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Guests at fundraiser for Tories is revealed
1 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
LABOUR has condemned the Tories as a party reliant on a select band of super-rich donors after the guest-list of a secret fundraiser was revealed as being made up of bankers, lobbyists and business chiefs with a combined wealth estimated to be in excess of £11 billion.

Cameron backs 0.7% aid pledge
1 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron has set himself on a collision course with some of his Conservative colleagues after backing a late bid by Liberal Democrat Michael Moore, the former Scottish Secretary, to enshrine in law a pledge to spend 0.7 per cent of Britain's annual income on overseas aid.

Ministers are urged to sign up reservists
1 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
coalition ministers are being urged to sign their staff up to the Army reserves to help solve a recruitment crisis after thousands of soldiers were sacked.

Jobless hit as sanctions on benefits soar
30 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
Out of work Scots had their benefits sanctioned on almost 900,000 occasions last year.

Kennedy hits out at Cameron over EU
30 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has accused David Cameron of sowing the seeds of his own European defeat.

'Juncker effect' lifts PM in polls
30 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron's hard line on Europe appears to have given the Tories a lift in the polls with a new two-point lead over Labour.

MoD under fire after damning report into fatal mid-air crash
30 Jun 2014 at 9:02pm
Opportunities to help prevent a mid-air crash between two jets which killed three RAF servicemen were missed, an official report has said.

Labour to set out stall on 'big reform' for economy after election in 2015
30 Jun 2014 at 9:02pm
AN ambitious plan to decentralise power across Britain through "big reform, not big spending" will be endorsed by Ed Miliband today as he and his colleagues seek to convince voters that Labour can best manage the post-recession economy.

PM congratulates Juncker
29 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
David Cameron last night telephoned Jean-Claude Juncker to congratulate him on securing the nomination to be the next president of the European Commission.

Tory no to all-women short lists
29 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
The Conservative Party chairman has appeared to slap down a suggestion by women's minister Nicky Morgan to consider all-women short lists to increase the number of female MPs, branding the idea "draconian".

Floating voters 'think EU poll won't happen'
29 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
Floating voters in crucial marginal constituencies do not believe David Cameron will make good on his promise to hold an "in-out" referendum on Britain's EU membership, according to new research.

Cruddas warns on dumping reforms
29 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
Labour's policy chief has hit out at the leadership for parking bold reforms in favour of "cynical nuggets of policy" designed to appeal to the press and focus groups.

Architect of Euro will guide EU through its next bumpy chapter
27 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
FEW European citizens would be able to pick him out in a line-up, but Jean-Claude Juncker has been a significant player in the continent's politics for a generation.

Soldiers may miss out on referendum
27 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
LABOUR has called on Scottish ministers to act to ensure Scottish Armed Forces personnel do not miss out on a vote in the independence referendum.

GDP figures show the UK economy is re-balancing
27 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
A BIGGER than expected surge in investment at the start of 2014 has offered more signs of progress in re-balancing the UK economy.


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Leaders: Drug threat warning stark but necessary
2 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

THE Prime Minister’s vision bordered on the apocalyptic. The world, David Cameron said yesterday, could soon be “cast back into the dark ages of medicine” unless urgent action is taken to tackle the growing threat of resistance to antibiotics.



Tom Peterkin: Borderlands zone in referendum debate
2 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

It is this month that the Conservative MP Rory Stewart wants 100,000 Britons to form a human chain along Hadrian’s Wall. It is an ambitious undertaking and achieving such numbers will be challenging.



Bill Jamieson: A matter of identity and belonging
2 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

For many Scots, this referendum is not, and cannot be, a choice between ‘Us’ and ‘Them’, writes Bill Jamieson



Referendum round-up: Prisoner votes | TV debates
2 Jul 2014 at 12:09pm

CATCH up on the latest news, opinion and analysis on Scottish independence from Scotland and beyond in this daily round-up from our dedicated referendum website.



Firefighters for Yes referendum group launched
2 Jul 2014 at 8:37am

A FIREFIGHTERS for Yes group has become the latest special interest group to declare its backing for Scottish independence.



Gordon Brown plea over kidnapped Nigerian girls
2 Jul 2014 at 5:12am

FORMER prime minister Gordon Brown will make a rare House of Commons appearance this evening to ask the Government to adopt crisis measures to bring back about 300 girls kidnapped in Nigeria.



Scottish independence: Shrek star hopes Scots stay
2 Jul 2014 at 5:07am

MIKE Myers, the Canadian actor best-known for providing the voice of animated Scottish ogre Shrek, has said that he hopes Scotland remains within the UK.



Scottish economy ?back at pre-recession levels?
2 Jul 2014 at 1:07am

SCOTLAND’S economy is back performing at pre-recession levels, a new survey of businesses has suggested.



Bid to unite Border area to attract EU funding
1 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

A CROSS-BORDER bid to unite the south of Scotland the north of England in a single enterprise zone is to be explored by the Scottish affairs select committee at Westminster.



Blood transfusion inquiry cost spirals to £12m
1 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

A LONG-RUNNING inquiry into a health scandal that saw ­patients infected with hepatitis C and HIV through blood transfusions has almost quadrupled in cost, it has emerged.



Criminal cases taking longer after court closures
1 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

CRIMINAL cases are taking longer to work their way through the justice system following a court closures, figures show.



The Scotsman cartoon: McConnell backs devo
1 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

Former First Minister Jack McConnell has come out in support of the Better Together campaign after stating that devolution is the best and most positive system for Scots.



Leaders: ?Working poor? has political priority
1 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

IT IS not a wholly new phenomenon, but it has become one of the scandals of the age we live in. The “working poor” are a large and growing section of the Scottish public – people trying their hardest to make an honest living, but struggling to pay for the bare essentials of life for themselves and their families.



Chris Marshall: Clare?s Law scheme could save lives
1 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

WHEN Clare Wood began a relationship with George Appleton, a man she met on Facebook, there was no way of knowing her new partner had a history of violence against women.



Allan Massie: Advantage Cameron on EU?
1 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

Far from a humiliation, David Cameron’s failure to prevent the election of Jean-Claude Juncker may have been a Machiavellian master stroke, writes Allan Massie




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Map Ref. 55°N 5°W
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jul 2014 at 10:28am
About 11 minutes and 30 seconds into last night’s Scotland 2014, Labour MP Gemma Doyle repeated one of the strangest arguments Labour use against independence. Having first denied that she’d ever seen any polls suggesting that the people of Scotland wanted to get rid of the Trident nuclear weapons system, she then fell back on […]

Where the sun shines brightly
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jul 2014 at 6:00am
The Guardian has a story today about what Herald journalist Paul Hutcheon pithily described yesterday as Jim Murphy MP’s “100 day tour of Scottish Labour activists”, which we’ve previously featured on this site. But we were contacted by an alert reader who made a point echoed by one of the replies to Hutcheon’s tweet – doesn’t […]

Donkeys led by donkeys
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Jul 2014 at 3:28am
Most newspapers have a story today about the resignation of Labour parliamentary candidate Kathy Wiles after her long history of abusive and offensive comments on social media was exposed on this site on Monday and Tuesday. The BBC, STV, Scotsman, Herald, Daily Record, Express, Times, Courier and most others all report the story to varying degrees of accuracy, and […]

A pretty straightforward guy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm
Honest Alistair Darling, interviewed by the BBC in 2008. Smooth.

Glass full of holes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jul 2014 at 2:08pm
There’s some very strange counting going on in the Times today. Firstly the paper carries a story about a survey of potential shale gas deposits in the central belt, and arrives at a very gloomy conclusion (“Modest deposits shake hope of shale bonanza”): “Scotland has a modest amount of shale gas and oil reserves but […]

Meanwhile, back in the real world
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jul 2014 at 10:38am
The Guardian, 1 July 2014: “Many British people will never afford an acceptable minimum living standard The chances of people on low incomes affording a decent life, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, have dramatically reduced. There’s the convenient political fantasy that low-paid work is a guaranteed route out of hardship. Yet austerity and recession […]

The new socialist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
Every rock that we look under near Labour’s newest Westminster candidate Kathy Wiles – who thinks that 7-year-olds taking part in a peaceful Yes protest are akin to the Hitler Youth, and that “most” SNP voters are benefit scroungers – sees lots more nasty little cockroaches skittering out and running away from the sudden influx […]

Turning the screw
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Jul 2014 at 3:33am
From yesterday’s Evening Express: “Out of work Scots had their benefits sanctioned on almost 900,000 occasions last year, a new report has claimed. A total of 898,000 sanctions were applied to claims for jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) and employment support allowance (ESA) during 2013, according to Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), with 871,000 of the penalties being […]

Let them eat contempt
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jun 2014 at 6:18pm
There’s a strange phenomenon at the heart of Scottish politics, and it runs far deeper than the independence referendum. It’s summed up pretty well in this image. The picture and the comment alongside come from the Facebook page of Labour’s newest Parliamentary candidate, Kathy Wiles. They were made more than two months ago, so you’d […]

Smear ?em young
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm
At the weekend, hundreds of people (estimates of the actual number, as is traditional, varied wildly according to who was counting) protested against BBC bias at the state broadcaster’s Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow. There was a very great amount of sneering on social media among No campaigners and journalists at the peaceful, good-natured gathering, […]


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Killers fail to win referendum vote
2 Jul 2014 at 5:47am
Appeal court judges reject a legal bid by two convicted murderers to overturn a ban on serving prisoners voting in the independence referendum


Ministers make rival fishing claims
2 Jul 2014 at 5:42am
Scottish and UK fisheries ministers make rival claims over the best way to secure the future of Scotland's fishing industry.


Armed police move unlikely to change
2 Jul 2014 at 4:26am
A policy of routinely allowing specialist officers to carry handguns is unlikely to change in the near future, says a senior officer.


Salmond warns of austerity threat
2 Jul 2014 at 11:24am
Alex Salmond warns that rejecting independence would leave Scotland subject to continuing economic austerity.


McConnell backs 'home rule in UK'
1 Jul 2014 at 9:05am
Scotland should voluntarily share sovereignty with the rest of the UK in areas of common interest, says former First Minister Lord McConnell.


820,000 Scots 'living in poverty'
1 Jul 2014 at 6:31am
A total of 820,000 people in Scotland were living in poverty last year, according to new figures published by the Scottish government.


Hitler Youth tweet candidate resigns
1 Jul 2014 at 7:11am
A parliamentary candidate for Labour resigns after tweeting an image of the Hitler Youth in relation to a protest outside BBC Scotland's headquarters.


Trident 'in UK's national interest'
1 Jul 2014 at 8:35am
It is in the UK's national security interest to keep the Trident nuclear weapons system, a group of former ministers, diplomats and generals say.


Fatal accident consultation launched
1 Jul 2014 at 11:14am
The Scottish government announces a consultation on plans to improve the fatal accident inquiry system.


Benefit sanctions 'used 898,000 times'
1 Jul 2014 at 5:41am
An increasing number of claimants are facing hardship after being penalised for flouting benefit rules, according to Citizens Advice Scotland.


Great Tapestry returns to Holyrood
30 Jun 2014 at 6:04pm
The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to Holyrood on Tuesday with the public being urged to help complete it.


Opinions sought on air gun controls
30 Jun 2014 at 6:02pm
A Holyrood committee is seeking opinions on a new bill which would introduce tougher restrictions on air weapons in Scotland.


Charity plea over carrier bag tax
1 Jul 2014 at 3:10am
Zero Waste Scotland hopes to encourage all retailers to donate the money they make from the carrier bag tax to charity.


VIDEO: Your questions: John Curtice
30 Jun 2014 at 9:15am
Prof John Curtice answers your questions on the polls and the state of the campaigns in the independence debate.


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.


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Say ?naw? Galloway tells voters
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Jul 2014 at 2:02pm

By George Kerevan
 
The Better Together side in the referendum campaign has an unexpected secret weapon in its battle to defend Great Britain: George Galloway, he of the embarrassing cat impersonation on Celebrity Big Brother and that chilling meeting with Saddam Hussein. For the bête noire of the Tory tabloids and the man expelled from Labour for ?bringing the party into disrepute? is currently packing halls from working class Coatbridge to middle class Edinburgh, with his populist ?just say naw? message.



3000 Trees - The last hour of Willie McRae
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Jul 2014 at 2:34pm

Willie McRae was a former vice-president of the SNP and a controversial anti-nuclear campaigner, when he was found dead at the wheel of his car in the remote Highlands.  At first it appeared he had veered off the road and crashed in a burn but the later discovery of a gun and a bullet wound to his head led police to conclude he had killed himself.

However, it had been fired twice and conspiracy theories were fuelled when it emerged the book McRae was writing, and his briefcase containing key documents, were missing.



Response to St Andrew's Graduation Address by Dr Bettina Bildhauer
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Jun 2014 at 2:03pm

By Ashley Husband Powton
 
As an aspiring young academic and a proud graduate of the University St Andrews, it is with a heavy heart and bitter disappointment that I feel the need to express the hurt and offence I felt upon hearing one particular element of the graduation address delivered to all guests on Thursday afternoon.
 
Quietly inspired by two humbling, respectful, solemn and dignified Laureation addresses and acceptance speeches, Dr Bettina Bildhauer followed with a valediction which soon descended into insult and ill-advised and insensitive politicisation of the ceremony.



Unionists retreat to Fortress BBC as the final battle nears
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Jun 2014 at 6:25pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The referendum campaign entered a new phase last week - the TV debates.
 
Last weekend the Sunday Herald revealed that First Minister Alex Salmond had accepted Alistair Darling's 'anytime, anywhere' challenge to a live TV head-to-head.



Salmond Unplugged
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Jun 2014 at 3:22am

By Derek Bateman
 
This week?s radio programme at http://batemanbroadcasting.com is a special?a conversation with Alex Salmond. I was keen to hear from the First Minister because every time he appears it?s in a formal setting like the parliament chamber or behind a podium and sometimes under pressure in a studio.
 
That?s normal and how it should be. The journalists and the opposition have a duty to challenge and scrutinise, it?s how our system works. But I?m fed up with only having this kind of presentation because I know how it works ? a battery of arguments are prepared and an interview is really a grilling. Done it myself, got the tee shirt.



The Dirty Dozen - The case against BBC Scotland: Part 1
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Mar 2014 at 5:26pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC trades on its reputation like no other organisation.  It's this reputation for fairness and accuracy that ensures its news broadcasts carry weight, not just here in the UK, but internationally.
 
People trust the BBC like no other broadcast news outlet.  Indeed so deep runs that trust that in the UK the public allows itself to be coerced into funding the corporation through the TV licence, a tax costing each household £145.50 each year.



Big beasts play the union jack card
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
15 Jun 2014 at 10:05am

By Ken Ferguson

The 100-days until the referendum landmark has been punctuated by the appearance of that creature so beloved of mainstream political scribes, the Big Beast ? rather akin to Nessie at the start of the tourist season.
Like Nessie, this creature has a mythical status and, at least in the notebooks of those journalists who write what passes for political news, is rather fearsome.



The Nightmare after No
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Jun 2014 at 12:09pm

  The Yes campaign should be commended for maintaining a strong sense of positivity and vision in its quest to persuade Scots to vote Yes in September.
 
Activists have helped engage the undecided voters with thousands of events the length and breadth of Scotland, they field questions and provide answers.



Stand Up! Speak Up!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Jun 2014 at 1:09am

By Derek Bateman
 
Yet another community gathering to debate the referendum and no one from the No campaign present.
 
It really is well named No Thanks. Four times the people in the Borders made polite requests for a Better Together guest to represent the Unionist case in West Linton, four times they were ignored and eventually turned down. The explanation, after the rudeness, was that they only send speakers to events they themselves organise.



Iraq fires potential oil boom
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Jun 2014 at 1:03am

By George Kerevan
 
How is the Iraq crisis affecting North Sea oil? Reminder: the UK Office for Budget Responsibility is using $100 a barrel as its reference for predicting the oil revenues until 2018-19.
 
So far, the markets haven?t been panicked by the capture of western Iraq by Sunni insurgents dominated by the Isis group. North Sea Brent crude jumped to a nine-month high of $115 a barrel on 19 June, after Isis seized control of Mosul.




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Map Ref. 55°N 5°W
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 10:47am

About 11 minutes and 30 seconds into last night's Scotland 2014, Labour MP Gemma Doyle repeated one of the strangest arguments Labour use against independence. Having first denied that she'd ever s...

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Jack McConnell slams polemic independence debate
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 8:49am

FORMER First Minister Jack McConnell has said that the fight against Scottish independence would continue even after a No vote, and backed what he said should be a “new conference of the Union”.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is interesting to hear Jack McConnell say that the fight against independence...



Scottish independence poll: Yes vote on the slide
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 7:45am

SUPPORT for Scottish independence has slipped, according to a new poll.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The poll is pretty meaningless, of course. The long-term trend is still towards Yes. But you have to laugh at the unwitting irony from that buffoon, Blair McDougall. For the hapless architect of Project ...



Comedian Mike Myers joins the list of celebs saying No to indy
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 6:57am

Canadian comedian Mike Myers has become the latest celebrity to come out against Scottish independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

There is surely something seriously wrong with the BBC when a Canadian actor is quizzed about his views on Scotland's independence simply on the basis of his having used a...



Mone: I do not want students living next door
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 6:43am

BRA tycoon Michelle Mone is embroiled in a row with university chiefs over building plans next to her £1 million dream home.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Surely Michelle Mone's problems with her neighbours in Glasgow will soon be resolved. Has she not "threatened" to quit Scotland when we vote Yes?



See i...

Where the sun shines brightly
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 6:09am

The Guardian has a story today about what Herald journalist Paul Hutcheon pithily described yesterday as Jim Murphy MP's "100 day tour of Scottish Labour activists", which we've previously featured...

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Donkeys led by donkeys
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 5:56am

Most newspapers have a story today about the resignation of Labour parliamentary candidate Kathy Wiles after her long history of abusive and offensive comments on social media was exposed on this s...

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Nae Debate | The Great Yes, No, Don't Know Five Minute Theatre Show
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 5:54am

Jim and Mick are pals across the divide. They attempt to debate the finer (and not so fine) points of Scotland's potential independence. Unfortunately the debate…

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Labour candidate resigns over Hitler Youth tweet
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 5:02am

A LABOUR parliamentary candi­­date resigned yesterday after tweeting an image of the ­Hitler Youth in response to the publication of a photograph of children at a pro-independence demonstration outside BBC Scotland’s headquarters.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Like most of the media - The Courier being, ...



UK financial system at risk of systemic crisis
by Peter A Bell
2 Jul 2014 at 3:48am

In a recent paper, “How serious a threat is the UK’s financialised economy”, published by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, and available on the Reid Foundation website, I analyse the stab...



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Glass full of holes
by Peter A Bell
1 Jul 2014 at 2:40pm

There's some very strange counting going on in the Times today. Firstly the paper carries a story about a survey of potential shale gas deposits in the central belt, and arrives at a very gloomy co...



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Appalling child poverty figures show why we need Scotland?s wealth in Scotlan...
by Peter A Bell
1 Jul 2014 at 1:38pm


Peter A Bell's insight:

An extra 30,000 Scottish children have been pushed into poverty over the past year, while as many as a million Scots live below the breadline when housing costs are taken into account, according to a new report from the Scottish Government.



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Nazi swastika daubed on SNP MSP?s Arbroath office
by Peter A Bell
1 Jul 2014 at 1:30pm

Nazi swastika daubed on SNP MSP’s Arbroath office

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Open letter to the President of the European Commission
by Peter A Bell
1 Jul 2014 at 1:18pm

Business in Scotland will benefit from full, independent membership of the European Union. Scotland will benefit through direct representation and a stronger funding settlement. In contrast, Westminster is increasingly isolated in the EU. Ukip won the European elections in England and now threats...

Designing a tax system for an independent Scotland
by Peter A Bell
1 Jul 2014 at 1:13pm

At the end of 2013, the Scottish Government's Fiscal Commission working group produced a report and a series of recommendations concerning how an independent Scotland might establish a tax system suited to its needs. A simple tax system The report points out that independence will provide a rare

S...


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Humza Yousaf: With Commonwealth Games just days away, Glasgow's set to benefi...
by Humza Yousaf
2 Jul 2014 at 11:03am
HUMZA YOUSAF looks back on the long road that's led to Scotland's biggest city holding the Commonwealth Games.


Gordon Matheson: Scottish independence risks disaster for Glasgow, with jobs ...
by Gordon Matheson
2 Jul 2014 at 9:45am
GORDON MATHESON gives his view that Glasgow faces calamity in an independent Scotland, and says the nation's biggest city says No Thanks.


Shrek actor Mike Myers becomes the latest celebrity to come out against Scott...
by dailyrecord
2 Jul 2014 at 4:34am
MYERS, who provided the voice of the ogre Shrek in the animated film series - which he played with a Scottish accent - said he hoped Scotland would "remain part of Britain".


Video: Hollywood actor Brian Cox is backing a Yes vote in September but it wa...
by dailyrecord
2 Jul 2014 at 2:49am
IN 2007, the Dundonian actor lent his voice to a Labour Party election broadcast backing Jack McConnell?s re-election bid. Watch the footage here.


Simon Cowell enters the independence debate and urges voters not to cut ties ...
by dailyrecord
1 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm
X FACTOR judge Simon Cowell has expressed his desire for Scotland to stay in the Union. The pop kingpin is in Edinburgh holding X factor auditions.


Nicola Sturgeon: There are 100,000 Scots in poverty and Westminster want to s...
by dailyrecord
1 Jul 2014 at 2:18pm
NICOLA STURGEON writes exclusively for the Daily Record and explains why she is outraged at the UK government's plans to spend billions on renewing Trident.


Trident fury: As Scotland is hit by public service cuts, UK government report...
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Jul 2014 at 2:07pm
UK government plan's to spend £130 billion on renewing Scotland's nuclear submarines has sparked outrage amongst Scotland's anti-nuclear campaigners.


As study reveals 1 million Scots have been plunged into poverty, Work and Pen...
by dailyrecord
1 Jul 2014 at 1:49pm
SHAMEFUL new figures have revealed there are now one million Scots living in poverty and UK Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has hailed the figures as an indication the Tories economic plan is working.            


Labour and SNP ministers play blame game as figures show Scottish poverty lev...
by dailyrecord
1 Jul 2014 at 12:25pm
LABOUR MSP, Jackie Baillie, has hit out at the SNP for not doing enough to tackle Scotland's 'unacceptable' rise in poverty levels while the SNP have argued the increase is caused by the UK government not 'standing up for the poorest in society'.


Labour candidate for next year's Westminster election resigns and apologises ...
by dailyrecord
1 Jul 2014 at 8:27am
KATHY Wiles, who had been selected to fight the Angus constituency in next year's general election, appeared to tweet an image of a group of children standing under a flag with an eagle and a swastika on it.


Support for Scottish independence is slipping away, according to an opinion poll
by dailyrecord
1 Jul 2014 at 2:32am
A YouGov poll for The Times says support for a Yes vote in September's referendum has fallen to 35 per cent, while 54 per cent said they would vote No.


Con-Dem benefit sanctions hit Scottish disabled and under-25s the hardest, a ...
by Keith McLeod
30 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
A NEW Citizens Advice Scotland report has found thousands of Scots have been pushed deeper into poverty by Coalition Governments benefit cuts.


Record View: Tories are leaving us with a legacy of poverty
by Record View
30 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW looks at the shocking new figures that show poverty is rising in Scotland and Rolf Harris' sexual assault shame.


Patrick Harvie: Glasgow's MACH scheme may mean city can finally get on its bike
by Patrick Harvie
30 Jun 2014 at 12:26pm
PATRICK HARVIE gives his thoughts on the challenges Glaswegian cyclists face, and reflects the new bike hire scheme may prove a force for change.


Scots comedian Rory Bremner has criticised the 'sinister and unpleasant' inti...
by dailyrecord
30 Jun 2014 at 11:58am
THE impressionist said those who choose not to back separation in September's referendum should not be made to feel less patriotic.          


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Poor Kathy Wiles made the fatal mistake of confusing being a candidate with b...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jul 2014 at 5:05pm
Poor Kathy Wiles made the fatal mistake of confusing being a candidate with being an elected Labour politician.

Those damn Natz and their kids done for a future leader of Scotlandshire Labour.




Congratulations Andy Murray. You're Scottish again!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jul 2014 at 4:50pm
Congratulations Andy Murray.

You're Scottish again!




Andy Murray

www.andymurray.com

Armed officers from Police Scotlandshire were put on high alert after a small...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jun 2014 at 2:51pm
Armed officers from Police Scotlandshire were put on high alert after a small amount of intelligence suggested crazed Cybernatz were about to mount a dirty protest against the national state broadcaster.


BBC bully protest declared a flop
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Our beloved Prime Minister is being abused by those nasty foreigners again. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Jun 2014 at 3:43pm
Our beloved Prime Minister is being abused by those nasty foreigners again.

Goodness knows how abusive the Scotch foreigners will become if the Natz somehow many to win the pretendy separation referendum in a few months.




WATERBOARDING NEWS: UKOK open Camp MacGitmo as the home for their new Blair W...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jun 2014 at 6:50am
WATERBOARDING NEWS: UKOK open Camp MacGitmo as the home for their new Blair Witch Project.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10901524/Yes-Scotland-facing-cash-inquiry-over-front-groups.html#disqus_thread




No Thanks campaigners say they are delighted by a new poll which shows them 3...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Jun 2014 at 4:36pm
No Thanks campaigners say they are delighted by a new poll which shows them 3 points higher than last month, reversing the recent momentum of the Separatist Yes Scotlandshire movement.


UKOK gains 3 points as Splittists Split over Splits
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We asked UKOK head Alistair Darling...

ISLES NEWS: Teuchters fundraising for a splittist HQ in Stornoway. Somewhere ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Jun 2014 at 12:44pm
ISLES NEWS: Teuchters fundraising for a splittist HQ in Stornoway. Somewhere to keep the sheep, perhaps?
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What's wrong Darling? Don't tell me you're having second thoughts now that we...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Jun 2014 at 6:07pm
What's wrong Darling? Don't tell me you're having second thoughts now that we've announced the date. #JustSayNaw




Give it a rest, Johann.
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jun 2014 at 6:52am
Give it a rest, Johann.




Govan lawyer and self-styled 'man of the people' Male Daily has shocked Union...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jun 2014 at 5:20pm
Govan lawyer and self-styled 'man of the people' Male Daily has shocked Unionist colleagues by declaring his intention to vote Yes in September's referendum on separation for Scotlandshire ? but only if Alex Salmond (whom he describes as an "arsehole") agrees to his demands.


Govan's NatFinder Gene...

DAILLY NEWS: BBC Scotlandshire has hired Mike 'McCarthy' Dailly to compile a ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jun 2014 at 5:17am
DAILLY NEWS: BBC Scotlandshire has hired Mike 'McCarthy' Dailly to compile a list of all Scots who failed to support England in the World Cup.




Thanks for the tweet, @ITVFootball. Bye bye England. They've drawn "cock&ball...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jun 2014 at 4:53pm
Thanks for the tweet, @ITVFootball. Bye bye England. They've drawn "cock&balls" images all over the Italian team bus.




Good luck to team England in your last match. Haste ye back!
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jun 2014 at 4:54pm
Good luck to team England in your last match. Haste ye back!




BBC Scotlandshire has been dissed, by of all people, Kezia Dugdale MSP! She...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jun 2014 at 6:04am
BBC Scotlandshire has been dissed, by of all people, Kezia Dugdale MSP!

She'll never work again in the true Unionist media of these islands.

We're left wondering if she's against the splittist viral menace,or indeed is she even working for the U-KOK cause?



Twitter / kdugdalemsp: It was never...

UK Ministers have today revealed their plans for the refurbishment of the Pal...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Jun 2014 at 3:13pm
UK Ministers have today revealed their plans for the refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. Work will begin in 2015 and is expected to take 5 years and cost over £3 billion. The proposals will also require the peers and MPs to move out while the renovation is underway.


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Late Call ? Editors Blog 2
by bellacaledonia
2 Jul 2014 at 5:00pm
by Kevin Williamson And so it came to pass.  And serve.  And volley.  And generally make forced errors.  Alex can put away his Saltire.  Andy Murray was eliminated from Wimbledon today in a lack lustre display against Grigor Dimitrov.  It’s... Read More ›

Britain 2015? alarm bells should be ringing
by bellacaledonia
2 Jul 2014 at 11:04am
by Kevin Williamson With many eyes glancing towards Scottish opinion polls for an indication of where we?re at with YES v NO, the opinion polls for Westminster 2015 make for sober reading. The ConDem Coalition is into its fifth year now.  There is... Read More ›

UK financial system at risk of systemic crisis
by bellacaledonia
2 Jul 2014 at 3:00am
by Jim Cuthbert In a recent paper, ?How serious a threat is the UK?s financialised economy?, published by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, and available on the Reid Foundation website, I analyse the stability of the UK economy. The paper concludes that... Read More ›

Late Call ? Editors Blog
by bellacaledonia
1 Jul 2014 at 4:59pm
by Kevin Williamson My first day back in the Bella editorial chair  – while Mike temporarily swans off into the sunset – was a bit of a shock to the system.  It?s not so much the physical graft (what physical... Read More ›

 From The Province Of The Cat #29 ? The Struggle Of Life And Death
by bellacaledonia
1 Jul 2014 at 8:00am
by George Gunn Sometimes it pays to wait. The Scots have waited for 307 years for a chance to undo the slippery knot of the Union of 1707.  I have waited for 29 years to write a play about the... Read More ›

Movement politics v professional politics
by bellacaledonia
1 Jul 2014 at 3:26am
by Alistair Davidson On Sunday, over a thousand ordinary citizens demonstrated outside BBC Scotland against its perceived bias when reporting on the Scottish independence referendum. There can be no doubt that this is a major rupture in Scottish political life – the BBC has until recently... Read...


Vacation
by bellacaledonia
30 Jun 2014 at 1:59pm
I’m going on holidays (Costa del Argyll for a low-carbon austerity-busting staycation). Worry not, abnormal service will continue. Sliding imperiously into the editor’s chair to steal my cheroots and rifle through my back catalogue of the Broughton Spurtle is my... Read More ›


Federalism: or, Deconstructing Unionism
by bellacaledonia
30 Jun 2014 at 8:49am
By John S Warren Within the same 24 hour period Murdo Fraser proposes Federalism within Britain and David Cameron refuses to support the principle of Federalism in Europe by declining to endorse Jean-Claude Junckers’ nomination for Presidency of the EU... Read More ›


Graduation Address by Dr Bettina Bildhauer
by bellacaledonia
29 Jun 2014 at 7:32am
A row has blown up after an academic chose the graduation ceremony at St Andrews University to compare the Scottish nationalist movement to the xenophobic far-right of France and Germany. By Jackie Powton I have just left my daughter’s graduation... Read More ›


A Failed and Broken Media for a Failed Britain
by bellacaledonia
28 Jun 2014 at 5:20am
By Mike Small Rebekah Brooks, seemingly the only editor to have literally no knowledge of where her paper’s stories came from is promising a revival and a makeover better even than the now permanently re-heated Gordon Brown.  The Sun was... Read More ›


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Scottish independence growing less likely - research - Reuters UK
2 Jul 2014 at 2:37am

The Independent

Scottish independence growing less likely - research
Reuters UK
However, a YouGov poll for the Times newspaper on Tuesday found that backing for the anti-independence campaign had risen, with the Yes campaign struggling to convince voters a split would not hurt the Scottish economy. ...


Shrek says 'no' to Scottish independence - Telegraph.co.uk
2 Jul 2014 at 7:58am

Telegraph.co.uk

Shrek says 'no' to Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
The Canadian actor, who used a Scottish accent to voice the character of Shrek in four animated films between 2001 and 2010, is the latest celebrity to come out against Scottish independence. Harry Potter author JK Rowling anno...


Scottish Independence: England must send 'love letter' north of the border - ...
2 Jul 2014 at 4:07am

Evening Standard

Scottish Independence: England must send 'love letter' north of the border
Evening Standard
Today, a new poll claimed Scottish voters are turning away from Alex Salmond's dream of independence. Excluding the don't knows, the Yes vote is trailing by 39 per cent to 61 percent, said th...


Scottish independence: Finance body warns on referendum information - BBC News
30 Jun 2014 at 12:07pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Finance body warns on referendum information
BBC News
Voters in the Scottish independence referendum will not be able to make "a truly informed decision" according to a new report. A public finance body has published an assessment of Scotland's future financial sustai...


Scottish independence: FT analysis shows No vote at 49% - Financial Times
1 Jul 2014 at 9:49am

Scottish independence: FT analysis shows No vote at 49%
Financial Times
Support for independence is running at 37 per cent, according to the FT's poll of polls, which gives a rolling average of the past seven opinion polls, excluding the maximum and minimum values. This is a percentage point or two...


Scottish independence: Hundreds protest over 'BBC bias' - BBC News
1 Jul 2014 at 6:10am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Hundreds protest over 'BBC bias'
BBC News
Hundreds of people gathered at BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow to protest over the corporation's coverage of the referendum. The protestors claimed an "unhealthy bias" existed in favour of the pro-Union Better Together ...


Radical Westminster reform needed if Scottish independence rejected, Lord ......
1 Jul 2014 at 1:03pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Radical Westminster reform needed if Scottish independence rejected, Lord ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Lord Purvis said he was "delighted" that Lord McConnell had made a similar call, saying should independence be rejected people must consider "how we secure a long standing relationship betwe...


In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence - NPR (blog)
30 Jun 2014 at 2:45am

NPR (blog)

In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence
NPR (blog)
In September, Scotland will vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom and declare independence. So far, the debate has been largely about money: One poll says most voters would switch their vote if it meant a...


Michael Gove: Scottish independence would invigorate Vladimir Putin - Telegra...
29 Jun 2014 at 10:52pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Michael Gove: Scottish independence would invigorate Vladimir Putin
Telegraph.co.uk
The Tory MP, who has made few public comments on independence recently compared to other Scots in the Coalition, spoke at length about why the country should vote No come September 18. "Think globally...


Scottish independence: Ministers make rival claims on fishing industry - BBC ...
2 Jul 2014 at 5:44am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Ministers make rival claims on fishing industry
BBC News
The Federation's chief executive, Bertie Armstrong, wrote to both ministers putting queries about what Scottish independence might mean for Scotland's EU membership and the management of the fishing industry. Mr...



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Legal academic tells committee independence plans are a 'fantasy' - stv.tv
2 Jul 2014 at 2:44pm

stv.tv

Legal academic tells committee independence plans are a 'fantasy'
stv.tv
Prof Tomkins, professor of public law at the University of Glasgow, attacked the SNP administration's bid for a Yes vote in the referendum during an evidence session at the Scottish Affairs Committee in London. His appea...


SNP MSPs 'ignoring criticisms of independence' - Scotsman
2 Jul 2014 at 2:38pm

Scotsman

SNP MSPs 'ignoring criticisms of independence'
Scotsman
The allegation came in a hearing of the Commons Scottish Affairs Select Committee with Adam Tomkins, Professor in Public Law at Glasgow University, who claims he was ?silenced? by SNP MSPs Holyrood's external affairs in a round table d...


Holyrood 'ignoring criticisms of independence' - Scotsman (blog)
2 Jul 2014 at 2:28pm

Scotsman (blog)

Holyrood 'ignoring criticisms of independence'
Scotsman (blog)
The allegation came in a hearing of the Commons Scottish Affairs Select Committee with Adam Tomkins, Professor in Public Law at Glasgow University, who claims he was ?silenced? by SNP MSPs Holyrood's external affairs in a...


Independence plans 'a fantasy' - The Courier
2 Jul 2014 at 1:13pm

The Courier

Independence plans 'a fantasy'
The Courier
Prof Tomkins, Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow, attacked the SNP administration's bid for a Yes vote in the referendum during an evidence session at the Scottish Affairs Committee in London. His appearance comes after he comp...


Carmichael, Salmond debate urged - The Courier
2 Jul 2014 at 1:13pm

The Courier

Carmichael, Salmond debate urged
The Courier
The SNP's Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, challenged Mr Carmichael to debate his party leader since Prime Minister David Cameron was "running a mile" from doing it. But Mr Wishart said the debate would be better with the "orga...


UK tax regime damaging oil and gas industry - SNP (press release)
2 Jul 2014 at 12:58pm

UK tax regime damaging oil and gas industry
SNP (press release)
Speaking in the Finance Bill today, SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said the UK government's decision to introduce new bareboat chartering tax arrangements for leasing oil and gas rigs in the North Sea is likely to damage ex...


MP and MSP battle over housing - Cumnock Chronicle
2 Jul 2014 at 10:38am

MP and MSP battle over housing
Cumnock Chronicle
CATHY Jamieson has said that only a Labour Government in the UK and Scotland can be trusted to keep down the spiralling cost of private rent, after proposals to reform the sector were rejected by the SNP Government. Plans put forward by Scottish Labo...


Scottish independence: Carmichael called to debate - Scotsman (blog)
2 Jul 2014 at 8:26am

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish independence: Carmichael called to debate
Scotsman (blog)
Mr Carmichael described Mr Wishart's remarks as ?pitiful? and said the SNP only talk about the terms of the debate because they want to avoid the substance. During Scotland questions in the Commons, Mr Wishart said: ?...


Independence debate - Your questions answered - Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
2 Jul 2014 at 6:38am

Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

Independence debate - Your questions answered
Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
Q: The SNP is expected to alter its immigration policy to get more people into the country for a stronger economy if it wins the vote. But the current Tory government is working to reduce immi...


C.diff cases fall to record low - SNP (press release)
2 Jul 2014 at 6:28am

C.diff cases fall to record low
SNP (press release)
?Preventing healthcare acquired infections has been a priority for the SNP since taking office and these positive figures show the real successes that the NHS is achieving in this area. ?The number of C.diff infections in hospitals has fallen to t...



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The Scottish referendum: The stakes for the United States - Chron.com (blog)
2 Jul 2014 at 11:21am

Chron.com (blog)

The Scottish referendum: The stakes for the United States
Chron.com (blog)
Scotland A ?yes? vote on Scotland's referendum on independence, set to take place in September, would dissolve the formal political union between Scotland and England that has existed since 1707. (The two cou...


Scottish independence: Finance body warns on referendum information - BBC News
30 Jun 2014 at 12:07pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Finance body warns on referendum information
BBC News
Voters in the Scottish independence referendum will not be able to make "a truly informed decision" according to a new report. A public finance body has published an assessment of Scotland's future financial sustai...


All smiles as Queen meets Alex Salmond, the man who may dump her as ... - Exp...
2 Jul 2014 at 4:03am

Express.co.uk

All smiles as Queen meets Alex Salmond, the man who may dump her as ...
Express.co.uk
Dennis Canavan, chairman of Yes Scotland, said if Scots vote to become independent a second referendum should be held to decide the head of state. He said: "As to the possibility of another King Georg...


Killers fail to win referendum vote - BBC News
2 Jul 2014 at 5:49am

BBC News

Killers fail to win referendum vote
BBC News
Two killers have lost a legal bid to allow serving prisoners to vote in the Scottish independence referendum. Convicted murderers Leslie Moohan and Andrew Gillon claimed the ban amounted to a human rights breach. But judges at the Court of Sessio...


Referendum round-up: YouGov poll | Trident | BBC - Scotsman
1 Jul 2014 at 12:09pm

Scotsman

Referendum round-up: YouGov poll | Trident | BBC
Scotsman
CATCH up on the latest news, opinion and analysis on Scottish independence from Scotland and beyond in this daily round-up from our dedicated referendum website. TODAY'S MAIN NEWS: The latest opinion poll on the Scottish independence...


Independence referendum: Simon Cowell urges Scottish voters not to cut ties ....
2 Jul 2014 at 3:33am

Scotland Now

Independence referendum: Simon Cowell urges Scottish voters not to cut ties ...
Scotland Now
?I would feel quite sad if Scotland left the Union, though I would respect the decision. ?I would never tell anyone what to do and I think the referendum is all about having self expression. ?Th...


Scottish independence: Hundreds protest over 'BBC bias' - BBC News
1 Jul 2014 at 6:10am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Hundreds protest over 'BBC bias'
BBC News
Hundreds of people gathered at BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow to protest over the corporation's coverage of the referendum. The protestors claimed an "unhealthy bias" existed in favour of the pro-Union Better Together ...


Referendum: Independent Scotland could start with £16billion debt - Scotland Now
1 Jul 2014 at 6:07pm

Scotland Now

Referendum: Independent Scotland could start with £16billion debt
Scotland Now
THE Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy Scotland's figures showed Scotland could start with £16billion of public sector debt after a Yes vote. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. Phil Dye. Scots...


Scotland referendum: what will it mean for Wales? - BBC News
25 Jun 2014 at 6:12am

BBC News

Scotland referendum: what will it mean for Wales?
BBC News
The referendum on Scottish independence is placing Scotland's politics centre stage. You will be hearing a lot more about the issues - which range from which currency an independent Scotland might use, to whether it can join the EU ...


Labour candidate resigns over Hitler Youth referendum tweet - Herald Scotland
1 Jul 2014 at 9:10pm

Scotsman

Labour candidate resigns over Hitler Youth referendum tweet
Herald Scotland
She also raised concerns about the fact that Chinese, Ukrainian and Polynesian people fully resident in Scotland can vote in the referendum, and she implied that people who vote SNP are benefit scroungers. It just i...



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Paedophiles In Westminster Dossier
2 Jul 2014 at 12:05pm

Leon Brittan finally admits to having received a dossier on this - but the Home Office have appar...



Ryanair - Prestwick No More ?
2 Jul 2014 at 10:55am

Ryanair are holding press conferences in Edinburgh and Glasgow tomorrow, with rumours that they a...



Shrek On independence
2 Jul 2014 at 10:04am

As an actor who has played several Scottish characters, including Shrek, the question of who he w...



This Is About As Positive As The Record Has Got In Its Editorials
2 Jul 2014 at 9:05am

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/opinion/news/record-view-what-problem-like-3797629

 



Name Change
2 Jul 2014 at 7:10am

A good looking man walked into an agent's office in Hollywood and said, "I want to be a movie sta...



Putin' On The Ritz
2 Jul 2014 at 5:45am



The Scottish Pound And The Illusion Of English Money
2 Jul 2014 at 3:10am

By Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp  29/04/2013

Scotland and the rest of UK are currently joined by not just...



Premium Bonds
2 Jul 2014 at 2:20am

Does anyone know or has heard of anyone who has won the jackpot ?

Don't know what made me think o...



Good Lord...
1 Jul 2014 at 4:54pm

Tartan Army Running Thread
1 Jul 2014 at 3:21pm

Couch to 5k one is perhaps getting a bit congested now, so thought I'd start this one to talk spe...




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Scottish independence referendum campaign trail with Jim Murphy
by Libby Brooks
1 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm

Campaign bites: in Falkirk with the Irn Bru drinker and home rule advocate on his 100 Towns in 10...



Scottish independence referendum campaign: the weekly review
by Libby Brooks
27 Jun 2014 at 3:19am

A stooshie about TV debates, Gordon Brown again, and Elijah Wood mis-speaks in favour of indepen...



Yes and no campaigns accused of 'puerile' trench warfare over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm

The competing independence campaigns are trading blows over two rival offers from the BBC and STV...



STV faces collapse of Salmond versus Darling battle, after Better Together wa...
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 1:39am

Plans by STV to stage the first televised contest of the referendum campaign between Alex Salmond...



STV smokes Salmond out on an independence debate with Darling
by Severin Carrell
23 Jun 2014 at 12:18pm

The channel 3 broadcaster STV has won the first minister's agreement to face the former chancello...



Scottish independence campaign: mass canvass in Glagow's Gorbals
by Libby Brooks
22 Jun 2014 at 2:30pm

Campaign bites: the Radical Independence Campaign takes to the streets across Scotland

It takes a ...



Scottish independence referendum this week: partisan pugs and yes tattoos
by Libby Brooks
20 Jun 2014 at 5:30am

The draft constitution, more currency and a wild idea about Glasgow: highlights from another seve...



Scottish independence referendum: moderator calls time on online abuse
by Libby Brooks
16 Jun 2014 at 6:45am

Moderator of the church of Scotland warns that a tiny minority of cyberbullies is drowning out th...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from JK Rowling to Hillary C...
by Libby Brooks
13 Jun 2014 at 8:52am

With 100-ish days to go, light and shade from another seven days of campaigning

Cannae be arsed th...



Scottish leaders push for more women in business and quangos, but what about ...
by Severin Carrell
13 Jun 2014 at 8:24am

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish deputy first minister, is pressing for women to make up 40% of comp...



Gordon Brown annoys his allies by fueling SNP quest for a Salmond Cameron TV ...
by Severin Carrell
10 Jun 2014 at 12:00pm

The former prime minister has gone off-script by backing proposals from his arch enemy Alex Salmo...



Scottish independence referendum: here come the pledge cards
by Libby Brooks
9 Jun 2014 at 11:48am

With one hundred days to go until the vote, the campaigns have brought out their pocket-sized gui...



Obama's Scottish independence intervention gets a cautious reaction
by Libby Brooks Severin Carrell
7 Jun 2014 at 5:21am

Campaigners on both sides of referendum debate remain uncertain about long-term impact of US pre...



Scottish independence week in review: from Obama to Lego via Kim Jong-il
by Libby Brooks
6 Jun 2014 at 9:23am

Highs and lows from another seven days of referendum campaigning, plus an exclusive new rap from ...



What would welfare look like in an independent Scotland?
by Libby Brooks
4 Jun 2014 at 8:17am

The Scottish government's working group reports today on recommended changes to the benefits syst...




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

Wisdom on Wednesday : The insult is in proportion to our size
by James Kelly
2 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"It's a racist argument that Scots uniquely cannot run a country when there are smaller nations t...

OK, YouGov, your self-imposed purdah period is at an end. NOW will you answe...
by James Kelly
1 Jul 2014 at 6:34pm
You might remember that Laurence Janta-Lipinski's excuse last night for refusing to answer any qu...

YouGov's mask slips as an angry Laurence Janta-Lipinski justifies his company...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2014 at 7:32pm
Words (almost) fail me.  Laurence Janta-Lipinski is a London-based employee of YouGov, and I firs...

YouGov's controversial methodology has now claimed the mantle of the outright...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2014 at 4:29pm
Apparently there is a new YouGov poll out in The Times tomorrow.  The paper's Nat-bashing night e...

Cameron's Euro posturing proves to be double setback for the anti-independenc...
by James Kelly
30 Jun 2014 at 11:36am
We know that there are two key factors outwith the Yes campaign's control that could potentially ...

Seducing Rob Shorthouse
by James Kelly
29 Jun 2014 at 9:16am
This is not the most riveting Twitter exchange I've ever reposted here, but it's still worth look...


Bannockburn Live photos
by James Kelly
28 Jun 2014 at 6:34pm
I know it's probably the ultimate nationalist stereotype to attend a reenactment of Bannockburn, ...

Why are YouGov so obsessively secretive about the most important detail of th...
by James Kelly
27 Jun 2014 at 11:19am
I'm indebted once again to Calum Findlay for pointing out something that I hadn't noticed - YouGo...

The mass canvass results
by James Kelly
25 Jun 2014 at 11:22am
A couple of people have asked me to say something about the results of the Radical Independence m...

Wisdom on Wednesday : What has the anti-independence campaign got in common w...
by James Kelly
25 Jun 2014 at 5:00am
"The Tories, every election, must have a bogey man. If you haven't got a programme, a bogey man w...

Has anyone been "otherwise dickish" today?
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2014 at 9:55am
You may well have seen by now that there's an expletive-ridden post on Better Nation attacking St...

Hey now, hey now, what can I say? Nothing's fair in love and war.
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2014 at 8:17pm
Just a quick post tonight because I'm very, very sleepy. One of the unexpected side-effects of t...

No, David Herdson, England's World Cup exit is not a 'boost for No'
by James Kelly
21 Jun 2014 at 9:40am
Even before Mick Pork pointed me in the direction of David Herdson's piece in Political Betting (...

Is Wales about to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council?
by James Kelly
19 Jun 2014 at 11:23am
From the little I've seen of Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones on TV over the years (and the fact...

No Campaign Fib-Watch, Day 452
by James Kelly
18 Jun 2014 at 8:34pm
Hot on the heels of the No campaign making boastful claims about the new YouGov poll that are utt...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Another myth debunked - No campaign?s latest claims on set-up costs ?bizarrel...
by Peter Dempsie
23 Jun 2014 at 5:29am
Scotland will be ?set fair? for independence after some limited work to establish a new departmen...

Firefighters for Yes join the growing Yes movement
by Sean Lafferty
2 Jul 2014 at 12:45pm
Firefighters for Yes have joined 40 other special interest groups and organisations campaigning f...

Vote Yes for bairns, not bombs
by Angus Millar
2 Jul 2014 at 4:09am
While child poverty in Scotland soars as a result of brutal Tory cuts, Westminster is happy to wa...

Scotland's continuing EU membership after a Yes vote.
by Toni Giugliano
2 Jul 2014 at 3:14am
Writing in today's Herald, Joanna Cherry, Q.C and member of Lawyers for Yes puts forward the case...

Senior citizens champion marks 15th birthday of Scottish Parliament by declar...
by Peter Dempsie
1 Jul 2014 at 7:33am
Senior citizens champion and former MSP John Swinburne today declared his support for a Yes vote ...

Powers devolved vs powers retained
by Stewart Bremner
1 Jul 2014 at 7:02am

Here is a handy list of the powers devolved to the Scottish Government and those retained by West...



Appalling child poverty figures show why we need Scotland?s wealth in Scotlan...
by Angus Millar
1 Jul 2014 at 5:09am
Last year, Scotland?s economy grew, unemployment fell, exports rose and investment soared. But st...

A Yes vote is essential so we have powers to deliver greater financial security
by Cailean Gallagher
30 Jun 2014 at 9:26am
?The success of the recovery, from the point of view of people on low incomes, should be measured...

Scotland to deliver greater financial security for people and families
by Angus Millar
30 Jun 2014 at 7:11am
A new report today from business innovation charity Nesta examines the impressive success of smal...

Unison reps sign declaration of support for independence
by Sean Lafferty
29 Jun 2014 at 6:30am
UNISON branch officers have signed a declaration of support for an independent Scotland as a rout...

A plan to reindustrialise Scotland
by Stewart Bremner
28 Jun 2014 at 3:51am

With a Yes we can choose a new and better path forward. We?ll get the job-creating powers we need...



Balls up for the No campaign
by Angus Millar
27 Jun 2014 at 6:29am

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has been in Scotland again ? recycling tired scare stories in an attem...



Boss of Scotland's top women's football team says Yes
by Sean Lafferty
27 Jun 2014 at 5:56am
The first ever salaried coach of a women?s football team, Glasgow City FC has today backed Yes Sc...

Major boost as Unison representatives sign declaration of support for indepen...
by Peter Dempsie
27 Jun 2014 at 3:28am
UNISON branch officers have signed a declaration of support for an independent Scotland as a rout...

Yes Labour supporters challenge Ed Miliband to independence debate
by Peter Dempsie
27 Jun 2014 at 2:42am
Labour leader Ed Miliband has been challenged to a Scottish referendum debate in advance of his v...


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Nazi slurs from Better Together
1 Jul 2014 at 1:29pm

Kathy Wiles was selected on Monday to be the Labour Party candidate for Angus at the 2015 general...



The big picture
1 Jul 2014 at 1:00pm

Hello folks. New to this forum. Stumbled across it through looking for a decent independence deba...



Pro-union Booklet in the Post
30 Jun 2014 at 3:07am
Is there a thread on this? Surely there must be.

I may be missing it, but I didn't receive a copy...

Referendum Quick Question thread.
27 Jun 2014 at 4:54pm

The thread for any questions relating to September's vote.  

 

The Independence debate forum is a...



Scottish Independence - How Will You Vote? MkIII
27 Jun 2014 at 5:54am

With little more than 3 month until the vote actually takes place, I thought it was worth having ...



Confused.com
26 Jun 2014 at 7:19pm

See if Scotland went independant and end up out of the EU, does that mean we would play qualifier...



People who have changed from Undecided/Yes to No
25 Jun 2014 at 4:24am

There's been quite a healthy number have changed from undecided to Yes on the other topic - mysel...



Glasgow City Council Electoral Roll Shenanigans.
23 Jun 2014 at 5:36pm

Seeing letters such as these being posted on Twitter tonight.

 

 

Make sure you're on the voters...



Welsh support for scottish independence.
23 Jun 2014 at 4:41pm
this is a great video. In the old days they could keep the welsh quiet and A very well made video...

Alex Salmond Death Threats
22 Jun 2014 at 3:05pm

After all the hoo-ha about JK Rowling and Lallygate you'd have thought the BBC, fine upstanding g...



Salmond Vs. Darling - The Debate
22 Jun 2014 at 1:46pm

 

First Minister Alex Salmond has agreed to a live TV debate with Better Together leader Alistair...



£200 Million
22 Jun 2014 at 1:21pm

Seems pretty reasonable to me. To put it in perspective we've already spent £90Mil just on houses...



A letter in last night's English newspaper
20 Jun 2014 at 3:17am

Can someone write a good reply to this so that I can get it into next weeks paper

Attached Thum...

Debunking the latest BritNat paraphernalia
18 Jun 2014 at 10:47am
http://wingsoverscotland.com/lies-and-replies/#more-57069

Ignorning the usual little rays of sunsh...

You are better together.......just like us and Tibet.
18 Jun 2014 at 4:39am
The premier of China that bastion of fairness, equality and unequivocal access to democracy has c...


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Mike Myers asked: would Shrek vote for an independent Scotland?
by Elena Cresci
2 Jul 2014 at 5:14am

The comedian was asked what the Scottish ogre would make of an independent Scotland while promoting his new film

A grumpy, green ogre is the latest celebrity to chip in on the Scottish Independence ...




Home rule within UK best for Scotland, says former Labour first minister
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
1 Jul 2014 at 8:47am
Speaking on 15th anniversary of Scottish parliament opening, Jack McConnell says campaign is unnecessarily polarised

The former Labour first minister Jack McConnell has set out a positive case for S...




Scotland's independence is left in the hands of a 'middle million' of switherers
by Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell
30 Jun 2014 at 11:10am
With a third of Scottish voters undecided, both sides of the debate still have all to play for as September's vote approaches

"It's a great debate you get in a pub," says Laurence Brunton, landlord ...




Banking crisis would have devastated an independent Scotland, report says
by Jennifer Rankin
30 Jun 2014 at 6:43am
Outsized banking sector 12 times bigger than economy would pose significant stability risk, the Banker magazine warns

An independent Scotland would face significant risks to its economy from its dis...




SNP would increase social injustice, Ed Miliband claims
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
27 Jun 2014 at 5:11pm
Labour leader tells audience in Edinburgh that Alex Salmond's government is involved in a 'race to the bottom'

Ed Miliband has claimed Alex Salmond's vision for Scottish independence would increase ...




Scottish footsoldiers relive their Bannockburn triumph over England
by Libby Brooks
27 Jun 2014 at 2:30pm
The 700th anniversary of Bannockburn is being marked with a re-enactment, with politicians keen to avoid pitfalls as the independence referendum approaches

Bannockburn Live in pictures

It's a moment...




Gordon Brown is back, and may be the man to save the union | Jonathan Freedland
by Jonathan Freedland
27 Jun 2014 at 1:23pm
He was reviled after he lost the 2010 election, but the former PM is now reframing the Scottish independence debate

Tony Blair was on the front page of the Financial Times this week, as the paper br...




Ed Miliband to woo Scots with low pay pledge
by Rajeev Syal
27 Jun 2014 at 1:46am
SNP will drive down workers' terms and conditions, says Labour leader as shadow cabinet steps up anti-independence campaign

Ed Miliband will attempt to win over wavering left-leaning Scots who are c...




Furious investors attack WPP and RBS over excessive bonuses and pay
by Juliette Garside and Julia Kollewe in Edinburgh
25 Jun 2014 at 2:11pm
Some 30% of WPP shareholders revolt over £30m windfall for Sir Martin Sorrell, while RBS chairman insists progress made

Investors at two FTSE 100 companies have joined the chorus of protests against...




Gordon Brown: independent Scotland would not be more equal or progressive
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
25 Jun 2014 at 1:17pm
Alex Salmond's policies will not redistribute wealth or give Scots control over their economy, warns former prime minister

Scotland would not be a more equal or progressive country if it votes for i...



Yes and no campaigns accused of 'puerile' trench warfare over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm

The competing independence campaigns are trading blows over two rival offers from the BBC and STV to host live independence debates between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling

The combatants in the di...




Stagecoach warns Scottish independence could hurt business
by Severin Carrell and Gwyn Topham
25 Jun 2014 at 11:27am
Transport firm led by major SNP donor tells shareholders public funding could dry up if Scots vote to leave the UK

Stagecoach, the sprawling transport group led by one of the Scottish National party...



STV faces collapse of Salmond versus Darling battle, after Better Together wa...
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 1:39am

Plans by STV to stage the first televised contest of the referendum campaign between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling are on the brink of collapse, after it was accused of caving in to the first m...




Scottish universities won't be swamped by English students, says study
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
24 Jun 2014 at 10:14am
Edinburgh university study claims little evidence 'fee refugees' would flood north if free tuition policy extended to rest of UK

Claims by Scottish government ministers that Scotland's universities ...



STV smokes Salmond out on an independence debate with Darling
by Severin Carrell
23 Jun 2014 at 12:18pm

The channel 3 broadcaster STV has won the first minister's agreement to face the former chancellor Alistair Darling on Scottish independence in a live debate, but when?

So has Alex Salmond been push...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A story with a cast of five million
by weegingerdug
2 Jul 2014 at 3:03pm
A guest post by Drew Richardson of Sign4Scotland No, this isn?t about a lost Cecil B Demille movie, this is about Scotland. The population of our country is at an all-time high and we?re part of a ...

¡Viva la evolución!
by weegingerdug
1 Jul 2014 at 9:46pm
Jack McConnell wants us to vote No in order to preserve “Home Rule”. That would be the home rule that doesn’t give you control over your own home, the home rule that lumbers you with a Trident lodg...

Monkey poo and panda poems
by weegingerdug
30 Jun 2014 at 9:02pm
Jim Murphy has got first dibs on the monkey with the red rosette, which gives him and his Labour colleagues sole monkey poo throwing rights in the referendum. For the duration, they’re turning a bl...

A very personal journey to destination Yes
by weegingerdug
29 Jun 2014 at 7:06pm
A guest post by Gayle Smith of Tartantights As the independence debate hots up it seems that the mud slinging between both camps is about to get horribly personal. I do hope I’m wrong about this, a...

A tale of two events
by weegingerdug
29 Jun 2014 at 1:40pm
There was a sizeable turnout on Sunday for a demonstration outside the offices of BBC Scotland in Glasgow, protesting against the blatant bias displayed by the Corporation in its coverage of the re...

What the dug did with my UK Govt indyref booklet
by weegingerdug
28 Jun 2014 at 7:30pm
  He chewed it up. Who’s a clever doggy then?

Running to Brussels in Y-fronts
by weegingerdug
28 Jun 2014 at 6:05am
You know the telly is really bad when you’re upset that they’ve taken off Bargain Hunt. I hate football, dear gods I hate it so much. And don’t start me on tennis, sexual grunts with spaghetti drie...

We Seek a Country
by weegingerdug
27 Jun 2014 at 8:30am
Since I’m not doing a proper blog post today, here’s a wee video a friend sent me the link to.  It deserves to be seen more widely. We Seek a Country by Ben Macpherson      

Hoovering for an independent Scotland
by weegingerdug
27 Jun 2014 at 7:39am
OK well maybe not.  But I need to hoover for a clean hoose.  And there’s a mountain of washing to do, windaes tae wash, and a whole lot of other stuff that will not wait until the glorious day that...

Invective: Terms and Conditions
by weegingerdug
26 Jun 2014 at 6:28am
I’ve got an invective policy on this blog. There are some topics and individuals upon which the only tongue lashings are the threads tying down a sharp tongue. That doesn’t mean I’m not burning wit...


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

Our Islands Our Future
by Guest Blog
27 Jun 2014 at 6:43am
Thanks to Neil Gray for today’s guest post. Neil is an Orcadian, who for the last six years has worked in the Scottish Parliament for Alex Neil MSP. He is also active in the Yes campaign in West Lo...

Yes Together: Robin McAlpine, Wings Over Scotland, and the progressive whitew...
by Guest Blog
24 Jun 2014 at 4:20am
Thanks very much to @pastachips for today’s fierce guest post. The transmisogyny of Stuart Campbell, aka author of pro-independence blog Wings Over Scotland, has been pretty devastatingly documente...

Turning 3 missed targets into an opportunity
by Guest Blog
23 Jun 2014 at 5:50am
Thanks to Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, who has previously blogged for us on similar things, for today’s guest post on Scotland’s climate targets. On 10 June, to no great surprise...

Exclusive: June Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
12 Jun 2014 at 3:35am
It’s time for month four of our rolling sequence of polls, conducted as usual by Survation, in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The May figures are her...

Resistance is inevitable
by Dom
8 Jun 2014 at 10:22am
We?re into the final 100 days of the referendum (an insignificant milestone given prominence by the nice round number), and things are starting to get hot. National Collective are about to give Cal...

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 mooted over some drinks last year the realities of living a normal life bit. I have not however, been s...

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 nuclear weapons. The anti-nuclear stance is one of the few pieces of political radicalism, along wi...

?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 Edinburgh and London, and a shared frame that could have been designed between them to drive down turnout. T...

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 tell, because we all (well, a third of us) filled in a ballot paper with a single X on it, and becau...

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 election the member state uses. The British regional list system (including Wales and Scotland, but...


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