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Labour claims victory as Syria attack delayed
LABOUR has claimed a moral victory after insisting it forced David Cameron into a climbdown on Syria, preventing British involvement in any swift military strike against the Assad regime this weekend.

Cameron caves in to call for delay over potential Syria attack
DAVID CAMERON, faced with a ­potential Commons defeat on Syria tonight, has caved in to Labour demands to wait for a report by UN inspectors.

Welfare reforms 'may hit mothers hardest'
MOTHERS and their children could be particularly affected by welfare reforms, the Deputy First Minister has warned.

Cameron to set out the case for action in Syria
DOWNING Street has insisted that David Cameron is fully aware that in light of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, he must make a "very clear case" for military action against Syria to win parliamentary and public support.

Cameron and Hague to meet Gibraltar's chief minister
Gibraltar's chief minister Fabian Picardo is to hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague in London over the current border row with Spain.

New bid to help graduates into employment
BUSINESS leaders are ­teaming up with Ministers in a joint effort to tackle graduate unemployment through encouraging recruitment and internships.

Cameron accused of bowing to Tory guru Crosby
DAVID CAMERON will today be accused of desperately resorting to dog- whistle politics by allowing the "Crosbyisation" of the Conservative Party - a reference to election strategist Lynton Crosby.

Academic warns of a bleak future for youth employment
a LEADING academic has warned young people may never join the labour market on the terms their parents did and predicted part-time and zero-hours contracts may now be a permanent feature of the employment landscape.

Syria attack looms large as US hits out at 'moral obscenity'
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said there is "real and compelling" evidence Syria used chemical weapons against its own people.

Business leaders condemn plans for high speed rail link
MORE pressure has been piled on the Coalition Government over its flagship £50 billion high speed rail plan (HS2), with the Institute of Directors calling on it to abandon what it branded a "grand folly".

Blow for Miliband as he suffers poll slump
The proportion of voters who think Ed Miliband is doing a good job has slumped over the summer, according to a poll.

May vows to bring in tougher slavery sanctions
HOME Secretary Theresa May has pledged to create tougher sanctions to tackle the problem of slavery.

Scotland blows £1bn on public sector payoffs
ALMOST £1 billion has been spent by Scottish public bodies in severance deals for staff since the SNP came to power in 2007, according to the latest figures compiled by Scottish Labour.

Strange saga of council charity with just one donor
A CHARITY set up by Glasgow City Council to combat hardship has been criticised after it was revealed that all of its income was down to just one Labour donor.

Sunday Herald campaign: MSPs and MPs jailed for violence should be automatica...
THE Sunday Herald is today launching a campaign for the automatic disqualification of MSPs and MPs who are jailed for crimes of violence.


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Syria: Miliband ?playing politics?, insult claims
29 Aug 2013 at 1:38pm

A vicious behind-the-scenes spat has seen the Labour leader accused of “flipping and flopping” and Downing Street accused of dishing out personal insults which have undermined its claims that it wants to secure a consensus.



The Scotsman cartoon - 30/08/13
29 Aug 2013 at 12:30pm

Labour wants “compelling evidence” before committing its support for military intervention in Syria



Syria: Cameron defeated on UK military action
29 Aug 2013 at 8:30am

DAVID Cameron suffered a humiliating defeat last night, as MPs rejected his motion on Syria, meaning Britain will not now take part in any military action.



Scottish island councils in talks over more power
29 Aug 2013 at 12:01am

The leaders of Scotland’s island councils have agreed an “ambitious workplan” that could see control over seabeds handed over to them following talks with the Scottish Government.



10 murders committed by prisoners freed early
28 Aug 2013 at 5:11pm

TEN people were murdered by offenders released from prison on licence or under supervision orders in Scotland in the last year, new figures show.



Bill Walker to defy calls to quit MSP role
28 Aug 2013 at 4:57pm

An MSP who carried out a series of attacks on three of his wives is to defy calls to quit.



Jackie Kemp: Hospitals must offer real food choice
28 Aug 2013 at 3:57pm

Spending money we don’t have on food for patients who don’t enjoy it makes no sense. There is a better way, argues Jackie Kemp



Michael Kelly: PC brigade need to lighten up
28 Aug 2013 at 3:52pm

HOWEVER well-intentioned, the demand for political correctness is making the world a blander place, writes Michael Kelly



Tavish Scott: Rules must be seen to be obeyed
28 Aug 2013 at 3:47pm

PURDAH. A strange word, but it matters because this is about government behaviour during elections.



Bill Jamieson: Beware independence blank cheque
28 Aug 2013 at 3:26pm

A new paper raises stark questions over the running of our banks should Scotland go it alone, writes Bill Jamieson



Scottish independence: Sterling zone plan ?flawed?
28 Aug 2013 at 3:00pm

THE SNP’s plan for Scotland to share a “sterling zone” with the rest of the UK after independence has been dealt a serious blow after one of the country’s leading bankers warned it is “perhaps fundamentally flawed”.



The Scotsman cartoon - 29/08/13
28 Aug 2013 at 12:30pm

David Cameron is holding something unexpected in his hand in today’s cartoon



Archbishop defends ?wicked? anti-gay marriage vote
28 Aug 2013 at 9:28am

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that his stance against gay marriage could be seen as “wicked”.



Scottish independence: Salmond hails constitution
28 Aug 2013 at 7:19am

CREATING a written constitution for an independent Scotland will help the country move away from a “profoundly undemocratic” system at Westminster, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.



Eddie Barnes: 2014 could trigger referendum run
27 Aug 2013 at 3:03pm

THIS is where it gets complicated. The referendum on independence takes place next year. There is a general election the year after that. Then, depending on the result, the whole of Britain looks set to have its own “independence” referendum – on whether or not to remain part of the European Union.




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The Parliament Versus The People
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Aug 2013 at 6:01pm
Some random unordered thoughts on this evening’s events at Westminster. 1. Somehow, democracy won tonight, while all of its main protagonists lost. The Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour were ALL defeated, and by some freakish fluke the will of the British people triumphed over that of their representatives. 2. All three parties fundamentally backed armed [...]

The gospel truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Aug 2013 at 4:00pm
From the “Better Together” blog today: “No doubt”? Now, we know that isn’t true, and what’s more we know that almost 70% of Scots don’t believe it either. So who are the No camp trying to fool? As with all the best lies, the paragraph softens readers up by opening with a line that IS [...]

Last train to Ideas Central
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Aug 2013 at 11:37am
Okay, with the fundraiser now closed (at a fabulous £5,797) we’re about to send our second poll off to Mystery Professor X for some serious expert scrutiny, but there are still a couple of available slots for good questions. Now would be a good time to fire suggestions at us in the comments. About the [...]

The same old song
by Scott Minto
29 Aug 2013 at 7:34am
We’ve already briefly discussed Bill Jamieson’s article in today’s Scotsman claiming an independent Scotland will be more likely to suffer financial collapse and wouldn’t be able to afford to bail out its banking sector, that its economy will diverge from the rUK due to differing economic policies (making Sterling a millstone round Scotland’s neck), and [...]

Five-alarm fire
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Aug 2013 at 4:12am
Alert readers will be aware of the occasional service provided by this site whereby we help out time-pressed citizens by letting them know when they can safely stop reading an article in the Scottish media. This morning we noticed a tweet from Unionist/Tory commentator Alex Massie, drawing attention to a Scotsman piece he described as [...]

Quick work
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2013 at 5:12pm
This was waiting when we got back to Wings HQ this evening: “Dear Sir, Thank you for taking the time to write. I agree the leader column should have said Labour introduced the policy and we are printing a clarification. However, we are making no apologies for highlighting the ConDem witch-hunt against people like Anthony Walker. Kindest [...]

And now, a short film
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2013 at 7:53am
…about the sales figures of “regional” Scottish newspapers, released today: Numbers (for Jan-June 2013, compared to the same period in 2012) are below. Press & Journal: 65,500 (down 5%) The Courier: 52,300 (down 7%) The Herald: 41,000 (down 10%) The Scotsman: 31,300 (down 17%) Sunday Herald: 24,900 (down 13%) Scotland On Sunday: 37,400 (down 20%) [...]

Louder than you can possibly imagine
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2013 at 4:00am
We’ve recently been documenting the No campaign’s increasingly-panicked attempts to avoid, or entirely shut down, the Scottish independence debate by various means. We were on the sharp end of it again last night, as the usual small group of frothing extremist BritNats and psychopathic stalkers (accompanied this time by a tiny handful of “useful idiots” [...]

At war with Eurasia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2013 at 2:04am
This site has on several occasions praised the Daily Record for its sustained – and almost alone in the UK media – campaigning against the callous savagery of “Work Capability Assessments” carried out for the Department of Work and Pensions by the ironically-named Atos Healthcare, though we’ve also pointed out the Record’s curious reluctance to [...]

Trading partners
by Scott Minto
27 Aug 2013 at 10:00am
In an interesting addition to the independence debate today, Jim Gallagher (former director-general for devolution in the UK government, and senior adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown on devolution strategy from 2007 to 2010) has written about the “positive case” from a business perspective for Scotland to remain in the UK. His article for the [...]


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Public must 'save Scotland's seas'
29 Aug 2013 at 6:33pm
The public could be missing a "once-in-a-generation chance" to address hundreds of years of decline in Scotland's seas, an environment coalition says.


Row over Assad 'succour' claim
29 Aug 2013 at 4:16pm
A row erupts over Downing Street's claim Labour is giving "succour to Assad," as MPs on all sides express doubts about attacking the Syrian leader's regime.


Warhol exhibition tickets released
29 Aug 2013 at 6:39pm
Free tickets are being made available for an Andy Warhol exhibition of paintings and prints which is taking place at Holyrood.


Disgraced MSP ignores calls to quit
29 Aug 2013 at 4:44am
An MSP who was convicted of 23 domestic abuse charges and one breach of the peace ignores calls to stand down.


Warning over further college cuts
28 Aug 2013 at 6:21pm
Scotland's college merger programme will have to find more savings in the face of continued funding cuts, the public spending watchdog warns.


Plan to enhance isles powers agreed
29 Aug 2013 at 9:01am
Scottish island council leaders and government minister agree a plan to securing more powers for the isles.


Former banker doubts currency plan
28 Aug 2013 at 6:21pm
The Scottish government's plans to keep the pound sterling after independence are described as "fundamentally flawed" by a former banker.


Salmond and Moore in referendum push
28 Aug 2013 at 6:46am
Two of the leading figures in Scotland's independence referendum campaign pitching their cases to voters.


Salmond cautions over Syria action
28 Aug 2013 at 9:36am
The Scottish first minister says the case for military action in Syria has not yet been made.


Talks over council equal pay dispute
28 Aug 2013 at 6:03am
Talks are to take place in a bid to agree a settlement in a long-running equal pay dispute involving South Lanarkshire Council.


Bee disease find prompts warnings
28 Aug 2013 at 11:41am
Bee keepers in Scotland are told to be vigilant after a disease which can wipe out honey bee colonies is found in Inverness.


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


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


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


VIDEO: Yes group 'did not buy my opinions'
22 Aug 2013 at 11:28am
An academic who received payment from pro-independence group Yes Scotland to write an article in The Herald newspaper insists his opinions had not been for sale.


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

By a Newsnet reporter

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



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

By Maggie Chetty

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



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

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



Bulmergate and growing suspicions of a conspiracy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Aug 2013 at 6:31pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It began with an offer by Yes Scotland to the Herald newspaper of an article by a respected academic and ended with the entire online operation at Yes Scotland being closed down.
 
The controversy over a small fee paid to Dr Elliott Bulmer for an article published in the Herald has dominated the headlines since late Wednesday. 



We are Scotland - Laurie, Glenrothes
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Aug 2013 at 5:00pm

  In this, our eighth instalment of the 'We are Scotland' video series Newsnet Scotland travels to Glenrothes to speak to Laurie.

Born in England, Laurie moved to Scotland at a young age.  Here he explains why he drifted from Labour and gives his reasons for supporting Scottish independence.

Laurie also comments on the pro-independence wing that is emerging within the Labour party in Scotland. 



Yes Scotland hacking 'large scale' and may have been going on for months
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Aug 2013 at 3:35am

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Email accounts belonging to the pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland appear to have been exposed to a large scale attack which has been going on for several months, it has emerged.
 
According to the Sunday Times, sources close to the investigation into the unauthorised access have uncovered evidence that the illegal activity is far worse than initially thought with thousands of emails being vulnerable.



London Scots and the Referendum
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2013 at 5:34pm

  By Gerry Hassan
 
A coterie of media-elite Scots, peddling ill-informed and biased opinion, leaves the referendum debate the poorer, writes Gerry Hassan
 
One of the most powerful group of Scottish opinion formers do not live and work in Scotland, but are the London Scots.
 



Second Yes Scotlandshire email piles pressure on 'skinny' Jenkins
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Bob Duncan)
25 Aug 2013 at 4:44am

By a BBC Scotlandshire reporter

PRESSURE is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive of the subversive group Yes Scotlandshire, following a second leaked email that reveals Mr Jenkins ordered a 'Pret a Manger' sandwich for his lunch on Friday, for which he paid an outrageous £5.60.



UK stuck in dysfunctional feudal oligarchic mire
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2013 at 5:09pm

  By Mark McNaught

Over the last weeks, we have discovered even more insidious aspects of the Westminster system which further confirm its status as an anachronistic, feudal relic which should have been abolished centuries ago.

Reports concerning 'Prince' Charles' secret veto and his planting of moles in Whitehall raise serious questions about royal political interference, why there is not an enforceable clear delineation and separation of powers in a written UK constitution, and whether it will ultimately compromise his status as 'King'.



Festival Referendum Ban - An open letter to Sir Jonathan Mills
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2013 at 7:28am

Dear Jonathan,
 
In your position as the Director of Edinburgh's International Festival, I appeal to you to reconsider your decision that you have taken in the name of 'political neutrality' that next year's festival will take no account of the Independence referendum scheduled for September 2014, on both the grounds of cultural openness and inclusiveness, democracy and freedom of expression.
 
Whilst I trust you have attempted to clarify that there is no ban on the theme of Scots Referendum by suggesting that issues of "nationalism and nationhood" will be covered by what has already been chosen, namely, the Commonwealth and the centenary of the First World War, you will be effectively banning a direct and unequivocal opportunity for the richly diverse artistic community of Scotland to be able to engage, inform and promote debate on the future of the nation.




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The gospel truth
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 4:53pm

From the "Better Together" blog today: “No doubt”? Now, we know that isn’t true, and what’s more we know that almost 70% of Scots don’t believe it either. So who are the No camp trying to fool?



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The Closing of the Nationalist Mind - Spectator Blogs
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 4:00pm

The way Scottish nationalists react to inconvenient opinions is telling: the nationalist mind is often closed, pinched and narrow.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Am I alone in noting the planet-weight irony of Alex Massie writing a whole article berating the supposedly closed minds of independence support...



Sorry to disappoint, but we are not mired in a hate-filled war
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 2:28pm
IN 1992, when Bill Clinton was in deep, deserved trouble thanks to another round of sexual incontinence, Hillary went on American TV.

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The Yes man | Holyrood Magazine
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 11:32am

The contrast between the two campaigns could not be clearer. Yes Scotland has spent this year building up our community-based network of supporters and volunteers, and putting forward a positive and ambitious message about the benefits and opportunities of Scottish independence. The No campaign h...



The same old song
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 7:48am

We’ve already briefly discussed Bill Jamieson’s article in today’s Scotsman claiming an independent Scotland will be more likely to suffer financial collapse and wouldn’t be able to afford to bail out its banking sector, that its economy will diverge from the rUK due to differing economic policie...



Analysis of welfare reforms 'strengthens case for Scottish independence'
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 5:38am

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

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Talks over giving island councils more power
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 5:23am

Substantive talks are set to begin today about whether Scotland’s island councils should have additional powers.

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Five-alarm fire
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 5:12am

Alert readers will be aware of the occasional service provided by this site whereby we help out time-pressed citizens by letting them know when they can safely stop reading an article in the Scottish media. This morning we noticed a tweet from Unionist/Tory commentator Alex Massie, drawing attent...



Anger over staff ?hostility? to independence campaigners at Bruce Festival
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 5:06am

Anger over staff ‘hostility’ to independence campaigners at Bruce Festival

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Scottish independence: Sterling zone plan ?flawed?
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 4:54am

THE SNP’s plan for Scotland to share a “sterling zone” with the rest of the UK after independence has been dealt a serious blow after one of the country’s leading bankers warned it is “perhaps fundamentally...
Peter A Bell's insight:

If what is being offered by the mainstream media is an accurate r...



Danger of banking on a union of currencies
by Peter A Bell
29 Aug 2013 at 4:04am
The high number of people in Scotland uncertain about how to vote in the independence referendum suggests that the public still feels under-informed about some issues.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This article is just a rehashing of the standard unionist scare-stories regarding currency. It is unremarka...



An alternative vision | Holyrood Magazine
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 9:32am
Over the past year, despite the mudslinging, I’ve actually enjoyed the early stages of the referendum debate. It’s slowly beginning to dawn on people just
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is always disappointing, not to say distressing, to find an advocate for independence echoing the lies and fallacies ...



Scottish independence: ?SNP deflecting reality?
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 6:39am

The SNP is attempting to “de-risk, deflect and distract” from the challenges that would face an independent Scotland, the Scottish Secretary will say today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The usual empty-headed nonsense from Mr Pointless as he demonstrates yet again his total failure to grasp either the c...



Louder than you can possibly imagine
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 5:49am

We’ve recently been documenting the No campaign’s increasingly-panicked attempts to avoid, or entirely shut down, the Scottish independence debate by various means.

We were on the sharp end of it again last night, as the usual small group of frothing extremist BritNats and psychopathic stalkers (a...



Salmond: Scottish constitution will let us move away from undemocratic Westmi...
by Peter A Bell
28 Aug 2013 at 5:42am

Creating a written constitution for an independent Scotland will help the country move away from a "profoundly undemocratic" system at Westminster, First Minister Alex Salmond will say today.

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


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


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


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


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


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


David Cameron insists no decisions have been made on British involvement in S...
by dailyrecord
27 Aug 2013 at 12:44pm
THE Prime Minister said the question is whether failing to act this time would lead to more use of chemical weapons in Syria and elsewhere in future.


Joan McAlpine: Scotland is a proud nation in more arenas than just sport
by Joan McAlpine
26 Aug 2013 at 6:01pm
JOAN reckons the Commonwealth Games will be a valuable lesson to the next generation of Scots on what independent countries can achieve.


Meet the campaigners leading the fight for Scottish independence who come fro...
by Brian McIver
26 Aug 2013 at 3:57am
WE meet the people hailing from south of the Border who are backing independence for Scotland.


Labour leader Ed Miliband to bring entire shadow cabinet to Scotland for show...
by David Clegg
26 Aug 2013 at 3:07am
LABOUR leader to stamp authority on party after critics slam his performance.


MSPs set to stop wife-beating politician Bill Walker from collecting his £30,...
by Mark Aitken
25 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
SCOTTISH Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says the shamed MSP who faces jail for nearly 30 years of domestic abuse does not deserve Holyrood benefits.


Citizens Advice issue emergency guide to surviving with no food or money as i...
by David Clegg
24 Aug 2013 at 2:00am
THE charity said it was forced to issue the document after being swamped by pleas for help from people left destitute.


Wife of disgraced Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker says she will stand by her viol...
by James Moncur
24 Aug 2013 at 1:28am
JUNE WALKER was sent out by her husband to face the press on the doorstep of their Kincardine home yesterday.


Syria groups hold protest outside Scottish Parliament over 'chemical massacre'
by dailyrecord
23 Aug 2013 at 1:21pm
MEMBERS of the Scotland 4 Syria, Together for Syria and Free Syrians Glasgow groups gathered outside Holyrood this afternoon to demand action against Bashar al-Assad's regime.


William Hague urges rapid action on Syria as he says only explanation for atr...
by dailyrecord
23 Aug 2013 at 12:01pm
THE Foreign Secretary spoke strongly about the massacre today and stressed that "time is of the essence" in getting UN weapons inspectors to the scene.


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


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

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


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

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


Forsyth feartie flight l...

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


Shocking New Emails ...

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


Scotland may not ...

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


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

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


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

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by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2013 at 1:02pm

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

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

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


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

Please watch the video, then write to the authorities condemning this behavio...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Aug 2013 at 3:18pm
Please watch the video, then write to the authorities condemning this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.


Livingroom-Tax Collector Thwarted by Smelly Scrounger
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The video below shows one such miscreant deliberately refusing to cooperate with the brave chappie who ha...

Spoof broadcaster BBC in Scotlandshire has caused outrage today by broadcasti...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Aug 2013 at 6:32am
Spoof broadcaster BBC in Scotlandshire has caused outrage today by broadcasting a piece featuring a notorious separatist blogger on their satirical morning news show, Good Morning Scotlandshire.


Crowd-funded Poll a front for Alien Invasion, says Prof. Poultice.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The the al...

The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinbu...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Aug 2013 at 12:13pm
The SNP has confirmed that a baby panda will definitely be arriving at Edinburgh zoo.


Scottish Panda Pregnancy Confirmed ? Salmond accused
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Alan Grogan, head of the SNP's 'Labour for Independence' front, wrestled with the concept for a while then said simply, Pandas 3, Tor...

A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separa...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Aug 2013 at 4:37pm
A new political pundit has joined the debate over the referendum for a separate Scotlandshire, and he's no sucker.


'Yes' has No Chance in 2014 says Ally the Octopus
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann Lamont was, as always, unavailable for comment.

There will be no separation-themed productions at the 2014 Edinburgh Internat...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Aug 2013 at 1:59pm
There will be no separation-themed productions at the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival, its outgoing director announced yesterday.


Stage Set For Edinburgh Cringe Festival in 2014
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Do they not realise that nobody will want to perform in a piddly little festival of a ti...


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?¡UPTHEREPUBLIC!?

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

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


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


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


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

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

Struileag/Shore to Shore Update
by bellacaledonia
26 Aug 2013 at 2:23pm
Great news! We have been commissioning new songs, poetry, text and music over the last few months and this weekend we are holding a work in progress weekend this week when we will rehears and record some of the wonderful... Read More ›


Protest Overview
by bellacaledonia
26 Aug 2013 at 11:32am
This is from Ultraculture who introduce it saying: “Penn State doctoral candidate John Beieler has created a time-lapse visualization of every protest on the planet since 1979. What you?ll see is tiny blips popping off here and there in the... Read More ›

The Land that Time Forgot
by bellacaledonia
24 Aug 2013 at 6:06pm
By Mike Small Steve Richards and Alex Massie can’t both be right. Richards has argued in the Guardian (‘Scotland is going it alone’): Scotland becomes more markedly different than ever. In Scotland the NHS is spared the haphazard revolution in... Read More ›

Gaelic Revival
by bellacaledonia
24 Aug 2013 at 5:30pm
By Arthur Cormack Neil Mcrae (‘What Gaelic Revival?’) quotes a foreword to Bòrd na Gàidhlig?s Annual Report written by me when I was the Bòrd?s Interim Chair. He does so extremely selectively, but that?s nothing new. I?ve tried reasonable debate... Read More ›


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

BBC News

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


Former banker doubts currency plan - BBC News
28 Aug 2013 at 6:23pm

BBC News

Former banker doubts currency plan
BBC News
Its report said: "On day one of independence, the members of the working group agree that retaining sterling would be a sensible currency choice that would be attractive both to Scotland and the UK." A Scottish government spokeswoman said: "As the...


Scottish independence: Salmond hails constitution - Scotland on Sunday
28 Aug 2013 at 12:04pm

Scottish independence: Salmond hails constitution
Scotland on Sunday
?Independence offers the opportunity for Scotland to move away from that outdated and profoundly undemocratic Westminster system - one which for two-thirds of my life has delivered governments with no popular mandate in Scotland. ...


Scottish independence: Push in defence of Union - Scotsman
25 Aug 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Push in defence of Union
Scotsman
CHANCELLOR George Osborne is to lead a fresh push in Scotland in defence of the Union in the coming weeks as UK ministers prepare for the final 12 months of the independence referendum campaign. The UK government last night said a tou...


Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess - BB...
26 Aug 2013 at 5:57am

Scotland on Sunday

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


Scottish independence: 'Impartiality will be hard' - Scotland on Sunday
22 Aug 2013 at 1:40pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: 'Impartiality will be hard'
Scotland on Sunday
He was speaking during a question and answer session at the Edinburgh International Television Festival after being asked how BBC Scotland would deal with the claims and counter claims being made by the Yes Scot...


Scottish independence: Cash for comment criticised - Scotsman
24 Aug 2013 at 6:08pm

Scottish independence: Cash for comment criticised
Scotsman
A LEADING independence campaigner has criticised Yes Scotland for paying an academic £100 to write an article that made the case for a separate Scottish constitution. Jeane Freeman, a founding member of Women for Independence, said Yes Sco...


Police probe email hacking claims by Yes Scotland campaigners - The Courier
24 Aug 2013 at 5:27am

Police probe email hacking claims by Yes Scotland campaigners
The Courier
The Courier understands ?a combination? of accounts were targeted on Wednesday night ? just hours after it was revealed officers had been called in to investigate allegations by the pro-independence campaign group. Speaking d...


Scottish independence: Northern England links eyed - Scotsman
21 Aug 2013 at 5:04pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Northern England links eyed
Scotsman
Council chiefs on the southern side of the Border want to cash in on the boom they believe will follow independence and have signed a deal securing ties with Scotland in areas like economic and transport initiatives. The First Mini...


Scottish independence: Charities' lobbying bill fears - Scotsman
23 Aug 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Charities' lobbying bill fears
Scotsman
SCOTTISH charities fear proposed laws planned to crack down on lobbying could stop them speaking out on key issues during the independence referendum debate. In a letter co-authored by charities south of the Border, they have as...



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SNP 'changing independence packaging' - Politics.co.uk
29 Aug 2013 at 10:33am

SNP 'changing independence packaging'
Politics.co.uk
Scottish nationalists are "changing the packaging" to try and revive their failing bid for independence, Michael Moore is expected to say later. The Scottish secretary will use a speech in Glasgow to claim the struggling pro-independence campaign...


Scottish Secretary says independence white paper must be 'straight with the ....
29 Aug 2013 at 9:51am

Scottish Secretary says independence white paper must be 'straight with the ...
The Courier
He issued the challenge to SNP ministers in a speech at Glasgow University, during which he accused Alex Salmond's administration of downplaying the ?fundamental? change that independence would bring. The Fi...


More young workers taking Modern Apprenticeships - SNP (press release)
29 Aug 2013 at 7:56am

More young workers taking Modern Apprenticeships
SNP (press release)
A member of the Scottish Parliament's influential Education and Culture Committee has today welcomed news that almost 5,000 people have already been helped into a job through a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) in 2013/14, as shown by of...


PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (PTR): China suspends approvals for new ... ...
29 Aug 2013 at 8:23am

PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (PTR): China suspends approvals for new ...
Seeking Alpha
SNP says while more than 120 of its facilities meet environmental requirements, it has made slow progress at certain subsidiaries; SNP says it has spent 22.9B yuan ($3.7B) on 800-plus environmental projects i...


Bank of England academic warning over independent Scotland keeping the pound ...
29 Aug 2013 at 6:11am

Telegraph.co.uk

Bank of England academic warning over independent Scotland keeping the pound
Telegraph.co.uk
Although SNP ministers have argued for Scottish representatives to sit on the bank's monetary and financial policy committees, he pointed out they would easily be outvoted by their peers from...


SNP's Angus Robertson says let UN complete inspection work in Syria - BBC News
29 Aug 2013 at 3:33am

BBC News

SNP's Angus Robertson says let UN complete inspection work in Syria
BBC News
The SNP's Angus Robertson said politicians needed to allow United Nation's weapons inspectors to complete their work before taking military intervention in Syria. He told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland ...


The 69th anniversary of uprising against Nazis is celebrated on August 29 - T...
29 Aug 2013 at 3:00am

The 69th anniversary of uprising against Nazis is celebrated on August 29
The Slovak Spectator
August 29 has been pronounced a state holiday in Slovakia, commemorating the Slovak National Uprising (SNP). SNP was an armed insurrection organised by the Slovak resistance movement during the Second Wor...


More college savings needed: Report - icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
29 Aug 2013 at 4:00am

More college savings needed: Report
icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
The Liberal Democrats said the report "lays bare the impact of SNP cuts on Scotland's colleges", highlighting 48,000 fewer student places, 1,000 fewer full-time equivalent college staff and five million fewer hours of learning. ...


SNP are slammed as college budget cuts see 1000 teaching posts axed and ... -...
29 Aug 2013 at 2:38am

Scottish Daily Record

SNP are slammed as college budget cuts see 1000 teaching posts axed and ...
Scottish Daily Record
Scottish Labour's education spokeswoman Kezia Dugdale accused the SNP of a ?relentless attack? on colleges. She said: ?There are less people going to college, more on waiting lists...


Let inspectors do job in Syria, say SNP and Labour - Aberdeen Press and Journal
29 Aug 2013 at 1:50am

Let inspectors do job in Syria, say SNP and Labour
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Labour and the SNP said last night that they would not back air strikes on Syria until UN weapons inspectors complete their probe into alleged chemical weapons attacks. The move could leave Prime Minister David Cameron fa...



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Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess - BB...
26 Aug 2013 at 5:57am

Herald Scotland

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


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

BBC News

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


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

Scotsman

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


Scotland's media fails to capitalize on referendum - MinnPost.com
26 Aug 2013 at 8:36am

Scotsman

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


Timely thoughts on referendum - Herald Scotland
26 Aug 2013 at 9:09pm

Timely thoughts on referendum
Herald Scotland
People could be so divided by the way they choose to vote in the referendum that a toxic after-effect could blight Scotland for years to come, he told an all-party Parliamentary Group on the Constitution at the House of Lords. His seven years as ...



TV referendum debate: Appeal for audience members - BBC News
28 Aug 2013 at 11:07am

TV referendum debate: Appeal for audience members
BBC News
BBC Scotland is appealing for members of the public to join an audience for the latest in a series of TV programmes on the future of Scotland. The debate, featuring a panel of senior politicians and hosted by the BBC's Glenn Campbell, will ...


Overnight count for referendum vote welcomed - SNP (press release)
26 Aug 2013 at 11:19am

Overnight count for referendum vote welcomed
SNP (press release)
The report also acknowledges the importance of information from both the Scottish Government and the UK Government post-referendum, encouraging further information from both Governments about the process that would be followed in the ...


Independence vote 'would lead to second referendum' for rest of UK - Herald S...
22 Aug 2013 at 9:09pm

Independence vote 'would lead to second referendum' for rest of UK
Herald Scotland
Stressing it is a personal view, the insider added that if Scotland backed independence and a currency union was eventually agreed with the rest of the former UK "there would have to be a referendum south of the bord...


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

Scotsman

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


Ex-civil service chief: indyref debate is so polarised it may leave toxic leg...
27 Aug 2013 at 2:09am

Herald Scotland

Ex-civil service chief: indyref debate is so polarised it may leave toxic legacy
Herald Scotland
THE independence referendum debate has become so polarised and divisive it could leave a toxic legacy that damages the fabric of society, Scotland's former leading mandarin has warned. TH...



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Anything Goes

Referendum Night: Your Intentions?
29 Aug 2013 at 1:10pm

I'm assuming we'll get the count done and know the result on the night (?)

 

Have any of you star...



Great Headlines
29 Aug 2013 at 12:01pm

This has to be up there with the best...

Drunken bucking bronco gran jailed for biting Orangeme...

Rolf Harris - Ooof!
29 Aug 2013 at 6:22am

If Rolf is guilty of these charges, we may as well give up on humanity.

 

I defy anyone to tell m...



Dialling 999 Boosts Phone Battery
29 Aug 2013 at 4:58am

Some people should not be allowed out, alone.

 

Or even just 'out'.

 

http://www.thedrum.com/news...



Any Tips For An Eating Competition?
28 Aug 2013 at 1:24pm

My wife's folks are coming over from Lithuania tomorrow and they have requested a visit to a High...



Drinking And Driving Recommendations
28 Aug 2013 at 12:23pm

The missus and a friend of hers want to do a fairly brief (four / five days?) distillery tour, pr...



Deluded, Scared And In Debt
28 Aug 2013 at 6:16am

"(Before retiring, John Jappy was a senior civil servant in the Inland Revenue, working for the A...



Walking And Wildlife Recommendations
28 Aug 2013 at 4:02am

Ok, I've got a week's leave to take, and I'm thinking of doing it in Early October. Rather than g...



Breaking Bad - The Final Episodes
27 Aug 2013 at 8:18pm

No spoilers or anything, but this is almost as good as The Sopranos.

 

Being a hipster twat, I re...



Keep Watching The Skies!
27 Aug 2013 at 3:24pm
...because there's a new star up there!

Ok, it's not new as such but it's gone nova - not superno...


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Better Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dramatic YouGov poll suggests that Scots are least likely to care whether men...
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2013 at 7:28am
Still no sign of that elusive YouGov poll on referendum voting intentions - there hasn't been one...

Yes campaign gains support in latest independence poll
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2013 at 7:15pm
The good news from the latest poll of referendum voting intentions conducted by Panelbase is that...


Our future is in safe hands with Gavin Pearson
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2013 at 11:30am
As we all know, budding DJs are required to take a degree in Un-Self-Awareness at the University ...


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Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

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

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

Analy...



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

Writing in Business for Scotland today: 

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



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

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



Independent Scotland could act to protect people against cold calls
by Angus Millar
13 Aug 2013 at 8:27am

An independent Scotland would be able to act to protect families and individuals against cold cal...



Westminster?s failing people who work in Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
12 Aug 2013 at 9:06am

Working people in Scotland and across the UK are being failed by Westminster.

Wages have fallen f...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
by craig
25 Jun 2013 at 5:51am
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
by craig
24 Jun 2013 at 12:47pm
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
by craig
17 Jun 2013 at 4:25am
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
by craig
14 Jun 2013 at 12:55pm
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...


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


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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

Phil MaynardGregg McClymontPat KaneElliot Smith




Scotland and England are growing apart. A no vote won't stop that | Iain Macw...
by Iain Macwhirter
18 Aug 2013 at 2:03pm

Unionist triumphalism is premature ? regardless of the referendum, Scotland is heading towards independence anyway

They think it's all over. The leaders of the unionist Better Together campaign are ...




William McIlvanney 'in the dark' about Scottish independence manifesto offer
by Severin Carrell
16 Aug 2013 at 6:12pm

Author shares stage with Alex Salmond at Edinburgh book festival, but says he has not been asked to write foreward

William McIlvanney, the award-winning Scottish novelist credited with creating the ...




Andrew Marr 'very worried' by tone of Scottish independence debate
by Charlotte Higgins
16 Aug 2013 at 7:18am

Broadcaster talks 'toxic' anglophobia at Edinburgh international book festival, in first public appearance since stroke

It was a frail figure who gingerly made his way on to the stage at the Edinbur...




Alex Salmond accused of misleading voters over Trident base promises
by Severin Carrell
15 Aug 2013 at 8:02am

Both political opponents and allies of Scottish government say pledge to join Nato is at odds with stance on nuclear disarmamant

Alex Salmond's government has been accused of misleading voters over ...




Lanark author slams 'Scotophobic' culture agenda
by Charlotte Higgins
14 Aug 2013 at 12:37pm

Alasdair Gray says appointment of English people to cultural jobs in Scotland is part of part of anti-independence strategy

Alasdair Gray, author of the classic novel Lanark and one of Scotland's ou...




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