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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.

Concerns lobbying bill would gag charities
The Coalition Government's controversial lobbying proposals could gag charities and stifle legitimate public debate, the Law Society of Scotland has warned.

MPs report warns contract to build aircraft carriers 'not fit for purpose'
The multi-billion pound contract to build two massive aircraft carriers on the Clyde is "not fit for purpose," a damning report by MPs has warned.

Council in bid for bedroom tax break
A SCOTTISH council is seeking an exemption from the bedroom tax in communities with a population of 3000 or less.

Women boycott Holyrood in demo over wife-beater MSP
WOMEN will boycott Holyrood and a demonstration will take place outside the Parliament today in the latest bid to shame convicted wife-beater Bill Walker into quitting as an MSP.

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.

Malcolm Bruce is to quit the Commons
FORMER Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Sir Malcolm Bruce is to stand down as an MP at the next general election.

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.

Government told to save more paper
UP to £70 billion could be saved for taxpayers by 2020 if the Government made all its activities digital, a think-tank has said.

Chancellor denies housing boom is just a short-term bubble
THINGS are looking up for Britain, George Osborne has declared.

After Falkirk: Unite plans to boycott 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.

Moves to strip wife-beating MSP Bill Walker of salary as Holyrood calls urgen...
DISGRACED MSP Bill Walker could be stripped of his £58,000-a-year salary, it emerged last night, as the Scottish Parliament announced an urgent review of its pay scheme in the wake of his conviction for domestic violence.

Statement from First Minister Alex Salmond
"The Scottish Parliament must have the ability to decide on the issue of disqualification and recall of its own MSPs - powers which currently lie with Westminster.

Same-sex marriage Bill to be fast-tracked through Holyrood
THE Bill legalising same-sex marriage is to be fast-tracked through Holyrood, beginning with the first evidence session starting early next Thursday with the aim of achieving Royal Assent for the legislation by next March.


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Scottish independence: One in four will vote yes
3 Sep 2013 at 4:18pm

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.



Scotland?s oil worth 12th of SNP claims - Treasury
3 Sep 2013 at 4:06pm

Scotland’s remaining oil and gas reserves are worth a fraction of the £1.5 trillion claimed by the Scottish Government, according to a report by the UK Treasury published yesterday.



Brian Wilson: SNP diversions no laughing matter
3 Sep 2013 at 2:38pm

The North Sea’s future is too important for Sturgeon to brush off questions with a dismissive chuckle, writes Brian Wilson



Stephen Noon: A union of co-operation
3 Sep 2013 at 2:38pm

Whatever the result of the independence referendum next year, Scotland and the rest of the UK will be closely intertwined, writes Stephen Noon



Emma Cowing: MSPs must not let down abuse victims
3 Sep 2013 at 2:37pm

I wonder what Bill Walker MSP is up to today? A spot of gardening perhaps, or a wee trip to the shops?



Allan Massie: Laws made Europe a better place
3 Sep 2013 at 2:37pm

It is not perfect but we should celebrate the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights, writes Allan Massie



Leaders: Salmond woos voters with populist policies
3 Sep 2013 at 2:37pm

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.



Eddie Barnes: Yes campaign has its work cut out
3 Sep 2013 at 2:37pm

Three polls, three completely different results. At the weekend, YouGov, the online pollster, found that 59 per cent of voters were minded to vote No, and only 29 per cent to back independence.



Red tape costing small businesses
3 Sep 2013 at 1:47pm

Local firms must have more support, says Grahame Barn



Scottish Government to scrap early prison release
3 Sep 2013 at 10:48am

THE automatic early release from prison for the most serious violent and sexual offenders is to end, the First Minister has announced.



Police handling of complaints placed in the dock
3 Sep 2013 at 8:26am

POLICE were wrong to investigate allegations of abuse, threats and violence against their own force, the Court of Session has ruled.



Great Tapestry of Scotland unveiled at Parliament
3 Sep 2013 at 8:08am

A TAPESTRY which tells Scotland’s colourful story from pre-history to modern times has been unveiled at the Scottish Parliament.



Scots given chance to choose their national tree
3 Sep 2013 at 7:21am

IN Canada they have the maple, while in the United States there is the mighty oak.



Scottish independence: oil commission revealed
3 Sep 2013 at 5:54am

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.



Call to make school religious events opt-in
3 Sep 2013 at 12:10am

Secularists are proposing to make religious observance in schools an opt-in activity, as a petition on the issue comes before a Holyrood committee.




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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 [...]


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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.


Agreement close on teachers pay deal
3 Sep 2013 at 7:07am
The Educational Institute of Scotland accepts, in principle, a two-year pay deal for its members worth 1% annually.


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.


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Syria needs help not more bombs
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
2 Sep 2013 at 9:48am

By Aamer Anwar

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.



Freddie Starr Hacked My Hamster
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Sep 2013 at 12:03pm


By David Lyon


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.



A view from Galiza: What's happening in Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
30 Aug 2013 at 3:44pm

By Pilar Fernández

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.



How to end the Bedroom Tax
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
30 Aug 2013 at 10:22am

By Campbell Martin

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.



Syria is the cockpit for four wars
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
30 Aug 2013 at 4:54am

By George Kerevan

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. 



An extract from Lesley Riddoch's new book, Blossom
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
28 Aug 2013 at 3:13pm

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...

 



The 'positive' case for the Union has been revealed
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Aug 2013 at 1:02am

By G.A.Ponsonby

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.



Who are the Syrians?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Paul Kavanagh)
27 Aug 2013 at 5:42pm

By a Newsnet reporter

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.



A night of music, culture and politics
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
27 Aug 2013 at 8:16am

By Maggie Chetty

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.



Darling U-turns to cover up HS2 mistake
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Aug 2013 at 3:03pm

  By Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp
 
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.




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Calum Cashley SNP: Did you hear that George woz 'ere?
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 5:53pm
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Second Lord of the Treasury, the Right Honourable George Osborne, MP, visited Scotland today to tell us how grateful we should be.

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Only a 'Yes' vote guarantees more powers for Scotland
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 12:11pm

A majority of people in Scotland want the Scottish parliament to have full control over taxation, spending and social security.


Increasingly it appears that only a ‘Yes’ vote in 2014 can guarantee those powers for Scotland. Why? Because Westminster remains uninterested in further devolution.   Sco...



Catching the Scots
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 11:46am

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...



Error strewn Chancellor can't be trusted | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 11:41am

George Osborne has come under fire as once again claims made by the Chancellor during a trip to Scotland quickly began to unravel.



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Parliament's record shows case for independence
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 10:17am
First Minister unveils new legislative plans as part of Programme for Government.

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Norway Proves Independence Can Be Key Driver of Increased Standards of Living
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 8:38am

Today George Osborne is launching a treasury paper which asserts that ending Westminster government ‘could’ jeopardise 4% (or £2,000) from household incomes in Scotland over the next 30 years.



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Aircraft carriers programme faces spiralling costs
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 8:11am

Britain’s aircraft carrier programme faces further spiralling costs and the project remains a “high risk”, MPs have warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

As we go to the polls in just over a year's time, let us not forget that voting No is an endorsement of this kind of shambles. Time to bring our govern...



March and Rally for Scottish Independence - 2013 - Calton Hill
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 7:32am

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...



Joan McAlpine: Take it as Red..Clydesiders would have been voting Yes
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 7:00am

JOAN says she would bet her honours degree in Scottish History that the Red Clydesiders would be at the forefront of the Yes Campaign today.

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Women for Independence
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 4:45am

We are an open and diverse network of women who support independence for Scotland and will work with others for a Yes vote in the referendum.




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Order, order: why Yes and No polls differ so wildly
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 4:21am
WILDLY differing views on ­independence come down to the order in which questions are asked, according to one of the country's leading psephologists.

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Labouring the point
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 3:25am

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...



Osborne: North Sea bill will rocket without UK's broad shoulders
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 3:18am
THE cost to Scots of cleaning up the North Sea will rocket 12-fold under independence from just over £300 per person to £3800, George Osborne will warn today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

What Osborne refers to as the "costs" of decommissioning are actually tax allowances on expenditure that is the resp...



Gordon Brown visits Govan
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2013 at 2:58am

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.

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Alex Salmond confirms automatic early release from prison will be scrapped fo...
by dailyrecord
3 Sep 2013 at 10:20am
THE First Minister revealed early release for serious violent and sexual offenders will be scrapped as he outlined the Scottish Government's legislative plans for the coming months today.


Tributes paid by MSPs to former Tory leader David McLetchie as parly reconvenes
by dailyrecord
3 Sep 2013 at 9:45am
HOLYROOD MSPs paid tribute to the 61-year-old who died last month.


Politicians clash over Scottish Government's 1000 extra police officers pledge
by dailyrecord
3 Sep 2013 at 7:22am
JUSTICE SECRETARY Kenny McAskill says the additional bodies are helping to keep the country's streets safe and have reduced crime figures.


Scottish Government to unveil proposed legislation for coming months at Holyrood
by dailyrecord
3 Sep 2013 at 6:17am
FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond will outline the ruling SNP party's proposals for Scotland's future, including its White Paper on independence.


Former prime minister Gordon Brown reveals his vision for Scotland's future o...
by dailyrecord
3 Sep 2013 at 1:50am
THE Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP rubbished Alex Salmond's plans for Scotland to leave the UK as he spoke at an event in Glasgow.


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.


Joan McAlpine: Take it as Red.. Clydesiders would have been voting Yes
by Joan McAlpine
2 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
JOAN says she would bet her honours degree in Scottish History that the Red Clydesiders would be at the forefront of the Yes Campaign today.


Tory minister in charge of bedroom tax tells Scots with motor neurone disease...
by David Clegg
2 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
LORD FREUD added disabled people who wanted an extra bedroom should get a job to pay for it.


New poll gives independence campaigners 1% lead ahead of next year's referendum
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2013 at 3:54am
THE poll commissioned by the SNP put the Yes campaigners ahead for the first time in two years.


Blow for independence campaigners as new YouGov survey shows 59% set to vote ...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2013 at 1:46am
The survey showed that one in 10 people are still undecided on the independence debate and two per cent said that they would not vote.


Independence referendum: Ex-PM Gordon Brown evokes spirit of Red Clydesiders ...
by Mark Aitken
1 Sep 2013 at 7:40am
BROWN hailed Scotland's socialist heroes of the past as he prepared a keynote speech on the importance of keeping Britain together.


Shamed MSP Bill Walker MSP faces having his wages curbed by Holyrood if he is...
by dailyrecord
31 Aug 2013 at 8:22am
INDEPENDENT MSP Walker, 71, has refused to resign despite the conviction and public pressure, including a petition signed by almost all MSPs.


Westminster SNP leader Angus Robertson on the Syria crisis: We must not repea...
by dailyrecord
31 Aug 2013 at 4:18am
MP Angus Robertson says David Cameron and his colleagues wanted a blank cheque for intervention even before UN weapons inspectors in Syria finished their work and reported their findings to the security council.


Bedroom tax: Council leader promises there will be no evictions in North Lana...
by Keith McLeod
31 Aug 2013 at 1:42am
JIM McCabe performed the U-turn after hearing about plans to evict wheelchair bound Lorraine Wilson from her Uddingston home over arrears of just £248.


Churchmen to meet Transport Minister Keith Brown to call for killer A9 to be ...
by dailyrecord
30 Aug 2013 at 6:08am
A DELEGATION from the Free Church are urging the Scottish Government to take urgent action to avoid more tragedies on the road.


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Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are cond...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Sep 2013 at 2:16pm
Unionist parties have come together to trash the way opinion surveys are conducted after a newspaper reported that separation was ? ahahahahaha! ? ahead! In the polls!


Phone-hacking bastards conspire with Salmond
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Sarwar - ?I?m gonna go tell ma da? about this.?

U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole dam...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Sep 2013 at 3:54pm
U-KOK has condemned the SNP-led Scottish Government for "fixing the whole damned thing, and doing it deliberately too".


SNP guilty of solving Puma helicopter problem
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The Nimrods have gone, so have the protection vessels, and now the coastguard stations, tugs and helicopte...

Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 7:23pm
Leading members of U-KOK, the main pro-dependence campaign group, have called for balance to be restored to the debate on separation as we approach the 1year2nogo milestone.


U-KOK: Now is the Time for a Balanced Debate
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Labour's Ian Davidson MP, Chairchoob of the Scottish ...

Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my par...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 5:39pm
Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before he could say, "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to".

We have just obtained the original Cameron image - before it was 'shopped by BT.



Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before you can say, "it's my part...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2013 at 2:25pm
Cammo jilted and replaced by a French hussy before you can say, "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to".



Separatist First Minister Alex Salmond has been uncovered as a galactic emper...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2013 at 3:54pm
Separatist First Minister Alex Salmond has been uncovered as a galactic emperor from Mars and must tender his resignation, the opposition has insisted.


Salmond accused of being from Mars
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?Honestly, I don?t know why people would bother keeping tabs on Scotlandshire politic...

Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2013 at 2:35am
Alistair Darling MP [non exec] has announced the grand opening of the U-KOK's latest spontaneous grassroots campaign, NO! Glasgow, which is to be launched at a secret location somewhere in the city, on an undisclosed date and at a time which no-one must know.


If you can find them...mibbes you can ...

Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlands...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Aug 2013 at 5:36pm
Dramatic new speed camera evidence has been exclusively seen by BBC Scotlandshire. Deployed by skilled counsel, it should allow the noble and distinguished defender of the Union, Lord Michael Forsyth of Dunspeedin to mount a successful appeal against his unfair conviction.


Forsyth feartie flight l...

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.


Scotland may not ...

BBC Scotlandshire is pleased to carry this devastating expose of modern Scotl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2013 at 12:08pm
BBC Scotlandshire is pleased to carry this devastating expose of modern Scotlandshire from a wholly impartial observer.


Modern Scotlandshire is deep in socialism
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The difference, while there still is one, is that the relentless leftism goes almost entirely unrebutted in Sc...

Scotland is not a member of the Commonwealth not now not ever.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Aug 2013 at 1:52pm
Scotland is not a member of the Commonwealth not now not ever.


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?

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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.

Do remember to vote in our new poll - "In the unlikely event that Scotlandshi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2013 at 12:06pm
Do remember to vote in our new poll - "In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, which current power would you most like to see retained by Westminster?"

This poll was unusually crowd-sourced by the entire 9,378 people of the indep...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2013 at 12:03pm
This poll was unusually crowd-sourced by the entire 9,378 people of the independent nation of Nauru. Find out why they wanted to know where Johann is.


Where is Johann? A nation's concern
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Our final sample, therefore, which (at 147) is statistically valid, was divided betwe...


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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 ›


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Scottish independence: Chancellor Osborne makes post-Yes tax rise warning - B...
3 Sep 2013 at 6:13am

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...


Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown in written constitution call - BBC News
2 Sep 2013 at 11:44am

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
3 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

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...


Scottish independence: Osborne paints grim picture - Scotsman
2 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

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
3 Sep 2013 at 5:03pm

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...


Scottish independence: Split may cost families £2k - Scotsman
1 Sep 2013 at 6:06pm

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
3 Sep 2013 at 6:22pm

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
2 Sep 2013 at 8:02am

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
1 Sep 2013 at 6:24pm

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 ...


Scottish independence: Unis 'could get UK funds' - Scotland on Sunday
31 Aug 2013 at 6:01pm

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 ...



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At-a-glance: Scottish legislative programme 2013/14 - BBC News
3 Sep 2013 at 11:57am

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 - Huffin...
3 Sep 2013 at 11:37am

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...


Police numbers pledge 'fulfilled' - Herald Scotland
3 Sep 2013 at 11:30am

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)
3 Sep 2013 at 11:25am

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...


Alex Salmond outlines SNP government plans for year ahead - BBC News
3 Sep 2013 at 10:32am

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
3 Sep 2013 at 10:02am

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 Government to unveil proposed legislation for coming months at Holyr...
3 Sep 2013 at 10:36am

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
3 Sep 2013 at 8:44am

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 pledg...
3 Sep 2013 at 8:36am

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
3 Sep 2013 at 9:14am

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...



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Scottish independence: BBC appoints John Mullin as referendum editor - BBC News
2 Sep 2013 at 4:58am

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...


SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum - stv.tv
2 Sep 2013 at 3:54am

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...


Orkney Islands see Scottish referendum as chance of freedom - Financial Times
31 Aug 2013 at 5:46am

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...


Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess - BB...
26 Aug 2013 at 5:58am

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...


Scottish independence: No vote hardens up to 59% - Scotland on Sunday
31 Aug 2013 at 6:01pm

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...


Indyref: record poll low for Yes vote - Herald Scotland
1 Sep 2013 at 4:09am

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
31 Aug 2013 at 6:08pm

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 ...


Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning - BBC News
28 Aug 2013 at 6:51am

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 ...


The shape of Scotland after the referendum - Herald Scotland
30 Aug 2013 at 9:09pm

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...


Independence referendum: Ex-PM Gordon Brown evokes spirit of Red ... - Scotti...
1 Sep 2013 at 7:47am

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...



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Programme For Government. Thoughts?
3 Sep 2013 at 12:53pm
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/09/8177

What's your thoughts?

Looking forward to se...

Neighbours Informed For Extension?
3 Sep 2013 at 12:15pm

Comes home from work the other day to find the neighbours have started work (or rather their buil...



Stirling Bridge Commemoration March 13/9/2013
3 Sep 2013 at 10:18am

Muster at Stirling Castle 6.45pm

March off at 7pm to The Old Bridge (about a mile downhill) - bri...



Arrived On Skye On Sunday
3 Sep 2013 at 3:37am

It's Tuesday morning and it hasn't stopped pishing down since I got here and shows no sign of sto...



A Tale Of Two Opinion Polls...
2 Sep 2013 at 2:08am

Firstly, a Yougov poll, which gave respondents 3 options.

 

This put Yes on 29%.

 

Not great, but...



Dotcom Norrie
1 Sep 2013 at 5:33pm

Yje mad fuqqer is still mad... tha is all!!



Exchange Your Rights For Shares...
1 Sep 2013 at 2:42pm

Seriously, what kind of f*cking idiot comes up with an idea like this?



Tamb - Scottish Independence Referendum
1 Sep 2013 at 12:52pm

Hi guys,

 

I'm just going to run a two question survey on Scottish Independence to gage people's ...



David Frost Dies
1 Sep 2013 at 8:29am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23920336#TWEET874837



Scotland Shirts For Sale
1 Sep 2013 at 4:31am

Hi all,

 

I'm selling the Scotland Diadora away shirt we had in Paris in 2007. Number 11 and McFa...




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

Bill Walker: A modest proposal
by Aidan
3 Sep 2013 at 7:17am
Convicted abuser Bill Walker seems unlikely to step down as an MSP and while there are some avenu...

Lodge petition lodged
by Guest Blog
29 Aug 2013 at 7:15am
A guest post today from Tom Minogue, who’s lodged a petition at Holyrood to ensure judges, sherif...

The problem with Scotland?s press? in an American newspaper.
by Dom
26 Aug 2013 at 8:08am
The journalist Peter Geoghegan has written an excellent summary of some of the issues surrounding...

Man paid to write article setting out his true beliefs ? shock!
by James
22 Aug 2013 at 2:55am
In the latest round of silly season frothing for the Holyrood bubble, the No campaign and others ...

Fracking is not just an issue for a small corner of England
by Dom
19 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
As I write this Caroline Lucas MP is being detained in the back of a police van and likely making...

The Festival: Classic or Classism?
by Natalie
14 Aug 2013 at 11:27am
The 1990?s was the era when popular culture was co-opted by the establishment. The resurrected br...

A Niceway To Die
by Dom
13 Aug 2013 at 9:12am
  The ?Niceway Code? is not just about appeasing cyclists ? it is typical of a government increas...

This is what fear looks like
by James
7 Aug 2013 at 7:56am
There’s been a lot of Holyrood-bubble drama around LabourForIndy recently. Who’s that in their ph...

Land reform for football
by James
4 Aug 2013 at 8:38am
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...

On the reporting of data.
by James
2 Aug 2013 at 8:33am
Good solid data is loved by the political and media classes, unless of course it points in the wr...


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

McDougall still in no particular rush to find a leg to stand on
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 5:58pm
I've just spotted this truly extraordinary tweet from the anti-independence campaign troll-in-chi...

Why Alex Massie is wrong
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2013 at 8:29am
Alex Massie has a new post up at the Spectator website, weighing up the respective merits of the ...

Pro-independence campaign storms back into the lead for first time since 2011
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2013 at 7:35am
It was fairly obvious from the hints being dropped on Twitter last night that a new Panelbase pol...

Battle of the pollsters
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2013 at 7:28pm
When I first heard whispers a couple of hours ago that there was a new poll out showing a substan...

Tony Blair's very finest handiwork
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2013 at 12:25am
There are a number of obvious dangers attached to taking Nick Robinson's billing as a political e...

Pro-independence campaign makes gains in latest Angus Reid poll
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2013 at 9:32pm
Many thanks to Marcia for alerting me to the latest Angus Reid poll on referendum voting intentio...

The No campaign's attitude to victims of crime
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2013 at 8:41am
Your house is broken into.

In court, the intruder mentions that, while in your house, he saw you...

Forget the Neverendum, here comes the No campaign's Neverending Story (ah ah ...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2013 at 9:43am
I've finally got round to listening to the package about the WoS/Panelbase poll that was broadcas...

The return of the Daily Duncan : the nuclear question that Hothersall couldn'...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2013 at 9:25pm
After controversial Labour activist Duncan Hothersall blocked me on Twitter a few weeks ago, I th...

McDougall veracity-watch
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2013 at 10:01pm
Has someone had a quiet word in the ear of Blair McDougall, and suggested to him that even the Ca...

Why Nate Silver is wrong
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2013 at 6:48pm
It's a brave man who uses a headline like that given the accuracy of Silver's predictions in last...

David McLetchie
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2013 at 7:55am
I'm absolutely stunned to discover that David McLetchie has died at such a tragically young age. ...

Pro-independence campaign closes the gap to just two points?
by James Kelly
9 Aug 2013 at 1:17pm
There has been some more excitement about the WoS/Panelbase survey this afternoon, because it can...

Panelbase poll : Scots overwhelmingly reject the 'Better Together' belief system
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2013 at 8:53am
(I know most of you will already have seen this on Wings over Scotland, but as this is the first ...

A few quick Edinburgh Fringe reviews
by James Kelly
6 Aug 2013 at 8:46pm
I've come to the conclusion that a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe is a metaphor for life - you sta...


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We all agree - Scotland's got what it takes
by Stuart McDonald
3 Sep 2013 at 1:55pm

Today?s treasury report is a welcome contribution which moves the referendum debate to precisely ...



Norway Proves Independence Can Be Key Driver of Increased Standards of Living
by Stuart McDonald
3 Sep 2013 at 4:40am

Today George Osborne is launching a treasury paper which asserts that ending Westminster governme...



Yes volunteers' hard work is starting to pay off
by Stuart McDonald
2 Sep 2013 at 8:04am

The shift in opinion that Yes campaigners have been reporting all summer, with people across Scot...



Yes will give us real choice and control over our future
by Peter Dempsie
30 Aug 2013 at 6:48am

The publication of the Scottish Government?s White Paper in the autumn will undoubtedly be a key ...



Women are harder hit by Westminster?s welfare cuts
by Peter Dempsie
29 Aug 2013 at 6:39am

Women are far harder hit than men by Westminster?s welfare cuts, according to new research.

Analy...



The No campaign has the balance all wrong
by Stuart McDonald
28 Aug 2013 at 12:03pm

Even crossing the road involves risks and uncertainties, yet also advantages! The No campaign has...



The People?s Constitution
by Peter Dempsie
28 Aug 2013 at 8:42am

First Minster Alex Salmond has today highlighted the ?democratic deficit? caused by lack of a wri...



London is an extraordinary city but 'another country'
by Stuart McDonald
27 Aug 2013 at 11:17am

London is an extraordinary city and its transformation over the past 30 to 40 years has been asto...



Borderlands - a renewed relationship between Scotland and Northern England
by Angus Millar
23 Aug 2013 at 10:39am

Independence presents exciting opportunities for closer economic, social and cultural co-operatio...



Yes, Freshers!
by Stuart Turnbull
23 Aug 2013 at 9:14am

The summer months are sadly coming to an end and the start of term has started to leer menacingly...



Perspectives: a rare opportunity to discuss possibility in politics
by Peter McColl
21 Aug 2013 at 10:18am

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



Perspective: Record oil and gas investment underlines industry's strength
by Angus Millar
21 Aug 2013 at 8:28am

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



Scotland has an abundance of natural and human resources
by Angus Millar
20 Aug 2013 at 5:28am

Earlier this year Yes Scotland launched our Prosperity campaign, outlining Scotland?s economic st...



Cuts after 1979 Referendum highlight Westminster threat to Scotland's finances
by Angus Millar
19 Aug 2013 at 9:35am

Scotland was singled out for draconian cuts by Westminster after Scots failed to back devolution ...



Video: Sarah Jane Walls on fairness and enterprise
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
19 Aug 2013 at 5:31am

Successful businesswoman Sarah Jane Walls talks about how prosperity and fairness are two sides o...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Blair and Kanye West are Prostitutes
by craig
2 Sep 2013 at 8:00am
The Tony Blair House Journal (editor Alan Rusbridger) reports on Kanye West’s disgusting private ...

We Can Rule the World ? Err, No We Can?t
by craig
1 Sep 2013 at 7:48am
Alistair Darling has warned Scots that they will lose diplomatic influence if they leave the Unit...

The Troodos Conundrum
by craig
31 Aug 2013 at 2:43am
  The GCHQ listening post on Mount Troodos in Cyprus is arguably the most valued asset which the ...

Don?t Celebrate Yet
by craig
30 Aug 2013 at 2:47am
There is no obvious reason why the Western powers should care whether it was the friends or the f...

We Won?t Be Fooled Again
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 4:38pm
Having sat through 25 minutes of intensive propaganda for bombing Syria called the BBC Ten O’cloc...

Neo-Con Bloodlust Let Rip
by craig
29 Aug 2013 at 7:11am
If a country breaches an International Convention, that in no sense makes it legal in internation...

Feile An Phobail Belfast
by craig
30 Jul 2013 at 8:05am
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
by craig
25 Jul 2013 at 10:44am
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
by craig
24 Jul 2013 at 5:12pm
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
by craig
18 Jul 2013 at 2:18am
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
by craig
15 Jul 2013 at 5:08am
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
by craig
6 Jul 2013 at 11:52pm
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
by craig
4 Jul 2013 at 2:49am
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
by craig
3 Jul 2013 at 2:39am
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
by craig
26 Jun 2013 at 7:52am
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...


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Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Treasury: Scottish oil savings fund would need spending cuts or tax rises
by Severin Carrell
3 Sep 2013 at 11:43am

Alex Salmond's proposals to save oil tax revenues in a specific fund would come at a price, report says

The Treasury has warned that Alex Salmond's plans for a multi-billion pound Scottish savings f...



MacMahon quits Scotsman for ITV
by Roy Greenslade
3 Sep 2013 at 2:50am

Peter MacMahon, former Daily Mirror political editor and current Scotsman deputy editor, has been appointed as political editor of ITV Border.

He is joining ahead of next year's referendum on Scott...




Scottish households 'would be £2,000 better off if voters reject independence'
by Severin Carrell
1 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

George Osborne to argue that remaining in the UK would boost real incomes in Scotland by 4% over the next 30 years

Scottish households will be about £2,000 better off and freer to work and trade wit...




Scottish referendum: a revolution, yes, but no blood will be shed | Kevin McK...
by Kevin McKenna
31 Aug 2013 at 6:07pm

Emotions will run high in the referendum but we won't see armed militia in the Highlands if the cause of independence is lost

What will history call the movement for Scottish independence if there i...




Independent Scotland would struggle on world stage, says Alistair Darling
31 Aug 2013 at 10:47am

Former chancellor says Scotland would lack diplomatic clout in dealing with crises such Syria if it chooses to leave the UK

Scotland would struggle to have the same diplomatic clout in dealing with ...




Battle of Flodden fights to take its rightful place in Scottish history
by Robin McKie
31 Aug 2013 at 8:02am

As the 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden approaches, efforts are being made to recognise its importance

In a few days, a ceremony will be held at Branxton church, near Coldstream in Northum...




New 'going home' immigration posters shameful, say Scottish politicians
30 Aug 2013 at 6:49am

Home Office heavily criticised for advertisements at immigration reporting centres in Glasgow and Hounslow, west London

A new Home Office poster campaign that advises immigrants to "ask about going ...




Analysis of welfare reforms 'strengthens case for Scottish independence'
by Severin Carrell
28 Aug 2013 at 6:05pm

Scotland's deputy first minister says Westminster's reforms will have a disproportionate impact on women

Nicola Sturgeon has said fresh evidence that Westminster's welfare reforms are having a direc...




Scottish secretary accuses SNP of retreat on independence
by Severin Carrell
27 Aug 2013 at 6:03pm

Michael Moore claims Scottish National party is 'changing the packaging' in order to win September 2014 referendum

Alex Salmond's government is in a headlong retreat over its plans for independence ...




Toughen up, Scottish nationalists, and stop playing nice | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
24 Aug 2013 at 11:01pm

Yes campaigners will have to change their tactics to counteract Better Together's negativity

There are people in Scotland who would have us believe that the independence debate must rise on angels' ...




Nicola Sturgeon interview: 'I do believe Scotland can be better off'
by Ian Jack
24 Aug 2013 at 2:00am

She is the calm foil to Alex Salmond's larger-than-life ebullience ? so can deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon persuade Scotland to vote Yes to independence?

If Alex Salmond fell under a bus, Nic...




Scotland is going it alone ? regardless of the referendum | Steve Richards
by Steve Richards
23 Aug 2013 at 1:09pm

There may be no divorce, but devolution combined with a rightwing Westminster government is moving our nations in separate directions

I have spent the last month in a different political world from ...




Scottish independence campaign paid academic to write newspaper article
by Severin Carrell
22 Aug 2013 at 7:52pm

Yes Scotland says Better Together complaint over payment to Elliot Bulmer is less serious scandal than alleged email hacking

Officials in the pro-UK Better Together campaign have said they are prepa...




Pro-UK campaign to file complaint over Yes Scotland newspaper payment
by Severin Carrell
22 Aug 2013 at 12:53pm

Pro-independence campaign claims information about Herald fee came after official's personal email was allegedly hacked

Officials in the pro-UK Better Together campaign have said they are preparing ...




Salmond: Bill Walker MSP should stand down after assault conviction
by Severin Carrell
22 Aug 2013 at 10:16am

Scottish Parliament byelection possible after ex-SNP member found guilty of assaulting three ex-wives and step-daughter

Alex Salmond has urged Bill Walker to resign his Holyrood seat after the indep...




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