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Britain 'complacent' while it loses war on internet crime
BRITAIN is losing the war against internet crime, an influential group of MPs has warned.

£5bn export scheme fails to help businesses
THE Lib-Con Coalition's flagship £5 billion export scheme has not yet helped a single British business, Labour has pointed out, because, more than a year after it was announced, it has not got off the ground.

SNP demands answers over immigration 'poster vans'
The SNP has demanded answers amid fears that controversial poster vans telling illegal immigrants to "go home" could be rolled out across Scotland.

SNP MEPs top list for next year's Euro poll
THE SNP's two MEPs, Ian Hudghton and Alyn Smith, have emerged as the party's leading candidates for next year's European Parliament poll.

Unions hit out over employment tribunal fees ahead of judicial review
A UNION has been given permission to seek a judicial review over controversial new fees for workers taking an employment tribunal case.

Cable 'cautiously optimistic' over Britain's economic recovery
VINCE Cable has expressed "cautious optimism" that Britain's economy is on the mend as more figures out today suggest the recovery is gaining momentum.

Tories 'are stupid' on immigration
DAVID Cameron and his Conservative ministers have come under fire from their Liberal Democrat Coalition colleagues for launching a "stupid and offensive" crackdown on illegal immigrants.

House policy 'may push up prices'
A flagship UK Government policy to revive the housing market has been questioned by a minister, raising fears it could lead to another property bubble.

Trade union threatened to shut Grangemouth refinery over Falkirk chairman's s...
THE trades union Unite threatened to shut Scotland's only oil refinery after a key figure at the centre of the Falkirk selection debacle was suspended by his employers at the plant.

Russell engulfed in cronyism row
EDUCATION Secretary Mike Russell is embroiled in a cronyism row after a former SNP candidate landed more than £175,000 of Government work as a college adviser.

MP criticised over restaurant links
A Labour MP's ­judgment has been questioned over his backing for a Labour-supporting businessman's restaurant.

Labour bids to win back Western Isles seat
Labour hopes it can win back the Western Isles at the next General Election despite the constituency's omission from a list of the party's top targets for 2015.

Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry could hang over Labour for months
An inquiry into allegations of vote-rigging in Falkirk could hang over Labour for months, even running into to the party's annual conference, it has emerged.

Ruling: Salmond didn't break code of conduct by flying Saltire at Wimbledon
ALEX Salmond has been cleared of claims that he broke Holyrood's code of conduct by waving a Saltire at the end of the men's final at Wimbledon.

Coalition hails on the mend economy
Coalition ministers have claimed that the economy is finally "on the mend" after official estimates suggested sustained growth not seen for almost two years.

 

Scotsman

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Second Twitter arrest over feminist banknote abuse

Northumbria Police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of harassment after Twitter abuse was aimed at feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez and Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy.



Bradley Manning faces 136-year sentence for leak

A military judge on Tuesday acquitted former US intelligence analyst Bradley Manning of the most serious charge against him, aiding the enemy, but convicted him of espionage, theft and computer fraud charges for giving thousands of classified secrets to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks.



Ex-MP Denis MacShane misses expenses court date

Former MP Denis MacShane was given permission not to appear in court today to face a charge of false accounting over expenses claims.



Salmond calls for gender equality in Scottish golf

ALEX Salmond today called for gender equality in golf to be enshrined at “all clubs in Scotland” as he teed off with the country’s top women’s players.



Vicky Pryce stripped of her honour

VICKY Pryce’s fall from grace was completed today when the Queen cancelled her honour for government service.



Bill Walker trial: Affair while wife was pregnant

An MSP has told a court he was having an affair when his wife was pregnant with their third child.



Scottish independence: ?Spell out monarchy views?

The leaders of the official Yes campaign in the independence debate should spell out their views on the monarchy, the Tories have said.



Legal challenge against ?bedroom tax? dismissed

A LEGAL challenge over claims that the Government’s so-called “bedroom tax” unlawfully discriminates against disabled people in social housing has been dismissed by the High Court.



Scottish elderly care costs treble in eight years

THE COST of providing free personal care for Scotland’s elderly has almost trebled over the past eight years, official figures today showed.



SNP names 2014 European Parliament candidates

Two current MEPs have topped the SNP’s list of candidates for next year’s European Parliament elections.



The Scotsman cartoon - 30/07/13

In today’s cartoon, the Prime Minister is going down with the ship



Scottish independence: ?£10bn university shortfall?

THE UK’s universities will face a £10 billion pensions funding crisis if Scotland votes Yes in next year’s independence referendum, it was claimed yesterday.



?Scottish Open will not go to men-only clubs?

THE biggest sponsor of the Scottish Open has revealed he will not agree to the event being held at any golf club that discriminates against women.



NHS ?must treat nurses? so they can work until 68

THE NHS must make significant changes to allow nurses to work for longer in physically demanding jobs following increases to the pension age, nursing leaders have warned.



Royal Navy pulls out of Nato commitments

DEFENCE ministers have admitted the UK has been forced to pull out of key Nato naval defence groups in a sign of just how stretched the Royal Navy has become.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scotland's largest political party

Fear debunked while you wait
(Link and link and link.)

The big decision
You’ve bravely waded through a 3500-word book review already this morning, so let’s give you something a little more bite-sized to digest. This one could be a game-changer, folks. Brace yourselves. We’ll keep this brief. We currently have a cash ISA (balance £3.42). It pays 0.1% interest.  The annual cash limit for contributions to an [...]

Another country
Wings Over Scotland went to London last weekend, for no particular reason other than a change of scenery. After a trip to the faux-bohemian Camden Market – in which about six different stalls are now repeated over and over in a strange gentrified mockery of its previous more anarchic life, yet while still maintaining much [...]

Songs For Johann
For those of you with Spotify, click the image to open. (Full 30-track playlist here. It’s an open collaborative one so feel free to add your own suggestions, or to make a YouTube version for those without the app.)

Getting closer
The latest development in our prospective debate: Bit snippy, but we’ll take it. While we’ve already had an acceptance from Yes Scotland, we’re not quite there yet. Mr McDougall seems to have misunderstood the invitation slightly: “The meaning appears to be clear enough: if both sides get to choose their own participants rather than the [...]

The sting?s the thing
We talk often of the “swarm of wasps” approach to debate that’s the main strategy of the No campaign. The guiding principle of it is to throw out so many dubious assertions, straw men and red herrings, all at once, that it’s all but impossible for your opponent to effectively counter all the different thrusts [...]

Unfortunate juxtaposition
From a heavily-spun Huffington Post piece on Scotland’s relationship with the monarchy, in which Dennis Canavan expressing a personal opinion when asked a question becomes an “outburst”. You know the sort of thing. (The story was also reported in the Telegraph as “Yes camp in disarray”, before a hasty rewrite.) It’s an interesting definition of [...]

One down
Just one to go. Come on, Mr McDougall, you and your man know where we are.

Everybody?s talking
Since this’ll be the hot subject of the day, you might as well see it for yourself.

Peaking too soon

BBC Scotland

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

Elderly care at home costs double
The amount of money being spent by Scottish councils providing personal care for elderly people in their own home doubles in eight years.

PWC denies independence stance
Accountancy firm PwC denies it has taken a stance on Scottish independence despite comments from its chairman reported on a website.

Sarwar 'to be Punjab governor'
Former Glasgow Govan MP Mohammad Sarwar is to be appointed governor of Punjab, the largest state in Pakistan.

Housing benefit challenge fails
A group of disabled people lose a High Court challenge to social housing benefit cuts for residents with spare bedrooms in England, Wales and Scotland.

More 'overdose reversal kits' issued
Health groups issue a record number of "take home" overdose reversal kits in a bid to cut drug-related deaths in Scotland.

MSP trial told of wedding 'bruise'
A former wife of MSP Bill Walker tells a court that bruising was visible on her face in her wedding photograph.

SNP announces 2014 Euro candidates
The SNP announces its team of six candidates who are to represent the party at the European elections which are expected to be staged in May 2014.

Council loses 'pay scales' challenge
A Scottish council embroiled in a long-running equal pay dispute is told by the UK Supreme Court it must release information on its pay scales.

Yes chairman reopens monarchy debate
The chairman of the Yes campaign reopens the debate about the future of the monarchy in an independent Scotland.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

VIDEO: Alarm over alcohol pricing plan
European wine-producing nations are warning that Scotland's plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol could have a devastating impact on the industry.

VIDEO: Scottish islands seek greater autonomy
Scotland's three island councils are campaigning for greater powers after the independence referendum.

AUDIO: Currency union 'best for both countries'
Alex Salmond says a currency union in an independent Scotland is 'best for both countries'.

VIDEO: Referendum: Summer review
The referendum campaigns kicked off just over a year ago so let's have a summer round-up of how its going.

What do Scottish nationalists want?
Douglas Fraser talks to leading figures in the nationalist movement

Newsnet Scotland

News Scotland | News - Scottish, Politics, Economy and Culture
Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish

A Scot Abroad and a Nation with No Name

By Angus Baird
 
Like most I received news of the 'royal baby' by checking the international news websites when I awoke on the morning of the 23rd of July. 
 
The gaggle of sycophants triumphantly declaring the new royal heir to the throne led immediately to feelings of frustration, anger and disappointment.  The more I read and watched the more it increased.



Britain ? no longer the land of the future, but one living in the past

  By Gerry Hassan
 
Once upon a time, like many other Scots, I believed in Britain.
 
Britain seemed the future: it had appeal, appeared modern, progressive and full of promise. That now seems a world away from the Britain of today: which appears content to live permanently in a fictitious past.

This is the Fantasyland Britain we see before us this week ? of a society, culture and media obsessed with celebrating the birth of Kate and William?s royal baby and third in line to the throne. And this Sunday is the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War which will be officially commemorated next year.



Cameron forgets babies born into poverty

  By Aamer Anwar
 
Cameron wasn't shy bouncing out of the doors of Number 10 to pronounce what a great moment the royal birth was for the nation.
 
He did the same with Andy Murray and the Olympics but as the PM rejoiced over a child being born to rule over us, 700 others were born into poverty, that's one in five children born into poverty every day in the UK.



Sport's biggest transfer overshadows battle

  By George Kerevan

Forget Luis Suárez: the real transfer story is Ian Livingston, the Glaswegian boss of BT, quitting to join the UK government as a trade minister.

Livingston leaves BT on a high, having rescued the company from its recession nadir in 2009, when the share price hit 72p. Thursday?s first-quarter earnings report claimed 500,000 subscribers already signed up for BT?s new sports cable channel ? which does not start till next month. Better still, pre-tax profits outperformed market expectations.



Earth to Westminster: The Sun has set on the British Empire

  By Mark McNaught

Several disclosures in the past weeks have vaporised any pretence of the Westminster government's legitimacy, and demonstrated not only that the system is no longer fit to govern, but also overtly contemptuous of the residents and the land within the UK. 

Iain Duncan Smith 'defended' his £500 per week overall welfare cap by citing his 'belief I am right' that his savage cuts will induce a 'cultural change' and transform skyvers into strivers through depriving the disadvantaged of the means to continue their existence.



Can the TV licence be justified in today's Scotland?

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Last week three unrelated things happened that for me marked the beginning of the end of the BBC in Scotland ? at least as we know it.
 
A survey revealed that less than half of Scots felt that the broadcaster represented them in news and current affairs programming.  Forty eight per cent of those who responded to a BBC Trust survey said they were unhappy with the programming output from the corporation.



Recovering from Brain Injury

  The second in a two part series by Lynn Malone [Part One Here]
 
When my son regained consciousness following an accident my immediate response was relief but it was short-lived when it transpired he had a ticking time bomb in his head.
 
Mike, 28, who was studying social work while working with disadvantaged young people, lost his balance going up stairs to his tenement flat, falling onto concrete steps and landing on his head in November 2011.  He suffered a bleed on his brain and an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and had been placed on a ventilator.



Terrorism, Double Standards and the EDL

  By Aamer Anwar
 
You may be shocked to learn that over the last 4 weeks a bombing campaign appears to taken place in England but there was 'no cause for alarm'.
 
In Walsall a nail bomb was found and exploded by bomb disposal squad with the police denying at first that it was an 'act of terror', a week later in Tipton the wrong timing meant only seven people were in a building when a bomb exploded strewing nails, debris across the adjacent car park and shattering windows.



Scottish Labour must clarify its stance on Trident

  By Steven Griffiths

It has long been clear that, if they remain in government, the Tories intend to replace Trident, and this week's Lib Dem Trident Alternatives Review shows that they are also committed to maintaining the UK as a nuclear state in the face of public opposition.  But what of the Labour party?

The Blair government imposed a three-line whip on a Westminster vote on the issue back in 14 March 2007, and Jim Murphy, currently the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, stated earlier this year on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland that, "We're in favour of the UK retaining a nuclear capability".



Economic growth gives Scots a warm feeling

  By George Kerevan
 
Scotland?s economy has been basking in summer sunshine this week. New data showed that the economy grew by 0.4 per cent in the first quarter, faster than in the UK as a whole.
 
In fact, on an annualised basis, Scottish GDP grew by what counts as fast these days: 1.2 per cent. That compares with an anaemic 0.3 per cent for the UK as a whole.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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

The day Westminster asked my opinion

One Monday in June the Westminster Parliament’s Business, Innovation and Skills Committee came to Glasgow specifically to look into “the Implications of Scottish Independence on Business”.  I was delighted (if a little surprised) to be invited along to give evidence on behalf of Business for Scot...



Referendum 2014 Directory
Referendum 2014 Directory is a community project which aims to build a comprehensive, searchable archive of information and sources relating to the campaign for Scotland's independence and the referendum to he held on Thursday 18 September 2014. Please contribute to the project by adding links to...

Artists for Independence?

Ben Judge, who runs the Edinburgh festival review magazine, ‘Fest’ has written exploring the issue of why there isn’t more focus on the independence referendum at the festival (‘Scotland the Brave?’) :



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Scottish independence: ?£10bn university shortfall?

THE UK’s universities will face a £10 billion pensions funding crisis if Scotland votes Yes in next year’s independence referendum, it was claimed yesterday.

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The big decision

You’ve bravely waded through a 3500-word book review already this morning, so let’s give you something a little more bite-sized to digest.




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The Blair Fear Project | National Collective

Brilliant work by Greg Moodie!


Peter A Bell's insight:

Brilliant work by Greg Moodie!



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The sting's the thing

We talk often of the “swarm of wasps” approach to debate that’s the main strategy of the No campaign. The guiding principle of it is to throw out so many dubious assertions, straw men and red herrings all at once that it’s all but impossible to counter the thrust of the attack, like trying to swa...



The monarchy debate is an opportunity not a threat

No longer are we bored united. The heatwave seems to have sparked life into the constitutional debate, with folk prepared to discuss some of the meat and bones of what independence might mean.


Peter A Bell's insight:

It is not Yes Scotland that has “missed the point completely”. It is the author of...



Unfortunate juxtaposition

From a heavily-spun Huffington Post piece on Scotland’s relationship with the monarchy, in which Dennis Canavan expressing an opinion when asked a question becomes an “outburst”. You know the sort of thing. (Also reported in the Telegraph as “Yes camp in disarray”, before a hasty rewrite.)



See it ...

Liberty for Scotland: the next steps | openDemocracy

Many of you will be aware of a poll that was conducted in 2011 in the Scottish Social Attitudes survey. Respondents were asked how they would vote on independence if they could be sure they would be £500 better off. That question produced a 2:1 majority in favour. Then they were asked how they wo...



Battle for undecided voters key as new poll shows gap between Yes and No just...

Undecided voters hold the destiny of Scotland in their hands according to a newly released poll which shows the gap between Yes and No is less than ten points.



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SNP policy would leave £700m pension black hole after indy, says Labour

THE SNP Government's pledge of guaranteed annual state pension rises will mean the cost of them to taxpayers will rocket from the current £53 million a year to a "black hole" of more than £700m by 2050 if Scotland became independent, according to Scottish Labour calculations.


Peter A Bell's insigh...

Scottish independence: Support for monarchy vote

Growing numbers of independence supporters are backing a call from the chairman of the Yes campaign for a referendum on the future of the monarchy after ­independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Patrick Harvie complains that we are not having a discussion on how we appoint a head of state. Bizarrely, ...



Holyrood faces campaign to scrap Barnett formula

COUNCIL leaders in England are to campaign for Scotland’s block grant to be cut.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Attacks on Scotland's budget may not be the worst of the consequences of a No vote in next year's independence referendum. It is not difficult to see that the British parties would regard it as ...



Scottish Labour - the gloomy outlook.

I believe Scotland will vote Yes in the independence referendum in 2014, but I can't deny that in that I'm very much in a minority at present.



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Scotland's wealth would be used to fund its pension commitments if it becomes...
THE Finance Secretary was responding to Labour claims that there was a 'black hole' in the country's pension pot.

The cost of providing free personal care for Scots living at home has risen b...
THE increase has been put down to a shift away from providing support for the elderly in care homes.

Bedroom tax does not discriminate against the disabled, rules High Court as i...
JUDGES threw out a bid to block the controversial housing benefit regulations which came into effect in April but did criticise the Government over the law's provision for disabled children.

Closure of Remploy factories to be probed by National Audit Office after disa...
MORE than 1700 disabled workers have been made redundant across the UK, and the watchdog has promised to review 'the whole disposal process'.

Energy watchdog Ofgem blasted for 'failing consumers' as bills look set to hi...
THE Commons energy and climate change committee said that the public had no trust in the big six energy companies, and criticised Ofgem for failing to task them to task.

Hunt launched for Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling lookalikes by satirical p...
THE artist, famed for creative lookalike photography, has turned her attention away from the birth of Prince George to give some alternative coverage to the independence referendum.

Independence referendum: Support for Union has nine point lead, according to ...
ACCORDING to the Panelbase survey support for the union is at 46 per cent as opposed to 37 per cent in favour of independence.

Mail Opinion: £25bn obscenity of Trident
MAIL Opinion argues that the £25billion cost of Trident is morally and financially wrong - and would be better spent on our hospitals, schools, roads, police officers and cutting national debt.

Shadow pensions minister questions SNP scheme which could open £250m black ho...
FINANCE Secretary John Swinney last week promised a state pension of £144 in 2016 but Labour's Gregg McClymont has raised concerns over the move.

Bookies see £176m rise in cash staked on casino-style terminals dubbed the 'c...
ACCORDING to new figures, Scots gamblers staked £4.4billion on the fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) between October 2011 and September 2012 - losing £149million in the process.

William Hague criticises Egyptian security forces over violent clashes which ...
THE Foreign Secretary warned leaders on all sides that reducing tension was their responsibility.

George Osborne claims tiny growth figures prove UK's economy is 'on the mend'
THE Chancellor says that the 0.6 per cent growth for the quarter is a triumph, despite experts warning the country is stuck with low productivity and stagnant living standards.

Record View: Country is not out of the economic woods yet
RECORD VIEW says that Chancellor Osborne's gloating over the tiny economic growth figures is premature, as normal families struggle to maintain living standards.

No criminal inquiry into Falkirk 'vote rigging' allegations as police say the...
LABOUR had handed documents over to police after claims the contest to replace Eric Joyce as MP for Falkirk may have been fixed.

Health Secretary confident Scottish Government's minimum alcohol price plan w...
ALEX Neil reacted today after it emerged five European wine-producing nations had branded minimum pricing for alcohol as illegal, unfair and ineffective.

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If the UK government accepts the proposed Iranian scheme, the London treasury...
If the UK government accepts the proposed Iranian scheme, the London treasury will collect all of Iran's vast oil revenues, and will be required to pay back less than 10% of the total tax take to the Islamic Republic in return, keeping the balance for themselves.


Iran to Gift its Oil to England ? ...

A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection o...
A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection of a new Labour candidate for Falkirk.

Unite the union (that is, the union itself as opposed to "unite the union" the campaign for a different union altogether) threatened to shut down Grangemouth refinery, which could c...

A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection o...
A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection of a new Labour candidate for Falkirk.


Falkirk - fratricidal fiddlers face furious foes
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Johann Lamont was unavailable for comment. As was everyone else in Labour's Scotlandshire subsidiary.

A new claim by Dictator Eck (©2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace ag...
A new claim by Dictator Eck (©2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace again.


Salmond's rearmament plans threaten European peace
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Salmond must detail exactly the hideous death each recruit will suffer as a stormtrooper in a separate Scotlandshire invasion horde

Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies! "North Bri...
Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies!
"North Britain Isles in turmoil following Salmond visit"
Fury as slippery Salmond escapes again

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

Leading North Sea oil and gas companies issued a statement warning that Alist...
Leading North Sea oil and gas companies issued a statement warning that Alistair Darling is in danger of running dry by 2014.


Oil companies warn that Darling is a depleting resource
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Darling's personal economic model isn't reliant on a single resource, but flips revenue so...

Alex Salmond is in the process of handing in his badge and gun and retiring f...
Alex Salmond is in the process of handing in his badge and gun and retiring from politics.


Barack to the future as U-KOK re-invent telephone
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann?s comments about Falkirk and Trident are currently on their way to her by horse and carriage, and should be available early ...

Exclusive : Separatists plot to discover what people think!
Exclusive : Separatists plot to discover what people think!


Rev begs for handouts
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
All the polling needed has been done by the Better Together campaign and Strathclyde University.

David Cameron to severely restrict the availability of PORN (Pernicious Onlin...
David Cameron to severely restrict the availability of PORN (Pernicious Online Republicanism & Nationalism).


Westminster Block Internet P.O.R.N.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Asking Google to hide PORN is like Johann Lamont asking Twitter to stop calling her Jimmy Krankie. It's a nice idea, but anyone...

BBC Scotlandshire broke the news that all the oil would be gone in two years ...
BBC Scotlandshire broke the news that all the oil would be gone in two years way back in December of last year.

The spoof media is only now catching up with our award winning journalism.

Here's the scoop from last year:
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/108-oil.html


'Scotlan...

Our Agony Aunt has problems of his own! Here's a sad letter from my uppity ne...
Our Agony Aunt has problems of his own! Here's a sad letter from my uppity nephew Scott, who thinks he can run his own affairs better than Dave and I can."


How do you solve a problem like a Scott?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I?ve heard some rumours, but all the regulars I?ve spoken to seem happy for...

Auchenshoogle celebrates royal birth.
Auchenshoogle celebrates royal birth.


Hysteria in Auchenshoogle at Royal birth
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
UKOK head, Alastair Darling, attempted to sneak into the viewing enclosure of the pigsty and unfurl a large Union Flag behind Princess as she delivered her final triumphant push.

EXCLUSIVE! We reveal the first 50 questions that UK Gov will demand that the ...
EXCLUSIVE! We reveal the first 50 questions that UK Gov will demand that the Natz answer.


First 50 questions from UKOK Black Paper revealed.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We present a preview of the first 50 major Black Paper questions here.

As part of the austerity drive David Cameron’s government intends to merge th...
As part of the austerity drive David Cameron?s government intends to merge the Department of Health and the Department of Work and Pensions.


Blood for Benefits
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The new department will be called the Department of Wealth from Health and is expected to be officially launched...

Naughtie's bubble too big to fit spoof BBC Glasgow HQ.
Naughtie's bubble too big to fit spoof BBC Glasgow HQ.


We're forever blowing bubbles
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Conceding Scotlandshire can keep the UKs phallic power symbol is rewarding the separatists and may turn those warmongers we so desperately need away.

Bella Caledonia


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Artists for Independence?
By Mike Small Ben Judge, who runs the Edinburgh festival review magazine, ‘Fest’ has written exploring the issue of why there isn’t more focus on the independence referendum at the festival (‘Scotland the Brave?’) : It is strange that at the... Read More ›

What?s the Story?
I believe in the redeeming power of stories, I believe that stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don’t understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives,  in allowing us to escape our lives, in giving us empathy and in... Read More ›

CIRCA Lead Frack Off Scotland Resistance
By Coco At 8.30am yesterday morning, anti-fracking activists gathered for a clowning action at the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Affairs (DPEA) in Falkirk. Dressed in colourful clown costumes a group of 17 activists mocked the dangers of fracking with... Read More ›

And the Land Lay, Still
By Iain MacKinnon At the Community Land Scotland conference earlier this summer, the Scottish First Minister appeared to dismiss the possibility that legislation giving communities the right to buy land should be strengthened. While his comments angered land reform campaigners,... Read More ›

Mad Scotland Hurt You Into Song: The Poetics of a Stateless Nation
by Stewart Sanderson In 1940, the English poet W.H. Auden declared that ?poetry makes nothing happen: it survives / in the valley of its making.? From its first publication, this apparently unambiguous statement was rendered complex by the poem of... Read More ›

Closer
By Mike Small Later this year we’ll be publishing  a paper looking at how independence represents an opportunity to bring democracy closer to people – but also an opportunity to be a first step towards further deeper democracy. It follows... Read More ›

Democracy Max?
By Juliet Swan At Electoral Reform Society Scotland we are committed to campaigning for a better democracy. As we approach the independence referendum, we think it is vital that we take the opportunity to assess, and where necessary reform, our... Read More ›

For A That ? Baby Special
This from our friends Mr Greenwell and Mr Worrier over at Scots Indy Podcast …”A special podcast for this most special royal event?” As usual, this is the direct download link (right click and save as) You can listen to... Read More ›

I Predict a Riot
By Mike Small News that ‘FAR right campaigners from the Scottish Defence League will be allowed to march through Edinburgh at the height of the Festival next month’ according to the Scotsman does not bode well for cultural expression in... Read More ›

David
As people get confused with their numbers and ‘a whole people’ ponder the meaning of George, our friends at the National Collective explain why it’s really all about David. Filed under: Arts & Culture Tagged: David

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: 'Spell out monarchy views' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Spell out monarchy views'
Scotsman
The leaders of the official Yes campaign in the independence debate should spell out their views on the monarchy, the Tories have said. It follows calls at the weekend from Yes Scotland chairman Dennis Canavan to hold a referendum o...


Scottish independence: PwC denies taking stance on the debate - BBC News

Scottish independence: PwC denies taking stance on the debate
BBC News
One of the UK's biggest accountancy firms has denied it has taken a stance on the issue of Scottish independence. Its chairman had been quoted as saying his organisation "believed in the United Kingdom". A spokesman for Ian Powe...


Charity money 'diverted into pension funds after Scottish independence' - Tel...

Telegraph.co.uk

Charity money 'diverted into pension funds after Scottish independence'
Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Swinney called for talks with the EU for a grace period if Scotland separates but said: ?These deficits exist now as part of the union and are nothing to do with independence. ?The reality is d...


Britain's newest royal heir stirs Scottish independence debate - Reuters

The Independent

Britain's newest royal heir stirs Scottish independence debate
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - The birth of Britain's Prince George has reopened a rift among those campaigning for Scotland to vote for independence next year, playing into the hands of those who want it to retain its 306-ye...


Icelandic academics warn of Scottish independence disadvantage - The Courier

Icelandic academics warn of Scottish independence disadvantage
The Courier
However, the academics argue that independence could allow Scotland to realign its defence to suit its own interests, while its strategic importance would compel rUK, the USA, the EU and its Nordic neighbours to facilitate a...


Businesses to benefit from 'ancestral tourism' from independence debate - STV...

Businesses to benefit from 'ancestral tourism' from independence debate
STV Local
Businesses can benefit from the rise in "ancestral tourism" that is expected to flow from Scotland's increased international profile in the independence campaign, according to Finance Secretary John Swinney. Tourists ...


British universities face £10 billion funding crisis after Scottish independe...

Telegraph.co.uk

British universities face £10 billion funding crisis after Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) highlighted the regulations earlier this year and warned they could force many cross-Border companies into bankruptcy after indep...


Would independence harm Scotland's energy industry? - BBC News

BBC News

Would independence harm Scotland's energy industry?
BBC News
... years, creating economic growth and jobs. Ministers in London have warned that the subsidies that support the industry might be reduced if Scotland votes for independence, but Scottish nationalists argue England will need its ...


Labour Yes group in Trident ban call - BBC News

Labour Yes group in Trident ban call
BBC News
The Labour for Independence (LFI) group has opened its first policy conference with a call to ban Trident nuclear weapons from Scotland. The controversial topic was among those discussed at the start of the two-day event in Glasgow. LFI, led by Labour ....


Britain's new heir stirs Scottish independence debate - Fort Bragg Advocate-News

Britain's new heir stirs Scottish independence debate
Fort Bragg Advocate-News
LONDON ? The birth of Britain's Prince George has reopened a rift among those campaigning for Scotland to vote for independence next year, playing into the hands of those who want it to retain its 306-year union with Eng...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP 'refusing to face reality' over university and charity pensions - Telegra...

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP 'refusing to face reality' over university and charity pensions
Telegraph.co.uk
SNP 'refusing to face reality' over university and charity pensions. SNP ministers have been accused of refusing to face reality over the pensions ?turmoil? independence would cause charities and univ...


Salmond calls for gender equality in Scottish golf - Scotsman

Scotsman

Salmond calls for gender equality in Scottish golf
Scotsman
The SNP leader played a shot today with two of the sports leading talents ? Catriona Matthew and Connie Jaffrey ? in a pro-am at St Andrews ahead of this week's RICOH Women's British Open at the Old Course. The famous Royal and Anc...


The cost of welfare benefits could be higher in an independent Scotland says ...

Scottish Daily Record

The cost of welfare benefits could be higher in an independent Scotland says ...
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP pledges to scrap the changes to housing benefit dubbed the bedroom tax if Scotland becomes independent, and Finance Secretary John Swinney promises a "triple lock" for...


Scotland's wealth would be used to fund its pension commitments if it becomes...

Scotland's wealth would be used to fund its pension commitments if it becomes ...
Scottish Daily Record
THE SNP would use "the wealth of Scotland" to fund its pension commitments if it becomes independent, according to Finance Secretary John Swinney. The Better Together campaign has said Scotland i...


John Swinney: independent Scotland's wealth will fund pensions - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

John Swinney: independent Scotland's wealth will fund pensions
Herald Scotland
The SNP would use "the wealth of Scotland" to fund its pension commitments if it becomes independent, according to Finance Secretary John Swinney. The SNP would use "the wealth of Scotland" to fund its pen...


Scot leaders divided over Prince George as future king - domain-B

Scot leaders divided over Prince George as future king
domain-B
Despite Salmond's claim that the Scottish National Party (SNP) has supported the retention of the monarchy for decades, in 2002 the party published a draft written constitution for a separate Scotland that included plans for a referend...


OGT to release new CytoSure Consortium Cancer +SNP array for CNV and LOH ... ...

OGT to release new CytoSure Consortium Cancer +SNP array for CNV and LOH ...
News-Medical.net
Oxford Gene Technology (OGT), provider of innovative genetics research and biomarker solutions to advance molecular medicine, will launch its new CytoSure? Consortium Cancer +SNP array (4x180k) at the Canc...


Shenandoah NP denies Madison County request for new access - The Daily Progress

Shenandoah NP denies Madison County request for new access
The Daily Progress
SNP Superintendent Jim Northup announced Monday his denial of a recent request from the Madison County Board of Supervisors, and others, for a new park entrance on upper Rapidan Road while opening an existing entrance on ...


Affymetrix Announces New Axiom® 384HT Genotyping Format for Cost-Effective .....

Affymetrix Announces New Axiom® 384HT Genotyping Format for Cost-Effective ...
SelectScience.net (press release)
Researchers designing custom genotyping arrays receive design support and expertise from Affymetrix' team of bioinformatics scientists to ensure streamlined SNP selection and intelligent...


Possible association between common variants of the phenylalanine ... - 7thSp...

Possible association between common variants of the phenylalanine ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Results: Analyses of covariance controlling for sex and education years, indicated a significant association between a SNP (rs2037639) and age-corrected verbal memory index of WMS-R (nominal p...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Yes leader's monarchy vote plan 'foolhardy' - Herald Scotland

The Independent

Yes leader's monarchy vote plan 'foolhardy'
Herald Scotland
A call by the chairman of the Yes campaign for a referendum on the monarchy in Scotland if Scots opt for independence has been branded "foolhardy". A call by the chairman of the Yes campaign for a referendum on the monarchy ...


Referendum U-turn for charities - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Referendum U-turn for charities
Herald Scotland
CHARITIES have been given the green light to campaign and take sides in the independence debate after their regulator backed down in a row over their involvement in the referendum. CHARITIES have been given the green light to campaign a...


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
Here we look at the key events and forces that brought Scotland to a referendum on deciding whether or not it should remain as part of the UK. 1707: Scotland and England forma political union. The Scottish Parliament is adjourned; with ...


Gary Muir jailed for stabbing wife in 'referendum row' - BBC News

Gary Muir jailed for stabbing wife in 'referendum row'
BBC News
A man who accidentally stabbed his wife during a heated row about Scotland's independence referendum has been jailed for 14 months. Gary Muir admitted stabbing Matthew Stewart during the row at a flat in Falside Road, Paisley, on 20 Ap...


Majority not ready for referendum - Herald Scotland

Scottish Daily Record

Majority not ready for referendum
Herald Scotland
LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues surrounding independence and the referendum, research by pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland has found. LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enoug...


Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable - BBC News

IBTimes.co.uk

Scottish referendum: Independence will cost Scotland jobs, says Cable
BBC News
Scottish independence will "destabilise enterprise and potentially put jobs at risk", according to a paper produced by the UK government. The threat to employment will result from the break-up of the UK's si...


Taxpayers to foot £1.5m research bill before 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Taxpayers to foot £1.5m research bill before 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
Already, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) has appointed seven one-year fellowships, which will look into various aspects of Scottish independence. But in a parliamentary answer, David Willetts...


Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role - BBC News

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role
BBC News
Presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. He will present the Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Radio Scotland tw...


What will be the Scottish independence referendum question? - Scotsman

Scotsman

What will be the Scottish independence referendum question?
Scotsman
The Scottish Government has accepted the Electoral Commission's recommendation that the question on the referendum ballot paper will ask voters ?Should Scotland be an independent country ?? Alex Salmond had wanted to ask: ...


Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum. DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish i...


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Anything Goes

Twitter Gtf!
Just watching C4 news and there's a feature on twitter bullying & trolls. FFS is that news? Switc...

Gender Gap In Latest Indyref Poll

Latest panelbase poll apparently breaks down to:

 

Men:

 

46% Yes

39% No

 

Women:

 

28% Yes

53% N...



Edinburgh Restaurants

Going through to Edinburgh for the Festival this weekend and looking for somewhere decent to grab...



Standard Of Living
I'm looking for a study on the standard of living in cities across the UK but can't seem to find ...

Mindimoo's Birthday

Happy birthday, doll.  xxx

 

I'd hate tae be 50!  

 

 



Manic Street Preachers

I have been a fan of the Manics since hearing the singles from This is My Truth Tell Me Yours (re...



Another Landmark Vanishes

Inverkip chimney blasted to smithereens earlier tonight.

 

Interesting to note the difference in ...



Con Air
For about the last 15 years I have hated Nicholas Cage and always blamed Con Air as in the back o...

Jj Cale

A cool bluesy dude who was a bit shy and preferred to keep out of the limelight. Wrote a lot of c...



Bbc

Right time for a rant - its come to the stage where I just about hate everything about that fooki...



Better Nation

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

Soylent Green is? not real.
As has been covered by the UK-wide Green blog Bright Green, there has been a bit of a stooshie am...

Labour?s chance to seize on a radical Holyrood agenda
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. Here she writes for...

We can fund politics
Last week our friend Andrew Smith did a guest post about the problem of party funding at Holyrood...

Who pays the piper?
Thanks to Andrew Smith for another guest post. Andrew is a Scottish born communications professio...

Vince: your P45 is in the post
All too often since 2010, the left has found itself on the back foot: protesting after fees for E...

Remodelling the unions? links with Labour
Has Ed Miliband’s “Clause Four moment” finally come, with his plans to require union members to o...

Why are Unite (the union) so determined to ignore their members and unite the...
Yesterday, in the heat of the Falkirk row, Lord Ashcroft  published a leaked Unite strategy paper...

You may continue to pay for sex
Well, you probably don’t. Maybe you do, though: some people clearly do. Perhaps you do but you wo...

A sickness at the heart of Westminster
The Tories’ latest wheeze to head the racists in blazers off at the pass is this: to make Johnny ...

Jingo Unchained
Not respecting  ?our? troops is one of the biggest taboos in politics. Armed Forces Day is a most...

Scot Goes pop

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

Dramatic YouGov poll suggests that Scots are least likely to care whether men...
Still no sign of that elusive YouGov poll on referendum voting intentions - there hasn't been one...

Yes campaign gains support in latest independence poll
The good news from the latest poll of referendum voting intentions conducted by Panelbase is that...

Our future is in safe hands with Gavin Pearson
As we all know, budding DJs are required to take a degree in Un-Self-Awareness at the University ...

More evidence that Labour is heading for defeat
Although YouGov have yet to match ICM by producing a poll showing the Tories level-pegging with L...

This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
Spotted at the BBC's "live blog of the royal baby celebrations" (give me strength) -

"As a Briti...

Congratulations, Mrs Windsor, it's a head of state!
By a rough extrapolation, Kate Middleton's son was just one of the 5000 or so babies born yesterd...

Go get 'em, Tiger! You da man! Get in the HOOOOOLE!
Yup, you've guessed it. Not content with my already impressive credentials as a woman-hater (wel...

ICM subsample : SNP retain lead in Westminster voting intention
More bad news for the No campaign has arrived in the shape of this month's GB-wide poll of Westmi...

YouGov poll : Scotland says a resounding no to renewing Trident
Here's another significant blow for journalists who like to peddle the fiction that Scottish publ...

Just 11% of Scots think Labour have a strong leader
One fairly consistent feature of GB-wide polling is that Labour tend to fare better in supplement...

UK government proposes military occupation of an independent Scotland. Will ...
One of the best teachers I ever had was a history teacher at Anniesland College. When he was exp...

A plea to Yahoo "UK" : would it be possible for me to check my emails without...
As you can see from the top of the sidebar, I now mainly use a Gmail account, but I still have a ...

Underground, overground, Scowimbling free, the Scowimblian of Scowimbledon Ce...
When Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer in a best-of-five-set match on Wimbledon Centre Court to ...

Want to know how to help the world take a small step towards averting nuclear...
If so, click HERE to read my 1000-word potted guide over at the International Business Times. If...

Is the painful 117-year Scowimblian drought about to end?
This is from Ethan Grant at the Bleacher Report -

"When it comes to Sunday's matchup, Djokovic a...

 

Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Perspectives: The best case for welfare justice

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



Latest nationwide group to campaign for independence ? Farming for Yes

The country?s largest grass-roots movement Yes Scotland has unveiled the latest nationwide group ...



Farmers' independence campaign launches at Borders show

On Saturday, July 27, Yes Scotland will launch the latest country-wide group to campaign for inde...



A Yes vote is the key to bringing power closer to the people

Giving people the opportunity to make decisions about their own communities is one of the key adv...



Scotland?s Defence in Scotland?s Hands

First Minister Alex Salmond today set out some of the key strands of the Scottish Government?s vi...



Labour For Independence to hold Policy Conference at the STUC

Labour for Independence will hold their first policy conference at the STUC in Glasgow this weeke...



Scotland Open for Business

UK Government figures published today by UK Trade and Investment confirm that Scotland continues ...



Scotland's energy future in Scotland's hands

Whatever way you think we should use our immense oil and gas resources, one thing is increasingly...



Jeane Freeman writing in Scotland on Sunday

Jeane Freeman, co-founder of Women for Independence writing in yesterday's Scotland on Sunday 

"J...



Support for Yes rises as voters become more informed about independence

Increasing numbers of people are planning to vote Yes in next year's referendum as they become be...



Westminster isn't working for Scotland's children

Child poverty costs Scotland?s local authorities £2.1 billion every year, new research has reveal...



Social media users view a No vote as 'fear of change'

People planning to vote No in the independence referendum may be doing so for 'emotive' and 'irra...



The most equitable societies in the western world belong to the small, Nordic...

A new study by leading German think tank, the Bertelsmann Foundation, has confirmed that the most...



5 Things to Tell Your Friends and Family About Oil & Gas & Renewables ? and a...

1. Regardless of the differing views about how to best use these resources the fact that we've st...



Only a Yes vote can deliver a Scotland free of weapons of mass destruction.

The long-awaited review of options for new nuclear weapons was published by the Westminster gover...



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

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Feile An Phobail Belfast
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Scottish independence could leave UK universities with £10bn pensions deficit

Universities Superannuation Scheme says funds face potential crisis under strict EU laws on cross-border pensions

The UK's universities could face an immediate pensions shortfall of nearly £10bn if ...



Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

First minister says oil reserves are worth £300,000 a head for every Scot, making independent country richer than rest of UK

Alex Salmond has been warned about making exaggerated claims about the po...



Scottish independence: don't be fooled by Alec Salmond's protestations of fri...

The first minister approved Donald Trump's golf complex plan over the heads of local planners and against local opinion

Ever since Alex Salmond emerged in the early years of Blairism, I've been a fa...



Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition | Kevin McKenna

The Better Together campaign uses the sort of propaganda you normally only see when a country is gearing up to invade

Wearied frustration usually follows when another civic panjandrum takes on a com...



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

Scottish warrior hero will be portrayed on screen in two series next year as independence referendum looms

Scotland's independence referendum has not just ignited furious debate over the country's f...



Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

Prostitutes have their say in criminalisation v legalisation debate as Edinburgh police step up raids on saunas

Dressed in jeans and a hoodie Roseanne glances around Glasgow's red-light district, wa...



The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | Alan Bissett

The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

I must admit that I was surprised to learn that Alex Salmond is to enlist S...



Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations'

Scotland's first minister tells Kevin McKenna about the social ties that will always bind the countries of the British Isles ? and that saltire he waved at Wimbledon

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

Scottish novelist William McIlvanney top of government list to write version that will 'capture the imagination'

Some of Scotland's finest writers are to be asked by the SNP to apply a dash of liter...



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

The rumoured plans for the naval base were a reminder of how deeply unpopular Trident is among Scots

The MoD's, or Whitehall's, or whoever's plans to designate Trident's Faslane base "sovereign UK t...



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Steve Bell



Trident submarine base: No 10 disowns MoD's Faslane sovereignty proposal

Whitehall row and SNP anger ignites over report of plans to make naval base UK territory if Scots vote for independence

A furious behind-the-scenes row has prompted Downing Street to disown a propos...



No 10: MoD sovereign territory plans for Trident base not credible

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Downing Street has dismissed as not "credible or sensible" a proposal to designate...



What part of England would you trade with Scotland for Faslane? | Open thread

The Ministry of Defence plan to make the Faslane nuclear base sovereign UK territory could always involve a swap ?

The British government is looking at ways to make the Scottish base that contains T...



Can Ed Miliband give England a political voice at last? | Martin Kettle

The English identity is much more complex and progressive than the saloon-bar Farageism it is too often depicted as

Who are we? And what identity do we want our institutions to express? The question...



 

   

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