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Unite plans boycott of Labour conference
LABOUR's biggest trades union affiliate is planning a boycott of the party's conference next month in protest at the ongoing row over the Falkirk selection debacle.

Government told to save more paper
UP to £70 billion could be saved for taxpayers by 2020 if the Government made all its activities digital, a think-tank has said.

Chancellor denies housing boom is just a short-term bubble
THINGS are looking up for Britain, George Osborne has declared.

Plans to strip disgraced MSP of his salary
MSP Bill Walker could be stripped of his £58,000-a-year salary as the Scottish Parliament announced a review of its pay scheme after his conviction for domestic violence.

After Falkirk: Unite plans to boycott Labour conference
LABOUR's biggest trades union affiliate is planning a boycott of the party's conference next month in protest at the ongoing row over the Falkirk selection debacle.

Moves to strip wife-beating MSP Bill Walker of salary as Holyrood calls urgen...
DISGRACED MSP Bill Walker could be stripped of his £58,000-a-year salary, it emerged last night, as the Scottish Parliament announced an urgent review of its pay scheme in the wake of his conviction for domestic violence.

Statement from First Minister Alex Salmond
"The Scottish Parliament must have the ability to decide on the issue of disqualification and recall of its own MSPs - powers which currently lie with Westminster.

Same-sex marriage Bill to be fast-tracked through Holyrood
THE Bill legalising same-sex marriage is to be fast-tracked through Holyrood, beginning with the first evidence session starting early next Thursday with the aim of achieving Royal Assent for the legislation by next March.

Cameron defiant over stance on Syria despite Commons defeat
DAVID Cameron has insisted a "robust response" is needed to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons despite being forced to drop plans for the potential use of British forces in strikes against Syria.

Controversial gas exploration firm denies it is set to collapse
An energy firm, whose plans to extract methane gas in Scotland have been brought to a standstill amid public opposition, has temporarily ceased trading on the stock exchange as it seeks more money from investors.

UK will always stand up for Gibraltar PM tells minister
BRITAIN will always stand up for Gibraltar, David Cameron has said.

Justice role for UK over attacks
BRITAIN could still play a significant role in bringing those responsible for chemical attacks in Syria to account, a legal expert has said.

Ministers apologise after missing vote on action
IT was embarrassment piled upon embarrassment for two UK Government ministers, who, in arguably the most crucial vote this parliament, failed to turn up to support their leader.

Cameron: Britain must take decisive action against Syria
BRITAIN should not stand aside in response to the Assad regime's chemical attack but be prepared to take decisive action and play its full part in a strong inter­national response, David Cameron told MPs during an impassioned seven-and-a-half hour Commons debate.

Government defeated in Commons vote over Syria action
DAVID Cameron has suffered a ­humiliating blow to his authority after MPs failed to back a Coalition motion on the principle of military action in Syria.


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David Cameron rules out fresh Syria vote
2 Sep 2013 at 1:35pm

David Cameron has firmly rejected pressure to go back to Parliament in a fresh attempt to seek MPs’ approval for British involvement in military action in Syria, following the Prime Minister’s dramatic defeat last Thursday.



Scottish independence: UK stay is positive choice
2 Sep 2013 at 12:06pm

KEEPING Scotland in the United Kingdom is a bigger idea than independence, former prime minster Gordon Brown has insisted.



Highland Council calls for bedroom tax exclusion
2 Sep 2013 at 8:56am

Highland Council is calling for remote communities with a population of 3,000 or less to be excluded from the controversial bedroom tax.



Lib Dem MP Sir Malcolm Bruce to stand down
2 Sep 2013 at 8:26am

SIR Malcolm Bruce, the Scottish Liberal Democrat president and one of Scotland’s longest serving MPs, is to stand down at the next General Election.



Syria action ?backed? under independence - Salmond
2 Sep 2013 at 7:54am

AN independent Scotland would not have rejected the prospect of military intervention in Syria like the UK has done, Alex Salmond said today.



100 Weeks of Scotland: Edinburgh Mela
2 Sep 2013 at 6:32am

Since its inception in 1995 the Edinburgh Mela has grown in stature and importance each year and is now one of the main festivals in the city, and is possibly my favourite. The Mela, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘gathering’ or ‘meeting’ was originally located at Meadowbank Stadium before moving to Pilrig Park and currently Leith Links.



Scottish independence: Panelbase poll puts Yes ahead
2 Sep 2013 at 3:47am

SCOTS are poised to vote Yes for independence next year, according to a poll today which puts the Nationalist side in the lead for the first time since the referendum campaign got underway.



Scottish independence: Split may cost families £2k
1 Sep 2013 at 5:14pm

SCOTLAND’s place in the UK will be worth billions of pounds in household incomes but this would be at risk under independence, the Treasury will claim in a flagship report this week.



Scottish independence: Brown to give Glasgow speech
1 Sep 2013 at 4:54pm

FORMER prime minister Gordon Brown will evoke the spirit of some of Labour’s heroes as he delivers a keynote speech against independence in Glasgow today.



Labour pledges £50m to battle ?bedroom tax?
1 Sep 2013 at 4:46pm

LABOUR will pledge to find £50 million in Scotland’s budget in order to negate the impact of the so-called “bedroom tax” in Scotland, its finance spokesman has said.



Brian Monteith: Evidence-led policy doesn?t add up
1 Sep 2013 at 3:27pm

Those who seek to bully us into the lifestyle that they choose for us need to check the facts, writes Brian Monteith



Jane Devine: Constitution plans to spark debate
1 Sep 2013 at 3:25pm

PLANS for a Scottish constitution could spark the debate on what people want from independence, writes Jane Devine



The Scotsman cartoon - 02/09/13
1 Sep 2013 at 2:04pm

Barack Obama mourns the passing of Sir David Frost in today’s cartoon



Plan now for possible Scottish currency change
1 Sep 2013 at 12:18pm

IN the event of independence, Scotland’s choice of currency will have far-reaching implications for deals and contracts, says Charles Livingston



Extra £3m for harbours damaged by storms
1 Sep 2013 at 9:42am

An extra £3 million has been made available for harbours damaged by severe weather last year, the First Minister has announced.




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More crystal bollocks
by Scott Minto
2 Sep 2013 at 11:09am
Almost every newspaper today reported a declaration by George Osborne that a No vote would result in a boost to Scottish family incomes of a dramatic-sounding £2,000. The headline figure, which some papers gave a more negative spin, was actually a cumulative sum spread over 30 years (because “£67 a year per family”, or £1.29 a week, sounds [...]

We cannae dae it, Captain Darling
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2013 at 8:09am
Forgive the mangled Star Trek/Blackadder reference, there. We’ve been having a wee dig around in the just-released full data tables from today’s Panelbase poll, and found something we thought was particularly interesting, and which we don’t think anyone’s picked up on, because it’s a bit tricky to get your head round. Walk with us while [...]

A reminder of how it works
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2013 at 5:00am
There’s something subtly different about the wording of these two Scotsman headlines. Well, not very subtle. Can you spot it, readers? Tell us your answers in the comments. If you need a clue, here you go:

Ink and incredibility
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2013 at 2:31am
Now, this is interesting. Alert readers will have noticed (by which we mean “be sick of us banging on about”) the fact that we recently conducted a poll which suggested the Yes and No votes were a lot closer than the media portrayal, and the media blanked it with a bunch of feeble excuses including [...]

The secret of comedy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2013 at 4:21pm
Let’s end an ugly week on a fun note, shall we? Above is a shot of Willie Rennie, Johann Lamont, [no idea], Alistair Darling and Ruth Davidson at Saturday’s top-secret “public meeting” of No Glasgow. Darling is clearly finding something highly amusing, while the other four have faces like burst coupons. But what can it [...]

Fear and self-loathing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2013 at 12:23pm
We’ve been hearing tales today of people who signed up for the top secret “public meeting” of No Glasgow yesterday and received written confirmation that their application had been successful, but were then mysteriously refused admission when they arrived – a curious occurrence when by most accounts there were 70-80 seats going begging in the [...]

Plausible hypocrisy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2013 at 6:30am
To the ASTONISHMENT OF ALL, the Scottish media has leapt to cover a new poll today. It was conducted on behalf of the cross-party “Devo Plus” group, which we were mildly surprised to discover apparently still exists despite the previous two posts on its website being dated February 2013 and November 2012. Being far more [...]

To answer your question
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2013 at 7:08pm
Well, it’s been quite a week, readers. Over the course of the last seven days, Wings Over Scotland – and in particular myself, as its editor – has been subjected to an unprecedented series of smear attacks from several groups of alarmingly angry people, from “Better Together” activists (sometimes in unholy alliance with a small [...]

Lonely hearts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2013 at 5:07pm
A picture taken earlier today at Edinburgh’s Mela festival. In the upper half of the shot, a busy Yes Scotland tent buzzing with activists and interested members of the public. In the foreground, another forlorn “Better Together” campaigner looking around hopefully for someone – anyone – to talk to about how Scotland’s too pathetic and [...]

This one?s for Willie
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2013 at 2:00pm
We’re just going through some reports from the top-secret “public meeting” of the No campaign in Glasgow today. Scores of empty seats (in a venue holding hundreds fewer than the packed-out Yes Glasgow launch), a fracas involving someone protesting about Trident, and the same tired old lines from the same tired old faces. The pick [...]


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Brown in written constitution call
2 Sep 2013 at 11:42am
Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown calls for a written constitution which recognises the Scottish Parliament is "irreversible".


New recycling rules highlighted
2 Sep 2013 at 1:13pm
Scottish companies are being encouraged to increase their recycling ahead of the introductions of new regulations and possible fines.


BBC appoints referendum editor
2 Sep 2013 at 5:31am
The BBC appoints the former editor of the Independent on Sunday, John Mullin, to lead its coverage of the Scottish independence referendum.


Malcolm Bruce to stand down as MP
2 Sep 2013 at 6:40am
Malcolm Bruce, the Scottish Liberal Democrat president and long-serving MP for Gordon, is to stand down at the next election.


Treasury claims UK boosts incomes
1 Sep 2013 at 6:21pm
The Treasury is preparing to publish a paper claiming real incomes in Scotland will grow by an additional 4% if it remains part of the UK.


'Sarin chemicals' claim rejected
1 Sep 2013 at 3:26pm
The UK government rejects Scottish newspaper claims that chemicals exported from Britain after the uprising in Syria began could have been used in the production of agents such as sarin gas.


New shingles vaccination planned
1 Sep 2013 at 6:20pm
People over 70 are to be offered a single vaccination to protect against shingles, the Scottish government announces.


Funds pledge for storm-hit harbours
1 Sep 2013 at 11:29am
More money is announced by the Scottish government to repair damage caused to harbours in Scotland during winter storms.


Fresh talks on Faroese herring catch
1 Sep 2013 at 6:21pm
Fresh negotiations after European sanctions were brought in against the Faroe Islands over herring fishing are set to get under way.


Chancellor plans oil worker tribute
31 Aug 2013 at 6:18pm
Chancellor George Osborne plans to use a trip to Aberdeen to pay tribute to people who work in the offshore oil and gas industry.


New Act of Union call to share power
1 Sep 2013 at 8:12am
A senior Conservative MP says a new act giving the four UK nations equal powers would strengthen the union.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
27 Jun 2013 at 12:28pm
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.


AUDIO: Rennie says Walker 'must go now'
2 Sep 2013 at 3:46am
The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, says disgraced MSP Bill Walker should vacate his seat immediately.


AUDIO: SNP says let UN complete Syria work
29 Aug 2013 at 3:31am
The SNP's Angus Robertson says politicians need to allow United Nation's weapons inspectors to complete their work before taking military intervention in Syria.


AUDIO: Sanctions over Faroese fishing row
28 Aug 2013 at 3:15am
The Faroe Islands face trade sanctions from Wednesday because of an international dispute over who has the right to fish herring.


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Syria needs help not more bombs
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
2 Sep 2013 at 9:48am

By Aamer Anwar

US Secretary of State John Kerry told the world that ?Assad?s regime had the largest chemical weapons program in Middle East? as 1429 Syrian men, women and children were murdered with chemical weapons in Damascus.

The Chemical Weapons Convention boldly set out for ?the sake of all mankind, to exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons?. Syria however is not the only one in the region not to have signed the convention or to have used chemical weapons.



Freddie Starr Hacked My Hamster
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Sep 2013 at 12:03pm


By David Lyon


Hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack. Are you sick of this word yet? I am.

The media have never had much flair for reporting matters of a technical nature. Whether this is because the public have no stomach for the required level of detail or is simply the latest concession to our current diet of theatre over fact is anyone's guess.



A view from Galiza: What's happening in Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
30 Aug 2013 at 3:44pm

By Pilar Fernández

Colleagues at Newsnet Scotland have launched the first video of the Duggy Dug Project. Financed by private donations, its objective is to report on the most important themes of debate in Scotland now with the occasion of the referendum to be held on 18 September 2014.  Duggy Dug will be responsible for explaining everything that relates to an independent Scotland in an educational, fun and simple way. The Scottish actor Brian Cox puts his voice to this very clever Scottish dog.



How to end the Bedroom Tax
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
30 Aug 2013 at 10:22am

By Campbell Martin

the3towns.com this week reveals the shocking consequences of the Bedroom Tax in North Ayrshire: in the same week that the local Council had 8 one-bedroom properties available for allocation, there were 1,765 tenants facing higher rent charges because the UK Government deems them to have at least one room more than they need in their home.



Syria is the cockpit for four wars
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
30 Aug 2013 at 4:54am

By George Kerevan

If intervening in Syria were just a matter of backing one side, the West?s choice would be straightforward. It?s nothing of the kind, writes George Kerevan 

The Syrian imbroglio is far messier and more complicated than David Cameron imagines. For a start, we are dealing with four different wars going on at the same time. Interfere in one and you are liable to cause unforeseen ructions in the others. 



An extract from Lesley Riddoch's new book, Blossom
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
28 Aug 2013 at 3:13pm

While the topic of land reform has seen an increase in profile lately it's still not a subject that your average working class Scot gets too worked up about.

In this extract from her forthcoming book Lesley Riddoch suggests that land reform may not be a marginal matter but core to Scotland?s unenviable record as sick man of Europe with one of the world's most unequal societies.  And central to Scotland?s future independent or otherwise...

 



The 'positive' case for the Union has been revealed
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Aug 2013 at 1:02am

By G.A.Ponsonby

It took a while but the No campaign has finally revealed the positive case for remaining in the Union ? war.

Yesterday David Cameron and his loyal sidekick William Hague were like excited puppy dogs as they looked forward to launching cruise missiles at some Johnny Foreigner types.  Syria is the latest Middle East crisis needing some Western cleansing and the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems are readying themselves.



Who are the Syrians?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
27 Aug 2013 at 5:42pm

By a Newsnet reporter

Although often presented in the media as a black and white issue of a "good" opposition fighting against an "evil regime", the reality on the ground in Syria is considerably more complex.  With a total pre-war population of over 21 million, Syria is made up of a patchwork of different religious and ethnic groups, the current civil war has its roots in the tensions and disputes which have arisen between these groups.



A night of music, culture and politics
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
27 Aug 2013 at 8:16am

By Maggie Chetty

Sir Jonathan Mill?s refusal to commission major items about the referendum for next year?s Edinburgh Festival programme is a debate that will not disappear quietly now that he has opened up the topic for discussion.



Darling U-turns to cover up HS2 mistake
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Aug 2013 at 3:03pm

  By Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp
 
HS2 'High-Speed 2' is a white elephant of a transport project with little or no economic benefit to the UK as a whole and a hugely damaging economic impact on Scotland.  Initially approved by Alastair Darling as Chancellor, HS2 aims to provide fast trains from London to Manchester and Birmingham but no further north.
 
It will be especially damaging to intercity rail travel north of Edinburgh effecting Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen.




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Scots Asians For Yes Launch
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 2:38pm

Scots Asians for Yes will be officially launching 22nd September 2013 at Langside Halls, Glasgow, at 6.30pm.



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Economic aspects of Scottish independence: currency
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 2:06pm

Scotland will hold its referendum on independence in September 2014. Much of the debate on independence has focused on economic arguments. A central economic issue is the currency Scotland would use if it voted for independence.



Peter A Bell's insight:

I haven't read the the full report, but I find...



More crystal bollocks
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 11:21am

Almost every newspaper today reported a declaration by George Osborne that a No vote would result in a boost to Scottish family incomes of a dramatic-sounding £2,000. The headline figure, which some papers gave a more negative spin, was actually a cumulative sum spread over 30 years (because “£67...



Yes volunteers' hard work is starting to pay off
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 10:34am

The shift in opinion that Yes campaigners have been reporting all summer, with people across Scotland moving from No to Undecided and from Undecided to Yes, has been confirmed by the latest Panelbase opinion poll, which has given Yes to independence a late summer lead.



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Scottish Parliament proves decisions best taken in Scotland
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 8:50am
First Minister outlines political and economic case for completing powers of Parliament.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Alex Salmond: “I am 58 years old. For almost two thirds of my life, Scotland has been ruled by governments that it did not elect. That is simply no longer democratically acceptable."

It n...



We cannae dae it, Captain Darling
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 8:33am

Forgive the mangled Star Trek/Blackadder reference, there.


We’ve been having a dig around in the just-released full data tables from today’s Panelbase poll, and found something we thought was particularly interesting, and which we don’t think anyone’s picked up on, because it’s a bit tricky to get...



Editorial: The National Conversation | National Collective
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 7:52am

We are closing in on the highly symbolic date one year out from the referendum, and the national conversation is still characterised by trench warfare between opposing camps.

We are closing in on the highly symbolic date one year out from the referendum, and the national conversation is still char...

Scottish households '£2,000 better off if they reject independence'
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 6:32am

Every Scottish household will be £2,000 better off if they reject independence, according to a new Treasury report analysing the economic benefits of having a borderless United Kingdom.
Peter A Bell's insight:

A "projection" three decades into the future is, of course, utterly meaningless, even if ...



BBC appoints referendum editor
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 5:58am

The BBC appoints the former editor of the Independent on Sunday, John Mullin, to lead its coverage of the Scottish independence referendum.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is perhaps surprising how little I care about this appointment. The BBC used to be my main source of news and information. The BBC N...



Yes voters take lead in new independence poll
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 5:48am
SUPPORT for independence has moved ahead of opposition to Scotland's breakaway from the UK for the first time in more than three years, and for only the second time since a series of polls on the issue began exactly four years ago.
Peter A Bell's insight:

SUGGESTED EDIT: Support for independence ha...



Brown: Union is the best way to help the poor
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 3:41am
GORDON Brown will today insist the United Kingdom is a "bigger idea" than Scottish independence because it is about pooling resources and spreading risks to help the needy and boost the economy.
Peter A Bell's insight:

For any senior British Labour figure from the Blair era talk of the founding tra...



A year to go: Yes a point ahead | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 3:16am

The most recently sampled independence referendum opinion poll puts support for Yes a point ahead of No - at 44 per cent to 43 per cent, with Don't Know at 13 per cent - as we enter the month of a year to go until next September's vote.



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?Game on? ? independence poll puts Yes campaign in front
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 3:13am

With a year to go until the independence referendum a sensational new poll has put the Yes campaign a point ahead, The Courier can reveal.




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Credibility and incredibility
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 3:07am

Now, this is interesting. Alert readers will have noticed (by which we mean “be sick of us banging on about”) that we recently conducted a poll which suggested the Yes and No votes were a lot closer than the media portrayal, and the media blanked it for a bunch of feeble excuses including “you ha...



SNP in bid to keep independence study hidden for council election
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2013 at 2:30am
GLASGOW City Council is facing demands to delay until after a local by-election the publication of a "highly politically contentious" report on how the council will be affected by independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I think we all realise that Gordon Matheson is, to put it as graciously as one mi...




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New poll gives independence campaigners 1% lead ahead of next year's referendum
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2013 at 3:54am
THE poll commissioned by the SNP put the Yes campaigners ahead for the first time in two years.


Blow for independence campaigners as new YouGov survey shows 59% set to vote ...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2013 at 1:46am
The survey showed that one in 10 people are still undecided on the independence debate and two per cent said that they would not vote.


Independence referendum: Ex-PM Gordon Brown evokes spirit of Red Clydesiders ...
by Mark Aitken
1 Sep 2013 at 7:40am
BROWN hailed Scotland's socialist heroes of the past as he prepared a keynote speech on the importance of keeping Britain together.


Shamed MSP Bill Walker MSP faces having his wages curbed by Holyrood if he is...
by dailyrecord
31 Aug 2013 at 8:22am
INDEPENDENT MSP Walker, 71, has refused to resign despite the conviction and public pressure, including a petition signed by almost all MSPs.


Westminster SNP leader Angus Robertson on the Syria crisis: We must not repea...
by dailyrecord
31 Aug 2013 at 4:18am
MP Angus Robertson says David Cameron and his colleagues wanted a blank cheque for intervention even before UN weapons inspectors in Syria finished their work and reported their findings to the security council.


Bedroom tax: Council leader promises there will be no evictions in North Lana...
by Keith McLeod
31 Aug 2013 at 1:42am
JIM McCabe performed the U-turn after hearing about plans to evict wheelchair bound Lorraine Wilson from her Uddingston home over arrears of just £248.


Churchmen to meet Transport Minister Keith Brown to call for killer A9 to be ...
by dailyrecord
30 Aug 2013 at 6:08am
A DELEGATION from the Free Church are urging the Scottish Government to take urgent action to avoid more tragedies on the road.


Tory leader Ruth Davidson to highlight reasons why Scotland should remain as ...
by dailyrecord
30 Aug 2013 at 5:16am
RUTH Davidson's comments about Scotland's exports have been described by a spokesman for Alex Salmond as 'riddled with bogus and redundant arguments'.


Syria crisis: David Cameron rules out military action after humiliating defea...
by David Clegg
30 Aug 2013 at 1:36am
THE Prime Minister says he will respect the will of MPs ? leaving the US to go it alone with airstrikes against Assad following chemical weapons attacks.


Wife-beater Bill Walker defies calls to stand down from his Holyrood seat
by dailyrecord
29 Aug 2013 at 5:17am
SHAMED MSP Walker faces jail but has vowed to stay on despite a campaign to oust him following his conviction for 23 assaults involving three of his ex-wives.


Ayrshire councillor to continue representing his ward despite moving house to...
by Edwin Lawrence
29 Aug 2013 at 3:02am
HYWEL DAVIES to snub constituency surgeries but will still pick up £17,000 if he makes just two meetings a year.


SNP are slammed as college budget cuts see 1000 teaching posts axed and 50,00...
by David Clegg
29 Aug 2013 at 2:27am
NEW report shows staffing levels, course choices, student numbers and teaching hours have all been slashed due to lack of money.


Alex Salmond calls for President Assad to face war crimes trial if UN inspect...
by David Clegg
29 Aug 2013 at 2:02am
FIRST Minister speaks out as David Cameron bows to pressure not to attack Syria until UN weapons experts complete their fact-finding mission.


Record View: Latest Con-Dem cuts condemn a generation
by Record View
28 Aug 2013 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW reckons cuts to colleges are a false economy that may have condemned the younger generation to the dole queue.


Alex Salmond in favour of written constitution if Scotland was to become inde...
by dailyrecord
28 Aug 2013 at 5:58am
THE First Minister says that even though he wants to break the political union between Scotland and the rest of the UK, he would retain ties such as the European Union and the defence union.


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Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are cond...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Sep 2013 at 2:16pm
Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are conducted after a newspaper reported that separation was ? ahahahahaha! ? ahead! In the polls!


Phone-hacking bastards conspire with Salmond
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Sarwar - ?I?m gonna go tell ma da? about this.?

U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole dam...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Sep 2013 at 3:54pm
U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole damned thing, and doing it deliberately too".


SNP guilty of solving Puma helicopter problem
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The Nimrods have gone, so have the protection vessels, and now the coastguard stations, tugs and helicopte...

Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 7:23pm
Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called for balance to be restored to the debate on separation as we approach the 1year2nogo milestone.


U-KOK: Now is the Time for a Balanced Debate
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Labour's Ian Davidson MP, Chairchoob of the Scottish ...

Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my par...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 5:39pm
Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to".

We have just obtained the original Cameron image - before it was 'shopped by BT.



Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before you can say, "it's my part...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 2:25pm
Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before you can say, "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to".



Separatist First Minister Alex Salmond has been uncovered as a galactic emper...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2013 at 3:54pm
Separatist First Minister Alex Salmond has been uncovered as a galactic emperor from Mars and must tender his resignation, the opposition has insisted.


Salmond accused of being from Mars
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?Honestly, I don?t know why people would bother keeping tabs on Scotlandshire politic...

Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2013 at 2:35am
Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's latest spontaneous grassroots campaign, NO! Glasgow, which is to be launched at a secret location somewhere in the city, on an undisclosed date and at a time which no-one must know.


If you can find them...mibbes you can ...

Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlands...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Aug 2013 at 5:36pm
Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlandshire. Deployed by skilled counsel, it should allow the noble and distinguished defender of the Union, Lord Michael Forsyth of Dunspeedin to mount a successful appeal against his unfair conviction.


Forsyth feartie flight l...

Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Aug 2013 at 6:09pm
Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive of the terrorist group Yes Scotlandshire, following a second leaked email that reveals that Mr Jenkins ordered a 'Pret a Manger' sandwich for his lunch on Friday, for which he paid an outrageous £5.60.


Shocking New Emails ...

Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2013 at 2:03pm
Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blow today as the Galaxy's top Klingon cast doubts on SNPs claims that Scotlandshire would be allowed to join the United Federation of Planets U-FoP within months of a Yes vote in the separation referendum.


Scotland may not ...

BBC Scotlandshire is pleased to carry this devastating expose of modern Scotl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2013 at 12:08pm
BBC Scotlandshire is pleased to carry this devastating expose of modern Scotlandshire from a wholly impartial observer.


Modern Scotlandshire is deep in socialism
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The difference, while there still is one, is that the relentless leftism goes almost entirely unrebutted in Sc...

Scotland is not a member of the Commonwealth not now not ever.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Aug 2013 at 1:52pm
Scotland is not a member of the Commonwealth not now not ever.


Glasgow?s Commonwealth games will be moved to London
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Sarwar - As Dad is now in charge of Pakistan, would it not be better to move the games to an Asian venue where a few bob could be made?

(no title)
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2013 at 1:02pm

Livingroom-Tax Collector Thwarted by Smelly Scrounger
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The video below shows one such miscreant deliberately refusing to cooperate with the brave chappie who has called to collect his Livingroom tax, or Jeremy Kyle subsidy as it is more properly known in government circles.

Do remember to vote in our new poll - "In the unlikely event that Scotlandshi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2013 at 12:06pm
Do remember to vote in our new poll - "In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, which current power would you most like to see retained by Westminster?"

This poll was unusually crowd-sourced by the entire 9,378 people of the indep...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2013 at 12:03pm
This poll was unusually crowd-sourced by the entire 9,378 people of the independent nation of Nauru. Find out why they wanted to know where Johann is.


Where is Johann? A nation's concern
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Our final sample, therefore, which (at 147) is statistically valid, was divided betwe...


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Domestic Affairs
by bellacaledonia
2 Sep 2013 at 11:05am
By Anni Donaldson Shona Robison MSP, Minister with Responsibility for Equalities, recently stressed the Scottish Government?s continued commitment to preventing domestic abuse and to challenging public attitudes. She was clear that, ?There is never an excuse for abuse? and firmly... Read More ›

From the Province of the Cat #19: Waiting for the wave to come
by bellacaledonia
1 Sep 2013 at 5:00am
by George Gunn Last week aftershocks from two earthquakes in the Irish Sea were felt for several days. The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) said they were probably caused by stresses built up by the weight of glaciers during the... Read More ›


On the Far Side of Revenge
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2013 at 12:14pm
Remembering Seamus Heaney. At the start of ¡Pistoleros! 1:1918, Heaney is quoted: History says, ‘Don’t hope on this side of the grave.’ But then, once in a lifetime the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and... Read More ›


Leading by Example
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2013 at 4:01am
Coverage of the independence debate has so far thrived on fear and smear – but is the truth more inspiring? JUSTIN KENRICK believes an independent Scotland could bring hope in a global, interconnected world. When there is such a need... Read More ›

John Bellany, an artist who spoke to the people
by bellacaledonia
29 Aug 2013 at 9:21am
by Kevin Williamson “To whom does the meaning of the art of the past properly belong? To those who can apply it to their own lives, or to a cultural hierarchy of relic specialists?”  JOHN BERGER The art of John... Read More ›

Missing The Risk
by bellacaledonia
28 Aug 2013 at 1:10pm
by Jim Cuthbert   Section 1: Introduction. The Office of Budget Responsibility, (OBR), was created by George Osborne in 2010, with its main duty being to examine and report on the sustainability of the public finances. Central to the OBR?s... Read More ›


Flags and Fences
by bellacaledonia
28 Aug 2013 at 5:36am
Next up in Know Your History is an early documentary on the phenomenon that was the Blue Nile … Filed under: Know Your History Tagged: The Blue Nile


Jimmy Reid and the UCS
by bellacaledonia
27 Aug 2013 at 4:18pm
To unleash the latent potential of our people requires that we give them responsibility. The untapped resources of the North Sea are as nothing compared to the untapped resources of our people. I am convinced that the great mass of... Read More ›


Know Your History
by bellacaledonia
27 Aug 2013 at 9:53am
A new series, Know Your History offers up political and cultural slices of the past for you. Write us and suggest one? To kick us off here’s rare film of Neil Young busking in Glasgow city center, April 1 1976,... Read More ›

Democracy Max
by bellacaledonia
27 Aug 2013 at 7:45am
By Juliet Swann As the Edinburgh festivals celebration of artistic endeavour and creativity drew to a close ERS Scotland shared the results of 13 months of political endeavour and creativity with the launch of the Democracy Max vision for a... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Panelbase poll puts Yes ahead - Scotsman
2 Sep 2013 at 3:55am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Panelbase poll puts Yes ahead
Scotsman
SCOTS are poised to vote Yes for independence next year, according to a poll today which puts the Nationalist side in the lead for the first time since the referendum campaign got underway. The independence side is a point clear ...


Scottish independence: Split may cost families £2k - Scotsman
1 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Split may cost families £2k
Scotsman
SCOTLAND's place in the UK will be worth billions of pounds in household incomes but this would be at risk under independence, the Treasury will claim in a flagship report this week. A Treasury paper launched by George Osborne tomo...


Scottish independence: Brown to give Glasgow speech - Scotsman
1 Sep 2013 at 6:10pm

Evening Telegraph

Scottish independence: Brown to give Glasgow speech
Scotsman
FORMER prime minister Gordon Brown will evoke the spirit of some of Labour's heroes as he delivers a keynote speech against independence in Glasgow today. Ahead of the speech at the United With Labour campaign, Mr Brown s...


Scottish Independence: Scotland 'at crossroads' - Scotsman
1 Sep 2013 at 4:44am

Scotsman

Scottish Independence: Scotland 'at crossroads'
Scotsman
?A Yes vote for independence in next year's referendum is the only option on the table for positive change and progress for Scotland, and this week sees the next important step towards delivering that positive result.? Recovery. Meanw...


Scottish independence: No vote hardens up to 59% - Scotland on Sunday
31 Aug 2013 at 6:01pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: No vote hardens up to 59%
Scotland on Sunday
THE No vote against independence is hardening, according to a new poll indicating that 59 per cent of Scots now reject Alex Salmond's plans to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom. A YouGov poll, published toda...


Scottish Independence: Darling says UK needed in crises - BBC News
31 Aug 2013 at 12:10pm

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Darling says UK needed in crises
BBC News
Better Together chairman Alistair Darling has said an independent Scotland would struggle to have the same diplomatic clout in dealing with international crises like Syria. Speaking at the launch of Better Together's Glasgow b...


Scottish independence: Unis 'could get UK funds' - Scotsman
31 Aug 2013 at 6:01pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Unis 'could get UK funds'
Scotsman
SCOTLAND'S universities could continue to access lucrative UK research funding following independence, according to the principal of one of the country's leading institutions. Professor Sir Ian Diamond, principal of Aberdeen Universi...


Scottish independence: What convinces Yes voters - Scotsman
31 Aug 2013 at 6:10pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: What convinces Yes voters
Scotsman
In little more than a year's time, he and four million other Scottish residents will get their chance to make that choice at the ballot box. This weekend, a poll shows that the Yes side has it all to do ? with backing for independenc...


Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning - BBC News
28 Aug 2013 at 6:52am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning
BBC News
Two of the leading figures in Scotland's independence referendum campaign have been pitching their cases to voters. In a speech in Glasgow, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore accused the SNP of saying and doing anything to ...


Scottish independence: Young will reject split - Davidson - Scotsman
30 Aug 2013 at 8:19pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Young will reject split - Davidson
Scotsman
THE Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said she believes that younger Scots will vote to reject independence because of the ?interconnected world? they inhabit. Ms Davidson claimed in a speech yesterday that comi...



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'44% of likely voters choose Yes' - The Blairgowrie Advertiser
2 Sep 2013 at 2:15pm

'44% of likely voters choose Yes'
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
Support for Yes is at 44% compared with 43% for No, and 13% who do not know, among 908 Scottish adults who are most likely or certain to vote, the Panelbase survey commissioned by the SNP suggests. Overall, the survey of 1,043 people, inc...


UK gov "burying heads in sand" on postal services - SNP (press release)
2 Sep 2013 at 12:33pm

UK gov "burying heads in sand" on postal services
SNP (press release)
Speaking in a House of Commons debate today on the future of postal services in rural areas, SNP Westminster spokesperson for postal services Mike Weir MP accused the UK government of ?burying heads in the sand? over the decline ...


Brown: Unionism is the biggest idea - The Paisley Daily Express
2 Sep 2013 at 12:03pm

Brown: Unionism is the biggest idea
The Paisley Daily Express
Mr Salmond's SNP is " trying to frame the debate" about the country's future so that independence is seen as the only positive choice and those who favour remaining in the Union are "simply negative", Mr Brown said. "They want to create ...


Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown in written constitution call - BBC News
2 Sep 2013 at 11:44am

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown in written constitution call
BBC News
Mr Brown insisted the SNP was trying to "frame the debate" about the country's future so independence was seen as the only positive choice and those who favoured remaining in the Union are "simply negative". He added:...


MoD ' surprised ' that it trained Assad military - SNP (press release)
2 Sep 2013 at 10:00am

MoD ' surprised ' that it trained Assad military
SNP (press release)
In an answer to Westminster SNP Leader Angus Robertson MP during defence questions, Defence Minister Andrew Murrison appeared unaware that the UK provided military training to Syrian military officers over an extended period. Angu...


Cuts 'hit women and kids hardest' - Donside Piper and Herald
2 Sep 2013 at 7:44am

Cuts 'hit women and kids hardest'
Donside Piper and Herald
The SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire West and Piper columnist, Dennis Robertson, has condemned the UK Government's welfare reforms as fresh analysis has revealed that women will lose out the most due to Westminster's changes to the benefits system...


Robertson, A - Military training - DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
2 Sep 2013 at 9:18am

Robertson, A - Military training
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
SNP MP Angus Robertson asked if the Government regretted the fact its overseas military training had actually seen dangerous individuals ? those who potentially posed a threat to the UK's safety ? had received military trai...


ITV Border continues to exclude region from referendum debate says MSP - The ...
2 Sep 2013 at 8:59am

ITV Border continues to exclude region from referendum debate says MSP
The Galloway Gazette
Although TV Border is promising that there will be full coverage in ITV Lookaround at 6pm, previewing the debate on the day and then a comprehensive review of the debate in Lookaround at 6pm the following da...


SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum - stv.tv
2 Sep 2013 at 3:54am

SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum
stv.tv
A poll commissioned by the SNP has put support for the Yes Scotland campaign one point ahead of no in the independence referendum. The survey of 1043 people over 18 years old was conducted by Panelbase last month and found t...


Scottish independence poll puts Yes campaign in front - New Statesman
2 Sep 2013 at 5:46am

Scottish independence poll puts Yes campaign in front
New Statesman
The poll was commissioned by the SNP and, as I've noted before, it's always wise to be sceptical of polls published by political parties, principally because the questions asked are often biased in favour of a particular outcome. B...



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SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum - stv.tv
2 Sep 2013 at 3:54am

Scotsman

SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum
stv.tv
A poll commissioned by the SNP has put support for the Yes Scotland campaign one point ahead of no in the independence referendum. The survey of 1043 people over 18 years old was conducted by Panelbase last month and...


Orkney Islands see Scottish referendum as chance of freedom - Financial Times
31 Aug 2013 at 5:46am

The Orcadian

Orkney Islands see Scottish referendum as chance of freedom
Financial Times
The Orkney Islands have been part of Scotland for more than 500 years, but it is a mark of the distinctive culture of this green and windswept archipelago that many locals still do not think of themselves as ver...


Survey finds 59% of Scots intend to vote 'no' at referendum - stv.tv
31 Aug 2013 at 6:08pm

Survey finds 59% of Scots intend to vote 'no' at referendum
stv.tv
The campaign to keep Scotland in the UK has opened up its largest lead of the year, according to a poll. The YouGov survey put support for a "no" vote at 59% compared with 29% for a "yes" vote based on the voting intentions of 1171 ...


Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess - BB...
26 Aug 2013 at 5:58am

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess
BBC News
The independence referendum's purdah period, which prevents government from announcing new legislation, will begin when Holyrood is still sitting. The plan will form part of the Scottish Independence Re...


Independence referendum: Ex-PM Gordon Brown evokes spirit of Red ... - Scotti...
1 Sep 2013 at 7:47am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Ex-PM Gordon Brown evokes spirit of Red ...
Scottish Daily Record
Brown, who was PM between 2007 and 2010, said: ?In this debate about the future of Scotland, people are forgetting that in the 20th century we pooled our resources in such a way that thos...


Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning - BBC News
28 Aug 2013 at 6:52am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning
BBC News
Two of the leading figures in Scotland's independence referendum campaign have been pitching their cases to voters. In a speech in Glasgow, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore accused the SNP of saying and doing anything to ...


The shape of Scotland after the referendum - Herald Scotland
30 Aug 2013 at 9:09pm

Scotsman

The shape of Scotland after the referendum
Herald Scotland
Since the date of the referendum on Scottish Independence was announced, I have been frequently asked about my views on further devolution in Scotland. Since the date of the referendum on Scottish Independence was announced, I have ...


Scotland's media fails to capitalize on referendum - MinnPost.com
26 Aug 2013 at 8:35am

Scotsman

Scotland's media fails to capitalize on referendum
MinnPost.com
EDINBURGH, Scotland ? When the new parliament first opened here in 1999 as part of the devolution of power away from London, it was expected to herald a golden age for Scottish journalism. Back when Scots were ruled directly fr...


Eddie Barnes: 2014 could trigger referendum run - Scotsman
27 Aug 2013 at 6:10pm

Scotsman

Eddie Barnes: 2014 could trigger referendum run
Scotsman
The UK out, and Scotland in (No4). The UK in, and Scotland out (No5). Or both out (No6). Chest deep in the hypothetical mud, no-one, when faced with this mess, will be blamed for concluding that it is better to ignore it and take one ...


Gerry Hassan: London Scots and the referendum - Scotsman
23 Aug 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotsman

Gerry Hassan: London Scots and the referendum
Scotsman
One of the most powerful group of Scottish opinion formers do not live and work in Scotland, but are the London Scots. This group are never far from the public gaze. They come into focus with the northern exodus of the London and Southe...



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Anything Goes

A Tale Of Two Opinion Polls...
2 Sep 2013 at 2:08am

Firstly, a Yougov poll, which gave respondents 3 options.

 

This put Yes on 29%.

 

Not great, but...



Dotcom Norrie
1 Sep 2013 at 5:33pm

Yje mad fuqqer is still mad... tha is all!!



Exchange Your Rights For Shares...
1 Sep 2013 at 2:42pm

Seriously, what kind of f*cking idiot comes up with an idea like this?



Tamb - Scottish Independence Referendum
1 Sep 2013 at 12:52pm

Hi guys,

 

I'm just going to run a two question survey on Scottish Independence to gage people's ...



David Frost Dies
1 Sep 2013 at 8:29am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23920336#TWEET874837



Scotland Shirts For Sale
1 Sep 2013 at 4:31am

Hi all,

 

I'm selling the Scotland Diadora away shirt we had in Paris in 2007. Number 11 and McFa...



Gamers? New Football App.
1 Sep 2013 at 3:53am

For any Gamers out there; new football app. about to launch and it's a young Scottish guy behind ...



Rebels Admit Responsibility For Chemical Weapons Attack
1 Sep 2013 at 2:43am

http://www.panorama.am/en/world/2013/08/31/rebels-chemical-attack/

 

Syrian rebels in the Damascu...



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31 Aug 2013 at 5:59pm

just having a few sherbits to celebrate my daughter natasha who has just won gold at the special ...



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30 Aug 2013 at 6:45pm

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

Lodge petition lodged
by Guest Blog
29 Aug 2013 at 7:15am
A guest post today from Tom Minogue, who’s lodged a petition at Holyrood to ensure judges, sherif...

The problem with Scotland?s press? in an American newspaper.
by Dom
26 Aug 2013 at 8:08am
The journalist Peter Geoghegan has written an excellent summary of some of the issues surrounding...

Man paid to write article setting out his true beliefs ? shock!
by James
22 Aug 2013 at 2:55am
In the latest round of silly season frothing for the Holyrood bubble, the No campaign and others ...

Fracking is not just an issue for a small corner of England
by Dom
19 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
As I write this Caroline Lucas MP is being detained in the back of a police van and likely making...

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
by Natalie
14 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...

A Niceway To Die
by Dom
13 Aug 2013 at 9:12am
  The ?Niceway Code? is not just about appeasing cyclists ? it is typical of a government increas...

This is what fear looks like
by James
7 Aug 2013 at 7:56am
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
by James
4 Aug 2013 at 8:38am
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...

On the reporting of data.
by James
2 Aug 2013 at 8:33am
Good solid data is loved by the political and media classes, unless of course it points in the wr...

What it would have taken for me to be against independence.
by James
1 Aug 2013 at 3:11am
I keep telling people I’m a non-nationalist for independence, but they don’t believe me. It’s tru...


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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 storms back into the lead for first time since 2011
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2013 at 7:35am
It was fairly obvious from the hints being dropped on Twitter last night that a new Panelbase pol...

Battle of the pollsters
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2013 at 7:28pm
When I first heard whispers a couple of hours ago that there was a new poll out showing a substan...

Tony Blair's very finest handiwork
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2013 at 12:25am
There are a number of obvious dangers attached to taking Nick Robinson's billing as a political e...

Pro-independence campaign makes gains in latest Angus Reid poll
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2013 at 9:32pm
Many thanks to Marcia for alerting me to the latest Angus Reid poll on referendum voting intentio...

The No campaign's attitude to victims of crime
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2013 at 8:41am
Your house is broken into.

In court, the intruder mentions that, while in your house, he saw you...

Forget the Neverendum, here comes the No campaign's Neverending Story (ah ah ...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2013 at 9:43am
I've finally got round to listening to the package about the WoS/Panelbase poll that was broadcas...

The return of the Daily Duncan : the nuclear question that Hothersall couldn'...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2013 at 9:25pm
After controversial Labour activist Duncan Hothersall blocked me on Twitter a few weeks ago, I th...

McDougall veracity-watch
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2013 at 10:01pm
Has someone had a quiet word in the ear of Blair McDougall, and suggested to him that even the Ca...

Why Nate Silver is wrong
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2013 at 6:48pm
It's a brave man who uses a headline like that given the accuracy of Silver's predictions in last...

David McLetchie
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2013 at 7:55am
I'm absolutely stunned to discover that David McLetchie has died at such a tragically young age. ...

Pro-independence campaign closes the gap to just two points?
by James Kelly
9 Aug 2013 at 1:17pm
There has been some more excitement about the WoS/Panelbase survey this afternoon, because it can...

Panelbase poll : Scots overwhelmingly reject the 'Better Together' belief system
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2013 at 8:53am
(I know most of you will already have seen this on Wings over Scotland, but as this is the first ...

A few quick Edinburgh Fringe reviews
by James Kelly
6 Aug 2013 at 8:46pm
I've come to the conclusion that a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe is a metaphor for life - you sta...

A plea to Peter Capaldi - if you're the new Doctor, please use your natural a...
by James Kelly
2 Aug 2013 at 6:23pm
I've no idea if the rumours swirling around that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who have any tru...

Jeremy Purvis reaches the light at the end of the tunnel
by James Kelly
1 Aug 2013 at 7:23pm
One of the constant refrains from Neanderthal opponents of electoral reform in the London parties...


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Blog - Yes Scotland

Yes volunteers' hard work is starting to pay off
by Stuart McDonald
2 Sep 2013 at 8:04am

The shift in opinion that Yes campaigners have been reporting all summer, with people across Scot...



Yes will give us real choice and control over our future
by Peter Dempsie
30 Aug 2013 at 6:48am

The publication of the Scottish Government?s White Paper in the autumn will undoubtedly be a key ...



Women are harder hit by Westminster?s welfare cuts
by Peter Dempsie
29 Aug 2013 at 6:39am

Women are far harder hit than men by Westminster?s welfare cuts, according to new research.

Analy...



The No campaign has the balance all wrong
by Stuart McDonald
28 Aug 2013 at 12:03pm

Even crossing the road involves risks and uncertainties, yet also advantages! The No campaign has...



The People?s Constitution
by Peter Dempsie
28 Aug 2013 at 8:42am

First Minster Alex Salmond has today highlighted the ?democratic deficit? caused by lack of a wri...



London is an extraordinary city but 'another country'
by Stuart McDonald
27 Aug 2013 at 11:17am

London is an extraordinary city and its transformation over the past 30 to 40 years has been asto...



Borderlands - a renewed relationship between Scotland and Northern England
by Angus Millar
23 Aug 2013 at 10:39am

Independence presents exciting opportunities for closer economic, social and cultural co-operatio...



Yes, Freshers!
by Stuart Turnbull
23 Aug 2013 at 9:14am

The summer months are sadly coming to an end and the start of term has started to leer menacingly...



Perspectives: a rare opportunity to discuss possibility in politics
by Peter McColl
21 Aug 2013 at 10:18am

The views in this article are those of the guest author and do not necessarily represent the view...



Perspective: Record oil and gas investment underlines industry's strength
by Angus Millar
21 Aug 2013 at 8:28am

The views in this article are those of the guest author and do not necessarily represent the vie...



Scotland has an abundance of natural and human resources
by Angus Millar
20 Aug 2013 at 5:28am

Earlier this year Yes Scotland launched our Prosperity campaign, outlining Scotland?s economic st...



Cuts after 1979 Referendum highlight Westminster threat to Scotland's finances
by Angus Millar
19 Aug 2013 at 9:35am

Scotland was singled out for draconian cuts by Westminster after Scots failed to back devolution ...



Video: Sarah Jane Walls on fairness and enterprise
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
19 Aug 2013 at 5:31am

Successful businesswoman Sarah Jane Walls talks about how prosperity and fairness are two sides o...



Independence is the right option for Scotland and the UK
by Yes Scotland
15 Aug 2013 at 10:54am

Writing in Business for Scotland today: 

Laurie Clark, owner and managing director of Anglo-Scott...



Yes vote would allow Scotland to better protect consumers - and act on "legal...
by Angus Millar
13 Aug 2013 at 10:54am

A new discussion paper by the Scottish Government has outlined how an independent Scotland would ...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...

Feile An Phobail Belfast
by craig
30 Jul 2013 at 8:05am
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
by craig
25 Jul 2013 at 10:44am
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
by craig
24 Jul 2013 at 5:12pm
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
by craig
18 Jul 2013 at 2:18am
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
by craig
15 Jul 2013 at 5:08am
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
by craig
6 Jul 2013 at 11:52pm
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
by craig
4 Jul 2013 at 2:49am
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
by craig
3 Jul 2013 at 2:39am
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
by craig
26 Jun 2013 at 7:52am
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...


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


Scottish households 'would be £2,000 better off if voters reject independence'
by Severin Carrell
1 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

George Osborne to argue that remaining in the UK would boost real incomes in Scotland by 4% over the next 30 years

Scottish households will be about £2,000 better off and freer to work and trade wit...




Scottish referendum: a revolution, yes, but no blood will be shed | Kevin McK...
by Kevin McKenna
31 Aug 2013 at 6:07pm

Emotions will run high in the referendum but we won't see armed militia in the Highlands if the cause of independence is lost

What will history call the movement for Scottish independence if there i...




Independent Scotland would struggle on world stage, says Alistair Darling
31 Aug 2013 at 10:47am

Former chancellor says Scotland would lack diplomatic clout in dealing with crises such Syria if it chooses to leave the UK

Scotland would struggle to have the same diplomatic clout in dealing with ...




Battle of Flodden fights to take its rightful place in Scottish history
by Robin McKie
31 Aug 2013 at 8:02am

As the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden approaches, efforts are being made to recognise its importance

In a few days, a ceremony will be held at Branxton church, near Coldstream in Northum...




New 'going home' immigration posters shameful, say Scottish politicians
30 Aug 2013 at 6:49am

Home Office heavily criticised for advertisements at immigration reporting centres in Glasgow and Hounslow, west London

A new Home Office poster campaign that advises immigrants to "ask about going ...




Analysis of welfare reforms 'strengthens case for Scottish independence'
by Severin Carrell
28 Aug 2013 at 6:05pm

Scotland's deputy first minister says Westminster's reforms will have a disproportionate impact on women

Nicola Sturgeon has said fresh evidence that Westminster's welfare reforms are having a direc...




Scottish secretary accuses SNP of retreat on independence
by Severin Carrell
27 Aug 2013 at 6:03pm

Michael Moore claims Scottish National party is 'changing the packaging' in order to win September 2014 referendum

Alex Salmond's government is in a headlong retreat over its plans for independence ...




Toughen up, Scottish nationalists, and stop playing nice | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
24 Aug 2013 at 11:01pm

Yes campaigners will have to change their tactics to counteract Better Together's negativity

There are people in Scotland who would have us believe that the independence debate must rise on angels' ...




Nicola Sturgeon interview: 'I do believe Scotland can be better off'
by Ian Jack
24 Aug 2013 at 2:00am

She is the calm foil to Alex Salmond's larger-than-life ebullience ? so can deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon persuade Scotland to vote Yes to independence?

If Alex Salmond fell under a bus, Nic...




Scotland is going it alone ? regardless of the referendum | Steve Richards
by Steve Richards
23 Aug 2013 at 1:09pm

There may be no divorce, but devolution combined with a rightwing Westminster government is moving our nations in separate directions

I have spent the last month in a different political world from ...




Scottish independence campaign paid academic to write newspaper article
by Severin Carrell
22 Aug 2013 at 7:52pm

Yes Scotland says Better Together complaint over payment to Elliot Bulmer is less serious scandal than alleged email hacking

Officials in the pro-UK Better Together campaign have said they are prepa...




Pro-UK campaign to file complaint over Yes Scotland newspaper payment
by Severin Carrell
22 Aug 2013 at 12:53pm

Pro-independence campaign claims information about Herald fee came after official's personal email was allegedly hacked

Officials in the pro-UK Better Together campaign have said they are preparing ...




Salmond: Bill Walker MSP should stand down after assault conviction
by Severin Carrell
22 Aug 2013 at 10:16am

Scottish Parliament byelection possible after ex-SNP member found guilty of assaulting three ex-wives and step-daughter

Alex Salmond has urged Bill Walker to resign his Holyrood seat after the indep...




England 'faces theatrical talent drain to Scotland as a result of arts cuts'
by Charlotte Higgins
21 Aug 2013 at 11:19am

Head of Scottish National Theatre warns reduction in English arts funding will 'damage the DNA of the arts ecology'

England risks a "talent drain" of artists taking advantage of a more welcoming Sc...




Should Scotland be an independent country? - five-minute video debate
by Phil Maynard, Gregg McClymont, Pat Kane, Elliot Smith
19 Aug 2013 at 4:01am

Labour MP Gregg McClymont takes on independence advocate Pat Kane on the question that will be put to Scots in a referendum

Phil MaynardGregg McClymontPat KaneElliot Smith




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