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Claims of SNP cronyism after charity handed public support
ALEX Salmond is embroiled in a row after £16,000 of public support was given to a project headed by a senior member of the SNP and the pro-independence campaign.

Soldiers killed were in Army's 'safest' vehicle
THE Ministry of Defence is to review the use of its heavily armoured vehicles after three Scots soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.

Lord Advocate hits back in RBS row with Cable
A full-blown row has broken out between Scotland's top prosecutor and a senior Coalition minister over potential legal action against Fred Goodwin.

Unison brands council tax freeze 'unfair on poor households'
THE country's biggest trade union has launched the most comprehensive attack to date on the Scottish Government's long-running council tax freeze, claiming the policy has been unfair on poorer households.

A kiss for Ed
Ed Miliband gave 78-year-old voter Brenda White a kiss after she told him the spot where he gave a soapbox-style speech was where Clement Attlee had addressed voters 68 years earlier.

MSP raises concerns on kerb crawling law
There are concerns that men who are "clearly kerb crawlers" are not being charged and convicted, due to what is regarded as a lack of sufficient evidence, an MSP has warned.

Three-year funding for third-sector organisations
The Scottish Government is considering extending funding allocations to charities from one year to three years to provide them with more security, the Finance Secretary has said.

PM wants interpreters to stay in country
MOST of the 600 interpreters British forces have used in Afghanistan should, where possible, stay in the country to help rebuild it, David Cameron has insisted.

Fewer Scots find enough work
More than one in 10 people in Scotland is underemployed, twice as many as five years ago, according to analysis by a former Bank of England economist.

More tax havens to disclose information
A deal that commits a fresh wave of tax havens into disclosing the bank details of British tax-payers will be signed today.

Cameron refuses to name Ukip
David Cameron has been mocked for refusing to name the UK Independence Party (Ukip) during an interview, amid Conservative nervousness about the English local elections results.

Cable demands decision over Goodwin prosecution
BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has criticised Scottish authorities amid accusations they are dragging their feet over the potential prosecution of Fred Goodwin and other former directors of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) following the bank's near-collapse.

Tebbit not surprised as Tories turn to UKIP
FORMER cabinet minister Lord Tebbit has said Tories could not be blamed for turning to UKIP.

DPM hopes for meeting with Huhne
Nick Clegg has not contacted Chris Huhne in jail but retains "a lot of respect" for his party colleague and hopes to meet him when he is released, he said.

Pay fuel allowance in summer, says MP
HUNDREDS of thousands of Scots should receive their winter fuel payments in the summer, a Labour MP has claimed, to let them take advantage of lower prices.

 

Scotsman

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Unite union workers in Holyrood blacklist protest

Unionised workers have gathered outside the Scottish Parliament to demand a ban on companies who blacklist trade union members from bidding for public-sector contracts and for their bosses to be put in prison.



Ukip suspends member over ?racist? Facebook page

Ukip has suspended a member who allegedly posted anti-Muslim jokes on Facebook.



Independence currency plan branded a ?shambles?

ALEX Salmond’s plans to keep the pound after independence was branded a “complete shambles” as he came under fire from opposition leaders at Holyrood today.



Fury at reports of PM?s cigarette packaging U-turn

HEALTH campaigners have condemned reports suggesting that the Prime Minister has scrapped plans to introduce standardised cigarette packs.



Economy: UK double dip recession questioned

The UK economy may never have suffered a “double dip” recession, researchers have said - just days after official figures showed it avoided an unprecedented “triple-dip”.



Ian Swanson: Forum?s closed-door policy a bridge too far

THE invitation to help choose the name of the new Forth road bridge seems to have caught the public imagination. Despite what some have labelled a “boring” list of options, more than 20,000 votes have been cast within days of the shortlist being unveiled.



Fiona Hyslop tolerance call after Susan Calman abuse

SCOTLAND’S culture secretary has called for more responsible use of social media to debate the independence referendum after comic Susan Calman revealed she had been the target of abuse for her satirical contribution to a BBC radio programme.



Charity urges free childcare for poorest families

THE Scottish Government is being urged to extend free childcare to help families with two-year-olds who are living in poverty.



MSPs pay special Holyrood tribute to Brian Adam

The late MSP Brian Adam has been praised by leaders from across the political divide for his contribution to Scottish politics and his bravery in the face of illness.



Bill for vote on EU ?may come before next election?

DAVID Cameron yesterday indicated he could introduce a bill in this parliament to pave the way for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.



Swinney unveils Scottish OBR-style watchdog plans

Plans to create a separate Scottish Government economic watchdog north of the Border were unveiled by finance secretary John Swinney.



Patrol vehicle may have faced sophisticated enemy

DEFENCE experts have said that an increasingly sophisticated enemy may have been able to breach the defences of Britain’s toughest patrol vehicle with new tactics.



Analysis: The Taleban are clearly trying to ramp up attacks as British army w...

TUESDAY’S deadly Taleban attack on a Mastiff vehicle of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, has proved that the Afghan war is far from over.



Council tax freeze ?benefits leafy suburbs not poor?

THE council tax freeze is most beneficial for people in “leafy suburbs” and burdens hard-hit families with extra costs as local authorities “plug the gap” in their coffers by increasing charges for services, a new investigation has found.



Comment: undo offensive behaviour at football law

WHERE now for our much vaunted policies against football violence and sectarianism?



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
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Ramping it up
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones yesterday: Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones today: Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones tomorrow: Ah, feel the brotherly love of the glorious Union.

All the answers
We don’t really want to spend all day discussing things from a single rapidly-declining minority-interest Unionist newspaper, but we spent 69p this morning buying a copy of the Scotsman in order to check some facts on the Susan Calman story, so we’re going to flipping well get our money’s worth. The paper runs a rather [...]

The plot weirdens
The “Calmangate” story just keeps getting stranger and stranger. A few hours after our piece earlier today noting that the Scotsman had overwritten their article alleging the comedian had suffered death threats and a “barrage of abuse” with a completely new one, a version of the original reappeared at its original address. Its temporary absence [...]

The memory hole
We weren’t exactly shocked to see the Scotsman still trying to flog the “evil cybernats” routine this morning with another story about Susan Calman, with the paper seizing on some comments from Fiona Hyslop as their excuse to keep the issue alive. Today’s article, though, is noticeably more restrained than yesterday’s. It’s liberally sprinkled with [...]

Could they be related?
Our mole at “Better Together” HQ leaks another upcoming poster. Great work, Anas “Agent X”!

Minding Your Own Business Dept.
Wait, what now? From BBC News:

The not-so-smart money
Several weeks on, we still await answers from the No camp to several serious questions about their biggest donor, Ian Taylor of Vitol. But the ongoing furore (we’re really not sure issuing the Herald with a legal threat worked out the way Mr Taylor hoped it would) over his £500,000 donation has kept attention away [...]

Unpopular website now more widely hated
Damn. That concerted Unionist smear campaign directed at us last month really hurt. That’s 1,233,872 pageviews in April – almost quarter of a million up on the previous high, thanks to over 10,000 new first-time readers. We’ll try to struggle on.

The phantom menace
We’ve spent a fair bit of time over the course of this website’s existence documenting the multi-media witch-hunts that invariably arise in the Scottish media whenever some obscure and/or anonymous independence supporter on the internet says something slightly intemperate (or even just expresses an unpopular opinion). We especially enjoy contrasting it against the way that [...]

Official: Britain is unsaveable
This is Labour leader Ed Miliband on Radio 4′s “World At One” yesterday: (From 16m 12s on iPlayer.) “I think people are asking this very very important question about the country, which is, y’know, are our problems so deep that NOBODY can actually make a difference to them? My emphatic answer is yes.” Ours is [...]

BBC Scotland

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Salmond in pension deficits pledge
First minister Alex Salmond says there would be "no difference" to the length of time given for firms to pay off their pension deficits in an independent Scotland.

Baby ashes commission chairman named
A former high court judge is appointed to chair a new independent commission set up in the wake of the baby ashes scandal.

£500k for Holocaust educational fund
Half a million pounds is to be awarded to a scheme which gives schoolchildren the chance to visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Workers hold 'blacklisting' rally
Protesters gather outside the Scottish Parliament to demand a public inquiry into "systematic blacklisting" of workers by major construction firms.

Tax freeze 'benefits the wealthy'
The Scottish council tax freeze disproportionally benefits the wealthy, according to research by a union.

Cable tied up in subsidy talks
Agreement is being sought on the level of subsidy that would be paid to transmit electricity generated on the Western Isles to the mainland.

Bull stud land homes plan withdrawn
The Scottish government says it has withdrawn a plan for up to 190 homes on land it owns in Inverness.

MSPs pay tribute to Brian Adam
The Scottish Parliament pays tribute to SNP MSP Brian Adam who died last week from cancer at the age of 64.

Dam visitor centre plans submitted
Energy firm Scottish and Southern Energy submit plans for a new £3m visitor centre at the Pitlochry Dam in Perthshire.

Independence 'risk' to UK reputation
The rest of the UK faces damage to its international reputation if Scotland becomes independent, according to a committee of MPs.

Park demonstration against new road
A demonstration has been held by people opposed to Highland Council's preferred route for its new Inverness West Link.

Call for Scots economy forecast unit
Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney is keen to set up a Scottish alternative to economic forecaster the Office for Budget Responsibility.

£6m aid package for snow-hit farmers
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead announces a £6m aid package for farmers affected by recent severe snows and last year's wet weather.

Crown Office hits out over Cable letter
The Crown Office says it is disappointed that UK Business Secretary Vince Cable wrote to the Advocate General over an investigation into RBS.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Scotland's party leaders express condolences over the three soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

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The slow process of justice has become a punishment in itself

By Kenneth Roy

We are approaching the first anniversary of the arrest by Strathclyde Police of the prime minister's former director of communications, Andy Coulson. He was lifted ? as they say in Glasgow ? in an atmosphere of high drama.

Officers from Scotland called at his house in Dulwich, south London, at 630am in the sort of 'dawn raid' which has become a hallmark of the police investigation into the phone hacking scandal. So urgent was this matter that Mr Coulson was that very day driven all the way to Govan police station in Glasgow, where he arrived at 3.20 in the afternoon.



Extinguishing Corporate Corruption in an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

The UK political system has recently revealed a number of its unappealing attributes.  These bear heavily on Scotland?s independence referendum; by implication, they illustrate what kind of country an independent Scotland could become.

Political fraud must be recognised and constitutionally proscribed, so that an independent Scotland does not fall prey to intractable, endemic corporate corruption.  The future of a democratic Scotland depends on it.



Can a common programme provide a progressive vision for Yes campaigners?

By Ken Ferguson

THE Scottish Socialist Party has agreed to seek discussions with other progressive parties and campaigns on the pro-independence left to explore the possibility of reaching an agreed set of policies for a post-Yes Scotland.

Agreed by the party?s conference in Edinburgh the approach aims to explore the areas of agreement on a wide range of policies such as housing, jobs and the environment reflecting the left of centre consensus in Scottish society.



What is the media?s role in the independence referendum debate?

By Campbell Martin
 
THE SNP?s landslide victory at the 2011 Scottish Parliament Election was remarkable, particularly when we consider that the whole electoral process was set-up to prevent such an outcome and no part of the mainstream media in Scotland supports independence.
 
Of course, people were not voting for independence in May 2011, which meant that some newspapers - most notably the Sunday Herald - were prepared to back the SNP to manage devolution within the UK.



Are Better Together Closet Scottish Nationalists?

By Roddy Macdonald

The independence campaign is really only the second important campaign I?ve been involved in so far in my life.  The first was for the removal of the ludicrous ban on gay people serving openly in the UK Armed Forces.  As time moves on, I?m noticing a striking similarity between the opposition to the two campaigns.

By the 1990s, it was blindingly obvious that the internal opposition to gay people serving openly in the Armed Forces came not from straight colleagues, who really couldn?t care less. By far the most vocal opposition came from high ranking, self-loathing, closet homosexuals.



Venezuela at a crossroads

By Bill Bonnar
 
It was an election marred by blatant vote rigging and corruption, with the opposition crying foul.  It was an election which lacked legitimacy in the eyes of much of the international community and among its Latin American neighbours.
 
Not in Venezuela but nearby Paraguay which last week 'elected' the billionaire Horacio Cartes of the far right Colorado Party, to the presidency.  Cartes [pictured], who previously served a jail sentence for corruption and drug dealing, was almost immediately endorsed by the United States as the legitimate winner in the election.



Trade Unionists 'Coming Out' for Yes

  By Toni Giugliano
 
The STUC was one of the principal architects of the Constitutional Convention to re-establish the Scottish Parliament.  Last week, during the organisation?s congress in Perth, Dennis Canavan challenged the trade union movement to "finish the job it started" by campaigning for independence.
 
As sectoral co-ordinator for Yes Scotland it was my aim to ensure we were visible throughout the three-day event.  We certainly were - to the point where the No campaign accused us of "saturating" congress with our publications;



Blazing Saddles and the Tory suicide bumbler

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
There is a memorable scene in the classic Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles when the black sheriff, confronted by townsfolk brandishing guns, grabs his own gun and puts it to his own head.
 
"The next man makes a move and the ni**er gets it" he says to the mob. 

"Hold it men, he?s not bluffing" exclaims one of the ringleaders, "He?s just crazy enough to do it" says another.



Economic time bomb still ticking

  By George Kerevan 
  
WHEN asked what kind of generals he liked, Napoleon Bonaparte famously replied: ?Lucky ones.? George Osborne proved a lucky politician yesterday when he escaped the embarrassment of being the first chancellor ever to preside over three successive recessions.

The first quarter GDP figures turned out to be not only positive, but a reasonable 0.3 per cent ? well, reasonable in a global downturn.



Our broadcasters are letting us down ? things have to change

By Mark Piggott

I was down in England last week where the Thatcher funeral dominated the media.  I?m told in Scotland it was much the same with BBC Radio Scotland going in for wall to wall coverage on the hallowed day, they sent a team down especially.
 
Another story failed to register with the BBC, a little known web site called National Collective had been taken offline.  National Collective is an organisation of Scottish artists and creative people who have come together in order to use art in the quest for Scottish independence.



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Alex Salmond refuses to rule out separate currency

Alex Salmond has refused to rule out a separate Scotland adopting a new currency and faced accusations of being “clueless” on how a multi-billion pound pension shortfall would be resolved.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Holyrood opposition leaders display ignorance of how democracy works!

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Ramping it up

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones yesterday: Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones today: Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones tomorrow: Ah, feel the brotherly love of the glorious Union.

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Dave Watson: Future of UK and Scotland conference

The Economic and Social Research Council has launched its Future of Scotland programme that will provide evidence and analysis across a broad range of policy areas. This includes a two day conference in Edinburgh,The Future of the UK and Scotland, that brings together a large number of academics and policy specialists.



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Blog | Your Scotland, Your Referendum | Scotland's Referendum 2014

Independence will allow Scotland to choose its own priorities, form its own relationships and decide on the policies that are in the best interests of the people of this nation.



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All the answers

We don’t really want to spend all day discussing things from a single rapidly-declining Unionist newspaper, but we spent 69p this morning buying a copy of the Scotsman in order to check some facts on the Susan Calman story, so we’re going to flipping well get our money’s worth.



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Would an independent Scotland?s finances add up?

The Scotsman has asked the Centre for Public Policy for Regions to assess the claims made by the pro-independence Yes Campaign in relation to its recent “It all adds up to a more prosperous Scotland” launch.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Since when was a nation's right to independence conditional on passing some economic test? Particularly an economic test contrived by those determined, for their own self-serving reasons, to deny Scotland the normal constitutional status that other nations take for granted.British nationalists desperately want to reduce to whole referendum debate to a game of ping-pong played with economic statistics for the simple reason that those statistics can be made to say pretty much whatever they want them to say and nothing can ever be definitively proved one way or another.Here is the real "bottom line". I want my country's independence! If there is some economic risk involved it is not sufficient to deter me. And certainly no greater than the economic risks associated with remaining part of the UK.YOU CANNOT SCARE ME OFF!You might, in theory, persuade me that remaining in the union offered some benefits that would outweigh the desire to have Scotland rejoin the global family of nations. But, noting that unionists won't even attempt this approach, I have to assume that no such benefits exist.I have a whole list of reasons why I want independence. Each of those reasons is sufficient in itself for me to vote Yes next year. Unionists are unable to offer a single reason why I should vote No. Instead, all they do is flap a spreadsheet in my face in the hope that I'll panic.That isn't going to happen.

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Fiona Hyslop tolerance call after Susan Calman abuse

SCOTLAND’S culture secretary has called for more responsible use of social media to debate the independence referendum after comic Susan Calman revealed she had been the target of abuse for her satirical contribution to a BBC radio programme.
Peter A Bell's insight:
The Scotsman pedalling furiously trying to squeeze a wee bit more mileage out of this Calman nonsense.

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The Axis of Incredulity

Despite the litany of threats and 'warnings' of the dangers of self-governance, the reality is that we are governed by reckless ideologues. Cameron threatens to 'temporarily withdraw' from the Euro...

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Peter A Bell: Beware the language police!

 I think there's a point being missed in all this Calman stooshie. And it's not a point about Susan Calman - who is all but irrelevant to the issue. On the basis of her reported comments I would dismiss Calman as a second or third-rate wannabe comedian who has essayed a bit of satire without grasping the essential point that the crucial prerequisite of effective satire is a solid grasp of the subject matter. To this the good satirist will add some hopefully thought-provoking observational quirkiness that causes amusement.



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The plot weirdens

The "Calmangate" story just keeps getting stranger and stranger. A few hours after our piece earlier today noting that the Scotsman had overwritten their article alleging the comedian had suffered ...

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The memory hole

We weren’t exactly shocked to see the Scotsman still trying to flog the “evil cybernats” routine this morning with another story about Susan Calman, the paper seizing on some comments from Fiona Hyslop as their excuse to keep the issue alive.



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UK tallies the costs of an independent Scotland

Britain's international reputation – and its nuclear deterrent – are two of the concerns raised by members of Parliament , should Scotland vote for independence next year.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Isn't it annoying when you find some gobbet of unalloyed ignorance in a publication that purports to be authoritative and you can't put the idiots right because they don't allow comments? Here's a fine example from the formerly reputable Christian Science Monitor.

The article itself is just standard regurgitated unionist claptrap. The interesting bit is the picture at the top. And I don't mean the fact that it refers to some long-dead aristocrat and an acient battle, neither of which can have any real relevance to Scotland's constitutional debate. According to the caption on the picture,

"British Prime Minister David Cameron said Scotland should hold an independence referendum as early as next year, clashing with the Scottish National Party (SNP) which wants more time to rally support for a break from the United Kingdom."

A personal eye-witness account of the Battle of Bannockburn complete with smartphone video would have had a better claim to authenticity. Here in the real world, where the CSM doesn't appear to have a correspondent, we know that the SNP had the referendum slated for 2014 while David Cameron still entertained ambitions of preventing it ever happening at all.

I wonder if CSM takes the same kind of liberties with its reporting of US domestic politics. Thank goodness for Al Jazeera and Russian TV!

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Why must Scotland take a pounding in currency row?

WHEN even George Osborne can come to Scotland and get a fair hearing, we can all agree that the Yes campaign is in trouble.



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Rennie at odds with Lord Ashdown on Donorgate | Scottish National Party

Willie Rennie has declared he agrees with Alistair Darling and the Tory funded anti-independence No campaign over Lord Ashdown’s critical comments on Ian Taylor’s £500,000 donation.



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No camp confusion on Scottish OBR | Scottish National Party

The SNP is today (Wednesday) highlighting the confused state of the Libs Dems and the anti-independence No campaign in light of Finance Secretary John Swinney confirming that he is considering establishing a Scottish body equivalent to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).



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Holyrood to pay tribute to SNP MSP Brian Adam who died last week aged 64
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond will lead the special motion of condolence a day before Brian Adam's funeral takes place in Aberdeen where he lived and served as an MSP for Donside.

Scottish Government urged to extend free childcare to help families with two-...
THE Scottish Government plans to provide 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare a year for three and four-year-olds- now Save the Children are calling on two-year-olds to be included.

Scottish Government unveils £6m aid package to help farmers hit by severe win...
THE £6m aid package aims to help farmers who have been hardest hit by the extreme snowfall and last summer's wet weather.

Scottish Government must end fixation with wind power says MSP Murdo Fraser
THE Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, will address problems in the energy sector including fuel poverty, high energy costs and the real price of subsidies for wind power.

UK's reputation could be damaged if Scotland becomes independent say MPs
THE UK Government's confident assertion that Scotland will vote No is causing a problem for foreign partners, according to the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

SNP cannot show how Scotland would pay for own intelligence network and forei...
SCOTLAND would have to start from scratch on the international stage, a report by a House of Commons committee has found.

Independence 'Yes' camp chief Dennis Canavan backs new Scottish currency
CANAVAN'S opinion, given in an interview with BBC Scotland, differs from the Scottish Government, which has set out plans to retain the pound if Scotland votes for independence.

Planning policies regarding location of wind farms are submitted to Scottish ...
MINISTERS have proposed extending the separation distance between wind farms and cities, towns and villages.

Methadone use must be reduced in Scotland, say opposition parties
OFFICIAL figures released show there were 438 drug deaths in 2011 and the heroin substitute was implicated in 234 cases across Scotland.

Alex Salmond blasted over currency controversy as independence supporters att...
THE First Minister's plan to keep the pound in the event  of independence was looking ever more shaky as key supporters admitted they want a separate currency.

Scottish courts to be given powers to take fines straight from criminals' ben...
Court link-up with Department for Work and pensions aims to tackle poor rate of non-payment

Too many 'Mr Bigs' are being able to keep their ill-gotten gains, says the fo...
LES Gray believes the legislation to seize criminal's assets just doesn't go far enough with many so called "Mr Bigs" not losing much money at all.

Former MSP Tommy Sheridan set to lead Scotland?s campaign against the Bedroom...
SHERIDAN, who led ­Scotland?s fight against the Poll Tax more than 20 years ago, was elected chairman of the All Scotland Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation at the weekend.

Police investigate Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson over his handl...
INITIALLY a £15m contract was awarded to an architectes firm to revamp the area but Matheson announced in January the plans had been scrapped prompting a serious complaint being made against him.

Alex Salmond accused of lacking guts as new poll shows 62 per cent of Scots t...
AS the latest independence poll is released it seems pressure is growing on First Minister Alex Salmond as 62 percent of Scots say his case for breaking away from the Union isn't very convincing.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scottish independence quest hampered by policy gaps, MPs say

Select committee says Alex Salmond's stance on membership of EU and Nato lacks concrete evidence of risks and costs

Alex Salmond's quest for Scottish independence is being undermined by significant ...



Politics Weekly podcast: the Scottish pound; school holidays and the local el...

George Osborne visited Glasgow this week with a message to supporters of an independent Scotland: don't assume that you'll keep the British pound as currency. Osborne argued that if Scotland were t...



Letters: Currency questions for Scotland

Even if Scotland votes for independence and manages to keep the pound (No currency union with independent Scotland, says Osborne, 24 April), there's another problem facing its choice of currency. T...



Scotland's independence debate is giving unionism a shot in the arm | Martin ...

Alex Salmond's SNP should be crowing after Osborne's speech. But pro-UK politics is making a confident comeback

This week Alex Salmond was gifted the sort of opportunity he is supposed to dream of. ...



Scotland: the nitty-gritty of an ideal | Editorial

The danger for unionism is that the nationalist tide is met with a run of unplanned concessions

As with David Cameron's recent trip to Scotland to put the case for a Trident missile that has always ...



Scotland's currency options

Should an independent Scotland try to form a sterling pact with England, join the euro, or create its own currency?

Have its own currency

A Scottish currency ? let's call it a Scotdollar ? would be a...



Osborne scorns Scottish independence camp's plan for currency union

Scottish first minister tells chancellor to 'grow up' after he pours cold water on SNP's plans to retain pound sterling

George Osborne has stepped up the Treasury's attacks on Scottish independence ...



Should Scotland have its own currency? | The panel

George Osborne has said the UK may not share the pound with an independent Scotland. Our panel discuss the implications

Alistair Darling: 'A Scottish currency would be plain daft'

The SNP cannot guar...



Scotland currency row: Osborne accused of 'scaremongering'

Scottish finance secretary says there is compelling case for currency agreement between Scotland and rest of UK

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has accused George Osborne of using "sho...



Osborne warns of currency risks for independent Scotland - video

Chancellor George Osborne speaks in Glasgow at the publication of a Treasury report on currency options for an independent Scotland


  



Currency union with Scotland may not be in UK's interest, says Osborne

Chancellor says abandoning current currency arrangements 'would represent a very deep dive indeed into uncharted waters'

An independent Scotland would be forced to adopt new currency arrangements th...



Scottish currency options: not a simple matter

First minister Alex Salmond favours using sterling in a formal currency union, but he faces a fight

Those pressing for a yes vote in next year's referendum on Scottish independence need to convince ...



An independent Scotland could endanger sterling, Treasury warns

Whitehall says that unless Scottish public spending and debts are heavily cut, the currency could be threatened by speculators

The Treasury has warned that it could refuse to agree a formal currency...



Labour and Scotland: a tie that binds | Editorial

If the rhetoric of one nation is to mean something, much is to be said for caution over cutting such a strong link

Ed Miliband made a confident speech to the Scottish Labour party conference at the ...



Scottish independence: Alex Salmond given currency ultimatum

Scotland may have to join euro or create new currency if first minister fails to accept Treasury's terms for joining sterling

The Treasury has launched a direct attack on Alex Salmond's plans for Sc...



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The Axis of Incredulity
Despite the litany of threats and ‘warnings’ of the dangers of self-governance, the reality is that we are governed by reckless ideologues. Cameron threatens to ‘temporarily withdraw’ from the Euro...

Saltired
Mike Small on means and ends. I’m trying to get my head around the weariness and antagonism of the referendum campaign. Lots of people (on all sides and none) are Continue reading

Scotland doesn?t benefit from British economic ?strength?
By Jamie Maxwell Against expectations, the Chancellor?s visit to Glasgow last week was a success. Speaking to a gathering of Scottish business leaders, and armed with a hefty new Treasury Continue ...

RIC Edinburgh April 2013
Cat Boyd @ Radical Independence Conference April 2013 Alison Johnston @ Radical Independence Conference April 2013 Kevin Williamson @ Radical Independence Conference April 2013 Filed under: Autonom...

From Songthrush to Telephone
Here’s some great things coming up in the next few days and weeks that Bella thought it was essential you should know about  … First up the wonder that is Continue reading

Leveson Update
Last month every single party in the Commons gave its approval to a royal charter that will provide effective, independent regulation of the press without impinging in any way upon Continue reading...

From the Province of the Cat 15: Messages from the Underworld
Hermes, Pandora or Prometheus? In Search of a Future for Scottish playwrighting by George Gunn It was lunchtime on Monday 8th of April 2013 and I had just emerged from Continue reading

CyberBrits and Spectator Sports
By Jamie Maxwell There was something depressingly predictable about the way George Osborne?s intervention in the independence debate last week provoked a spate of Scotland-focused editorials and co...

Farago
By Mike Small It’s important to connect up propaganda, media distortion and the lies that we are being told, both about the independence campaign and the state of the British Continue reading

Have I got a new laugh for you innit?
I guess we’ll just have to get used to this.  Ever since the Scottish Government had the temerity to ask its people about self-governence Little Britain has only gone and Continue reading

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Salmond gives 'no difference' pledge on pensions
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ICAS, in a report titled Scotland's Pensions Future: What pensions arrangements would Scotland need?, suggeste...


Scottish independence: Who loses, who wins on foreign affairs? - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Who loses, who wins on foreign affairs?
BBC News
Turn things round. Ask not what Scotland does or does not get from the Union. Ask what benefits accrue to England. Alre...


Scottish independence: SNP's Sturgeon disputes MPs' Trident removal timescale...

BBC News

Scottish independence: SNP's Sturgeon disputes MPs' Trident removal timescale
BBC News
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has disputed the conclusions of a committee of MPs whic...


Scottish Independence: Yes chairman Canavan backs Scots currency - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Yes chairman Canavan backs Scots currency
BBC News
The chairman of the campaign to deliver a yes vote in next year's independence referendum said he would personally pr...


Scotland does the math on independence - USA Today - USA TODAY

Scotland does the math on independence - USA Today
USA TODAY
And the select committee wrote that oil is the "economic bridge over which Scotland would pass to independence." BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO...


Scottish Independence: Warning For Rest Of UK - Yahoo! News UK

Scottish Independence: Warning For Rest Of UK
Yahoo! News UK
It criticised ministers for their confidence that Scots will not back independence, warning that this was creating confusion in other coun...


Salmond criticises Commons report on Scottish independence - BBC News

BBC News

Salmond criticises Commons report on Scottish independence
BBC News
The SNP leader Alex Salmond has dismissed a report from the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee which said that an independen...


Comment: Global attention on independence debate - Scotsman (blog)

Scotsman (blog)

Comment: Global attention on independence debate
Scotsman (blog)
From the outside, it can sometimes feel that everyone is looking at Scotland ? and next year's referendum vote. Over th...


Pensions debt presents potential challenge to Scottish independence - Public ...

Public Service

Pensions debt presents potential challenge to Scottish independence
Public Service
Earlier this year it was revealed that the amount Scottish taxpayers are paying into local government ...


Scottish Independence Would Mean Loss of Pound, Osborne Warns - New York Times

BBC News

Scottish Independence Would Mean Loss of Pound, Osborne Warns
New York Times
LONDON ? With the euro crisis still smoldering, currency unions have a pretty bad name in Europe right now. That r...


SNP

SNP - Google News
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Holyrood praise for late MSP Adam - ic Lanarkshire.co.uk

Holyrood praise for late MSP Adam
ic Lanarkshire.co.uk
Party leaders and Holyrood's Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick paid tribute to the SNP member for Aberdeen Donside during a special motion of con...


SNP and Labour clash on currency - ic Lanarkshire.co.uk

SNP and Labour clash on currency
ic Lanarkshire.co.uk
The First Minister has refused to say if he would rule out an independent Scotland having its own currency. Labour leader Johann Lamont challenge...


MSPs pay special Holyrood tribute to Brian Adam - Scotsman

Scotsman

MSPs pay special Holyrood tribute to Brian Adam
Scotsman
Party leaders and Holyrood's Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick paid tribute to the SNP member for Aberdeen Donside today during a speci...


Scottish independence: Salmond gives 'no difference' pledge on pensions - BBC...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond gives 'no difference' pledge on pensions
BBC News
The SNP leader did not give details of how this would be achieved, but a spokesman later said "you can take it...


Scottish Parliament pays tribute following death of MSP Brian Adam - stv.tv

Scottish Parliament pays tribute following death of MSP Brian Adam
stv.tv
The Scottish Parliament will pay tribute to the SNP MSP Brian Adam, who died last week aged 64, following a battle with cance...


Scottish Parliament pays tribute to Aberdeen MSP Brian Adam - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish Parliament pays tribute to Aberdeen MSP Brian Adam
BBC News
... SNP MSP Brian Adam dies aged 64. Holyrood has paid tribute to SNP MSP Brian Adam who died last week from cancer at the...


Salmond refuses to say if separate Scottish currency is option - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Salmond refuses to say if separate Scottish currency is option
Herald Scotland
But the First Minister - who came under fire over the SNP's currency plans from Labour, the Tories and th...


UK tallies the costs of an independent Scotland - MinnPost.com

UK tallies the costs of an independent Scotland
MinnPost.com
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which has pledged to remove Trident, welcomed parts of the rep...


The currency of debate at First Minister's Questions - BBC News

BBC News

The currency of debate at First Minister's Questions
BBC News
Cue mild indignation on SNP benches? What point, what relevance? Protestations of innocence from Ms Lamont - had the FM forgotten...


Independence currency plan branded a ?shambles? - Scotsman

Scotsman

Independence currency plan branded a ?shambles?
Scotsman
The First Minister was accused of being isolated on the issue after the head of the official pro-independence campaign called for a se...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Foreign Office and Parliament plan strategy ahead of Scotland's independence ...

MercoPress

Foreign Office and Parliament plan strategy ahead of Scotland's independence ...
MercoPress
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the publication of the Parliament's Foreign Af...


Ahead of Referendum, Confusion Over Scottish Oil - Atlantic Sentinel

Ahead of Referendum, Confusion Over Scottish Oil
Atlantic Sentinel
North Sea oil and gas will likely be one of the most divisive issues in the 2014 referendum on Scotland's independence. Who does it ...


Bought and Sold? Campaign Finance and the Scottish Referendum - Huffington Po...

Bought and Sold? Campaign Finance and the Scottish Referendum
Huffington Post UK (blog)
It's only been a few weeks since Alex Salmond announced the date of next year's Scottish independence referendu...


Wood Group boss has no fears over 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland

Wood Group boss has no fears over 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
The chief executive of Wood Group has said Scotland's biggest oil services firm could succeed whatever the outcome of next year's ref...


£4m research project to study social attitudes ahead of referendum - stv.tv

£4m research project to study social attitudes ahead of referendum
stv.tv
Experts are to study crime rates, urban demographics and social inequality across Scotland as part of a £4m research initiati...


Scottish independence: Referendum cost estimated at £13.3m - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum cost estimated at £13.3m
BBC News
The latest estimated cost of holding the Scottish independence referendum stands at £13.3m, a rise of about £3m on previous...


STV hosts schools debate on Scottish independence referendum - stv.tv

STV hosts schools debate on Scottish independence referendum
stv.tv
Secondary school pupils will have the opportunity to debate the big issues in the run-up to the referendum on independence in 2014 ...


MSPs urge No campaign to return oil tycoon's donation - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

MSPs urge No campaign to return oil tycoon's donation
Herald Scotland
"Does the Cabinet Secretary agree with me that Scotland's referendum must be conducted to the highest possible sta...


The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner
Herald Scotland
He is currently working on a one-off political comedy for BBC Scotland, called Rory Goes to Holyrood. Which way will you be voting in...


The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead
Herald Scotland
This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they'll be voting. This...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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Mk Dons

MK Dons are an odious club imo.

 

There must be something about them though.

 

First they were listed as a potential football World Cup host stadium in the england bid over the likes of Nottingham ...



Famous People Who Now Have Ordinary Jobs

Saw this article and it got me thinking:

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/michael-barrymore-working-garden-centre-1865083

 

There must be loads of ex footballers making an honest living outsi...



You Cannot Be Sirius!
Where is the thread on this? I'd start it myself but can't be arsed trying to post links and pics on a phone.

Just google Atacama mummified humanoid. And someone please tell me its a hoax...

More Gun Madness In America

 A Kentucky mother stepped outside of her home just for a few minutes, but it was long enough for her 5-year-old son to accidentally shoot and kill his 2-year-old sister with the .22-caliber rifle ...



Map Of Europe

Not sure if this has been posted before but I saw it today and thought it was pretty cool.

 

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f54_1337075813

 

 



More Wisdom From The No Camp

Its not just the BBC who enjoy a good yarn  here are some crackers from the one of the biggest donators to the NO campaign who was writing in last nights Evening Express.

 

"Alex Salmond wants to g...



Watch Repairs/services
I've got an Omega Seamaster that I am looking to get serviced and have some minor repairs done on.

Anyone got any recommendations?

Ched Evans

Came across this website which has been set up by Ched Evans friends and family to try and clear his name.

 

I didn't follow the case at the time but reading some of the stuff on the site it does s...



Queens Day
Anyone get involved? I work for a dutch company so took it upon myself to once in my life saying aye, that queen would get it. The Dutch are great and stupid at the same time. queens day but ...

Buying A Car Using Pcp To Finance It
Ive started looking at buying a new car. Previously I'd always bought my cars outright in full when I purchased it. This time round I'm not going to manage it and am needing finance of some descrip...

Better Nation

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

Diverse In Action
The independence movement is just that; a movement. It is not a retailer of one narrative, or one coalescent ideology. It is a broad church peopled by persons of many political creeds, and none. Di...

A return for WMOTW
It’s been ages since anyone here cast an eye over the motions lodged at Holyrood, looking for saints and sinners, but the list remains a rich trove of absurdity and partisanship, alongside thoughtf...

With helpful advice like this?
Today’s Scotland on Sunday leads with “splits” in the Yes camp, revealing (shock!) that the SNP have different positions on the monarchy, the currency, NATO and so on to those held by Green and ind...

The Kind of Country I Want To Live In
A longer guest post today, from Martin Burns, who blogs here. We don’t normally publish old stuff from elsewhere, but this deserves a bigger audience.  The Pragmatic Argument for Independence Let m...

Scotland should now get a grip and get over Thatcher
A guest-style crosspost today from Douglas McLellan, who has a new blog here and who describes himself, amongst other things, as the most right-wing member of the Scottish Greens (as discussed on L...

Over your cities Green grass will grow
The Labour party have looked about them, taken stock of the post-Blair wasteland and identified the enemy. which apparently is those well-known destroyers of democracy and oppressors of the common ...

The War of the Roses
In 1999 I wrote a dissertation for my CSYS Modern Studies entitled: The Autonomy of The Scottish Labour Party. In conclusion, I realised that ?or lack thereof? should have been included in the titl...

Abolishing the ?progressive? hate tendency
A wee guest post today from Duncan Thorp, who’s previously written for us about social enterprise. Thanks Duncan! Here?s a simple experiment. Have a think about the names of political campaigns, pr...

If you can?t take the heat don?t post defamatory articles
NationalCollective is back online today, with an amended article repeating allegations about Ian Taylor which were already in the public domain. While taking a highly principled position about thei...

Is Margaret Thatcher?s greatest achievement still to come?
The delayed debate on Thatcher’s famous quote about society (and no, there’s no amount of context which excuses it) will be taken this afternoon at Holyrood, and the reaction to the debate topic at...

Scot Goes pop

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

House of Commons report confirms that Scottish independence would be a force ...
It's rare that a report by Westminster's Foreign Affairs Committee paints such an inspiring picture of the benefits that independence would bring not just to Scotland, but to the wider world as wel...

Here's why Labour are probably going to lose the next UK general election
Until recently, I tended to go along with the conventional wisdom that the balance of probability points to a Conservative defeat at the next UK general election - not because Labour have in any se...

Don't these bleedin' Jocks have a sense of humour?
One of the great taboos on Have I Got News For You is audience interaction. It just doesn't happen - the audience are there to be heard (laughing and applauding) and not seen. So for this decades...

Notes on a non-scandal
In the latest scare story about Scotland's currency that has been concocted by the No campaign (and of course in this respect the UK Treasury is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the No campaign), there...

Now that the daffodils are back, it's time to vote for a blog that is fightin...
My fellow citizens, these are uniquely dangerous times that we live in.

Lord Fraser wants to call in the RAF to bomb Glasgow Airport. The Treasury wants to rip out the soul of this nation by ta...

Poll : Which Presiding Officer has been best?
Bit of a random one, this, but I've been thinking about how the reputation of Commons Speakers at Westminster has so rarely matched up to my own assessment. For example, Betty Boothroyd was treate...

Warning : Jock-bashing buffoon ahead
I've long suspected that the editor of the blogs section of the Telegraph website is running some kind of internal contest to see which writer can demonstrate the greatest lack of knowledge and sel...

If any "prominent pollsters" from Ipsos-Mori happen to be passing by, feel fr...
Well, it's been far too long since I last offended Craig Gallagher's sensibilities by reposting one of my exchanges from Political Betting. "The Screaming Eagles" is the most prominent of the site...

Did the Bishop of London feel something on his shoulder?
Compare and contrast (well, perhaps not the latter)...

Tony Blair at the negotiations that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement -

"A day like today is not a day for soundbites, really - we can l...

Ding-a-dong listen to it, maybe it's a big hit, even when your lover is gone ...
I couldn't quite make up my mind how I felt about the controversy over whether Radio 1 should broadcast Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead on its official charts show yesterday. On the one hand, we're f...

The "international socialist movement" and its curious obsession with boundaries
Duncan Hothersall, leading Twitter propagandist for what he fondly describes as "the international labour movement" (better known to us as the UK Labour Party, an esteemed former member party of th...

YouGov poll on attitudes to Mrs Thatcher shows sharp Scottish divergence
Here is the regional breakdown of the YouGov poll from a couple of days ago on public perceptions of Mrs Thatcher following her death. There won't be any great surprises here, except for those who...

We are all National Collective
I've got a very soft spot for National Collective, partly because I was a contributor to the site in its early days, but mainly because it's since developed into an all-round class act, which does ...

Lib Dems' Moore deliberately lies in the Huffington Post - no ifs, no buts, n...
Michael Moore (aka "the man who gave us votes at 16 by opposing it") furiously spins for Blighty in the US edition of the Huffington Post -

"Scotland is facing an historic decision in 2014: whethe...

TNS-BMRB poll : Decrease in opposition to independence
Doubtless the above headline will be seen as spin, but when we have Magnus Gardham and his ilk perpetually spinning in the opposite direction on behalf of the 'mainstream media', I'm not going to a...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



North Korea Has Higher Life Expectancy For Men Than Wishaw.
“It?s official” Living in Craigneuk, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire is bad for your health. Shocking statistics show that life expectancy for men in the Wishaw scheme is lower than anywhere else in Nort...

Could they be related?
From Wings Over ScotlandCould they be related?http://wingsoverscotland.com/could-they-be-related/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=could-they-be-relatedhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/W...

Minding Your Own Business Dept.
From Wings Over ScotlandMinding Your Own Business Dept.http://wingsoverscotland.com/minding-your-own-business-dept/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=minding-your-own-business-depthttp://w...

The not-so-smart money
From Wings Over ScotlandThe not-so-smart moneyhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/the-not-so-smart-money/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-not-so-smart-moneyhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed...

Unpopular website now more widely hated
From Wings Over ScotlandUnpopular website now more widely hatedhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/unpopular-website-now-more-widely-hated/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=unpopular-website-now...

The phantom menace
From Wings Over ScotlandThe phantom menacehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/the-phantom-menace/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-phantom-menacehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over ...

Eight reasons Scotland has the opportunity of a lifetime
Scotland has got what it takes to run its own affairs. Scotland has got what it takes to be a wealthier nation. Scotland has got what it takes to be a fairer country. Westminster is not working...

Scotsman Claims Americans Are Against Scottish Independence.
The ‘Scotsman’ newspaper (perhaps it should be re-named as ‘The Britman’ or the ‘North Briton’) the other day found remote ancestors of people who signed the American Declaration of Independence wh...

Official: Britain is unsaveable
From Wings Over ScotlandOfficial: Britain is unsaveablehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/official-britain-is-unsaveable/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=official-britain-is-unsaveablehttp://w...

The hidden cost of the Union
From Wings Over ScotlandThe hidden cost of the Unionhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/the-hidden-cost-of-the-union/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-hidden-cost-of-the-unionhttp://wingsove...

Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Preparations for War
Reading two reports by Lieutenant Leech written between January and March 1838. The first, on Candahar, contains the interesting sentence: ? Mehrab Khan will most likely receive the allegiance of m...

No Politics is Local
Two friends of mine, one a Conservative and one a Liberal Democrat, both of whom live in London, were last weekend each volunteering for their parties, telephoning unfortunate voters in Cornwall, a...

The Toils of the Historian
It is 3.30am and I have just finished reading and analysing A Report on the Sindhian, Khelat and Daoodputr Armies with A Collection of Routes, By Lieutenant R Leech, Bombay Engineers (1838). Eleven...

Jeffrey Sachs From the Heart
I met Jeffrey Sachs a few times in my diplomatic career, in Warsaw, Accra and Vienna and certainly found him interesting and intelligent. But I do not think I ever before saw him this unguarded and...

The Way We Live Still
In a world in which our Queen and Prime Minister toady Arab despots, and Uzbek gangster and convicted blackmailer Alisher Usmanov is the UK’s richest man, where is the modern Thackeray or Trollope ...

Shame, Lies and Secrecy on Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia and the Chagos Islands remains a deep shame to the United Kingdom. In the 1960′s we forcibly deported an entire population a thousand miles, very much against their will, to make way f...

BBC the New Hammer of the Scots
I’d Hammer out Danger – I’d Hammer Out a Warning BBC anti-Scots propaganda is moving beyond the risible towards the truly chilling. On the 26 April the first words on Reporting Scotland, issued by ...

Burnes the Polymath
Can anyone find a full online version of K.M. Lyell’s 1881 Life, Letters and Journals of Charles Lyell, Bart. ? Normally google books or similar have such out of copyright books online free if of a...

?The Project? in Kazakhstan
A week ago Wikileaks released the transcript of a meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, together with a number of other liberal establishment figures from the USA. This transc...

Drawing Red Lines on Shifting Sands
In general I refrain from commenting on Syria, because the politics of that country are hugely complex and I simply do not know enough about it. If in the media in general people refrained from com...

Guardian Channel Thatcher on Europe
I have arrived back in the UK from Ghana, and catching up on an unforgivably tendentious series of articles on Europe and governance in the Guardian. They are predicated on a Eurobarometer poll tha...

Ludicrous Claims Department
Yet another example of the appalling standards of modern journalism from the Guardian, with journalists not thinking about what they write, and of the fakery of the industry of “analysts” that leec...

Murder in Samarkand Goes Paperless
Finally Murder in Samarkand is coming out in an electronic edition. Here it is on Kindle. I expect it will be available on other platforms as well. I cheer myself up sometimes by reading the custom...

Unionist Propaganda Surge
George Osborne is all over the media warning that an independent Scotland must follow Tory foreign policies if it wishes to stay in the pound. In fact the pound does not belong to the English – it ...

The Official Tsarnaev Story Makes No Sense
There are gaping holes in the official story of the Boston bombings. We are asked to believe that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified by the Russian government as an extremist Dagestani or Chechen Isl...

Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Sun to ?remain neutral? in next years referendum
According to the Indy the Scottish Sun will remain neutral in next year’s #IndyRef.goo.gl/SiAfA twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 2, 2013 A blow for Alex Salmond? Acc...

If Scotland rejects independence it will be because Scottish women are not co...
Latest Scottish referendum poll for S Times has huge gender divide. YES 7% ahead with men but 27% behind with women. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 24, 2013 The Se...

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...


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