Public opposed to Syria strike
BRITONS are opposed two to one to America launching air strikes on Syria as No 10 made clear the UK Government has "absolutely no plans" to bring the issue back to Westminster despite pressure from some MPs.
MP wants answers on Vodafone
The Treasury is coming under pressure to examine the rules that will allow Vodafone to avoid paying tax on the £84 billion proceeds of its sale of US telecoms firm Verizon.
Plans to strip disgraced MSP of his salary
MSP Bill Walker could be stripped of his £58,000-a-year salary as the Scottish Parliament announced a review of its pay scheme after his conviction for domestic violence.
Unite plans boycott of Labour conference
LABOUR's biggest trades union affiliate is planning a boycott of the party's conference next month in protest at the ongoing row over the Falkirk selection debacle.
SUPPORT for independence has slumped to its lowest level since the start of the referendum campaign, according to a new poll which also suggests a growing number of people say they do not know how to vote next year.
IN A populist flourish reminiscent of Michael Forsyth’s tenure as Scottish Secretary in the mid-1990s, Alex Salmond yesterday unveiled a plan to end automatic early release for prisoners convicted of the most serious and heinous crimes.
FERGUS Ewing, the Scottish Energy Minister, today announced the names of the four oil industry leaders and academics who have been appointed to the expert commission, established to examine how an independent Scotland could maximise the returns from North Sea oil and gas.
Let?s fill the Hill by Rev. Stuart Campbell 3 Sep 2013 at 6:59am
Calton Hill is probably our favourite place in all of Edinburgh. You can see everything from its slopes – Princes Street, Arthur’s Seat, the Forth Bridges, Leith, the Castle, the whole city. It’s also, now we come to look at it, just about the worst conceivable place in the entire capital to hold a rally, [...]
Completing the set by Rev. Stuart Campbell 3 Sep 2013 at 5:29am
And just to finish off our in-depth study into respective coverage of the recent YouGov and Panelbase polls in the Scottish media, here’s the Scottish Daily Express. Reporting of the YouGov poll (giving the No camp a 30% lead) is at the top, and the Express’ coverage of the Panelbase poll (putting Yes narrowly in [...]
Labouring the point by Rev. Stuart Campbell 3 Sep 2013 at 3:04am
Alert readers will, we trust, remember how yesterday we highlighted the somewhat differing approaches that the Herald and Scotsman both took to reporting the two drastically-opposed independence polls of the last 48 hours. Here’s the Daily Record’s version. Both the above images are taken from the paper’s Page 2, the left one from Monday and the [...]
At the end of the day by Rev. Stuart Campbell 2 Sep 2013 at 4:37pm
You can argue about the words. But it all comes down to this.
More crystal bollocks by Scott Minto 2 Sep 2013 at 11:09am
Almost every newspaper today reported a declaration by George Osborne that a No vote would result in a boost to Scottish family incomes of a dramatic-sounding £2,000. The headline figure, which some papers gave a more negative spin, was actually a cumulative sum spread over 30 years (because “£67 a year per family”, or £1.29 a week, sounds [...]
We cannae dae it, Captain Darling by Rev. Stuart Campbell 2 Sep 2013 at 8:09am
Forgive the mangled Star Trek/Blackadder reference, there. We’ve been having a wee dig around in the just-released full data tables from today’s Panelbase poll, and found something we thought was particularly interesting, and which we don’t think anyone’s picked up on, because it’s a bit tricky to get your head round. Walk with us while [...]
A reminder of how it works by Rev. Stuart Campbell 2 Sep 2013 at 5:00am
There’s something subtly different about the wording of these two Scotsman headlines. Well, not very subtle. Can you spot it, readers? Tell us your answers in the comments. If you need a clue, here you go:
Ink and incredibility by Rev. Stuart Campbell 2 Sep 2013 at 2:31am
Now, this is interesting. Alert readers will have noticed (by which we mean “be sick of us banging on about”) the fact that we recently conducted a poll which suggested the Yes and No votes were a lot closer than the media portrayal, and the media blanked it with a bunch of feeble excuses including [...]
The secret of comedy by Rev. Stuart Campbell 1 Sep 2013 at 4:21pm
Let’s end an ugly week on a fun note, shall we? Above is a shot of Willie Rennie, Johann Lamont, [no idea], Alistair Darling and Ruth Davidson at Saturday’s top-secret “public meeting” of No Glasgow. Darling is clearly finding something highly amusing, while the other four have faces like burst coupons. But what can it [...]
Fear and self-loathing by Rev. Stuart Campbell 1 Sep 2013 at 12:23pm
We’ve been hearing tales today of people who signed up for the top secret “public meeting” of No Glasgow yesterday and received written confirmation that their application had been successful, but were then mysteriously refused admission when they arrived – a curious occurrence when by most accounts there were 70-80 seats going begging in the [...]
Helicopter crash statement to MSPs 3 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm
MSPs are due to hear a statement about last month's Super Puma helicopter crash off Shetland in which four people died.
Osborne in post-Yes tax rise warning 3 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
The UK chancellor believes there would be "very significant" tax rises or cuts to public spending if a Scottish oil fund was set up post-independence.
Convicted MSP 'must resign now' 3 Sep 2013 at 9:58am
Protesters put pressure on a convicted politician to resign as an MSP, with a rally outside the Scottish Parliament.
Salmond plans to scrap early release 3 Sep 2013 at 1:53pm
Ending automatic early release from prison for the most serious offenders is among plans outlined in the Scottish government's legislative programme.
Consultation on Scots national tree 3 Sep 2013 at 3:58am
A public consultation on whether Scotland should have a national tree is launched by Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse.
Brown in written constitution call 2 Sep 2013 at 11:42am
Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown calls for a written constitution which recognises the Scottish Parliament is "irreversible".
Fewer officers after police merger 3 Sep 2013 at 1:33pm
The number of police officers in Scotland has fallen since the new single force came into being, new figures show.
BBC appoints referendum editor 2 Sep 2013 at 5:31am
The BBC appoints the former editor of the Independent on Sunday, John Mullin, to lead its coverage of the Scottish independence referendum.
New recycling rules highlighted 2 Sep 2013 at 1:13pm
Scottish companies are being encouraged to increase their recycling ahead of the introductions of new regulations and possible fines.
Malcolm Bruce to stand down as MP 2 Sep 2013 at 6:40am
Malcolm Bruce, the Scottish Liberal Democrat president and long-serving MP for Gordon, is to stand down at the next election.
'Sarin chemicals' claim rejected 1 Sep 2013 at 3:26pm
The UK government rejects Scottish newspaper claims that chemicals exported from Britain after the uprising in Syria began could have been used in the production of agents such as sarin gas.
New shingles vaccination planned 1 Sep 2013 at 6:20pm
People over 70 are to be offered a single vaccination to protect against shingles, the Scottish government announces.
Fresh talks on Faroese herring catch 1 Sep 2013 at 6:21pm
Fresh negotiations after European sanctions were brought in against the Faroe Islands over herring fishing are set to get under way.
VIDEO: Scottish Parliament 3 Sep 2013 at 10:22am
First Minister Alex Salmond sets out the Scottish government's legislative programme.
US Secretary of State John Kerry told the world that ?Assad?s regime had the largest chemical weapons program in Middle East? as 1429 Syrian men, women and children were murdered with chemical weapons in Damascus.
The Chemical Weapons Convention boldly set out for ?the sake of all mankind, to exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons?. Syria however is not the only one in the region not to have signed the convention or to have used chemical weapons.
Hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack. Are you sick of this word yet? I am.
The media have never had much flair for reporting matters of a technical nature. Whether this is because the public have no stomach for the required level of detail or is simply the latest concession to our current diet of theatre over fact is anyone's guess.
Colleagues at Newsnet Scotland have launched the first video of the Duggy Dug Project. Financed by private donations, its objective is to report on the most important themes of debate in Scotland now with the occasion of the referendum to be held on 18 September 2014. Duggy Dug will be responsible for explaining everything that relates to an independent Scotland in an educational, fun and simple way. The Scottish actor Brian Cox puts his voice to this very clever Scottish dog.
the3towns.com this week reveals the shocking consequences of the Bedroom Tax in North Ayrshire: in the same week that the local Council had 8 one-bedroom properties available for allocation, there were 1,765 tenants facing higher rent charges because the UK Government deems them to have at least one room more than they need in their home.
If intervening in Syria were just a matter of backing one side, the West?s choice would be straightforward. It?s nothing of the kind, writes George Kerevan
The Syrian imbroglio is far messier and more complicated than David Cameron imagines. For a start, we are dealing with four different wars going on at the same time. Interfere in one and you are liable to cause unforeseen ructions in the others.
While the topic of land reform has seen an increase in profile lately it's still not a subject that your average working class Scot gets too worked up about.
In this extract from her forthcoming book Lesley Riddoch suggests that land reform may not be a marginal matter but core to Scotland?s unenviable record as sick man of Europe with one of the world's most unequal societies. And central to Scotland?s future independent or otherwise...
It took a while but the No campaign has finally revealed the positive case for remaining in the Union ? war.
Yesterday David Cameron and his loyal sidekick William Hague were like excited puppy dogs as they looked forward to launching cruise missiles at some Johnny Foreigner types. Syria is the latest Middle East crisis needing some Western cleansing and the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems are readying themselves.
Although often presented in the media as a black and white issue of a "good" opposition fighting against an "evil regime", the reality on the ground in Syria is considerably more complex. With a total pre-war population of over 21 million, Syria is made up of a patchwork of different religious and ethnic groups, the current civil war has its roots in the tensions and disputes which have arisen between these groups.
Sir Jonathan Mill?s refusal to commission major items about the referendum for next year?s Edinburgh Festival programme is a debate that will not disappear quietly now that he has opened up the topic for discussion.
HS2 'High-Speed 2' is a white elephant of a transport project with little or no economic benefit to the UK as a whole and a hugely damaging economic impact on Scotland. Initially approved by Alastair Darling as Chancellor, HS2 aims to provide fast trains from London to Manchester and Birmingham but no further north.
It will be especially damaging to intercity rail travel north of Edinburgh effecting Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen.
FOREIGN investors are drawn, moth-like, to the lights of London. Ernst & Young, an accountancy firm that monitors them, calculates that 45% of all foreign direct investment in Britain in 2012 went to the capital. But the more surprising trend is in the Celtic fringe. Scotland and Northern Ireland...
Hosted by Elaine C Smith and speakers including First Minister, Alex Salmond, Margo MacDonald and Dennis Canavan and many more.Music, Food, Drink and Stalls - plenty for the whole family ... Peter A Bell's insight:
As we enter the final year of the campaign to restore Scotland's rightful constituti...
Alert readers will, we trust, remember how yesterday we highlighted the somewhat differing approaches that the Herald and Scotsman both took to reporting the two drastically-opposed independence polls of the last 48 hours.
Peter A Bell's insight:
British Labour newspaper supports Tory austerity cul...
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown told an audience in Govan on Monday that Scotland benefits from the pooling of UK resources and would be better off within the union with its own secured parliament.
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MSP hits out at TV debate snub by Peter A Bell 3 Sep 2013 at 2:54am
An MSP for the South of Scotland has said she is “disappointed” that ITV Border will not be broadcasting a Scotland Tonight referendum special on Thursday, September 5.
Record View: Questions over dodgy exports by Record View 2 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW says Britain doesn't have the right to boast about having the strongest restrictions on arms sales when we are one of the biggest sellers of arms to the world.
Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive o... by BBC Scotlandshire 24 Aug 2013 at 6:09pm
Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive of the terrorist group Yes Scotlandshire, following a second leaked email that reveals that Mr Jenkins ordered a 'Pret a Manger' sandwich for his lunch on Friday, for which he paid an outrageous £5.60.
Shocking New Emails ...
Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blo... by BBC Scotlandshire 22 Aug 2013 at 2:03pm
Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blow today as the Galaxy's top Klingon cast doubts on SNPs claims that Scotlandshire would be allowed to join the United Federation of Planets U-FoP within months of a Yes vote in the separation referendum.
Glasgow?s Commonwealth games will be moved to London www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk Sarwar - As Dad is now in charge of Pakistan, would it not be better to move the games to an Asian venue where a few bob could be made?
(no title) by BBC Scotlandshire 20 Aug 2013 at 1:02pm
Livingroom-Tax Collector Thwarted by Smelly Scrounger www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk The video below shows one such miscreant deliberately refusing to cooperate with the brave chappie who has called to collect his Livingroom tax, or Jeremy Kyle subsidy as it is more properly known in government circles.
We are designing the future. This is a decisive moment.
Testosterone Democracy by bellacaledonia 3 Sep 2013 at 10:04am
By Mike Small It’s entirely appropriate on the day that Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance protest outside the parliament about the Bill Walker fiasco that we look at Testosterone Democracy and the UK. OK? From the perpetual need to... Read More ›
Domestic Affairs by bellacaledonia 2 Sep 2013 at 11:05am
By Anni Donaldson Shona Robison MSP, Minister with Responsibility for Equalities, recently stressed the Scottish Government?s continued commitment to preventing domestic abuse and to challenging public attitudes. She was clear that, ?There is never an excuse for abuse? and firmly... Read More ›
From the Province of the Cat #19: Waiting for the wave to come by bellacaledonia 1 Sep 2013 at 5:00am
by George Gunn Last week aftershocks from two earthquakes in the Irish Sea were felt for several days. The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) said they were probably caused by stresses built up by the weight of glaciers during the... Read More ›
On the Far Side of Revenge by bellacaledonia 30 Aug 2013 at 12:14pm
Remembering Seamus Heaney. At the start of ¡Pistoleros! 1:1918, Heaney is quoted: History says, ‘Don’t hope on this side of the grave.’ But then, once in a lifetime the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and... Read More ›
Leading by Example by bellacaledonia 30 Aug 2013 at 4:01am
Coverage of the independence debate has so far thrived on fear and smear – but is the truth more inspiring? JUSTIN KENRICK believes an independent Scotland could bring hope in a global, interconnected world. When there is such a need... Read More ›
John Bellany, an artist who spoke to the people by bellacaledonia 29 Aug 2013 at 9:21am
by Kevin Williamson “To whom does the meaning of the art of the past properly belong? To those who can apply it to their own lives, or to a cultural hierarchy of relic specialists?” JOHN BERGER The art of John... Read More ›
Missing The Risk by bellacaledonia 28 Aug 2013 at 1:10pm
by Jim Cuthbert Section 1: Introduction. The Office of Budget Responsibility, (OBR), was created by George Osborne in 2010, with its main duty being to examine and report on the sustainability of the public finances. Central to the OBR?s... Read More ›
Flags and Fences by bellacaledonia 28 Aug 2013 at 5:36am
Next up in Know Your History is an early documentary on the phenomenon that was the Blue Nile … Filed under: Know Your History Tagged: The Blue Nile
Jimmy Reid and the UCS by bellacaledonia 27 Aug 2013 at 4:18pm
To unleash the latent potential of our people requires that we give them responsibility. The untapped resources of the North Sea are as nothing compared to the untapped resources of our people. I am convinced that the great mass of... Read More ›
Know Your History by bellacaledonia 27 Aug 2013 at 9:53am
A new series, Know Your History offers up political and cultural slices of the past for you. Write us and suggest one? To kick us off here’s rare film of Neil Young busking in Glasgow city center, April 1 1976,... Read More ›
BBC News Scottish independence: Chancellor Osborne makes post-Yes tax rise warning BBC News The UK chancellor has said there would be "very significant" tax rises or cuts to public spending if a Scottish oil fund was set up post-independence. George Osborne delivered the message as part of the lates...
Scotsman Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown in written constitution call BBC News Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown has called for a written constitution which recognises the Scottish Parliament is "irreversible". The idea was part of his vision for a Scotland that would stay part of the Un...
Scottish independence: One in four will vote yes Scotsman The TNS poll, which posed the question to be put to voters ? ?Should Scotland be an independent country?? ? also reaffirmed the difficulty the pro-independence side has in attracting women and elderly voters, with just one in five saying the...
Scotsman Scottish independence: Osborne paints grim picture Scotsman ALEX Salmond will open a year-long parliamentary battle over the Scottish independence referendum today, as MSPs return from their summer break. The First Minister will set out plans for 13 bills, including plans to legalise gay ma...
Poll says Yes to Scottish independence ... or does it? The Conversation Well, at last we have a referendum poll that is generating some excitement. Hitherto every poll has put the No side ahead, and indeed often (as in Sunday's YouGov poll for Devo Plus) quite a long way ahead. Many a commentator h...
Scotsman Scottish independence: Split may cost families £2k Scotsman SCOTLAND's place in the UK will be worth billions of pounds in household incomes but this would be at risk under independence, the Treasury will claim in a flagship report this week. A Treasury paper launched by George Osborne tomo...
Scottish Independence Support Declines as More Voters Undecided Bloomberg Support for Scottish independence dropped to a six-year low as more voters say they are undecided before next year's referendum, the latest poll showed. Those in favor of breaking away from the U.K. dropped to 25 percent of r...
Scots home building 'taking-off' but concerns over independence BBC News The home building market in Scotland is picking up, but optimism is tempered by concerns over the potential impact of independence, a new study has found. Property consultancy firm, Jones Lang LaSalle, spoke to twelve private ...
Scottish independence: Treasury claims UK boosts incomes BBC News The Treasury is preparing to publish a paper which claims real incomes in Scotland will grow by an additional 4% if it remains part of the UK. It suggests the total income figure for Scotland will be £5bn greater after 30 years than ...
Scotland on Sunday Scottish independence: Unis 'could get UK funds' Scotland on Sunday SCOTLAND'S universities could continue to access lucrative UK research funding following independence, according to the principal of one of the country's leading institutions. Professor Sir Ian Diamond, principal ...
At-a-glance: Scottish legislative programme 2013/14 BBC News The bill seeks to make good on the 2011 SNP manifesto pledge to make it easier for communities to take over public sector assets that are not used or underused and to help communities deal more effectively with vacant and derelict propert...
Being Part of the UK Allows Us to Maximise the North Sea's Potential Huffington Post UK They are a quote from the SNP Finance Minister John Swinney in a secret paper he prepared for Scottish Government ministers. We weren't supposed to know that what the SNP say in private is very different from wh...
Herald Scotland Police numbers pledge 'fulfilled' Herald Scotland Police Scotland has fulfilled the SNP's commitment to maintain 1,000 extra police officers despite a slight drop last quarter, official figures show. Police Scotland has fulfilled the SNP's commitment to maintain 1,000 extra police of...
Best decisions for Scotland are made in Scotland SNP (press release) Welcoming the publication of the Scottish Government's legislative programme today (Tuesday), SNP MSP Sandra White said that the contrast between decisions being taken in Scotland and at Westminster could not be clearer. The Scott...
BBC News Alex Salmond outlines SNP government plans for year ahead BBC News Automatic early release from prison for the most serious violent and sexual offenders is to be scrapped, the first minister has announced. Alex Salmond made the commitment as he set out the Scottish government's law-making p...
Education Secretary visits school to see SNP approach in action STV Local Tweet Facebook Tweet Google. Education secretary Mike Russell visited a Forfar primary school to learn how the SNP's approach to supporting young people is being put in to action. The MSP for the South of Scotland was at Stra...
Scottish Daily Record Scottish Government to unveil proposed legislation for coming months at Holyrood Scottish Daily Record THE Scottish Government will outline its legislative plans for the coming months as MSPs return to Holyrood today. First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to unveil a range of...
Officer numbers pledge 'fulfilled' The Blairgowrie Advertiser There were 17,324 full-time equivalent officers on June 30, up 1,090 since the SNP began its first term in government in 2007. Officer numbers have dropped by 172 (-1.0%) since March 30 and by 49 (-0.3%) since June 30 last year. Justice ...
Politicians clash over Scottish Government's 1000 extra police officers pledge Scottish Daily Record SNP MSP Kevin Stewart, who sits on Holyrood's justice sub-committee on policing, said: "These latest figures show that the Government's target of recruiting 1000 additional police officers has been ...
Support for independence at lowest level this year finds new poll STV Local Just over half of those who voted for the SNP in May 2011 will be voting Yes (55%), along with 14% of those who voted Labour, 11% of those who voted Liberal Democrat and 5% of Conservative voters. But these survey results c...
Scottish independence: BBC appoints John Mullin as referendum editor BBC News The former editor of the Independent on Sunday newspaper has been appointed by the BBC to lead its coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. John Mullin has worked extensively in the newspaper industry in both Lon...
Scottish Daily Record SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum stv.tv A poll commissioned by the SNP has put support for the Yes Scotland campaign one point ahead of no in the independence referendum. The survey of 1043 people over 18 years old was conducted by Panelbase l...
Scotsman Orkney Islands see Scottish referendum as chance of freedom Financial Times The Orkney Islands have been part of Scotland for more than 500 years, but it is a mark of the distinctive culture of this green and windswept archipelago that many locals still do not think of themselves as very Sc...
Herald Scotland Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess BBC News The independence referendum's purdah period, which prevents government from announcing new legislation, will begin when Holyrood is still sitting. The plan will form part of the Scottish Independence Re...
Scotland on Sunday Scottish independence: No vote hardens up to 59% Scotland on Sunday Linda Fabiani, an SNP MSP on the Referendum Bill committee, said: ?Between support for independence and support for more powers, 70 per cent of people back self-government for Scotland and the clear fact is that o...
Herald Scotland Indyref: record poll low for Yes vote Herald Scotland The group, which is SNP-dominated but includes the Scottish Greens and Scottish Socialists, plans to step up a gear around September 18, as the referendum campaign enters its final year. One of those close to the group said there ...
Survey finds 59% of Scots intend to vote 'no' at referendum stv.tv The campaign to keep Scotland in the UK has opened up its largest lead of the year, according to a poll. The YouGov survey put support for a "no" vote at 59% compared with 29% for a "yes" vote based on the voting intentions of 1171 ...
BBC News Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning BBC News Two of the leading figures in Scotland's independence referendum campaign have been pitching their cases to voters. In a speech in Glasgow, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore accused the SNP of saying and doing anything to ...
Scottish Daily Record The shape of Scotland after the referendum Herald Scotland Since the date of the referendum on Scottish Independence was announced, I have been frequently asked about my views on further devolution in Scotland. Since the date of the referendum on Scottish Independence was annou...
Scottish Daily Record Independence referendum: Ex-PM Gordon Brown evokes spirit of Red ... Scottish Daily Record Brown, who was PM between 2007 and 2010, said: ?In this debate about the future of Scotland, people are forgetting that in the 20th century we pooled our resources in such a way that thos...