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Darling warns Cameron not to use Evel to undermine the Union
30 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has been warned not to use his "pretty ill thought-out" plans for English Votes for English Laws to undermine the United Kingdom that so many people fought so hard for during the referendum campaign.

Miliband echoes Obama on kitchen table politics and the chance of new possibi...
30 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
ED Miliband takes a leaf out of American politics today when he insists in his New Year message that Britain has a chance to seize new possibilities, change direction and achieve an economic recovery that "reaches your kitchen table".

Clegg is not a liability, says his deputy Sir Malcolm Bruce
30 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
NICK Clegg "isn't toast," his Liberal Democrat colleague and party deputy Sir Malcolm Bruce has insisted, saying British politics was in a volatile state at the present time.

THATCHER 'MOOTED CHEMICAL WEAPONS'
29 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
Margaret Thatcher's government secretly considered acquiring chemical weapons amid fears that Britain had no answer to the Soviet Union's vast chemical arsenal, according to newly released official files.

THATCHER WARNED ON CITY 'BIG BANG'
29 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
Margaret Thatcher's most senior official warned privately that her financial sector reforms were giving birth to a new culture of corner-cutting and "unscrupulous" practices in the City, according to newly-released government papers.

WHITEHOUSE PLEA ON 'VIDEO NASTIES'
29 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
Mary Whitehouse sent letters from teachers worried about the impact "video nasties" were having on their pupils to the highest echelons of the government as part of her long fight against obscenity.

Thatcher government's fears over North Sea safety two years before Piper Alpha
29 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
Margaret Thatcher's energy secretary expressed fears too little was being spent on safety in the North Sea just two years before the Piper Alpha disaster.

Thatcher's government considered suspending Barnett formula amid accusations ...
29 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
Margaret Thatcher's government considered suspending the controversial Barnett formula amid accusations Scotland had its "snout in the trough" of public spending.

Thatcher government 'did use Scots as guinea pigs for the Poll Tax'
29 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
Margaret Thatcher's government did use Scots as guinea pigs for the Poll Tax - despite denials to the contrary - explosive newly released documents suggest.

BORDER PLANS A 'FATAL MISTAKE'
26 Dec 2014 at 6:16pm
Redrawing Northern Ireland's border would be a "fatal mistake", ex-Irish premier Garret FitzGerald privately warned Margaret Thatcher, secret files have revealed.

Labour step up calls for oil and gas summit
23 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
LABOUR has insisted the need for an intergovernmental summit on the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry is even more pressing following the remarks of the de facto leader of Opec that the oil producers' cartel will not cut production even if the price falls to $20 a barrel.

Mandelson urges shadow cabinet to raise its game
21 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
One of the architects of New Labour has called on shadow cabinet members to raise their game as all the party leaders, including Nicola Sturgeon, gear up for next year's general election.

Be warned: the General Election campaign begins today.
18 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
JUST when you thought it was safe to tuck into the mince pies confident the political ups and downs of referendum year were over, today is officially the start of the 2015 General Election campaign.

Coalition admits crisis facing North Sea oil and gas industry deeply worrying
18 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
THE crisis facing the North Sea oil and gas industry, with predictions of tens of thousands of job losses generated by the slump in the oil price, is "deeply worrying," a senior member of the Cabinet has admitted.

Ukip matched Tory spending in run-up to Euro poll.
17 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
UKIP matched the Conservatives almost pound for pound in this year's European election campaign spending and paid out nearly three times as much as Labour, official records show.


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Happy New Year messages from Scottish politicians
30 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

NICOLA Sturgeon visited a maternity ward to deliver a New Year message that spoke of her commitment to creating a fairer country that would enable children to fulfil their potential.



New Year?s honours: Glasgow 2014 figures awarded
30 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

THE SUCCESS of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games has made a big impact on the latest New Year honours being awarded in Scotland.



Russian protest chief Alexei Navalny avoids prison
30 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

A RUSSIAN court gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence yesterday for embezzling money, but jailed his brother for three-and-a-half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent.



Leaders: Glasgow Ebola nurse let down at home
30 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm

NURSE Pauline Cafferkey is an inspiring woman. Seeing a use for her skills, she volunteered to travel to Sierra Leone to help fight the spread of Ebola.



Allan Massie: 2015 promises some trying times
30 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm

NO matter how much Scotland has had to deal with this year, the next will see us face up to more thorny and far-reaching issues, writes Allan Massie.



Tories ?threatened to disband Edinburgh Council?
30 Dec 2014 at 9:35am

THE Tory government in 1985 plotted to replace Labour run Edinburgh City Council with an unelected commission if it did not agree to cut its budget by £8 million, newly released government papers have revealed.



Oliver Letwin pushed for poll tax go-ahead
30 Dec 2014 at 6:19am

TORY policy chief Oliver Letwin urged Margaret Thatcher to press ahead with the “poll tax” in the face of warnings from leading ministers that it would be politically “catastrophic”, according to newly-released government files.



Details of Operation Smoked Salmon revealed
30 Dec 2014 at 6:01am

CONCERNS over a terrorist attack on a North Sea platform led the UK Government to organise a full scale rehearsal of taking back an oil rig with special forces called “Operation Smoked Salmon” newly released government papers have revealed.



MP Eric Joyce due in court over assault charges
30 Dec 2014 at 1:45am

MP Eric Joyce is due to appear in court today on charges of assault and criminal damage.



The Scotsman cartoon: Poll tax revelation
29 Dec 2014 at 6:34pm

MARGARET Thatcher and the Conservative government in the 1980s used Scotland as a poll tax guinea pig, recently discovered papers have indicated.



Tories used Scotland as ?poll tax guinea pig?
29 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTLAND was used for an “experiment” and “trail blazer” with the poll tax by the Thatcher government, newly released papers have indicated.



Bid to get two North & South Korea talking again
29 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

SOUTH Korea proposed yesterday to resume stalled talks with North Korea, an overture that comes amid heightened diplomatic tension after Seoul’s key ally, the United States, blamed the North for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.



Scots ?snouts in the spending trough? said PM aide
29 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTLAND had its “nose well and truly in the public expenditure trough” it was claimed by a senior aide to Margaret Thatcher, David Willetts, who is now a leading Tory MP, in 1986 according to papers newly released by the government.



Greek stalemate signals new election
29 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

GREEK lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a final round of voting yesterday, leaving the country facing an early election that could derail the international bailout programme it needs to keep paying its bills.



Margaret Thatcher argued for UK chemical weapons
29 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

THE Conservative government secretly considered acquiring chemical weapons amid fears that Britain had no answer to the Soviet Union’s vast chemical arsenal, according to newly released official files.




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Scottish independence, plus jokes.

A simple plan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Dec 2014 at 2:37pm
Scottish Labour clearly get a pretty good deal from the printers’ shop that makes the giant pound coins, because they’re waving them around again. The North British branch office’s latest wizard jape is to upset all the people who they urged to join for £5 just last month – never mind the gullible saps forking […]

The Slightly Overweight Quiz Of The Year
by Andrew Leslie
30 Dec 2014 at 6:38am
A traditional brainteaser to test your Alert Reader Quotient for 2014. All the answers can be found somewhere on Wings (though not always in the obvious places). Using the Search facility is cheating. JANUARY The year began with Better Together’s great railway-station leaflet drop. We sent out agents to monitor the extraordinary claims being made for the attendance and the […]

The death of duopoly
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Dec 2014 at 5:59am
The chief opponents of UK electoral reform are the Labour and Conservative parties, who by an astonishing coincidence are also the two parties who benefit by far the most from the undemocratic stitch-up that is First Past The Post, by which more than half of the votes cast in Britain result in no Parliamentary representation […]

The resentful elephant
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Dec 2014 at 7:12am
Several papers lead this morning with a Panelbase poll showing that a sizeable majority of Scots – regardless of their party allegiances – think that electing a large number of SNP MPs at next May’s UK general election will be the only practical way to safeguard Scotland’s interests in the wake of the referendum No […]

Under false pretences
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Dec 2014 at 9:18am
We’re still supposed to be on a skeleton service for the festive period, but we couldn’t just let this one slide. The cashflow problems at the Labour Party must be more severe than previously thought, because the entire organisation seems to be sharing a single email account. We got yet another begging letter today, from […]

They think it?s all over
by Chris Cairns
27 Dec 2014 at 12:00am

Diversification strategy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Dec 2014 at 11:00pm
Wait, what? We know there’s a lot of talk of the other Unionist parties stepping aside in order to give Scottish Labour a clear run in 2015, in a desperate attempt to stop the SNP from picking up too many seats, but this is surely taking it a bit far.

War, hide yourself
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Dec 2014 at 6:01pm
Merry Christmas, readers. Have a good one and we’ll see you soon.

Granny?s at the gin again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Dec 2014 at 6:59am
We missed this on Sunday, because it was 17 minutes into on the short-lived and unlamented “Crossfire” (now binned for a Sunday edition of “Good Morning Scotland”) and therefore pretty much everyone in Scotland missed it. It’s former Labour minister Helen Liddell, or as we should properly address her, Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke. We’ve spared […]

Asymmetric warfare
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Dec 2014 at 5:26am
From last night’s actually rather good “2014 – The Rory Review”: BBC Scotland has 1,250 staff and an annual budget of just over £100 million. Yikes. We’re going to need a bigger fundraiser.


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


Ebola patient may get plasma therapy
30 Dec 2014 at 5:07pm
Healthcare worker Pauline Cafferkey, who is battling Ebola at a London hospital, could be offered plasma from patients who have fought off the disease.


Scots honoured in New Year list
30 Dec 2014 at 4:32pm
About 150 Scots, including Commonwealth judo star Euan Burton and MP Anne McGuire, make the New Year Honours list.


First Scots gay weddings to be held
30 Dec 2014 at 11:50am
Scotland's first same-sex weddings will take place in the early hours of Hogmanay after the new law on same-sex marriages came into effect.


Secret papers reveal poll tax push
30 Dec 2014 at 3:42am
Newly-released cabinet papers from Margaret Thatcher's time in power have confirmed that then Scottish Secretary George Younger pushed for the poll tax to be introduced early in Scotland.


Assault charge MP pleads not guilty
30 Dec 2014 at 5:49am
Falkirk MP Eric Joyce appears in court in Westminster charged with common assault and criminal damage.


Call for more living wage employers
30 Dec 2014 at 1:08am
Campaigners are calling for more Scottish businesses to become official living wage employers in the new year.


School vandalism bill 'tops £1m'
30 Dec 2014 at 12:55am
More than £1m was spent by councils on repairing vandalism at schools in the past year, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives.


Hearing implant upgrades for deaf
28 Dec 2014 at 6:31pm
Severely deaf people who use cochlear implants will receive hearing aid upgrades every five years, the Scottish government announces.


'Consult business over powers' plea
29 Dec 2014 at 8:42am
A leading business figure calls for "full and extensive" consultation over legislative proposals that would hand new powers to Holyrood.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
18 Dec 2014 at 8:03am
Nicola Sturgeon takes questions from opposition party leaders and representatives.


VIDEO: 'Trail blaze' poll tax in 1985 paper
30 Dec 2014 at 8:40am
Newly released cabinet papers from 1985 show then Scottish cabinet minister wanted the poll tax to be introduced in Scotland four years


VIDEO: First same-sex marriages take place
16 Dec 2014 at 8:41am
The first same-sex marriages take place in Scotland following a change in the law by the Scottish government.


VIDEO: Murphy says he will run for FM
14 Dec 2014 at 8:29am
Scottish Labour's new leader Jim Murphy says he will be an MSP and Labour's candidate for first minister by 2016.


VIDEO: MP: Fishing job remark 'not sexist'
12 Dec 2014 at 3:19am
Labour MP Frank Doran says it was not sexist to say he was unsure whether the fisheries minister is "a job for a woman".


Your most-read stories of 2014
30 Dec 2014 at 12:28am
A look back at the top stories of the year


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COUNTDOWN TO NEWSNET.SCOT RE-LAUNCH
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 3:19pm

By the Editors

Newsnet Scotland is to be re-launched on a new web platform within the next 24 hours.

One of Scotland's foremost alternative news sites, Newsnet Scotland repeatedly broke new and vital stories during the independence referendum campaign.

Now the site is merging with the current affairs' podcast site Batemanbroadcasting.com to create a new home for new journalism in Scotland.

We intend to broaden Newsnet to cover Scottish news and current affairs, as well as Scottish politics.

We believe our readers and listeners want to access independent, high quality journalism and comment.

Newsnet will continue to lead on Scottish politics - especially with the UK general election next May and the Scottish Parliamentary election in 2016 looming.

But we shall also reflect on issues that matter in Scotland. We plan to include "Citizen" journalism, features and other elements which will be rolled out as quickly as possible.

We shall also provide space for readers to post comments and exchange views.

All of this takes time, and money. We shall be seeking subscriptions as well as other financial support in order to maintain the site and to pay for the everyday running costs of Newsnet Scotland.

Much more will be announced during the weeks ahead. Earlier today, co-editor Derek Bateman explained a little more here.

Meanwhile please take some practical steps to ensure you continue to enjoy Newsnet Scotland:

Regular visitors should set their browsers to the Web address www.newsnet.scot in order to access the new site directly.

Other addresses such as newsnetscotland.scot and newsnetscotland.com will re-direct to the new "umbrella address". All changes will take place during Monday, December 29.

www.newsnet.scot



Open letter to thon quine in Lundun
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 2:25pm

Commentary: Blogger Russell Bruce responds to Her Majesty's Christmas broadcast...

 

 

Dear Quine,

 

Speeches are funny things and it is easy to get things wrong - just as I am not sure how to address you. I will be honest. I am a bit of a soft republican. So for me you are not the most important issue.

 

I hope that provides some little assurance, rather than offence of which none intended. Monarchy just seems out of place in the modern world, but then Scotland has been a monarchy in full and in part for 1,000 years. That sort of track record is good for tourism so probably explains a wee bit of my ambivalence on the subject.



Dumped SNP hopeful complains about procedure
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Dec 2014 at 6:50am

By Derek Bateman

The former diplomat Craig Murray has claimed the SNP is authoritarian after being rejected as a prospective candidate.

The Yes blogger, who was interviewed on Bateman Broadcasting two weeks ago, was rejected from the approved list of candidates after taking part in hustings for the Falkirk seat where he was seen as a frontrunner. He has been approached by other constituencies to stand for the SNP.



The gleeful messengers of Scottish oil doom
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:13pm

Analysis by Mike Danson

Oil is important to the global, UK and Scottish economies, driving the system, traded across the world and also a prime cause of climate change.

It should be no surprise therefore that prices and production are influenced by more than simple forces of supply and demand.

Not for the first time since 1970, the current manipulation of the world market is clearly evident with significant exploitation of shale deposits, the political consequences of the troubles in Ukraine and several other factors being identified as the causes of the recent falls in oil prices.



How The BBC Stole The Referendum - Chapter 2
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:57pm

How The BBC Stole The Referendum is a book currently being written by GA Ponsonby, founder of Newsnet Scotland.

Ponsonby, a fierce and consistent critic of the BBC's role during the referendum campaign, has pulled together his critique of the corporation, and the influence he believes it had on the final vote. It is a view shared by many Yes campaigners.

Here Newsnet Scotland reproduces a late draft of the second chapter [Click here to read chapter 1]. Its author is raising funds to publish the book by April 2015: in time of the UK general election, where the BBC's coverage will be under intense scrutiny once again. Details are at the bottom of the page.



Murphy 'consensus' doctrine falls at first hurdle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Dec 2014 at 9:59am

By Thomas Connolly

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's conversion to consensus politics appears to be stuck in first gear after just a week in charge.

The performance of his deputy, Kezia Dugdale MSP, in trying to pin responsiblity for the woes of the oil sector on the SNP at First Minister's Questions last week, suggested that Labour cannot shake itself out of the position of "opposition for opposition's sake" at Holyrood.



Row deepens over Treasury civil servants' indyref role
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Dec 2014 at 2:08pm

By Thomas Connolly

The row over the highly-charged role of the Treasury's specially created referendum unit - first revealed by Newsnet Scotland - has deepened following the revelation that the chairman of a House of Commons Select Committee may probe comments attributed to a leading team member.

Mario Pisani was quoted by the leading trade journal Civil Service World as welcoming his team's involvement in a political campaign, namely the independence referendum.

The deputy director of the Treasury, and a former speech writer to ex-Chancellor and Better Together campaign figurehead Alistair Darling MP, Pisani made several controversial remarks at a ceremony where he and the rest of the department's  "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" received the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.



BBC Radio Scotland reshuffle 'response to indyref'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:56pm

By Thomas Connolly

BBC Radio Scotland has revealed a significant programming reshuffle, supposedly in response to the independence referendum, during which its news and current affairs department faced severe criticism.

Radio Scotland head Jeff Zycinski has unveiled a three-hour daily morning show, to be presented by broadcasting stalwart Kaye Adams four days a week with the fifth day to be chaired by ex rugby player John Beattie.

To be launched in March, The new Adams show will supposedly have a strong "news and current affairs" angle, including phone-ins, debates and interviews. It is not known which BBC department will produce the programme.



Fishing talks deliver key gains for Scottish fleet
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:33pm

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

Crunch European Union fishing talks ended in Brussels last night with a couple of key wins for the Scottish lobby which had pressed for measures to take some pressure off the industry.

Scottish Fishing Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP said the outcome would bring relief as the industry prepares to cope with the implications of ongoing measures to cut "discards", the controversial practice of returning the "wrong" catch dead into the sea.



Treasury officials praised for 'No' campaign work
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Dec 2014 at 6:54pm

Exclusive by Thomas Connolly

 

The civil service team behind the UK government's anti-Yes campaign in the Scottish referendum have been patted on the back for a splendid job by their peers.

 

The Treasury's "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" - little known during the referendum campaign - has been given the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.

 

According to a glowing review in the magazine, Civil Service World, the senior team "was tasked with producing analysis in the lead-up to the Scottish referendum of how both, Scotland and the rest of the UK, benefit from being part of one country".




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Scot Goes pop

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

The credibility of the Political Betting website hits a new low - because of ...
by James Kelly
30 Dec 2014 at 9:58am
When I started writing this blog way back in May 2008, it was literally attracting about three or...

Sorry, Kenny Farquharson, but your wish-fulfillment fantasy looks like a non-...
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2014 at 2:46am
Somewhere, deep down, we all have our own tailor-made wish-fulfillment fantasy.  Maybe it's that ...

Journalists must challenge Labour on their secret plan to go into coalition w...
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2014 at 12:32pm
Do Labour know the meaning of the expression "no shame"?  This from Scotland on Sunday's report o...

Craig Murray
by James Kelly
27 Dec 2014 at 11:42am
I've been following Craig Murray's quest to become an SNP candidate at the general election with ...

Breathtaking poll from "gold standard" ICM gives the SNP a 17% lead
by James Kelly
26 Dec 2014 at 12:19pm

Heaven only knows what the Guardian are doing releasing a poll on Boxing Day, but that appears to...



A Queen-sized error of judgement
by James Kelly
25 Dec 2014 at 1:58pm

I didn't watch the Queen's speech today (I haven't bothered with it for years - paint dries in a ...



A stupid (and possibly malicious) mythology about the referendum polls which ...
by James Kelly
24 Dec 2014 at 1:54am
I wasn't intending to post again until after Christmas, but there's an article on Political Betti...

Christmas Poll of Polls shows SNP leading by 18%
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2014 at 7:01pm
Remember how I said last night that "unless any newspaper is crazy enough to publish a poll on Ch...

Support for independence reaches 50% for the first time ever in a Survation poll
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2014 at 6:38pm
I'll keep this relatively brief, because after the tragedy in Glasgow only ten hours ago, I know ...

Mega Murphy meltdown as SNP rocket to 24-point lead in scorching Survation su...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2014 at 4:08pm
There's a question I'd rather like one of the nation's journalists to ask Jim Murphy some time so...

Less than limitless levity looms for Lousy Libs as yummy year-end YouGov yiel...
by James Kelly
21 Dec 2014 at 4:05am

After the false alarm on Friday, it looks like this morning's Britain-wide YouGov poll really is ...



The ideal result?
by James Kelly
20 Dec 2014 at 4:11pm
I was amused the other night to see Flockers (our occasional visitor from Stormfront Lite) appare...

Murphy cries into his patriotic beer as new Poll of Polls gives the SNP a 16%...
by James Kelly
19 Dec 2014 at 1:53am
There have been some suggestions that today's YouGov poll might be the last word from the firm fo...

A heartfelt plea to the imaginary Scotsmen in Dan Hodges' head - please stop ...
by James Kelly
17 Dec 2014 at 7:38pm
I still haven't got around to doing my Top of the Pops list of the stupidest things said by union...

SNP hold 17% lead in new Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
17 Dec 2014 at 10:57am
There's still no sign at all that the elusive "Murphy honeymoon" is having any effect whatever on...


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Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart bidding to become Scottish Nationalist MP
by Ross McCafferty
30 Dec 2014 at 5:43pm
STEWART?s name featured with two other nominees ? businesswoman Michelle Thomson and councillor A...


Joan McAlpine: Independence referendum made 2014 a turning point in our natio...
by Joan McAlpine
30 Dec 2014 at 1:25pm
THE outgoing year was a massive one for Scotland with the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup bu...


Secret government papers confirm Margaret Thatcher's Tories DID launch poll t...
by Torcuil Crichton
30 Dec 2014 at 2:45am
THE hated tax was introduced north of the border in 1989 - a year before the rest of the UK - and...


Kezia Dugdale: Dwelling on 2014 won't help a single poor Scot
by Kezia Dugdale
29 Dec 2014 at 4:14am
KEZIA raises a glass to a memorable 2014 for Scotland but says it's time to leave the successes i...


Gerry Hassan: Get set for a dramatic year of politics as the traditional part...
by dailyrecord
28 Dec 2014 at 4:35am
WITH the General Election just four months away, Gerry says the Conservatives and Labour will do ...


Alistair Carmichael looks back at 2014 and calls for New Year to bring a new ...
by dailyrecord
27 Dec 2014 at 5:28am
SECRETARY of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael writes for the Daily Record exactly 100 days...


Joan McAlpine: Glaswegians showed their compassion as horrific accident showe...
by Joan McAlpine
23 Dec 2014 at 3:00pm
THE horror of the freak accident in George Square has touched thousands of people across the whol...


Gordon Brown on the scourge of poverty this Christmas: Plight of cold and hun...
by Gordon Brown
23 Dec 2014 at 3:04am
WITH more than 200,000 children in poverty this Christmas, former PM GORDON BROWN says more needs...


Revealed: Daily Record poll shows Scotland more divided than ever while SNP e...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Dec 2014 at 4:01pm
THREE months after Scotland's historic referendum vote, our Survation poll shows a majority want ...


Slump in oil prices would have left an independent Scotland facing huge finan...
by dailyrecord
22 Dec 2014 at 4:54am
HAD Scotland voted Yes to independence, it would be looking at oil revenues of £1.25bn instead of...


Kezia Dugdale: Christmas is hardest day of the year for kids without love
by Kezia Dugdale
22 Dec 2014 at 2:34am
KEZIA praises the work of Who Cares Scotland who are raising funds to ensure every looked-after c...


Revealed: Daily Record poll shows Jim Murphy faces huge uphill task to return...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Dec 2014 at 4:09pm
THE Record survey shows that the SNP continue to dominate the voting intentions of ordinary Scots...


Jobs & families are the best medicine: New public health specialist Harry Bur...
by Julie-Anne Barnes
21 Dec 2014 at 6:40am
BURNS will have his first meeting with Nicola Sturgeon's Council of Economic Advisors in the New ...


Sunday Mail Opinion: Sturgeon's appointment of Harry Burns is a welcome one
by Mail Opinion
21 Dec 2014 at 6:18am
HARRY Burns is a man with the skills, experience and passion needed to sit on Nicola Sturgeon's C...


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IN PICTURES: His Imperial Master Spud Murphy enjoys Deputy Kezia Dawgdale's f...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Dec 2014 at 6:08am
IN PICTURES:
His Imperial Master Spud Murphy enjoys Deputy Kezia Dawgdale's first FMQs
#RemoteCo...

APOLOGIA: The BBC wishes to apologise unreservedly to Labour in Scotlandshire...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Dec 2014 at 11:46am
APOLOGIA:
The BBC wishes to apologise unreservedly to Labour in Scotlandshire's Deputy Dawgdale f...

That's the BBC Scotlandshire spirit Jim. BBC Scotlandshire will run relentl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Dec 2014 at 10:40pm
That's the BBC Scotlandshire spirit Jim.

BBC Scotlandshire will run relentless *cough* "stories...

Oor Jim won. Least said about us fixing it, best mended.
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Dec 2014 at 4:50am
Oor Jim won.

Least said about us fixing it, best mended.

Arch anarchist organisation to demonstrate against the spoof BBC across on th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Dec 2014 at 5:48am
Arch anarchist organisation to demonstrate against the spoof BBC across on the other side of the ...

As the national state broadcaster and propagandist of Scotlandshire we take g...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Dec 2014 at 2:28am
As the national state broadcaster and propagandist of Scotlandshire we take great pride in repres...

BUSINESS NEWS: Today we give a UK minister a right of reply to those who woul...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Dec 2014 at 1:04pm
BUSINESS NEWS:
Today we give a UK minister a right of reply to those who would decry the process ...

Our latest new road sign design. Making the best of a very bad thing.
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Dec 2014 at 12:11pm
Our latest new road sign design. Making the best of a very bad thing.




BREAKING: A source close to Gordon Brown MP has exclusively revealed to BBC S...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2014 at 3:08pm
BREAKING:
A source close to Gordon Brown MP has exclusively revealed to BBC Scotlandshire that th...

Taking advantage of our newly devolved powers, we are proud to have developed...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2014 at 2:24pm
Taking advantage of our newly devolved powers, we are proud to have developed another helpful roa...

EXCLUSIVE: The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Dec 2014 at 4:09pm
EXCLUSIVE:

The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown almost pressed the ...

Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Nov 2014 at 12:10pm
Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on a series of improvem...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:11pm



Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Anna...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:08pm
Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Annabel Goldie.


Annabel G...

Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to ha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Nov 2014 at 1:06pm
Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to have been struck out o...


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independence - autonomy - self-determination


So Far So Good. British Unionism?s Review of 2014
by bellacaledonia
30 Dec 2014 at 3:26pm
In the first part of our review of the year, Robin McAlpine talks of ‘swooning and fainting’ and ...


?Complicity? or Duplicity: a Marxist account of the Gàidhealtachd (Part II) 
by bellacaledonia
30 Dec 2014 at 5:45am
By Iain MacKinnon This article continues my examination of Ray Burnett?s ambitious attempt, publi...


Complicity? or Duplicity: a Marxist account of the Gàidhealtachd
by bellacaledonia
30 Dec 2014 at 5:36am
By Iain MacKinnon ?The Highland Clearances? have been described by Ewen Cameron, William Fraser P...


The Big House and the Beautiful Game
by bellacaledonia
29 Dec 2014 at 2:58pm
By Mike Small Some people view ‘Rangers’ as the embodiment of bigotry, gangster finance, deferenc...


A Psychological Post-mortem of the Scottish Independence Debate
by bellacaledonia
29 Dec 2014 at 2:01pm
By Dr Liza Morton, Dr Thomas Bacon & Dr Oonagh Williamson Should Scotland be an independent count...


Bella?s Indyref Awards 2014
by bellacaledonia
23 Dec 2014 at 2:54pm
To celebrate 2014 Bella is hosting our own Christmas holiday Indyref Awards. Your nominations are...

EFI Statement on Women?s Prison
by bellacaledonia
23 Dec 2014 at 2:34pm
By Maggie Mellon Edinburgh Women for Independence call for campaign to halt building of huge new ...


On Colonialism and Lesser Britain
by bellacaledonia
23 Dec 2014 at 2:26pm
By John S Warren   Behind the bluster that has sought, somewhat over-anxiously, to articulate the...


Leasachadh-Fearainn: Blàr airson Tìr is Inntinn
by bellacaledonia
21 Dec 2014 at 7:07am
In this Gaelic article, Daibhidh Rothach argues that a change in the way we look at the instituti...


The Messenger
by bellacaledonia
20 Dec 2014 at 5:09am
By Mike Small Gerry Hassan’s article ‘Message to the Messengers’  chimed with several recent outb...


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish Independence vote fraud scam: Probe reveals hundreds tried to cheat ...
29 Dec 2014 at 6:11am

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Independence vote fraud scam: Probe reveals hundreds tried to cheat...


SNP's independence oil forecasts 'wrong by £155 million a day' - Telegraph.co.uk
29 Dec 2014 at 9:37am

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP's independence oil forecasts 'wrong by £155 million a day'
Telegraph.co.uk
The S...


Queen's Speech: Elizabeth II Speaks Of The Troubles, Scottish Independence .....
25 Dec 2014 at 9:28am

Scottish Daily Record

Queen's Speech: Elizabeth II Speaks Of The Troubles, Scottish Independence ....


Revealed: 'Out of touch' Ed Miliband was barred from appearing at final rally...
28 Dec 2014 at 5:14am

The American Conservative

Revealed: 'Out of touch' Ed Miliband was barred from appearing at final ...


Alex Salmond Says 'Yes' Could Win Second Scottish Independence Referendum - H...
20 Dec 2014 at 12:26pm

Belfast Telegraph

Alex Salmond Says 'Yes' Could Win Second Scottish Independence Referendum
Huffing...


Alan Cumming says he took No vote personally - Scotsman
28 Dec 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotsman

Alan Cumming says he took No vote personally
Scotsman
His support for Scotland, and his sup...


Ex-Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond seeks return to UK Parliament - ...
7 Dec 2014 at 7:16am

Globalnews.ca

Ex-Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond seeks return to UK Parliament
Globalnews...


New Scottish independence poll puts Yes at 52% - Scotsman
13 Dec 2014 at 7:24am

Scotsman

New Scottish independence poll puts Yes at 52%
Scotsman
Labour, who today announced Jim Mur...


Cheaper oil will make selling Scottish independence harder for SNP - Irish Times
11 Dec 2014 at 7:02pm

Cheaper oil will make selling Scottish independence harder for SNP
Irish Times
North Sea oil has be...


Scottish independence referendum was Facebook's most popular topic in 2014 - ...
9 Dec 2014 at 1:17pm

Daily Mail

Scottish independence referendum was Facebook's most popular topic in 2014
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Leaders issue messages for 2015 - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
30 Dec 2014 at 6:31pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Leaders issue messages for 2015
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
"T...


Yes, not SNP - Scotsman
30 Dec 2014 at 6:16pm

Yes, not SNP
Scotsman
I'm sure it's a given that all SNP members voted Yes, but not all Yes voters ...


Troubled Lib Dems - Scotsman
30 Dec 2014 at 6:16pm

Troubled Lib Dems
Scotsman
In his New Year Message, Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmic...


Political leaders focus on general election in New Year messages - stv.tv
30 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm

stv.tv

Political leaders focus on general election in New Year messages
stv.tv
"But any seat the SNP...


Happy New Year messages from Scottish politicians - Scotsman
30 Dec 2014 at 6:02pm

Scotsman

Happy New Year messages from Scottish politicians
Scotsman
Labour membership is trailing in...


Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart bidding to become Scottish Nationalist MP -...
30 Dec 2014 at 5:45pm

Scottish Daily Record

Sportscene pundit Michael Stewart bidding to become Scottish Nationalist MP
S...


Sturgeon vows to protect the NHS - The Times (subscription)
30 Dec 2014 at 5:35pm

Sturgeon vows to protect the NHS
The Times (subscription)
Ms Sturgeon used her inaugural new year a...


Jim Murphy may just be the man to burst the Nats' balloon - Telegraph.co.uk (...
30 Dec 2014 at 3:11pm

Jim Murphy may just be the man to burst the Nats' balloon
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)
LABOUR and the SNP...


Dip in Highland teacher numbers - John O'Groat Journal
30 Dec 2014 at 2:37pm

John O'Groat Journal

Dip in Highland teacher numbers
John O'Groat Journal
Figures from the Scottish ...


Maxwell: SNP leaving nothing to chance - Barrhead News
30 Dec 2014 at 1:32pm

Maxwell: SNP leaving nothing to chance
Barrhead News
THE Scottish Nationalist Party will fight hard...



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Move on from the referendum, says Carmichael, as he reveals a £15bn black ......
29 Dec 2014 at 7:09pm

Daily Mail

Move on from the referendum, says Carmichael, as he reveals a £15bn black ...
Herald Sco...


Scottish Independence vote fraud scam: Probe reveals hundreds tried to cheat ...
29 Dec 2014 at 6:11am

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Independence vote fraud scam: Probe reveals hundreds tried to cheat...


UK's Queen Elizabeth urges reconciliation in post-referendum Scotland - Reuters
25 Dec 2014 at 10:05am

Reuters

UK's Queen Elizabeth urges reconciliation in post-referendum Scotland
Reuters
"Of course, re...


Referendum blamed for 'stagnating' Scottish retail - Scotsman
28 Dec 2014 at 6:07pm

Scotsman

Referendum blamed for 'stagnating' Scottish retail
Scotsman
?There is, however, a divergenc...


'Ed Miliband banned from referendum rally speech' - Scotsman
28 Dec 2014 at 6:01pm

Scotsman

'Ed Miliband banned from referendum rally speech'
Scotsman
Ms Lamont subsequently quit as S...


Alex Salmond Says 'Yes' Could Win Second Scottish Independence Referendum - H...
20 Dec 2014 at 12:26pm

The National

Alex Salmond Says 'Yes' Could Win Second Scottish Independence Referendum
Huffington P...


Britain's Queen Elizabeth Urges Reconciliation in Post-Referendum Scotland - ...
25 Dec 2014 at 11:32am

NDTV

Britain's Queen Elizabeth Urges Reconciliation in Post-Referendum Scotland
NDTV
London: Britain...


Longford man pens book on Scottish referendum - Longford Leader
24 Dec 2014 at 5:04am

Longford Leader

Longford man pens book on Scottish referendum
Longford Leader
Published earlier this...


Scottish independence referendum was Facebook's most popular topic in 2014 - ...
9 Dec 2014 at 1:17pm

Daily Mail

Scottish independence referendum was Facebook's most popular topic in 2014
Daily Mail
Sco...


Common Agricultural Policy and referendum dominate farming year - Herald Scot...
28 Dec 2014 at 6:27pm

Common Agricultural Policy and referendum dominate farming year
Herald Scotland
While the inefficie...



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Irn Bru - Clan Tartan Bottles
30 Dec 2014 at 3:50pm
I've just been in Tesco and I seen the limited edition tartan Irn Bru bottles. Apparently there's...

Murphy Comments On Hopkins
30 Dec 2014 at 2:23pm



New Year Message From Jim & Deputy Dug
30 Dec 2014 at 11:40am

Western Way & Wilderness Walks
30 Dec 2014 at 11:16am

The Western Way - BBC2 6.30-7.30 Cameron McNeish - Jura to Oban via Crianlarich and Glen Etive

 

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Thatcher Government 30 Year Old News
30 Dec 2014 at 7:30am
Thatcher government 'did use Scots as guinea pigs for the Poll Tax'

http://www.heraldscotland.com...



Just Burnt A Hole In My Maw's Carpet
29 Dec 2014 at 5:20pm
As if falling in the door head first with a knocked-off salmon wisna good enough, I've now droppe...

Gas Call
29 Dec 2014 at 5:19pm
Anyone ever had to deal with these utter balloons before? Reported a fault in the boiler 9 hours ...

All'attenzione Di Flora
29 Dec 2014 at 3:16pm
It's in Modena not Verona

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Ebola Case In Glasgow
29 Dec 2014 at 12:31pm

Breaking news on STV there



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29 Dec 2014 at 4:58am
Have you ever known true terror? Well, I will tell you this my friends, I have lived it only last...


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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish government?s oil revenue forecast ?out by £15.5bn?
by Press Association
29 Dec 2014 at 12:44pm
Scottish secretary says Scotland would now be facing huge shortfall if it had voted for independence

The Scottish government?s oil revenue forecast for the first three years had Scots voted in favou...



Scottish politics: who are the leaders and how are they doing?
by Tom Clark and Severin Carrell
26 Dec 2014 at 1:25pm
As poll shows some party chiefs on the election campaign trail are far from well-known, Guardian writers compile a who?s who

Four parties returned MPs to Westminster from Scottish seats in 2010, but...



Scottish Labour?s Jim Murphy: we?re in for the fight of our lives
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
26 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm
Party?s new leader in Scotland must overcome largest-ever poll deficit after survey puts it 17 points behind biggest rival, the SNP

Christmas has been a brief moment of calm for Jim Murphy, Scottish...



Labour set for a bloodbath in Scotland in general election, poll says
by Tom Clark
26 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm

Traditional Labour heartlands turning to SNP, which could win 45 of 59 Scottish Westminster seats, Guardian/ICM survey finds

Labour is on course for a bloodbath in Scotland in 2015, according to a s...



After independence defeat, SNP looks set for general election victory in 2015
by Tom Clark
26 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm

ICM poll reveals old distinction between Scottish and UK elections is disappearing in wake of September referendum

Forty-five is a losing score in a referendum, but as a percentage in a general elec...



Heroes of 2014: Alistair Darling, the man who helped save the union | Rafael ...
by Rafael Behr
24 Dec 2014 at 7:00am
Despite personal abuse from nationalists and the difficulty of leading a cross-party campaign, Darling saw the no vote home

Before the Scottish independence referendum, the Labour party knew everyth...



5 things we've learnt from the Cochrane/Macwhirter/Torrance books about the S...
by Andrew Sparrow
23 Dec 2014 at 11:16am

5 things we?ve learnt from Alan Cochrane and David Torrance?s Scottish referendum diaries, and Ian Macwhirter?s Disunited Kingdom

At least three books have come out in the last few weeks about the S...



Support for Labour in Scotland half that of SNP, poll finds
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Dec 2014 at 7:51am
Survation poll finds 29% of Labour supporters say Jim Murphy?s election as leader makes it more likely they will vote for party

The recently elected leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy, faces a da...



Mark Fisher?s top 10 theatre of 2014
by Mark Fisher
21 Dec 2014 at 2:00am

An online monologue lasting minutes, an epic historical trilogy and an Ivor Cutler musical are this year?s highlights on and off Scotland?s stages
? Lyn Gardner?s top 10 shows of 2014
? Michael Billi...



Politics 2014: lots of donkeys but no lions in a year of trench warfare | And...
by Andrew Rawnsley
21 Dec 2014 at 12:05am
With neither side able to solve their weaknesses, a breakthrough has eluded both David Cameron and Ed Miliband

In a country that loves a centenary, even a grim one, we have spent a lot of the year r...



Oil price fall poses challenge for North Sea industry ? and Scottish national...
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
19 Dec 2014 at 1:25pm
Independence blueprint was predicated on an oil price of $110 barrel, but many forecast a decline to nearly $50

If there is one thing guaranteed to punch a hole in the Scottish economy it is a plung...



Unite and the ongoing debate in Scotland | Letters
by Guardian Staff
19 Dec 2014 at 12:32pm

The recent attack on Unite (Editorial, 15 December) ought to be beneath your paper. It made incorrect accusations and in doing so exposed a fundamental lack of understanding of how trade unions fun...



BBC Radio Scotland to put politics at its core after independence referendum
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
19 Dec 2014 at 6:41am
Kaye Adams to host new daily three-hour programme as station chief acknowledges content needs to be ?quicker and cleverer?

BBC Radio Scotland has announced a new schedule that puts politics and curr...



Salmond hints at SNP backing for minority Labour government
by Press Association
19 Dec 2014 at 2:34am
Former SNP leader suggests party could set aside convention of not voting on English matters to put Miliband in No 10

Alex Salmond has hinted that the Scottish National party would be prepared to se...



How Farage and Salmond ? but not Miliband ? ran Cameron ragged
by John Crace
18 Dec 2014 at 1:31pm

John Crace?s review of the year: from sorry apology to solemn vow, 2014 was not a vintage year of political accomplishment

Politicians rarely find it easy to say sorry but, in April, culture secreta...




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newest submissions : Scotland
newest submissions : Scotland
Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

David Cameron vs. Alex Salmond - mix from Charlie Brooker's 2014 Wipe - Casse...
30 Dec 2014 at 6:34pm
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I need a recipe for a traditional Scottish steak pie for new year.
30 Dec 2014 at 6:25pm

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Possible Ebola virus in Inverness "low risk"
30 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
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Police Scotland; "we monitor social media, any offensive comments will be inv...
30 Dec 2014 at 4:43pm
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X Percent of the Population of Scotland Lives Within Y Miles of Edinburgh
30 Dec 2014 at 1:35pm
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[link] [5 comments]

Ukip ready to take on Alex Salmond and SNP
30 Dec 2014 at 1:06pm
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[link] [24 comments]

Katie Hopkins blast Scots on Twitter over Ebola
30 Dec 2014 at 12:42pm
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Scotland for honeymoon
30 Dec 2014 at 12:23pm

Hello everyone.

Me and my wife would like to visit Scotland for our honey moon, and I am planning our trip. I have posted some gen info (about us) at the end.

Activities: Some of the activities we ...



A picture I saw on Facebook that I think sums up pretty well the feeling in S...
30 Dec 2014 at 12:02pm
submitted by A_funny_user_name
[link] [48 comments]

New Year message from Jim and Kezia
30 Dec 2014 at 11:48am
submitted by SPni
[link] [10 comments]

People are signing a petition to shut down the Scottish parliament
30 Dec 2014 at 9:01am

It could be a troll reading some of the 'reason for signing' but if it isn't I have lost hope in some people

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/vote-to-decide-on-whether-or-not-the-scottish-pa...



Katie Hopkins' latest offensive tweet is about Scotland and the poor woman wh...
30 Dec 2014 at 8:55am
submitted by StevieTV
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Suits in Scotland
30 Dec 2014 at 7:38am

I'm getting married in 2015 and I'd like to get a nice suit. Preferably made-to-measure or even bespoke. Anyone know any decent tailors?

submitted by Yellowbenzene
[link] [14 comments]

Scotland?s separatists will win the peace
30 Dec 2014 at 4:53am
submitted by elmuzzerino
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Why the Scottish Independence Debate Isn?t ?Settled? | The American Conservative
30 Dec 2014 at 3:38am
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Work as if you live in the early days of a

A rash prediction
by James
30 Dec 2014 at 7:12am
There aren’t many certainties around the UK General Election due in May, so everyone says. As the proportion of voters backing Labour or the Tories, even under First Past The Post, dwindles, the ma...

The Smith Revolution
by Guest Blog
8 Dec 2014 at 7:48am
Another guest post from our pal Duncan Thorp on the Smith Commission report. Thanks Duncan! Lenin, Guevara, Khomeini, Robespierre, Smith. Well not quite, but change of some kind is coming, it trans...

The Black Dog on My Shoulder
by Malc
7 Dec 2014 at 8:44am
A fair few people found Malc‘s last blogpost about depression pretty helpful. Here’s a wee followup. Thanks Malc! Five weeks ago I decided to write about my battle with depression in this article. ...

Sweden?s far right a glimpse of UKIP?s potential
by Dom
3 Dec 2014 at 12:44am
At half past four yesterday afternoon Mattias Karlsson, the temporary leader of Sweden’s far right Sweden Democrats, caused a political shockwave as he revealed to the press that he and his colleag...

10 pictures that will make you realise how amazing Edinburgh is.
by Dom
21 Nov 2014 at 6:48am
Someone?s day started badly this morning. Outside my flat on the street was the footprint of a trainer in dog shite, the thinnest of a progression from the corner where the offending pile sat. As t...

Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed.
by Dom
18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...

November Holyrood voting intention
by James
18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered political climate six months before a general election, the ability of party leaders to appeal to voter...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...


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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Giving up bad habits
by weegingerdug
26 Dec 2014 at 1:03pm
This article first appeared in the first edition of iScot – Scotland’s new news, politics and features magazine.  If you’ve not subscribed yet, do so now!  I’ll be writing for them regularly – beca...

Mr Hi Jumpy and the high jump
by weegingerdug
22 Dec 2014 at 8:02pm
Jim Murphy has been raising the profile of the Labour party this week, at least according to an interview in the Guardian, a newspaper which sells only a handful of copies in Scotland, most of whic...

Thinking very carefully
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2014 at 9:50pm
I’m plastered in potions and lotions in an attempt to get my psoriasis under control, but I’m not sure which is scabbier, psoriasis or the union. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but there’s a cur...

Running down Shettleston Road naked with a red rose up my bum
by weegingerdug
13 Dec 2014 at 1:23pm
I’ve come over all Labour party this week, scabby, lazy, and only interested in my own comfort.  I’ve got an excuse – my psoriasis has flared up again – but the Labour party’s condition is terminal...

Alicsammin?s part in Alan Cochrane?s downfall
by weegingerdug
6 Dec 2014 at 9:01pm
How many Alan Cochranes does it take to screw in a lightbulb?  He doesn’t have to, he just holds up the bulb and the world revolves around him.  Alan has a very high conceit of himself, and indeed ...

Wullie Rennie?s letter to Santa
by weegingerdug
4 Dec 2014 at 12:15pm
Just three months after the referendum, and for much of the Scottish political class and their media hingers oan it’s back to business as usual. This consists of finding things to accuse the SNP of...

iScot launches today
by weegingerdug
2 Dec 2014 at 9:34am
A new digital magazine and video news platform has launched today, iScot is open for business. iScot is an independent news service which aims to hold the establishment to account and to promote Sc...

Resetting Gordie Broon
by weegingerdug
1 Dec 2014 at 6:04am
Gordie Broon doesn’t want Scotland to obsess about constitutional change. In this instance we can be certain that Scotland’s very own political Walter Mitty knows what he’s talking about because if...

Eyewash and plastic spades
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2014 at 7:08am
You’ve been promised something revolutionary and ground-breaking which is going to change the way you look at the world. This very special present has been placed in a huge box wrapped up in pretty...

Back from London
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2014 at 5:58am
So I go away for a few days, and have a great time apart from a rampant allergy to my daughters’ cats, and all sorts of things happen in my absence. Gordon Brown announces that he’s standing down a...


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