwhirter, in todays herald

 

"IT wasn't so much the dam busters as the blitz.

 

A co...



Ex-Uefa & Sfa Chief Backs Independence
2 Mar 2014 at 4:51am

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/scotland/article1382325.ece



Alternative To The Bbc?
2 Mar 2014 at 2:56am
Getting a bit disillusioned with the bbc for ther news coverage, get a feeling we are not getting...

Melanie Phillips, Uncovered
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm



The Exploited - Wattie Buchan
1 Mar 2014 at 3:58pm

Sad to see he suffered a heart attack recently on tour in Portugal. Best of luck to the guy. Band...



New £9 Million Pound Bannockburn Centre Opens.
1 Mar 2014 at 11:29am

http://battleofbannockburn.com

 

Looking forwarding to checking this out at some point over the n...




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

We?re off to Tillicoultry
by Aidan
14 Feb 2014 at 2:00am
Thursday didn’t start well for me: after waking up late and rushing out the flat I had huge probl...

What?s the weather like in Montenegro?
by James
12 Feb 2014 at 9:49am
The latest round of “positive campaigning” from the Westminster parties centres again on the curr...

Industry baron in ?against independence? shock
by James
4 Feb 2014 at 8:46am
The No campaign are most excited that an American corporate boss has come out against independenc...

The London model is more like us than we?d maybe wish to think.
by Dom
2 Feb 2014 at 4:24pm
Sitting in the foyer of the Citibank building in Canary Wharf, where the trains have no drivers 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....


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

YouGov poll shows support for independence rising to its highest level of the...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 8:42pm
Apologies for being a bit later than usual with this poll - I've been having the week from hell. ...

Sagacity on Saturday : What Blairites mean when they talk about 'decentralisa...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 5:00am
"In the Soviet Union, whatever the Constitution said, in practice the constituent republics were ...

Am I genetically programmed to review last night's Sturgeon v Lamont debate? ...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2014 at 3:15am

Derek Bateman's verdict was : "If there's been a worse 'debate' anywhere, I missed it."  To which...



So should Cameron debate with Salmond, or should he just butt out of the refe...
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:45am
I can't tell you how honoured I was to start my Tuesday morning by having a brief exchange of vie...


Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes - now in graphical form!
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:10am
Huge thanks to Sandy Brownlee for providing this graph, which offers a visual accompaniment to th...

Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2014 at 12:44pm
As the evidence mounts that journalists in the mainstream media (including the BBC, the Scotsman ...

Norman Smith : I would say he's lost the plot, but did he ever have it?
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2014 at 2:37am
The BBC's Norman Smith, he of the cringe-inducing "Sassenachs" monologue, continues in his fearle...

YouGov subsample spectacular
by James Kelly
23 Feb 2014 at 5:48am
Just as a bit of fun, I thought it might be worth mentioning the results of the 206-strong Scotti...

New Panelbase poll shows the pro-independence campaign closing the gap
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2014 at 5:37pm
We know that there will be at least two referendum polls tonight, and the headline figures from t...

Cunning Scolympians narrowly avoid 'God Save the Queen' moment
by James Kelly
21 Feb 2014 at 10:44am
It's the age-old curse of the Scolympian - obviously you want to do well, but terrifying dangers ...

More from Survation and TNS-BMRB
by James Kelly
20 Feb 2014 at 10:00am
I've been having a look through the newly-released Survation and TNS-BMRB datasets, and here are ...

Pro-independence campaign make huge breakthrough in new Survation poll
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2014 at 6:20pm
As far as I can gather, there may be as many as three new referendum polls out tonight, although ...

It's Silver for the Scolympians! (At least.)
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2014 at 1:17pm

Well, it's probably high time that I lived up to my billing as a curling obsessive by writing som...



Wisdom on Wednesday : Remember what sparked the devo passion?
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2014 at 1:41am
"We should never forget that many in our party supported the introduction of a Scottish Assembly ...

YouGov use 100% neutral wording in a referendum poll for the first time ever ...
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2014 at 9:14am
I know many of you like to be kept abreast of the latest intelligence on what the pollsters are u...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Perspective: Standard Life?s announcement is further pressure on the UK Gover...
by Peter Dempsie
2 Mar 2014 at 9:44am
Since all businesses dislike uncertainty, the purpose of the No campaign is to stimulate fear and...

Former UEFA and SFA chief backs Yes
by Sean Lafferty
2 Mar 2014 at 9:09am
The former general secretary of UEFA and chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, Da...

We've heard it all before
by Peter Dempsie
28 Feb 2014 at 6:34pm
It has long been apparent that the No campaign is characterised by unashamed, relentless negativi...

Daily Digest: Scotland worthy of top credit rating and British Airways CEO - ...
by Stuart McDonald
28 Feb 2014 at 6:50am

British Airways Chief Executive Willie Walsh ? Independence ?positive?

British Airways boss Willie...



British Airways Boss sees benefits of Yes vote in #indyref
by Stephen Noon
28 Feb 2014 at 5:55am
Another business leader has highlighted the advantages of a Yes to independence. Speaking earlier...

Another Labour stalwart declares support for Yes
by Sean Lafferty
28 Feb 2014 at 5:18am
As the referendum campaign reaches the 200-days-to-go milestone this weekend, a senior Labour Par...

The economic strengths of an independent Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
27 Feb 2014 at 11:17am

A report by leading ratings agency Standard & Poor?s has highlighted the economic strengths of an...



Taking charge by voting Yes in #indyref
by Peter Dempsie
27 Feb 2014 at 10:59am
Craig and Charlie Reid enjoy huge success across the globe but they both believe that only a Yes ...

The big flaw in the No campaign's #indyref argument
by Peter Dempsie
27 Feb 2014 at 10:25am

Westminster choices aren?t the right ones for Scotland.  With the full powers of Yes, Scotland ca...



Yes for a better standard of life
by Cailean Gallagher
27 Feb 2014 at 5:54am
At the end of the day a rising income is the basis for a better living standard, and pay should b...

A Yes means a stronger Scottish economy and more jobs
by Peter Dempsie
27 Feb 2014 at 5:51am
With full access to the economic policy tools that all independent countries have at their dispos...

Daily Digest: Scotland a good place from which to run business
by Stephen Noon
27 Feb 2014 at 5:45am
Scotland is one of the wealthiest and most advanced economies on earth. Standard Life will have ...

Scotland is a wealthy nation and will be a great place to do business
by Stephen Noon
27 Feb 2014 at 3:08am
Standard Life wants to see agreements on currency, regulation and taxation, which is exactly what...

Business figures ramp up the pressure on No
by Stuart McDonald
26 Feb 2014 at 10:31am
Clyde Blowers chairman Jim McColl explains to the Scottish Parliament how the No campaign?s failu...

Daily Digest: A fairer Scotland and a fairer nation
by Stuart McDonald
26 Feb 2014 at 7:01am
Following from a series of Citizen Assembly style meetings, the Church of Scotland has published ...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Abolishing Corroboration in Scots Law
2 Mar 2014 at 8:39am

So as so many nationalists are on here, I'd like to know how you can continue to support a party ...



Bob Thomson for Yes
1 Mar 2014 at 7:20am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26398318

Another Scottish Labour personalit...

Better Together begging chain letter
28 Feb 2014 at 7:16am
They really are rather desperate in their search for funds:

http://wingsoverscotland.com/feeling-t...

Willie Walsh
28 Feb 2014 at 6:56am
Cut off by the bbc because he came out in favour of Independence suggesting an abolishment of air...

Clocks Change
27 Feb 2014 at 2:01am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15490249

 

Westminster considering moving the UK's clocks f...



Standard life could leave Scotland
27 Feb 2014 at 1:13am
David Nish (CEO) States that they may have to leave Scotland should a Yes vote occur.

States thi...

No BBC for independent Scotland
26 Feb 2014 at 6:52am

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/feb/26/maria-miller-independent-scotland-lose-bbc

 

 

Cult...



Campaign .jpgs etc
26 Feb 2014 at 5:49am

I thought it might be a good idea to have all the images (especially the funny ones) in one threa...



Fiscal commission
25 Feb 2014 at 5:35pm
Bernard Ponsonby on the debate tonight seemed to hint, that as the fiscal commission is independe...

An example of scaremongering...
25 Feb 2014 at 7:12am
At first glance, this Reuters article;

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/24/uk-scotland-indepe...

Help with registering to vote
25 Feb 2014 at 6:13am

My parents put me on the electoral register as soon as I was old enough.


However with the way thi...



Nicola Sturgeon v Johann Lamont Match thread
24 Feb 2014 at 5:04pm
1 hour referendum debate. STV 25th February

Can Sturgeon make it a hat trick or will Lamont have...

Funny lies people have told on facebook
24 Feb 2014 at 2:18pm

A female I have on facebook posted a status about 20 minutes ago with the simple question: "Scott...



They love Scotland!
24 Feb 2014 at 5:51am
http://wingsoverscotland.com/a-developing-theme/#more-50705


We wear Kilts. We're haggises. We'r...

Is remaining in the EU even a sensible policy
20 Feb 2014 at 4:45pm

Interesting conversation with a friend who has lived here for a year, but is actually Danish.

 

 ...




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


Independence may bring more Scottish content ? but can they afford the BBC?
by Steve Hewlett
2 Mar 2014 at 12:38pm

The sums don't seem to add up as licence fee payers in Scotland get back more than they put in

As the gloves have come off in the Scottish independence referendum debate, bankers, business leaders a...




Blunt instruments are not the way to persuade educated Scots to vote No
1 Mar 2014 at 6:06pm

A country's independence is a matter of national identity, not esoteric economic argument

Every proud country has its trove of foundation myths, and Scotland is among the richest in national stories...




Scottish independence: 60% of English and Welsh want Scots to stay in UK
by Toby Helm
1 Mar 2014 at 2:16pm

Opinium/Observer findings show English and Welsh people back a no vote in runup to September referendum

More than six out of 10 voters in England and Wales want Scotland to stay in the United Kingdo...




Glasgow's homeless hostel scandal trumps the Scottish independence debate | K...
by Kevin McKenna
1 Mar 2014 at 2:15pm

The appalling conditions in the Bellgrove hotel are a horrifying reminder of how we treat our poorest and most defeated citizens

The most important news story of the year so far has not been George ...




Scottish émigrés are well-placed to see the true value of friendly union | Ia...
by Ian Jack
28 Feb 2014 at 11:59am

The many Scots who've lived in England have a personal perspective on the historical benefits of close interaction

I remember a pronunciation game. Some boys asking me to say a couple of words, "fou...




BA boss: air passengers will go to Scotland to avoid paying duty
by Rupert Neate, Severin Carrell
28 Feb 2014 at 7:22am

Willie Walsh says he expects people to drive across the border to Scottish airports if country becomes independent

The boss of British Airways has said he expects hundreds of thousands of people to ...




If Scots take independence we'll miss Jerusalem, but not Noel Edmonds | Shela...
by Shelagh McKinlay
28 Feb 2014 at 7:03am

We're being scolded like naughty schoolkids for having this vote, but there's far more at stake than just currency and the Beeb

Scots have been misbehaving again, caught red-handed behind the bike s...




Douglas Alexander calls for greater tax-raising powers for Scotland
by Severin Carrell
27 Feb 2014 at 6:51pm

Shadow foreign secretary says Scottish Labour party must take fight to SNP by offering more radical form of devolution

Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, has called for Scotland to be ...




Standard Life warns it may quit an independent Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Jennifer Rankin
27 Feb 2014 at 5:53pm

Finance group to set up English subsidiary firms in case it relocates, while RBS says UK split could damage its credit rating

Standard Life, the Edinburgh-based financial services group, became the ...




Setting up Standard Life subsidiaries outside Scotland is sensible idea
by Nils Pratley
27 Feb 2014 at 5:08pm

Company is serious about shifting operations southwards as that is where it perceives its interests and customers' interests lie

Prod most chief executives of big Scottish companies on the subject o...




Independent Scottish economy viable but could be slow at first, says S&P
by Phillip Inman
27 Feb 2014 at 8:21am

Credit agency says Scottish economy capable of gaining recognition even if it fails to retain the pound

An independent Scotland would be a wealthy and financially viable country like New Zealand, bu...




Alex Salmond says Standard Life would prosper in independent Scotland
by Severin Carrell
27 Feb 2014 at 7:36am

First minister plays down revelation that company has contingency plans to leave Scotland in event of a yes vote

Alex Salmond has played down suggestions from Standard Life that it could leave an in...




Scottish independence: the economics
by Jennifer Rankin
27 Feb 2014 at 6:08am

Standard Life's intervention follows comments by BP, RBS, Sainsbury's, Stagecoach, George Osborne and Mark Carney

With just under seven months to go until the Scottish referendum, the economics of i...




Scottish engineering firm Weir orders independence report
by Angela Monaghan
26 Feb 2014 at 4:12pm

Company says business must have voice in debate alongside political rhetoric of yes and no camps

One of Scotland's biggest companies, engineering group Weir, has commissioned a report into the impli...




Scottish voters shaken and stirred | @guardianletters
26 Feb 2014 at 3:00pm

Ewen MacAskill's return from the US is timely. His account (Glasgow's East End, frontline in the battle for Scotland, 24 February) of the current state of play in Scotland's independence referendum...




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