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Union accused of bid to stitch up Labour contest
A trade union has been accused of trying to "stitch up" Labour's selection contest to replace disgraced MP Eric Joyce.

Scottish police in secret visit to Tripoli
SCOTTISH police have secretly travelled to Libya with the FBI for talks with senior members of the country's government as part of their investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.

Nationalists angry after protest party poll jibe
THE SNP reacted furiously after a senior LibDem MP suggested they were a "protest party" and compared them to UKIP.

Tories in crisis as Ukip beat them to third spot
David Cameron's Conservatives are in crisis after being beaten into third place by the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) in one of the party's top General Election target seats.

Eastleigh result
Mike Thornton (LD) 13,342 (32.06%, -14.48%)

Disarray claims over council tax appeals
A DISCOUNT scheme due to replace council tax benefits from next month is in disarray, an MSP has claimed, after it emerged ministers had failed to put an appeals procedure in place.

Demand for more radical action on cheap alcohol
THE Scottish Government has been urged to go further in its crackdown on cheap alcohol, by a group of health organisations demanding a radical strategy from Westminster and all the devolved administrations.

£600m bonuses at RBS despite £5bn loss
The part taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland has prompted fury by pushing ahead with lucrative staff bonuses despite losing £5 billion last year.

Sex claim LibDem defends Alexander's role in the scandal
The woman at the centre of the Liberal Democrat sexual harassment scandal has defended Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander as she warned other parties to brace themselves for similar allegations.

Swinson 'victim of sexism' over Rennard allegations
LIBERAL Democrat Women's Minister Jo Swinson has been a victim of "sexism" over the Lord Rennard sexual harassment scandal, party insiders have claimed.

Treaties admission by Coalition
An independent Scotland would not have to renegotiate 14,000 international treaties, the UK Government has admitted.

Polling watchdog warns of alphabetical voting bias
LISTING election hopefuls on ballot papers in alphabetical order gives some candidates an unfair advantage, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has warned.

Presidential visit for bicentenary
THE President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, is to visit Britain to take part in celebrations marking the bicentenary of David Livingstone.

Warning over US economic model
NOBEL prize-winning American economist Joseph Stiglitz has warned Scotland not to pursue the economic model of the US, where he said rising Gross Domestic Product (GDP) masks increased poverty for many.

By-election jitters on show amid heated debate in the Commons
Tory jitters over today's Eastleigh by-election reared their head at Prime Ministers' Questions yesterday.

 

Scotsman

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Lord Forsyth urges Osborne to rethink austerity

FORMER Scottish secretary Lord Forsyth has called on the Chancellor George Osborne to “change direction” with his austerity policies ahead of the Budget later this month.



UK?s Scots independence claims ?on very thin ice?

UNIONISTS have called on the Scottish Government to publish any legal advice that suggests Scotland would not have to start again in terms of international treaties and memberships of organisations such as the EU.



William Hague: Britain cannot sit idle on Syria

Britain cannot afford just to “sit on the sidelines” and watch the slaughter continue in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday.



?Plebgate? MP Andrew Mitchell hints at EU role

Former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell today hinted that he could be set to make a political come back as Britain’s next European commissioner.



Gordon Brown attacks Remploy fund refusal

Labour MPs including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown have attacked the UK Government’s decision not to provide additional funding to save factories employing disabled workers.



Scotland on Sunday cartoon - 03/03/13

Nigel Farage and David Cameron feature in this week’s cartoon



Alexander?s vision for Scotland beyond No vote

A CONFESSION: I’ve not always been such a swell guy. It’s ­taken years to get here. Among the terrible things I’ve done down the years is torment politicians at press conferences, sometimes for little more than cheap yucks and my own sadistic pleasure. I know, I know. It’s shameful.



Euan McColm: Making plans for Nigel

Is UKIP’s Eastleigh elevation the shape of things to come, both south and north of the Border? Euan McColm investigates



Leaders: Devil in the detail for NHS

THE debate about whether Scotland should be an independent country is too often couched in arcane terms.



Gerald Warner: Conservatives damned by principles

‘IT’S disappointing for the Conservative Party but we must remain true to our principles [sic], true to our course, and that way we can win people back.”



Judith Robertson: GDP a soulless measure for wellbeing

HOW can we create an economy that works for everyone? It’s a fundamental question that needs an urgent answer, ­because for far too many ­people our existing economy is completely broken.



Drumlanrig: Last Post for veteran political editor

The retirement of veteran Sunday Post political editor Campbell Gunn after 45 years with the newspaper was celebrated in grand style at Holyrood last week at a do attended by the great and the good of Scottish politics.



Scottish independence: Fears over cross-border NHS

MY PHONE ringtone is really dull. I have had it like that for I don’t know how long. I must have heard it ring hundreds, if not thousands, of times.



Union Bridge on Border crossing set to close

THE ties that link Scotland to England are already crumbling. A historic bridge which was constructed to help strengthen the union between the two nations is in danger of being closed.



MoD to cut number of troops relocating to Scotland

COALITION ministers are to confirm that hundreds of British troops stationed in Germany will be moved to Scotland this week, although they will come under fire for scaling back dramatically the numbers originally planned to be stationed north of the Border.



Wingsland Blog

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

The nest of lies
When someone sent us the image below on Twitter, we actually went to the “Better Together” Facebook page to verify it was real, because it can be hard to tell the No campaign’s real leaflets and posters from satire. But it’s totally genuine. We’ve spoken before of the “swarm of wasps” principle often deployed by [...]

The magnifying glass
The NHS in Scotland is failing. If you don?t believe us, have a look at this graph that’s currently doing the social-media rounds courtesy of our “Better Together” friends (and was forwarded to us by an alert and concerned reader) and you’ll surely be convinced. The graphs represent cases where NHS Scotland has failed to [...]

Brain Of Britian
(And finally… #24) A charming shot of a British nationalist from an EDL march in Manchester today. You might need to click the pic to get the joke.

How times change
We followed a bit of a long and winding road ourselves to stumble across this rather excellent piece from the Scotsman archives today, and owe a major hat-tip to alert reader “Alexandre Dumas” for a hefty helping hand. It comes from the paper’s editorial leader column of the 26th of March 2007, less than two [...]

Glass half full, glass half empty
Well, this is odd. “A recovery in North Sea oil and gas investment is set to generate £100bn of economic stimulus and hand the Chancellor a £25bn bonus through extra tax receipts, new figures showed on Monday.” (The Telegraph, 25 February 2013) “An independent Scotland would begin with a £4 billion black hole in its [...]

The stability of chaos
Not content with this morning’s Daily Mail masterclass in misinformation on pensions and embassies, eagle-eyed reader Andy Inglis also offers us this quite remarkable interpretation of the Eastleigh by-election result from the same source: There’s been a “seismic political upset” in England, so Scotland should stay in the Union to ensure “continuing political stability”, even [...]

Truth and lies (not in that order)
First the lies (from the print-only editions of today’s Daily Mail): And then the truth, from our own Scott Minto a week ago. Decide for yourself who to believe. We’re not sure, incidentally, that we can recall the story which allegedly revealed it would cost an independent Scotland £1 billion to set up a few [...]

Reach for the stars
Wings Over Scotland readership stats for February. Click to size-up. Bullet points below for fans of blatant self-aggrandisement. PAGE VIEWS: up 160,546 (21%) on January to 915,952, despite having around 11% fewer posts and suffering from two days at the end of the month when our web hosts fell over. (Annoying red-tape delays have now [...]

Manufacturing concern
(Apologies to Chomsky and Herman.) A standard-issue scare story in the Scotsman today was cast in an interesting light following an email we received last night from an alert reader, who’d been contacted by “a business owner in Moray” after the latter received an unsolicited communication from the official “Better Together” campaign. We’ll let the [...]

The cliff edge
Further to our piece of earlier this morning, we present some chilling numbers for your information. They’re some of the votes cast in the last UK general election, in 2010. (NOTE: No suggestions whatsoever of any kind of moral equivalence between the various parties named below are intended or should be inferred.) ENGLISH NATIONALIST/FAR RIGHT [...]

BBC Scotland

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

SNP makes MoD 'backtrack' claim
The SNP claims the Ministry of Defence could be set to go back on key defence commitments to Scotland.

Water limit concerns whisky industry
The Scotch Whisky Association wants an exemption from a proposed water usage limit, saying it could hamper its expansion.

Reassurances over research funding
The Scottish government is to publish proposals aimed at allaying fears that university research budgets could be devastated after independence.

Unison to ballot over 1% pay offer
Public sector union Unison is to ballot its members over a 1% pay offer made by Scottish local authority employers.

Scottish exams set texts revealed
The final list of works to be featured in the new compulsory question on Scottish texts in English exams is published.

Health secretary 'faint' watching op
Scotland's health secretary had to leave an operating theatre after feeling faint while watching surgery, it emerges.

Judges overturn 'defamation' order
Appeal judges overturn a court order made against the SNP and former Aberdeen City Council leader Callum McCaig.

UK-wide alcohol unit price call
There should be a pan-UK strategy to combat problematic drinking - including a 50p minimum price for a unit of alcohol, health campaigners say.

Fall in festive knife crime hailed
Knife-related crime drops nearly 30% in Scotland over the festive period to its lowest level in 18 years.

Police force job losses confirmed
Civilian job losses at Northern Constabulary confirmed at last meeting of police board.

Provost reported over chains row
A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal as part of a police investigation into an alleged breach of the peace by a provost.

Anti-sectarian law 'working well'
Anti-sectarian legislation has worked well in its first year, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill says.

Isle shooting rights future examined
The lease to manage shooting and fishing rights on Raasay could remain in the hands of crofters long term, a minister says.

Holyrood chief in media document row
The Scottish Parliament's presiding officer Tricia Marwick has become involved in a row with the government over policy announcements made in the media.

New leader for Stirling Council
Labour's Johanna Boyd takes over from Corrie McChord as leader of Stirling Council.

Newsnet Scotland

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The Radical Scotland Tradition and Stalinism?s Legacy

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, March 2nd 2013

Next Tuesday a strange but important moment will be celebrated in a number of capitals and places in the world: the 60th anniversary of the death of Soviet leader and dictator Joseph Stalin.

Stalin?s death in 1953 was a cataclysmic event which sent ripples of uncertainty through the then monolithic Soviet bloc. First the Berlin workers came out in protest against Soviet rule, to be followed by the Hungarian and Polish springs of 1956. It resulted in Nikita Khrushchev?s famous speech denouncing Stalin?s ?cult of the personality?; and the slow unraveling of the system, which led to Gorbachev, 1989 and the end of Soviet Communism (and the Soviet Union itself).



What if Scotland votes No?

By James Marr

Campaigners against independence are keen to scare voters with visions of Scotland as an indebted impoverished hellhole that would be unable to defend itself from the hordes of Taliban and North Koreans only held at bay by the British Army.
 
The Yes campaign by contrast has strained itself to be overwhelmingly positive in its message. As a result, perhaps enough attention hasn?t been focused on the incredible stakes at play in the referendum, and quite how bad a No vote could be for Scotland.



BBC Scotland edit out controversial UK EU claim from national news programme

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Concerns have been raised after comments from a Latvian Minister claiming the rest of the UK might not inherit full EU rights following Scottish independence, were removed from a BBC Scotland evening news bulletin.
 
A broadcast on Reporting Scotland saw reporter Glenn Campbell (pictured) claim that a newly independent Scotland would have to formally apply for European membership.   The claim followed an interview with Latvian European Minister Edgars Rinkevics.



Sturgeon and Denmark on the No campaign?s radar as friendly fire damages Unio...

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It hasn?t been a great start to the year for the anti-independence campaign.  The much vaunted monthly reports from Westminster have exploded in the face of the UK coalition Ministers.
 
Independence will cost us a quid a year ? BOOM!, the Scottish Government?s transition to independence schedule is reasonable ? BOOM!,



A Yes vote can help to rebuild internationalism to take on multinationals

By John McAllion

Socialists on either side of the Yes/No divide can at least agree about one critical dimension of the referendum campaign. A majority for either side that delivers no change economically, socially or politically is unacceptable.

The problem for socialists in both camps is that their respective campaign management teams are arguing for precisely that outcome.  While, Better Together bosses bang on about the bountiful benefits of the British status quo, their equivalent in Yes Scotland seek to ensure everyone that independence will bequeath a same-again Scotland.
 



First Minister's Questions - 28 Feb 2013 - video

In keeping with our aim to provide, as often as we can, a full recording of First Minister's Questions, we have uploaded the latest session.

Many people are unable to navigate both the Scottish Parliament's own recordings and BBC Scotland?s online recording of the event, and thus Newsnet Scotland believes that by publishing here we make the event accessible to a much wider audience than would otherwise be the case.



RBS could be a sound investment

  By George Kerevan
 
Would you buy a used bank from Stephen Hester, chief executive of RBS? According to the bank?s 2012 accounts, RBS either made a loss of £5.2 billion or a modest profit of £3.5bn. Which is it? Answer: neither.
 
In fact, a close reading of the accounts shows that Hester ? at the behest of the Treasury ? has battered and cajoled RBS into a lean, mean money machine, so it can be sold for a quick buck. Quite whether that has done anything for the real economy is another matter.
 



But what does 'inappropriate behaviour' mean?

By Kenneth Roy

Sunday night on Sky, and there's breaking news. But it's only Nick Clegg 'clarifying' some earlier statement about the latest Lib Dem scandal, the allegedly 'inappropriate behaviour' of one Lord Rennard, Chris to his friends, of whom he appears to have few these days. Within minutes the revised statement is being parsed and analysed and found wanting. Half an hour later it is mince, and even being tested for traces of horsemeat. That's 24-hour news for you.



Inside ATOS: a patient?s perspective

  By a Voice Reporter
 
A few weeks ago, a friend got the dreaded letter from ATOS Healthcare to report for a medical to Cadogan Street in Glasgow.  In her case it was not a brown envelope but a cheery white one from the delightful address of Primrose Lane.
 
Knowing the first rule of attending an ATOS medical is never to go alone, she asked me to accompany her for moral support. 



Lessons from France for an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

In order to secure a ?yes? vote, millions of Scots need to have a vision of what an independent Scotland will mean. Living within the archaic UK Westminster system is all Scots have ever known, so it is understandable that the prospect of independence can cause concern about the future.

The first several years following a ?yes? vote will be consumed by process, including dividing up the property between Scotland and the rUK, making provisions for defence and currency, etc. Scots should see these uncertain negotiations as means to a greater end, oriented towards constructing a better Scotland to be passed down to future generations.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 19 - Michael Hance On Scots

I think almost every Scot will at one time or another have been told off for using a word that, although perfectly acceptable Scots, is not standard English. How could such a situation come about? ...

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Losing our religion

ONE Sunday, a bit better than half a century ago, I was christened by a minister of the Church of Scotland.



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50 Artists & Creatives Who Support Scottish Independence | National Collective

National Collective’s Ross Colquhoun was challenged by a Unionist friend to name 20 artists and creatives who support independence – he managed to name 50. This is the list.



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UK ON ?THIN ICE? OVER INDEPENDENCE CLAIMS | Scottish National Party

In a lengthy opinion, published today on Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s blog, former US Ambassador and Professor of Law at the Centre for International Human rights in Chicago Prof David Scheffer has said that the UK Government’s claim that it would be the continuing state following a Yes vote in next year’s independence referendum but that Scotland would have to take on the UK’s liabilities rests “on very thin ice”.



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UK Govt set to break defence promises to Scotland | Scottish National Party

Reports in today’s papers show the UK Government is set to break its defence promises to Scotland when it finally announces the outcome of the Basing review this week.



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SNP: Eastleigh proves gulf exists between Scotland and England

THE SNP last night seized on the result from the Eastleigh by-election to argue Westminster's politics was becoming increasingly right-wing, Europhobic and alien to Scots voters, and claimed that would boost the case for independence.



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What does Farage factor mean for us?

Peter A Bell's insight:
What "guarantees" might unionists provide? What form would such "guarantees" take? What would make them binding on any future UK government?Why would the people of Scotland have any faith in such "guarantees"? What could the British parties possibly do to induce us to accept their "jam tomorrow" promises? Far less their "maybe we'll set up a talking shop to find ways to avoid actually delivering the jam non-promises"?There is a certain naivety in Iain MacWhirter's apparent belief that some solution to the constitutional question may still be found within the framework of a British political system whose core ethos of parliamentary sovereignty is the antithesis of that which informs Scotland's politics. We cannot accept the system without also accepting - even if not embracing - this ethos. And if we accept this ethos then we must resign ourselves to fact that Scotland will always be liable to be dragged wherever a relatively tiny number of voters in England choose to take us. We either break free of the British state, or we meekly accept our fate.Just as naive is the notion that Holyrood might continue to "insulate Scotland from the tide of right-wing Conservatism in England". To the limited extent that the Scottish Government is able to do so now. this is solely due to the fact that we have an administration committed to serving the people of Scotland before the British state. And a British state which is hesitant about imposing its will while the referendum is pending. A NO vote in that referendum would put an end to such reluctance and a future Scottish Government refusing to bend to Westminster's will would increasingly find itself in ever more intractable conflict with a British state which holds the power to resolve all issues in its own favour by emasculating or even abolishing the Scottish Parliament.Let's be very clear about this. There is no constitutional settlement for Scotland within the UK that is viable in the long-term. The choice is not between independence and the union. The choice is between independence now, and a more acrimonious parting of the ways at some time in the not too distant future. Nothing the British parties might promise can alter that reality.

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What does Farage factor mean for us?

EVERY so often, something happens to remind you just how distant England is becoming.


Peter A Bell's insight:
"Britain is becoming ever more semi-detached, and eventually Europe will tire of accommodating Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism"

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Independence & The Mainstream Media: Are They Mutually Exclusive?

For most of my adult life, we accepted that with a bit of ebb and flow, voters in Scotland were split roughly evenly three ways on Independence: ‘Yes Please’, ‘God No’, and ‘to be honest I haven’t given it a thought as it’s not on the table anyway’. Then, at the fag-end of supposed salad days of the New Labour government in late 2006, it seemed that Scotland was deciding that none of the Westminster parties could provide the government it wanted for itself. In a landmark poll by ICM for the Sunday Telegraph, 52% backed Independence, with 35% opposed and just 13% on the fence. If there had been three similarly weighted constituencies, that meant that 60% of the ‘undecided’ had decided, and that 90% of those had chosen Independence.



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Negotiating a Better Pathway to Scottish Independence | Your Scotland, Your R...


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Broken Britain

My first ever job on leaving university was as a graduate trainee for a retail company and it involved spending time in different stores around the UK. I spent several months at the...



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Scottish independence: NHS future clarity sought

CROSS-BORDER medical treatment would become mired in red tape with patients caught up in complex regulations in an independent Scotland, according to claims from the pro-Union campaign.
Peter A Bell's insight:
If The Scotsman did honest headlines, the one above this article would read, "NHS fear and uncertainty sought!". The entire piece is nothing more than a reprint of some silly scare-story being peddled by one of the more disreputable figures in the anti-independence campaign.The British nationalist propaganda line is, of course, toed without the slightest reflection on what is actually being suggested by the odious Jackie Baillie. Does Rory Reynolds think to point out that the arrangements among the different health services in the UK are reciprocal and mutually advantageous? Does he trouble to mention that these arrangements have worked perfectly adequately to the benefit of all for more than sixty years?Does Rory Reynolds think to question why Jackie Baillie imagines the rUK government would go out of its way to dismantle or disrupt these arrangements after independence?The rest of us might well wonder why it is that she so blithely assumes that the British state would casually sacrifice patient-care in pursuit of some petty vendetta against Scotland. We might well regard this as a glimpse of the way Jackie Baillie's mind works and, by extension, an insight into the attitudes of British nationalists in general.And we might very well be disgusted by what is revealed.

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SNP must 'embrace devolution' if Scotland votes No says Rennie

Liberal Democrat leader says 'would be a loss to Scotland if SNP stand out in dark from home rule'.
Peter A Bell's insight:
What is this headline-hungry halfwit on about? The SNP has always worked to improve devolution by seeking more powers for the Scottish Parliament. Willie Rennie needs to learn that there would be no devolution if it were not for the SNP. It is the British parties that have always sought to limit Scotland's consitutional options.

The fact that Rennie imagines the independence movement might simply evaporate in the event of a NO vote clearly shows how little he knows of principle and political committment. But, of course, he's a British politician. To him, principles are not the bedrock of a political philosophy to be adhered to in adeversity, defended against all onslaughts and promoted tirelessly. To the likes of Rennie, principles are mere bargaining chips to be traded at the first opportunity for the trappings power.

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Wings Over Scotland | The magnifying glass

The NHS in Scotland is failing. If you don’t believe us, have a look at this graph that’s currently doing the social-media rounds courtesy of our “Better Together” friends (and was forwarded to us by an alert and concerned reader) and you’ll surely be convinced.



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Wings Over Scotland | Glass half full, glass half empty

Well, this is odd.

“A recovery in North Sea oil and gas investment is set to generate £100bn of economic stimulus and hand the Chancellor a £25bn bonus through extra tax receipts, new figures showed on Monday.”
(The Telegraph, 25 February 2013)

“An independent Scotland would begin with a £4 billion black hole in its finances due to a fall in oil revenues, UK Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said yesterday.”
(The Scotsman, 2 March 2013)

Looks like that Reverse Perception Field at the border is still working, then.



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Daily Record

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Deputy First Minister raises fears over the future of Scotland-based soldiers
NICOLA Sturgeon doesn't believe an initial plan to base up to 7,000 personnel here will be honoured when the UK basing plan is unveiled this week.

Former PM Gordon Brown attacks the UK Government on the lack of funding for R...
THE Fife politician, who is campaigning for two local factories to be kept open, says the money being offered is not enough to secure long-term viability.

Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says SNP should embrace devolution if Scotland v...
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said repeatedly that SNP will not stop supporting independence even if the country votes against it in the 2014 referendum.

Report shows how politics is dominated by males and how the number of Scottis...
IN 1999, Scotland had 37 per cent female MSPs, which rose to 40 per cent in 2003 but there was drop to 33 per cent in 2007 and then a tiny rise to 35 per cent in 2011.

Revealed: Criminals owe £18.5m in unpaid court fines across Scotland
SCOTTISH Tories say system is a 'joke' because offenders know they will not be chased up for failing to pay what they owe. 

Miracle for the Lib Dems, earthquake in England for the Tories
TORCUIL CRICHTON on the rise of Ukip and how the Liberal Democrats have performed a miracle after managing to hold on to seat.

Liberal Democrats hold onto seat and beat Ukip to claim victory in Eastleigh ...
LOCAL councillor Mike Thornton took the seat after it was vacated by shamed ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne.

Horsemeat scandal: Scottish Government sets up expert group to learn from foo...
THE group will examine what lessons can be taken away from the horsemeat revelations.

Independence referendum: Yes vote means reapplying to EU, says Latvia's forei...
LATVIA is due to take over the presidency of the EU in 2015 and Edgar Rinkevics believes if Scotland declares independence he would deal with the issue.

Bedroom tax has left me feeling suicidal, reveals wheelchair-bound Scot
JANICE MARTIN said she fears the new Con-Dem tax will force her out of her home in Coatbridge.

Lord Rennard: Nick Clegg admits party made mistakes in handling of sexual abu...
HOWEVER, the Deputy Prime Minister continued to insist that he was personally unaware of any specific allegations by women in the party until they were broadcast last week.

Scottish Government back EU deal to ban dumping of dead fish in the sea
THE new rules are now subject to final negotiation with MEPs and will be introduced progressively between 2014 and 2019 as part of reforming the common fisheries policy (CFP).

Bedroom tax controversy: David Cameron promises to examine 'any individual case'
CAMERON pledged that the Department for Work and Pensions will consider individual cases for those affected by the benefit cut.

Dramatic Italian election sees no overall winner and country left almost ungo...
THERE are fresh fears the eurozone could slip back into another crisis as Italian election ends in deadlock.

Italian crisis is no laughing matter
NOT only does the deadlock in Italy mean the country is left ungoverned, the wider implications for the world economy are staggering.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Independent Scotland would have little influence on bank policy, says minister

Westminster would control Bank of England decisions even if Scotland kept sterling as its currency, says Michael Moore

An independent Scotland would not be allowed a role in setting policy for the B...



Scotland: Britain's real referendum | Editorial

Bit by bit the arguments and terrain for the 2014 referendum vote are taking sharper shape

It is about time that British politics got real about the referendum. Not the hypothetical referendum on th...



SNP urges Cameron to start handover talks for Scottish independence

Nicola Sturgeon says independent Scotland could begin 15 months after a 'yes' vote but critics dismiss timetable as 'absurd'

Nicola Sturgeon has challenged David Cameron to start talks on an "order...



Steve Bell on the wording of the Scottish independence referendum question ? ...

Alex Salmond accepts election watchdog's criticism of original wording as well as its proposed campaign spending limits

Steve Bell



Alex Salmond's Scottish independence referendum question rejected

Electoral Commission says SNP leader's choice of wording was biased in favour of a yes vote and should be dropped

Alex Salmond's preferred referendum question on Scottish independence has been rejec...



Scottish nationalists don't have a monopoly on Scottishness | Blair McDougall

The SNP's deeply negative independence campaign is at odds with the positive, outward-looking outlook of most Scots

Asking questions of your government is a basic feature of democracy. It is also de...



Support for Scottish independence slumps to lowest level since devolution

Less than a quarter of Scots are in favour of breaking away from UK, according to survey

Support for independence among Scottish voters has slumped to its lowest level since devolution, with less th...



Alex Salmond gave incomplete answers on EU legal advice, inquiry finds

First minister cleared of breaching ministerial code but criticised for 'muddled' response in BBC interview

Alex Salmond has been chastised for giving "muddled and incomplete" answers about his lega...



Pro-UK camp suffers friendly fire wound in first skirmish of the year

It has been a far quieter start to the independence campaign than in 2012 but the 'yes' camp scores the first point with its 'pay a pound for freedom' campaign, courtesy of Danny Alexander

If the st...



MoD: Trident submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to Plymouth

Devonport is ruled out as home for submarines, raising questions over future of fleet if Scotland votes for independence

Britain's nuclear-armed submarines cannot be moved from Scotland to the Devon...



Salute Scotland's great and good of 2012 | Kevin McKenna

Whether it was sport, politics or charity, this has been a memorable year for the nation

Being a large-glass-of-Bacardi-and-Coke-half-full sort of chap, I have tended to see the good in every year t...



Salmond sets up Leveson panel as Scotland prepares to go it alone

A five-person panel of legal experts and journalists has been appointed by the Scottish government to consider how to implement the Leveson report.

They are to spend three months considering how sta...



Scotland to ban cigarette displays in shops after court challenge fails

Ban on open displays of tobacco products likely to come into effect in April after supreme court throws out firm's case

Shops in Scotland will be banned from openly displaying cigarettes after a leg...



Scottish minister to make emergency statement on EU membership rights

Move comes after president of European commission says independent Scotland will not inherit UK's EU opt-outs

The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency stat...



Scotland calls for urgent talks over EU membership

Scottish government rejects commission chief's assertion that independent state would have to reapply to join European Union

The Scottish government is pressing for urgent talks with the European co...



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Broken Britain
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When the Boat Comes In
By Fiona MacInnes There?s something fishy going on. Funded to the tune of $500,000 by the Oak foundation ?Hugh?s Great Fish Fight? (Channel 4) with the great proletarian leader himself [...]

From the Province of the Cat 13: The Language of the Birds
by George Gunn ?The past is unbearable, the present is degenerate, so our only hope lies in the future.?  So wrote Bertolt Brecht some 70 years ago. He had Europe [...]

The Scottish Indy Podcast 18 ? Ruaridh and Keith Waddell
“Dodging riots and tear gas in Livingstone today. There is a by-election tomorrow and the leader of the opposition has been arrested and charged with inciting violence, personally I think [...]

Land and Freedom 1813 ? 2013
By Andy Wightman Oxfam has launched a major campaign on food security - Enough Food for Everyone.  It aims to reach 20 million people across the UK and to persuade [...]

Driven by Bigotry?
Rangers disappointed? They should be seething with their supporters. By Andy Muirhead Saturday?s game against Berwick Rangers should have been about the football on the pitch, but it was overshadow...

People Powered Future
Imagine Scotland as a Hub of Democratic Innovation, a Scotland where Everyone has A Say!

For A That 15 ? Good Grades
For the 15th episode of the For A? That podcast Andrew and I spoke with Kate Higgins of Burdz Eye View fame. We had a quick natter about the AAA rating story and why it may [...]

Just Say Yes
By Cat Boyd With the publication yesterday of Yes Scotland?s response to the STUC?s ?Just Scotland? paper, the question is raised again – what would trade unionism look like in [...]

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

UK's Scots independence claims 'on very thin ice' - Scotsman

Scotsman

UK's Scots independence claims 'on very thin ice'
Scotsman
It concluded that the the most likely outcome of a vote for Scottish independence would be the continuation of the UK as the existin...


Scottish independence: NHS future clarity sought - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: NHS future clarity sought
Scotsman
Better Together says this is the system that would have to be used if Scotland voted for independence and patients needed treatment a...


Scottish independence: Reassurances over university research funding - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Reassurances over university research funding
BBC News
The Scottish government is to publish proposals aimed at allaying fears that university research budgets could be...


Scottish independence: No referendum tourism fears - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No referendum tourism fears
Scotsman
The agency said it was confident Scots would be ?fully welcoming? to the English next year, when the independence debate will see u...


Scottish independence: 'Oil revenues to fall' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Oil revenues to fall'
Scotsman
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would begin with a £4 billion black hole in its finances due to a fall in oil revenues, UK Chief Secretary to th...


The issue of an independent Scotland's status in the EU has been hotly debate...

BBC News

The issue of an independent Scotland's status in the EU has been hotly debated ...
BBC News
Latvia's Edgars Rinkevics said Scotland would be considered a "new country". The Baltic state is du...


Scottish independence: How do you defend a small country? - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: How do you defend a small country?
BBC News
When the SNP changed their defence policy to support Nato membership the party leadership visited Denmark to discuss its mil...


Scottish independence campaign 'stereotyping the English as Right wing' - Tel...

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence campaign 'stereotyping the English as Right wing'
Telegraph.co.uk
The First Minister has claimed a separate Scotland would be a ?progressive beacon? for the Engli...


Scottish independence: SNP crowding out key issues - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP crowding out key issues
Scotsman
In a blunt attack on the Holyrood ?political elite? under the SNP government, the shadow foreign secretary will say that the consta...


Scottish independence: Confusion over SNP proposal - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Confusion over SNP proposal
Scotsman
?There is growing evidence that the current UK regulatory framework does not adequately reflect Scottish priorities. With independe...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Soldier numbers query from Sturgeon - icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News

Soldier numbers query from Sturgeon
icLanarkshire - East Kilbride News
In 2011 the UK Government said up to 7,000 personnel returning from Germany would be based in Scotland with a new barracks and t...


Deputy First Minister raises fears over the future of Scotland-based soldiers...

Deputy First Minister raises fears over the future of Scotland-based soldiers
Scottish Daily Record
Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox made the 2011 announcement to offset the closure of the RAF bases...


Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says SNP should embrace devolution if Scotland ....

Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says SNP should embrace devolution if Scotland ...
Scottish Daily Record
Last year the SNP resurrected "The Claim of Right for Scotland", a core element of the Constituti...


UK Govt set to break defence promises to Scotland - SNP (press release)

UK Govt set to break defence promises to Scotland
SNP (press release)
Reports in today's papers show the UK Government is set to break its defence promises to Scotland when it finally announces the o...


SNP 'using council staff as political footballs' in East Lothian - East Lothi...

SNP 'using council staff as political footballs' in East Lothian
East Lothian News
SNP 'using council staff as political footballs' in East Lothian. Published on Sunday 3 March 2013 07:00. The SNP gr...


SNP: Eastleigh proves gulf exists between Scotland and England - Herald Scotland

SNP: Eastleigh proves gulf exists between Scotland and England
Herald Scotland
THE SNP last night seized on the result from the Eastleigh by-election to argue Westminster's politics was becoming incr...


SNP 'may have to accept devolution' - ic Lanarkshire.co.uk

SNP 'may have to accept devolution'
ic Lanarkshire.co.uk
The SNP should embrace devolution if Scotland votes No to independence after years of acting like "reluctant bystanders", according to the lea...


What does Farage factor mean for us? - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

What does Farage factor mean for us?
Herald Scotland
The SNP are on the case, of course, and say the only way to protect Scotland from Tory austerity is by voting Yes to independence. ...


SNP claims MoD 'set to go back' on Scotland - BBC News

BBC News

SNP claims MoD 'set to go back' on Scotland
BBC News
The SNP has claimed the Ministry of Defence could be set to go back on key defence commitments to Scotland. The UK government said in 2011...


SNP must 'embrace devolution' if Scotland votes No says Rennie - stv.tv

SNP must 'embrace devolution' if Scotland votes No says Rennie
stv.tv
The SNP should embrace devolution if Scotland votes No to independence after years of acting like "reluctant bystanders", accordi...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: No referendum tourism fears - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: No referendum tourism fears
Scotsman
?There is no evidence that the referendum debate has an impact on tourism. That's important because the English market is absolutel...


Scottish referendum: Post-independence regulation 'would be simpler' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish referendum: Post-independence regulation 'would be simpler'
BBC News
The regulation of industries such as the energy sector would be more straightforward if Scots voted for independe...


The Referendum Q & A: Janey Godley - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Janey Godley
Herald Scotland
This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they'll be voting. This...


Resolve question of EU membership before independence referendum - Herald Sco...

Resolve question of EU membership before independence referendum
Herald Scotland
The comments by Latvia's Foreign Minister, Edgar Rinkevics, that an independent Scotland would have to apply for Europ...


Put your referendum questions to Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens - BBC ...

BBC News

Put your referendum questions to Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens
BBC News
The leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, will be in the hot seat to answer your referendum questions....


Scottish independence: Student referendum results in large 'no' vote - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Student referendum results in large 'no' vote
BBC News
A mock referendum among students on Scottish independence has resulted in a large majority in favour of staying w...


Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014 - The...

The Independent (blog)

Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014
The Independent (blog)
The Spanish federal government is far less amenable to the referendum proposed by ...


Scottish independence: Glasgow students stage early referendum - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Glasgow students stage early referendum
BBC News
Glasgow university students will be taking part in a "dress rehearsal" ballot box vote on the Scottish independence ref...


Scottish Parliament referendum power to be rubber-stamped by Privy Council - ...

BBC News

Scottish Parliament referendum power to be rubber-stamped by Privy Council
BBC News
The legal agreement for the Scottish Parliament to organise an independence referendum is to be rubber-stam...


Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says SNP should embrace devolution if Scotland ....

Press TV

Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie says SNP should embrace devolution if Scotland ...
Scottish Daily Record
Mr Crawford said: "Everyone knows that Scotland's home rule journey has always run on SNP...


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Anything Goes

Posting Pictures!
Can someone tell me how to post pics from ipad pleeeeeeeze?

Beards

Is there a "thing" going on at the moment wi' guys and beards?

 

I noticed that the two presenters on Sunday Brunch both had grown beards and there's an abnormally high number of players in the Kil...



Happy Birthday Glenn!

 

I love big band music in particular Glenn Miller & his band!  



All Went A Bit Funny There...

What happened? Was it the NWO attacking us again for being full of daft pseudoscientific paranoia a bastion of free speech against the forces of evil?



Fibdums Win In Eastleigh

Okay, Clegg & Co hang on to the seat but, for me, it's akin to going to the match to see your team play your biggest rival; winning 5-0, stopping off at the pub for a skinful to celebrate on the wa...



Another Unionist Scarelie Busted.

They didn't even check their own facts on the fantasy claim of Scotland having to renegotiate 14,000 treaties before they run with the lie.

 

They'll soon be running on tradition and sentiment at t...



Former Labour Fm Henry Mcleish May Vote 'yes'.

I wonder if he'll be the first of many as the date draws closer.

 

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/ex-first-minister-may-vote-yes.20368519



What's A Gateway?
And why won't my laptop connect to it?

I'm on a guest wireless access point at work and it says I'm connected to the point,but the network map suggests otherwise?

Any members of the geek squad out...

Israel "sterilize" Immigrant Women Without Their Knowledge

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21621388



Sports Physics Ebook

Hi there!

To all TA fans that may want to put a little science into the way they view sport.

An affordable ebook written in layman's terms:

 

www.physicsandsport.com

 

Thanks!



Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...

Why the SNP is playing down the consequences of YES
How changing the question added 16 points to NO’s lead There’s new polling out from TNS-BMRB into the form of wording for the Scottish Independence referendum due to take place in October 2014. The...

A MORI double whammy for Salmond and the SNP
Three weeks into the campaign and NO increases lead There’s a new telephone poll from MORI of Scottish voters and the results are not encouraging for Alex Salmond or his party in their effort to se...

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of the UK's top 100 political blogs.

Moving in the right direction
My latest article for the International Business Times is now up, on the subject of an encouraging few weeks for the Yes campaign, and how two of the No side's favourite scare stories have bitten t...

What's an anti-nuclear country to do?
I gather from a newspaper report today that the UK government has decreed (in its usual self-effacing manner) that an independent Scotland would be 'banned' from possessing nuclear weapons.  So let...

And you dare me to face the attack
Yes folks, it's that time of the year already, when I pointlessly alienate 99% of regular readers by reminding you that this is (theoretically at least) a Eurovision blog as well as a Scottish poli...

Plaid Cymru surge to joint lead for Assembly list vote in dramatic YouGov poll
Here is the type of bizarre poll that we used to see in Scotland when people still thought that the list vote was a second preference vote. But the Additional Member System has been operating in W...

Comment is free (at least here)
I'll start by apologising in advance, because the majority of you won't have a clue what this post is all about. But as a matter of principle, I object strongly to being censored, especially when ...

Will the Tories rebrand themselves as 'Scotland for Socialism'?
I received a glossy No2AV-style purple leaflet the other day from an organisation calling itself 'Scotland for Marriage', and yet curiously their main preoccupation seems to be with preventing cert...

Yes voters who were born outside Scotland
I'm not sure if this has been commented upon elsewhere yet, but one feature of last week's Ipsos-Mori poll on independence that struck me as particularly interesting was the breakdown of voting int...

Creative accountancy on Twitter
Spotted on Twitter earlier this morning -

Katherine O'Donnell ?: Comparison with Nov 2012 Ipsos MORI poll suggest Scots keener than the English on EU - 50% of English wanted out, 53% of Scots want...

Labour vote falls 4% in Rutherglen South by-election - Labour councillor desc...
This was the rather startling verdict of Labour councillor Davie McLachlan on yesterday's Rutherglen South by-election -

"Amazing result and body blow to the nats. The downfall begins"

"Massive d...


Another tragic example of the 'empowering' effect of owning guns for self-def...
Unconfirmed media reports this morning are suggesting an unimaginable human tragedy - that legendary South African athlete Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead after mistaking h...

Ipsos-Mori becomes third pollster this year to show a swing in favour of inde...
Here are the latest Ipsos-Mori findings on independence, which make highly encouraging reading for the Yes campaign -

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 34% (+4)
No 55% (-3)


In theor...

My campaign to be Pope starts here
I was surprised and delighted to discover on the BBC website a couple of hours ago that I am fully eligible to be elected Pope next month. It seems that there are no boring requirements about havi...

I-I-I-I wouldn't change a thi-ing
From the BBC -

Writing before the launch of the Westminster government's document, Mr Cameron pledged that his government would put the "facts" about Scottish independence to the public.

He said:...


The right of Scottish Labour MPs to deny equal marriage rights to English peo...
A few days ago, someone asked me on PB if I couldn't think of some good points to the constitutional status quo.  "There must be something, surely," he said (or at least that was the gist).  After ...

Angus Reid finds 1.5% swing in favour of independence since last month
The Mail are manfully spinning this for all it's worth (yes, they even use the traditional words "huge setback"!), but I'm afraid facts are chiels that winna ding - the first poll on independence u...

 

     

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