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FM: Blair-Bush letters must be published in full
1 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
ALEX Salmond has added his voice to calls for the full private exchanges between Tony Blair and George W Bush in the run-up to the Iraq War to be made public.

Judge: I don't want to control the press
1 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
A senior judge who is to chair Britain's new newspaper regulation body says he has no intention of controlling the press.

Coalition to unveil collective pension scheme
1 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
A SHAKE-UP of workplace pensions, tax-free childcare, a boost to shale gas exploration, help for further oil and gas developments in the North Sea and even a Heroism Bill to prevent have-a-go heroes from being prosecuted are due to be unveiled by the Coalition this week.

Osborne admits defeat as immigration target missed
1 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
GEORGE Osborne appears to have admitted defeat on the Tory pledge to bring annual net immigration below 100,000 by the general election.

Ashdown condemns 'plot of deep malice' against Clegg
1 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
FORMER Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown has said there had been a "plot of deep malice" to remove Nick Clegg.

Welfare reforms linked to food bank demand
1 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
The UK Government is being told to stop "ignoring" the evidence showing a link between welfare reform and a growing use of food banks.

Furore over 'flawed' legal bills for council's exit from Cosla
1 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
LEGAL teams have become embroiled in the row over the cost to rebel councils of quitting their representative body, with the country's largest authority refusing to pay the £1.2 million it is claimed it owes.

Holyrood may delay MSP ban on hiring relatives
1 Jun 2014 at 9:02pm
HOLYROOD may rethink a ban on MSPs employing family members meant to come into force next year.

Labour's row over Holyrood candidate selection
31 May 2014 at 9:03pm
SCOTTISH Labour is embroiled in a candidate selection row for a Holyrood contest involving a top police officer turned shadow justice secretary and the son of a senior Unite trade unionist.

Steel piles pressure on Clegg
30 May 2014 at 9:03pm
NICK Clegg saw an apology from a LibDem peer weeks before it was passed to the four women who accused him of sexual harassment, it has emerged.

Cameron at odds over EU candidate
30 May 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron is on a ­collision course with Angela Merkel after the German chancellor backed a continuity candidate as the next president of the European commission.

Charter will put BBC under more scrutiny
30 May 2014 at 9:03pm
All aspects of how the BBC is run and paid for will be reviewed when its charter comes up for renewal, the Culture Secretary has said.

Sir John urges Blair to let Iraq conversations be published
30 May 2014 at 9:03pm
Tony Blair could intervene to allow full disclosure of exchanges he had with George Bush in the run-up to the Iraq war, Sir John Major has said.

Clegg urged to expel peer over 'harassment'
29 May 2014 at 9:04pm
NICK Clegg is facing calls to expel a Liberal Democrat peer who has apologised to four women he is accused of sexually harassing.

'Reduce speed by 10mph'
29 May 2014 at 9:04pm
MOTORISTS could be asked to drive 10mph slower to protect the environment and stay safe in extreme weather.


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Scottish independence: Treasury says No vote pays
2 Jun 2014 at 1:34pm

A NEW Treasury factsheet claims that household bills and other essential costs will be kept lower by voting against independence, the UK Government has said.



Business chiefs say Scotland will face EU struggle
2 Jun 2014 at 11:45am

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland faces at least three years outside the European Union and it will be “next to impossible” to rejoin on the UK’s current terms, a group of senior business leaders has said.



Gordon Brown slams Westminster?s currency tactics
2 Jun 2014 at 11:33am

The UK Government’s handling of the currency row in the debate over Scottish independence has been criticised by Gordon Brown.



Blair: Chilcot Inquiry questions ?for another day?
2 Jun 2014 at 8:18am

TONY Blair has ducked calls for him to sanction the release of his exchanges with George Bush in the run-up to the Iraq war.



100 Weeks of Scotland: Govan and shipbuilding
2 Jun 2014 at 5:00am

Govan; Solid. Hard. Uncompromising. These are the words that spring foremost to the mind when talking about this little area of Glasgow on the southern banks of the Clyde.



Scottish doctors backing assisted suicide law
2 Jun 2014 at 12:53am

A GROUP of doctors is backing proposals to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland.



Taxpayers hit with £10m bill for superbug probe
1 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

The cost of a long-delayed inquiry into a deadly outbreak of clostridium difficile at a Scottish hospital has more than doubled from initial estimates, to stand at almost £10 million, The Scotsman can reveal.



Independence: Tory devo plans ?will fuel Yes vote?
1 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

DIVISIONS have opened up in Tory ranks ahead of the unveiling of the party’s radical plans for the next stage of devolution, with former Scottish secretary Lord Forsyth warning it will fuel a Yes vote in the independence referendum.



Independence: Scots want to share oil money - poll
1 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

MOST Scots believe money raised from North Sea oil and gas in Scottish waters should support public services across the UK, according to a poll.



MSPs urge UK to look at need for food banks
1 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

The UK government is being told by MSPs to stop “ignoring” the evidence showing a link between welfare reform and the growing use of food banks.



Jean-Claude Juncker could force Britain out of EU
1 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

David Cameron has reportedly warned that Britain could leave the EU if Luxembourg ex-prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker becomes the next president of the European Commission.



Ukip promises tax cuts across the board
1 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

Nigel Farage promised tax cuts yesterday as he sought to broaden Ukip’s appeal beyond Euroscepticism.



Uncharitable Glasgow 2014 bosses ban fundraisers
1 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

CHARITIES are to miss out on thousands of pounds of potential donations after being banned from collecting in streets surrounding Commonwealth Games venues.



Queen?s Speech set to pave way for pension changes
1 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

A RADICAL shake-up of the pension system is set to be unveiled in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday.



Experts call for more tree planting in Scotland
1 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTLAND must take responsibility for its own future timber needs and protect the world’s fragile forests by planting more trees now, industry experts have said.




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Wings over Scotland blog

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Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

How times don?t change
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jun 2014 at 11:40am
As we forced ourselves unwillingly through the full text of the Strathclyde Commission report in the name of professionalism this afternoon, it struck us that perhaps in our partisan haste we’d been just a tiny bit harsh on it. After all, while the extension of tax powers is at best an empty charade and at […]

Let?s make this simpler
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jun 2014 at 7:45am
The Strathclyde Commission report, 15 months in the making and repeatedly delayed, is just 16 pages long. We’re not too sure what the team did for 14 months and three weeks of that time, because in essence the report is the executive summary of Scottish Labour’s “Powers For A Purpose” paper with a couple of […]

The Common Sense Test
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jun 2014 at 4:02am
This morning’s papers are already full of reports about the contents of the Strathclyde Commission report, the Conservative counterpart to Labour’s shambolic “Devo Nano” proposals. Embarrassingly for Johann Lamont, it looks as though the Tories are going to “outbid” Labour, the self-proclaimed “party of devolution”, with what are superficially greater powers for the Scottish Parliament on taxation. And […]

Stories of the week 1/6/2014
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jun 2014 at 3:38pm
The top five most-read stories on Wings Over Scotland in the last seven days. 1. An actual letter from America A fresh perspective on NATO and nukes. 2. The news less fit to print The media tries to pretend there isn’t a blue whale in the room. 3. Unrestricted warfare Just your standard No camp make-people-think-their-child-will-die stuff. 4. A […]

Another one of our blackouts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jun 2014 at 10:09am
We’ve been toasting in the sun with the Wings Emergency Kitten most of today, readers, celebrating the fact that Wings Over Scotland now has more unique readers per month than the sales of any Scottish newspaper. (As of May we’re reaching 253,000 people monthly, whereas the best-selling paper, the Scottish Sun, shifts 248,000 copies. It […]

Your love keeps lifting us higher
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 May 2014 at 7:30pm
Readership stats for May, if you like that sort of thing. So, yeah, milestones. We broke through a quarter of a million readers and four million pageviews in a calendar month, both for the first time. It was also the first calendar month in which there wasn’t a single day below 100,000 pageviews. (It was […]

A job done mostly well
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 May 2014 at 7:01am
We spend a lot of time on this site pulling the Scottish media up on its many and abysmal failings, so it’s only fair that when it occasionally gets something (largely) right we should offer it a little bit of praise and recognition. And for once we’re not even being sarcastic when we say that, so […]

Straight to the bottom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 May 2014 at 4:08am
We don’t have the faintest idea what effect (if any) the Tory-millionaire-run “Vote No Borders” campaign might be having on the general public, but for those of us analysing the referendum campaign it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Whether it’s the extremely suspicious nature of its funding, its employees airbrushing their CVs to remove any mention of […]

The company you keep
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2014 at 4:03pm
We’re not sure if these are Scottish Labour’s 3rd-floor office-mates at John Smith House, or just some of the party’s alternative trading names.

Hacked off
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 May 2014 at 9:37am
The week-long media frenzy that would have surrounded the Scottish Government releasing a key set of figures about independence, only to have them immediately and pointedly disowned by their cited sources as gross distortions misrepresenting the reality by a factor of 12, doesn’t bear thinking about. (Remind yourself of the 10 desperate days they dragged out […]


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Tories back Scots income tax power
2 Jun 2014 at 8:34am
Scotland should be given full income tax powers following a vote against independence, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says.


Brown attacks currency union tactics
2 Jun 2014 at 9:36am
The UK government's handling of the currency union row in the Scottish independence debate is criticised by Gordon Brown.


SNP quits council ruling coalition
2 Jun 2014 at 7:48am
The SNP group quits its ruling coalition with Labour at the helm of Dumfries and Galloway Council after just eight months.


DWP in food bank 'denial' say MSPs
2 Jun 2014 at 3:00am
The UK government's Department for Work and Pensions is "in denial" over an increase in food bank use, a Holyrood committee says.


Exam bosses to cut work for teachers
2 Jun 2014 at 7:13am
The Scottish exams agency is to make moves aimed at cutting the workload of teachers surrounding new qualifications.


NHS 'still fails' dementia patients
2 Jun 2014 at 4:00am
A Mental Welfare Commission report claims people with dementia still do not get acceptable care from the NHS in Scotland.


Schools to debate in memory of Dewar
2 Jun 2014 at 6:28am
The final of Scotland's largest school debating tournament is to be held at the Scottish Parliament.


Common Weal urges different economy
1 Jun 2014 at 6:59am
Scotland should embrace shorter working week, higher wages, an expanded welfare state and higher taxes, according to a new blueprint.


Carers could get more money post-Yes
1 Jun 2014 at 10:27am
Carers in an independent Scotland could be entitled to £11 a week more, the Scottish government has announced.


VIDEO: Your questions: Brian Wilson and Michelle Thomson
1 Jun 2014 at 3:37am
Former Labour minister Brian Wilson and Michelle Thomson, of Business for Scotland, answer your questions on the Scottish independence referendum.


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.


VIDEO: Salmond: 'Future is in Scotland's hands'
26 Nov 2013 at 4:47am
First Minister Alex Salmond says "Scotland's future is in Scotland's hands" as he outlines the Scottish government's case for independence.


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Democracy ... UK-style
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Jun 2014 at 6:01am

  By Campbell Martin
 
Imagine, if you can, living in one of those oppressive states elsewhere in the world, like North Korea or China or Saudi Arabia.
 
Actually, from a UK Government perspective, the last two are not oppressive regimes, contrary to all available evidence.  China and Saudi Arabia are good customers of the UK, so small matters like human rights, torture of civilians and state executions are overlooked. 



Guns off our streets - starting with the police
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
30 May 2014 at 3:20pm

Highland MSP John Finnie does a bit of time travelling...

It's the summer of 2017, and a hot summer's night in the Highland capital of the newly independent Scotland.

Many of the population have been drinking all day. The town centre party gets out of hand and the armed police officers intervene.



What UKIP and the SNP do have in common?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 May 2014 at 2:09pm

By Peter Geoghegan
 
Since the European (and local) election results were announced, our media has been convulsed in solicitous, navel-gazing paroxysms. 'Are UKIP the future of British politics?' news anchors ask of pointy-heads. 'Why are voters rejecting the political system' opine newspaper columnists.

In Scotland, news that UKIP scraped a European seat was paraded by some as confirmation that Scots are just as xenophobic as their counterparts o'er the border, regardless of their electoral preference for Labour and the SNP. (Less was made of polling that suggests UKIP success was likely to bolster support for a Yes in September.)



Scotland 'welcomes' their first Tea Partier
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 May 2014 at 2:40pm

By Mark McNaught
 
The election of David Coburn as the first Scottish UKIP MEP from Kensington, who plans to run for a seat as an MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford in London in 2015, has brought the first Tea Partier to Scottish politics. It is also further evidence that dark money plutocratic conservative groups are tightening their stranglehold over Westminster. For Scotland, only independence can assure that they do not suffocate their government as well.



Foodbank use is "maximising economic choice"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
29 May 2014 at 1:52pm

By Sandra Webster

The normally publicity- seeking Tory employment minister Esther McVey was asked to attend the Scottish Parliament?s welfare committee late last month. She declined but instead sent Neil Couling, work services director of the DWP.

It really made no difference that the minister wasn?t in attendance as the mandarin spoke with his master?s voice. Using cold statistics as his weapon of choice, he attempted to explain that benefit sanctions were good for those who received them, and food bank use was not demand but supply led. He attributed the growth in their usage as people ?maximising their economic choices?.



Merkel emerges as the real winner
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 May 2014 at 6:28am

By George Kerevan
 
The people have spoken ? the bastards. But who actually won the European elections? If you watched the BBC, the answer was Ukip. But the reality is very different. A closer look at the actual electoral maths shows the centre-right (ie the German bloc) has won out over the centre-left. Angela Merkel?s victory is the real political result of these European elections.



Scotland 1974
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 May 2014 at 6:20am

  By Paul Kavanagh
 
I decided to do a telly review, and settled down with my deep fried Mars bars and Irn Bru chasers. BBC Scotland?s brand new totally non-stereotypical cutting edge 21st century current affairs for a modern Scotland show had its debut on BBC2, and I wanted to get into the mood. I wasn?t disappointed, it was the Daily Record with moving pictures. I was just waiting for Dougie Donnelly to pop up and tell us about indoor bowling from Coatbridge.



Time to be bold in wake of Euro poll
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
26 May 2014 at 2:31pm

  By Ken Ferguson

First the context.

Across England the right wing populists of UKIP emerged from the Euro poll in first place, in Scotland they came fourth scraping a seat ahead of the Greens.

This is not complacency, simply fact. But that is not the same as suggesting that the UKIP surge is of no consequence for Scottish politics--it is.



Academic study reveals Good Morning Scotland favouring No campaign
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 May 2014 at 4:11pm

By a Newsnet reporter

Results from an academic study into referendum output on the BBC?s flagship morning news programme Good Morning Scotland has revealed news headlines and interviews skewed in favour of the No campaign.

According to the month long study, referendum coverage was more likely to lead with a story favouring the No campaign than one favouring Yes.  The study also found a tendency on the part of interviewers to adopt a more aggressive stance with Yes figures than when interviewing their No campaign counterparts.



Lallands Peat Worrier explores Electoral Commission rules
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
25 May 2014 at 9:53am

By Andrew Tickell

And in a single bound, free. The Confederation of British Industry got lucky.  Having accidentally registered as supporters of the No campaign with the Electoral Commission, and created an almighty boorach for themselves, the captains of industry finally got their act together, and wriggled out of it.




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Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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How times don't change
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 11:57am

As we forced ourselves unwillingly through the full text of the Strathclyde Commission report in the name of professionalism this afternoon, it struck us that perhaps in our partisan haste we'd bee...

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Gordon Brown's vision for Scotland: Ex-PM urges Scots to save...
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 11:40am

IN a candid and wide-ranging interview with the Daily Record the former Prime Minister outlines his bold vision for Scotland within the United Kingdom.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Does Gordon Brown do anything other than grand entrances? If he's not "coming out of the shadows" he's "taking centre stage...



Crossfire?
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 10:21am

BBC Scotland is in the news again after the announcement that presenter Gary Robertson is facing redundancy. Crowds of protestors gathered yesterday outside Pacific Quay in Glasgow to...



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U-turn as Tory leader unveils devo-max plan
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 10:10am

RUTH Davidson will today open a new chapter for the Scottish Conservatives by backing more tax powers for Holyrood as senior sources make clear the days of the Tories seeking to put the brakes on devolution are over.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is just plain dishonest to portray the British parties'...



Let's make this simpler
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 9:06am
The Strathclyde Commission report, 15 months in the making and repeatedly delayed, is just 16 pages long. We're not too sure what the team did for 14 months and three weeks of that time, because in...

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Scottish Tories outline devolution plans
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 8:57am

Scottish politicians should be more accountable to the taxpayer for the money that they spend in the next phase of devolution, according to the Conservatives.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Let's skip over Ruth Davidson's derogatory portrayal of the Scottish Parliament.* She is, after all, a British natio...



Conservatives voters should now support independence
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 7:41am

Michael Fry of Wealthy Nation is a Conservative for independence Today the Scottish Conservative Party has published its report on further devolution. While going further than the lukewarm Labour version, it remains unambitious. Of the top seven sources of income, the report proposes fully

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BBC faces showdown after radio anchorman is dropped
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 7:04am

BBC Scotland is set for showdown talks with union leaders as it emerged the broadcaster's respected anchorman Gary Robertson has been axed.

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What is the referendum period?
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 6:57am

A new chapter in the Scottish independence referendum story is about to be written - because we've now entered into the official campaign period.



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16 things you need to know about Scotland's economy | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 6:06am

Scotland’s got what it takes to be independent, with strong public finances, a range of successful industries and abundant natural resources. Here are sixteen key facts which add up to a bright and successful future for Scotland as an independent country.



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Brian Monteith: Trust Cameron for more devolution
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 5:52am

With the Scottish Conservatives set to come out for income tax-setting powers for Holyrood, a seminal moment will have been reached, writes Brian Monteith
Peter A Bell's insight:

Brian Monteith's latest offering* reads less like political analysis from an authoritative commentator offering rational...



The Common Sense Test
by Peter A Bell
2 Jun 2014 at 4:47am

This morning's papers are already full of reports about the contents of the Strathclyde Commission report, the Conservative counterpart to Labour's shambolic "Devo Nano" proposals. Embarrassingly f...

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Sign for Scotland: Winds of Change
by Peter A Bell
1 Jun 2014 at 6:34pm

Whilst being out and about gaining signatures for Yes Scotland, I have come across on a number of occasions the phrase ‘I support independence but…’ followed by a specific issue. These take two forms: I don’t want ‘x’ to change and I don’t want ‘x’ to remain the same.

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Scottish independence: SNP pledge cash for carers
by Peter A Bell
1 Jun 2014 at 6:23pm

MORE than 100,000 carers could get almost £600 a year more in benefit payments in an independent Scotland under the SNP, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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The Beard Should be Revered
by Peter A Bell
1 Jun 2014 at 5:37pm

Chris John Millington, one of the most in-demand models in the world has today backed the Yes campaign. From New York to Dubai, London to Thailand and back again, the Scot and his magnificent beard...

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Gordon Brown's vision for Scotland: A new Caledonia must be built by creating...
by Gordon Brown
2 Jun 2014 at 6:47am
GORDON believes we must continually reinvent our sense of identity and that the 21st century Scot will embrace globalisation ? not isolation.


George Galloway MP set to ask Monklands voters to 'Just Say Naw' over indepen...
by Gordon Robertson
2 Jun 2014 at 6:26am
Political firebrand George Galloway is coming to Coatbridge to argue the case against Scotland leaving the United Kingdom.


Gordon Brown's Vision for Scotland: Why our nation's shared values matter mor...
by Gordon Brown
2 Jun 2014 at 6:09am
GORDON is proud of Scotland's history and distinct cultural identity but believes our determination to fight for social justice is what really defines us.


Gordon Brown's vision for Scotland: We must take final steps to complete devo...
by Gordon Brown
2 Jun 2014 at 6:02am
AMBITIOUS new steps must be taken if the Scottish Parliament is to fully live up to Donald Dewar's original, inspirational vision.


Record View: Gordon Brown's vision for a new Scotland within the United Kingd...
by Record View
2 Jun 2014 at 5:04am
RECORD View welcomes the former Prime Minister's intervention into the independence debate as it lays out a clear route map for keeping Britain together.


Ditch House of Lords for a US-style senate.. one of Gordon Brown's 10 ways in...
by dailyrecord
2 Jun 2014 at 3:52am
GORDON BROWN has laid out 10 ways in which Scotland could benefit from remaining part of the UK, including ditching the House of Lords.


Gordon Brown's vision for Scotland: Ex-PM urges Scots to save union and our c...
by David Clegg
1 Jun 2014 at 9:00pm
IN a candid and wide-ranging interview with the Daily Record the former Prime Minister outlines his bold vision for Scotland within the United Kingdom.


Independence referendum: Conservatives set to offer full income tax control t...
by dailyrecord
1 Jun 2014 at 8:10am
SCOTTISH Tory leader Ruth Davidson says the plan is intended to stop Holyrood from being a 'pocket money' parliament.


Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tells all about controversial Quest...
by dailyrecord
1 Jun 2014 at 5:11am
MP says show, which featured TV's Piers Morgan and footballer Joey Barton, should not be exclusive province of politicians.


Independence referendum: £600 bonus for over 100,000 carers after a 'Yes' vot...
by Mark Aitken
31 May 2014 at 6:01pm
NO campaign claim that the move, announced by Nicola Sturgeon, amounted to another uncosted 'referendum bribe'


Independence referendum: Yes and No activists take to the streets to begin of...
by dailyrecord
31 May 2014 at 3:35am
HIGH profile independence activists joined street teams in Glasgow yesterday as the official campaign period began a 16-week run up to the referendum in September.


Independence referendum: Scots knew exactly what they were getting from 1707 ...
by dailyrecord
31 May 2014 at 2:55am
PROFESSOR Christopher Whatley compares this year's independence vote to the union with England 300 years ago and argues back then the detail on currency, borders and taxes had all been agreed before the deal was sealed.


Pro-independence group plans to convince 250,000 business people to vote Yes
by dailyrecord
30 May 2014 at 10:07am
MEMBERS of Business for Scotland believe independence is major commercial opportunity for individuals and companies.


B&Q boss warns investment would be put on pause in Scotland if there is a vote...
by dailyrecord
30 May 2014 at 7:15am
SIR Ian Cheshire, whose multinational firm Kingfisher owns the DIY outlets, said there are too many uncertainties surrounding currency and Scotland's place in the EU.


Independence referendum: Extending devolution rather than breaking up the uni...
by dailyrecord
30 May 2014 at 5:51am
THE former Lib Dem leader claimed the costs debate was "irrelevant" and instead said more research should be done to find out what type of nation Scots want to live in.


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Sarah Smith - Worth sacking Gary Robertson for!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jun 2014 at 1:18pm
Sarah Smith - Worth sacking Gary Robertson for!


'Delight' as Scotlandshire 2014 loses 75% of viewers in 2 days
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Sarah Smith - what a bomb!

"Nobs explain about Fannies" - our special report on unpolished mugs.
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jun 2014 at 1:36pm
"Nobs explain about Fannies" - our special report on unpolished mugs.


Lying Shamelessly on Healthcare: A Statement by Nob Orders
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
There is a feeling amongst both of our directors that real debate is being stifled (chiefly by us)

Looking for honest balanced reporting? Look no further than us.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 May 2014 at 4:07pm
Looking for honest balanced reporting? Look no further than us.


Splittism - Our fearless analysis of both campaigns
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
As with everything else, the only place to look for honest, unbiased information is the BBC

GOSH! Don't mess with Peter Pan, Mr Offord.
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 May 2014 at 4:36pm
GOSH! Don't mess with Peter Pan, Mr Offord.


Gosh! Great Ormond Street Hospital cuts Nob off!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Now that we have entered the so-called regulated period for the splittist referendum, we need to show some semblance of balance

Nigel wants to shake up the #IndyRef debate, now he's finally part of U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2014 at 4:06pm
Nigel wants to shake up the #IndyRef debate, now he's finally part of U-KOK.




U-KIP plan for more sex in Scotlandshire ridiculed by Natz.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2014 at 1:09pm
U-KIP plan for more sex in Scotlandshire ridiculed by Natz.


Co**burn's 'More Sex' call blighted by lack of woodies
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Scotlandshire is lovely because it?s not full of people. It's a much nicer place without the bloody Scots.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the cinema...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 May 2014 at 3:47pm
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the cinema...


Enjoy your Nob - while you still can!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We are delighted to bring you an annotated version (with enhanced Nob), which will allow you to fully savour the nuances of their brilliantly presented positive case for th...

Thanks to all of you who like us. We had a hard job counting you all, but Dan...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 May 2014 at 11:03am
Thanks to all of you who like us. We had a hard job counting you all, but Danny Alexander helped us out, by adding 6,000 + 4. Turns out there are 17 billion of you! Thanks a gazillion!




Criminal conspiracy to fix Scotlandshire result. We investigate.
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 May 2014 at 5:02pm
Criminal conspiracy to fix Scotlandshire result. We investigate.


Fury in U-KOK HQ as Treasury sabotages the Union - and does it deliberately!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atla...

MEPs - SNP 2 : Lab 2 : Con 1 : BBC 1 - Yes!!
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 May 2014 at 4:15pm
MEPs - SNP 2 : Lab 2 : Con 1 : BBC 1 - Yes!!


It was BBC Scotlandshire wot won it!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann is delighted to be second - that's nearly first.

Following the abject failure of the No Borders campaign, U-KOK announces the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 May 2014 at 11:39am
Following the abject failure of the No Borders campaign, U-KOK announces the release of a new, genuinely grassroot campaign


Bealthy Wanker launches 'Nob Orders', a campaign for 'unpolished' U-KOK voters
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
"Better Together is funded by the Conservative party and some of thei...

Blow to Al-Iqsammin, as his main adviser's cover is blown too.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 May 2014 at 3:37pm
Blow to Al-Iqsammin, as his main adviser's cover is blown too.


Wee dug reveals secret Natz plan to turn Scotlandshire into a Muslim state
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
His mission in life is to pee on the lamp-post of British Unionist pretensions.

Barney in Aberdeen! (or rather Barney out of Aberdeen).
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 May 2014 at 1:53pm
Barney in Aberdeen! (or rather Barney out of Aberdeen).


Barney over Barney in Aberdeen
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Ex-PM Gordon Brown allegedly had wise words of advice for Barney

As Darling fades into oblivion, Poultice makes play with his end, and we have...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 May 2014 at 5:09pm
As Darling fades into oblivion, Poultice makes play with his end, and we have a new poll on your favourite Nob Orders Cambridge model.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/736-poultice-scrawls-on-darlings-end.html


Poultice scrawls on Darling's end
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Sc...

Another Falkirk scandal explodes! Brave Michael Connartyst MP exposes all!
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 May 2014 at 1:37pm
Another Falkirk scandal explodes! Brave Michael Connartyst MP exposes all!


Further blow to Salmond as U-KOK meetings abandoned
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vote NO ? vote Nob Orders


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'S urrainn dhuinn! (Yes we can!)


Crossfire?
by bellacaledonia
2 Jun 2014 at 10:08am
By Mike Small BBC Scotland is in the news again after the announcement that presenter Gary Robertson is facing redundancy. Crowds of protestors gathered yesterday outside Pacific Quay in Glasgow to protest at what they believed is an institutionalised bias... Read More ›

Book of the Day
by bellacaledonia
2 Jun 2014 at 5:25am
A Bird is  Not a Stone Edited by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving (Freight Books, Glasgow) is the first major collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry translated by some of Scotland’s finest writers and poets. As the stench of Faragism still... Read More ›


The Beard Should be Revered
by bellacaledonia
1 Jun 2014 at 4:50pm
Chris John Millington, one of the most in-demand models in the world has today backed the Yes campaign. From New York to Dubai, London to Thailand and back again, the Scot and his magnificent beard have graced some of the... Read More ›

From the Province Of the Cat #28 ? Radically Identical
by bellacaledonia
1 Jun 2014 at 8:19am
by George Gunn Two significant things happened in the same week last month. On Thursday 22nd of May 68.5% of the Scottish electorate did not vote in the EU elections and UKIP secured one of the six available Scottish seats in... Read More ›


Sophie?s World
by bellacaledonia
31 May 2014 at 4:30am
By Tracey Fallon The Better Together lobby have a new campaign to ?target 300,000 female swing voter all across Scotland? with a letter from a 19 year old Sophie Sandor who, according to their website, is a Edinburgh University student... Read More ›


Mass Canvass in Pollok
by bellacaledonia
30 May 2014 at 3:20pm
Bellavision reports on the Radical Independence Campaign’s mass canvass in Pollok, Glasgow as Yes activists go direct to the people in an effort to bypass the mainstream media. Registering people to vote is a basic part of the re-democratisation of... Read More ›


With a Song in our Hearts
by bellacaledonia
30 May 2014 at 7:29am
By Kevin Brown I am a freelance ?Yes? activist, and as well, a Canadian newcomer to Scotland with a fresh, outsider?s perspective. This has granted me, I believe, abilities beyond the ordinary to read the tealeaves and to gaze into... Read More ›


Bacon Roll Politics
by bellacaledonia
30 May 2014 at 4:47am
By Mike Small Dear reader, as proof of my competence and man-of-the-people status I am heroically this morning eating a bacon roll. Georgia Graham yesterday reported earnestly to high-brow Telegraph readers: “Nick Clegg gave Ed Miliband a lesson in how... Read More ›


A Big Green Yes
by bellacaledonia
30 May 2014 at 1:00am
By Maggie Chapman, Scottish Greens co-convenor and European Parliament candidate I’m writing to say thank you to the 108,305 who voted Green last Thursday. Thank you so much for your warm welcome around the country, for your kind words throughout... Read More ›


Questions About Faslane
by bellacaledonia
28 May 2014 at 4:41pm
As Treasury officials play ‘Think of a Number’ and the Lib Dems go into freefall, a bad day for the Better Together campaign just got worse. It seems that it isn’t just the Treasury that are just making things up.... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Tories back Scots income tax power - BBC News
2 Jun 2014 at 4:17am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Tories back Scots income tax power
BBC News
Scotland should be given full income tax powers following a vote against independence, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said. She also argued Holyrood should get additional responsibility over VAT, income tax a...


Scottish independence: What is it like to live on a border? - BBC News
2 Jun 2014 at 1:33am

BBC News

Scottish independence: What is it like to live on a border?
BBC News
What would life be like if there was an international border between Scotland and England? It is one of the many issues to be explored before Scotland goes to the polls in September's independence referendum. To find out h...


Scottish independence: Gordon Brown attacks currency union tactics - BBC News
2 Jun 2014 at 9:37am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Gordon Brown attacks currency union tactics
BBC News
The UK government's handling of the currency union row in the Scottish independence debate has been criticised by Gordon Brown. The former prime minister and chancellor said people in Scotland were bound to feel "bu...


Scottish independence Common Weal project launched - Scotsman
1 Jun 2014 at 4:54am

Scotsman

Scottish independence Common Weal project launched
Scotsman
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ?As the Common Weal publication makes clear, Scotland is ready for change, and independence is the only way to secure a better future for the people of Scotland. ?Our vision is of a Scotl...


Scots Independence: BAE Systems Boss' Fears - Sky News
2 Jun 2014 at 2:06am

Scots Independence: BAE Systems Boss' Fears
Sky News
The boss of Britain's biggest defence company has become the latest business leader to warn against Scottish independence. BAE Systems chief executive Ian King said that a "yes" vote would damage the "certainty and stability" necessary for invest...


Reasons for the world to care about Scottish independence vote - Reuters
30 May 2014 at 1:58am

BBC News

Reasons for the world to care about Scottish independence vote
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Small northern nation to vote on independence in peaceful referendum. Should the world care at a time when Ukraine has pitted East versus West in an echo of the Cold War? Scotland has punched above its...


Scottish independence: Treasury says No vote pays - Scotsman
2 Jun 2014 at 1:38pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Treasury says No vote pays
Scotsman
A spokesman for SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney said: ?Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries per head in the world but we the need the powers of independence to make sure that wealth is properly shared and to build a fairer...


Conservatives vow more tax powers for Scotland if rejects independence - Reut...
2 Jun 2014 at 5:23am

International Business Times UK

Conservatives vow more tax powers for Scotland if rejects independence
Reuters UK
The keenly awaited promise from the Conservatives over what further powers could be handed over from London if Scotland votes against independence at a Sept. 18 referendum followed simil...


Opposing Scottish independence camps appeal to voters' pockets - Reuters UK
30 May 2014 at 2:19am

Scotsman

Opposing Scottish independence camps appeal to voters' pockets
Reuters UK
But Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, also claimed that Scots would be better off after independence, saying it would bring benefits of around 1,000 pounds per head a year by 2029 as an independent Scotland had...


Diageo CEO Weighs In on Scottish Independence Debate - Wall Street Journal
29 May 2014 at 11:32am

Wall Street Journal

Diageo CEO Weighs In on Scottish Independence Debate
Wall Street Journal
The remarks will be a setback for independence campaigners. An independent Scotland's immediate membership in the EU has been cast into doubt because it would require the approval of all existing member stat...



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Brown slams currency campaigning - Harborough Mail
2 Jun 2014 at 2:49pm

Harborough Mail

Brown slams currency campaigning
Harborough Mail
The former prime minister also said that Scotland would be more unequal under an independent SNP government than it is as part of the Union, as he made his latest intervention in the referendum debate. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbe...


Former prime minister Gordon Brown has attacked the UK Government's ... - Bel...
2 Jun 2014 at 12:23pm

Belfast Telegraph

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has attacked the UK Government's ...
Belfast Telegraph
The former prime minister also said that Scotland would be more unequal under an independent SNP government than it is as part of the Union, as he made his latest intervention in the referendu...


People's Panel: Ron Greer - BBC News
2 Jun 2014 at 12:19pm

People's Panel: Ron Greer
BBC News
Ron described himself as an unreserved "Yes" voter, and although he used to campaign for the SNP he now says he will be voting "Yes" despite the SNP rather than because of them. "The 'Yes' campaign is not just about Alex Salmond...it's about shared, but ...



SNP marks Norwegian constitution anniversary - SNP (press release)
2 Jun 2014 at 9:45am

SNP marks Norwegian constitution anniversary
SNP (press release)
Westminster SNP Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Angus Robertson MP is in Oslo to speak about Scottish independence and the potential of closer links with Nordic neighbours including Norway. Addressing an audience of academics,...


Scottish independence: Gordon Brown attacks currency union tactics - BBC News
2 Jun 2014 at 9:37am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Gordon Brown attacks currency union tactics
BBC News
The former prime minister was speaking ahead of the launch of the United With Labour campaign, which has been billed as the party's attempt to show it has "a vision of Scotland's future that is wholly different from...


Gordon Brown slams Westminster's currency tactics - Scotsman
2 Jun 2014 at 11:39am

Scotsman

Gordon Brown slams Westminster's currency tactics
Scotsman
The former prime minister also said that Scotland would be more unequal under an independent SNP government than it is as part of the Union, as he made his latest intervention in the referendum debate. The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowde...


SNP group leave council administration - The Galloway Gazette
2 Jun 2014 at 6:16am

SNP group leave council administration
The Galloway Gazette
?This is no way to do business and the SNP Group will not legitimise such an approach with our support. We have only ever sought to do the best for the people we are elected to serve. That remains our only priority but it is now clear this...


The Shackleton Report: Issue 10 - Herald Scotland
2 Jun 2014 at 5:09am

Herald Scotland

The Shackleton Report: Issue 10
Herald Scotland
Love him or loathe him, voters in Scotland must prepare themselves to see far more of SNP über-leader Alex Salmond over the summer, as Yes campaign strategists look to make the most of what they see as one of the clear advantages they h...


Gordon Brown: Tories were wrong to present currency argument as Scotland v .....
2 Jun 2014 at 8:11am

Herald Scotland

Gordon Brown: Tories were wrong to present currency argument as Scotland v ...
Herald Scotland
The former prime minister also said that Scotland would be more unequal under an independent SNP government than it is as part of the Union, as he made his latest intervention in the refere...


Brown: the UK Government presented the currency argument as Scotland versus ....
2 Jun 2014 at 8:01am

Herald Scotland

Brown: the UK Government presented the currency argument as Scotland versus ...
Herald Scotland
The former prime minister also said that Scotland would be more unequal under an independent SNP government than it is as part of the Union, as he made his latest intervention in the refer...



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Scottish independence: What is the 16 week referendum period for? - BBC News
30 May 2014 at 2:46am

BBC News

Scottish independence: What is the 16 week referendum period for?
BBC News
Go to the BBC's Scotland Decides page for analysis, background and explainers on the independence debate. A new chapter in the Scottish independence referendum story is about to be written - because we've now entered...


Scots' place in union is changed, whatever happens in referendum - Financial ...
2 Jun 2014 at 1:59pm

Scottish Daily Record

Scots' place in union is changed, whatever happens in referendum
Financial Times
At one o'clock on Monday afternoon, David Cameron formally welcomed proposals by Scottish Conservatives to devolve significant powers to Edinburgh , including major elements of income tax. In doing...


Scottish referendum poll tracker - BBC News
29 May 2014 at 9:00am

Scottish referendum poll tracker
BBC News
On 18 September 2014 millions of Scots will vote on whether they want their country to become independent or remain part of the United Kingdom. But what do opinion polls suggest about which way the decision will go? Explore our poll tracker and check ...
Boo...


Scottish independence: Cinemas pull referendum adverts - BBC News
28 May 2014 at 5:51am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Cinemas pull referendum adverts
BBC News
Cinemas in Scotland are to stop showing adverts from both sides of the referendum campaign following complaints from customers. Both the "Yes" and "No" campaigns have been running high-profile adverts in cinemas over the past m...


Independence referendum: Pro-Union group in hospital gaffe - Scotland Now
2 Jun 2014 at 4:28am

Independence referendum: Pro-Union group in hospital gaffe
Scotland Now
Independence referendum: Pro-Union group in hospital gaffe. Jun 02, 2014 10:17; By Scotland Now. THE Vote No Borders group incurred the wrath of Great Ormond Street Hospital after using clips from inside its wards in their cine...


The Scottish independence referendum will decide David Cameron's place in ......
31 May 2014 at 8:09pm

Daily Mail

The Scottish independence referendum will decide David Cameron's place in ...
The Independent
The Scottish referendum in September. This is possibly the most important event of Cameron's time as Prime Minister. The official campaign, during which spending limits apply, started on Friday. ...


Independence referendum: £600 bonus for over 100000 carers after a 'Yes' vote...
1 Jun 2014 at 1:16am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: £600 bonus for over 100000 carers after a 'Yes' vote ...
Scottish Daily Record
MORE than 100,000 carers could get almost £600 a year more in benefits under independence, Scottish ministers have claimed. An expert group set up to consider welfare reform ...


Viewers vote with remotes against BBC's referendum show - Herald Scotland
30 May 2014 at 9:10pm

Herald Scotland

Viewers vote with remotes against BBC's referendum show
Herald Scotland
Viewers vote with remotes against BBC's referendum show. Daniel Sanderson. Saturday 31 May 2014. IT was billed as the "cheeky and fun" replacement for Newsnight Scotland that would also ask the tough questions ah...


Spotlight on the independence referendum: The view from Ayrshire - stv.tv
30 May 2014 at 11:54am

Spotlight on the independence referendum: The view from Ayrshire
stv.tv
One key referendum battleground looks set to be Yes Scotland's ambitions to persuade Labour voters into the Yes camp to deliver victory. That would mean convincing electors in west-central Scotland that independence is the path...


Scottish independence referendum: Cost of setting up independent Scotland ......
26 May 2014 at 5:59am

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: Cost of setting up independent Scotland ...
The Independent
It challenged the First Minister to put his own price on an Scottish independent state so that voters could make an ?informed choice? in September's referendum. But Mr Salmond described the ...



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2 Weeks To Save Us From Cybermgeddon
2 Jun 2014 at 2:03pm
Sky running a belter of a scare story as their man story just now. Attack is coming in two weeks....

Stv Glasgow
2 Jun 2014 at 2:02pm
Local broadcasting history taking place tonight...


(well maybe not)

It's An Ipsos Mori Poll!
2 Jun 2014 at 12:52pm

4% shift to Yes campaign.

 

Yes: 34% (+4%)

No: 52% (-3%)

DK: 13% (-1%)

 

Certain to vote:

Yes: 40...



Tories: Scotland Will Have Control Over Vat, Welfare And Income Tax...
2 Jun 2014 at 8:06am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-27656628

 

If you vote "no", the Tories w...



Best Beer In The World
1 Jun 2014 at 8:36pm
I was in Vermont last week and was lucky enough to try a Heady Topper double IPA from Alchemist b...

Oil? It's Running Out...
1 Jun 2014 at 6:41pm

THAT'S why no-one's investing in it eh?

 



Garry Robertson Sacked!
1 Jun 2014 at 10:15am

One of BBC Scotland's top political reporters has been sacked? This is weird considering that we ...



The Best Video On The Internet
31 May 2014 at 8:22pm



Why We Need Our Big Neighbour
31 May 2014 at 8:02pm

Once again, in drink, I have met another turd who  - and the irony escaped him - who, upon hearin...



Pineapple (Sp)
31 May 2014 at 7:30pm

So, hame - wi' a pineapple - why?

 

and what - within the realms of daftness and not up my ring(s...




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

Some different ideas to go with your referendum: Scotland 44
by Dom
1 Jun 2014 at 7:25am
Better Nation does not have a publishing arm, and despite ideas of a Better Nation film being moo...

Selling out to the lowest bidder: Serco and the SNP
by Dom
29 May 2014 at 10:19am
One of the things the SNP like to talk about at length is their commitment to ridding Scotland of...

?Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right..?
by James
28 May 2014 at 8:55am
Today has been a bad day for the indyref debate, with weak arguments from governments in Edinburg...

Who might Scotland have elected under STV?
by James
27 May 2014 at 10:31am
This excellent question was asked this morning by ERS Scotland, and it’s of course impossible to ...

Swedish pluralism means Nigel might get some friends in Brussels and the Gree...
by Dom
27 May 2014 at 1:48am
How the European elections play out in different countries is highly dependent on which system of...

Final YouGov poll for Scotland is utterly clear
by James
22 May 2014 at 4:22am
Last night I blogged about the downsides of the Euro electoral system and the tactical voting it ...

Tomorrow?s forgotten voters
by James
21 May 2014 at 3:41pm
The very roughly proportional electoral system for the Euro elections gives us no more nuanced a ...

Have we reached peak Guardian?
by Dom
16 May 2014 at 8:55am
For a while I was the only one reading the Guardian, or so I thought. It started off with me read...

It was Scotland?s Oil (and we spent it)
by Aidan
16 May 2014 at 2:31am
The Sunday Herald, turncoat commercialist opportunists that they are, ran with a splash on a seco...

Exclusive: May Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
15 May 2014 at 4:24am
It’s month three of our rolling sequence of polling, conducted as usual by Survation, in partners...


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

Pro-independence campaign make crucial breakthrough in new Ipsos-Mori telepho...
by James Kelly
2 Jun 2014 at 11:56am
Three months ago, Ipsos-Mori published what to date was their only poll for public consumption in...

Weighing up how a 'union of equals' would work in Paxo-world
by James Kelly
1 Jun 2014 at 10:28pm
Jeremy Paxman, quoted in the Sunday Herald from a radio interview -

"It's interesting, isn't it, t...

A fond (and 'fantastic') farewell to the banned "Vote No Borders" cinema ads
by James Kelly
30 May 2014 at 10:10pm



Transcript :

George Osborne?

Fantastic!

The bedroom tax?

Fantastic!

Tory governments we didn't vote f...


An intriguing straw in the wind from YouGov
by James Kelly
30 May 2014 at 11:29am
Because of the Bank Holiday we've only had three YouGov daily polls of GB-wide Westminster voting...

How will "Vote No Borders" argue the case for a united Ireland?
by James Kelly
29 May 2014 at 11:11pm
As borders go, the one between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is a particularly stu...

Problems with the BBC referendum poll tracker
by James Kelly
29 May 2014 at 11:23am
The BBC website has introduced a new poll tracker for the referendum.  It uses a format that in m...

The anti-independence campaign must be worried by the first post-Euro GB-wide...
by James Kelly
28 May 2014 at 5:52pm
For the last few weeks I've been rehearsing my concerns about the potential implications of a UKI...

ICM poll : SNP on course to oust Danny Alexander from his Inverness seat next...
by James Kelly
28 May 2014 at 8:25am
In his parting shot upon resigning from the Liberal Democrats, Lord Oakeshott revealed that he ha...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Gun control is good, apart from the reduction in sexual...
by James Kelly
28 May 2014 at 5:00am
"Our love affair with guns has nothing to do with tyranny, or militias, or self-preservation. Ju...

Sign the petition : the broadcasters MUST give David Coburn and UKIP a fair c...
by James Kelly
27 May 2014 at 11:59am
I've never started a petition before, but when I think of what a democratic outrage it would be i...

It's true : a sizeable minority of UKIP voters will say Yes to (Scottish) ind...
by James Kelly
26 May 2014 at 7:02pm
Scottish Skier mentioned on an earlier thread that one-quarter of people who voted UKIP in Scotla...

Don't you at least have to know what someone is saying before you call them a...
by James Kelly
26 May 2014 at 10:31am
It was pointed out to me that I'd been briefly mentioned in despatches earlier today by James Mac...

In numbers : the yawning chasm between Scotland and the rest of the UK
by James Kelly
26 May 2014 at 9:17am
Where UKIP finished -

England and Wales : FIRST
Scotland : FOURTH

UKIP share of the vote -

England an...

SNP win the European elections - and the big losers are blundering Peter Kell...
by James Kelly
25 May 2014 at 6:33pm
If I can trust the BBC website, 31 out of 32 councils in Scotland have declared, and it's now abs...

More 'devastation' from Tom Holland
by James Kelly
24 May 2014 at 12:40pm
You might remember a couple of weeks back I posted a brief Twitter exchange I had with the Englis...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Yes reaches new high in Ipsos MORI polling
by Stephen Noon
2 Jun 2014 at 12:00pm
A new poll shows support for Yes continuing to increase, with the gap between Yes and No narrowin...

The only way to get the powers we need is to Vote Yes
by Peter Dempsie
2 Jun 2014 at 9:17am

Now that all the No campaign parties have set out their limited plans for devolution, it's clear ...



It's much better if Scotland gets all the power it needs
by Peter Dempsie
2 Jun 2014 at 8:14am
Video of G4aWcF4wfVU

Now that all the No campaign parties have set out their limited plans for ...



16 things you need to know about Scotland's economy
by Kevin Gilmartin
2 Jun 2014 at 3:00am
Scotland?s got what it takes to be independent, with strong public finances, a range of successfu...

'Scotland would be better represented by our own people, our own government, ...
by Kevin Gilmartin
1 Jun 2014 at 4:14am
Chris John Millington one of the most in-demand models in the world has today backed the Yes camp...

Let?s make Scotland?s wealth work better for people living here
by Stephen Noon
31 May 2014 at 3:00am
There are many reasons we?ll be better off with Yes. Here are just three of them?

What we'll gain by voting Yes
by Stephen Noon
31 May 2014 at 3:00am
Video of o_CFxwnYGXw

There are three big gains from a Yes vote. First, we can use Scotland's we...



No campaigners are misleading people on cross-border healthcare
by Stephen Noon
30 May 2014 at 8:34am
A registered No campaign group has been caught out trying to mislead and scare people about the c...

'Please don?t pass up this wonderful chance to create a better and fairer Sco...
by Kevin Gilmartin
30 May 2014 at 8:24am
Video of zVV1BH2MRz4 One of Scotland?s most distinguished actors today urged undecided voters t...

Think tank report says Scotland will remain in the EU
by Kevin Gilmartin
30 May 2014 at 3:29am
Video of G6DI3YuHS74

Angus Millar of Yes Scotland discusses a report by the European Policy Cen...



Yes vote will give us hope, confidence and power to build a better Scotland f...
by Kevin Gilmartin
29 May 2014 at 8:28am
Video of --Bpce034i4 A Yes vote will give the people of Scotland a new sense of confidence and ...

Treasury caught out telling the truth in latest report
by Stuart McDonald
29 May 2014 at 5:23am
Video of D2j8aB-sssg

In the middle of all the scaremongering, the latest UK Treasury report rev...



Report confirms Scotland has firm foundations for independence
by Stephen Noon
28 May 2014 at 8:44am
Video of W9cuVg3KVN4

A new report confirms that Scotland has firm foundations for independence,...



Daily Digest: UK government paper misleading - and child poverty continues to...
by Stuart McDonald
28 May 2014 at 5:26am
The latest anti-independence report from Westminster has been heavily criticised by an academic w...

Perspective: 'Look at Norway and stop worrying! '
by Sean Lafferty
27 May 2014 at 10:00am
My simple message to people who may be worrying about whether Scotland would be able to thrive as...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Tories on further Devolution
1 Jun 2014 at 2:45pm
Interesting development being reported ahead of the publication of the Strathclyde Commission's r...

FAO No Voters
1 Jun 2014 at 1:50pm

If this has been done before then feel free to delete it or merge.

 

I've tried asking a few peop...



Funny or offensive?
30 May 2014 at 9:19am

I was alerted to this last night. A wee image I'd made and put on Facebook has been printed off a...



Yes, we can...
30 May 2014 at 2:51am
http://www.businessforscotland.co.uk/5-reasons-why-an-independent-scotland-will-be-one-of-the-wor...

Scotland's ageing population?
27 May 2014 at 7:50am

Just saw Brian Taylor mention that along with declining oil and so forth this conundrum will feat...



British Empire
20 May 2014 at 7:16pm

Meh



Football and an Indy Scotland outwith the EU
20 May 2014 at 5:41pm

If it happens and you were in charge of Scottish football, what changes would you make (keep in m...



The growing divide between rich and poor
17 May 2014 at 5:52am

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/15/britains-richest-1-percent-own-same-as-bottom-55-p...



Why NATO is a bad idea for an independent Scotland
16 May 2014 at 8:39am

I'm linking to my recent blog post on why an independent Scotland would have no use for NATO:

 

h...



Alistair Darling Punted
13 May 2014 at 2:50am

Even the Daily Mail are struggling with this one. Link. They decided to go with the idea that Gor...



The Scottish NHS
9 May 2014 at 3:58pm

I'm looking to pick your brains. As far as I was aware the NHS in Scotland is independent of the ...



Scottish politics in general and relative influence of Eastern Europe
8 May 2014 at 5:35pm

Maybe some of the pish that rocks H_B and pals can be discussed on here, rather than clogging up ...



BT mantra
8 May 2014 at 2:43pm
The bitter together children have came up with rather alot of REALLY anoying mantra esk slogans s...

The Courier independence roadshow
6 May 2014 at 7:21am

The Courier newspaper are out and about in a van getting opinions and doing a straw pole of peopl...



Sunday Herald says Yes.
3 May 2014 at 4:29pm




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Scottish Tory leader's tax pledge is vintage 'year zero' politics
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
2 Jun 2014 at 12:13pm
Ruth Davidson has performed a full 180 to call for devolved tax-cutting power. But she is unlikely to ever wield it

When Ruth Davidson was campaigning to win the Scottish Tories' leadership contest ...




BBC's Scottish independence coverage accused of pro-union bias
by John Plunkett
2 Jun 2014 at 11:54am
Good Morning Scotland, which is dropping radio host Gary Roberston, said to be favouring 'Better Together' campaign

The BBC's reporting of the Scottish independence referendum has come under scrutin...



Scottish independence live blog: Conservatives unveil devolution plan
by Claire Phipps
2 Jun 2014 at 10:34am

Live coverage as Lord Strathclyde publishes Tory plans to give Scottish parliament full control over income tax after a no vote in September's independence referendum

Read a summary of today's devel...


Scottish independence: PM backs giving Holyrood income tax power
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
2 Jun 2014 at 6:39am
Scottish Tory leader says Cameron 'stands foursquare' behind plan for Holyrood to cut income tax rates lower than rest of UK
All the latest on our Scottish independence live blog

Proposals for Scotla...




Scottish independence: Yes or No, Johann Lamont'll keep the red flag flying h...
by Kevin McKenna
31 May 2014 at 1:30pm
If Johann Lamont can quell dangerous dissent in Scottish Labour ranks, her future looks rosy, whatever the Scottish independence vote brings

On the night of 18 September the most relaxed politician ...




The view from north of the border: metropolitan elites, Mackintosh and migrat...
by Ian Jack
31 May 2014 at 3:00am
As the referendum on independence moves ever closer and the debate about Scottish identity continues, one stereotype persists the Edinburgh solicitor

Scotland's first Ukip member of the European Pa...




Scotland independence case 'strengthened by foreign wealth'
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 May 2014 at 1:38pm
Finance minister says Guardian report reinforces argument that others are profiting from the country's effort and resources

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, said new evidence about the ...




Scotland is wealthy. An independent Scotland would be fairer | John Swinney
by John Swinney, Scottish finance secretary
30 May 2014 at 12:39pm
Scotland ranks highly in terms of gross national income. All we need now is the power to spread this wealth so more of our citizens can benefit

As Scotland approaches the referendum on independence ...




Scotland's financial services sector: the data behind our analysis
by Ian Griffiths
30 May 2014 at 12:19pm
The calculations we used as part of our investigation into how much wealth generated by Scottish industries stays in Scotland

Economic issues are at the heart of the argument over Scottish independe...



Scottish independence live blog: official referendum campaign starts
by Claire Phipps
30 May 2014 at 11:25am

Live coverage as the regulated campaign period begins, with 16 weeks to go until Scotland votes on independence

Read the end-of-day summary

5.25pm BST

Today marked the first day of the regulated re...




Scottish independence: B&Q boss warns over split in event of yes vote
by Sean Farrell and Severin Carrell
30 May 2014 at 10:58am
Kingfisher chief Sir Ian Cheshire says a vote for independence would create too many uncertainties for investment

The chief executive of B&Q owner Kingfisher has warned that the DIY group will put i...




Whisky maker Diageo fears impact of Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 May 2014 at 5:20am
Ivan Menezes stresses importance of whisky industry being in EU, but accepts firm will have to stay in Scotland regardless

The boss of Diageo, which controls 40% of Scotch whisky production, has sai...




Scottish 'no' campaign NHS ad pulled from cinemas after hospital complains
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
29 May 2014 at 4:43pm
Vote No Borders ad pulled after Great Ormond Street hospital disputes claim independent Scots will struggle to get care there

An anti-independence campaign advert shown in Scottish cinemas by the Vo...



Readers recommend: songs about independence
by Peter Kimpton
29 May 2014 at 4:00pm

Personal, political, financial or historical, express those cries for freedom in joy, pain or paradox, all through your choice of songs

This week at the Readers Recommend freehouse it is time to se...



New doubt cast over Alex Salmond's claims of Scottish wealth
by Severin Carrell, Ian Griffiths and Terry Macalister
29 May 2014 at 3:15pm

Study of firms owned abroad raises questions over SNPs figures on independent economy

Official referendum campaign begins - live blog

Alex Salmonds claim that Scotland is one of the richest countrie...




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¿Por qué no te callas? Juan Carlos shuts up
by weegingerdug
2 Jun 2014 at 10:51am
For those of you who don’t speak Spanish ¿Por qué no te callas? means Why don’t you shut up? It will be the lasting legacy of Spanish King Juan Carlos of the House of Bourbon, who announced his abd...

More news the BBC doesn?t want to report
by weegingerdug
1 Jun 2014 at 5:42pm
So where shall we go today on our journey to independence? There’s Jeremy Paxman and his conviction that we’re only considering independence because we hate the English, UKIP’s Scottish MEP for Ken...

£he price of everything, the value of nothing
by weegingerdug
31 May 2014 at 10:28pm
The No campaign is determined to focus on economics. No matter what the issue, it’s going to be spun into the political equivalent of the guy displaying his bum crack in a dodgy repair shop who suc...

The independence train to better transport
by weegingerdug
31 May 2014 at 2:26pm
Derek Bateman has been having a wee bit of a moan today about the general crappiness of Scottish public transport. He makes some very good points, public transport in the United Kingdom still suffe...

A passport to a positive future
by weegingerdug
29 May 2014 at 7:49pm
Have you got an annoying relative? We all have relatives whose politics are an embarrassment. I’ve got a relative who’s a No voter. His case for a No vote is based on swallowing Better Together pro...

Debunking No campaign lies about NHS Scotland
by weegingerdug
29 May 2014 at 4:35pm
Reekie Auld has produced a new video examining the No campaign’s dubious assertions about the Health Service after independence.  Please share and distribute this video as widely as possible, befor...

Oh Danny, oh boy
by weegingerdug
28 May 2014 at 5:12pm
Oh Danny boy, the polls, the polls are falling From vote to vote, we watch the Lib Dems slide In Inverness, he’s going to get a mauling when voters make him rue the times he’s lied   He presented a...

Scotland 1974
by weegingerdug
27 May 2014 at 7:57pm
I decided to do a telly review, and settled down with my deep fried Mars bars and Irn Bru chasers. BBC Scotland’s brand new totally non-stereotypical cutting edge 21st century current affairs for a...

The art of independence and the ashes of Ukipukia
by weegingerdug
26 May 2014 at 9:22pm
The world is having a flashback from a tab of LSD it dropped in the late 1970s. It’s either that or the UK has been sucked through one of those space-time vortex thingies that fill the centre of ev...

Euro pick n mix
by weegingerdug
25 May 2014 at 11:02pm
The results of the European elections were like a bag of pick n mix sweeties someone else had got for you, a few of your juicy favourites and far too many soor plums and bitter almonds. The full re...


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