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New warnings over future of UK economy
THE UK economy's future appears bleaker after fresh high-profile warnings were issued.

Minister gets rough ride after 'insulting' local bus service
EDUCATION Secretary Michael Russell is at the centre of a row over whether he made "deeply insulting" remarks about his local buses being "s****y".

Royal Mail sale is waste of millions in bank fees, say opponents
The Coalition Government has been accused of wasting millions of pounds after appointing banks to deal with the planned privatisation of the Royal Mail.

Cable warns of public panic on immigration
A senior cabinet minister has warned public "panic" over immigration is harming the UK economy by deterring overseas students.

Hammond warning over more defence cuts
PHILIP Hammond has fired a warning shot across the Chancellor's bows over more cuts to the £34 billion-a-year defence budget, which he claims could endanger Britain's military capability.

Clarity demand on Bercow tax issue
TRANSPARENCY has been called for over the finances of the Commons Speaker after it emerged the taxpayer has spent thousands of pounds in tax to enable John Bercow and other senior Westminster officials to live in grace and favour homes.

MEP urges release of EU legal advice
A Labour MEP has called on the Scottish Government to publicly reveal information on the "critical issue" of Scotland's future in Europe.

Move to end hospital long stays
PLANS have been unveiled to stop vulnerable people having long stays in hospital due to arguments between the NHS and councils over who is responsible for them.

End of council tax freeze 'dramatic'
THE removal of the continuing freeze on council tax could have dramatic "challenging" consequences, MSPs have been warned.

Labour calls for railcards for veterans
Britain's train companies should extend concessionary rail travel to more than 330,000 armed forces veterans, says the Labour party.

'Double claiming' by firms ends
THE Tory-Liberal Democrat Coalition has clamped down on what it has dubbed "double claiming" on tax reliefs by utility companies.

A&E waiting targets still not met despite being reduced
REDUCED targets for waiting times in accident and emergency units are still not being met, according to the latest statistics.

Hundreds of millions to be cut from Scots block grant
SCOTLAND'S annual block grant is set to be cut by hundreds of millions of pounds in a knock-on effect from George Osborne's attempt to find £11.5 billion of extra savings across Whitehall budgets.

Gay marriage opponents increase pressure as Bill surges ahead
FAITH group campaigners have vowed to step up their efforts to block gay marriage after the Scottish Government confirmed it would bring forward same-sex legislation before July.

Presiding Officer to have surgery
Holyrood's Presiding Officer is to undergo surgery this week to remove an obstruction from her bowel.

 

Scotsman

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SNP unveils strategy for private rents

THE Scottish Government has said it plans to work with letting agents to develop regulations to modernise the private rented property sector.



IDS defiant over immigrants? benefits access

IAIN Duncan Smith has vowed to fight the European Commission “every step of the way” after it demanded the easing of restrictions on immigrants’ access to benefits.



David Cameron sets out plan to beat world poverty

A UNITED Nations commitment to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 is one of the key demands of an international panel co-chaired by David Cameron.



Independence: Doubt cast on ?fee refugees? influx

SCOTLAND’S universities could avoid an influx of “fee refugees” following independence, according to legal advice suggesting EU students could be charged for the cost of tuition.



The Scotsman cartoon - 31/05/2013

The question of tuition fees is the subject of today’s cartoon



Gregor Gall: Left rebirth takes more than United front

MEMBERS of the Unite union, the biggest in Britain, have voted by an 87 per cent majority to renew its political fund.



George Kerevan: Not time for economic cold turkey

YOU read it here first: the economic downturn is over.



Tom Peterkin: Internal conflicts can cause confusion

THERE was an exchange on STV’s political discussion programme Scotland Tonight this week, which neatly summed up the challenges that the Yes campaign faces at the moment.



David Lee: Separate issue altogether

AS A former Labour defence secretary, one would hardly expect Lord Robertson of Port Ellen to be neutral in the debate over Scottish independence.



Church of Scotland faces breakaway over gay clergy

THE Church of Scotland is facing a fresh crisis over the controversial issue of allowing gay clergy after two churches threatened to break away from the Kirk.



Scottish independence: Stiglitz wary of tax cuts

ONE OF Alex Salmond’s key economic advisors has rejected the prospect of slashing tax for big firms – a flagship SNP proposal after independence.



Scottish independence: Yes/No spend limit fears

THE heads of the Yes and No campaigns have each voiced concerns that “dummy” bodies could be set up to dodge strict spending limits in the independence referendum and spend surplus cash.



English students could get free eduction after independence

Students from the rest of the European Union who come to Scotland for their university education could be liable for fees after Scottish independence, new legal advice has suggested.



Ian Swanson: Is Salmond only offering us independence-lite?

ANY dreams anyone might have had about next year’s referendum ushering in an independent Scottish socialist republic probably died a long time ago.



MacAskill: Scotland will not allow terrorism to win

The police and politicians will continue to fight “extremism on all sides”, the justice secretary has pledged.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

Another Freudian slip
From the one-man gaffe goldmine that is Central Ayrshire Labour MP Brian Donohoe: We do sympathise, and not just with the unfortunate (but alert) constituent of Mr Donohoe’s who sent us this recent press release. It can’t be easy for poor Brian either, constantly having to remind himself “Commemorate… not celebrate. Commemorate… not celebrate” like [...]

The triple standard
When UKIP’s Nigel Farage was recently made rather unwelcome in Edinburgh, a whole slew of Unionist politicians and commentators – most notably Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie – took to the nation’s airwaves and newspaper columns to piously condemn the protestors who peacefully but loudly voiced their disapproval of Farage’s policies. Angry online No [...]

Fair warning
The Herald today reports officially (or at least semi-officially, quoting “a senior Treasury source”) what we’ve been telling you for months: “Scotland’s annual block grant is set to be cut by hundreds of millions of pounds in a knock-on effect from George Osborne’s attempt to find £11.5 billion of extra savings across Whitehall budgets.” The [...]

The heavy nudge
There’s a story in the Herald this morning that wouldn’t normally come within this site’s remit, dealing as it does with a specific aspect of Scottish Government policy unaffected by independence. It reports a Celtic fan acquitted under the Offensive Behaviour (Football) Act after admitting singing a pro-IRA song at a game between the Parkhead [...]

A poem, by my mum
A FOREIGN POLICY Margaret Curran should know the truth Of engaging brain before opening mooth; Using the word ?foreigner? Like a profanity Offends large sections of humanity. She should know better and be more carin? Each one of us is a Jock Tamson bairn; To hear an apology would be divine, But don?t hold your [...]

Introducing? the Union Jocks
The No campaign makes for some unlikely bedfellows. We’d like you to meet our new favourite patriots. ‘BIG’ JOCK McCLUGGERTY (left) “Ah’ll tell ye whit, Sir Jock – ah’m no’ wantin’ tae make foreigners oot o’ oor fellow Brits. It’s bad enough already huvin’ they bastart Irish here.” SIR JOCK FINLAY-URQUHART-DUNCAN (right) “Quite so, Jock. [...]

Foreigner Watch
It’s not the first time we’ve had to raise this subject. But as the rhetoric ramps up from an increasingly nasty and unhappy No camp, we have to ask again – just what is the Labour Party’s problem with foreigners? “My son, for example, who went to university in England, I think I’d be uncomfortable [...]

I was in Labour, but I didn?t inhale
Below is a short extract from an interview between Margaret Curran and BBC Radio Scotland’s Derek Bateman on Good Morning Scotland last week. The whole thing is very much worth a listen, but this bit jumped out. BATEMAN: What do we make of Denis Healey admitting that when [North Sea] oil was discovered, Labour – [...]

Without frontiers
Following our visit to the Netherlands and Belgium a couple of days ago, and today’s examination of the (non-existent) threat of border controls between an independent Scotland and the rUK, we thought it’d be nice to finish the week with a whistlestop tour of some more of our favourite international borders. It’s perhaps worth noting [...]

Borderline madness
This week, as already noted on this site, we’ve seen another unwelcome deployment of the old “you?d need a passport to visit your granny in Carlisle once the border posts go up” fearbomb. It?s a simple argument that tries to play on both the aversion to borders in trade and travel, and also the fear [...]

BBC Scotland

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

Row over plans for faster rail times
A row has broken out over plans to cut rail journey times between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Independence 'no risk' to uni fees
Students from the rest of Britain could still be charged university fees in Scotland after independence, according to legal advice seen by BBC Scotland.

Whifflet line upgrade for 2014 Games
A key rail route to South Lanarkshire is to be electrified four years ahead of schedule in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Key EU fishing reform deal clinched
Campaigners welcome new EU rules aimed at saving Europe's depleted fish stocks and helping small fishing fleets.

Osborne 'bluffing' over yes currency
The chairman of the Scottish government's council of economic advisers accuses the chancellor of "bluffing" over independence currency options.

Anger over Waterworld pool sell-off
Campaigners bidding to run Edinburgh's only swimming pool with flumes have hit out at a council decision to sell it for £1m to create a soft play centre.

Child protection services 'improved'
A report into Scottish child protection services says authorities are getting better at protecting at-risk children - but highlights areas of concern.

By-law proposal over dog fouling
A Borders councillor bids to tackle the problem of dog fouling on sports pitches across the region which have even seen a rugby match called off.

Fewer gun owners hold more firearms
Scotland has fewer people holding firearm certificates but they own more guns, the latest statistics show.

Pledge to improve chronic pain care
Patients suffering from chronic pain in Scotland will receive improved specialist care including a residential service, the country's Health Secretary Alex Neil promises.

Fiscal group renews currency call
The economic experts who recommended that an independent Scotland should keep the pound as its currency have said they are disappointed by the UK government's response to their plans.

Plan to care for elderly at home
A Holyrood bill aiming to have more elderly patients cared for at home instead of being "stuck in hospital" is published.

Bill starts 'Burrell on loan' bid
Moves get under way at Holyrood to allow Glasgow's Burrell Collection to go on loan - against the wishes of the shipping magnate who assembled it.

Hospital infections progress halts
The watchdog which monitors the NHS has warned that significant progress is no longer being made on reducing healthcare associated infection rates.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Alex Salmond defends his corporation tax policy during first minister's questions.

Newsnet Scotland

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Not time for economic cold turkey

By George Kerevan
 
YOU read it here first: the economic downturn is over.
 
Well, at least in some parts of the world. In America, in particular, the economy has started to power ahead ? leaving the rest of us in its wake. Bizarrely, this good news is unsettling the world?s financial markets and sending stock prices into a tizzy. How come?



Curran 'I wasn't around' claim challenged as Oil-gate refuses to die down

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
A claim by Scottish Labour MP Margaret Curran that she was not around in the days when Denis Healey was Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, has been challenged by a former Labour activist.
 
Alan Smart has revealed that Ms Curran, who is Labour?s Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, was a high profile member of the student wing of the party at a time when Mr Healey admits Labour were actively misleading Scots over the true value of North Sea Oil.



Can Scottish politicians understand that social justice is about everyone?

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, May 25th 2013

There was a revealing exchange on Newsnight Scotland this week which got to the heart of the matter of the substance (or lack of) in much of the independence debate.

Asked to elucidate on what social justice measures an independent Scotland could advance SNP MSP Kenny Gibson first stuttered and then at second attempt offered as a contribution, the abolition of the bedroom tax. Then it was Labour MSP Ken Macintosh?s chance to show his mettle on social justice and what his party would do and he equally offered no real specifics just generalisations.



What's behind Scottish Labour's latest cancer concern?

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The last two sessions of First Minister?s Questions has witnessed Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont focus on cancer treatment, specifically the availability of drugs in Scotland.
 
The focus by Ms Lamont has epitomised what Labour in Scotland have become, a party that will use anything in order to mount an attack on the SNP.



The McCrone Report - A Thirty Year Secret

  In 1974 the UK Government commissioned a report into the potential of North Sea Oil and how it might influence support for Scottish independence.  The report made clear that an independent Scotland would be far richer than if it remained within the Union.

The report's conclusions were so dangerous that it was designated secret and hidden for thirty years before a Freedom of Information request forced the UK Government to reveal its contents.



Yes Scotland is doing just fine

  By Peter A. Bell

If the mainstream media is to be believed then the Yes Scotland campaign isn't doing too well. On the few occasions when the organisation isn't being ignored altogether in favour of the easier target of the SNP, it is to allow some comment to the effect that they are "on the back foot" or have suffered another "setback" of some kind.

To be fair, it is not only the media who have been critical. Many committed independence supporters have expressed mixed feelings about the official Yes campaign.



Yes Scotland - Don?t be fooled by its media critics

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
But you?re behind in the polls, what can you do about this?
 
It?s the refrain that greets anyone from the Yes campaign, and the question is as meaningless as the polls themselves.

Few will recall, but in the week prior to the 2007 Scottish elections, the Herald newspaper published two polls that gave Labour a ten point lead.  The SNP won the election by one seat.



Why I will be campaigning for a Yes vote

By Tony Banks, of Business for Scotland

In my view, there is a vote for independence in the hearts of most Scots. But emotion apart, it?s vital we use our heads to understand the rationale for putting Scotland?s future in Scotland?s hands.

I recognise that within the UK our futures are intertwined. I am both Scottish and British. I care not only about my fellow Scots, but about everyone across these isles. So let me explain why I am convinced a Yes vote in next year?s referendum will be good for Scotland ? and the rest of Britain and Northern Ireland.



More bank woes and questions

  By George Kerevan
 
Spare a thought for Ed Miliband. Earlier this month the Labour leader gave a keynote speech on banking reform at the Co-op Bank?s headquarters.
 
He began by praising the organisation: "You have always understood that ethics of responsibility, co-operation and stewardship must be at the heart of what we do. That?s one of the reasons why the Co-op Bank has in the last week seen a 25 per cent rise in applications for accounts."



Dear England: Scottish independence and what it means for you

By Stephen Bowman

Depending on who you listen to, Scotland is currently a one-party state under the tyrannical rule of the megalomaniac Alex Salmond. The ?rotten? Scottish First Minister is in the midst of whipping up anti-English sentiment in an effort to distract voters from the ?real issues? at hand so that he can place himself, and the SNP, at the head of a ?separate? Scotland for ever and anon.

Hadrian?s Wall is being rebuilt as we speak, while there are suggestions that Scotland may have developed nuclear weapons and is in the process of testing them in the North Sea ahead of a possible attack on Berwick-upon-Tweed.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

'Blizzard of facts' confusing some voters in independence debate

Speaking on Scotland Tonight Patrick Harvie said that figures could confuse undecided voters.

See it on Scoop.it, via Referendum 2014

SNP blast Alexander hypocrisy on Flybe flights | Scottish National Party

The SNP has accused Danny Alexander of ‘rank hypocrisy’ on supporting air services in Inverness – having made no attempts to help the industry while in government.



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Osborne 'bluffing' over yes currency
The chairman of the Scottish government's council of economic advisers accuses the chancellor of "bluffing" over independence currency options.

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The triple standard

When UKIP’s Nigel Farage was recently made rather unwelcome in Edinburgh, a whole slew of Unionist politicians and commentators – most notably Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie – took to the nation’s airwaves and newspaper columns to piously condemn the protestors who peacefully but loudly vo...



Comic Boyle calls police over threats on internet

COMEDIAN Frankie Boyle has called in the police after receiving threatening messages online.



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This is the real ?Broken Britain? ? and it should be our national shame

At least half a million people are going hungry. That number had trebled over the past twelve months as a government’s failed economic policies, inflation, cuts and debt drive many families to destitution.
Peter A Bell's insight:

British Labour bemoans the economically destructive and socially corr...



Independence 'no risk' to uni fees

Students from the rest of Britain could still be charged university fees in Scotland after independence, according to legal advice seen by BBC Scotland.

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Listless quality to SNP's case for independence

Is the Scottish National Party still a Scottish nationalist party?


Peter A Bell's insight:

I wonder if Iain Macwhirter's "Road to Referendum" will disregard the wider Yes Scotland campaign as assiduously as this article does. If so, it will be a profound disappointment.

How is it possible to observe...



Unionists attack Yes campaign for claiming indy start-up would cost only £300m

YES Scotland has come under fire for claiming the costs of establishing a go-it-alone state would be less than £300 million.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Arithmetic has never been the anti-independence campaign's strong suit. And simple logic is, sadly, an early casualty of the kind of muddled thinking ...



New Defence contract blows hole in Better Together claims

A defence contract worth £600m has been awarded to French defence contractor Thales in a move that has undermined one of the key arguments against Scottish independence.



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Nationalists call Sir Chris Hoy a traitor to Scotland

Nationalists have accused Sir Chris Hoy of being a “traitor” to his country in a vitriolic barrage of internet abuse directed at the Olympic hero for warning that independence could harm Scottish sport.
Peter A Bell's insight:

As one of British nationalism's more rabid propagandists, Simon Johnson ...



Fiscal Commission 'disappointed' by UK Gov | Scottish National Party

SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie has called on the Treasury to respond properly to the Fiscal Commission Working Group after the leading economists, including two Nobel Prize winners, expressed their disappointment that the UK Government had ignored their work despite it offering answers to t...



MEP renews call for Scottish Government to disclose EU legal advice

Catherine Stihler claims 'transparency in Scotland is a myth' two years after she made an FOI request.

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Scotland UXB

What was the point in fighting a War on Terror if your own allies were busy boiling people alive?


The quote is from the book by Dominic Streatfeild, A History of the World since 9/11, published in February 2011 (UK) by Atlantic Books. He’s referring to the United States and Britain’s courting of P...



Migration data and attitudes in the context of the Scottish independence refe...

Earlier this month I had the good fortune to travel to Edinburgh for a conference centered on the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) project entitled The Future of the UK and Scotland. The ESRC project includes funding for research fellowships and additional grants to its existing invest...



Daily Record

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Rail line to be electrified sooner to improve journey times before the Common...
THE Glasgow-Whifflet route will now be completed next summer, four years ahead of schedule, Transport Minister Keith Brown announced.

PPP deal to build £50m college campus will bring 300 jobs to Inverness, says ...
THE 13.3-acre building will be built using the SNP administration's preferred model of public-private partnership and will accommodate around 8500 students when complete.

EU students could face fees at Scottish universities if nation votes for inde...
LEGAL advice obtained by Universities Scotland shows students from European Union countries - aswell as the rest of the UK - could be liable for fees if Scotland votes 'Yes' in next year's referendum.

Prostitution crackdown bill backed by public as 80% of those asked say they w...
LABOUR MSP Rhoda Grant proposed the Purchase of Sex Bill which would target the buyers of sex rather than those trapped in the trade.

MSP Mike Russell sparks fury after branding 100-year-old, family-run bus serv...
IN a letter to the MSP West Coast Motors boss Colin Craig hits back at the insult about the bus service which runs from Ardrossan to Campeltown. 

All extremism will be fought, says Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAski...
MACASKILL says the Scottish Government and Police Scotland will continue to work closely with Scottish Muslims to ensure community safety across the whole of the country.

Sir Chris Hoy attacked on internet forums over comments he made about Scottis...
SIR CHRIS HOY says athletes in Scotland will find it harder to establish themselves as part of a national Olympics team in the event of independence.

Scots MP Jo Swinson warns parents complimenting daughters on their looks coul...
THE Women's Minister urged parents to praise their kids for skills such as doing jigsaws rather than commenting on their looks.

Gay marriage could be legal in Scotland 'sooner rather than later', says Heal...
LEGISLATION to allow gay couples to tie the knot could be introduced into the Scottish Parliament next month.

MSP launches bid to stop smoking in cars when children are present
LIB DEM Jim Hume hopes to have legislation introduced making it illegal to light up in vehicles carrying kids under 16 years old.

English firm offers tourists a week-long political tour of Scotland for £2600
THE Scottish independence bid has sparked interest from followers of British politics as far away as Australia and Hawaii.

Home Secretary Theresa May poised to bring back 'snooper's charter' that will...
MAY seems ready for a conflict with coalition partners the Lib Dems over the matter, after Nick Clegg blocked the charter earlier this month.

Tributes pour in for political heavyweight Jimmy Wray after he lost long batt...
THE ex-labour MP for Glasgow Provan and Glasgow Baillieston died on Saturday at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer.

Licensing board boss urged to stand down after being banned from half the pub...
LABOUR councillor Michael McPake received the ban after being fined by police for breaching the peace outside the West End bar in Coatbridge.

Disgraced MP Eric Joyce: No way will I throw in the towel and quit politics
SHAMED Eric Joyce insists he will not quit his seat in the wake of fresh controversy surrounding the MP who was arrested at Edinburgh airport recently.

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Westminster is disappointed by Westminster
Westminster is disappointed by Westminster


We are speechless!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Scots can be hopeful, however, can be hopeful that when they vote No, a year later the South East of England will decide to elect a Labour minority government and a Labour Chancellor will solve all problems.

IN BRIEFS - Plain or Pan?
IN BRIEFS - Plain or Pan?


Anger as Salmond fails to ban sandwiches
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
it bears all the hallmarks of a classic dirty tricks campaign by an army of bitter cybernats, led by the SNP

Separatists try to embroil IDS in scandal (as does everyone else - except us).
Separatists try to embroil IDS in scandal (as does everyone else - except us).


IDS caught up in bedroom video scandal
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We urge everyone to avoid the Constitution Bar in Leith on Thursday night, around 7pm

We were warned that the Separation Referendum Debate would become increasingl...
We were warned that the Separation Referendum Debate would become increasingly fractious and nasty as the debate proceeded.


Truth and its misuse in the separation debate
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johnny Bossyman defends his reputation as Head of News and Bias

IN BRIEFS - Union saves Scotlandshire's other national drink.
IN BRIEFS - Union saves Scotlandshire's other national drink.


Act of Union to save Irn-Bru
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
?Irn Bru is under threat and - I never say this lightly - it?s all Alex Salmond?s fault.?

Sadly, the entire staff of BBC Scotlandshire appears to have been struck down...
Sadly, the entire staff of BBC Scotlandshire appears to have been struck down with a malfunction of their excretory functions.


BBC Scotlandshire staff struck by mysterious illness
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Replacing journalists by interest groups is just such an innovative idea.

The debate is hotting up in the Scotia Bar.
The debate is hotting up in the Scotia Bar.



The Scotia Bar hosts some of Scotlandshire's most vibrant political discussio...
The Scotia Bar hosts some of Scotlandshire's most vibrant political discussions.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/page-3/425-whining-in-the-scotia-bar.html

ASLEF - the union to save the Union, and remove unsightly hair.
ASLEF - the union to save the Union, and remove unsightly hair.


ASLEF - Glory of the Union
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We publish verbatim ASLEF's own report on the need to avoid any contact with foreigners.

Investigation closes in on Angus the mole who is betraying the UK Union.
Investigation closes in on Angus the mole who is betraying the UK Union.


Stinker, Taylor, Shoulder, Spy?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Smillie's people are currently homing on the most recent manifestation of treachery at Westminster

IN BRIEFS Separatists humiliated again!
IN BRIEFS Separatists humiliated again!


Declaration fails to achieve its million target!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The separatist campaign is in disarray a year after its launch

Devastating poll results for the Union - "a computer error".
Devastating poll results for the Union - "a computer error".


Poll results - Who do you trust most to save the Union?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I had hoped to be able to award a fitting nomination to Dewar's successor as the Bastard who Saved Britain

Exclusive - Michael Gove advocates separatism!
Exclusive - Michael Gove advocates separatism!


Gove - A secret Scotch Separatist
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The Jocks, now believe they can run their own region without oversight from Westminster.

A shiver of shock and bemusement ran through the elite last week as a growing...
A shiver of shock and bemusement ran through the elite last week as a growing realisation dawned that Scotlandshire may be, in fact, a different country to England.


Scotlandshire - A different country?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
For many months now, if not years, columnists such as myself have been...

Damn! This wasn't supposed to appear on the Front Page, or be publicised.
Damn! This wasn't supposed to appear on the Front Page, or be publicised.


Scottish political movers and shakers No 7 - Denis Healey
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Naturally, he considered lying through his teeth as being thoroughly moral, if it suited his purposes - the mark of an officer a gentleman, ...

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
It's time to get above ourselves

The Semiotics of See You Jimmy
By Mike Small Sir Chris Hoy?s contribution to national debate is part of a pattern of counter-intuitive evidence. It?s double-speak. In really simple terms, it doesn?t make any sense. One Continue reading

Distribution of wealth in the 4th most unequal country in the world
This short video has been doing the social media rounds today.  And for good reason.  Produced by the Office For National Statistics it shows the UK’s wealth distribution as broken Continue reading

Scotland UXB
By Mike Small What was the point in fighting a War on Terror if your own allies were busy boiling people alive? The quote is from a book by Dominic Continue reading

A Message from Anonymous UK to the English Defense League
“In this operation, we will begin the systematic and comprehensive desiccation of your cult. We will further expose your falsities and your attempts to censor, to your members, to the Continue reading

Ten things to tell your friends about an independent Scotland
A great new video from Yes Scotland … Filed under: Yes Scotland, YesScot Tagged: #YesScot, video, YES Scotland

Speakin oot for Scots
Lang syne acceptit as a ‘language’ by the Scottish an UK parliaments, oor heidmaist spoken minority leid aye has a want o status or e’en visability in education, the prent Continue reading

For A? That 26 ? Shamrocks And Weddings
For the 26th episode of For A? That,Andrew and I were joined by Peter McColl, who is the Rector of Edinburgh University and a member of the Green Party. Up for discussion Continue reading

Being There
Seems Margaret Curran is early for the Don’t Know Week – this level of feigning ignorance is unacceptably stupid. By Citizen Smart DEREK BATEMAN ( BBC Radio Scotland): What do Continue reading

Independence or Fax Democracy?
By Toni Giugliano Without a doubt, the SNP policy of Independence in Europe has set the agenda. In essence, the whole issue boils down to whether Scotland will have a Continue reading

What Don?t You Know?
Woad-Wary? Indy-Sceptic? Dunno-tastic? You’ve come to the right place… Now and then you’ve got to step back and re-imagine how and why you’re doing things. We’ve been thinking about what Continue reading

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: University fee structure 'legal' - BBC News

The Courier

Scottish independence: University fee structure 'legal'
BBC News
A recent paper by Edinburgh University academics had said independence could mean Scottish students being squeezed out of Scottish universities. They had argued that students from the rest of Britain would be entitled to fr...


Scottish independence: Dissecting legal advice on student fees post-yes - BBC...

Scottish independence: Dissecting legal advice on student fees post-yes
BBC News
It is one of the founding principles of the EU, set out in Article 18 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. So, how could an independent Scotland charge foreign students, including those from the rest...


Scottish independence: Osborne 'bluffing' over currency, says adviser Beverid...

Scottish independence: Osborne 'bluffing' over currency, says adviser Beveridge
BBC News
But Mr Beveridge, who steered the group behind the plan, said the Treasury was trying to create a "fear factor". The Fiscal Commission Working Group advises the Scottish government and it has argued that a form...


SNP 'not offering' full Scottish independence - Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News

SNP 'not offering' full Scottish independence
Edinburgh Evening News
Turning to the talks after a Yes vote on the SNP's proposals, they add: ?Further, in these negotiations Westminster will not even go as far as the current limited vision of independence. If Scotland wants to ...


Scottish independence: Chris Hoy 'abused' online - Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish independence: Chris Hoy 'abused' online
Edinburgh Evening News
ONLINE abuse directed at Edinburgh Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy over his views on Scottish independence has been condemned by politicians. The six-time cycling gold medallist warned in a radio interview earl...


Scottish independence: Stiglitz wary of tax cuts - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Stiglitz wary of tax cuts
Scotsman
The comments came to light as the First Minister was attacked at Holyrood today over his plans to cut corporation tax levels in Scotland 3 per cent below the UK level after independence. Mr Salmond insists it would attract major comp...


Scottish independence: Yes/No spend limit fears - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Yes/No spend limit fears
Scotsman
?I think given there's that explicit encouragement for people who are actively against Scottish independence from other parts of the UK to get materially and financially involved in the campaign, I would be surprised if there were not...


Scottish independence:Yes/No spending limit fears - Scotsman

Scottish independence:Yes/No spending limit fears
Scotsman
?I think given there's that explicit encouragement for people who are actively against Scottish independence from other parts of the UK to get materially and financially involved in the campaign, I would be surprised if there were not organ...


Scottish independence: 'Foreign investment boost' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Foreign investment boost'
Scotsman
Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, director of Business for Scotland, a pro-independence organisation, said that an independent Scotland would need to confidently sell itself as a ?national brand?. ?We know independence can benefit economies in...


Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown leads Labour's intervention in Scottish .....

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown leads Labour's intervention in Scottish ...
World Socialist Web Site
In current conditions, the complex and dangerous disputes that would be triggered by Scottish independence threaten financial instability, which might further imperil the strategic interests of t...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

New study shows genetics has a role in differences in education - UQ News

New study shows genetics has a role in differences in education
UQ News
"We studied the genetic information of more than 125,000 people, looking specifically at a type of genetic variation called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)," Professor Visscher said. A SNP is one of the most common genet...


5th Annual Asia Ship Recycling & SNP Summit 2013 - Financial Mirror

5th Annual Asia Ship Recycling & SNP Summit 2013
Financial Mirror
?The 5th Annual Asia Ship Recycling & SNP Summit 2013? will be held on July 3rd-4th by CBI BIZ, which can be an ideal platform for speaking directly with Chinese ship owners, recyclers and international brokers, cash buyers. The summ...


Universities better off in independent Scotland - SNP (press release)

Universities better off in independent Scotland
SNP (press release)
The SNP has today reiterated its commitment to free higher education following the revelation of game-changing legal analysis provided to Universities Scotland. Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, told BBC's Good Morni...


SNP 'not offering' full Scottish independence - Edinburgh Evening News

Edinburgh Evening News

SNP 'not offering' full Scottish independence
Edinburgh Evening News
They argue ?genuine? independence is required to challenge ?vested interests? ? from the world of finance, land- owners and the European Union ? which they argue have been ?flattered and reassured, and . . . ...


Lib Dem leader tells SNP backbenchers to reject sheriff court closures - The ...

The Courier

Lib Dem leader tells SNP backbenchers to reject sheriff court closures
The Courier
Mr Rennie wants SNP members on Holyrood's Justice Committee to turn down the proposals. "The clock is ticking. Twelve days for SNP members on the Justice Committee to make that big decision: to back their ...


SNP blast Alexander hypocrisy on Flybe flights - SNP (press release)

SNP blast Alexander hypocrisy on Flybe flights
SNP (press release)
The SNP has accused Danny Alexander of 'rank hypocrisy' on supporting air services in Inverness ? having made no attempts to help the industry while in government. Speaking at First Minister's Questions, Alex Salmond said flights to...


Universities Scotland: EU students could be liable for tuition fees after ......

Universities Scotland: EU students could be liable for tuition fees after ...
Herald Scotland
At the moment an SNP flagship policy means students from Scotland who go to university north of the border do not pay any tuition fees. While students from the rest of the UK pay tuition fees, these do not...


The 5th Annual Asia Ship Recycling & SNP Summit 2013 - MRO (press release)

The 5th Annual Asia Ship Recycling & SNP Summit 2013
MRO (press release)
?The 5th Annual Asia Ship Recycling & SNP Summit 2013? will be held on July 3rd-4th by CBI BIZ, which can be an ideal platform for speaking directly with Chinese ship owners, recyclers and international brokers, cash buyers. T...


Around the web ? Agency nurse bill raises criticism - Staffing Industry Analy...

Around the web ? Agency nurse bill raises criticism
Staffing Industry Analysts (registration)
The Scottish SNP party has come under criticism from opposition parties, following a £14 million rise in the bill for agency nurses despite figures showing that 2,000 full-time nurses lost their jobs in re...


Ian Swanson: Is Salmond only offering us independence-lite? - Scotsman

Ian Swanson: Is Salmond only offering us independence-lite?
Scotsman
Husband and wife Jim and Margaret Cuthbert are not impressed with the SNP's plans to retain the pound and rely on the Bank of England and a UK-wide system of financial regulation. They say Mr Salmond's plans are ?a token version? ...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown leads Labour's intervention in Scottish .....

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown leads Labour's intervention in Scottish ...
World Socialist Web Site
It is as a trusted defender of finance capital that Brown has intervened in the Scottish referendum campaign. He and the Labour Party are concerned that despite the ?Yes? campaign being far behin...


Scottish referendum: EU legal advice received but will not be disclosed - BBC...

BBC News

Scottish referendum: EU legal advice received but will not be disclosed
BBC News
The SNP government has received legal advice on an independent Scotland's membership of the EU, but it has refused to reveal what it says. External Affairs Minister Fiona Hyslop confirmed to BBC Newsnight Scotl...


£5m BBC unit set up to cover referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

£5m BBC unit set up to cover referendum
Herald Scotland
BBC Scotland is about to advertise for what will surely be one of the most politically sensitive jobs in the country: a new referendum editor. An official job description is still being drawn up, according to insiders at the cor...


Scottish independence: Report finds debate 'lacks insights' - BBC News

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish independence: Report finds debate 'lacks insights'
BBC News
The study, while focusing on the referendum, also highlighted potential areas of concern for the current administrations at both Holyrood and Westminster. SCDI found a lack of knowledge about changes already ...


UK seeks Chretien's advice ahead of Scotland independence vote - CTV News

CTV News

UK seeks Chretien's advice ahead of Scotland independence vote
CTV News
The issue solidified last year with the announcement of a referendum scheduled for Sept. 18, 2014. Some 4 million Scottish voters will be asked the simple question, ?Should Scotland become an independent country?? As Sc...


Balanced referendum campaign - Herald Scotland

Balanced referendum campaign
Herald Scotland
That is why the campaign process must be fair and balanced on both sides and the referendum undertaken in a transparent and accountable manner. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and ...



Scottish independence: BBC to boost referendum coverage - BBC News

Scottish independence: BBC to boost referendum coverage
BBC News
The BBC has announced a new £5m investment package to help boost its coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. The money will go towards creating a wide range of content, including specially commissioned documentaries, ahead o...


190000 viewers watch the first televised referendum debate - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

190000 viewers watch the first televised referendum debate
Herald Scotland
The Scotland Tonight special, which pitched Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon against Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, attracted 190,000 viewers at its peak. STV also hailed an 850% increase in Twitter tr...


Scottish referendum: New independence pension schemes 'like building an NHS' ...

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish referendum: New independence pension schemes 'like building an NHS'
BBC News
Accountant Ronnie Bowie made his remark during evidence to MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster. The politicians are examining a number of issues ahead of the Scottish independ...


Scottish independence referendum: Making the changes - BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: Making the changes
BBC News
More anent the referendum debate. Not, this time, the debate about substance - which is now motoring eagerly - but the debate about the arrangements for the plebiscite itself. That has, understandably, been overshadowed, for two reasons....


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone
Just in from watching this at the GFT. Some superb footage from their early years and from the He...

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/programme

 

I've never actually been in Edinburgh during the fr...



Feel Free To Grope The Check-Out Girl

Check out this personification of tolerance and sexual equality

 

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/s...



Bitcoin

Is anyone into this?

 

Have I stumbled across a no-fail money-making scheme? How difficult is it ...



Black Or Coloured?
Just saw saha interviewed on ch4 about racism in Italian football and he commented on abuse towar...

Suspended For Wearing Help For Hero's Wristband

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-22689008

 

Ive not seen this posted anywhere on he...



Sir Chris Hoy Voices Olympic Concerns For Independent Scotland

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/22693588

 

Scots could find it harder to compete at Olympic ...



Jesus Found

Whatever will they make of this? 



Tackling Intolerance With A Cup Of Tea
I like this

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-22689552

More Scottish Labour & Magret Curran Porkies....

Seems Margaret Curran is early for the Don’t Know Week – this level of feigning ignorance is unac...



Better Nation

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

Scottish politics? Old Firm
A few things have happened to me in the last few weeks which have reminded me of the importance o...

Higher education can?t be fixed at 19
The Scotsman’s front page declares “Tuition fee axe ‘still favouring the rich’“, a classic instan...

Scotland 2.0, or why the nation needs a new operating system.
Today a guest post from Lee Bunce, a Green with a keen interest and academic expertise in the rel...

Two bald men fighting over a comb
Scotland has endured forty years of debate about North Sea oil – who owns it, how much is there, ...

Bearding the Tavish in his den
Last night a debate took place on Shetland. In one corner for The Rumble In The Northern Isles wa...

Questions for Better Together
A guest today from Keir Liddle on those infamous 500 questions, as lovingly parodied on Twitter. ...

It?s all relative
A guest post today from Labour MSP Ken Macintosh, who shadows John Swinney at Holyrood. Ken’s blo...

The Aberdeen Donside by-election
The sad death of Brian Adam MSP just under a fortnight ago means the first Holyrood by-election o...

The North is rising
I?ve been somewhat sceptical as to some of the overtures being made toward the Nordic countries b...

Labour?s timidity on pay
The week before their 29% triumph in the local elections down south, “Red Ed” set out a timid Bla...

Scot Goes pop

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

Positive straw in the wind for the SNP as European elections inch closer
It's been far too long since I irritated "Carlotta Vance" by reporting the results of a Scottish ...

Question Time for Scotland's 'Popular Front'
The SNP website has today isolated a number of specific questions for the No campaign from Jim Mc...

On grandiose claims about self-selecting polls
I've got nothing against self-selecting internet polls - I've run a few myself over the years, an...

The Omniscare

Hello, I am Robert MacDonald, guest poster. I yearn for the day I can get rid of Alex Salmond - ...

Panelbase poll : Yes campaign closes gap to just eight points
I'll have to make this a very quick post because I'm in a mad rush, but the latest Panelbase poll...

Eurovision 2013 : Prediction for Saturday's final
It's become traditional at this time of year for me to say "oooh, this is a tough one", but actua...

Farage ą trois
Earlier today I was asked by the International Business Times to put together a quick piece about...

Sturgeon wins first setpiece TV independence debate
I think pretty much every independence supporter who watched tonight's STV debate will have come ...

Eurovision 2013 : Prediction for Thursday's semi-final
I got seven out of ten right on Tuesday, which is probably roughly par, given that no-one in thei...

Can 'freedom and democracy' cope with independence?
I have a new article at the International Business Times, which attempts to put the significance ...

Eurovision 2013 : Prediction for Tuesday's semi-final
'Fraid so - it's that time of year again. Without wanting to put you off before we even get star...

(no title)
Hello, I am Robert MacDonald, guest poster. As an experiment, James has kindly allowed me space o...

Ipsos-Mori : SNP retain lead in Scottish Parliament voting intentions
As you'll probably have seen by now, the latest full-scale Scottish poll from Ipsos-Mori is out, ...

"You're an idiot - now go and play with something sharp" says the No campaign...
I realise there's a slight danger of turning this blog into one long transcription of my exchange...

Does James Mackenzie have a problem with alternative points of view?
James Mackenzie, the supremo of the Better Nation blog, has in a somewhat haughty (and not exactl...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



Office of National Statistics video shows why you?re not better off
When Yes Scotland launched our prosperity campaign we asked the key question: given all Scotl...

Fair warning
From Wings Over ScotlandFair warninghttp://wingsoverscotland.com/fair-warning/?utm_source=rss&utm...

The heavy nudge
From Wings Over ScotlandThe heavy nudgehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/the-heavy-nudge/?utm_source=r...

Video: Ten things to tell your friends about an independent Scotland
 This video gives the arguments in favour of an independent Scotland for our supporters to shar...

Expert?s views on welfare shows Westminster is out of touch
Speaking at the Scottish Parliament?s Welfare Reform Committee, Professor Alan Miller warned th...

Yes Vote in 2014 will put Scotland?s Cuisine on the Map.
There is no doubt that the eyes of the world will be on Scotland in 2014. Not just for the refere...

The Next Government You Didn?t Vote For?
If you don?t like this Government you didn?t vote for, then brace yourself for the possible next ...

A poem, by my mum
From Wings Over ScotlandA poem, by my mumhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/a-poem-by-my-mum/?utm_sourc...

Introducing? the Union Jocks
From Wings Over ScotlandIntroducing? the Union Jockshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/introducing-the-...

Expert?s views on welfare shows Westminster is out of touch
Speaking at the Scottish Parliament?s Welfare Reform Committee, Professor Alan Miller warned th...

Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Liberty Reserve and Government Control of Money
I have my doubts about the closure of Liberty Reserve. It is widely reported to have had 1 millio...

The Denial of Justice
I don’t think any single person who has considered the matter seriously, has any real doubt that ...

Looking for Gulnara
This video is in Russian but is pretty self-explanatory. While in Geneva we decided to look for G...

The Sky Has Not Fallen
The shocking death of Lee Rigby quite naturally appals us all. The intention of the crazed little...

Yes Scotland Meeting Edinburgh
Am back in Edinburgh and speaking at a Yes Scotland meeting on Friday 24 May at the Columcille Ce...

The Search for Change
The linked long term phenomena of falling electoral turnout and a decreasing percentage of those ...

Where?s Werritty?
Could you indulge me by helping me with a little experiment? Could you google Adam Werritty, and ...

Alisher Usmanov
Now officially Britain’s wealthiest man, Alisher Usmanov has perhaps the world’s most carefully m...

Cameron Superstar
Here is Cameron to sing you a song, to cheer us all up.

Plus Ca Change
In 1816, in a “Big Bang” liberalisation, the commercial and financial restrictions on trading wit...

Free UK Entry for Illegals Only
I am furious to learn that Israeli settlers resident illegally in the occupied territories are al...

The Mavi Marmara Murders
I can claim to have had a small hand in instigating the legal complaint to the International Crim...

The Tough Life of a Dissident
Ray McGovern always advises me not to accentuate the negatives in becoming a whistleblower. I alw...

Time to Abolish the BBC
It must be a fundamental human right not to have to pay James Purnell. The obnoxious Blair clone ...

Sunday Return
Back home today from a very life-affirming Uzbek opposition meeting in Istanbul. Blogging resumes...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | guardian.co.uk
Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

If there's any justice, prisoners must get the vote | Kevin McKenna

Nationalists who would deny prisoners a vote in the independence referendum are being craven and dishonest

The social responsibility contract that many leftwing unionists would like to conclude with...



Why we pedalled on the Scottish parliament

Scotland's transport policy has done agonisingly little to encourage cycling, so hopefully our pedal protest will be heard

Just over a year ago I was sitting in a remote corner of Scotland watching ...



Scotland warned independence could cost billions in renewable subsidies

Ed Davey tells conference that more than one-third of the UK's subsidies for wind, wave and tidal energy is spent in Scotland

Ed Davey, the UK energy secretary, has warned that Scotland could lose b...



Scottish referendum: BBC Scotland to invest £5m in extra programming

Money will be spent on documentaries, debates and live coverage of the results on TV, radio and online

BBC Scotland is to invest an extra £5m in programming and content for Scottish audiences in the...



Independent Scotland's economy has what it takes to thrive, says Salmond

First minister sets out economic case for independence, saying Scotland's potential has been repeatedly stifled by Westminster

Alex Salmond has insisted that Scotland has "got what it takes" to be ...



Propaganda war: who will win Scottish teenage hearts and minds?

Schools are gearing up to be a key battleground in next year's referendum on Scottish independence

Rosie Duthie and Euan MacIntosh, both 15, have made up their minds on how they plan to vote in next...



Scottish independence could threaten thousands of banking jobs

Finance and banking jobs in Scotland would be at risk if major firms opt to pursue larger markets in England, warns Treasury

The Treasury has claimed that thousands of Scottish banking and finance j...



Martin Rowson on Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage ? cartoon

SNP leader accuses Farage of touting obnoxious policies after Ukip leader labels protesters 'fascist scum'

Martin Rowson



Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond trade insults in battle of nationalists

SNP leader accuses Farage of touting obnoxious policies after Ukip leader labels protesters 'fascist scum'

The two most influential political leaders reshaping British politics outside Westminster t...



Labour suspends vote for Falkirk seat until Unite dispute resolved

Falkirk's troubled parliamentary candidate selection to be put on hold until source of membership irregularities is confirmed

Labour has suspended the troubled selection for a parliamentary candidat...



Scottish independence: divorce makes sense for both parties

Award-winning author Iain Banks supports a historic change which he is unlikely to live to see

What I used to say, until 4 March this year, was that I did not expect Scottish independence to happen ...



Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond clash over protesters

Scottish first minister says Ukip leader can't handle having policies challenged after Farage called activists 'fascist scum'

Alex Salmond has hit back at Nigel Farage, accusing him of touting "obno...



Nigel Farage's Scottish hounding was an antidote to fawning media treatment |...

Had the media focused more on Ukip's policies, Farage might not have believed his hype and made such a blunder in Scotland

Thursday's confrontation between Nigel Farage and Scottish protesters has l...



Nigel Farage attacks 'fascist scum' protesters

Ukip leader calls on Scottish first minister Alex Salmond to condemn demonstrators who forced him to flee media briefing

Nigel Farage has described protesters who forced him to flee a press conferen...



David Cameron should beware the referendum trap | Steve Richards

History shows that referendums tend to ruin rather than unify political parties ? and have little to do with genuine people power

Beware the deadly lure of referendums. In the United Kingdom referen...




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