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Curran hails Labour curb on power of union block voting
SHADOW Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has described Labour's overwhelming vote in favour of curbing the power of union block votes as the last piece of unfinished business by the late John Smith, almost 20 years since his death.

Unfair use of benefit sanctions putting pressure on food banks
about 68,000 benefit ­claimants are having their welfare payments stopped unfairly each year, heightening demand for food banks, a think tank has warned.

Owen's backing welcomed
Ed Miliband has welcomed the backing of former SDP leader and Labour foreign secretary Lord Owen for the reforms.

De Piero thanks inspirational page 3 models
A Labour shadow minister has given credit to the model Sam Fox for inspiring her to pose for topless photographs.

Cameron warned to ditch net migration pledge
Former Tory Defence Secretary Liam Fox has warned David Cameron to ditch his pledge to bring down net migration to tens of thousands of people.

Labour to propose new police powers
Labour wants new powers for police and security services to crack down on cyber crimes like child pornography and terrorism, but only with extra checks on how crime agencies are using sensitive data, the Shadow Home Secretary will say.

Murphy calls for party to be 'ambitious' in handing powers to Holyrood
JIM Murphy has become the latest Scottish shadow cabinet minister at Westminster to urge his party's Devolution Commission to be "ambitious" in handing more powers to Holyrood.

Boris focused on mayor role amid suggestions of a rift with top Tories
Friends of Boris Johnson have sought to play down claims of a feud within the Conservatives amid suggestions the Mayor of London was the victim of a dirty tricks campaign at the hands of Chancellor George Osborne.

Blair accused of Sinn Fein deceit
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair engaged in a "deliberate deception by omission" by failing to tell the majority of politicians in Northern Ireland about the agreement his government struck with Sinn Fein to deal with on-the-run republicans, Stormont's First Minister has said.

MSP says eating disorder conference was 'rewarding'
THE MSP whose family tragedy led to one of the biggest ever conferences on eating disorders has spoken of it being extremely "draining but incredibly rewarding" and his wife said "it makes us so proud".

Labour at odds over full income tax powers for Holyrood
SCOTTISH Labour's policy commission is expected to draw back from recommending a full, immediate transfer of income tax powers to Holyrood, senior party sources have claimed.

Farage tells of languages on train trip
NIGEL FARAGE has said he felt "awkward" on a recent train journey in central London when he heard only foreign languages spoken by fellow passengers.

Unspun: The politics diary
Fergie hairdryered

Miliband urges party to back biggest reforms in 100 years
ED Miliband will today urge Labour to become a movement again by backing the biggest party reforms for almost 100 years to give ordinary workers a voice "louder than ever before".

Immigration flow surges to 212,000
A SURGE in immigration from Romania and Bulgaria and a drop in people leaving the UK has dealt another blow to Government hopes of slashing net migration to the tens of thousands.


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Hugh Reilly: Labour has lost its way
3 Mar 2014 at 3:00pm

Wrongfooted over the whole independence debate, the party of Keir Hardie and Nye Bevan needs to recapture its soul, writes Hugh Reilly



Peter Jones: Scotland left on the sidelines?
3 Mar 2014 at 3:00pm

POTENTIAL diplomatic answers to the crisis in Ukraine may have an impact on separatist ambitions in Scotland, writes Peter Jones



Leaders: Ukraine crisis | Economic uncertainty
3 Mar 2014 at 3:00pm

JUST when it seemed things could not get any more tense in Ukraine, nerves were pulled even tauter when reports indicated the Ukrainian military in Crimea had been given a deadline of 3am today and told: surrender or be attacked.



Comment: Johnson-Osborne spat only the beginning
3 Mar 2014 at 3:00pm

THOSE looking for evidence of an Old Etonian elite running the country for the benefit of themselves need look no further than the bizarre Tory soap opera that played out over the weekend.



Alex Salmond facing Aberdeen Council ?ban?
3 Mar 2014 at 12:31pm

COUNCIL chiefs in Aberdeen are calling for Alex Salmond to be banned from all council-owned facilities until after the independence referendum.



Scottish independence: Trident nuclear warning
3 Mar 2014 at 12:21pm

The government is guilty of a “dereliction of duty” in failing to look at what would happen to Trident if Scotland votes for independence, a former first sea lord has said.



Scottish independence: No vote has most support
3 Mar 2014 at 11:43am

More people want to keep Scotland in the UK, according to a new poll on the independence referendum campaign.



Scottish independence: Sturgeon says women are key
3 Mar 2014 at 11:16am

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Yes Scotland campaign will win the referendum if it can convince a majority of women to vote for independence.



Sturgeon brands further devolution plans ?inadequate?
3 Mar 2014 at 8:37am

SCOTTISH independence: Further proposals for further devolution from unionist parties are “at best inadequate and at worst damaging”, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.



Ukraine: Hague urges Russia to drop intervention
3 Mar 2014 at 4:50am

WILLIAM Hague has urged Russia to back off from its intervention in Crimea as stock markets crashed on fears of economic retaliation by the West.



The Scotsman cartoon: Sir Sean and independence
2 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

SIR Sean Connery’s endorsement of a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum is the subject of today’s cartoon



RBS chief - ?Free UK banking coming to an end?
2 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

FREE consumer banking in the UK is coming to an end, Royal Bank of Scotland’s chief executive has warned.



Big rise in over-50s alcoholics ?tip of iceberg?
2 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

FEARS of a rapid increase in ­alcoholism in the over-50s have been raised after a project in Glasgow saw a 315 per cent rise in the number of drink-related cases in the age group in four years.



Senior Tory calls for focus on low-skilled migrants
2 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

THE Prime Minister must ditch the pledge to bring net migration down to tens of thousands and instead focus efforts on curbing the number of low-skilled workers heading to Britain to stave off the threat from Ukip, former defence secretary Liam Fox has said.



Leaders: Ukraine crisis | RBS accounts
2 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

BY ANY measure, events in Ukraine have exploded into the worst European crisis since the end of the Cold War.




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Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

Damn that uncertainty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Mar 2014 at 12:34pm
From today’s Press & Journal, for those of you outside Aberdeen. But remember, readers – only independence creates doubt.

The price of the BBC
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Mar 2014 at 6:48am
We’ve been writing for quite a while now about the absurd-yet-deathless “Project Fear” scare story that an independent Scotland would lose access to BBC broadcasts (and thereby shows like Strictly Come Dancing, Match Of The Day, EastEnders, Doctor Who and, we dunno, Homes Under The Hammer or something), which was given another tired run-through last […]

The difference a day makes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Mar 2014 at 4:18am
Scotland on Sunday yesterday: The Scotsman 24 hours later: Rinse, lather and repeat for the next six months. That analysis will, of course, remain true even after Scottish Labour actually bite the bullet and come up with the results of their “Devolution Commission” at this month’s branch-party conference (assuming they do). Because as Yes supporters […]

The Eton Rifling
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Mar 2014 at 12:51pm
Heavens above. We thought that being reduced to sending out chain letters might have been some sort of rogue effort, but it seems “Better Together” really is as desperate for cash  as it’s appeared to be in recent months, with barely a week going by that we don’t get an email from Alistair Darling, chatting […]

The case as it is
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Mar 2014 at 10:23am
If you missed it live, here’s the audio recording of the debate held at the Volunteer Rooms in Irvine on Friday. (The event wasn’t video-recorded, despite Clan Destiny Films having a high-quality camera team there, because the Labour MP for Central Ayrshire, Brian Donohoe, refused to give his permission.) Click the image for the two-hour MP3 […]
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The meanings of life
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Mar 2014 at 5:12am
This week’s edition of the Sunday Herald is a “referendum special” marking 200 days of the campaign to go (although actually it doesn’t have an awful lot more referendum coverage than a normal issue). There are lots of things worth reading – as ever, we recommend spending a modest 69p for a digital copy via […]

Pay your money, take your choice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2014 at 7:00pm
This morning’s Scotland on Sunday: Well, that seems clear. Then again, here’s yesterday’s Herald: Now we’re just confused.

A tale of two cities
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2014 at 4:00pm
Yes Scotland campaigning today in Edinburgh: And here’s “Better Together” doing the same thing in Glasgow: The good news is we might be able to fix up a hot date for the poor chap.

New currency options explored
by Chris Cairns
1 Mar 2014 at 12:00pm

As other selves see us
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Mar 2014 at 9:00am
Will Self in the New Statesman, 28 February 2014: “As someone who for the past two decades has visited Scotland at least three or four times a year, and spent a great deal of those visits in and around the former steel town of Motherwell, I cherish few illusions about the country. On the whole, […]


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Devolution plans 'fall short'
3 Mar 2014 at 10:05am
Scotland's deputy first minister says pro-Union campaigners' proposals for more powers "fall far short" of what is needed.


Campaign calls for 'rail revolution'
2 Mar 2014 at 6:07pm
Transport campaigners issue a list of key developments they say could make rail travel in Scotland faster, safer and greener.


Council 'could ban' first minister
3 Mar 2014 at 11:31am
First Minister Alex Salmond and his Scottish ministerial team could be banned from all council-run buildings in Aberdeen.


NHS 'coping better' with winter
3 Mar 2014 at 5:03am
Health Secretary Alex Neil reveals that waiting times in Scottish hospitals have dropped significantly compared with 12 months ago.


Minister acts on delivery charges
2 Mar 2014 at 6:08pm
Enterprise minister Fergus Ewing asks major retailers to ensure customers in rural areas are not penalised on delivery charges.


Isles denied Post Office mortgages
3 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
The Post Office is being criticised for not making its mortgages available for properties on all Scottish islands except Skye.


Drugs system 'unfit for purpose'
2 Mar 2014 at 12:01pm
Senior doctors involved in the treatment of cancer patients say many of them are not getting the drugs they need.


Campaigns mark referendum milestone
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm
Leading figures on both sides of the Scottish independence debate are marking the campaign entering its final 200 days.


Plan to shake up hospital provision
3 Mar 2014 at 4:18am
Two small hospitals in Badenoch and Strathspey could be closed and replaced by a new hospital in Aviemore.


More than 700 attacks on A&E staff
1 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm
Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats show there were 774 attacks on staff in Scottish A&E departments over a two-year period.


Concerns over Bannockburn Live event
2 Mar 2014 at 7:58am
Concerns are raised over ticket sales and marketing for the event organised to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.


Former Labour chairman backing Yes
1 Mar 2014 at 7:43am
Former chairman of Scottish Labour Bob Thomson says he will back a Yes vote in the independence referendum.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


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Will the real No campaign please stand up
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Mar 2014 at 11:38pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Jose Manuel Barroso, Bob Dudley and David Nish - three men who have dominated recent media coverage of the independence referendum.  They are the heads of the European Commission, BP and Standard Life respectively.
 
Vaclav Klaus, Joelle Garriaud-Maylam, Michael O'Leary and Willie Walsh ? four people who haven't featured quite as much, indeed if at all in some cases.



Currency threat contempt for Scots
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Mar 2014 at 1:18pm

By John McAllion

'Better Together' campaigners were triumphant as Britain's three party establishment ruled out a currency union with a post-independent Scotland.

The co-ordinated announcement by Tory, Lib Dem and Labour spokespeople was intended to be a game changer that would cause undecided voters to flock into the No camp and scupper any prospect of a Yes majority in the referendum.



Another Easterhouse is Possible
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Mar 2014 at 3:32am

  By Peter Geoghegan

"Anyone here who has never been canvassing?" Jonathan Shafi, co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign, projected his voice to be heard by the 50 or so hardy souls huddled together in a half-empty car park in Easterhouse on a dreich midweek evening.  A couple of novices, hands gingerly raised, were quickly paired up with more experienced stagers. "Once you've got a partner go over and get a sheet from Tony."



Scottish Land, Environment, and the Written Constitution
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Mar 2014 at 3:06pm

By Mark McNaught
 
As part of our ongoing project to develop a written constitution worthy of ratification in an independent Scotland, I am beginning a series of articles to explain what is included in the present draft, and elicit comment and suggestions as to how it could be improved. 
 
In Scotland, the issue of land and the environment crucial not only to the quality of life to be enjoyed for this and future generations, but also to help forge a more egalitarian society.



Dear Sir?.
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Mar 2014 at 3:32pm

By Derek Bateman
 
I've got a job at last! Blogging to end immediately?I'm hunting out my suit?Listen to this ? BBC Scotland wants a public affairs adviser, someone with intimate knowledge of Scottish politics, who understands broadcasting and can advise senior management at PQ. It's made for me?
 
They're advertising for a good communicator ? duh! ? who can sort through a mass of information quickly and produce a coherent synopsis and tell the managers what to do to improve their image.



Can Strachan lead Scotland out of the wilderness?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Mar 2014 at 4:59am

By Stefan Bienkowski
 
The hopes of the nation were once again renewed as Scotland's national team found out its fate ahead of Euro 2016, with the preliminary qualification groups decided by this week's draw.
 
Gordon Strachan's squad were given a testing collection of sides to overcome in their long and questionable task of qualification, with Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar making up Group D.



Is the UK 'the most successful political union in history'?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Feb 2014 at 5:22pm

By Hamish Scott
 
One of the signs of a changing constitutional politics in Scotland is a change of slogans and their claims. For many years, the description of the Union as a ?partnership of equals? was perhaps the most popular such slogan.
 
It was used by unionists and nationalists alike, and gained mantra-like status in the process.



Standard Procedure
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Feb 2014 at 3:30pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Standard Life ? Standard Procedure. What did you expect from a financial company ? altruism? Presented with any change they can't manage themselves, they panic. Oh yes, they do have to plan for eventualities, but they don't need to make public announcements coordinated with a political campaign.
 
Notice how early warnings were issued to selected media including the BBC's Robert Peston who worked hand-in-glove with Alistair Darling's Treasury during the financial meltdown to get daily exclusives.



BBC bias is already a referendum issue
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Feb 2014 at 11:24am

  By Kenneth Roy 
 
I
BBC News Online is the most popular news website in the UK. Its 40 million 'unique users' every week ? of whom 25 million are in Britain ? give it a position in the media market of enormous dominance and authority. That is why anything that happens on BBC News Online should be watched carefully.

And something is happening ? something rather odd. Since the appointment of Tony Hall as director-general, the BBC has embarked on a perverse mission to save a failing British institution ? the mainstream press.



Pensions: Britain's Ponzi Scheme
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Feb 2014 at 5:29pm

By Derek Bateman
 
What's going to happen to your pension, the Unionists like to ask. It's a very good question and they've managed to spin it relentlessly to frighten pensioners into thinking Scotland couldn't afford to pay its way.
 
Like so much else in this debate, the case is built on a myth. It pre-supposes that Britain's current arrangements are rock-solid and sustainable?carried aloft on David Cameron's broad shoulders.




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Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Damn that uncertainty
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 12:55pm

From today's Press & Journal, for those of you outside Aberdeen. But remember, readers - only independence creates doubt.

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Tae Think Again: Rethinking Identity in Contemporary Scotland
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 11:40am

I read that Richard Dreyfuss is in Glasgow for the film festival, and was asked for his views on independence. His reply: ‘I’m not sure my particular brand of banality will be called...



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Scottish independence is now becoming a palpable threat to the English elite,...
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 11:33am

AS Alex Salmond gets set to address Westminster with his case for independence, Jason Cowley reflects on how the threat of a split is starting to cause panic amongst our English peers.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Jason Cowley is, of course, completely wrong about Scotland not having to "wait too long f...



Sturgeon brands further devolution plans ?inadequate?
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 10:28am

SCOTTISH independence: Further proposals for further devolution from unionist parties are “at best inadequate and at worst damaging”, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Nicola Sturgeon: "The emerging proposals of the No parties are at best inadequate and at wors...



For A' That 41 - Shout!
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 10:05am

For the 41st episode of the For A’ That podcast Andrew and I were joined by broadcaster and blogger Derek Bateman, former Socialist MSP and member of Women For Indy, Carolyn Leckie and writer and blogger William Duguid.


First we talked about the Sturgeon/Lamont stramash. At the risk of going again...



Scotland's Referendum 2014 | Addressing Scotland?s five key challenges
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 9:59am


Peter A Bell's insight:

I too believe that it is time to take Scotland’s future into Scotland’s hands.



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Ipsos MORI | Poll | ?No? retains lead as referendum campaigns enter final 200...
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 9:37am

With a little less than 200 days to go until Scotland goes to the polls in the independence referendum, our latest poll for STV News shows little change in public opinion compared to our last poll in December 2013.
Peter A Bell's insight:

As the referendum campaign proceeds polls such as this look ...



Scottish homes pay most for energy in Britain
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 9:34am

Scottish households have the highest energy costs in Britain, according to official figures.

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Poor 'Driven To Food Banks' By Benefits Curbs
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 9:31am

Nearly 70,000 are wrongly having benefits removed leaving them struggling to eat, a leading Tory think-tank has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I do not want to be part of this "nation2 they call Britain.



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What would the UK do without Scotland? - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 9:15am

A "Yes" vote in September's independence referendum would of course be momentous for Scotland, but what effect would it have on the rest of the United Kingdo...

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Brian Monteith: Yes heads in sand as firms comment
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 8:42am

BUSINESS leaders’ views should be welcomed, not sneered at, as they will help broaden the Scottish independence debate, writes Brian Monteith
Peter A Bell's insight:

Brian Monteith is seriously confused. The dismissive response to which he refers does not relate to the comments from various busines...



Coalition leaders rack up £5.5MILLION profit in posh houses boom - and that's...
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 7:23am

Soaring property prices in London and
the South East mean their houses are worth nearly £1.2m each on average, much of it funded by generous expenses claims
Peter A Bell's insight:

This is not my country. This is not a country I want any part of.



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The price of the BBC
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 6:56am

We've been writing for quite a while now about the absurd "Project Fear" scare story that an independent Scotland would lose access to BBC broadcasts, which was given another tired run-through last...

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Katie Morag author backs Scottish independence
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 6:51am

The Scottish author of the popular Katie Morag children’s books has spoken positively about independence.

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Sturgeon: only independence can tackle Scotland's challenges
by Peter A Bell
3 Mar 2014 at 6:46am

The Deputy First Minister will lay out the challenges Scotland faces and argue that independence is the only way to address them, in a key speech today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is a sobering thought that at 07:00 on Thursday 18 September 2014 the people of Scotland, for the first time in all of ...




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Alex Salmond faces ban from Aberdeen council premises over claims he acted 'l...
by dailyrecord
3 Mar 2014 at 12:10pm
THE First Minister could prevented from carrying out any formal business in areas such as parks and offices for six-months, if the plan is approved by the council on Wednesday.


Nuclear deterrent fears: Former defence chief's warning over nuclear submarin...
by dailyrecord
3 Mar 2014 at 12:03pm
LORD Forsyth of Drumlean told the House of Lords that the Government is guilty of a "dereliction of duty" in failing to consider the consequences of Scottish independence.


More devolution branded 'inadequate', says Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
by dailyrecord
3 Mar 2014 at 8:46am
THE Deputy First Minister launched an attack on plans for more powers for Holyrood in the event of a No vote as she addressed a gathering of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.


Independence referendum: Deputy First Minister to lay out the challenges Scot...
by dailyrecord
3 Mar 2014 at 5:21am
NICOLA Sturgeon will tell a gathering of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry that a Yes vote will secure the powers needed to deliver prosperity and fairness,


Lottery winners Colin & Christine Weir donate extra cash to independence camp...
by dailyrecord
3 Mar 2014 at 2:41am
THE Ayrshire couple gave the Yes campaign £1m last year and have now handed over another seven-figure sum.


Independence referendum: Nicola Sturgeon demands to see the details as Labour...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Mar 2014 at 2:37am
THE Deputy First Minister spoke out after Labour's Jim Murphy and Douglas Alexander both came out in favour of handing more powers to Holyrood.


"Scotland has the chance to make a step change," says Sean Connery, ahead of ...
by dailyrecord
2 Mar 2014 at 8:44am
YES vote is too good an opportunity to miss for the Scots, says the James Bond star in New Statesman article to be published this week.


UK pulls out of meeting on G8 summit in Russia as tensions rise over military...
by dailyrecord
2 Mar 2014 at 8:27am
FOREIGN Secretary William Hague urges Vladimir Putin to speak directly with Ukraine's new leaders as he flies to Kiev for crisis talks.


Scottish independence is now becoming a palpable threat to the English elite,...
by dailyrecord
2 Mar 2014 at 7:00am
AS Alex Salmond gets set to address Westminster with his case for independence, Jason Cowley reflects on how the threat of a split is starting to cause panic amongst our English peers.


Ex-Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy: Westminster must give more powers to Holyro...
by Mark Aitken
2 Mar 2014 at 3:39am
WITH 200 days until the referendum, the Labour MP says Scotland should be given more devolution even if the nation votes to remain part of the UK.


Sunday Mail Opinion: We must stop all the childish bickering and have a grown...
by dailyrecord
2 Mar 2014 at 2:34am
AFTER the embarrassing barney between Nicola Sturgeon and Johann Lamont on STV, it's time for us to step back, listen and have a civilised argument on the future of our country.


Independence referendum: More than half of Scots want the country to remain p...
by dailyrecord
1 Mar 2014 at 7:03am
THE latest study by polling firm YouGov found 53% of those surveyed wanted Scotland to continue as part of the UK.


Disabled man starved to death after benefits cut when Atos declared him fit f...
by Vicky Smith
28 Feb 2014 at 2:08pm
Mark Wood who was declared fit to work weighed just five stone when police found his body


Scottish independence: British Airways boss reckons Yes vote in referendum co...
by dailyrecord
28 Feb 2014 at 7:20am
WILLIE Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group, said the Scottish Government's policy on air passenger duty meant that a Yes vote on independence would be "marginally positive" for the industry.


Record View: Scottish Labour must back more home rule
by Record View
28 Feb 2014 at 3:26am
RECORD VIEW says Scottish Labour delivered devolution, now they are tasked with delivering the home rule with more powers to the Scots not convinced by independence.


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A horror film released today by the U-KOK campaign for Scottish dependence de...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Mar 2014 at 2:12pm
A horror film released today by the U-KOK campaign for Scottish dependence demonstrates how effectively some Scots can be scared into submissiveness.


A Lesson in Fear: A new horror film by M Knighted Saylieman
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BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent. Following t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Mar 2014 at 11:23am
BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent. Following the announcement that Aiberdeen City Cooncil is to ban Salmond and all Scottish Ministers from Cooncil properties, Nat has extraordinary news. He has tweeted -

"A source tells me @AlexSalmond will urinate on front door o...

Scots money floods Bath!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Mar 2014 at 1:18pm
Scots money floods Bath!


Money floods South from Scotlandshire as indy referendum looms
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We tried to contact Jim Murphy MP, but only reached an answering machine which told us to ?F*ck off!?, over and over again.

Dignity prevails at FMQs
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Mar 2014 at 3:16pm
Dignity prevails at FMQs


Stairheid gets away wi' murrdurr at FMQ's
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LaMont trounces the big fat liar!

We are keen to see who Keen appoints as the first Tory FM of Scotlandshire. L...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Feb 2014 at 4:28pm
We are keen to see who Keen appoints as the first Tory FM of Scotlandshire. LaMont is the hot tip.



Tories will rule Scotlandshire after No vote
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Tannadice has never been the same since Jim McLean sadly left us.

We suspect that today's announcement that a Scotlandshire without oil would s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Feb 2014 at 4:14pm
We suspect that today's announcement that a Scotlandshire without oil would still get a AAA rating from S&P might have influenced things.


Radio broadcast 'from the future' predicts massive win for Yes
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Before listening to the broadcast, please ensure that your player is se...

Leader of the Nu-Socialists in Scotlandshire Johann Lamont astonished the wor...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Feb 2014 at 3:39pm
Leader of the Nu-Socialists in Scotlandshire Johann Lamont astonished the world last night with evidence that the region can?t rule itself even if it wanted to.


Scots not genetically programmed to make political decisions, reveals astonished Lamont
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Among English Tories, t...

Johann is in her bunker awaiting the arrival of her script.
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Feb 2014 at 2:04pm
Johann is in her bunker awaiting the arrival of her script.


Johann's script is late - What is she to do?
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other te...

Independent Scots will lose everything with the term 'British' in its name, i...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 4:10pm
Independent Scots will lose everything with the term 'British' in its name, including their British DNA, claims an influential Westminster government spokesman.


Blow for Salmond as top Tory warns Indy Scots ?would lose their DNA?
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Conservative Cumbrae councillor Tom Marsha...

Which of these two are you?
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 1:02pm
Which of these two are you?



Mr Cameron and the rest of the UK Government cabinet are on their way to Aber...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 1:19am
Mr Cameron and the rest of the UK Government cabinet are on their way to Aberdeen.


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BBC Scotlandshire has given Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent, a ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 12:25am
BBC Scotlandshire has given Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent, a wad of English notes and told him to get up to Aberdeen quick smart to report on the big stooshie that's going to explode today.

He's currently on a bus heading north.

Follow @ScotshireLive for breaking updates from Na...

Eurovision - the decisive factor in the splittist debate. The PCS Union casts...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Feb 2014 at 1:50pm
Eurovision - the decisive factor in the splittist debate. The PCS Union casts its vote. Who gets 'Nil Points'?



PCS Union vote to stay neutral in Eurovision debate
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
It would be damaging, impossible to operate, and just how the fUK would you share out the 'Nil Points'?

Follow @ScotshireLive for breaking updates from our Chief Political Correspon...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Feb 2014 at 8:40am
Follow @ScotshireLive for breaking updates from our Chief Political Correspondent Nat Hunter.

BBC Scotlandshire executives exercise their Leveson 'right to reply' to James...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Feb 2014 at 5:09am
BBC Scotlandshire executives exercise their Leveson 'right to reply' to James Kelly MSP and the Daily Record.


BBC Scotlandshire accused...
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johnny Bossyman, BBC Scotlandshire's Head of News and Bias said, "You call that hitting out? Just wait until you read the rest of thi...


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it's time to get above ourselves


The Yes Campaign is Out of Control
by bellacaledonia
3 Mar 2014 at 1:45am
If you’re ever feeling doubtful…this is the campaign to save the Union in the busiest shopping street in Scotland’s largest city last Saturday (no photo-shopping required). As Donald Dewar looks on one poor soul stands alone. The docile media and... Read More ›

Future Focused
by bellacaledonia
2 Mar 2014 at 11:29am
By Mike Small What is the source of people’s fear and lack of confidence? Some of it is inculcated by the No campaign, but some of it goes far deeper in our history and our psyche. At a recent public... Read More ›


Certainty and Falsehood
by bellacaledonia
1 Mar 2014 at 11:52am
John S Warren on Douglas Alexander?s asymptotic offer of further Scottish Devolution  Douglas Alexander claims in his speech (28th February) that Scotland already has the ?best of both worlds?; a phrase that in political history deserves the same derision as... Read More ›

Keeping Up with Developments in Writing
by bellacaledonia
1 Mar 2014 at 5:02am
What are you reading on your tablet? By Graeme Purves In recent years I have enjoyed the events I have attended at Glasgow?s Aye Write! Festival and I look forward to my annual jaunt to the Mitchell Library in the... Read More ›


Kissinger?s ?First Virgin? and the Excluded Middle
by bellacaledonia
1 Mar 2014 at 4:23am
By Gavin Falconer Alan Trench, writing on his “Devolution Matters” blog, this week put a name to the UK Government’s newly robust referendum strategy: the “excluded middle”.[1] In a nutshell, that strategy might be summed up as one of undermining,... Read More ›


Our First Indy Anthem
by bellacaledonia
1 Mar 2014 at 3:33am
Paulo’s Nutini’s new album ?Caustic Love?, is out next month. The latest track to be released is ?Iron Sky’. It features an extract of the political speech given by Charlie Chaplin at the end of The Great Dictator. The powerful... Read More ›

From The Province of the Cat ? The Agony of North Sea Oil
by bellacaledonia
28 Feb 2014 at 8:47am
by George Gunn On Monday 24th February 2014 it was a tale of two cabinets and one city. This was the day we saw two different political cultures at work. After a brief sprint around BP?s ETAP platform roughly 100... Read More ›

Reporting on Douglas and his Fantasy Britain
by bellacaledonia
28 Feb 2014 at 5:24am
By Mike Small Douglas Alexander’s speech today is a travesty of superficiality and bland meaningless utterances about more powers for the Scottish Parliament. It’s not so much light as non-existent. There is, literally no content, no actual detail at all.... Read More ›

Honey I Shrunk the Country!
by bellacaledonia
27 Feb 2014 at 1:03pm
By Dr Robert Sproul-Cran Here’s a teaser. Imagine a helicopter takes off from the most northerly point in the UK and flies in a straight line to the most southerly point. Exactly half way through this flight it stops to... Read More ›

Is the UK ?the most successful political union in history??
by bellacaledonia
27 Feb 2014 at 9:22am
By Hamish Scott One of the signs of a changing constitutional politics in Scotland is a change of slogans and their claims. For many years, the description of the Union as a ?partnership of equals? was perhaps the most popular... Read More ›


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Scottish independence is 'too good to miss' says actor Sean Connery - Reuters UK
3 Mar 2014 at 8:46am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence is 'too good to miss' says actor Sean Connery
Reuters UK
"As a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss," Connery wrote in an article due to be published on the New Sta...


Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone - BBC News
3 Mar 2014 at 6:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone
BBC News
On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked the straight Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said only a Yes vote would secure the powers Scotland needs. Ba...


Scottish independence: BA boss Willie Walsh 'positive' about impact - BBC News
2 Mar 2014 at 4:37am

BBC News

Scottish independence: BA boss Willie Walsh 'positive' about impact
BBC News
Scottish independence could be a "positive development" for British Airways, according to the boss of the company which owns the airline. Willie Walsh said the Scottish government recognised the "huge impact" air p...


Scottish independence: On the road with the Yes campaign - BBC News
2 Mar 2014 at 6:16pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: On the road with the Yes campaign
BBC News
With less than 200 days to go until the Scottish independence referendum, both campaigns - pro-independence Yes Scotland and pro-Union Better Together - are ramping up for the final push. Voters go to the polls on 18 Septembe...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon says devolution proposals 'fall short' - BBC ...
3 Mar 2014 at 10:06am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says devolution proposals 'fall short'
BBC News
Proposals from the three main UK parties for more powers for Scotland "fall short" of what is needed, the deputy first minister has said. In a speech in Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon argued that only independence wou...


British Airways parent flies positive flag for Scottish independence - Reuter...
28 Feb 2014 at 10:56am

British Airways parent flies positive flag for Scottish independence
Reuters UK
After a flurry of companies this week raised potential risks from independence, IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh said he was not worried about British Airway's prospects if Scotland voted on September 18 to end a 307-ye...


Scottish independence: Standard Life draws up 'Yes' contingency plan - BBC News
27 Feb 2014 at 10:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Standard Life draws up 'Yes' contingency plan
BBC News
Standard Life's announcement that it may move operations outside Scotland in the event of independence has sparked a political row. The company said it was putting the contingency plan in place because of uncertai...


Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain? - BBC News
2 Mar 2014 at 6:16pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain?
BBC News
The referendum on Scottish independence has thrown down a challenge to those campaigning for a No vote under the banner of the UK being "better together". But what vision can they offer to compete with the nationalist one?...


Scottish independence: Trident nuclear warning - Scotsman
3 Mar 2014 at 12:27pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Trident nuclear warning
Scotsman
Tory Lord Forsyth asked: ?Why is the government prepared to anticipate what the effects on Scottish independence would be on the currency, but not on our national security and our defence policy given the threat this represents to the ...


Only 32% 'would vote yes to Scottish independence' - ITV News
3 Mar 2014 at 11:59am

ITV News

Only 32% 'would vote yes to Scottish independence'
ITV News
Only 32% 'would vote yes to Scottish independence'. A new poll appears to show support for Scottish independence weakening. 32% of those surveyed for STV News said they would vote yes in the referendum in September, with 57% indica...



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SNP - Google News
Google News

Even if Scotland votes No, the status quo will not hold - New Statesman
3 Mar 2014 at 4:27pm

New Statesman

Even if Scotland votes No, the status quo will not hold
New Statesman
They have lost the support in Scotland of many intellectuals, writers and artists who now favour independence, if not the SNP. These people matter because they create a culture and a climate of opinion. Meanwhile, am...


Call for Osborne to cut petrol prices - SNP (press release)
3 Mar 2014 at 7:58am

Call for Osborne to cut petrol prices
SNP (press release)
The UK's excessively high petrol and diesel prices are hitting households and businesses alike. ?The SNP have consistently called for the introduction of a fuel duty regulator which is a simple and effective way to get price stability for al...


SNP hit out at Osborne's tax bombshell plan - SNP (press release)
3 Mar 2014 at 10:25am

SNP hit out at Osborne's tax bombshell plan
SNP (press release)
The SNP has joined senior oil industry figures in condemning plans for yet another ill thought-out tax on the industry, described as 'tax piracy' in today's Press and Journal. Maureen Watt MSP said that the Treasury's bareboat charter ...


Alex Salmond facing schools ban until independence referendum - Telegraph.co.uk
3 Mar 2014 at 12:21pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond facing schools ban until independence referendum
Telegraph.co.uk
... he failed to inform the head teacher or local authority he was on the premises. SNP ministers said they had good relations with 31 of Scotland's 32 councils and Aberdeen was the exception thanks to the ...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon says women are key - Scotsman
3 Mar 2014 at 11:25am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says women are key
Scotsman
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said the Yes Scotland campaign will win the referendum if it can convince a majority of women to vote for independence. The deputy SNP leader made the claim as she delivered a keynote speec...


Economic expert backs childcare plans - SNP (press release)
3 Mar 2014 at 6:09am

Economic expert backs childcare plans
SNP (press release)
The SNP is today welcoming supportive comments from Professor Donald MacKay who backs plans for transformational childcare outlined in Scotland's Future - the Scottish Government's blueprint on independence. In written evidence published by ...


Hidden cost of £30m to SNP's state guardian law - The Christian Institute
3 Mar 2014 at 4:47am

The Christian Institute

Hidden cost of £30m to SNP's state guardian law
The Christian Institute
The SNP's controversial state guardian law has a hidden cost of £30 million, according to the Scottish Daily Mail. Under a Bill passed at Holyrood last month, the NHS would appoint a health worker to be t...


Scottish Voters Oppose Independence by 60%-40% - Huffington Post UK
3 Mar 2014 at 5:40am

Scottish Voters Oppose Independence by 60%-40%
Huffington Post UK
SNP supporters divide 90-10% in favour of independence; Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat supporters divide 90-10% against independence. Alex Salmond's biggest problem is that the three 'British' parties collectively outscore...


Socialist Party uses opposition to bedroom tax to promote Scottish nationalis...
3 Mar 2014 at 12:32am

Socialist Party uses opposition to bedroom tax to promote Scottish nationalism
World Socialist Web Site
In February, the Scottish National Party (SNP) presented its last budget to the Scottish parliament at Holyrood, prior to the referendum in September on Scottish independence. The budget was also...


Yes and no camps ramp up campaigns ahead of the Scottish independence ... - N...
3 Mar 2014 at 2:20am

Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Yes and no camps ramp up campaigns ahead of the Scottish independence ...
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
1967: SNP candidate Winnie Ewing wins the Hamilton by-election. 1968: Declaration of Perth ? Tory leader Edward Heath commits to some form of Scottish devolution. 1969 -7...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone - BBC News
3 Mar 2014 at 6:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone
BBC News
On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked the straight Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said only a Yes vote would secure the powers Scotland needs. Ba...


Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain? - BBC News
2 Mar 2014 at 6:16pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain?
BBC News
The referendum on Scottish independence has thrown down a challenge to those campaigning for a No vote under the banner of the UK being "better together". But what vision can they offer to compete with the nationalist one?...


Sean Connery urges Scotland to break away from Britain in independence ... - ...
2 Mar 2014 at 1:01pm

Daily Mail

Sean Connery urges Scotland to break away from Britain in independence ...
Daily Mail
Film star Sean Connery is urging fellow Scots to vote for independence when a referendum is held in September. The longtime independence advocate says in The Sun on Sunday newspaper that the opportunity ...


Scottish independence referendum: All, or something? - BBC News
3 Mar 2014 at 11:58am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: All, or something?
BBC News
It is emphatically not the case that the focus will shift entirely away from the independence offer. But, equally, it is important that the alternative proposals for Scotland's future receive a fair deal of attention - and scruti...


Scottish independence: BA boss Willie Walsh 'positive' about impact - BBC News
2 Mar 2014 at 4:37am

BBC News

Scottish independence: BA boss Willie Walsh 'positive' about impact
BBC News
Willie Walsh said the Scottish government recognised the "huge impact" air passenger duty had on the economy. The Scottish government has pledged to reduce, then possibly abolish, the duty after a "Yes" vote in the...


Scottish independence: Pensions and the referendum debate - BBC News
27 Feb 2014 at 3:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Pensions and the referendum debate
BBC News
How to fund an increasingly ageing population is a 21st Century problem that weighs heavily on the minds of governments across the world. And it certainly matters in Scotland - the issue of pensions has consistently register...


Bet Scots will say No, but hedge the referendum - Reuters UK
19 Feb 2014 at 3:48am

The Independent

Bet Scots will say No, but hedge the referendum
Reuters UK
LONDON (Reuters) - If Scots vote now on independence, their 307-year-old union with England will continue - nine polls since December show the No vote winning their referendum by anywhere from 8 to 28 percentage points. The t...


Scotland independence referendum: Vote 'Yes' and lose the BBC, says Maria ......
26 Feb 2014 at 6:36am

The Independent

Scotland independence referendum: Vote 'Yes' and lose the BBC, says Maria ...
The Independent
First Minister Alex Salmond joked that EastEnders would be safe in an independent Scotland Mr Salmond said the new broadcaster would take the share of the licence fee currently paid to the B...


Scottish Independence: Standard Life May Quit Scotland After Referendum - Int...
27 Feb 2014 at 7:52am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence: Standard Life May Quit Scotland After Referendum
International Business Times UK
Insurance firm Standard Life may quit its Scottish home if the nation breaks from the United Kingdom in its referendum on independence in September 2014. There is u...


Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims - BBC News
12 Feb 2014 at 7:24am

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum: Experts examine the claims
BBC News
With the debate on Scotland's future entering "referendum year", the "yes" and "no" sides are intensifying their campaigns. But what are their messages and how are they being viewed, not only by each other, but by experts...



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Anything Goes

Scarlett Johansson Pregnant
3 Mar 2014 at 4:31pm

Boobs are going to be even bigger verging on huge

 

That is all

 

PS Congrats



Britain Is Still Broken
3 Mar 2014 at 4:25pm
New blog, "Britain is STILL broken" up now at http://saoralba2014.blogspot.co.uk   Please read an...

Premier Inn
3 Mar 2014 at 3:58pm

Didn't realise this guy was head chef 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Eurovision 2014
3 Mar 2014 at 3:50pm

UK entry: http://www.eurovision.tv/page/multimedia/videos?id=97373

 

Not very good again!



Salmond At The Oscars
3 Mar 2014 at 1:00pm

 



Aberdeen Labour Lose The Plot
3 Mar 2014 at 6:21am

"SCOTLAND’S First Minister was today facing a ban from council property in Aberdeen after chiefs ...



Britain Is Great....
3 Mar 2014 at 6:10am

All suffering together:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26369558



The Oscar Pistorius Trial
3 Mar 2014 at 3:53am

He's getting off with this isn't he ?



What Happens To Westminster Govt In 2016, If Yes Wins?
2 Mar 2014 at 2:16pm

I mean If Scotland votes Yes, would happen to the composition of Westminster, one year into a new...



Parliamentary Evidence
2 Mar 2014 at 1:35pm

Instead of these intensely irritating debate programmes which scratch the surface and in the main...




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

Bring me the head of Keith Brown!
by Dom
3 Mar 2014 at 6:05am
For all their faults, you can?t deny that the Labour governments of the early Scottish Parliament...

We?re off to Tillicoultry
by Aidan
14 Feb 2014 at 2:00am
Thursday didn’t start well for me: after waking up late and rushing out the flat I had huge probl...

What?s the weather like in Montenegro?
by James
12 Feb 2014 at 9:49am
The latest round of “positive campaigning” from the Westminster parties centres again on the curr...

Industry baron in ?against independence? shock
by James
4 Feb 2014 at 8:46am
The No campaign are most excited that an American corporate boss has come out against independenc...

The London model is more like us than we?d maybe wish to think.
by Dom
2 Feb 2014 at 4:24pm
Sitting in the foyer of the Citibank building in Canary Wharf, where the trains have no drivers a...

Putting human rights at the heart of Scottish foreign policy
by Guest Blog
31 Jan 2014 at 7:58am
Thanks to Andrew Smith for today’s guest post: Andrew is a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms...

In for a penny, in for a groat
by James
29 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
The Governor of the Bank of England has just sunk plans for Scottish independence today, we’re to...

Thinking the unthinkable.
by Dom
26 Jan 2014 at 2:15pm
When The Scotsman is agitatedly reporting a poll showing moves towards a Yes vote then you know i...

Academics prove nothing in the hands of spin doctors
by Dom
21 Jan 2014 at 12:33pm
During the autumn I was asked to join up to a campaigning group that would have assembled people ...

Commonwealth and Common Weal: The shape of things to come.
by Dom
8 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm
According to Nicola and Alex the world is watching, but the truth is that Britain isn?t even watc...


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Scot Goes pop

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

YouGov poll shows support for independence rising to its highest level of the...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 8:42pm
Apologies for being a bit later than usual with this poll - I've been having the week from hell. ...

Sagacity on Saturday : What Blairites mean when they talk about 'decentralisa...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 5:00am
"In the Soviet Union, whatever the Constitution said, in practice the constituent republics were ...

Am I genetically programmed to review last night's Sturgeon v Lamont debate? ...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2014 at 3:15am

Derek Bateman's verdict was : "If there's been a worse 'debate' anywhere, I missed it."  To which...



So should Cameron debate with Salmond, or should he just butt out of the refe...
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:45am
I can't tell you how honoured I was to start my Tuesday morning by having a brief exchange of vie...


Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes - now in graphical form!
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:10am
Huge thanks to Sandy Brownlee for providing this graph, which offers a visual accompaniment to th...

Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2014 at 12:44pm
As the evidence mounts that journalists in the mainstream media (including the BBC, the Scotsman ...

Norman Smith : I would say he's lost the plot, but did he ever have it?
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2014 at 2:37am
The BBC's Norman Smith, he of the cringe-inducing "Sassenachs" monologue, continues in his fearle...

YouGov subsample spectacular
by James Kelly
23 Feb 2014 at 5:48am
Just as a bit of fun, I thought it might be worth mentioning the results of the 206-strong Scotti...

New Panelbase poll shows the pro-independence campaign closing the gap
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2014 at 5:37pm
We know that there will be at least two referendum polls tonight, and the headline figures from t...

Cunning Scolympians narrowly avoid 'God Save the Queen' moment
by James Kelly
21 Feb 2014 at 10:44am
It's the age-old curse of the Scolympian - obviously you want to do well, but terrifying dangers ...

More from Survation and TNS-BMRB
by James Kelly
20 Feb 2014 at 10:00am
I've been having a look through the newly-released Survation and TNS-BMRB datasets, and here are ...

Pro-independence campaign make huge breakthrough in new Survation poll
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2014 at 6:20pm
As far as I can gather, there may be as many as three new referendum polls out tonight, although ...

It's Silver for the Scolympians! (At least.)
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2014 at 1:17pm

Well, it's probably high time that I lived up to my billing as a curling obsessive by writing som...



Wisdom on Wednesday : Remember what sparked the devo passion?
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2014 at 1:41am
"We should never forget that many in our party supported the introduction of a Scottish Assembly ...

YouGov use 100% neutral wording in a referendum poll for the first time ever ...
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2014 at 9:14am
I know many of you like to be kept abreast of the latest intelligence on what the pollsters are u...


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Weekend brings celebrity backing for Yes vote
by Sean Lafferty
3 Mar 2014 at 7:43am
Sir Sean Connery said independence would reinvigorate Scotland?s film industry, while former UEFA...

Daily Digest: Protect and improve public services and Osborne?s campaign post...
by Stuart McDonald
3 Mar 2014 at 6:37am
Looking at recent debate, the real news ?was confirmation last week that an independent Scotland ...

It?s important to keep focused on the big picture in this independence debate
by Peter Dempsie
3 Mar 2014 at 5:54am
Lots of us feel that the UK has been heading in the wrong direction for many years, locked into a...

Nicola Sturgeon: Why Scotland needs the powers of independence
by Peter Dempsie
3 Mar 2014 at 5:21am
The Deputy First Minister made the point that successive Westminster Governments and the Scottish...

Why a Yes vote will be good news for Scotland's young families
by Peter Dempsie
3 Mar 2014 at 1:58am
Today Yes Scotland publishes the fifth part in a new phase of the campaign by spelling out the ga...

Perspective: Standard Life?s announcement is further pressure on the UK Gover...
by Peter Dempsie
2 Mar 2014 at 9:44am
Since all businesses dislike uncertainty, the purpose of the No campaign is to stimulate fear and...

Former UEFA and SFA chief backs Yes
by Sean Lafferty
2 Mar 2014 at 9:09am
The former general secretary of UEFA and chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, Da...

We've heard it all before
by Peter Dempsie
28 Feb 2014 at 6:34pm
It has long been apparent that the No campaign is characterised by unashamed, relentless negativi...

Common sense on currency
by Stuart McDonald
28 Feb 2014 at 10:12am
?retaining Sterling would be a sensible currency choice that would be attractive both to Scotland...

Daily Digest: Scotland worthy of top credit rating and British Airways CEO - ...
by Stuart McDonald
28 Feb 2014 at 6:50am

British Airways Chief Executive Willie Walsh ? Independence ?positive?

British Airways boss Willie...



British Airways Boss sees benefits of Yes vote in #indyref
by Stephen Noon
28 Feb 2014 at 5:55am
Another business leader has highlighted the advantages of a Yes to independence. Speaking earlier...

Another Labour stalwart declares support for Yes
by Sean Lafferty
28 Feb 2014 at 5:18am
As the referendum campaign reaches the 200-days-to-go milestone this weekend, a senior Labour Par...

The economic strengths of an independent Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
27 Feb 2014 at 11:17am

A report by leading ratings agency Standard & Poor?s has highlighted the economic strengths of an...



Taking charge by voting Yes in #indyref
by Peter Dempsie
27 Feb 2014 at 10:59am
Craig and Charlie Reid enjoy huge success across the globe but they both believe that only a Yes ...

The big flaw in the No campaign's #indyref argument
by Peter Dempsie
27 Feb 2014 at 10:25am

Westminster choices aren?t the right ones for Scotland.  With the full powers of Yes, Scotland ca...




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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Shite people write about the referendum on social media
3 Mar 2014 at 1:10pm

Some loony wrote this comment on a pro indy post somebody I was at school with made.

 

 

 

Scotl...

Debate in Irvine on 28th February
3 Mar 2014 at 2:55am
Interesting approach from Brian Donohoe, local labour MP and No campaigner when asked the questio...

Abolishing Corroboration in Scots Law
2 Mar 2014 at 8:39am

So as so many nationalists are on here, I'd like to know how you can continue to support a party ...



Bob Thomson for Yes
1 Mar 2014 at 7:20am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26398318

Another Scottish Labour personalit...

Better Together begging chain letter
28 Feb 2014 at 7:16am
They really are rather desperate in their search for funds:

http://wingsoverscotland.com/feeling-t...

Willie Walsh
28 Feb 2014 at 6:56am
Cut off by the bbc because he came out in favour of Independence suggesting an abolishment of air...

Clocks Change
27 Feb 2014 at 2:01am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15490249

 

Westminster considering moving the UK's clocks f...



Standard life could leave Scotland
27 Feb 2014 at 1:13am
David Nish (CEO) States that they may have to leave Scotland should a Yes vote occur.

States thi...

No BBC for independent Scotland
26 Feb 2014 at 6:52am

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/feb/26/maria-miller-independent-scotland-lose-bbc

 

 

Cult...



Campaign .jpgs etc
26 Feb 2014 at 5:49am

I thought it might be a good idea to have all the images (especially the funny ones) in one threa...



Fiscal commission
25 Feb 2014 at 5:35pm
Bernard Ponsonby on the debate tonight seemed to hint, that as the fiscal commission is independe...

An example of scaremongering...
25 Feb 2014 at 7:12am
At first glance, this Reuters article;

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/24/uk-scotland-indepe...

Help with registering to vote
25 Feb 2014 at 6:13am

My parents put me on the electoral register as soon as I was old enough.


However with the way thi...



Nicola Sturgeon v Johann Lamont Match thread
24 Feb 2014 at 5:04pm
1 hour referendum debate. STV 25th February

Can Sturgeon make it a hat trick or will Lamont have...

Funny lies people have told on facebook
24 Feb 2014 at 2:18pm

A female I have on facebook posted a status about 20 minutes ago with the simple question: "Scott...




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


Scottish anxieties on independence revealed in poll
by Tom Clark, Severin Carrell
3 Mar 2014 at 1:47pm

Support for going it alone drops to 32% in Ipsos Mori survey, which compares views on both sides of border

The Scots are more anxious than the English and Welsh about the effect of independence on ...




Scotland will be left powerless if it stays in UK, says Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
3 Mar 2014 at 8:57am

SNP deputy first minister says rejecting independence will mean cuts as Westminster parties unwilling to devolve enough power

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's deputy first minister, has claimed Scotland ...




Whatever the result of Scotland's referendum, nothing will be the same | John...
by John Harris
3 Mar 2014 at 1:00am

What will happen if ? or more likely, when ? the no side wins? Labour in particular has good reason to fear the answer

Tunnelling through the sudden avalanche of coverage of the Scottish independenc...




The 100 best novels: No 24 ? Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
by Robert McCrum
3 Mar 2014 at 1:00am

A thrilling adventure story, gripping history and fascinating study of the Scottish character, Kidnapped has lost none of its power

Robert McCrum introduces the series

In a society shaped by the pro...




Independence may bring more Scottish content ? but can they afford the BBC?
by Steve Hewlett
2 Mar 2014 at 12:38pm

The sums don't seem to add up as licence fee payers in Scotland get back more than they put in

As the gloves have come off in the Scottish independence referendum debate, bankers, business leaders a...




Blunt instruments are not the way to persuade educated Scots to vote No
1 Mar 2014 at 6:06pm

A country's independence is a matter of national identity, not esoteric economic argument

Every proud country has its trove of foundation myths, and Scotland is among the richest in national stories...




Scottish independence: 60% of English and Welsh want Scots to stay in UK
by Toby Helm
1 Mar 2014 at 2:16pm

Opinium/Observer findings show English and Welsh people back a no vote in runup to September referendum

More than six out of 10 voters in England and Wales want Scotland to stay in the United Kingdo...




Glasgow's homeless hostel scandal trumps the Scottish independence debate | K...
by Kevin McKenna
1 Mar 2014 at 2:15pm

The appalling conditions in the Bellgrove hotel are a horrifying reminder of how we treat our poorest and most defeated citizens

The most important news story of the year so far has not been George ...




Scottish émigrés are well-placed to see the true value of friendly union | Ia...
by Ian Jack
28 Feb 2014 at 11:59am

The many Scots who've lived in England have a personal perspective on the historical benefits of close interaction

I remember a pronunciation game. Some boys asking me to say a couple of words, "fou...




BA boss: air passengers will go to Scotland to avoid paying duty
by Rupert Neate, Severin Carrell
28 Feb 2014 at 7:22am

Willie Walsh says he expects people to drive across the border to Scottish airports if country becomes independent

The boss of British Airways has said he expects hundreds of thousands of people to ...




If Scots take independence we'll miss Jerusalem, but not Noel Edmonds | Shela...
by Shelagh McKinlay
28 Feb 2014 at 7:03am

We're being scolded like naughty schoolkids for having this vote, but there's far more at stake than just currency and the Beeb

Scots have been misbehaving again, caught red-handed behind the bike s...




Douglas Alexander calls for greater tax-raising powers for Scotland
by Severin Carrell
27 Feb 2014 at 6:51pm

Shadow foreign secretary says Scottish Labour party must take fight to SNP by offering more radical form of devolution

Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, has called for Scotland to be ...




Standard Life warns it may quit an independent Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Jennifer Rankin
27 Feb 2014 at 5:53pm

Finance group to set up English subsidiary firms in case it relocates, while RBS says UK split could damage its credit rating

Standard Life, the Edinburgh-based financial services group, became the ...




Setting up Standard Life subsidiaries outside Scotland is sensible idea
by Nils Pratley
27 Feb 2014 at 5:08pm

Company is serious about shifting operations southwards as that is where it perceives its interests and customers' interests lie

Prod most chief executives of big Scottish companies on the subject o...




Independent Scottish economy viable but could be slow at first, says S&P
by Phillip Inman
27 Feb 2014 at 8:21am

Credit agency says Scottish economy capable of gaining recognition even if it fails to retain the pound

An independent Scotland would be a wealthy and financially viable country like New Zealand, bu...




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