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Golden eagle is symbol of Nazi terror regime, claims top Tory
CAMPAIGNERS bidding to make the golden eagle Scotland's national bird have been left shocked after the deputy leader of the Tories in Scotland said the symbol was the last thing that victims saw as they were herded into Nazi death camps.

'Hundreds' of most vulnerable Syrian refugees to head to UK
BRITAIN is to take in "hundreds" of Syrian refugees after the Coalition Government bowed to mounting internal and outside pressure ahead of today's House of Commons debate.

Labour a threat to recovery, claims Chancellor
LABOUR are now the biggest threat to the UK's economic recovery, George Osborne claimed as the Coalition hailed the latest growth figures - 1.9% for 2013 - as evidence its austerity programme is working.

Miliband urged to accept vote change
ED MILIBAND has been urged to back proportional representation for local government elections south of the Border by campaigners who point out that it helped Labour in Scotland.

Senior figure's last-ditch corroboration bid rebuffed
ONE of Scotland's most senior legal figures has been rebuffed by Holyrood's Justice Committee after he made an eleventh-hour request to give evidence on plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials.

Ministers to consider changes to expulsion rules
POLITICIANS who break the law will be thrown out of parliament even if they serve less than a year in jail after ministers agreed to cross-party talks on the issue.

Rennard pledge as Bruce elected LibDem deputy
Sir Malcolm Bruce has pledged the Lord Rennard sexual harrassment row that has engulfed the Liberal Democrats will be dealt with "quickly and privately" after he was elected deputy leader.

LibDems accuse Osborne of 'demonic' zeal to cut welfare
Senior Liberal Democrats have accused George Osborne of a "demonic" zeal to cut welfare, in comments that will further deepen the Coalition rift on the issue.

Cameron urges calm over migrants
DAVID Cameron has insisted he has done as much as he can do under EU rules to restrict migrant workers from Bulgaria and Romania coming to Britain.

Hollande to visit UK without companion
BELEAGUERED French premier Francois Hollande will arrive in Britain this week without an official female companion as Downing Street confirmed there would be no programme for political wives or partners at Friday's UK-France summit.

Extended role for hospital inspectors backed by Labour
THE extension of inspectors' roles in Scottish hospitals to look at staffing levels in key areas such as maternity services and accident and emergency units has been welcomed.

50p tax plans give voters a clear choice, insists Miliband as party's poll le...
ED Miliband has defended his under-fire 50p tax rate pledge as "utterly fair and utterly reasonable" as Labour's lead over the Conservatives slipped to just one point, the lowest Comres poll lead for more than three years.

London 'remains a threat to economy'
LONDON remains a threat to the Scottish economy despite the success of Edinburgh and Aberdeen in creating jobs, the SNP has warned.

Cameron slates 'crazy' laws
DAVID Cameron will today rail against "ridiculous" health and safety rules holding back the economic recovery.

Hague vow over EU referendum
VOTERS will have a say on Britain's membership of the European Union if David Cameron continues as Prime Minister after the 2015 general election, William Hague has claimed.


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Bill Jamieson: A monstrous union in the making?
29 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

Lack of detail on what currency sharing means may bedevil a newly independent Scotland, writes Bill Jamieson



Tom Peterkin: Russell fans flames over immigration
29 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

There are many adjectives and phrases that can be used to describe Mike Russell, the education secretary. Shrinking violet, however, is not one of them – judging by his inflammatory outburst yesterday.



Fiona McCade: Golden chance to adopt eagle
29 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

The majestic birds are not an imperial symbol, but are as synonymous with Scotland as whisky and tartan, writes Fiona McCade



Leaders: Carney brings clarity to currency debate
29 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm

YESTERDAY’s visit to Scotland by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has brought a welcome degree of clarity to a key aspect of the independence referendum debate. But it remains to be seen which side in the contest will benefit from that clarity the most.



Calls for review into Scots miners? convictions
29 Jan 2014 at 1:22pm

LABOUR leader Johann Lamont today called on justice minister Kenny MacAskill to review the convictions of the hundreds of Scottish miners who were jailed during the miners’ strikes in the 1980s.



Independent Scotland would be forced to adopt Euro
29 Jan 2014 at 1:17pm

AN independent Scotland would be forced to adopt the euro currency if it wants to be part of the EU with SNP plans for an opt-out “not up for discussion”, a leading EC official has warned.



Scots pine selected as Scotland?s national tree
29 Jan 2014 at 11:19am

THE Scots pine has been chosen as Scotland’s national tree following a public consultation.



PM ?concern? over Scot on death row for blasphemy
29 Jan 2014 at 10:24am

PRIME Minister David Cameron today expressed “deep concern” over the treatment of a mentally ill pensioner sentenced to death under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.



Aberdeen treated as ?forgotten city? by government
29 Jan 2014 at 8:35am

THE Scottish Government was today accused of treating Aberdeen as Scotland’s “forgotten city” ahead of tomorrow’s expected decisions to close both the fire and police service control rooms in Europe’s oil capital.



Scottish Government cycling advert banned
29 Jan 2014 at 12:03am

A SCOTTISH Government road safety advert has been banned for being “socially irresponsible” because it showed a cyclist riding without a helmet and “too far” from the kerb.



NHS plans to prevent bosses bullying nurses
28 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

PLANS to tackle bullying and harassment in the NHS, including introducing culture change “champions”, have been agreed by the Scottish Government and nursing leaders.



?UK immigration policy revolts me? - Mike Russell
28 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

THE UK’S immigration policy is “driven by Ukip and nasty xenophobia”, Scotland’s education secretary will claim today.



Independence ?to cost Scots universities millions?
28 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTLAND’S universities will lose access to lucrative research funding under independence, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael will warn today.



The Scotsman cartoon: Salmond to meet Mark Carney
28 Jan 2014 at 6:00pm

The First Minister is to meet with the new governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney in Edinburgh.



?Serious errors? in corroboration axe evidence
28 Jan 2014 at 3:31pm

There have been “serious errors” in the evidence given to a Holyrood committee over proposals to abolish corroboration, a retired high court judge has said.




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Quoted for sense
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jan 2014 at 10:21am
The media is positively jumping with analyses of Mark Carney’s much-anticipated speech about currency unions, with thousands of words being expended to discuss something we’ve already summed up accurately in eleven. It’s almost comical to watch the amount of anti- (and very occasionally pro-) independence spin being put on a text which went pathologically out [...]
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Carney speech: definitive analysis
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jan 2014 at 8:19am
“Yeah, whatever you guys arrange between yourselves, we’ll make it work.“

The slumbering watchdog
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
When studying the Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice, in truth one is spoiled for choice when considering the Scottish Daily Mail’s ongoing hate campaign against so-called “cybernats”. It seems fair to say that the paper has blithely ignored Article 2, “A fair opportunity for reply to inaccuracies must be given when reasonably called for”, [...]

Daily Mail Fact Watch
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jan 2014 at 3:55am
The Mail is incredibly still banging away at its “evil cybernats” campaign today – we make that 19 days now – with another front page lead (this time, impressively somehow managing to turn SNP MSP Joan McAlpine being the victim of acts of online sabotage into an attack on the SNP) and another “Cybernat Watch” [...]

The easiest job in Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2014 at 4:00pm
There’s been a nice graphic going round social media this afternoon. It’s a map of Yes Scotland activist branches across the country, and it’s pretty impressive. So for tonight’s And Finally, we thought it’d be a chuckle to compare it to the nearest “Better Together” equivalent, which has a rather less nationwide coverage. The image [...]

The fake red flag
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2014 at 2:14pm
The Daily Record’s run a whole clutch of articles of a vaguely positive nature towards independence recently, which is nice. We assume Torcuil Crichton must be ill. But an editorial leader column today commenting on the Yes campaign’s encouraging poll figures and identifying the SNP’s social-justice policy programme as the reason had an intriguing line [...]

The referendum in pictures
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2014 at 11:00am
In quieter moments recently we’ve been working away on early drafts of our next opinion poll (schedule TBA). We’ve got some interesting questions lined up for it, but it dawned on us earlier that with polls now coming out every other day, it might be fun to do something a bit original and different. One [...]

Disaster for Yes campaign
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2014 at 9:41am
Now it all makes sense. But how will we get by without our best undercover agent? We’re in trouble now.

Ah, the banter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2014 at 6:59am
Jim Murphy in the Daily Mail last week on the appalling “cybernats”: “It?s time for the SNP and the First Minister to finally rein these people in. Washing their hands of them and pretending they don?t know who they are will no longer do.” And this is a Labour spokesman in 2012 when a user [...]

Future tense
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2014 at 5:16am
Yesterday’s Telegraph contained another example of something we’ve noticed becoming increasingly common in newspapers recently where Scottish independence is concerned – the incredible vanishing story. Check out these first two paragraphs from a piece about investment in the oil industry: “UK Energy Minister Michael Fallon warned on Monday that uncertainty over the outcome of the [...]


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Carney warning over Scots pound plan
29 Jan 2014 at 2:29pm
The Bank of England governor says an independent Scotland would need to give up some power to make a currency union with the rest of the UK work.


'Xenophobia' drives immigration move
29 Jan 2014 at 8:35am
Scotland's education secretary claims UK immigration policy is being "driven by UKIP and a nasty xenophobia".


PM 'concerned' about blasphemy case
29 Jan 2014 at 7:45am
The prime minister says he is "deeply concerned" about a man from Edinburgh who has been sentenced to death in Pakistan.


Cowdenbeath poll winner sworn in
29 Jan 2014 at 10:39am
Scottish Labour's Alex Rowley takes the oath of affirmation as he is sworn in as the new MSP for Cowdenbeath.


Waiting time target a 'farce' - MSP
29 Jan 2014 at 10:50am
Audit committee convener Hugh Henry attacks NHS Scotland waiting time targets after it emerges no health boards met them.


Bruce elected Lib Dem deputy leader
28 Jan 2014 at 4:56pm
Liberal Democrat MPs choose Sir Malcolm Bruce, a former international development committee chairman, as their new deputy leader.


Retail sales show continued growth
29 Jan 2014 at 6:54am
Retail sales in Scotland grew by 1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to figures from the Scottish government.


Inquiry call over helicopter crash
29 Jan 2014 at 5:40am
The UK transport secretary is being urged to launch a public inquiry into helicopter safety after a crash at the Clutha bar in Glasgow killed 10 people.


Religious assembly name change call
28 Jan 2014 at 12:38am
Calls are being made for a "symbolic change" to the description of religious assemblies in non-denominational schools.


'Nazi links' over eagle symbol
28 Jan 2014 at 11:39am
Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw attacks a proposal to make the eagle a national symbol of Scotland, recalling its use by Nazi Germany.


Extent of benefit error 'unclear'
28 Jan 2014 at 12:55pm
The Scottish government demands to know how many "vulnerable people" have incorrectly lost out because of housing benefit reforms.


Ex-MSP bids to quash convictions
28 Jan 2014 at 8:04am
A former MSP who was found guilty of assaulting three ex-wives and a step-daughter is seeking to have two of his convictions quashed.


Council probes coalmine 'failures'
28 Jan 2014 at 11:16am
East Ayrshire Council is to investigate how it handled local mining projects amid a £132m shortfall to restore former opencast sites.


Teacher union 'alarm' over Nationals
28 Jan 2014 at 12:04pm
A teaching union chief says he is "alarmed" by the lack of confidence his members have in their ability to assess the new N4 and N5 qualifications.


'Kindness' worry in maternity survey
28 Jan 2014 at 5:32am
A survey of women who gave birth last year found a third of them said they were not always treated with kindness in hospital after the birth.


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ICM, YouGov, ComRes ? We're learning something interesting
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Jan 2014 at 4:06pm

  By Dave Taylor
 
Most of you will have seen the headline data from the latest ICM poll on Referendum Yes 37%, No 44%, Don?t Know 19%.  On European election voting intention ? it's SNP 43%, Lab 24%, Con 14%, UKIP 7%, LD 6%, Green 4% respectively.
 
Interestingly, in England & Wales, pollsters ComRes report that Tory and Labour are neck and neck at 33% support each, while YouGov have the Labour lead in GB down to 2%.



Scotland International: A Letter from Istanbul
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Jan 2014 at 3:33pm

  By Gerry Hassan
 
Europe from its edges, corners and fuzzy borderlands looks and feels rather different than it does from elsewhere.
 
Here in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, Scotland?s debate and the UK?s never-ending turmoil with regard to its relationship with Europe, seems far removed.
 
Yet what is striking is that there are commonalities between these examples as I contemplate life looking at the shores of the Bosphorus ? that historic meeting and clashing point of cultures, and the crossroads between Europe and Asia.



All academics are respected, but some are more respected than others
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Jan 2014 at 3:40am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Last week a respected academic appeared on STV and BBC.  Professor John Curtice was talking about the latest survey on social attitudes.
 
The Scottish Social Attitudes survey was carried by every news outlet in Scotland, its findings deemed crucial to the independence debate.  Interviews and articles accompanied the latest poll and Professor Curtice enjoyed yet more media attention.



Pariah or Partner: Scotland and the European Union
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Jan 2014 at 1:25pm

By Bryan Samuel

Scotland's relationship with the European Union following a YES vote in September's independence referendum continues to gain traction in the campaign.  This is hardly surprising since those arguing for the status quo appear convinced that EU membership is a weak point in YES Scotland's case; and inconveniently for those advocating change, the issue will only be settled definitively through agreement after a YES vote.



Parliamentary Supremacy UK Achilles Heel
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Jan 2014 at 2:10pm

By Mark McNaught

Reading through the American Declaration of Independence, it is uncanny how many of the constitutional grievances over Westminster control reflect the modern debate over Scottish independence and the future status of Wales and Northern Ireland within the UK.



Didn't He Do Well?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Jan 2014 at 7:10am

  By Derek Bateman
 
Dr John Robertson of UWS acquitted himself rather well on Radio Scotland this morning [Saturday] in defending his Fairness in the First Year report on broadcasting and in the process made the BBC look small.
 
After listening to Dr Robertson, whom I?ve never met, I was left wondering what the BBC was afraid of. He didn?t rant. He didn?t accuse. He appreciated the pressures of newsgathering. He isn?t a Nat. He sounded surprised at his own findings and had expected them to be viewed as helpful.



Workers face stark choices
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
24 Jan 2014 at 12:12pm

By Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser

Working class people, the majority population of Scotland, face a stark choice this September. Vote NO to democratic self-government and get a renewed dose of attacks on jobs, wages, rights at work, benefits and public services from a Westminster regime emboldened by their success in seeing off any threatened 'Scots rebellion'.



Witch hunts, and who's afraid of who
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Jan 2014 at 3:09am

By Paul T Kavanagh
 
The Daily Mail has embarked on a witch hunt of "evil cybernats".  It's the same old story from a publication which panders to the basest instincts of the uneducated and the willfully misinformed, it's only the target which has changed.
 
Back in the early 1980s, during the Aids hysteria, an acquaintance was outed by a newspaper.  It was one of the usual suspects given to demonising innocent and powerless members of the public, either the Daily Mail or the Express, I can't remember which now. 



Robert Burns on Independence
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
21 Jan 2014 at 2:23pm

By Patrick Scott Hogg

Thus bold, independent, unconquer?d and free
Her bright course of glory forever shall run
For Brave Caledonia immortal must be
I?ll prove it from Euclid as clear as the sun!
Robert Burns.

The answer to whether or not Robert Burns would be a YES or a NO voter in this year?s Referendum lies in our understanding of his principles, values and passionately held beliefs which thread through his poetry and letters like golden thread. 



Sillars could woo Left to Yes camp
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Jan 2014 at 1:29am

By George Kerevan

The name of Aneurin ?Nye? Bevan has receded into history and with it his political reputation ? radical Welsh firebrand, theoretical maverick, spell-bounding orator. At best, Bevan is remembered as founder of the NHS, but he was lots more. He brought a rare sense of passion, humanity and intellectual questioning to post-war British politics, even if his political gyrations irritated friends as well as foes, and his relentless individualism strained personal relationships.




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FM: King told me a Yes vote would change Treasury stance on currency union
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 8:14am

Former Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King told Alex Salmond the Treasury would adopt an "entirely different" approach to Scottish issues if there was a Yes vote in the independence referendum, the First Minister has claimed.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It has always seemed rather obvious to me th...



Independence ?to cost Scots universities millions?
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 7:15am

SCOTLAND’S universities will lose access to lucrative research funding under independence, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael will warn today.

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The slumbering watchdog
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 5:51am
When studying the Press Complaints Commission Code of Practice, in truth one is spoiled for choice when considering the Scottish Daily Mail's ongoing campaign against so-called "cybernats". It seem...

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ScottishPower rejects post-indy break-up claim by Spanish paper
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 5:39am

SCOTTISHPower has dismissed warnings it may have to sell off part of the company in the event of Scottish independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Few will doubt that lurking somewhere in the background to this Expansión article lies the conspiratorial relationship between the Tories and Mariano Rajoy...



?UK immigration policy revolts me? - Mike Russell
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 4:54am

THE UK’S immigration policy is “driven by Ukip and nasty xenophobia”, Scotland’s education secretary will claim today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It seems that British Labour's lackeys in Scotland can't open their mouths without lying. The Scottish Government's tuition fee policy is based on residence...



Daily Mail Fact Watch
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 4:29am
The Mail is incredibly still banging away at its "evil cybernats" campaign today - we make that 19 days now - with another front page lead (this time, impressively somehow managing to turn SNP MSP ...

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Spectator: "We Are Bought And Sold For English Gold" or The £500 Jocks"
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 4:21am

Given the time of the year, a reference to Robert Burns, even one as fleeting as the above well known quote, is perhaps appropriate. As we are repeatedly reminded that the economy will be the determining factor, in the vote in the referendum on independence in September this year, some comment ab...



Better Together chief under fire after oil fund claims dismissed by Norwegian...
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 4:18am

Better Together chief under fire after oil fund claims dismissed by Norwegian official

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Documenting Yes
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 4:14am

Documenting the Yes Campaign for Scottish Independence

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The Real Poisoning of the Independence Debate [Strong language]
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 4:13am

An examination of the poisoning of the independence debate.  [Strong language]



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Generation X
by Peter A Bell
29 Jan 2014 at 3:40am

In the first of our interview series featuring young people and their views on the new Scotland, this by student journalist Sean Martin (@smarti51) He’s quite remarkable, for a 17-year-old. As well...

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The easiest job in Scotland
by Peter A Bell
28 Jan 2014 at 5:13pm

There's been a nice graphic going round social media this afternoon. It's a map of Yes Scotland activist branches across the country, and it's pretty impressive. So for tonight's And Finally, we th...

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The fake red flag
by Peter A Bell
28 Jan 2014 at 2:53pm

The Daily Record's run a whole clutch of articles of a vaguely positive nature towards independence recently, which is nice. We assume Torcuil Crichton must be ill. But an editorial leader column t...

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MoD confirms gaps in Navy tasking in UK Waters | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
28 Jan 2014 at 11:43am

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that there have been recent gaps in the dedicated Royal Navy vessel coverage of UK waters.



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100 Artists and Creatives Who Support Scottish Independence
by Peter A Bell
28 Jan 2014 at 11:35am

A little over a year ago a No voting friend challenged me to name twenty artists and creatives who support Scottish independence and I managed to name over fifty. With 8 months left until Scotland'...

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Humza Yousaf: Scottish independence would help us get more people into jobs
by Humza Yousaf
29 Jan 2014 at 10:09am
HUMZA YOUSAF says that while the labour market is strengthening, independence would allow the Scottish Government to do even more to keep it that way.


Syrian refugees fleeing civil war will be offered home in Britain, says David...
by dailyrecord
29 Jan 2014 at 7:19am
THE Prime Minister said the country will act with the "greatest urgency" in offering the "most needy people" in refugee camps, a home in the UK.


Ann McKechin: Russell Brand is wrong - voting does make a difference
by Ann McKechin
29 Jan 2014 at 7:19am
ANN McKECHIN argues on the vital importance of voting to a democracy, and the practical benefits it brings.


Record View: Children are paying for the mess left over by the bankers
by Record View
29 Jan 2014 at 3:35am
RECORD View discusses early years funding and the promises made to protect it as cuts threaten to blight the services provided to help our youngsters.


Campaigners urge John Swinney to protect local councils' funding for vulnerab...
by David Clegg
29 Jan 2014 at 3:02am
THE Scottish Children's Services Coalition fear local authority cuts could hit education for kids with special needs and the provision of care.


Education Secretary Mike Russell claims Con-Dem's immigration policy is damag...
by David Clegg
29 Jan 2014 at 1:55am
RUSSELL will effectively accuse the UK Government of racism when he challenges the immigration policy in a speech at the Economic and Social Research Council conference today.


Independence referendum: Bank of England governer Mark Carney in face-to-face...
by dailyrecord
29 Jan 2014 at 1:53am
CARNEY is in Edinburgh today and is expected to address the issue of a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK should Scotland vote 'Yes' in September.


Former MSP Bill Walker launches appeal against conviction for assaulting thre...
by dailyrecord
28 Jan 2014 at 6:58am
THE ex-SNP MSP was jailed for 12 months last September after being found guilty of a string of domestic abuse attacks.


Bedroom tax: Scottish Government demand answers over number of vulnerable peo...
by dailyrecord
28 Jan 2014 at 6:16am
AHEAD of a meeting with Lord Freud, Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said the UK Government had "a lot to answer for" as thousands of vulnerable families struggle to make ends meet.


MSP slams calls for golden eagle to be made Scotland's national bird over its...
by dailyrecord
28 Jan 2014 at 5:38am
JACKSON Carlaw said a "tenacious" robin would be a better symbol as MSPs on the Public Petitions Committee considered a call to make the golden eagle the national bird.


Record View: Time for John Swinney to choose tax side
by Record View
28 Jan 2014 at 3:09am
RECORD VIEW says selecting a side on the 50p tax debate is a simple decision that would define Swinney and the SNP as either a party of social justice or a party of corporate interests.


Scottish Independence: Alex Salmond claims 'the wind is now firmly in the sai...
by dailyrecord
28 Jan 2014 at 1:51am
THE First Minister said the unravelling of the Better Together's scare stories had led to a significant increase in support for the Yes campaign.


East-West divide: Edinburgh sees private jobs soar as Glasgow struggles to re...
by David Clegg
28 Jan 2014 at 1:37am
THE Centre for Cities research revealed Edinburgh is second only to London for job growth across the UK between 2012 and 2013, while Glasgow shed almost 15,000 jobs during the same period.


Joan McAlpine: Turning the tide in the war on Project Fear
by Joan McAlpine
27 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
JOAN examines the number of Scots planning to vote Yes in the referendum as independence becomes a real possibility.


Pilots call for Piper Alpha-style inquiry as MPs begin probe into Shetland he...
by Charlie Gall
27 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
CAPTAIN Colin Milne, who gave evidence to MPs meeting in Aberdeen yesterday, has called for a legal hearing along similar lines to Lord Cullen?s probe into the 1988 Piper Alpha tragedy.


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Please share this public safety message from Ian Smart. Soon we'll have all t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Jan 2014 at 3:50pm
Please share this public safety message from Ian Smart.
Soon we'll have all those damned cybernats identified.



Holy Murphy's other prayer... ... and the original: http://www.bbc.scotlands...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Jan 2014 at 4:36pm
Holy Murphy's other prayer...

... and the original:
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/652-holy-murphys-prayer.html



Pointless MSP Kezia Dugdale launched her political career as an online abuser...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jan 2014 at 5:31pm
Pointless MSP Kezia Dugdale launched her political career as an online abuser and troll in the Scotsman comments, working for Laird Foulkes.

She is now complaining - in that fine socialist journal the Daily Mail - that she has been upset by a 'recent' tweet sent in 2012 which said, "...dancing...

"Holy Murphy!" Who is the Murphy that Burns wrote of?
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jan 2014 at 3:06pm
"Holy Murphy!" Who is the Murphy that Burns wrote of?


Holy Murphy's Prayer
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Any reader able to suggest who Murphy might be should send their suggestion, written on the label of a full bottle of Islay Malt, addressed to the professor c/o BBC Scotlandshire.

Scotlandshire's most sincere MP is asking for your help to make sure none of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Jan 2014 at 11:55am
Scotlandshire's most sincere MP is asking for your help to make sure none of those evil Cybernats ever manage to sneak onto the telly. But first we need to identify exactly who they are.
Please share this image and help Jim smoke them out.



"I am teaching E-safety to my ConDem colleagues and wanted to try a little ex...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jan 2014 at 1:38pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my ConDem colleagues and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's insensitive Cyberarmy turn me into a useless waste of space.
Share it and see how uncaring and unkind those Cybernats can be!"



Spoof broadcaster, BBC in Scotlandshire, has reacted with predictable fury an...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
Spoof broadcaster, BBC in Scotlandshire, has reacted with predictable fury and incompetence to a report about the BBC and STV.


Spoof BBC knickers get twisted
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Do what Nixon should have done, and BURN THE FUC*ING TAPES, so that there is no evidence.

New political format fails to excite. The plan worked, said spoof BBC spokesy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
New political format fails to excite. The plan worked, said spoof BBC spokesyawn.


Spoof BBC deploys the yawn weapon
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Panellists were forced to comment repeatedly that the choice of questions directed vaguely in their direction were largely irrelevant to the debate on split...

"I am teaching E-safety to my Tory colleagues at the moment and wanted to try...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2014 at 5:35pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my Tory colleagues at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's tree-tossing Cyberarmy turn me too into a quivering nervous wreck.
Share it and see how vile and nasty those pinko Cabernats c...

STV pushes the frontiers of broadcasting by polling the dead.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2014 at 1:03pm
STV pushes the frontiers of broadcasting by polling the dead.


Dead poets to decide splittist referendum!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Some politicians spread clouds of misery, fogs of obscurity and deep depressions wherever they go.

Academic proves that Scots are bloody useless, and can't do anything on their...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jan 2014 at 2:55pm
Academic proves that Scots are bloody useless, and can't do anything on their own.


Blow for Salmond; Scots have not invented a thing, report finds
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Andy Murray left Scotlandshire to train in better environments. His greatest achievements were in England and the US.

"I am teaching E-safety to my colleagues at the moment and wanted to try a li...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2014 at 5:34pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my colleagues at the moment and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's Cyberarmy turn me into a quivering nervous wreck.
Share it and see how vile and nasty the Cabernats can be!"



Dannii and Willy come to Glasgow to warn us of the horrors of subsidising Eng...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2014 at 3:46pm
Dannii and Willy come to Glasgow to warn us of the horrors of subsidising England.


Yes vote will cost families in Scotlandshire £billions
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
It is therefore inconceivable, if Scotland's 5 million were to become a separate country, that they could keep their bit of the UK's r...

Remarkably United Kingdom (rUK) Foreign Secretary, William Hague, was alleged...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Jan 2014 at 3:28pm
Remarkably United Kingdom (rUK) Foreign Secretary, William Hague, was allegedly in tears today when he flew north to Glasgow to make a speech, which was then covered as sparsely as his head.


Hague's 'rape case' overshadowed by Babe Ruth's caber obsession
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Trees, telephone ...

Alistair Carmichaelmoore, was allegedly in tears today when the Prime Ministe...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Jan 2014 at 5:08pm
Alistair Carmichaelmoore, was allegedly in tears today when the Prime Minister announced that he had been passed over as Minister for Portsmouth


Carmichaelmoore's 'positive case' overshadowed by his demotion
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
When Carmichaelmoore declared, The NHS, the BBC, our sporting ev...


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"The opposite of obedience isn't disobedience, it's independence" - Jay Griffiths


Generation X
by bellacaledonia
29 Jan 2014 at 3:32am
In the first of our interview series featuring young people and their views on the new Scotland, this by student journalist Sean Martin (@smarti51) He?s quite remarkable, for a 17-year-old. As well as a Yes Scotland campaigner, he?s an MSYP,... Read More ›

American Dream
by bellacaledonia
28 Jan 2014 at 3:24pm
By Scott Davies I spent some great years in America and I have lots of amazing American friends. My parents spent crucial years in America and so I have family friends that I cherish. All of which is irrelevant. I’m... Read More ›

A Map of Yes
by bellacaledonia
28 Jan 2014 at 8:18am
The Yes campaign has been under intense criticism from all sides (even their own). But look what they’ve done … created a network for the mass movement to emerge across the country. This is a formidable achievement with no equivalent.... Read More ›

Better Togethers Surrealist Turn
by bellacaledonia
27 Jan 2014 at 6:25am
By Mike Small Douglas Alexander is frequently put forward as the thinking mans Unionist. He is, like his sister, credited with being the ‘great intellects’ of the Scottish Party. Whilst others like the Red Baron or ‘Raving’ Ian Davidson might... Read More ›

Running Scared Yet?
by bellacaledonia
27 Jan 2014 at 5:46am
By Mike Small We’re in the midst of a period of great propaganda and it’s worth looking out and back at how this has worked (and failed) elsewhere. As Jack Foster has written: “The cybernat witch-hunt led by likes of... Read More ›

TINA Lives
by bellacaledonia
26 Jan 2014 at 9:43am
By Mike Small The thing that scares career politicians that have overseen the closure of minds, options and political differences over the last thirty years is people stumbling across the possibility of real change. The cybernat stories that have been... Read More ›

A Crazy Mix of Nostalgia and Nonsense and Wee Bit Too Much Passion
by bellacaledonia
26 Jan 2014 at 8:46am
Announcing our John Barrowman Competition. Two Wally Dugs and a VAT of Irn Bru to whoever can explain exactly what’s going on here. Is this the greatest BT video since Sausage Roll Boy? Filed under: Identity


The Immortal Memory
by bellacaledonia
25 Jan 2014 at 2:44pm
This is the speech given to the Yes Scotland Burns Supper, January 2014 at the Hub, Edinburgh, by Fiona Hyslop. I want to reflect on the life, works value and reach of our Robert Burns. As Scotland?s Cabinet Secretary for... Read More ›


The World Is Not Scottish
by bellacaledonia
24 Jan 2014 at 9:50am
By Fraser MacDonald One of the souvenirs to be reliably found in the gift emporia on Edinburgh?s Royal Mile, alongside the See You Jimmy hats and the Princess Diana memorial tartan, is a nasty little tea towel bearing that old... Read More ›


Red Star or Dark Star?
by bellacaledonia
23 Jan 2014 at 3:02pm
By Mike Small The week began with Will Hutton (‘Britain (sic)is scared to face the real issue’) warning: “Societies as unequal as Britain’s are profoundly dysfunctional. The inequality that drove the last crash is even greater now and, ominously, the same forces... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Carney says Scots currency plan may lead to power loss...
29 Jan 2014 at 1:39pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Carney says Scots currency plan may lead to power loss
BBC News
The Bank of England governor has said an independent Scotland would need to give up some power to make a currency union with the rest of the UK work. Mark Carney said such a move, proposed by the Scottish...


Scottish independence: Currency debate explained - BBC News
29 Jan 2014 at 7:29am

Scottish independence: Currency debate explained
BBC News
In its White Paper blueprint for independence, the Scottish government says a currency union is vital to let companies go about their business, otherwise there could be a damaging effect in the rest of the UK. It's also argued sterling would...


Scottish independence: university fee refuge fears - Scotsman
29 Jan 2014 at 11:33am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: university fee refuge fears
Scotsman
EIGHTY per cent of students in Scotland's universities will be ?fee refugees? from the UK following independence unless they can be charged tuition, education secretary Mike Russell has claimed. Addressing a higher education confer...


Scottish independence: Experts say separate coronation may be necessary - BBC...
27 Jan 2014 at 4:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Experts say separate coronation may be necessary
BBC News
Two leading academics have said future monarchs may need to have a separate coronation in an independent Scotland. Dr Karin Bowie and Dr Clare Jackson believe examples from before the Act of Union in 1707 indic...


Sport, Scotland and the impact of independence - BBC Sport
28 Jan 2014 at 5:26am

BBC Sport

Sport, Scotland and the impact of independence
BBC Sport
When it comes to the potential impact of the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September, sport might not be as important as matters of defence or the economy. But, in some ways, the passions and opinions stirred by sport can be...


Scottish independence: Barca VP envies Scots poll - Scotsman
28 Jan 2014 at 6:41am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Barca VP envies Scots poll
Scotsman
CARLES Vilarrubi, the Vice President of Barcelona Football Club, has said he cannot understand why Catalonia cannot be more like Scotland and given a vote on independence. Mr Vilarrubi, who has a passion for Celtic and Scotland and ...


Scottish independence: Your views on keeping sterling - BBC News
29 Jan 2014 at 6:21am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Your views on keeping sterling
BBC News
Mr Salmond said the meeting had gone "extremely well" and said he expected "technical" discussions between the bank and the Scottish government to continue ahead of the independence referendum. What do voters think? BBC Scotland...


Mark Carney Enters Scottish Vote Debate - Sky News
29 Jan 2014 at 4:40am

Mark Carney Enters Scottish Vote Debate
Sky News
The Governor of the Bank of England will enter the debate on Scottish independence on Wednesday as he delivers an address on currency union. Mark Carney will meet Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond in Edinburgh before making the speech on one of ...


Scottish Independence: 46% 'Don't Mind' - Sky News
26 Jan 2014 at 4:33am

Scotsman

Scottish Independence: 46% 'Don't Mind'
Sky News
Speaking to Sky News for a special programme on Scottish independence, Mr Salmond, told Dermot Murnaghan he was confident people will vote in favour of Independence in the September 18 referendum. He said the move would bring potential benefi...


Mark Carney addresses Scottish independence, use of pound - CBC.ca
29 Jan 2014 at 7:44am

Mark Carney addresses Scottish independence, use of pound
CBC.ca
Bank of England governor Mark Carney is stepping today into the thorny issue of Scottish independence, addressing the possibility of Scotland keeping the British pound during a speech before business leaders in Edinburgh. Carney, the ...



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Google News

Tom Peterkin: Russell fans flames over immigration - Scotsman
29 Jan 2014 at 3:12pm

Scotsman

Tom Peterkin: Russell fans flames over immigration
Scotsman
Political observers have become increasingly accustomed to bad-tempered exchanges between the SNP and the coalition government, but Russell's remarks ramped up things to a new level on the referendum apoplectic-ometer. Claiming tha...


The Malcolm Bruce interview, Part 1on the Liberal Democrats' achievements in ...
29 Jan 2014 at 2:54pm

The Malcolm Bruce interview, Part 1on the Liberal Democrats' achievements in ...
Liberal Democrat Voice
The point that has to be made, therefore is that the SNP are trying to imply that you can go seamlessly from where you are to a different place without any change. That is not the real world. But...


Independent Scotland would be forced to adopt Euro - Scotsman
29 Jan 2014 at 1:58pm

Independent Scotland would be forced to adopt Euro
Scotsman
AN independent Scotland would be forced to adopt the euro currency if it wants to be part of the EU with SNP plans for an opt-out ?not up for discussion?, a leading EC official has warned. But Scotland has nothing to fear from being part o...


Scottish independence: Euro opt-out not possible - Scotsman
29 Jan 2014 at 1:22pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Euro opt-out not possible
Scotsman
AN independent Scotland would be forced to adopt the euro currency if it wants to be part of the EU with SNP plans for an opt-out ?not up for discussion?, a leading EC official has warned. But Scotland has nothing to fear from being ...


UK 'will back' Scotland's EU move - The Courier
29 Jan 2014 at 1:08pm

The Courier

UK 'will back' Scotland's EU move
The Courier
The UK Government has cast doubt on all of these assertions, but honorary director general of the European Commission Graham Avery said the remainder of the UK would "espouse vigorously" the SNP's preferred mode of EU entry to avoid a "legal ...


No camp currency briefing unravels - SNP (press release)
29 Jan 2014 at 11:40am

No camp currency briefing unravels
SNP (press release)
Commenting on Alistair Darling's reaction to the speech from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said: "Today's developments must be a huge disappointment for Alistair Darling and the No camp. They had been briefing tha...


UK's 'nasty xenophobia' hurting Scotland's universities - Financial Times
29 Jan 2014 at 11:36am

UK's 'nasty xenophobia' hurting Scotland's universities
Financial Times
Mr Russell, a member of the SNP government, said he was ?revolted? by some of the language used by Westminster politicians to defend their target of reducing net migration to the ?tens of thousands? by 2015. He added that some ...


SNP welcome motorway improvements announcement - SNP (press release)
29 Jan 2014 at 10:42am

SNP welcome motorway improvements announcement
SNP (press release)
Central Scotland MSP Richard Lyle has welcomed the Scottish Government's announcement of the intention to award a contract to construct the new M8 and make improvements to the M73 and M74, with a net value of £500m, which will creat...


Caltongate: SNP councillor says 'good enough' is not good enough - STV Edinburgh
29 Jan 2014 at 10:15am

Caltongate: SNP councillor says 'good enough' is not good enough
STV Edinburgh
Caltongate: SNP councillor says 'good enough' is not good enough. The Edinburgh Reporter has posted a video from today's council planning meeting. A £150m development plan for the Caltongate area north of the Royal Mile ...


Stirling's Friars Street should have its own police base according to SNP's J...
29 Jan 2014 at 5:35am

Scottish Daily Record

Stirling's Friars Street should have its own police base according to SNP's Jim ...
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP member for Castle area wants police to operate from a shop unit in the street as a way of deterring the problems of aggressive begging, under-age drinking and drug ...



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Scottish independence: Carney says Scots currency plan may lead to power loss...
29 Jan 2014 at 1:39pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Carney says Scots currency plan may lead to power loss
BBC News
He also said the risks of not having a strong agreement had been demonstrated by problems in the Eurozone. Mr Carney's comments, in Edinburgh, came ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, on 18 Sep...


Scottish independence: Are referendum polls on the move? - BBC News
27 Jan 2014 at 9:46am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Are referendum polls on the move?
BBC News
Until now, one of the most remarkable features of the opinion polls on how people propose to vote in the referendum on Scottish independence has been their stability. Almost every company has reported much the same ...


Scotland deputy first minister defends lack of pipeline updates as referendum...
29 Jan 2014 at 5:28am

Scotland deputy first minister defends lack of pipeline updates as referendum ...
Construction News
Nicola Sturgeon told Construction News the Scottish Government was ?thinking very hard? about what comes after its current revenue-funded infrastructure investment pipeline, which has set out new sch...


Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker? - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 9:46am

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence: Is £500 the referendum deal breaker?
BBC News
Could a seemingly random sum of money help voters make their decision in the Scottish independence referendum? Since 2011, the authors of a survey on Scottish social attitudes have been asking the same key questions...


As-it-happened: Scottish independence referendum debate - BBC News
22 Jan 2014 at 5:51am

As-it-happened: Scottish independence referendum debate
BBC News
The first in a series of BBC Scotland television debates, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, came from Greenock. On the panel: Actor Sanjeev Kohli, deputy Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Culture Secretary Fion...


Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims - BBC News
14 Jan 2014 at 2:08am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims
BBC News
With the debate on Scotland's future entering "referendum year", the "yes" and "no" sides are intensifying their campaigns. But what are their messages and how are they being viewed, not only by each other, but by experts...


Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum - BBC News
8 Jan 2014 at 1:17am

BBC News

Q&A: Voting in the Scottish independence referendum
BBC News
On Thursday, 18 September, registered voters in Scotland will be asked the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Those voters will have a straight choice between "yes" and "no". For the first time - and...


Independence referendum: New poll shows significant rise in support for 'Yes'...
26 Jan 2014 at 4:12am

Independence referendum: New poll shows significant rise in support for 'Yes' vote
Scottish Daily Record
The poll, commissioned by Scotland on Sunday newspaper, shows a 26 percentage point change towards a yes vote, with 44 per cent saying they will vote for independence, compared with just 18 per ...


Scottish Independence: 46% 'Don't Mind' - Sky News
26 Jan 2014 at 4:33am

Scottish Independence: 46% 'Don't Mind'
Sky News
Speaking to Sky News for a special programme on Scottish independence, Mr Salmond, told Dermot Murnaghan he was confident people will vote in favour of Independence in the September 18 referendum. He said the move would bring potential benefits ...



Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose - BBC News
3 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Herald Scotland

Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose
BBC News
Timing matters in politics. The referendum on Scottish independence - and its associated campaign - coincide with the European elections in May this year and the run-up to the UK General Election in May next year. This ...



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Lucy Verasamy
29 Jan 2014 at 12:53pm
Grrrrrr...

Daily Record Citylink Offer
29 Jan 2014 at 11:38am

Anybody know the promo code ?



Pmqs
29 Jan 2014 at 6:11am

Blimey - someone's likely to have a heart attack if this keeps up.



Bank Of England Governor Makes First Indyref Statement
29 Jan 2014 at 2:21am

Interesting to see what he has to say today.  From listening to GMS this morning, he has already ...



Pete Seeger Rip
28 Jan 2014 at 4:41pm

He was the guy who wrote/sang the 1960's civil rights anthem "We shall overcome"

 

In the early 7...



National Bird - Wtf
28 Jan 2014 at 4:24pm

Is it a slow news day?

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-25917819



Scotland's Smoking Gun - Bbc2 Series
28 Jan 2014 at 3:03pm
Just starting now on BBC2 - a 13 part series on the referendum.

Https://twitter.com/nationalists4No
28 Jan 2014 at 2:44pm

National Collective seem to be saying that BT are responsible for this twitter account https://tw...



If We Vote No, Can There Ever Be Another Scottish Prime Minister?
28 Jan 2014 at 12:15pm

With the proposed changes to the Houses of parliament whereby only English and Welsh MP's get to ...



Fao Those Living In Holland.
28 Jan 2014 at 8:17am

Hey guys, im looking for a flat in holland. Do you know of any good websites for renting? My dutc...




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

In for a penny, in for a groat
by James
29 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
The Governor of the Bank of England has just sunk plans for Scottish independence today, we’re to...

Thinking the unthinkable.
by Dom
26 Jan 2014 at 2:15pm
When The Scotsman is agitatedly reporting a poll showing moves towards a Yes vote then you know i...

Academics prove nothing in the hands of spin doctors
by Dom
21 Jan 2014 at 12:33pm
During the autumn I was asked to join up to a campaigning group that would have assembled people ...

Commonwealth and Common Weal: The shape of things to come.
by Dom
8 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm
According to Nicola and Alex the world is watching, but the truth is that Britain isn?t even watc...

Ayes to the Right
by James
22 Dec 2013 at 10:51am
Few people remember Nick Johnston‘s career as a Tory MSP, which ended more than twelve years ago....

Time to close Longannet
by James
20 Dec 2013 at 6:57am
The most recent figures on Scotland’s energy mix are a small step in the right direction, with re...

Three funerals, and a past that refuses to die.
by Dom
7 Dec 2013 at 6:17am
The death of Margaret Thatcher should have been a chance to move on, were it not for the apparent...

Lagom and the art of welfare maintenance
by Guest Blog
5 Dec 2013 at 2:00am
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. In this article she...

Our Friends In The North: The Nordic dream without the navel gazing
by Dom
26 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
It was with trepidation that I sat down to watch Our Friends in the North, BBC Scotland?s attempt...

What is the question? (part two of a potentially unending series)
by Aidan
24 Nov 2013 at 8:25am
A while back, in one of my previous attempts to remember how to blog, I wrote that while the ques...


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

ICM poll looks robust
by James Kelly
27 Jan 2014 at 9:05pm
Many thanks to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of the full datasets for the remar...

SNP enjoy huge 19% lead over Labour in ICM poll
by James Kelly
26 Jan 2014 at 7:02pm
Further details of this weekend's extraordinary ICM poll have been released by the Scotsman. Unf...

This is the bit where everything changes - sensational ICM poll shows pro-ind...
by James Kelly
25 Jan 2014 at 8:14pm
At moments like this you're supposed to punch the air in delight, but I'm so dumbfounded that I t...

Professional buffoon Ian Dunt thrills the nation with another vintage gaffe, ...
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2014 at 9:36pm
Ian Dunt, fondly known to millions across Scotland as "the thinking woman's Richard Madeley", has...

Wisdom on Wednesday : There is no such thing as Macra! Macra do not exist! ...
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"It's just possible that you've been given a series of orders while you've been asleep. You know,...

William Hague and the illegitimacy klaxon
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2014 at 10:17pm
I doubt if anyone is going to faint with amazement at the sight of an academic study showing that...

Alex Massie, and primary school debating points
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2014 at 12:22am
I overlooked Alex Massie's defence of Chris Deerin's widely-ridiculed "independence supporters ar...

More statistical proof that Yes can win (courtesy of Fraser Nelson)
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2014 at 9:50pm
One of the hoary old myths that has occasionally been trotted out in this campaign is that there ...

Warning on Wednesday : The true meaning of the UK's 'best of both worlds'
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"The first thing is to stop the Scots grumbling. Emasculate them. That would concentrate their mi...

This is one Scot who will not shirk his moral duty
by James Kelly
13 Jan 2014 at 10:02pm
Whenever Blair McDougall takes some rare time out from his internet trolling career to laud an an...

Ipsos-Mori's 'state of the nation' poll provides dramatic new evidence that t...
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 7:23pm
The think-tank 'British Future' (who, judging by both their name and their analysis, are anything...

Sagacity on Saturday : Last time around
by James Kelly
11 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"Interesting, but appears to have misunderstood the question."

Canon Kenyon Wright, chairman of th...

Ipsos-Mori poll shows that No voters feel much less well-informed than Yes vo...
by James Kelly
9 Jan 2014 at 12:00pm
Many thanks to Alasdair Stirling for dropping me a line to point out a fascinating detail from th...

Political predictions for 2014
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2014 at 11:37am
Just over a year ago when I was coming home from the Edinburgh Hogmanay street party, I was rathe...

New ComRes poll of referendum voting intentions in the Borders and Dumfries &...
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2014 at 7:15pm
The anti-independence campaign have spent the evening making an unconvincing attempt at looking t...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Common sense from Carney on currency
by Cailean Gallagher
29 Jan 2014 at 9:38am
The Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, today set out a common sense approach to a common curr...

Daily Digest: Westminster's mixed messages on currency and immigration
by Stuart McDonald
29 Jan 2014 at 6:57am
The Tory Coalition's proposed ?Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Ad...

Daily Digest: 'We need a recovery that benefits all'
by Stuart McDonald
28 Jan 2014 at 7:09am
The breaking news story this morning is publication of the latest growth figures from the Office ...

Hamish Macdonell: 'Yes campaign right back in the hunt'
by Sean Lafferty
28 Jan 2014 at 6:04am
Commentator Hamish Macdonell, not normally noted for giving credit to the pro-independence moveme...

Yes responds to ICM poll which shows pace and momentum with Yes
by Peter Dempsie
27 Jan 2014 at 10:08am
Video of hB7GvPY2kPw The ICM poll for Scotland on Sunday shows that Yes now needs a swing of ju...

Daily Digest: A choice of two futures
by Stuart McDonald
27 Jan 2014 at 5:36am
A number of papers follow-up on the ICM survey for Scotland on Sunday which showed a significant ...

The Scotsman: Yes campaign playing the long game
by Sean Lafferty
26 Jan 2014 at 5:37am
From the beginning, the Yes campaign has been focused on building the groundswell of support need...

Poll shows Yes is gathering pace and momentum
by Sean Lafferty
26 Jan 2014 at 4:33am
Support for a Yes vote in September's independence referendum is growing dramatically, a new poll...

'Yes puts women in the driving seat of our own destiny'
by Sean Lafferty
25 Jan 2014 at 6:52am
Nicola Sturgeon has told an audience at the Scottish Women?s Convention in Glasgow that a Yes vot...

Yes is a vote to empower the people of Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
24 Jan 2014 at 7:30am
Part of Labour?s problem in Scotland stems from the fact that the Scottish party is not an indepe...

Yes Daily Digest: Traditional values of social justice
by Stuart McDonald
24 Jan 2014 at 5:36am

A successful Labour for Independence meeting in Glasgow yesterday evening heard Yes Scotland Advi...



River City star says Yes to independence
by Sean Lafferty
24 Jan 2014 at 2:53am
The Paisley-born actress, who plays Kelly-Marie Adams in the popular TV soap, is convinced indepe...

This is the Year of Yes: 2016 can be the Year of Labour
by Peter Dempsie
23 Jan 2014 at 11:45am

Addressing a rally in Glasgow organised by Labour for Independence, Yes Scotland's advisory board...



They won?t erect a border. For a start, they couldn?t get it to work
by Stuart McDonald
23 Jan 2014 at 6:32am
Yes Scotland has published a recent potted history of UK incompetence on operating borders ? and ...

The cost of Westminster
by Peter Dempsie
22 Jan 2014 at 6:57am
We have what it takes to prosper as an independent country and can share that wealth more fairly ...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

National Anthem of an Independent Scotland
29 Jan 2014 at 7:26am

What should be the official national anthem?

 

Personally I'm in favour of Scotland the Brave as ...



Do we all agree with the 50p tax rate
28 Jan 2014 at 6:48am

Does anyone think the SG should comment on the 50p tax rate?



Head of State in an independent Scotland
27 Jan 2014 at 8:49pm
Apologies in advance if I'm being daft asking, but this point seems to have hardly even been ment...

Better Together - As long as your Tory/Lib/Lab
25 Jan 2014 at 2:40pm
On the 12th May 2013 a Better Together spokesman said: Only three parties are part of the offici...

Allistar Carmichael
23 Jan 2014 at 12:10pm
Apparently saying and independent Scotland may need border controls with England,,,honestly! You ...

Question Time from Dundee - 23/1/14
23 Jan 2014 at 10:07am
Question Time tonight is coming from Dundee, and the make-up of the panel suggests it'll be refer...

Referendum Debate - Greenock
21 Jan 2014 at 12:51pm

BBC Two tonight at 9pm. Thread to discuss the show.

 

Not sure how the debate is going to be stru...



A chance to rid ourselves of the House of Lords and FPTP
21 Jan 2014 at 7:23am

One of the most persuasive arguments for independence is that an independent Scotland would be fa...



New to here
16 Jan 2014 at 3:47pm
Just joined up because I wanted to see what the general feeling on the referendum was on here.

Are...

Will you move............
12 Jan 2014 at 1:59pm

Whatever the outcome is in September, I'm pretty sure no-one in Scotland will die of starvation o...



Childcare
12 Jan 2014 at 11:27am
The Scottish Government is making it a huge issue for the referendum; but not a trace or limited ...

George Galloway
12 Jan 2014 at 5:17am
Really struggling to find any logic to Mr. Galloway when it comes to Scottish Independence. He tr...

Putin
11 Jan 2014 at 6:10pm



Gordon Brown
11 Jan 2014 at 5:34pm

Let's hope he starts to talk more about the financial black hole or suchlike facing an independen...



Glasgow 2014 shouldn't be used for political gain says Joke McConn
7 Jan 2014 at 8:25pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25645859

 

He must have missed the OTT po...




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


Mark Carney raises doubts over Scotland's plan to share the pound
by Severin Carrell
29 Jan 2014 at 1:10pm

Bank of England governor says there are logical economic and business arguments for currency pact, but also warns of dangers

The battle over the Scottish government's plans for Scotland to share the...




Could an independent Scotland keep the pound?
by Angela Monaghan, Heather Stewart
29 Jan 2014 at 7:53am

Q&A: Mark Carney is visiting Scotland to discuss the implications of Scottish independence for monetary policy. How would it work?

Which currency would Scotland use after independence?

It is still un...




Mark Carney sits on the fence about Scottish independence ? or does he?
by Larry Elliott
29 Jan 2014 at 7:26am

The Bank governor's stance seemed neutral: but he left the distinct impression that talks on currency union wouldn't be easy

Anybody expecting Mark Carney to go to Scotland and say something controv...




Independent Scotland 'needs to cede sovereignty' for currency union with UK
by Severin Carrell
29 Jan 2014 at 7:15am

Bank of England governor's warning raises fresh doubts over SNP pledge that independence would give Scotland responsibility for all its economic levers

The governor of the Bank of England has warned...




Scotland and England: we need each other, in sickness and in health | Martin ...
by Martin Woollacott
27 Jan 2014 at 12:00pm

Divorce is never easy, and the English value the Scots far more than they will ever let on. Let's not go into this hastily

There can be something akin to love between peoples. In the debate on Scott...




Bannockburns by Robert Crawford ? review
by James Campbell
25 Jan 2014 at 2:45am

The independence referendum as a literary battle
Podcast: Remembering Robert Burns and WG Sebald
Gallery: Robert Burns Birthplace Musuem
Quiz: Do you ken Scottish writers?

Before reading Robert Crawfor...




Of course Robert Burns would vote for Scottish independence | Liz Lochhead
by Liz Lochhead
24 Jan 2014 at 11:45am

As we prepare for Burns Night, at the start of referendum year, I'm reminded of a lover of freedom and autonomy

I'll be at a big charity Burns supper in Glasgow on Saturday night. I'll be joining va...




Devolve power to England's regions | Billy Bragg
by Billy Bragg
24 Jan 2014 at 3:59am

An English parliament would still be dominated by the City's economic imperatives, so a regional solution is required

Whatever the result of the coming referendum on Scottish independence, one thing...




Salmond's Scottish immigration plans 'would mean border posts with UK'
by Severin Carrell
23 Jan 2014 at 12:56pm

Alistair Carmichael, the Scotland secretary, says SNP leader's liberal stance would render open borders deal unworkable

The Home Office has warned Alex Salmond he would have to abandon plans for a l...




Scotland's Labour traditions are the real battleground for the yes vote | Pet...
by Pete Ramand, James Foley
23 Jan 2014 at 4:15am

The independence referendum reflects longstanding divisions over the British state's direction. Voting yes is about keeping what remains of social democratic decency

This week's Scottish Social Atti...




Scotland's independence activists use crowdfunding to dig into their supporte...
by Severin Carrell
22 Jan 2014 at 10:38am

Crowdfunding has become a significant source of income for independence activists and bloggers, as they dodge disputes over rich donors, raise their own profiles and even earn a living

It seems fitt...




Scottish independence: confidence in economy falling, poll finds
by Severin Carrell
21 Jan 2014 at 4:30pm

Scottish Social Attitudes survey finds only 9% of voters think independence would make them better off

Scottish voters are becoming more worried about the economic risks of leaving the UK, with conf...




Welcome to Scotland, the SNP's police state | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
18 Jan 2014 at 6:05pm

Kenny MacAskill, justice secretary, has apparently handed over to Stephen House, chief of police

Scotland's SNP government has adopted a curious approach to showcasing the nation's qualities ahead o...




William Hague: independence would see Scotland lose billions in EU funding
by Severin Carrell
17 Jan 2014 at 10:13am

Foreign Office analysis suggests Scotland would face extra bill of between £1.65bn and £3.5bn if it becomes independent

An independent Scotland would lose billions of pounds in EU funds and could be...




Independent Scotland could get special EU deal, says Foreign Office
by Severin Carrell
16 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm

Paper shows significant softening of UK position but warns that process for Scotland would be long and complex

An independent Scotland could win special concessions on joining the EU, the UK governm...




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