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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [...] Listen
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 [...]
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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:
SCOTLAND’S universities will lose access to lucrative research funding under independence, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael will warn today.
See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014
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...
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 ...
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...
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.
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.
"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 BBC deploys the yawn weapon www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk 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...
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.
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...
"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 ›
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 ›
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 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 ...
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 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 ...
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 ... 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 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...
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 ...
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) 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 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) 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 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 ...
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 ...
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...
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... 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...
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 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...
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...
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' 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 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 ...
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 ...