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Cities hope for investment boost
1 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
CITIES could be in line for investment of about £6 billion as a result of working together in partnership, the Deputy First Minister said.

Criminals 'treated better than claimants'
1 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
BENEFIT claimants are treated worse than criminals, with tougher financial penalties imposed on those who fall foul of benefit rules, according to a Glasgow University academic.

£1bn for public works as SNP boosts private finance scheme
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
AN extra £1 billion is to be invested in the Scottish Government's scheme which funds major projects such as new hospitals, schools, roads and railways.

Warning GPs burnt out by heavy workloads
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
GPs are becoming "absolutely weary" and burnt out as a result of increasingly "intolerable" workloads, MSPs have been told.

Bedroom tax 'causing hardship'
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Disabled people are suffering "severe financial hardship and distress" as a result of the so-called bedroom tax, a cross-party committee of MPs has concluded.

BBC 'fail' public on climate change
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
A CRITICAL report from MPs has accused the BBC of leaving the public confused about climate change.

Salmond criticised over energy bills
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Ed Miliband has accused Alex Salmond of failing to tackle the Big Six power companies over the spiralling cost of household bills.

Unions: name the 'fast-buck' Royal Mail firms
1 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
UNION leaders have called for more than a dozen favoured investors, accused of making a "fast buck" while taxpayers lost £750 million in the Royal Mail sell-off, to be named.

Camley's Cartoon: on Osborne outlines ambitious jobs target
1 Apr 2014 at 2:38am
George Osborne has pledged to aim for full employment in the UK by 2020 - but immediately ran into a row over what he means by the term.

Taxpayer paid price of Royal Mail share sale
31 Mar 2014 at 9:04pm
The Government could have achieved better value for the taxpayer through its controversial privatisation of Royal Mail, according to a report published today that revealed most investors given priority to buy shares sold them shortly after making a profit.

Keep things simple plea to Labour
31 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
Labour must use strong, plain language if it is to win back the voters it needs to win the 2015 general election, party deputy chairman Jon Trickett has said.

Farage dismisses criticism of Putin comment
31 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
Nigel Farage has dismissed criticism of his praise for Vladimir Putin - insisting the Russian president deserves more respect than David Cameron.

Review over zero-hours out in July
31 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
A Government review into zero-hours contracts is set to publish its findings in July, according to Employment Minister Esther McVey.

Osborne outlines ambitious jobs target
31 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
George Osborne has pledged to aim for full employment in the UK by 2020 - but immediately ran into a row over what he means by the term.

Single police force faces 'challenges'
31 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
SCOTLAND'S police and fire services have faced several "challenges" since they were merged into single units a year ago, according to Labour.


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Boeing P-8 Poseidon tops Nimrod replacement list
2 Apr 2014 at 1:08pm

AN RAF officer has revealed that the Boeing P-8 Poseidon is the top of RAF’s wishlist to replace Nimrod and fill the UK’s maritime patrol capability gap.



Bill to scrap Scots MPs post-Yes vote to be tabled
2 Apr 2014 at 8:44am

Scottish independence: A BILL which would get rid of Scottish MPs on “independence day” in the event of a yes vote, has been given permission to be tabled in the House of Commons.



David Cameron refuses to apologise for poll tax
2 Apr 2014 at 8:16am

DAVID Cameron has refused to apologise for the poll tax after he was challenged about his party’s decision to introduce it a year early in Scotland 25 years ago.



Up to 72% of disabled parking badges being misused
2 Apr 2014 at 7:09am

MSPs heard that blue badges for disabled parking spaces are being misused on a “grand scale” in Scotland, as they considered a new law to crack down on the practice.



Business concern over Yes/No spending pledges
2 Apr 2014 at 6:00am

An independent Scotland would not be a “land of milk and honey” according to business leaders, amid growing concerns over extravagant spending pledges from both sides of the referendum campaign.



Scottish independence: Loch Ness monster vote call
2 Apr 2014 at 5:11am

First we had Kermit the Frog giving his thoughts on the independence referendum debate but now a campaign has been launched for Scotland’s most elusive celebrity to get a vote.



Scots cities urged to work together for investment
2 Apr 2014 at 3:01am

Cities could be in line for investment of about £6 billion as a result of working together in partnership, the Deputy First Minister said.



Swinney unveils SNP £1bn recovery masterplan
1 Apr 2014 at 6:45pm

A billion-pound drive to help Scotland build its way to economic recovery has been announced by finance secretary John Swinney.



Leaders: Better Together faces tough job on taxes
1 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

A SMALL tweak to the Finance Bill currently going through the UK parliament could turn out to be an important landmark for devolution.



Independence: Cybernats shame Scotland - Darling
1 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

No campaign leader Alistair Darling has claimed nationalists who direct online abuse at business figures who criticise Alex Salmond’s plans to break up the UK “shame Scotland”.



New tax-raising powers for Holyrood on the horizon
1 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

THE UK government has ­potentially opened the door for radical new tax powers for the Scottish Parliament which could lead to MSPs being able to vary income tax bands at different rates.



Accusations go ?from bizarre to bunkum? says Evans
1 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

FORMER House of Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans told a jury yesterday it is “ridiculous” that he is being depicted as “a cross between Alan Clark, Benny Hill and Oscar Wilde”.



The Scotsman cartoon: Income tax powers
1 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Scotland will soon be able to further unlock its huge economic potential with powers to vary the income tax bands at different rates being handed to the Scottish Government.



Comment: underlying economic issues still there
1 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Talk of full employment is just another empty election promise that does nothing to address economic woes, writes George Kerevan



Christopher Marshall: Police struggle to win over doubters
1 Apr 2014 at 4:30pm

A YEAR on since it was formed, and the questions keep coming for Police Scotland.




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Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

What?s that secret you?re keeping?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2014 at 6:32am
The mystery of the alleged vandalism attack by “Yes supporters” on the office of Labour MP Ian Murray in Edinburgh this week has turned into quite a labyrinth. We rang Mr Murray’s office this morning, speaking to someone called Stuart (or Stewart, we forgot to ask), who declined to elaborate on the nature of the […]

Conservative, but not so Unionist?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2014 at 4:58am
We noticed a rather unusual story on Conservative Home on Monday. “One in five party members want Scotland to leave the United Kingdom” ran the headline above a piece about a survey the site had conducted. In fact the title was an understatement – 22% of respondents who were Conservative Party members had answered Yes […]

The smear wars
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Apr 2014 at 1:30pm
“Better Together” chairman Alistair Darling is in today’s Telegraph, yet again demanding that people should be prevented from expressing opinions on the internet, unless those opinions are supportive of the Union. In Mr Darling’s world, businessmen should be permitted to try to frighten their employees into voting No with mad, untrue rants and veiled threats […]

When co-operation becomes captivity
by Mark Frankland
1 Apr 2014 at 11:00am
As alert Wings reader may recall, I work for a charity in the Borders. Our volunteer who does the Monday-morning food run up the Nith valley is away in Asia and Australia for a month, so my week now starts with a ride up the A76. The countryside is drop-dead gorgeous, particularly in the early […]

The knife in the water
by Eric Joyce MP
1 Apr 2014 at 6:01am
A Yes vote in the independence referendum would elevate Scotland to the top of the world political agenda for one reason and one reason only: the fact that the UK?s entire nuclear arsenal would unavoidably be located in a foreign country for years. Everything else about the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the […]

Art imitates life
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Apr 2014 at 3:56am
This is the Guardian’s elaborate, deliberately-absurd April Fool story: Ha ha! Good one! And this was the Scottish Sun six weeks ago: (Quotes also reported in the Telegraph.) Turns out you really CAN’T make this stuff up.

This is not an April Fool
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Apr 2014 at 2:34am
209% of the most ambitious target ever set for a pro-independence fundraiser. 335% of last year’s figure. Wow. Except “Wow” doesn’t get anywhere near it. (You’ll have to give us a wee while to add all the hundreds and hundreds of names to our Credits page and get the badges sent out when they arrive. […]

Thinking about leaving the house
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2014 at 4:00pm
Better Together Parklife! The Quiz Broadcast will be on soon. Britons should REMAIN INDOORS.

Quoted for truth #48
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2014 at 1:30pm
David Mitchell in the Guardian, 30 March 2014: “There’s always a chance that people will decide who to vote for according to policy ? and by ‘people’, I mean the people that matter: the indecisive minority who change which party they vote for from election to election according to whim, and consequently determine every result. […]

Project Fear By Numbers #2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2014 at 11:00am
Building into a thrilling partwork! (When we’ve done all 12 of these we’ll be compiling them into a single massive post for easy reference, but it might have been a bit much to handle in one sudden burst.) FEARBOMB 2 – YOU WON’T BE ALLOWED IN THE EU! It’s one of the most bizarre aspects […]


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Voter registration 'highest ever'
1 Apr 2014 at 6:32pm
Voter registration in Scotland is the highest it has ever been as millions sign up to have their say in the independence referendum.


Business figures clash with SNP MSPs
2 Apr 2014 at 8:28am
Business leaders clash with SNP politicians at Holyrood over the economic impact of independence.


'DIY' personal care introduced
31 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
Rule change means that local authorities can offer people who need home care cash for them to organise it themselves.


Call to tackle health inequality
1 Apr 2014 at 4:18am
Health inequalities between rich and poor in Scotland remain "stubbornly persistent" according to doctors' leaders.


Plea to rename airport after Burns
1 Apr 2014 at 5:20am
One of Scotland's busiest airports should be renamed in honour of national poet Robert Burns, the public petitions committee has heard


White Paper billboards cost £84,000
1 Apr 2014 at 1:42am
The Scottish government spent one fifth of a £450,000 public information budget on billboards to publicise its White Paper on independence.


Doctors issue drinks price plea
1 Apr 2014 at 6:51am
A group of doctors writes an open letter to the Scotch Whisky Association asking it to drop its opposition to minimum price rules for alcohol.


Councils merge roads departments
31 Mar 2014 at 6:02pm
East and South Ayrshire councils merge their roads departments in a move intended to save £8m over 10 years.


Tougher penalties for fly-tippers
31 Mar 2014 at 6:02pm
New government legislation aims to try and tackle the problem of fly-tipping and litter-dropping with increased fixed penalties.


Scots travel boss pens anti-Yes memo
31 Mar 2014 at 10:58am
The founder of Barrhead Travel, Bill Munro, writes a memo to staff saying that a "Yes" vote in the referendum is an "impending disaster".


Dentists to be given defibrillators
31 Mar 2014 at 3:33am
Defibrillators are to be installed in every Scottish NHS dental practice to boost the chance of survival of those having cardiac arrests.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


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Dr Strangelove
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Apr 2014 at 1:04am

By Derek Bateman
 
Another bombardment of tough love is already skyward and heading our way this week as the independence-haters ? what else can they be with such irrational, self-harming persistence ? seek to hammer home their orchestrated line on no currency sharing. (I get images of Osborne astride a descending bomb like the major in Dr Strangelove)

It would have been arm-round-the-shoulder week, like the boozy wincher, angling for a stolen kiss, no doubt turning nasty on rejection. Instead, through their own ineptitude, they are obliged to bludgeon us with ever more shrill insistence that they meant it all along.



The counterfeit currency threat ... Where now for No?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Mar 2014 at 4:55pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
"The nationalists are in utter chaos over currency.  Alex Salmond's Panama Plan would be an absolute disaster for Scotland, leaving us without anyone standing behind our banks and resulting in sky-high interest rates for our mortgages and loans.  The only way to keep the strength and security of the pound is to vote to stay part of the UK."
 
The words of the Better Together campaign almost exactly one month ago.



Phoney class war talk won't hide Labour's Better Together reality
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
29 Mar 2014 at 2:54pm

By Ken Ferguson

From Labour's ambition for an ?irreversible shift of wealth? to working people 40 years ago, to the Blair/Brown love in with the rich, is quite a leap.

The recent death of Tony Benn recalled that earlier period when the rich really did ? briefly ? fear for their world of wealth and power. However it also threw a harsh spotlight on the reality of today's Labour Party.

Blair and Brown, in power with big majorities at Westminster, used that power to harness Labour to the world of casino capitalism unleashed by Thatcher which shifted vast wealth and power into the grubby hands of the super rich.



BBC Scotland .. equals .. Fox News USA
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Mar 2014 at 3:55pm

  By Mark McNaught
 
I have never lived for a long period of time in the UK, so I hadn't appreciated the current depth of BBC mendacity.  Living much of my life in the US, I became addicted to Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, my parents watched Masterpiece Theater, and assumed all of the BBC was that good.  We didn't get Jimmy Savile.
 
Living in France and following the Scottish independence referendum, I am often blocked from viewing BBC videos because I am not a fee payer.  Those which I can view are mostly snippets of speeches with biased commentary.



Why I'll be voting Yes - by the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Mar 2014 at 4:30am

The Dowager Duchess of Hamilton has pledged to campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, declaring: "It's what Scotland needs and it"s what my husband would have wanted."
 
The duchess, who prefers to be known plainly as Kay, knows that some people will be surprised that a member of one of Scotland's leading aristocratic families supports Yes, but says a desire for an independent Scotland transcends any position or political allegiance.



The Whole World's Watching
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Mar 2014 at 6:04pm

  By Derek Bateman
 
You can tell by the response that it's true.  Low-level leaks without credibility don't draw joint statements of denial like that of Osborne and Alexander.  Inconsequential briefings don't attract instant rebuttals from Number 10.
 
They have been caught, bang to rights, telling giant lies to the British people and it's now a mad scramble to recover in case the truth takes hold.  And, of course, it has taken root.  Every Scot now knows that the men who run Britain will look him/her in the eye and lie to their face.



Catalonia Calling
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Mar 2014 at 3:01pm

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
St George's Day is most commonly associated with England, but the feast of the fabled dragon is a big deal in Catalonia, too.  Every April 23, Catalans exchange books, flowers and other gifts on the dia dels enamorats (lovers' day).
 
But on April 23, 2015, Catalans could be doing something very different on St George's day ? making a unilateral declaration of independence.



Our latest appeal - Academic research into BBC Scotland's referendum coverage
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Mar 2014 at 11:00am

  At the turn of the year Newsnet Scotland published the results of an academic study into the referendum coverage broadcast on early evening TV news programmes.  The study found that news items were favouring the No campaign over the Yes campaign by a ratio of three to two.

STV and BBC Scotland were found to be equally at fault, but both rejected the study findings.



EU has no position on independent Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Mar 2014 at 1:29pm

  By David Ferguson
 
"The Commission has no intention of beginning to speculate about different scenarios relating to the upcoming referendum in Scotland and their possible implications."
 
These are not the words of that chap who writes for the Telegraph ? Mr Alan Cochrane. They are not the words of some BBC Scotland hack with a degree in Sociology of Batman and Underwater Bagpiping from the University of Ecclefechan.



Labour needs a return to its roots
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Mar 2014 at 1:53am

  By George Kerevan
 
THE independence debate is resolving into a battle over who owns the soul of Scottish social democracy ? SNP or Labour?
 
Both parties claim a passion for social justice, but Labour denies the SNP can be simultaneously nationalist and progressive.

Nationalists, on the other hand, see independence as the best guarantee of equality and an alternative to being shackled to a City-dominated Union in which the welfare state is being dismantled. Who is right?




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Stand-up for Independence: Radical Independence Comedy Night!
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 8:36am

Featuring award-winning comedians: * Anna Devitt* Graham Mackie* Patrick RolinkAs well as a special appearance from Woody the Magician, one of the most highly rated magicians/entertainers in Scotland!Tickets cost £10, with all proceeds going towards funding RIC!

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What's that secret you're keeping?
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 6:48am

The mystery of the alleged vandalism attack by "Yes supporters" on the office of Labour MP Ian Murray in Edinburgh this week has turned into quite a labyrinth. We rang Mr Murray's office this morni...

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An Eye for an Aye?
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 6:39am

If you were asked to design a poster that inspires a nation, what would it be? Bella, National Collective and Scottish Independence Convention today launch a national prize competition ...

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Independence: Cybernats shame Scotland - Darling
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 6:31am

No campaign leader Alistair Darling has claimed nationalists who direct online abuse at business figures who criticise Alex Salmond’s plans to break up the UK “shame Scotland”.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It's not difficult to see what is behind the latest inane rant from an increasingly frenzied and i...



Behind the Green Door
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 5:29am

There’s no escaping the irony. The people who accuse nationalists of abuse have turned to vilification in place of argument. There’s always going to be a background of jibe and accusation and it’s ...

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Conservative, but not so Unionist?
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 5:20am

We noticed a rather unusual story on Conservative Home on Monday. "One in five party members want Scotland to leave the United Kingdom" ran the headline above a piece about a survey the site had co...

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Darling insists No campaign is winning economic argument
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 5:01am

ALISTAIR DARLING has insisted that the campaign to keep ­Scotland in the UK is winning the economic argument as he sought to silence talk of crisis engulfing his Better Together organisation.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Alistair Darling is looking increasingly beleaguered and desperate. When he rants a...



Peter A Bell: Now's the day...
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 4:26am

A story in The Scotsman (New tax-raising powers for Holyrood on the horizon) suggests that Scotland might be in line for more tax powers. Sort of. Maybe. Are we supposed to be impressed by this latest bit of legislative fiddling designed to give the appearance of meaningful reform? However much t...



New tax-raising powers for Holyrood on the horizon
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 4:13am

THE UK government has ­potentially opened the door for radical new tax powers for the Scottish Parliament which could lead to MSPs being able to vary income tax bands at different rates.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Are we supposed to be impressed by this latest bit of legislative fiddling designed to g...



A currency union would be best for all of Britain - FT.com
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 3:40am

If Scotland votes for independence what will be the scenario for its economy? The government in London, supported by the Labour opposition, has ruled out a sterling currency area for an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK. But is this really

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Voter registration 'highest ever'
by Peter A Bell
2 Apr 2014 at 3:24am

Voter registration in Scotland is the highest it has ever been, as millions sign up to have their say in the independence referendum.



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Economics made simple (1) Debt, Deficit and Independence
by Peter A Bell
1 Apr 2014 at 6:56pm

Debt and Deficit When in any single year, a government spends more than it raises in revenues (taxes etc) it is in deficit. To cover the gap,? the government has to borrow money (assuming it does not have any reserves). That borrowed money is the government's debt, and it will have to pay interes...

The Independence Merry-go-round
by Peter A Bell
1 Apr 2014 at 6:36pm

Another day, another barrage of nonsense. I accidentally stayed up ‘working’ until 7am this morning and woke up a few hours later drained and dazed, unsure quite when or where I was. I was disturbed by a droning sound which was piercing into my skull and penetrating further, violating the very de...



Dragons and Poodles
by Peter A Bell
1 Apr 2014 at 6:04pm

There seemed to be something uncannily familiar about the collapse of stout party which followed the recent revelation in The Guardian about the unidentified cabinet minister who bro...



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No campaign claims being used as April Fools | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
1 Apr 2014 at 5:09pm

As the Guardian today publishes an April Fools’ story about people in Scotland being forced to drive on the right hand side of the road, the SNP has highlighted that the No campaign’s arguments have now become indistinguishable from April fools’ stories.



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Referendum: More than four million people are registered to vote in Scotland ...
by Crystal Chung
2 Apr 2014 at 12:14pm
ELECTORAL Commission bosses say the figures reflect hard work put in by registration officers and the importance of the vote.


Justice Secretary defends stop and search after claims police are contravenin...
by dailyrecord
2 Apr 2014 at 10:41am
KENNY MacAskill insists policy is vital tool in taking weapons, drugs and alcohol off the streets.


Ed Miliband accuses UK Government of selling Royal Mail at 'mates rates' to D...
by dailyrecord
2 Apr 2014 at 6:50am
THE Labour leader condemned the Government for getting a bad deal as he claimed the taxpayer received £1.4 billion less for the sale of the Royal Mail than it is worth today.


Pressure grows on Vince Cable following botched Royal Mail sell-off which sho...
by Jason Beattie
2 Apr 2014 at 6:21am
MPs and union leaders claimed the Lib Dem Business Secretary should resign after an official report revealed he had flogged the national asset on the cheap


Benefits cuts slammed as 'crime against humanity' as charity claim sanctions ...
by David Clegg
2 Apr 2014 at 2:12am
BILL Scott of Inclusion Scotland told a Holyrood committee that people with mental health problems were particularly at risk, and some had killed themselves as a result.


Joan McAlpine: Use your vote to stop persecution of poor
by Joan McAlpine
2 Apr 2014 at 1:38am
WHILE the Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee can listen to the hardship faced by Scots hit by the DWP's sanctions regime JOAN said they are powerless to act because welfare policy is based in London.


An extra £1bn is to be invested in Scotland's schools, hospitals and transpor...
by dailyrecord
1 Apr 2014 at 11:03am
THE cash, which will go to local councils, will also include £31.2million to expand childcare provision.


The UK Government has been blasted as scaremongers over threat to rule out cu...
by dailyrecord
1 Apr 2014 at 9:56am
FINANCE Secretary John Swinney says anonymous leak admitting sterling deal is an option has exposed Westminster bluff.


Tory minister Oliver Letwin denies being source for 'independent Scotland cou...
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Apr 2014 at 3:34am
THE gaffe-prone Old Etonian denied being the anonymous source for a story that Scotland could keep sterling after a yes vote in this Autumn's independence vote.


Ann McKechin: Let?s tax bank bonuses to fund Labour?s Jobs Guarantee for youn...
by Ann McKechin
31 Mar 2014 at 6:29am
ANN McKECHIN  says Labour?s Jobs Guarantee would help hundreds of Glaswegians struggling to find work.


Patrick Harvie: Caroline Lucas fracking protest a vital tool for political ch...
by Patrick Harvie
31 Mar 2014 at 5:54am
PATRICK HARVIE reflects that peaceful protest, nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience have been key for civil rights and securing women the vote.


Top Scots Tory MP's career hangs in balance following claims he paid teenage ...
by Jason Beattie
30 Mar 2014 at 9:00pm
RENT boy Rogerio Santos, 19, claimed Mark Menzies paid him £250 for sex and asked him to supply the illegal Class B drug methadone.


Scottish independence: Alex Salmond insists nuclear weapons are not up for ne...
by David Clegg
30 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
THE First Minister insisted the UK Government are bluffing over the currency union as he vowed to stick by his promise to remove nuclear weapons within the first term of an independent Parliament.


First Minister Alex Salmond looks back 25 years when Thatcher's deeply unpopu...
by Alex Salmond
30 Mar 2014 at 5:15am
SCOTLAND'S First Minister remembers the poll tax protests of 1989 and outlines his belief that the protests exposed a "democracy deficit" that has lingered through to the present.


Thirsty Westminster MPs guzzle £1.4m of booze a year at taxpayer subsidised H...
by Vincent Moss
30 Mar 2014 at 3:53am
RELEASED figures show government staff and MPs consumed 49,000 of bottles of Chardonnay last year at the eight taxpayer subsidised Commons bars and restaurants


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A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Toget...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Apr 2014 at 2:30am
A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Together referendum campaigns will be played in Stirling on Saturday 24th of June as part of the 2014 Armed forces day.


Indy campaign's call truce for charity football match
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The match, part of the wid...

"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm
"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.



Splits in UKOK denied
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national broadcast...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Mar 2014 at 10:57am

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2014 at 12:24pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definitely absolutely positive case for the Union.


The 'thrilling' case for the UK
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According to the Lib Dem press office, Mr Clegg's speech was delivered to a packed house of over 25,000 delegates and w...

Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire ar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 6:40pm
Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire are gaining, Poultice concentrates on what matters.



Poultice ? BBC London thanks you for your polling responses
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Please vote in our new poll - we don't understand why Subway keeps appearing in Scot...

Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 3:04pm
Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely sanguine about his missing organ.



It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Camero...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Mar 2014 at 4:45pm
It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Cameron.


Barosso guttered after failure to get UK support for top NATO job, despite sucking Cameron
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Barroso might turn on Cameron and say ?In ye come Scotland. Fu*k the Tory bastirt.?

The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its la...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Mar 2014 at 6:24pm
The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its latest devolution proposals today, at the same time as the rest of the country.


Labour ?Declaration of Dependence? may lead to DEVO R.C.E.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The proposals, which were 2 years in the making, were comp...

Thank you, dear viewers, for the 5000 likes. <lovebomb>We like you too.</love...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Mar 2014 at 10:19am
Thank you, dear viewers, for the 5000 likes.
<lovebomb>We like you too.</lovebomb>



The following is a transcript of part of the Andrew Marr show from this morni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Mar 2014 at 9:17am
The following is a transcript of part of the Andrew Marr show from this morning. This will be remembered as the point when the BBC finally admitted it was a player in the debate on Scottish independence rather than a neutral and disinterested observer.


We're not reporting the debate, we're IN IT, ...

David Cameron has described the referendum on Scottish independence as "a maj...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Mar 2014 at 3:54pm
David Cameron has described the referendum on Scottish independence as "a major life-ending decision". Mr Cameron made the comment during a speech to the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Edinburgh.


Scottish Tory conference: Cameron warns vote will be 'life-ending decision'
www.bbc.scotland...

Supporters of the Union were overjoyed when GERS scored a double-whammy to ov...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Mar 2014 at 3:46pm
Supporters of the Union were overjoyed when GERS scored a double-whammy to overwhelm dissident splittists.



GERS boost for the Empire!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
That means that the UK will now be able to compete for a playoff place to gain admission to the G46

Shocked to discover that 8% of those dedicated to keeping Scotlandshire in th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Mar 2014 at 2:42pm
Shocked to discover that 8% of those dedicated to keeping Scotlandshire in the loving embrace of Gideon Osborne had suffered vicious abuse from Cybernats!


Poll Points to Personalised Perfidy by Punters
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
New poll is available - Should Scotlandshire be similarly treated to C...

The spoof broadcaster of Scotlandshire has managed to dupe Holyrood's Educati...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Mar 2014 at 2:44am
The spoof broadcaster of Scotlandshire has managed to dupe Holyrood's Education and Culture Committee into appearing before members this morning from 10am.

Why would MSPs wish to interview comedy writers and satirists?

Kenny McQuarrel, Director General of BBC Scotlandshire, has this morning v...

The Better Together campaign cried foul last night after it emerged Alistair ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Mar 2014 at 5:18pm
The Better Together campaign cried foul last night after it emerged Alistair Darling had been suspended from the internet.


Cyber-bullies strike again as Darling banned from Twitter
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and i...


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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION


An Eye for an Aye?
by bellacaledonia
2 Apr 2014 at 5:55am
If you were asked to design a poster that inspires a nation, what would it be? Bella, National Collective and Scottish Independence Convention today launch a national prize competition ...


Dragons and Poodles
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 4:37pm
By David Black There seemed to be something uncannily familiar about the collapse of the unionist party line which followed the recent revelation in The Guardian about the unidentified cabinet minister who broke ranks with his Westminster ‘No’ troika. Their... Read More ›

From The Province of the Cat #26: Killing Squirrels With A Howitzer
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 6:44am
by George Gunn Sometimes through the heavy metal fuzz of mass media and the modern world, when the individual is striving for some clarity amongst the incessant network noise and flashing neon which signifies nothing, there comes as from nowhere... Read More ›


Where is Alexander Linklater?
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 6:31am
By Mike Small Where exactly is Alexander Linklater? His description of Scotland (‘The union belongs to the Scots, it’s at the heart of our cultural identity’) suggests he’s located somewhere else entirely, or experiencing a different multiverse from the rest... Read More ›


Better Together: Proud to Fail
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2014 at 3:55pm
By John S Warren Ian Martin in an article spread over two pages in the Sunday Telegraph (30th March p.18-19) concludes after what we may now fairly term the ?Apertiv-gate? currency fiasco, that if Better Together ?make many more foolish... Read More ›


The Better Together Campaign Crisis
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2014 at 10:38am
"If you have a pliant media (which doesn't know what's happening on the ground anyway), for quite a while you can get away with describing the world as you wish it was and not as it is. The problem is that eventually reality catches up..."


Aperitivo!
by bellacaledonia
30 Mar 2014 at 5:25am
By Mike Small This has been a huge week for the Yes campaign (an even better one is coming up*) and a disaster for Better Together. But let’s not dwell on the misfortune of others, even if Aperitivo! may just have... Read More ›


Journeys
by bellacaledonia
30 Mar 2014 at 4:41am
Journeys to Yes. This, by Ian Macdonald. My first memory of ?democracy? was the 1979 devolution referendum. I was 8 years old at the time. Back in those days, when there was an election, every lamppost and railing in the... Read More ›

Grandpa Park
by bellacaledonia
29 Mar 2014 at 6:26am
As the British State gets ready to celebrate the First World War, Bella welcomes this evocative family reflection by Daibhidh Rothach Pride is perhaps the most difficult of the human emotions to rationalise. Pride in our family, in the scientific... Read More ›


Money Trouble
by bellacaledonia
28 Mar 2014 at 5:48pm
By Mike Small Now that is embarrassing. After weeks of carefully contrived coordination between Tories red, blue and yellow, the Great Currency Union Bluff seems to have fallen apart with an inadvisable briefing to the Guardian’s chief political correspondent Nick... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Much better together - Telegraph.co.uk
2 Apr 2014 at 12:10am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: Much better together
Telegraph.co.uk
The battle to keep the United Kingdom together has reached a critical stage, as we enter the final six months before the referendum on Scottish independence. The past few days have been especially rocky. A combination of a c...


Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever' - BBC News
1 Apr 2014 at 6:34pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever'
BBC News
Voter registration in Scotland is the highest it has ever been, as millions sign up to have their say in the independence referendum. With just under six months until polling day, an estimated 4.1 million people are now on th...


Scottish independence: Unite leader slams No camp - Scotsman
1 Apr 2014 at 11:11am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Unite leader slams No camp
Scotsman
THE leader of Britain's biggest trade union has slammed the negativity of the Better Together campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, and warned that Scots will back independence if they think the Tories can win the 2015 election. Spea...


Scottish independence: Business figures clash with SNP MSPs - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:30am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Business figures clash with SNP MSPs
BBC News
Business leaders have clashed with SNP politicians at Holyrood over the economic impact of independence. One member of the parliament's Economy Committee was told to stop "badgering" CBI Scotland director Iain McMillan. An...


Scottish independence: Barrhead Travel founder writes anti-Yes memo to staff ...
31 Mar 2014 at 10:59am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Barrhead Travel founder writes anti-Yes memo to staff
BBC News
The founder of Barrhead Travel has told his staff that a "Yes" vote in Scotland's independence referendum would be "a disaster". Bill Munro sent a memo to staff about what he saw as the dangers of independ...


The £5 billion question on Scottish independence - Quartz
29 Mar 2014 at 4:02pm

The £5 billion question on Scottish independence
Quartz
With Scotland potentially sitting on £5 billion worth of shale gas, it's no surprise that the upcoming independence referendum has also reignited the long controversial debate over hydraulic fracturing, or ?fracking.? What is surprising is the...


Scottish independence could be a risky business - Telegraph.co.uk
30 Mar 2014 at 1:00am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence could be a risky business
Telegraph.co.uk
There appears to be some confusion about the possible financial consequences of Scottish independence. Last week an anonymous minister claimed that Scotland would keep the pound if it walked away from the Union ? a state...


Scottish independence: Senior finance figures clash on independence - BBC News
27 Mar 2014 at 7:02am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Senior finance figures clash on independence
BBC News
Senior figures in the Scottish financial services industry have clashed over how independence would affect business. Industry body Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) said higher costs and complexity would hamper c...


Scottish independence: Loch Ness monster vote call - Scotsman
2 Apr 2014 at 5:14am

Scottish independence: Loch Ness monster vote call
Scotsman
First we had Kermit the Frog giving his thoughts on the independence referendum debate but now a campaign has been launched for Scotland's most elusive celebrity to get a vote. The Loch Ness Monster has shunned all public appearances for o...


Scottish independence: Yes camp 'pythonesque' - Scotsman
29 Mar 2014 at 9:55am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Yes camp 'pythonesque'
Scotsman
THE campaign for Scottish independence is determined to ?misrepresent reality? to voters according to Alistair Carmichael, the UK Government's Scottish Secretary. Carmichael said it is up to the pro-union Better Together groups to ask t...



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Business chiefs clash with SNP over economic impact of voting Yes - stv.tv
2 Apr 2014 at 12:28pm

stv.tv

Business chiefs clash with SNP over economic impact of voting Yes
stv.tv
Business leaders clashed with SNP politicians at Holyrood on Wednesday over the economic impact of independence. One member of the parliament's Economy Committee had to be told to stop "badgering" CBI director Iain McMil...


London 'far too powerful' says think tank chief - SNP (press release)
2 Apr 2014 at 12:20pm

London 'far too powerful' says think tank chief
SNP (press release)
The SNP is today highlighting comments from Jimmy Reid Foundation Director Robin McAlpine pointing out the 'suction machine' effect of the London economy. At today's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee meeting, Mr McAlpine said t...


Police stop and search criticised by Lib Dems - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 11:51am

BBC News

Police stop and search criticised by Lib Dems
BBC News
Police Scotland carried out over 500,000 stop and searches across Scotland between April and December 2013, and the Liberal Democrats have said there has been a dramatic increase in searches under the SNP. Figures released in January 20...


Care network for major trauma patients enhanced - SNP (press release)
2 Apr 2014 at 11:22am

Care network for major trauma patients enhanced
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed the announcement of plans to establish four new specialist major trauma centres across Scotland ? which could save up to 40 lives every year. The plans would see four specialist centres in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, ...


MSP highlights autism-friendly theatre and cinema - SNP (press release)
2 Apr 2014 at 11:13am

MSP highlights autism-friendly theatre and cinema
SNP (press release)
SNP MSP Mark McDonald has marked World Autism Day by leading a Members' Business debate in the Scottish Parliament focussing on the importance of autism-friendly theatre and cinema. The Aberdeen Donside MSP ? who is the father of...


No campaign stands shoulder to shoulder with UKIP - SNP (press release)
2 Apr 2014 at 10:53am

No campaign stands shoulder to shoulder with UKIP
SNP (press release)
The increasing influence of UKIP south of the border ? and the party's complete lack of support in Scotland ? demonstrates the increasingly divergent paths taken by Scotland and Westminster, an SNP MSP has said. As UKIP's support...


SNP MP's post-Yes vote proposal - The Courier
2 Apr 2014 at 10:19am

The Courier

SNP MP's post-Yes vote proposal
The Courier
Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Angus MacNeil insisted that if a Yes vote was returned in September's referendum, then Scottish MPs should vacate their seats and constituencies north of the border be abolished on the date Scotland breaks away ...


SNP MP: removing Scottish MPs from Parliament on the day of independence ... ...
2 Apr 2014 at 10:09am

SNP MP: removing Scottish MPs from Parliament on the day of independence ...
Herald Scotland
Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Angus MacNeil insisted that if a Yes vote was returned in September's referendum, then Scottish MPs should vacate their seats and constituencies north of the border be aboli...


Bill to scrap Scots MPs post-Yes vote to be tabled - Scotsman
2 Apr 2014 at 8:48am

Scotsman

Bill to scrap Scots MPs post-Yes vote to be tabled
Scotsman
The proposed legislation put forward by Western Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil in a 10-minute rule bill was unopposed by MPs and will be debated formally on 6 June. Mr MacNeil said it would be wrong for Scottish MPs to continue to sit ...


Scottish independence: Business figures clash with SNP MSPs - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:30am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Business figures clash with SNP MSPs
BBC News
Business leaders have clashed with SNP politicians at Holyrood over the economic impact of independence. One member of the parliament's Economy Committee was told to stop "badgering" CBI Scotland director Iain McMillan. An...



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Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum? - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum?
BBC News
For the first time in Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds will get to vote in the referendum. As long as you were born on 18 September 1998 or before, and live in Scotland, you can have your say on Scotland's future. For those of ...


Barrhead Travel boss defends referendum staff memo - Scotsman (blog)
31 Mar 2014 at 10:09am

Scotsman (blog)

Barrhead Travel boss defends referendum staff memo
Scotsman (blog)
A director of Barrhead Travel has defended his decision to send out a company-wide email in which he says a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum would be a ?disaster?. Non-executive director Bill Munro sen...


'Scotland may win independence referendum' - Eyewitness News
31 Mar 2014 at 6:20am

BBC News

'Scotland may win independence referendum'
Eyewitness News
'Scotland may win independence referendum'. Email; Share; Print; Keep for later; Keep for later. A Pro-independence supporter wearing a kilt holds the Scottish flag as people gather for. No video playback capabilities. A pro-indepen...


Aberdeen: We won't pull trusts out of Scotland ahead of referendum - Fundweb
31 Mar 2014 at 9:20am

Aberdeen: We won't pull trusts out of Scotland ahead of referendum
Fundweb
A spokesman for Aberdeen Asset Management has since confirmed that the decision not to re-register companies ahead of the referendum applies across all of its trusts based in Scotland, owing to the lack of certainty surround...


Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever' - BBC News
1 Apr 2014 at 6:34pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever'
BBC News
Voter registration in Scotland is the highest it has ever been, as millions sign up to have their say in the independence referendum. With just under six months until polling day, an estimated 4.1 million people are now on th...


Referendum debate brings workers brighter future - SNP (press release)
31 Mar 2014 at 11:17am

Referendum debate brings workers brighter future
SNP (press release)
The SNP has today welcomed a cross border academic report highlighting the opportunities the referendum debate presents to shape a brighter future for Scotland's workforce. The report by Universities Strathclyde and Oxford - Work,...


Unison stays neutral in referendum debate - Herald Scotland
29 Mar 2014 at 9:09pm

Unison stays neutral in referendum debate
Herald Scotland
Over the last few months, the Labour-affiliated trade union has embarked on a consultation with Scottish branch members on the referendum and has conducted polling. It is understood that the organisation's Scottish council agreed to back nei...


Scottish independence: New poll shows Yes shift - Scotsman
22 Mar 2014 at 8:06pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: New poll shows Yes shift
Scotsman
THE gap between the Yes and No votes in the independence referendum has narrowed, according to an opinion poll that delivers a double blow to those fighting to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. The new survey for Scotland on Sunday...


Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain? - BBC News
4 Mar 2014 at 11:59am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain?
BBC News
The referendum on Scottish independence has thrown down a challenge to those campaigning for a No vote under the banner of the UK being "better together". But what vision can they offer to compete with the nationalist one?...


Finance body warns of 'complexity' if voters back independence in the referen...
27 Mar 2014 at 9:38am

Scottish Daily Record

Finance body warns of 'complexity' if voters back independence in the referendum
Scottish Daily Record
THE body representing the financial sector in Scotland has set out concerns about greater costs and complexity if voters back independence in the referendum. It is "feasible" ...



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Twitter Usernames
2 Apr 2014 at 11:53am

@rkingphoto



Song In Your Head All Day
2 Apr 2014 at 10:12am

Y'know how sometimes, when you get up early - about 10.00   - you get a mad tune in your head you...



Ft Goes Off-Message Again
2 Apr 2014 at 8:55am

Following last month's extensive report in the Financial Times on how Scotland would be a prosper...



Medicals
2 Apr 2014 at 8:45am
My pal recently went to doc aboot bowel complaint, after we ripped the pish oot him aboot big dar...

Scotland Voter Registrations
2 Apr 2014 at 2:37am

At their highest level for decades according to the state propaganda machine.

 

4.1m (inc 75% of ...



Poppy Freaks
1 Apr 2014 at 4:59pm

Seems to be more and more all year round poppys those days. Noticed lots on front of cars and pop...



Nato?
1 Apr 2014 at 4:18pm

I haven't seen this asked before, but as the SNP want Scotland to be a NATO member if we vote yes...



Ian Murray Mp Is A Liar - More No Campaign Lies
1 Apr 2014 at 4:15pm

http://wingsoverscotland.com/the-smear-wars/#comment-867851



Media April Fools Jokes And Related Comments
1 Apr 2014 at 12:29pm

Once again the contempt with which we Scots are held in by the UK Media was readily apparent toda...



Alistair Darling Greetin' About Cybernats
1 Apr 2014 at 12:09pm

In my experience the cyberbrits are far more numerous and vile.

 

Anyway, looks like he's losing ...




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

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...

Fringe benefits of independence
by James
18 Mar 2014 at 6:10am
The worst reason for voting No to independence is because you don’t like Alex Salmond, and the wo...

Who do you not hate?
by James
17 Mar 2014 at 8:33am
In addition to the independence question and the Holyrood voting intention put as part of our fir...

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...

Scottish Labour and the supposed self-evident truths of separation
by Guest Blog
7 Mar 2014 at 7:27am
We’re pleased to have a guest post today from dearly-missed erstwhile Better Nation editor and fo...

Bring me the head of Keith Brown!
by Dom
3 Mar 2014 at 6:05am
For all their faults, you can?t deny that the Labour governments of the early Scottish Parliament...

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...


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

How much credibility do the polls have?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2014 at 9:12pm
Over the last couple of days, I've been contacted by three different people asking for my thought...

Brit Nat Tomkins isn't quite the king of the castle
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 11:43pm
Not for the first time, Professor Adam Tomkins took part in a discussion on Newsnight Scotland la...

Celebrity 'love-bombing' campaign gets serious as Better Together unveils its...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 6:07pm
Many thanks to occasional commenter Cordon Blah for sending me this utterly jaw-dropping article ...

Why did Alistair Carmichael tell a direct lie about the polls on today's Sund...
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 1:27pm

I'd heard that Alistair Carmichael made a questionable comment about the recent TNS-BMRB poll on ...



Just a quick warning
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 9:54am
If you happen to see any offensive anti-English remarks in the comments section of this blog (or ...

Sagacity on Saturday : The indispensable building-block of true 'Hothersallism'
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2014 at 6:00am
"It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist.  Internationalism i...

Does Nick Clegg's logic make Vladimir Putin the rightful President of Scotland?
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2014 at 11:18am
I must confess that I haven't been watching Nick Clegg's speech to the Scottish Lib Dem diehards....

Boost for SNP in Holyrood voting intention figures from YouGov
by James Kelly
27 Mar 2014 at 3:37pm
In recent months, YouGov have slipped out of line with other pollsters with regard to Holyrood vo...

Was the Yes vote in the recent ICM poll even higher than reported?
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2014 at 11:47am
You might remember that when Scotland on Sunday reported a big swing to Yes in their ICM poll at ...

Breakthrough for pro-independence campaign in landmark new YouGov poll
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2014 at 7:21pm

Although the No lead has been slipping in recent YouGov polls, the pace of change has been frustr...



Explaining the difference between TNS-BMRB and the online pollsters
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2014 at 10:48am
In the last post I discussed the ongoing disparity between TNS-BMRB, which currently shows a Yes ...

New TNS-BMRB referendum poll puts the pro-independence campaign at 40%
by James Kelly
24 Mar 2014 at 7:07pm
A new TNS-BMRB poll on the referendum has just been released, and in complete contrast to ICM, Pa...

It's where the water flows, it's where the wind blows
by James Kelly
24 Mar 2014 at 11:39am
In his notorious "Mount Olympus" address to Scotland from the safe distance of the London Velodro...


Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes in graphical form - now updated!
by James Kelly
24 Mar 2014 at 10:23am
Thanks once again to Sandy Brownlee for providing this graph, updated to include the newest Poll ...

Pro-independence campaign close gap to just 7% in game-changing poll from "go...
by James Kelly
22 Mar 2014 at 6:08pm
I wouldn't normally dream of taking delight in Kenny Farquharson's befuddlement over his failure ...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Muscatelli: "Currency union would be best for all of Britain"
by Kevin Gilmartin
2 Apr 2014 at 10:02am

Writing in today's Financial Times, Anton Muscatelli, professor of economics at  Glasgow Universi...



Daily Digest: voter registration, Muscatelli on currency, Westminster benefit...
by Stuart McDonald
2 Apr 2014 at 7:04am

Voter registration on the up ? but more still to do



Perspective: Colin Fox on the socialist case for Yes
by Sean Lafferty
2 Apr 2014 at 5:30am
Supporting the democratic right of nations like Scotland to self-determination doesn?t make you a...

Daily Digest: Royal Mail, research funding and more currency union woes for No
by Stuart McDonald
1 Apr 2014 at 6:25am
The Independent leads the charge following a damning report by the National Audit Office on the W...

After a year of the Bedroom Tax, Yes can mean a better way for Scotland
by Kevin Gilmartin
1 Apr 2014 at 5:44am
Video of 8TyJbYKGyR0 Kezia Kinder, a student of Politics and Public Policy at Glasgow Universit...

Only Yes can end the democratic deficit that gave us the Poll Tax and Bedroom...
by Sean Lafferty
31 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
Nothing highlights the "democratic deficit" more than Westminster?s imposition of the Bedroom Tax...

'My whole family are voting Yes - that is six former Labour voters'
by Sean Lafferty
31 Mar 2014 at 9:42am

By Roddie MacLennan

I am what is often referred to as a natural Labour voter. My father was a High...



Daily Digest: No camp's currency union crisis and shipbuilding to continue af...
by Stuart McDonald
31 Mar 2014 at 6:00am

Fallout continues after No campaign dishonesty on currency exposed  



Why the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton will be voting Yes
by Sean Lafferty
30 Mar 2014 at 4:25am
The Dowager Duchess of Hamilton has pledged to campaign for a Yes vote in the independence refere...

Generation Yes: Largest youth and student movement in Scotland launches
by Sean Lafferty
29 Mar 2014 at 7:30am
A new group of young voters, campaigning for Scottish independence, has appeared on the streets f...

Young people should grab independence with both hands
by Kevin Gilmartin
29 Mar 2014 at 6:37am
Kirsten Thornton from the Generation Yes campaign explains why she will vote Yes in the referendu...

A good week for Yes at debates
by Sean Lafferty
28 Mar 2014 at 3:54pm

Blair Jenkins led the Yes Scotland debating team to overturn a seven point pre-debate trail to st...



Graeme, 22, student: Why I'm voting Yes
by Kevin Gilmartin
28 Mar 2014 at 12:30pm
Graeme Sneddon is a 22 year old student and a member of Generation Yes. Here he tells us why he i...

Clegg can't persuade liberals to vote No. He has little chance of convincing ...
by Sean Lafferty
28 Mar 2014 at 11:30am
"The problem for Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem leadership in general and the other No parties is that t...

I cannot wait to go to the polling station bright and early on the 18th Septe...
by Peter Dempsie
28 Mar 2014 at 9:16am
I support independence as a means to get rid of nuclear weapons, properly reform our welfare syst...


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Scottish Independence Debate
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Scotland should stay in the union.
1 Apr 2014 at 5:21am

We need Scotland to stay in the union. Look at how many jobs could be lost in the finance industr...



Barrhead Travel scaring staff into voting No
31 Mar 2014 at 4:45am
I wonder how many other companies are doing the same



Independence Stories - 01/04/2014
30 Mar 2014 at 9:22am

April Fools Day on Tuesday, the day our media love to try and get stories out there that are so r...



Scottish Lib Dems conference
28 Mar 2014 at 9:49am
Sounds like they are starting to shite it.

“@ScottishPol: Danny Alexander tells LibDem conf Scot...

We should stay in the union
28 Mar 2014 at 7:08am

We need to be part of the EU for our geopolitical security. .
I pray Scotland stays in the union....



Gove publishes rap video, Abbott live tweets a funeral
28 Mar 2014 at 7:06am

Bound to push a few more towards yes imo



Why the UK is bullying over borders and currency union
28 Mar 2014 at 1:55am

The UK government have warned they'll say absolutely No to a currency union.

They also say there ...



Health Issues
26 Mar 2014 at 10:56am

A Conservative MSP and Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil have clashed over the fate of cross-bo...



CBI tell us the 'yes' campaign are talking nonsense.
26 Mar 2014 at 9:49am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26728426
26 March 2014 Last updated at 02...

An Ordinary Man?
26 Mar 2014 at 5:20am

There's a full page advert in todays Metro (don't know about other papers), titled The Scottish R...



Recall
25 Mar 2014 at 10:44am

Perhaps not a debating point at all in the Independence debate but having just been told about th...



An open letter to all posters in this sub forum
24 Mar 2014 at 2:13pm

The purpose of this thread is to publicly apologise for all the trolling I've done in here.

 

I o...



Independence is breaking out all over
22 Mar 2014 at 5:43pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10715888/Veneto-residents-support-leaving-...



The Most Dishonest Political Campaign Scotland Has Ever Seen
22 Mar 2014 at 12:39pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26692674
Johann Lamont says she wants Sco...

Scotland is Subsidised by the RUK so can't go it alone
22 Mar 2014 at 6:50am

A widespread claim is the Scotland runs a deficit within the UK and therefore couldn't support it...




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Lord Mandelson: Britain 'bonkers' to leave European Union
Former Labour minister tells British Chambers of Commerce conference that leaving EU would erode ability to trade abroad

Lord Mandelson has said Britain would be "stark staring bonkers" if it turned...




Scotland to switch to driving on the right if independence given green light
Current road signage system would also be scrapped under scheme nationalists say helps show country is 'part of Europe'

Scottish nationalist leaders will attempt this week to give the trailing yes c...




Scotland currency union with UK is not going to happen, Nick Clegg states
Anonymous minister who said currency union would eventually be agreed is 'totally, plainly, utterly and flatly wrong', says Clegg

The government minister who said there would have to be a currency u...




Alistair Darling: Westminster parties would oppose Scotland keeping pound
Leader of Better Together campaign says England referendum on currency union with independent Scotland may be needed

Alistair Darling, the leader of the Scottish Better Together campaign, has said t...




Ben Jennings on Osborne and a UK-Scotland currency union cartoon


Scotland is already another country
Westminster's parade of day-trippers fail to grasp that devolution is not a destination but a process

They don't know whodunnit. But they sure as hell know what he done. By suggesting a post-indepen...




Alex Salmond: no campaign's pound threat 'demolished' by admission
Scottish leader says unnamed minister's comments on currency union indicate 'sterling bluff' is a campaign tactic

Alex Salmond said the British government's scaremongering tactics over Scottish inde...




More power to Glasgow's online journalists
The writing on Bella Caledonia and Wings Over Scotland websites is of a very high quality and often surpasses what appears in paid-for titles

To those who know about these things, the signs and symb...




The union belongs to the Scots, it's at the heart of our cultural identity
The Scottish referendum debate has become a narrow discussion of economics and does no justice to our nation

How could you fail to have an argument about identity in Scotland  and at a time like thi...




Generation Yes: they're young, they're fervent and they're nudging Scotland ...
Grassroots campaigners seeking a yes vote in September's referendum are causing a buzz on the streets, while the Better Together lobby stick to knocking on doors

The buskers in Glasgow's Buchanan St...




Union review 'history as dodgy pantomime'
Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh
Tim Barrow's bawdy account of the foundation of the union in 1707 is badly plotted and stuffed with semi-digested facts

In Edinburgh, in 1707, Scotland's parliament voted for ...




Cabinet minister: we're in danger of losing Scottish independence poll
Scottish secretary slams complacency in unionist camp and says: 'By the time we wake up it may be too late'

The cabinet minister in charge of Scotland has issued a stark warning that the country cou...




Osborne and Alexander try to quash UK-Scotland currency union suggestion
Chancellor and deputy respond to minister's claim that UK would have to form currency union to ensure economic stability

George Osborne and Danny Alexander have tried to quash any suggestion that th...




Nick Clegg: more help to go to those hurt by bedroom tax
Government is to lift cap on the amount of money councils can spend in discretionary housing payments for tenants

Nick Clegg signalled on Friday that the government is to lift the cap on the amount ...




Independent Scotland 'may keep pound' to ensure stability
Comments made to Guardian by goverment minister at heart of pro-union campaign will be major boost for Alex Salmond

A currency union will eventually be agreed between an independent Scotland and the...




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