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Tories vow to halt the 'march of wind farms'
THE Scottish Conservatives have vowed to halt the march of the turbines after unveiling a package of policies to curb the expansion of wind power.

Rangers 'would've had protection in England'
Rangers would have had better protection if the club had been part of the English game, a Labour MP claims.

MP denies being in plot to oust Cameron
A Tory MP tipped to challenge David Cameron as the party leader if he fails to win the 2015 General Election has said he would not stand against him.

TUC chief in defence of EU workers' rights
She will say: "What David Cameron is doing is even more sinister.

Russell apology call over waiting lists claim
Labour has called for Education Secretary Mike Russell to apologise to MSPs over his description of college waiting lists as a "false concept".

Clegg vows government will not change cuts course
The UK Government will "absolutely not change course" in its plans to tackle the deficit, Nick Clegg has said.

Minister to discuss youth jobs policy
A HOLYROOD minister is to tell a conference in London how Scotland has the lowest level of youth unemployment in the UK.

Tories insist Starbucks not singled out over tax
Starbucks has not been singled out for criticism over tax, a senior Tory insisted yesterday after the firm reportedly threatened to abandon UK investment plans.

How Gordon Matheson scrapped George Square revamp when judges ignored his choice
The Labour leader of Glasgow City Council told his fellow judges which design should win the competition to revamp the city's George Square at the outset of the judging process, two independent council sources have told the Sunday Herald.

Annabel Goldie tipped for Lords
FORMER Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie is being heavily tipped for the House of Lords, the Sunday Herald understands.

Architect fights back
THE architect whose winning design for George Square was rejected by the council is to stage a one-man fightback in the city tomorrow.

PM 'is asleep at the wheel' as triple-dip slump looms
David Cameron has been accused of being asleep at the wheel after figures showed the UK economy heading towards an unprecedented third recession in five years.

Trident review 'a copycat risk'
A former defence secretary has warned the UK Government's Trident review risks showing other countries how to create their own nuclear weapons system "on the cheap".

Clegg backs plans for childcare help
WORKING families will be offered help with childcare, worth £1.5 billion, before the next election.

Bullish Cameron stakes his legacy on EU reform
David Cameron has staked his political career on the outcome of his pledged EU referendum, admitting he saw it as part of his legacy.

 

Scotsman

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Linda Norgrove trust helps Afghan music thrive

IN a country where music was heavily censored, it is an enchanting gift which will promote the legacy of a Scot who died trying to help its people built a better future.



Inmates should have phones in cells - prison chief

PRISONERS should have phones in their cells so they can keep in closer contact with their families, the head of the service in Scotland has said.



Live webchat: Yes Scotland?s Blair Jenkins

THE latest in our series of webchats on the independence referendum sees Yes Scotland’s Blair Jenkins take questions from our readers.



Shetland ferry staff face job losses

THE number of staff employed on Shetland’s lifeline ferry services to the outlying isles is set to be cut by 25 posts as part of a major review of services designed to combat the council’s growing financial crisis.



SNP criticised over climate change investment

A LONG-awaited report from the SNP outlining how it plans to meet its ambitious climate change ambitions contained another new target to reduce emissions - but no extra investment to make the ambitions reality.



Jobless figures are ?misleading? says MSP

FALLING jobless figures must be treated with caution, a Lothians MSP claimed today.



Peter Jones: Referendum now a game of two polls

David Cameron may have created a rod for his own back with pledge to hold referendum on EU, writes Peter Jones



Councils should be able to ?delay? wind farms

SCOTLAND’S local councils should be handed the power to delay wind farms by a year as part of a shake-up of energy policy demanded by the Conservatives.



Chris Huhne speeding ticket trial date set

Former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his former wife are to stand trial next Monday over claims she took speeding points for him so he could avoid

prosecution.



SNP rapped over FOI delays involving referendum expert

THE Scottish Government breached its own Freedom of Information (FOI) rules, an official has report has found, by not releasing e-mails which opposition parties say exposed attempts to “nobble” a leading expert who clashed with ministers over the referendum.



Danes and Irish may get first say on UK-EU deal

PEOPLE in countries such as Ireland and Denmark could vote on a potential new deal between Britain and the European Union before those in the UK, a leading lawyer has suggested.



George Osborne says Britain can?t run away from debts

BRITAIN cannot “run away from the hard choices it faces” on the economy, Chancellor George Osborne warned yesterday as he signalled that he will hold firm against calls for him to ease up on his austerity drive.



Call for high-speed rail link to come to Scotland

SCOTLAND’s transport minister yesterday called on his Westminster counterpart to commit to a “concrete timetable”, showing when the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link will be extended north of the Border.



Analysis: Diplomatic questions to be answered

IN ORDER to have a diplomatic service, you have got to have diplomatic relations, and we have to start by asking how many of the 193 members of the United Nations has relations with Scotland, writes Trevor Salmon.



David Maddox: Cameron far from out of 2015 race

THE stalking horse is an equine breed that only seems to be seen in political environments, and then only when the leader of the day is so weak he or she can’t keep the animal locked up in the stable.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

A letter to Tony Benn
Dear Mr Benn, I was in Glasgow Concert Hall on Saturday for your interview, and the preview of the film about your life. And what a life! You are inspirational to many, as the crowd made clear. It’s easy to see why. You talk passionately of hope, of belief in a better future, of anger [...]

We are several
Just a quick bit of infrastructure, folks. We’ve been meaning for a while to get round to sorting out proper author tags, as the WordPress theme the site uses annoyingly doesn’t link from bylines. However, as the sidebar “tag cloud” isn’t big enough to include all our tags at once, even that didn’t quite do [...]

Not enough respect to lie
There’s a small but quite vocal subset of opinion among followers of Scottish politics that David Cameron and the Tories are doing their damnedest to “throw” the independence referendum. A string of implausibly clumsy interventions starting with the Prime Minister’s attempt to lay down the law of a year ago have led to growing speculation [...]

And finally? #5
Because sometimes the story at the end of the news is just a nice feelgood one.

The Sealand Gazette
Readers as alert as this site’s will no doubt have already noticed our latest addition, signified as it is by the rather jarring appearance of a Union Jack over in the central links column – The Sealand Gazette. It’s a Scoopit news-aggregator like Peter Bell’s fine Referendum 2014 (and others), but with a rather different [...]

The nats are our misfortune
We don’t look at British political cartoons very much, mainly because we can’t think of a consistently good one. It seems to be a lost art since the long-gone days of Angus Og, devoted less to cutting insightful and acutely-observed satirical commentary than to the altogether baser pursuit of grotesque caricature. Even the Guardian’s much-vaunted [...]

The heart-attack sweepstakes
It’s commonplace for professional journalists these days to dismiss bloggers and social-media users as “internet bampots” – frothing, furious, abusive lunatics ranting at parked cars. But in fairness, some do tend to get a bit over-excited from time to time. By way of example, let’s check out a couple of the wilder-eyed nationalists who’ve been [...]

And finally? #4
We guess you’d have to call the 1979 referendum leaflet on the left the whole-ish truth. (Yep, we’re still mining the Scottish Political Archive. It’s a rich seam.)

It?s Opposite Week!
Readers may recall that a few days ago we highlighted a rather bizarre confusion on the part of the anti-independence movement, which is more commonly known as “Better Whenever” or something like that. Faced with a poll in which 11% of respondents wished to completely abolish the Scottish Parliament and end the devolution experiment, the [...]

Britain?s shame
If you raise the slightest voice of dissent to the increasing fetishisation of the military in the UK these days, you risk drawing down a barrage of foul-mouthed ire on your head from furious British nationalists, inexplicably enraged at the expression of the desire not to send the sons, daughters, friends, fathers and mothers of [...]

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

'Weight' given to watchdog views
Scotland's deputy first minister says "considerable weight" will be given to the election watchdog's recommendations on the independence referendum.

Government updates climate plan
The Scottish Government publishes its latest climate change plans, designed to ensure Scotland achieves carbon reduction targets.

Scottish legal aid reform passed
Controversial laws which would see some accused people having to pay criminal court defence costs are passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Quebec premier in Holyrood talks
Premier of Quebec Pauline Marois arrives for meetings with political leaders at Holyrood.

Cell phones idea for Scots prisons
Telephones as well as televisions should be allowed in prisoners' cells, the Scottish Prison Service's chief executive suggests.

Council unveils financial plans
Scottish Borders Council unveils its financial plans - including savings of £3.8m for the coming year.

Calls for HS2 Scottish timetable
A "concrete timetable" is needed for extending the HS2 high speed rail network to Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Scottish government urges.

Lochhead wants mackerel mediator
Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead calls for an independent mediator to be drafted in to help end the long-running dispute over mackerel quotas.

Tory call for greater energy mix
The Scottish Conservatives call for an end to the "march of the wind farms" as part of a review of future energy needs.

Rolls show what 1905 Scots owned
Financial records covering more than two million Scots at the start of the 20th Century are being released online for the first time.

Committee backs 'hedge rage' bill
Plans to tackle disputes over high hedges are endorsed by Holyrood's local government committee.

Project tackles remote healthcare
NHS Highland is to lead a project to develop new ways of delivering healthcare in remote areas.

Sturgeon in EU commitment pledge
Scotland's deputy first minister writes to European foreign ministers to assure them that Scotland remains committed to the EU.

Voters 'don't trust Tory motives'
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has said voters do not trust the motives of her party, as she seeks to boost its electoral fortunes.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Climate Change Minister says the government is on track to meet climate change targets.

Newsnet Scotland

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Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish

The Entirely Independent and Completely Impartial United Kingdom Electoral Co...

By David Nairn

So the Westminster Parliament has chosen to grant the Government of Scotland a ?Section 30 order? legally entitling it to hold a referendum on Scotland?s constitutional future - a referendum that was, of course, a core policy of the Scottish National Party, elected by a landslide in this country?s election in 2011.



Panelbase poll takes us back to 2011!

By Dave Taylor

The latest Panelbase poll still has the SNP riding high on 45% in constituencies (44% on the regional list); Labour are 33% (31%); Conservatives 13% (12%); Lib-Dems 5% (5%); Greens are at 6% on the regional list.

According to the ?Scotland Votes? calculator, that would mean SNP losing 4 constituencies and 3 list seats; Labour gaining 4 plus 1; Conservatives losing 1 list seat; Lib-Dems unchanged; Greens gaining 3 list seats - resulting in pro-independence parties having an 8 seat majority over the Better Together coalition.



Can the world afford rising levels of inequality?

By Lynda Williamson

In these days of austerity and stagnation many people might be surprised to learn that there is one area of the economy that has enjoyed double digit growth in every year since the banking crisis hit.

The demand for luxury goods has never been greater; it seems that the world's billionaires just can't get enough champagne, caviar, luxury yachts and sports cars.



Polls, Irish banks and other spoilers

  By a Newsnet reporter  
 
What?s been the biggest political story this week?  Yes, that?s correct; it?s David Cameron?s announcement of an In/Out referendum on EU membership for the UK.
 
In one fell swoop Cameron put Scotland?s future EU membership in doubt whilst at the same time grabbing Eurosceptic Middle England from underneath Ed Miliband?s nose.  The Tories are now a shoe in for the 2015 UK general election and UKIP have been neutered.



Constitutional Voting Rights and Obligations in an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

As a teacher of US Constitutional law and rights, cognisant of the degree to which the US does and does not uphold its stated rights, the possibilities for Scots to craft a novel approach to constitutional rights are truly unprecedented and promising.

There is much to learn from other countries and constitutions to help determine how rights can be formulated and applied in a written Scottish constitution.



First Minister's Questions - 24 Jan 2013 - video

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Minister's Questions, we have uploaded the latest session.

Many people are unable to navigate both the Scottish Parliament's own recordings and BBC Scotland?s online recording of the event, and thus Newsnet Scotland believes that by publishing here we make the event accessible to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.



Pure Joy at Celtic Connections

  Jolene Cargill caught up with Joy Dunlop (pictured) to have a chat about Celtic Connections, her new album and recruiting for MI5!
 
Joy Dunlop has many strings to her bow.  The Scottish singer is in demand as a teacher, translator, speaker and presenter. 

Currently filming a series on Scottish weddings for BBC Alba, Dunlop jokes that she will not be short of a gig in future. ?If I ever need an alternative career maybe I could become a wedding coordinator!?



Robert Burns: Witch Hunter - New graphic novel offers a different take on The...

Burns was loved as a lyricist, farmer and even as a ladies' man.  Now prepare to meet Burns, scourge of all evil and witch hunter in training!

Two visionary writers from Edinburgh have created a new depiction of the nation's most loved poet, based on the epic character of the famous narrative poem Tam o? Shanter, in forthcoming graphic novel - Robert Burns: Witch Hunter.



Cameron?s EU speech presents opportunities and challenges for the nationalists

  By David Torrance

Big political speeches can be misremembered. Mrs Thatcher?s 1988 appearance at the College of Europe in Bruges, for example, is cited to this day as an anti-European rant. In fact it was an orthodox restatement of the UK?s support for the European project ? after all it was the Iron Lady who supported the Single European Act of 1985.



Scotland's far-flung children are her prospective immigrants

By Liam Alastair Crouse, Rhode Island, USA

The discussion of immigration in Britain is often plagued by stereotypes, ethnic prejudice, and xenophobia.  Indeed, in the past year, the British Government, having responded to such beliefs, moved to curtail immigration into the UK from hundreds of thousands to only tens of thousands by cutting various visa programmes across the board.

I am one of the numerous people affected.  I came to Scotland five years ago to study at the University of Edinburgh on a student visa.  Back in 2008 when I applied, students had the option, after study, to apply for a post-graduate visa.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Propose, test, dispose

Questions ahead of the Electoral Commission's referendum recommendations.

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Too wee, too poor, too stupid: George Robertson's Scotland

And there was me thinking that unionists hated the word 'independence' and all its nice, positive, grown-up connotations. But I can understand how they might prefer 'separatism'. Well, who would want to be separate, isolated, out on your own? It's a nicely pejorative word, especially when you want to talk about the breaking of social bonds.



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How the Scotsman used to be a very different newspaper

If 'the days of our years' are indeed 'threescore years and ten', then 1978 is just half a biblical lifetime ago; and yet, while recently looking back at editions of the Scotsman from that year (while researching another article) I was often struck by just how distant a world it actually seemed. A place in which even the most common man was still accorded the dignity of the title 'Mr'; and where the Scotsman chose to place its financial and business, foreign, parliamentary and (even) farming news before anything brazenly domestic.


Peter A Bell's insight:
A look back at a time when The Scotsman championed democracy in Scotland.

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Ten Questions For The No Campaign



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It's Scotland's Referendum!

The attempt to usurp the authority of the Scottish Parliament is an affront to democracy and must be opposed.

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Could Scottish, Catalan independence votes reshape Europe?

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - The separatist flag of Catalonia - with its yellow and red stripes, blue triangle and white star - was a rare sight on the streets of Barcelona a decade ago. Now, it is almost ubiquitous.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

Wings Over Scotland | A letter to Tony Benn

I was in Glasgow Concert Hall on Saturday for your interview, and the preview of the film about your life. And what a life! You are inspirational to many, as the crowd made clear. It’s easy to see why. You talk passionately of hope, of belief in a better future, of anger at injustice. Of engagement and democracy.

You recognise, too, that New Labour became right-wing, almost a second Tory party. You must understand how this played in Scotland.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Tony Benn - A disappointing man.

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Partition Scotland if majority say ?Yes? to independence ? UUP Baron Kilclooney

SCOTLAND should be partitioned if particular areas reject independence but a majority votes ‘Yes’, says Ulster Unionist Party former deputy leader John Taylor, now Baron Kilclooney.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Brilliant idea! Because partition worked out so well in Ireland.

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"Unreconstructed wankers" maybe, but the press are there to be persuaded
ThinkScotland - Thinking, talking and acting for Scotland in Europe.

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Should Scotland be in EU if rUK out?

In a speech to the British Irish Chamber of Commerce in Dublin last week Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister is reported to have said: "It is no longer fanciful to consider as real the possibility the UK is heading out of the EU.

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Wings Over Scotland | Not enough respect to lie

There’s a small but quite vocal subset of opinion among followers of Scottish politics that David Cameron and the Tories are doing their damnedest to “throw” the independence referendum. A string of implausibly clumsy interventions starting with the Prime Minister’s attempt to lay down the law of a year ago have led to growing speculation that the Conservatives would in fact be somewhere beyond delighted to see Scotland go its own way, but simply can’t be seen to be saying so.



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The Markheims in our Midst

We need a state run bank in an independent Scotland, a bank with a social function in its charter, which supports entrepreneurs, social projects, and the vulnerable in society, that gives the custo...

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Everything you need to know: The third option for Scottish independence

As of the Edinburgh Agreement signed last October, Scotland is holding a vote on independence in 2014.
Peter A Bell's insight:
There is no third option!

Talk of devo-whatever is an irrelevant distraction. There is no "more powers" option on the referendum ballot. The British parties demanded that such an option be excluded. The choice now is a stark but simple one. Vote YES for independence with all the powers of devo-whatever and more. Or vote NO and see the existing devolution settlement unceremoniously dismantled.

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Row breaks over 2014 poll question

So that's 27,000 unionists who have no regard whatever for the Scottish Parliament or the fundamental principles of democracy.


Peter A Bell's insight:
So that's 27,000 unionists who have no regard whatever for the Scottish Parliament or the fundamental principles of democracy.

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Watchdogs tell Alex Salmond his big question is out of order

Watchdogs tell Alex Salmond his big question is out of order | UK | - Breaking news from around the UK
Peter A Bell's insight:
The Electoral Commission seems to be leaking like a sieve.

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Daily Record

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Legal aid changes could see contribution level raised from £68 to £82
THE plans initially attracted anger from defence solicitors, who also opposed moves to make them collect the money instead of the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

Fury as taxpayer-funded firm are accused of insulting sick and disabled clien...
TRIAGE, who have been sub-contracted to deliver the Government's controversial Welfare To Work Scheme, admitted using the 'LTB' insult but insisted it was a one-off.

Deputy First Minister says independent Scotland will have its own security se...
NICOLA STURGEON says the Scottish Government are already working on the costs involved in setting up an intelligence agency to work alongside the likes of MI5 and MI6.

Scottish Government Minister welcomes assurances over HS2 rail-link plans
KEITH BROWN wants UK Department for Transport to produce a timetable for extending high-speed routes to Scotland. 

Adam Afriyie lined up to challenge David Cameron if Tories lose 2015 general ...
MULTI-MILLIONAIRE Adam Afriyie has reportedly set up a team to plot a leadership bid if the 2015 general election is lost by the Tories.

Scottish independence: Election watchdog brand Alex Salmond's preferred refer...
IT is feared the First Minister may choose to ignore the Electoral Commission's decision and push ahead with his preferred question.

Scots Tory tycoon Tommy Coakley owes £30million to creditors
THE businessman, who was once Scotland's richest men, had been due to plough more than a £1million into the Scottish Tories before he was made bankrupt.

Yes Scotland campaign boss tells Nationalists not to panic despite flagging s...
BLAIR JENKINS says he isn't worried about the downturn in support- instead he is confident that this year the campaign can turn Scot's indecisiveness into votes.

Mansion-dwelling Tory Minister tells Scottish dad that his three kids should ...
A TORY Minister who lives between a mansion and a townhouse has come under criticism after telling a Scottish dad affected by the imminent bedroom tax that his three kids should share one pull-out bed.

David Cameron's referendum on Europe will cost the taxpayer £100m
THE poll on the UK's future in the European Union is expected to cost more than the vote on a revamped voting system in 2011.

Pro- independence group Yes Scotland launches leaflets push
THE pro-independence group Yes Scotland has launched its first campaign of the year, revealing more than 130 local activist groups are now in place across the country.

Nicola Sturgeon keen to build on EU alliances
BEING an independent member state in the European Union is "overwhelmingly" in Scotland's economic interests, according to the Deputy First Minister.

Michael Moore: Energy boss's £15 million payoff nothing to do with me
THE Scottish Secretary yesterday refused to condemn the huge payoff received by SSE chief executive Ian Marchant and said it was purely a matter for individual organisations.

Time to tackle the real cheats
DAVID CAMERON has demanded more international co-operation on corporate tax avoidance but trade unions estimate that £25billion is lost a year from tax avoidance in the UK alone.

MSPs urged not to push for import ban on mackerel from Iceland and the Faroes
MSPs have been told that an import ban on mackeral from Iceland and the Faroes could damage jobs in the UK.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness | Blair McDougall

The SNP's deeply negative independence campaign is at odds with the positive, outward-looking outlook of most Scots

Asking questions of your government is a basic feature of democracy. It is also de...



Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution

Less than a quarter of Scots are in favour of breaking away from UK, according to survey

Support for independence among Scottish voters has slumped to its lowest level since devolution, with less th...



Alex Salmond gave incomplete answers on EU legal advice, inquiry finds

First minister cleared of breaching ministerial code but criticised for 'muddled' response in BBC interview

Alex Salmond has been chastised for giving "muddled and incomplete" answers about his lega...



Pro-UK camp suffers friendly fire wound in first skirmish of the year

It has been a far quieter start to the independence campaign than in 2012 but the 'yes' camp scores the first point with its 'pay a pound for freedom' campaign, courtesy of Danny Alexander

If the st...



MoD: Trident submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to Plymouth

Devonport is ruled out as home for submarines, raising questions over future of fleet if Scotland votes for independence

Britain's nuclear-armed submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to the Devon...



Salute Scotland's great and good of 2012 | Kevin McKenna

Whether it was sport, politics or charity, this has been a memorable year for the nation

Being a large-glass-of-Bacardi-and-Coke-half-full sort of chap, I have tended to see the good in every year t...



Salmond sets up Leveson panel as Scotland prepares to go it alone

A five-person panel of legal experts and journalists has been appointed by the Scottish government to consider how to implement the Leveson report.

They are to spend three months considering how sta...



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

Ban on open displays of tobacco products likely to come into effect in April after supreme court throws out firm's case

Shops in Scotland will be banned from openly displaying cigarettes after a leg...



Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

Move comes after president of European commission says independent Scotland will not inherit UK's EU opt-outs

The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency stat...



Scotland calls for urgent talks over EU membership

Scottish government rejects commission chief's assertion that independent state would have to reapply to join European Union

The Scottish government is pressing for urgent talks with the European co...



As Scotland enters the EU, the rest of the UK exits? | Iain Macwhirter

An independent Scotland may not be an automatic EU member, but fundamentally there's no bar. Meanwhile, down south ?

The argument about an independent Scotland's relationship with the EU might seem ...



Leveson criticises Salmond for offering to lobby on behalf of Murdoch

Judge says Scottish first minister was willing to break ministerial code, but clears him of specific wrongdoing

Lord Justice Leveson has criticised Alex Salmond for being willing to breach the Scott...



Boundary changes for devo max: the Tory-SNP deal that may reshape the UK | Ma...

An agreement with the Scottish Nationalists could keep the Tories in power ? and settle the West Lothian question

For all of the miscalculations and cock-ups of the past two-and-a-half years, the To...



Election watchdog begins 12-week review of Scottish referendum question

Electoral Commission will assess proposed question on Scottish independence for bias, clarity and simplicity

The Electoral Commission has begun scrutinising the Scottish government's question for th...



Scottish lawyers and hospital doctors threaten to strike

Scottish government faces industrial action in spate of disputes over cuts in legal aid funding and pension reforms

Alex Salmond is facing a series of strikes by lawyers and hospital doctors in disp...



Bella Caledonia


?Join the many. Join the Empowered.?

The Markheims in our Midst
We need a state run bank in an independent Scotland, a bank with a social function in its charter, which supports entrepreneurs, social projects, and the vulnerable in society, that gives the custo...

For A? That 12 ? In And Out
Back to our roots this week as it was Andrew and myself, Michael Greenwell, having a chat. We talked about the EU from a few different perspectives. The referendum and [...]

Addressing Alienation: the Opportunity of Independence
Tomorrow night First Minister Alex Salmond will answer questions on everything from tax and welfare policies in an independent Scotland to whether there could be an explicit  commitment to protecti...

Altogether Better (without oil)
There is little argument against a Yes vote, except fear mongering and fear itself. But it is independence from oil that is needed. Independence from the miracle fuel.

Separatism
By Mike Small Cameron’s ‘Eurovision’ is a fundamental misreading of the mood of the nation (sic). While concerns about democratic deficiency are shared across the continent, there are quite differe...

The Art of the Possible
We’re delighted to announce that the multi-talented Kate Higgins – who may be known to you via her usual scribblings over at Burdzeyeview .Kate is joining the Bella editorial team [...]

On Yes, Flegs and Little England
Three views on the national debates from around and about . . . First up the world from Dublin via the Irish Times, where Judith Crosbie writes giving some insight [...]

Fuzzy Friday 2
Each week we offer you five great things, sites, events, people or projects which we think are Bella-isimo. 1. Come and Have a Go if you Think Your Bard Enough. [...]

Gameboy
“If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game. It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people [...]

ERM ? Automatic for the People?
A repeated claim of the Better Together campaign (and a  whole lot more) is that “Scotland would have to try and renegotiate an opt out from the Euro”. That’s not [...]

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence - Google News
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Kevin McKenna: I wrote a piece on Scottish independence and hit 'send'. Then ...

The Guardian

Kevin McKenna: I wrote a piece on Scottish independence and hit 'send'. Then ...
The Guardian
Four days earlier my latest column had been published in the Scottish edition of the Observer...


Are Scots getting cold feet about independence? - The Guardian

The Guardian

Are Scots getting cold feet about independence?
The Guardian
The debate about Scottish independence took off for real in 2012. Once the UK government announced exactly a year ago that it ...


Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution - T...

The Guardian

Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution
The Guardian
The findings are a significant setback for Alex Salmond and the pro-independence Yes Scotland campai...


Scottish independence leader Salmond a no-show after private meeting with ......

Scottish independence leader Salmond a no-show after private meeting with ...
StarPhoenix
EDINBURGH, Scotland - Quebec Premier Pauline Marois met with Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond today ...


Marois has low-profile meeting with Scotland's separatist leader - CTV News

Marois has low-profile meeting with Scotland's separatist leader
CTV News
A so-called 'separatist summit' between Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and her Scottish sovereigntist counterpart has been kep...


Could Scottish, Catalan Independence Votes Reshape Europe? - Albany Tribune

Albany Tribune

Could Scottish, Catalan Independence Votes Reshape Europe?
Albany Tribune
Pro-independence parties in Scotland and Catalonia are preparing for referendums next year that they hope could...


Marois meets Salmond, but only in private - MetroNews Canada

Marois meets Salmond, but only in private
MetroNews Canada
EDINBURGH, Scotland ? Quebec Premier Pauline Marois met with Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond today but there was no sighting of th...


Scottish independence: Propose, test, dispose - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Propose, test, dispose
BBC News
Re the referendum, we get the (updated) question tomorrow. But, as a taster, we got questions in the chamber today. Using the welcome in...


Letter: Why I'm no longer a Scottish separatist - Montreal Gazette

Letter: Why I'm no longer a Scottish separatist
Montreal Gazette
I returned to Scotland in 1961 and promptly joined the Scottish National Party. At that time independence seemed like a good idea; how...


Scottish independence: Election watchdog views get 'weight' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Election watchdog views get 'weight'
BBC News
Scotland's deputy first minister has said "considerable weight" will be given to the election watchdog's views on the inde...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Advice for vote 'must be followed' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Advice for vote 'must be followed'
ic Scotland.co.uk
Patricia Ferguson challenged the SNP administration to "accept in full" the Electoral Commission's recommendations on how the ballot is staged. Sh...


SNP hail Conservative defeat on boundary changes - SNP (press release)

SNP hail Conservative defeat on boundary changes
SNP (press release)
?I welcome the vote, however accusations that the SNP were working for a deal with the Tories to hinder Scottish Labour are ludicr...


Ethnicity and the Genetics of Glaucoma - PLoS Blogs (blog)

Ethnicity and the Genetics of Glaucoma
PLoS Blogs (blog)
When a particular SNP keeps popping up within the group that has the condition, then scientists flag that SNP (and the associated gene) as bei...


Curran's hypocrisy on high speed rail - SNP (press release)

Curran's hypocrisy on high speed rail
SNP (press release)
The SNP has pointed out Margaret Curran's hypocrisy after she said the Scottish Government was partly to blame for Westminster's HS2 project ...


Government 'must accept all recommendations over referendum question' - stv.tv

Government 'must accept all recommendations over referendum question'
stv.tv
Labour's Patricia Ferguson challenged the SNP administration to "accept in full" the Electoral Commission's recommendation...


Sturgeon: Holyrood has final say on referendum question - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Sturgeon: Holyrood has final say on referendum question
Herald Scotland
Labour's Patricia Ferguson challenged the SNP administration to "accept in full" the Electoral Commission's reco...


Scottish independence: Propose, test, dispose - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Propose, test, dispose
BBC News
The SNP concern was that they could be outspent if there were to be relatively well-funded collective campaigns on both sides - but with...


Scotland to go even further on carbon emissions - SNP (press release)

Scotland to go even further on carbon emissions
SNP (press release)
The SNP Government has outlined plans that will see Scotland surpass advice on reducing carbon emissions provided by the impartial ...


Scottish independence: Election watchdog views get 'weight' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Election watchdog views get 'weight'
BBC News
The SNP government has proposed a referendum question, which has been tested by the commission. Legislation to hold the vo...


New target shows Scotland will not be held back - SNP (press release)

New target shows Scotland will not be held back
SNP (press release)
The introduction of new, ambitious decarbonisation targets for electricity generation in Scotland moves the country a significant s...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

Scotland referendum - Google News
Google News

Scotland facing 'enormous' costs for independent security - The Guardian

The Guardian

Scotland facing 'enormous' costs for independent security
The Guardian
... earlier told the foreign affairs committee that officials were completing a "substantial piece on work" on a new...


How does Scotland's referendum fit into David Cameron's EU plans? - The Guardian

The Guardian

How does Scotland's referendum fit into David Cameron's EU plans?
The Guardian
The first of them is that independence will result in Scotland being cast adrift from the European fold, out...


Kevin McKenna: I wrote a piece on Scottish independence and hit 'send'. Then ...

The Guardian

Kevin McKenna: I wrote a piece on Scottish independence and hit 'send'. Then ...
The Guardian
It would be premature to say that I will come out for an independent Scotland when the refere...


Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness - The Guardian (b...

The Guardian (blog)

Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness
The Guardian (blog)
This must especially be the case when they put a fundamentally important issue to us in a referendum...


Are Scots getting cold feet about independence? - The Guardian

The Guardian

Are Scots getting cold feet about independence?
The Guardian
The debate about Scottish independence took off for real in 2012. Once the UK government announced exactly a year ago that it ...


Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution - T...

The Guardian

Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution
The Guardian
Johann Lamont, the Scottish Labour leader, said Salmond's referendum was a "vanity project" which wa...


Scottish independence leader Salmond a no-show after private meeting with ......

Scottish independence leader Salmond a no-show after private meeting with ...
StarPhoenix
A referendum on Scottish independence is set for the fall of 2014. Two reasons could explain Salmond's no-sho...


Marois has low-profile meeting with Scotland's separatist leader - CTV News

Marois has low-profile meeting with Scotland's separatist leader
CTV News
O'Hara-Byrne noted that Marois has offered the Scottish government extensive data collected by the PQ from both the 1980 and ...


Advice for vote 'must be followed' - ic Scotland.co.uk

Advice for vote 'must be followed'
ic Scotland.co.uk
She made the plea the day before the commission publishes its assessment of the Government's preferred question for the referendum, which is "Do y...


Marois meets Salmond, but only in private - MetroNews Canada

Marois meets Salmond, but only in private
MetroNews Canada
A referendum on Scottish independence is set for the fall of 2014. Two reasons could explain Salmond's no-show: he may not have wanted to al...


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Adverts On Tv For Cash Lenders

Anyone else find these adverts disgusting ?

 

Wonga, payday loans, logbook loans, all the rest of them....f*cking vultures feeding off the poor in a recession.

 

It's about time someone stepped in ...



Owl Or Eagle?

Stunning looking bird.

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-21243686



Renewing Car Tax In A Post Office Branch

Seems I can't do it online this time as the DVLA haven't sent me out a reminder despite it expiring at the end of this month.

 

Only thing I can see mentioned that I need to take to the post office...



Maryhill - What's It Like?

Any TAMBers stay in Maryhill? What's it like? Looking at a couple flats there but i know Maryhill does have a bit of a reputation........ Is it justified?



Best Diet Yet!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21229387

 

I've just gone from overweight to normal without moving from my chair 



Wanted! Tartan Army Members In London For Photo Project

I am a photographer (from Glasgow but living in London) and want to photograph some Scotland fans in their match gear for a potential book project. At early planning stages, and no cash to pay "mod...



Face Cream
Calm doon ,this is for the ladies, but if any of you guys are interested take note, my wife got a face cream from a company ,called Dead Sea products, it was a promotion or something like that, the...

Stocks & Shares

I'm looking to buy some shares, however on all the sites I've checked (mostly UK),  I'm unable to use them as I'm not a resident any more.

 

I could use a family member's address but I'd be using m...



T-Shirts Printed

Looking at getting some t-shirts made up.  Round neck, cotton, nothing fancy.  Will need 50+.  There are obviously lots of companies out there in the world of the internet but was wondering if anyo...



Das Ist Ein Nice Rug Mrs Merkel, Where Did You Get It?

http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/rug-looted-by-goering-found-in-merkel-s-office-1-2762788



Political Betting - Scotland section

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why the SNP is playing down the consequences of YES
How changing the question added 16 points to NO’s lead There’s new polling out from TNS-BMRB into the form of wording for the Scottish Independence referendum due to take place in October 2014. The...

A MORI double whammy for Salmond and the SNP
Three weeks into the campaign and NO increases lead There’s a new telephone poll from MORI of Scottish voters and the results are not encouraging for Alex Salmond or his party in their effort to se...

How much of an influence will money have on the Independence referendum?
and the 2015 General election? The Sunday Times reported over the weekend that no campaign was in disarray, due to major unionist parties donors not willing to donate to the no campaign. Willie Hau...

Is Alex Salmond one of the day?s big losers?
Why did the SNP make Glasgow their key target? In our PB prediction poll a couple of weeks ago a reasonable majority of participants said that the SNP would win control of the city of Glasgow. That...

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of the UK's top 100 political blogs.

Electoral Commission's reputation for impartiality in tatters as its opinion ...
If anyone needed a reminder of why so many of us wanted a Scottish rather than a London body to have oversight of the independence referendum, this is surely it. As a nation, the minimum we were e...

Panelbase : SNP in commanding lead for the Scottish Parliament
Many thanks to Marcia on the previous thread for alerting me to the fact that the Panelbase poll I mentioned also had voting intention figures for Holyrood. I was oblivious to the fact because it ...

Panelbase poll : Support for independence remains within touching distance
The latest Panelbase poll on independence is out, and although it shows an increase in the No lead, it's still more favourable for the Yes side than other recent polls.

Yes 34% (-3)
No 47% (+2)


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Vote Yes to independence to keep Scotland in Europe
Sorry that blogging has been a bit sluggish of late, but I haven't been entirely idle. I have a new article at the International Business Times, on how David Cameron has just blown a hole in Bette...

Political predictions for the year ahead
While I was making the long journey home from the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party (an experience I paid a heavy price for - I got caught in several crushes, and later came down with a bad cold!) I ...

Angus Reid subsample : SNP in joint lead for Westminster
As long-term readers will know, I regard Angus Reid's Scottish subsamples as being of slightly more interest than those of other pollsters, because the relative stability of the figures over time s...

Quote of the year, and it's still only week two
This is a two-and-a-half-day-old quote from Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, arguing for a hefty increase in MPs' salaries in order to attract the best 'talent'. As you read this, try very hard to remember...

"Disenfranchise" Neil Kinnock? How very dare we?
In spite of my best efforts (and several re-readings), I'm not sure I entirely understand the point being made by the Ian Stewart article republished by Wings Over Scotland. There are a couple of ...

Happy New Year
Just a very quick note to wish you all a happy new year - a year which for superstitious reasons I will exclusively be referring to as "this year", rather than using some arbitrary number that even...

Nuclear democracy
On a number of occasions I've made the point that Britain is, at best, a semi-democracy, due to the House of Lords being unelected. Some people react incredulously to that notion, and insist that ...

The imperial delusion lives on
The SNP's Angus MacNeil and Labour's George Foulkes found some rare common ground a few days ago in condemning the Queen's 'silent' participation in a cabinet meeting, on the grounds that it breach...

In wake of Newtown, Baker goes sinister
Question : If you were an American libertarian blogger who had spent almost every waking moment over the last decade advancing the fantastical notion that a gun free-for-all has made your country s...

Why the Northern Ireland demographic shift does matter
Ten years ago, the results of the Northern Ireland census were greeted with a not inconsiderable amount of unionist gloating. All the expectations had been that there would be evidence of a signif...

John McTernan has a butler, or the kitten gets it
A couple of years ago, I did a brief round-up of the more unusual search engine queries that had led unsuspecting surfers to this blog. I thought it was high time for a more comprehensive list, al...

Our Head of State for 2060 has just been selected...
We don't have a clue about his or her personality, talents or intelligence, but we're absolutely certain that he/she will be just the chap/chapess for the job.

Democracy and rationality at its fin...