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Labour official withdraws from city by-election battle
THE Labour official who oversaw the cull of almost half his party's councillors in Glasgow has withdrawn from the race to succeed a political colleague who died recently.

Armed forces fund to aid veterans
FIVE Scottish charities are among a total of 23 across the UK to benefit from the latest tranche of money from the £35 million Armed Forces Covenant Fund, which uses the fines levied on banks that tried to manipulate Libor interest rates.

Shelter calls for bedroom tax support
A housing charity has urged new Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael to prioritise helping homeless people affected by the so-called bedroom tax.

Charities criticise environmental efforts
A COALITION of charities has criticised the gap between the Scottish Government's ambitions and its achievements on environmental matters.

Islands talks will include big issues
The Scottish Government will not shy away from the big issues such as energy in its discussions about extending the powers of three islands councils, the minister responsible has pledged.

Straw urges Miliband to look at reopening Falkirk inquiry
ED Miliband should "actively consider" reopening Labour's inquiry into alleged vote-rigging in Falkirk,former foreign secretary Jack Straw has said.

Call to reform fuel duty and tax on drivers
Fuel duty and car tax should be abolished in Scotland and replaced by a pay-as-you-drive system, according to an independent think tank.

Rights body neglect criticised
AN equalities watchdog has been accused by politicians of a "dereliction of duty" over a lack of action to prevent discrimination during election campaigns.

Peer to give evidence over effectiveness of inquiries
LORD Cullen of Whitekirk, who chaired public inquiries into the Dunblane massacre and the Piper Alpha oil platform disaster is to give evidence to a House of Lords investigation on the effectiveness of such hearings.

Labour 'taking wrong route with HS2'
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is accusing Labour of "playing politics with our prosperity" over the £50 billion HS2 high-speed rail project.

Volunteer victims remembered as charity marks its anniversary
MEMBERS of the Red Cross have remembered fellow volunteers who have been victims of the Syria conflict at the People's Palace at Glasgow Green.

Glasgow social work head 'sacked' in council reshuffle
THE political head of ­Scotland's largest social work department has been removed from his role, in a move opposition politicians claim is a sacking after a turbulent year.

Ming defied health advice
SIR Menzies Campbell has revealed for the first time how he defied the advice of his doctors - concerned about his recovery from cancer - to become leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Labour urged to reopen inquiry into vote rigging
ED Miliband is being called on to reopen Labour's probe into alleged vote-rigging in its Falkirk constituency party after a leaked dossier of emails suggested ­officials from Unite plotted to undermine the inquiry.

Cameron unveils new wave of youth apprenticeships
DAVID Cameron unveiled a new generation of apprenticeships designed to drive down youth unemployment and make vocational training an attractive choice for thousands of young people.


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Douglas Alexander & Ian Kearns: UK a world player
30 Oct 2013 at 4:24pm

The mood of pessimism about Britain is undeserved in terms of what we are capable of doing on a global platform, write Douglas Alexander MP and Dr Ian Kearns



Michael Kelly: Salmond lost, but Labour hasn?t won
30 Oct 2013 at 4:14pm

Johann Lamont missed her chance to make an impact when the First Minister made a big mistake during the Grangemouth debacle, writes Michael Kelly



Leaders: Grangemouth used as PM?s political pawn
30 Oct 2013 at 4:14pm

POLITICS is a tough old game, and a degree of rough and tumble is to be expected between political foes. But from those holding the highest offices in the land, we expect at least a degree of restraint and perspective.



Bill Jamieson: ?It?s the economy, stupid?
30 Oct 2013 at 4:14pm

The vagaries of fiscal ups and downs have little impact on whether a government stands or falls, writes Bill Jamieson



?I?m an ex-politician?, Gordon Brown tells panel
30 Oct 2013 at 12:50pm

GORDON Brown has described himself as an “ex-politician” - despite still being an MP.



Cameron accused of smearing Unite?s Stephen Deans
30 Oct 2013 at 11:35am

THE union official at the centre of the Grangemouth dispute was blamed by David Cameron for the near-collapse of the Scottish petrochemical industry in the Commons on Wednesday.



Press defeat over royal charter on regulation
30 Oct 2013 at 8:37am

Newspaper publishers have lost a High Court battle to stop Government ministers going to the Privy Council later today to seek the Queen’s approval for a new cross-party royal charter to regulate the press.



Court of Appeal filming ban lifted
30 Oct 2013 at 7:43am

A NEAR-90-year ban on filming in court will be lifted tomorrow in what has been hailed as a “landmark moment for justice and journalism”.



Export boom needed to boost Scots economy recovery
30 Oct 2013 at 7:13am

SCOTLAND may not be able to sustain its recovery from recession without an immediate boom in exports and business investment, the country’s leading independent economic body warns today.



Former top policeman in Highland by-election race
30 Oct 2013 at 4:59am

FIVE candidates are bidding for a seat on Highland Council left vacant following the resignation of a councillor accused of electoral fraud.



?More cash for Scottish cyclists, walkers? call
30 Oct 2013 at 1:32am

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners are set to call on the Scottish Government to double the funding for cycling and walking to £40 million in next year’s budget.



Cara Hilton sworn in as Dunfermline MSP
30 Oct 2013 at 1:16am

THE new Labour MSP for Dunfermline, Cara Hilton, was sworn in at Holyrood today.



Energy firm boss in call for price inquiry
29 Oct 2013 at 6:00pm

The chief executive of one of Britain’s largest power companies yesterday called for an investigation into the energy market, acknowledging that his industry was not trusted by consumers.



Police Scotland chief warns of more job cuts
29 Oct 2013 at 5:59pm

SCOTLAND’S top police officer has warned MSPs there will be more redundancies in the force in the years ahead, with a “significant rationalisation” of the service.



John McTernan: US in all its contradictions
29 Oct 2013 at 3:47pm

America may have been damaged by its budget squabble, but there is a conviction that for the forseeable future the presidency will remain with the Democrats, writes John McTernan




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No place like home rule
by Andrew Leslie
30 Oct 2013 at 7:59am
If there’s one phrase that has long bedevilled the Liberal party and its descendants, it’s ‘home rule’. What are we supposed to understand by it? And perhaps more to the point, what do modern Lib Dems understand by it? If you go back in Liberal history to the time of the great William Gladstone, ‘home [...]

Runaround now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Oct 2013 at 5:31am
Just when you thought it was safe, we’ve got one last bit of data for you from our second Panelbase poll, which seems to have really grabbed the attention of the Scottish political world (as best observed in the furious, hysterical reaction from “Better Together” activists on Monday evening when Scotland Tonight announced they were [...]

Identity parade
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Oct 2013 at 8:30am
During last month’s independence march and rally in Edinburgh we were outdoors, marching and rallying. (Duh.) So we obviously didn’t catch the teatime news, and when we got home we were intrigued to hear tales of some strange goings-on on BBC Scotland’s six o’clock TV bulletin. The footage didn’t reappear on any later shows, so [...]

Agony aunt
by Natalie McGarry
29 Oct 2013 at 6:35am
Dear Margaret, I have quite the conundrum. I wonder if you could help me with it. My Scots-born best friend moved to Beijing in 2005. She previously spent a year studying in Canada, but when she came back I found no traces of latent Canadianism. Over the last few years she has learned to speak [...]

Ally McCoist joins STV
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Oct 2013 at 3:26am
We were very pleased with the coverage of our latest Panelbase poll on Monday’s edition of Scotland Tonight. A nice introductory package showed some lingering shots of our front page and logo, and the poll findings were used as a jump-off for an interesting debate between Dennis Canavan and Ian Davidson. It takes more than [...]

Appointment to view
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2013 at 2:56pm
For those of you who – inexplicably and frankly rather hurtfully – STILL don’t follow us on Twitter and may therefore not have heard the news yet on your gramophones, this evening’s Scotland Tonight promises to be a real treat. Not so much for the fact that they’ll be referencing our poll, but because they’ll [...]

To your values be true
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2013 at 1:25pm
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Separated at birth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2013 at 10:04am
Something that Professor John Curtice said in an extensive and fair review of our second Panelbase poll today gave us some cause for thought. It’s hardly a secret that the No campaign has spent just about every waking hour of its existence frantically trying to turn the referendum into one on the SNP and Alex [...]

The in-betweeners
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Oct 2013 at 6:43am
The last of our poll data releases yesterday highlighted perhaps the biggest factor in deciding the outcome of the independence referendum – the views of the undecided. Cross-referencing those yet to make up their minds with the other questions in our survey tells us much about the arguments that will win or lose the vote. So [...]

Crosstown traffic
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Oct 2013 at 1:00pm
For our final instalment of poll data, we’re going to look at two groups of results that at first don’t appear to be connected, but which are more linked than you might imagine. We’ll do the housekeeping first, to build the tension a bit. No skipping ahead. There’s no real way of measuring the reach [...]


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PM criticises 'rogue' union official
30 Oct 2013 at 12:27pm
David Cameron blames "rogue" union official for the Grangemouth dispute which almost led to the closure of the plant.


New Labour MSP sworn in at Holyrood
30 Oct 2013 at 9:35am
Scotland's newest MSP, elected to represent Dunfermline, is sworn in during a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament.


Care home smoking ban phased in
30 Oct 2013 at 6:10am
Moves are agreed which will see a smoking ban phased in at council-run care homes across the Scottish Borders.


Council apology over tax letters
29 Oct 2013 at 11:29am
A local authority apologises over thousands of letters which "may have upset" people claiming a single person discount on their council tax.


Offshore wind turbine views urged
30 Oct 2013 at 4:41am
The public is urged to make its views known on possible plans to extend a large wind farm off the Dumfries and Galloway coast.


Action call on rich poor health gap
29 Oct 2013 at 11:45am
Doctors call for action to tackle health inequalities as new figures show the gap between rich and poor remains a significant problem.


May warns Scots over terror threat
29 Oct 2013 at 9:27am
An independent Scotland would have a reduced ability to detect and prevent terrorist and criminal threats, according to Theresa May.


Concern at dirty maternity hospital
29 Oct 2013 at 10:38am
Aberdeen Maternity Hospital was so dirty that inspectors raised concerns with the Scottish government, it is revealed.


Straw calls for new Falkirk inquiry
29 Oct 2013 at 12:05pm
Former Labour cabinet minister Jack Straw says the party should "actively consider" reopening its investigation into the Falkirk selection process.


Institute urges council tax overhaul
29 Oct 2013 at 3:16am
Think tank the Institute of Fiscal Studies advises the Scottish government to carry out a radical reform of council tax.


Call for 'pay-as-you-drive' roads
28 Oct 2013 at 7:10pm
Fuel duty and vehicle excise duty should be abolished in Scotland and replaced by a pay-as-you-drive system, a think tank suggests.


Most organ donors not on register
29 Oct 2013 at 6:38am
A new campaign aims to get more people to agree to donate their organs as new figures show most were not on the register when they died.


'Action needed' at Argyll and Bute
28 Oct 2013 at 7:23pm
Scotland's local government auditor calls for urgent action to improve the running of Argyll and Bute Council.


MSP calls for 'strict liability' law
29 Oct 2013 at 1:59pm
Green MSP Alison Johnstone called for a new law to make motorists automatically at fault in civil actions after an accident.


Road delays 'affect Tesco store'
29 Oct 2013 at 5:42am
Tesco is suffering financially because of delays in building a new road in Inverness, according to lawyers for the supermarket giant.


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UK polling induces deep scepticism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Oct 2013 at 4:12pm

By Mark McNaught
 
Since my last column, I have become increasingly curious about the methodology employed by polling firms to determine whether or not some of them are simply made up, and if there was an institution charged with assuring their methodological integrity.



Dear Johann,
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Oct 2013 at 2:54pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Some happy news at last! I've been asked by Johann Lamont to produce a paper on where she's going wrong.  There's no money in it ? she's says she believes in something for nothing.  So let me share with you what I've said.



Independence Referendum - Who are the 'undecideds'?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Oct 2013 at 2:13pm

By Dave Taylor
 
Many of you will have devoured the posts on the Wings over Scotland site giving the details of the Panelbase poll, as well as taking the three seconds required to read the report on it in the Sunday Herald - Yes 37% : No 45% : Don't Know 17%.
 
Interestingly, the BBC's favourite polling expert (psephologist to us geeks) Professor John Curtice seems to be running out of reasons to suggest that it must be Panelbase that is out of line, and not the other pollsters.



The Unions of the United Kingdom are Changing
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Oct 2013 at 7:54am

By Gerry Hassan
 
This week the British media turned its attention to the christening of the Royal Baby with the headlines 'Gorgeous George', continued its obsessions with who said what and apologised for what in 'Plebgate', and allowed for an occasional airing of the issue which rocked Scotland: the potential closure of Grangemouth petrochemical plant.



We are Scotland - Jenny, Edinburgh
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Oct 2013 at 3:28pm

  In this, our ninth instalment of the 'We are Scotland' video series Newsnet Scotland travels to Edinburgh to speak to Jenny.

A poet and promoter, Jenny is also a member of pro-independence creative movement National Collective.  Describing an independent Scotland as "the ultimate creative act" she challenges the myth that the young are not interested in politics.



brr...brr..."Hello, BBC complaints...Can I help you?"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Oct 2013 at 6:24pm

By Derek Bateman
 
It was election time and I was given the task of producing a series of five-minute films satirising the campaign for Newsnight.  They would be shown on each of four Thursday nights, that being the last transmission day of the week for the programme in Scotland.



Astroturf corruption comes to Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Oct 2013 at 12:25pm

  By Mark McNaught
 
The recent formation of scotlandagainstspin shows that there are no national barriers to astroturf corruption masquerading as the 'will of the people'. 

This group held a protest at the SNP conference on Saturday 19 October, presumably with remarkably similar placards to those in the image below. 



JFK inspired a generation to cynicism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
25 Oct 2013 at 4:52pm

By George Kerevan
 
FIFTY years ago next month ? on Friday 22 November 1963, to be exact ? President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
 
For my generation of baby boomers, JFK's death was a defining moment.  It was the first major human drama to be played out on television.



Would You Adam 'n Eve It?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Oct 2013 at 4:39pm

By Derek Bateman

Good news...the economy is bounding ahead and doing better even than it was before the Crash. Except only in London.

It seems that the consistent message from everywhere outside the South-east ? that the country's resources are concentrated on one privileged corner ? is being proven to be 100 per cent correct.



The regressive politics of quantitative easing
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Oct 2013 at 10:29am

By Jeremy Green, University of Sheffield

When financial markets stood on the verge of collapse in the summer of 2008, two of the world?s most important central banks, the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, began considering unorthodox policy measures. They turned to Quantitative Easing, or QE: injecting money into the economy by purchasing assets from the private sector, in the hope of boosting spending and staving off the threat of deflation. These were desperate measures for desperate times.




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Prison Officers trade union supports Yes campaign | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 12:35pm

Yes Scotland has welcomed the decision of the Prison Officers Association Scotland to offer its full support to the independence campaign.



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Arrest the Dissidents
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 12:06pm

I keep reading how the SNP wants Scotland to be like any other normal country. In that case should you not act accordingly and take in for immediate questioning the Rev. Stuart Campbell?



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Scottish independence: Country would leave EU
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 10:35am

SCOTLAND would automatically leave the European Union if it split from the United Kingdom, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Ministers usually have to rely on their own back-benchers to ask questions contrived to allow them to peddle some government line. But it se...



Losing the Heid
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 10:09am

While the big guns of the Scottish and UK media were trained (quite rightly) on the axe hanging over the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical works, two stories crept out under the radar. Neither, it’s fair to say, were as dramatic or as consequential as the events being played out on the s...



No place like home rule
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 9:52am

If there’s one phrase that has long bedevilled the Liberal party and its descendants, it’s ‘home rule’. What are we supposed to understand by it? And perhaps more to the point, what do modern Lib Dems understand by it?




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Theresa May's grubby little warning: an independent Scotland will be out in t...
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 9:40am

Theresa May's warning about intelligence-sharing after Scottish independence are little more than scaremongering foolishness.

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Mark Frankland: DOES 'MERE ANARCHY' PAINT A PICTURE OF WHAT SCOTLAND MIGHT LO...
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 9:06am

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Intelligence club 'could snub Yes vote Scotland'
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 8:53am

THE UK would be more willing to share intelligence with New Zealand than with an independent Scotland, according to a Home Office report.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Surely at least some of those minded to vote No next year must be disturbed by the increasingly wild-eyed and senseless stuff coming out ...



Runaround now
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 5:41am

Just when you thought it was safe, we’ve got one last bit of data for you from our second Panelbase poll, which seems to have really grabbed the attention of the Scottish political world (as best observed in the furious, hysterical reaction from “Better Together” activists on Monday evening when ...



Warning 2014 poll may hit HS2 plan
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 4:50am
PLANS to extend the controversial High Speed 2 rail scheme to Scotland could be scuppered by independence, the Coalition Government has indicated.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Given that the carrot is a phantom the stick can be no more than an illusion.



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Steve Camley's cartoon: when Theresa May came visiting
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 4:42am

Here's award-winning Herald cartoonist Steve Camley's response to the visit by Home Secretary Theresa May to Scotland yesterday.

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Scottish independence: ?Scotland needs UK spies?
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 4:18am

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland’s ability to fight terrorism would be damaged, as key intelligence from MI6 and MI5 would dry up, Home Secretary Theresa May has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is not only the increasingly threatening tone of these interventions from British politicians that grates on Sc...



Project Fear is slowly becoming Project Blackmail
by Peter A Bell
30 Oct 2013 at 3:09am

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Yes vote will give Scotland the chance to build an excellent security service...
by Peter A Bell
29 Oct 2013 at 5:16pm



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Warning taxes could go up 21% after No vote
by Peter A Bell
29 Oct 2013 at 5:10pm

The Herald has today published an article about the new IFS report...



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Holyrood to welcome new Dunfermline Labour MSP as Cara Hilton is sworn in
by dailyrecord
30 Oct 2013 at 7:00am
CARA Hilton took over the seat from disgraced politician Bill Walker, and she during her speech that Dunfermline deserved better.


Record View: Big six energy companies are full of hot air when it comes to pa...
by dailyrecord
30 Oct 2013 at 2:32am
RECORD View discusses the bad excuses behind the price increases in fuel bills and why the justice system is failing after pictures emerged of killer Jamie Bain relaxing at his home after being let out on a home visit.


Big Six power firms' excuses for sky-high prices are blown apart as small com...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Oct 2013 at 7:01pm
OVO Energy boss Stephen Fitzpatrick revealed his company is buying gas at a cheaper price than in 2009. He said he couldn?t explain the scale of the price rises.


Ed Miliband blasts energy firms for offering 'list of excuses' after MPs prob...
by dailyrecord
29 Oct 2013 at 1:07pm
LABOUR leader claims 'broken market' is allowing big six companies to overcharge hard-pressed families with their inflation busting price hikes.


Independence referendum: Home Secretary Theresa May's terror comments slammed
by dailyrecord
29 Oct 2013 at 12:00pm
SPEAKING in Edinburgh Home Secretary Theresa May launched UK Government analysis which claims in an Independent Scotland there would be an increased risk to the Scottish people.


Independence debate: William Hague warns that an independent Scotland would s...
by dailyrecord
29 Oct 2013 at 9:56am
THE Foreign Secretary told politicians that Scotland would have to leave organisations such as the European Union if it separated from the rest of the UK.


MSPs warned that lack of sex education in schools is causing children to acce...
by dailyrecord
29 Oct 2013 at 8:40am
SHEILA Taylor, of the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People, told MSPs that youngsters were growing up with a "distorted view" of sexual relationships.


Reducing corporation tax in an independent Scotland would increase job prospe...
by dailyrecord
29 Oct 2013 at 6:35am
THE claims that cutting the tax would provide a jobs boost and help economic growth in Scotland, has been labelled 'highly speculative' by a think-tank.


Shelter Scotland chief demands priority help for homeless people hit by bedro...
by dailyrecord
29 Oct 2013 at 5:32am
SHELTER director Graeme Brown took the charity's protest to the Scottish Office this morning and says it is "particularly callous" that homeless people living in temporary accommodation are being hit by the bill.


Revealed: Big Six energy companies put up prices 9% but wholesale prices only...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Oct 2013 at 4:59am
THE energy giants including SSE, ScottishPower, npower and British Gas said that the rise in wholesale prices justified the increase in fuel bills.


Grangemouth crisis: Unite convener Stephen Deans quits his job before crunch ...
by David Clegg
29 Oct 2013 at 2:35am
DEANS was at the heart of the dispute which almost lead to the closure of the plant and the loss of 800 jobs, after he was accused of doing union business in work time.


Joan McAlpine: How Alex Salmond sparked U-turn over decision to close Grangem...
by Joan McAlpine
28 Oct 2013 at 7:01pm
JOAN reckons the First Minister's key role in solving the petrochemicals crisis shows that he is delivering the best results for Scotland.


Unite union official at centre of Grangemouth dispute resigns from his job at...
by dailyrecord
28 Oct 2013 at 12:27pm
STEVIE Deans was investigated by the company following his involvement in the row over the selection of a Labour candidate in the Falkirk constituency.


Charity fears that energy price hike could kill up to 20 pensioners a day who...
by James Lyons
28 Oct 2013 at 3:05am
THE survey by Age UK revealed that around 24,000 people in the UK could end up dying needlessly because of the cold winter ahead.


Syria chemicals trade: MPs tell business secretary Vince Cable to expose firm...
by Billy Briggs
27 Oct 2013 at 4:31am
 


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U-KOK head Alastair Darling is feted by Tories, Lib-Dems, UKIP, and drunks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Oct 2013 at 6:55pm
U-KOK head Alastair Darling is feted by Tories, Lib-Dems, UKIP, and drunks.


Poll - Darling is the Tory darling!
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By the time they had reached question 5 of the 12 questions, 2% of them had changed their mind and answered I'll vote No anyway and 4% said I'll vote Yes anyway...

Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Oct 2013 at 3:35pm
Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to 80mph (130km/h) are predicted to hit the region during Monday. However, the Met Office has not issued any weather warnings for Scotland.


UKOK: Wind in a separate Scotlandshire too uncertain
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One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single ce...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2013 at 6:03pm
One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single celebrating the life and work of a much loved labour MP. He who put the 'Doing' into 'Doing Good', Westminster's King of Slapstick, the man who likes to say NAW!


A musical tribute to the chairchoob - Ian Davidson
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As the SNP form practically the only opposition to the new Westminster immigr...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2013 at 3:41pm
As the SNP form practically the only opposition to the new Westminster immigration bill, and Labour MPs abstain, the Scottish Government launches its own version of the Hate Van.



BBC Scotlandshire is coming to a close for the night. We ask you be upstand...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2013 at 5:47pm
BBC Scotlandshire is coming to a close for the night.

We ask you be upstanding for our national anthem - by order of Andrew Rosindell MP.


British National Anthem: God Save The Queen - With
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Humiliation strikes splittism in Scotlandshire's ancient capital.
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2013 at 12:25am
Humiliation strikes splittism in Scotlandshire's ancient capital.


Splittist Disaster in Dunfermline
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In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Oct 2013 at 5:09pm
In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate the foul personal attacks on calm, reasoned and decent people made by CyberNats and their interweb based "news" outlets like the despicable Newsnet Scotlandshire.


Chairchoob wounded by CyberNat character assassination
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The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on thi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 4:08pm
The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on this site in order to convey the channel's heart-felt thanks to those members of the Main Stream Media (that's all of you) who work so hard to keep the spurious arguments of the separatist Natz safely away from the as-yet u...

This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire....
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 12:12pm
This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire.

British Oil will last for hundreds of years. Separate Scotish oil will dry up in months. Vote no for the sake of the flow!



This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Oct 2013 at 6:07pm
This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities which let down the Labour Party and, therefore, the principal supporter of that glorious Union which allows us to be ruled by the very Tories that he tried to beat the shit out of.


MP now free from drink, anger and Labour ...

Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Oct 2013 at 5:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.


Sturgeon on cuts
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Fortunately, Sturgeon showed a brief touch of compassion in her speech. Obviously she had understood that only the Prime Minister's dyspepsia has prevented him debating with Dic...

Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Oct 2013 at 4:52pm
Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.


Danny Alexander woos bankers
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Now is not the time for Scotlandshire to give in to narrow nationalism. That must be left to the UK.

BBC Scotlandshire experiments with "fair and balanced" coverage of the foul s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Oct 2013 at 4:08pm
BBC Scotlandshire experiments with "fair and balanced" coverage of the foul splittist campaign.


The obvious lies of the Natz : Falsehood 1
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We will provide balance by publishing splittist articles that attempt to portray a vision of a separate Scotlandshire that its propon...

Clear evidence has been discovered that the black hole that originated on the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Oct 2013 at 3:33pm
Clear evidence has been discovered that the black hole that originated on the Scotch-English border, has now expanded to place all of England in a time warp.


Dr Who - a Natz conspiracy to take over the universe
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
They failed to comprehend the glory of Empire, however. Loyal...

Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Oct 2013 at 7:34am
Following revelations in the Daily Express over the weekend that children are being taught to sing for separation, our London-based culture correspondent pays a visit to Scotlandshire to go undercover and investigate the propaganda being used by separatists.


Fascists in a fash over feis
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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

Losing the Heid
by bellacaledonia
30 Oct 2013 at 8:25am
Starting his work Bella George Rosie looks at the loss of strategic control of the Scottish economy. While the big guns of the Scottish and UK media were trained (quite rightly) on the axe hanging over the Grangemouth oil refinery... Read More ›


Yes Fife
by bellacaledonia
29 Oct 2013 at 4:58am
Two great Yes events coming up in the Kingdom… Tuesday 29th October at the Jubilee Tavern, Burntisland, 7.30 pm Yes Burntisland – open meeting to find out more about the Yes Campaign. Come along if you are undecided or have... Read More ›

The Case for Left Wing Nationalism
by bellacaledonia
29 Oct 2013 at 4:19am
The Case for Left Wing Nationalism considers the class dynamics of the constitutional debate, deconstructs the myths that underpin Scottish political culture and exposes the role Scottish institutions have played and continue to play in restricting Scotland?s progress. In this... Read More ›


Fumes, Oligarchs and Resilience
by bellacaledonia
26 Oct 2013 at 4:52am
By Mike Small Several elements of the Grangemouth spectacle were on the edge of farce this week. MP Eric Joyce complaining that the people of the area “deserved better representation”. Truly. The utter capitulation and ineptness of the union. The... Read More ›

Will Scotland Take the First Tentative Steps Towards a Modern Digital Democracy?
by bellacaledonia
25 Oct 2013 at 1:44pm
In the latest extract from the autumn edition of Closer, Kevin Williamson explores an e-democracy for Scotland. The Life and Death of Democracy by Professor John Keane is a mighty tome. Epic, informative and opinionated, it takes democracy as its... Read More ›

A Post First Past the Post Scotland
by bellacaledonia
25 Oct 2013 at 9:02am
By Christopher Silver Explaining the rise of the SNP has always been problematic for unionists. The most commonly used method is to decouple support for the party with support for its central aim of independence. This was Willie Ross?s response... Read More ›

Exist Strategy
by bellacaledonia
24 Oct 2013 at 1:14pm
The second of a series of posters and materials we’re producing – available soon in print form … Filed under: Identity Tagged: #indyref, Posters

British News
by bellacaledonia
24 Oct 2013 at 6:11am
By Mike Small Grangemouth doesn’t register on the British newsstand. Wrong country. It’s funny to see these front pages as a snap-shot. It makes me feel almost entirely cut-off from this political culture. But Martin Kettle, over at the Guardian... Read More ›

I?m Thinking of Leaving My Husband
by bellacaledonia
24 Oct 2013 at 4:43am
Writing recently for the Guardian, Adam Price has noted: “Unionism’s Better Together line carries with it the not-so-subtle subtext of a married couple pondering the upheavals of divorce. Of course, unless there are four people in this marriage ? a... Read More ›


Grangemouth and Privatisation
by bellacaledonia
23 Oct 2013 at 10:36am
By J Simon Jones This past few days has seen one of the most illuminating news cycles of recent times for anyone remotely concerned with the workings of the British state. Last week it emerged that N:Power was raising prices... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: May terror warning - BBC News
29 Oct 2013 at 9:29am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: May terror warning
BBC News
The UK government paper, which came ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, on 18 September next year, said threats from organised crime gangs, cyber-criminals and global terrorism "are best confronted with Scotland inside the...


Scottish independence: Tax options - BBC News
29 Oct 2013 at 4:42am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Tax options
BBC News
New and weighty contributions have added fuel to the heat under the debate about Scotland's public finances after independence. Nationalists are welcoming them, as they underline the opportunity to do things differently and better. What's less wel...


Scottish independence: Country would leave EU - Scotsman
29 Oct 2013 at 10:53am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Country would leave EU
Scotsman
Mr Hague said Scotland benefited enormously from the union but warned that voting in favour of independence would mean splitting from the world organisations the UK had signed up to. He said: ?Scotland, of course, derives enormous benef...


Scottish independence: Night classes criticised - Scotsman
28 Oct 2013 at 1:49pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Night classes criticised
Scotsman
That's good news, not only for Yes Scotland because the more people learn about independence the more they are attracted to it, but it's also good for democracy.? A Better Together spokesman said: ?We would encourage people to get the...


Scottish Nationalists Crank Up Drive For Independence - Boise Weekly
30 Oct 2013 at 5:29am

Boise Weekly

Scottish Nationalists Crank Up Drive For Independence
Boise Weekly
Although the SNP holds the levers of power in the devolved government in Edinburgh, the nationalists are far more popular than their flagship policy of pushing independence. Opinion polls suggest only around a third of S...


Scottish independence: Gap in oil tax forecasts highlighted - BBC News
28 Oct 2013 at 4:02pm

Scottish independence: Gap in oil tax forecasts highlighted
BBC News
There is a gap of more than £1bn in forecasts for the oil and gas tax an independent Scotland could expect, according to an academic study. The Glasgow University economic analysis highlighted the wide difference between estimates...


Scottish independence could impair anti-terrorism efforts - Telegraph.co.uk
27 Oct 2013 at 5:44am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence could impair anti-terrorism efforts
Telegraph.co.uk
The Scottish government and police currently benefit from close daily cooperation with UK-wide security organisations, which are based in London. This cooperation could be disrupted if voters back independence ...


Home Secretary: Independent Scotland would undermine UK national security - P...
30 Oct 2013 at 3:56am

Press TV

Home Secretary: Independent Scotland would undermine UK national security
Press TV
A new report by the UK government says Scotland's independence from the UK would seriously undermine the British national security and the Scottish as well, media reports said. The report by Home Secretary Th...


Scottish independence: Institute of Fiscal Studies urges council tax re-think...
29 Oct 2013 at 3:17am

Scottish independence: Institute of Fiscal Studies urges council tax re-think
BBC News
A think tank has advised the Scottish government to carry out a radical reform of council tax. The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) recommendation appeared in a study of options for an independent Scotland. It b...


The Scotsman cartoon: Scottish independence and oil - Scotsman
28 Oct 2013 at 7:14pm

Scotsman

The Scotsman cartoon: Scottish independence and oil
Scotsman
Oil money ?would fail to fill the gap? left by the loss of UK revenues if Scotland becomes independent, according to academics. Spending cuts would be required to achieve the Scottish Government's goal to establish a Norway-style ...



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Bill Jamieson: 'It's the economy, stupid' - Scotland on Sunday
30 Oct 2013 at 4:22pm

Bill Jamieson: 'It's the economy, stupid'
Scotland on Sunday
But even here there is evidence, if not of Labour resurgence, then of a slight ebbing in support for the SNP which has claimed a hand in bringing about economic improvement. The Dunfermline by-election for Holyrood saw a swing to Labour (...


Cara Hilton sworn in as Dunfermline MSP - Scotland on Sunday
30 Oct 2013 at 2:29pm

Cara Hilton sworn in as Dunfermline MSP
Scotland on Sunday
Ms Hilton overcame the SNP challenge and took the constituency with a majority of 2,873 after polls closed on Thursday night. In her victory speech, she said: ?After the disgrace of Bill Walker, Dunfermline deserves better and I will ensure...


Independence: yeah but, no but - Public Finance
30 Oct 2013 at 12:45pm

Independence: yeah but, no but
Public Finance
The Better Together campaign says public spending will be squeezed after independence by the SNP's proposed oil fund; Yes Scotland says that, on the contrary, the cuts will come from Tory austerity economics. Project Fear says that Scotland will lose .....


Scotland's Independence Vote a Risk to National Security - IBTimes.co.uk
30 Oct 2013 at 12:31pm

IBTimes.co.uk

Scotland's Independence Vote a Risk to National Security
IBTimes.co.uk
Scotland would not be able to rely on Britain's intelligence services and said the SNP's plan to spend £2.5bn (?2.9bn, $4.0bn) on Scotland's defence budget a year to replicate the UK's national budget was not workab...


Focus on children highlights need for a Yes vote - SNP (press release)
30 Oct 2013 at 11:19am

Focus on children highlights need for a Yes vote
SNP (press release)
The SNP is welcoming the Early Years Collaborative (EYC) conference today in Glasgow as the foundation for the creation of a strategy for improving the health, social conditions and life chances of future generations of young peop...


New Labour MSP Cara Hilton sworn in at Holyrood - BBC News
30 Oct 2013 at 9:37am

BBC News

New Labour MSP Cara Hilton sworn in at Holyrood
BBC News
Cara Hilton was elected last week to represent Dunfermline, after a by-election caused by the resignation of disgraced MSP Bill Walker. The victory represented a gain from the SNP, who had taken the seat in the 2011 Holyrood election....


Scoullar set to be new Argyll and Bute provost - Buteman
30 Oct 2013 at 9:48am

Buteman

Scoullar set to be new Argyll and Bute provost
Buteman
Thursday's meeting is also expected to see the appointment of senior councillors in the authority's new administration, with Robert Macintyre (centre) set to retain the chairmanship of the Bute and Cowal area committee after he left the ...


Scottish independence threat to 'national security' - Buenos Aires Herald
30 Oct 2013 at 9:25am

Scottish independence threat to 'national security'
Buenos Aires Herald
The SNP has argued that its pledge to remove Britain's submarine-based nuclear arsenal from Scotland in the event of a ?yes? vote and its determination to ensure Scottish troops no longer take part in what it calls ?illegal war...


Holyrood to welcome new Dunfermline Labour MSP as Cara Hilton is sworn in - S...
30 Oct 2013 at 7:08am

Scottish Daily Record

Holyrood to welcome new Dunfermline Labour MSP as Cara Hilton is sworn in
Scottish Daily Record
Ms Hilton overcame the SNP challenge and took the constituency with a majority of 2,873 after polls closed on Thursday night. In her victory speech, she said: "After the disgrace of ...


Scottish Nationalists Crank Up Drive For Independence - Boise Weekly
30 Oct 2013 at 5:29am

Boise Weekly

Scottish Nationalists Crank Up Drive For Independence
Boise Weekly
Although the SNP holds the levers of power in the devolved government in Edinburgh, the nationalists are far more popular than their flagship policy of pushing independence. Opinion polls suggest only around a third of S...



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Referendum show among Scottish Bafta nominations - Herald Scotland
29 Oct 2013 at 10:09pm

Herald Scotland

Referendum show among Scottish Bafta nominations
Herald Scotland
The shortlists for this year's awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Scotland feature The Road to Referendum, which is in the running for best current affairs programme. Elsewhere, the film...


Asterix steps unwittingly into Scottish referendum debate - Reuters
24 Oct 2013 at 7:48am

The Guardian

Asterix steps unwittingly into Scottish referendum debate
Reuters
Scottish nationalists campaigning ahead of a referendum on independence next year have seized upon the book as an allegory for their struggle to break free of the UK - a theory the author dismisses. "Asterix chez les Pict...


Scotland Tonight: Will left-wing undecided voters swing referendum? - stv.tv
28 Oct 2013 at 7:15pm

Scotland Tonight: Will left-wing undecided voters swing referendum?
stv.tv
A poll has suggested that those who are undecided about how they will vote in the independence referendum voters tend to be more left wing. With both the Yes Scotland and the Better Together campaigns trying to convince the ...


Scottish independence: Night classes criticised - Scotsman
28 Oct 2013 at 1:49pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Night classes criticised
Scotsman
TAXPAYER Scotland has criticised a local authority for running Road to the Referendum night classes saying it should not be providing subsidised political education for residents. The classes, run by former Labour leader of Edinburgh ...


Scottish independence: May terror warning - BBC News
29 Oct 2013 at 9:29am

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish independence: May terror warning
BBC News
The UK government paper, which came ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, on 18 September next year, said threats from organised crime gangs, cyber-criminals and global terrorism "are best confronted with Scotland insi...


Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels - BBC News
10 Oct 2013 at 7:36am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels
BBC News
The prospect of a Norwegian-sized oil fund is a powerful way of making the case for Scottish independence. That's why it's playing a prominent role in the independence referendum campaign. The Scottish government asked economists ...


Put your referendum questions to Stuart Braithwaite, Pauline McNeill and Jim ...
30 Oct 2013 at 11:53am

Put your referendum questions to Stuart Braithwaite, Pauline McNeill and Jim ...
BBC News
A rock band guitarist, a former MSP and the head of a group promoting Scottish culture will be under the studio spotlight to answer your independence referendum questions. Stuart Braithwaite, who performs with...


Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older - BBC News
30 Sep 2013 at 6:16pm

Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older
BBC News
Teenagers who will be 16 or older when next year's independence referendum is held can now register to take part. It is the first time in a UK political vote that people under the age of 18 have been allowed to participat...


Yes Scotland to reveal latest weapon in referendum battle - Herald Scotland
16 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Yes Scotland to reveal latest weapon in referendum battle
Herald Scotland
The software will allow door-knocking activists to refer voters' questions and concerns straight back to Yes Scotland's HQ - which will "micro-target" them with specially tailored campaign material later the same day. The app...


When Britain leaves Europe, Scotland will leave Britain - Financial Times
24 Oct 2013 at 3:25pm

Scotsman

When Britain leaves Europe, Scotland will leave Britain
Financial Times
Scotland will vote on independence in September next year. If David Cameron's Conservatives win the UK-wide election in 2015, Britons will then be offered a referendum on whether to stay in the EU. The polls would be se...



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False Widow Spiders
30 Oct 2013 at 8:47am

You would have thought we were on the brink of extinction with these guys rampaging as far north ...



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30 Oct 2013 at 6:14am

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30 Oct 2013 at 5:57am

Just out of Starbucks, Buchanan Street and have to recommend the mocha chiller. Had to have a coo...



Right Now In Starbucks On Buchanan Street
30 Oct 2013 at 5:27am
There is a bird waiting to be served with the best arse I've ever seen. Sprayed on Denims and Hun...

Cyberbullying... Eh!
30 Oct 2013 at 5:06am
I see celebrity cook and mockney spunk trumpet Jamie Oliver has banned his kids Poppy and Daisy f...

Breaking Bad - U K Version
30 Oct 2013 at 2:43am



Mtb Mudguards!
29 Oct 2013 at 6:12pm

I'm no gonnae be buying a road bike anytime soon, anyone recommend road suitable mudguards for an...



Five Republican Terrorists At Court In Glasgow
29 Oct 2013 at 2:06pm
Arrested in Cathcart last week.Was that the Green Brigade protesting outside the court ?

Colin Murray
29 Oct 2013 at 10:37am

Bit of a love him/hate him type of bloke. But have to say thoroughly enjoy his radio show on Talk...



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29 Oct 2013 at 10:26am

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

My Journey from Red to Green
by Guest Blog
30 Oct 2013 at 4:25am
Thanks so much to Pauline for today’s epic guest post, which we will let speak for itself.  My na...

A trampled bagpipe
by James
23 Oct 2013 at 8:46am
Behold the greatest contrast offered by the Dunfermline by-election campaign: the aftermath of th...

Scottish education?s trust fund.
by Dom
13 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
I wrote recently about some of the challenges and opportunities facing Academia in the context of...

The Scottish Greens? Nordic Future
by Dom
10 Oct 2013 at 6:31am
The Scottish Greens? conference in Inverness last weekend was dominated by one theme, and one que...

The benefits of a unified government
by James
1 Oct 2013 at 7:22am
During the 1980s, pressure for a Scottish Parliament stemmed largely from the view that devolutio...

Are we getting it right?
by Guest Blog
27 Sep 2013 at 2:00am
The Scottish Parliament debated the new Children and Young People Bill this week, but Labour MSP ...

Love Voltaire us apart, again
by Dom
19 Sep 2013 at 6:32am
One of the questions regularly raised in discussions of independence is what would happen to Scot...

The Westminster Party ? what?s their record?
by James
19 Sep 2013 at 2:34am
Scotland’s vote in a year’s time is too important to be decided by who looks likely to win the UK...

The People?s Land
by James
18 Sep 2013 at 2:24am
As a socialist, I believe in the power of collective action, both through the state and through i...

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...


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

Wisdom on Wednesday : Some jokes are truly timeless
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2013 at 6:00am
"George Robertson says that a semi-detached Scots Parliament will 'kill dead the rump separatist ...

Boost for pro-independence campaign in new Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2013 at 8:33am
I'm delighted to see that RevStu has included a straight voting intention question in the latest ...

Dunfermline result provides further evidence that SNP hold a nationwide lead
by James Kelly
25 Oct 2013 at 10:57am
In the immortal words of Peter Snow (possibly modified slightly by Rory Bremner) - "It's just a b...

"The Scottish Government must do everything! No, they must do nothing! Beca...
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2013 at 6:45pm
I had to rush off urgently at 6.30pm, which unfortunately meant I had to abandon a highly enterta...

The Civil Service's potted guide on how to be biased against independence in ...
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2013 at 11:49am
I'm indebted to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of something rather extraordinary...

Is the Labour campaign in Dunfermline about to claim credit for the moon land...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2013 at 9:31am
I know there has been a degree of disquiet about Labour's campaign leaflet in the Dunfermline by-...

Is it just me, or...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 9:59pm
There are some things that anti-independence campaigners say (and it seems to happen more and mor...

Ipsos-Mori subsample : SNP hold huge lead in Westminster voting intentions
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 6:43am
I'm a couple of days late with this, but the latest GB-wide Ipsos-Mori poll of Westminster voting...

UK government keeping it unreal
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2013 at 6:21am
From the BBC yesterday -

"The new Scottish Secretary reckoned David Cameron should not take part...

Something else you can do to help
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2013 at 3:26am
I gave a mention the other day to one fundraising campaign that only has a short time left to run...

The Enemy of the Empire and The Thistle of Fear
by James Kelly
12 Oct 2013 at 5:57am
I don't know how rare it is to be both an SNP supporter and a lifelong Doctor Who fan, but as one...

TNS-BMRB poll shows swing in favour of independence
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 8:15am
Some very welcome news on the referendum front today - the latest TNS-BMRB poll has shown the No ...

Are Labour now standing candidates on behalf of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition?
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2013 at 7:29am
It's long been obvious that the Tory/Lib Dem government are desperate for Labour people to speak ...

What will you spend your money on today?
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2013 at 6:15am
I was contacted last night by the Jimmy Reid Foundation, who asked me to give a mention to the fu...

Back to the future with Alistair Carmichael
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2013 at 2:00pm
You might remember that a long time ago, way back when Labour still innocently thought that the 2...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Prison Officers trade union supports Yes campaign
by sean.lafferty
30 Oct 2013 at 11:28am

Yes Scotland has welcomed the decision of the Prison Officers Association Scotland to offer its f...



Scotland one of world's top tourist destinations - Lonely Planet
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
30 Oct 2013 at 8:14am

Scotland has been named the third best country in the world to visit by the Lonely Planet guide. ...



Average tax figures show Scotland more than pays its way
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
30 Oct 2013 at 8:04am

Yes vote will give Scotland the chance to build an excellent security service
by Peter Dempsie
29 Oct 2013 at 8:10am

A Yes vote in next year?s independence referendum will give Scotland the opportunity to build a f...



Westminster's £35bn tax gap
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
29 Oct 2013 at 6:43am

HMRC figures revealed the difference between the tax which should be paid and what is actually co...



Small countries top global prosperity rankings again
by Cailean Gallagher
29 Oct 2013 at 6:15am

A strengthening economy, increasing employment, and improving living standards all lead a country...



Making Scotland?s wealth work for all
by Stuart McDonald
29 Oct 2013 at 6:10am
Scotland is a wealthy nation ? but we need to do so much more to ensure all our people feel the b...

Yes vote 'gives Scotland chance of better tax system'
by Peter Dempsie
28 Oct 2013 at 11:42am

Yes Scotland has welcomed a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) examining taxation o...



Labour history and a better future for Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
28 Oct 2013 at 8:26am
On Saturday we took a Yes Scotland stall to the Scottish Labour History Conference in Glasgow Uni...

Charity chief calls on Bedroom Tax to be binned
by sean.lafferty
28 Oct 2013 at 6:44am

Shelter Scotland's director Graeme Brown is calling on the UK government to bin the "monstrous" B...



Independent Scotland can make real difference to people in developing countries
by Stuart McDonald
28 Oct 2013 at 5:59am

Yes Scotland welcomes the publication of ?Jubilee Scotland and the independence referendum? and s...



Momentum with Yes as poll shows just over four point swing needed to take lead
by Peter Dempsie
27 Oct 2013 at 8:59am

With 11 months to go to the Independence Referendum, Yes needs just over a four point swing to ta...



Independent Scotland can have first-class security service
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
27 Oct 2013 at 3:01am

A former counter-terrorism chief says an independent Scotland can have a first-class intelligence...



Yes vote will underline Aberdeen?s status as economic powerhouse
by Peter Dempsie
24 Oct 2013 at 1:32pm
Aberdeen and the North-East will have its position as an economic powerhouse fully recognised and...

Not in this together, nor better together
by Stuart McDonald
24 Oct 2013 at 7:10am
As the UK drags itself out of recession (despite George Osborne?s austerity economics), new resea...


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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:28am
Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am ...

Time Travel
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:02am
I was just reading the Guardian’s piece about the rediscovery of episodes of Dr Who, The Web of F...

OK, Now You Sue Me!
by craig
10 Oct 2013 at 8:59am
With grateful thanks to ANode – and to the others who submitted designs. I repeat, that the produ...

Murder in Samarkand ? Now a Major TV Series
by craig
9 Oct 2013 at 4:01am
The Independent has an article about the new FCO sponsored Mitchell and Webb “comedy”, which was ...

The Theatre of War
by craig
8 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm
My last post on the BBC footage of Syrian casualties – and the different versions of what the doc...

Fake BBC Video
by craig
7 Oct 2013 at 5:35am
Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery by the BBC: In this version the medic being inte...

Gaia and all that
by craig
28 Sep 2013 at 12:05am
I have been trying for the last few days to discover a coherent logic towards my feelings on man’...

Russia versus Greenpeace
by craig
25 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Russia is casting around for legal measures it can use against Greenpeace.  To any reasonable per...

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Independent Scotland would face greater security risk, says Theresa May
by Severin Carrell
29 Oct 2013 at 1:19pm

Home secretary says UK would refuse Scotland automatic access to intelligence systems including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Scotland would be denied access to the UK's most sophisticated and secret intelligen...




Theresa May's message? Independent Scotland would be out in the cold
by Alan Travis
29 Oct 2013 at 9:30am

May leaves little doubt about extent to which intelligence sharing would be hit by Scottish independence

Theresa May's analysis paper on the security implications of Scottish independence provides a...




Independent Scotland would face tough choices on tax, says thinktank
by Severin Carrell
28 Oct 2013 at 7:05pm

Scotland may have to reverse council tax freeze or reform property taxes to fund high levels of public services, says IFS

An independent Scotland may have to reverse the popular freeze in council ta...




Letters: A Scottish Borgen
28 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm

Your report of Paula Milne's aspiration to remake Borgen for UK viewers (Political drama gets ready for a comeback, 26 October) neatly encapsulates the problem facing Scotland's independent program...




Scottish government 'failing to live up to climate and wildlife promises'
by Severin Carrell
28 Oct 2013 at 11:32am

Study finds efforts are repeatedly undermined by low funding, poor implementation and vested economic interests

Alex Salmond's government is failing to live up to many of its ambitious promises on...




I first saw Grangemouth's flames as a boy. It's a relief they still burn for ...
by Ian Jack
25 Oct 2013 at 1:00pm

Grangemouth was one of the places that made Scotland seem modern when I was a boy ? it survives for now, but the spectre of cheap shale gas from the US remains

Contrary to the idea that Jim Ratcliff...




Independence, Scottish or Kashmiri, is about owning your own problems | Debor...
by Deborah Orr
25 Oct 2013 at 12:30pm

As a Scot travelling in Srinagar, I found it hard not to compare the yearning in Kashmir with that of my own country

Imagine a city in a valley, surrounded by beautiful, imposing mountain peaks and ...




Grangemouth could help shape the Scottish referendum | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
24 Oct 2013 at 12:00am

The SNP has cast itself as defender of the economy from the icy wind of global markets. What's icier than closure on the Forth?

Only one UK voter in 11 lives in Scotland. So if you are one of the la...




The national identity question is for the whole UK, not just the Scots | Adam...
by Adam Price
22 Oct 2013 at 2:32pm

The future for every Briton is another country ? as history shows. Give us all a referendum to find out what those countries are

It's no accident that only the Scottish are holding an independence r...




John Major: a closet leftie after all?
by Michael White
22 Oct 2013 at 1:16pm

Energy profits tax plea was vintage Major, but it's hard to square 'passionate conservatism' bit with what happened under Mrs T

John Major knew what he was doing on Tuesday when he urged David Came...



Scotland: independency culture | Editorial
by Editorial
20 Oct 2013 at 3:59pm

If the SNP is to have a chance of securing independence, a dynamic and organic mood change is required

The Scottish National party annual conference that finished in Perth on Sunday had an urgency t...




Alex Salmond targets 2016 Trident withdrawal date
by Severin Carrell
20 Oct 2013 at 11:57am

First minister says SNP would have to win a post-independence election before removing nuclear weapons from Scotland

Alex Salmond has suggested a final deal on removing Trident nuclear submarines fr...




Trident deal would be delayed until 2016, says Alex Salmond
by Severin Carrell
20 Oct 2013 at 5:44am

First minister says that if Scotland votes yes in referendum and if SNP wins re-election, he will ask for nuclear fleet to be moved

Alex Salmond has said a final deal on removing Trident nuclear sub...




Alex Salmond sets date for Scottish independence white paper
by Kevin McKenna
19 Oct 2013 at 6:05pm

Slimmed down but fired up, SNP leader reveals 26 November publication date at final autumn conference before referendum

Some have already dubbed it the Scottish Magna Carta, the most important parch...




Alex Salmond: vote for Scottish independence is act of self-belief
by Severin Carrell
18 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm

First minister will say Scotland has already had taste of self-rule thanks to 14 years of devolution

Alex Salmond will argue on Saturday that supporting independence in next year's referendum is a n...




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