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Call for Nato allies to spend more
2 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
BRITAIN'S Nato allies must increase their defence investment to prove that the alliance "means business", Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will tell military leaders today.

LibDems vow over married tax break
2 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Liberal Democrats would scrap the new £200-a-year married tax allowance after next year's general election, the party will say today, in what will be seen as an appeal to Labour.

Majority oppose Iraq and Syria action
1 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
MOST people in the UK are opposed to Britain becoming engaged in any type of military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, a new poll has found.

Tories lose another veteran as MP announces plan to quit
1 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
Conservative former minister Sir Tony Baldry has announced he is standing down at the general election.

Rallying cry at Ukip Scottish rally will be to 'stay together'
31 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE decision by Ukip to hold a rally in Glasgow a few days before Referendum Day has been seized on by the Yes camp as a political blow to their opponents.

Poll reveals youth apathy to politics
31 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
Almost half of young people in Britain are not engaged in politics, feel their voices are not being heard and do not believe politicians are addressing their needs, a new poll has found.

Miliband aims for gender equality with women making up half of his front benc...
31 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
Ed Miliband has said he wants half of Labour MPs to be women in the future and to achieve a 50-50 gender split on the party's front benches.

Labour MPs 'among those considering Ukip defection'
29 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
CLAIMS and counter- claims have swirled around Westminster that not only Conservative but also Labour MPs are considering defecting to Ukip after Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell jumped ship and joined the anti-EU party.

LibDems pledge to extend paternity leave
29 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Liberal Democrats have pledged to give fathers an extra four weeks' paternity leave under manifesto plans.

Rise in immigration despite government's plan
28 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
Further evidence of a surge in immigration to the UK from within the European Union (EU) has undermined the Government's bid to keep a lid on new arrivals to the country.

Scots may resign from Cabinet to join in negotiations in the event of a Yes vote
28 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
A RAFT of key ministers could leave David Cameron's government following a Yes vote - to campaign for the best deal for an independent Scotland.

Cameron condemns Russia's actions
28 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron has declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims to desire a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine are "not credible" while tanks roll across the border.

Senior Tory claims Speaker could be unseated by his own party
27 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE threat to John Bercow's position as Commons Speaker has been underlined with the suggestion from a senior Tory that his own party could seek to unseat him at the General Election.

Juncker insists Cameron sends woman to EU
26 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron is coming under pressure from Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming President of the European Commission, to change tack and nominate a woman as Britain's top representative in Brussels.

Ukip's Farage will fight for Westminster seat at election
26 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
UKIP leader Nigel Farage last night pledged to enlist an 'army' to fend off the Tories and Labour after he was selected to fight a Kent seat at the 2015 general election.


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UK will ?look at all options? to aid Scots hostage
3 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

FOREIGN Secretary Philip Hammond declared yesterday that every possible option will be explored to protect a Scottish hostage whose life is being threatened by the same jihadists who have already killed two American journalists.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Squandering Scotland?s oil
3 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTLAND’S energy minister Fergus Ewing accused successive Westminster governments of having “squandered” cash from oil revenues over the years by failing to establish an oil fund.



Comment: Scottish money and debt post-independence
3 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

The question what currency Scotland would use if it became independent comes up in every debate.



Tom Peterkin: Edgy times for Better Together
3 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

It wasn’t so long ago that many No supporters thought the result in this month’s referendum would be a foregone conclusion.



Leaders: Radicalisation issue can?t be ignored
3 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

It is impossible to feel anything but pity for the family of Aqsa Mahmood, the privately educated and westernised Glasgow girl who has joined Islamic State (IS) and is now inciting others to jihad. Her mum and dad, Khalida and Muzaffar, seem to have poured so much love into raising her to be a good citizen of Scotland. Like most parents, they harboured high ambitions for her future, dreaming of the day she would become a doctor.



Bill Jamieson: What?s the real cost of uncertainty?
3 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

Whichever way the vote goes on 18 September, the financial services sector is already on edge, writes Bill Jamieson



UK Government is ?playing politics? over currency
3 Sep 2014 at 3:59pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: THE UK GOVERNMENT has been accused of “playing politics” over the prospect of a currency union in the event of Scottish independence by a group of business leaders.



Scottish independence round-up: Nato | Pound | EU
3 Sep 2014 at 12:13pm

CATCH up on the day in the Scottish independence debate, with this round-up of stories, features and opinion pieces featured on our dedicated referendum microsite.



Scottish African immigrants hopes for independence
3 Sep 2014 at 12:10pm

THERE is an old Nigerian proverb that says the journey to manhood begins only when a man leaves his father’s house to build his own homestead.



Scottish independence: £2m of bets placed on vote
3 Sep 2014 at 12:04pm

BOOKMAKER William Hill has made a record turnover of £2 million on bets on the result of the Scottish independence referendum.



Google Hangout: the independence campaign so far
3 Sep 2014 at 11:57am

With 14 days until Scotland goes to the polls, the pace of the campaign has increased as both sides bid to win over undecided voters.



Scottish independence: Lamont pension warning
3 Sep 2014 at 11:38am

SCOTTISH Labour Leader Johann Lamont insisted Scots don’t need to risk their pensions by voting for independence when she spoke at an event in Glasgow.



Man arrested over Jim Murphy egg ?assault?
3 Sep 2014 at 11:28am

A man has been arrested and charged with assault in connection with an incident that saw Labour MP Jim Murphy egged in Kirkcaldy last week.



Scottish independence: Sexist tweets during debate
3 Sep 2014 at 10:31am

FEMALE politicians were the target of misogynistic and sexist tweets during last night’s debate on the independence referendum, a study has found.



Comment: Quebec shows ?neverendum? economic impact
3 Sep 2014 at 10:28am

AS voters in Scotland head to the polls next month for a referendum on independence, it is relevant to assess the economic impact that the sovereignty movement, as it is called in Quebec, has had in that Canadian province over the years.




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Time to get busy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2014 at 1:18pm
All 250,000 copies of the Wee Blue Book have now left the printers and should have reached their destinations, from which they’ll be spread far and wide. Many are already in Yes shops and on street stalls and thousands are in the hands of the public. If you’ve got one, please read it and PASS […]

Love on the rocks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2014 at 6:59am

The neverending plague
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2014 at 4:57am
From industry recruitment website oilandgaspeople.com today: “Scotland could be sitting on more than double the amount of oil and gas reserves currently predicted, a new independent industry investigation has found. The investigation reveals that the scale of Scotland?s untapped frontier West Coast or Atlantic Margin has been underestimated. The investigation was undertaken by oilandgaspeople.com, the world?s largest […]

A matter of priorities
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2014 at 2:57am
Here’s the BBC News website quoting defence secretary Michael Fallon today, on the announcement of a £3.5 billion order for almost 600 new armoured vehicles: “‘Nato was formed on the basis that Europe would pay her way. Like any insurance policy, defence only pays out when you pay in. US taxpayers won’t go on picking […]

A thousand-word metaphor
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

Assessing the earthquake
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2014 at 12:28am
If anyone was still harbouring any doubts as to the significance of last night’s poll news, they would surely have been dispelled by this serious, thought-provoking and perceptive analysis on the BBC news channel’s “The Papers” roundup last night. Of course, the poll might be a rogue. It might just be a temporary bounce from […]

A surprising development
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 3:22pm
The rather sour Times leader linked in the tweet doesn’t actually specify the numbers, and the poll isn’t officially released yet as we write this, but we’d been hearing rumours of a Y47 N53 (excl. DKs) for a little while beforehand, so it looks like they were true. Less than a month ago, YG stood at Y39 […]

Bringing the smackdown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
We thought this deserved a wider audience after the Herald’s appalling front-page lead scare story today by Michael Settle and Kate Devlin, channelling Jim Murphy MP: “SCOTTISH POLICE FEDERATION 5 Woodside Place, Glasgow, G3 7QF MEDIA RELEASE The Scottish Police Federation represents all police officers in the ranks of constable, sergeant, inspector and chief inspector, police […]

Brass neck polished again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 9:00am
The Daily Record, 27 Aug 2014: “[Gordon] Brown said SNP proposals to cut corporation tax would benefit large companies, including energy firms. ‘The biggest beneficiaries of the SNP’s tax policy are the shareholders and directors of the privatised energy companies in Scotland,” he said. ‘”When you look at the Scottish National Party policies, inequality and […]

A significant escalation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 6:24am
Last week, Yes voters only hated their families, not Scotland. This week it’s both. Can you feel the fear, readers?


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Sturgeon: No tuition fees ever
3 Sep 2014 at 4:12pm
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will never support bringing in tuition fees for Scottish university students.


Man charged over Murphy egg incident
3 Sep 2014 at 11:37am
A 45-year-old man is arrested and charged over an incident in which Labour MP Jim Murphy was hit by an egg in Fife last week.


Minister hints at North Sea tax cuts
3 Sep 2014 at 10:44am
North Sea oil and gas firms could benefit from new tax breaks if Scotland becomes independent, the country's energy minister suggests.


Nato states 'would welcome' Scotland
3 Sep 2014 at 5:02am
Nato would welcome an independent Scotland even if the country removed Trident, the former UK ambassador to the military alliance says.


Senior Tories outline 'case for UK'
3 Sep 2014 at 11:51am
Three former Scottish secretaries release a statement outlining their case for a "No" vote in the independence referendum.


Moderator calls for 'Yes-No' respect
2 Sep 2014 at 7:56pm
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has urged both sides in the referendum debate to show respect.


Sterlingisation 'threatens EU entry'
3 Sep 2014 at 4:34am
Continuing to use the pound without a formal currency union could prevent an independent Scotland from joining the EU, it is claimed.


FM: Independence 'closer than ever'
2 Sep 2014 at 10:37am
Independence is "closer than it's ever been" claims First Minister Alex Salmond, as polling suggests gains for the "Yes" campaign.


Campaign donation figures released
2 Sep 2014 at 9:10am
More than £250,000 was donated in the last month to groups campaigning in the Scottish independence referendum.


Thousands in late rush to vote
2 Sep 2014 at 5:14am
Local registration centres say in recent days they have received tens of thousands of applications from people wanting to vote.


MP Jim Murphy resumes campaign tour
2 Sep 2014 at 5:35am
Labour MP Jim Murphy resumes his street tour of Scotland ahead of the independence referendum, following its suspension last week.


Referendum campaign focus on jobs
2 Sep 2014 at 9:39am
Both sides in the Scottish referendum debate focus on jobs, just a few weeks ahead of the vote on the nation's future.


VIDEO: Alistair Darling on Reporting Scotland
14 Aug 2014 at 2:35pm
Chairman of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling MP speaks to Reporting Scotland presenter Sally Magnusson about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.


VIDEO: First Minister on Reporting Scotland
13 Aug 2014 at 2:07pm
First Minister Alex Salmond MSP speaks to Reporting Scotland presenter Jackie Bird about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.


VIDEO: Shona Robison answers your questions
11 Jul 2014 at 10:47am
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, answers your questions on the Scottish independence referendum.


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The English View on Scottish Independence
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Sep 2014 at 1:34am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
"Independence will be good for Scotland, and it will be good for England," says an open letter penned by English Scots for Yes. The missive, launched at a low-key press conference at the CCA in Glasgow yesterday morning, went on to say that "yes voters in Scotland have no bitterness or resentment towards people in England."

Around 400,000 English-born people have come to live in Scotland since 1980s. In June, some of those founded English Scots for Yes to encourage their compatriots to vote for independence and to counter accusations that nationalists are inherently anti-English.



Much made over national security
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Sep 2014 at 5:07pm

By George Kerevan

WITH barely two weeks to go before the independence referendum, the Yes campaign has finally acquired momentum.
 
The latest string of polls suggest it will take only a modest three-point swing to put the two sides on even keel ? no wonder David Cameron says he is nervous. The political mood feels very similar to the final weeks of the 2011 Holyrood election, when the optimism exuded by the SNP campaign caught the nation?s imagination.



Illuminating the Future Potential from the North Sea
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Sep 2014 at 11:38am

  By Professor Alex Kemp and Linda Stephen, University of Aberdeen
 
The current political debate has generated much heat surrounding the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.  This piece attempts to shed light on the subject. 
 
The long term future of the industry depends on a combination of (1) the volume of the ultimate resources, including future discoveries, (2) the costs of exploiting these resources, and (3) Government policies (which can incentivise or retard exploration and developments).  An understanding of all of these is necessary to come to informed judgements about the long term potential. 



Why I will never buy the Herald again
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Sep 2014 at 2:10pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out in support of Yes.  Recent figures show that alone amongst a sea of pro-Union slippage, its sales have increased.
 
However that short excursion into the newsagents stopped abruptly today when I read the headline of a newspaper I purchased religiously every day for years.



Scotland: The Day after ... In Europe
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
31 Aug 2014 at 3:35pm

By Mark McNaught
 
The resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, could very well bring a UKIP MP to Westminster. Others could follow before the 2015 UK elections.
 
This move has disastrous implications for David Cameron and his plans to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the European Union.



The Dirty Dozen - The case against BBC Scotland: Part 2
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Aug 2014 at 3:21pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby

In March this year Newsnet Scotland published an article which challenged the widely held belief that the BBC's reporting of the independence referendum could be trusted to be fair and balanced.

The article contained six of the worst examples of BBC political reporting in relation to Scotland and indicated a political agenda was at work.  Now, five months after its publication and three weeks before the referendum, we publish the second installment.



The meltdown of the No campaign ? The game that changed
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Aug 2014 at 1:24am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.  Barely a week ago we were being told that the second TV debate was Alex Salmond's last chance to save Yes.
 
The First Minister had put in a below par performance in the previous TV debate on STV and pundits were queuing up to tell anyone who would listen that Yes needed a game changer.  No were hammering away on the currency and demanding a Plan B.



Three Cheers for Us!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Aug 2014 at 3:38pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Can I drag you away from the sight of Gordon and Alistair acting like old mates to point you in the direction of the latest dire warnings of our imminent national demise should we join the world community as a sovereign state? (Doesn?t seeing the old comrades arm in arm bring back memories of the time they were in power together building up the British economy and securing prosperity for working class people?how did that all end?)



Is Alex Salmond?s heir apparent?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Aug 2014 at 12:02am

By George Kerevan
 
ALEX Salmond returned to ebullient form on Monday night, ?winning? the second televised debate with Alistair Darling hands down. That would not be news had the First Minister performed better during the earlier round, when Darling?s steady (if monotonously repetitious) fire seemed to non-plus the First Minister. It was like the captain of a great battleship being perplexed by the return fire from some pesky enemy frigate.



The TV debate ? From Inside the Beltway
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Aug 2014 at 1:05pm

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Last night, outside Kelvingrove half a dozen men stood wrapped in Union flags. One carried a "no thanks" poster. A few feet away, a white and black "vote yes for Scotland" banner lay unfurled across the museum?s front steps. A girl, who looked no older than twenty, swung a saltire. She wore a t-shirt with 'Jacobite' on it.




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YouGov : No campaign senior figures concede they may lose vote | 4-Traders
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 11:33am

SENIOR figures within the No campaign have conceded for the first time they could lose the referendum, after the latest poll showed a dramatic surge in support for a Yes vote.
A YouGov poll showing... | September 3, 2014

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Stanley Odd - Son I Voted Yes - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 10:05am

'Son I Voted Yes' Lyrics: Son I just wrote this I thought you might like to know That I chose to vote Yes ‘Cause a Yes vote provided hope What the future’s h...

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Will Scotland the brave make it?
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 10:01am

I have followed with intriguing interest the televised debates between Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and former chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling in the run-up to the historic referendum on Scottish independence to be held on September 18.
Polls carried out after the two...

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Dateline Scotland: Episode 6 - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 9:57am

This week's headlines: Jim Murphy and EggGate, Briony Laing in an exclusive one on one with Ed Miliband, and a sneak peek at Better Together's follow up to '...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Brilliant!



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I love you too England, but I still intend to vote Yes in the Scottish Indepe...
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 9:09am

Every time I mention that I intend to vote Yes in the Scottish Independence referendum I can almost see the hurt in the eyes of my...

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The Ultimate Arbitrator - A Working Class Man
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 9:08am

The Ultimate Arbitrator - The value of £Sterling yesterday served as a reminder to the UK Government that the eyes of the world are now focused on the IndyRef and that their campaigning tricks in Scotland do not go down well with the markets.

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From The Province of the Cat #31 - The Bones of Scotland
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 9:02am

After today there are only fifteen days to go until Scotland decides her future. On the 18th of this month the forces of progress take on the forces of reaction. There has been no bi...



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The neverending plague
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 8:59am
From industry recruitment website oilandgaspeople.com today: "Scotland could be sitting on more than double the amount of oil and gas reserves currently predicted, a new independent industry invest...

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Scottish independence essay: Highlands rising
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 8:49am

This is the latest in a weekly series of indyref essays in which influential figures explore ideas related to the Scottish independence referendum.

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A matter of priorities
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 8:39am

Here's the BBC News website quoting defence secretary Michael Fallon today, on the announcement of a £3.5 billion order for almost 600 new armoured vehicles: "'Nato was formed on the basis that Eur...

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Ed Miliband?s referendum vow: I?m moving up north until Sep 18.. I don't want...
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 6:59am

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband yesterday announced his plan to move north of the border to support the Better Together campaign's final push.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I don't think Ed Miliband needs to worry about being PM without Scotland. His chances of ever being PM are pretty remote.



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Scottish independence: Trident centre of TV debate
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 6:53am

RUTH Davidson last night launched a defence of the UK’s armed forces, saying she was proud that Britain “shouldered its burden” in the world.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I wonder who advised Ruth Davidson to focus on defence. Or was that the only thing she could think of now that the threats and scares...



Scottish independence: ?Scots welcome in Nato?
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 6:11am

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would be welcomed into Nato even if it ditched Trident, says a former UK ambassador to the nuclear-based defence alliance.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Another unionist scare story evaporates.



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Referendum poll woes for 'No'
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 6:08am

One swallow does not a summer make, as the saying goes.

In politics, opinion polls are rather like swallows.

So we might adapt that phrase slightly to the current circumstance in Scotland to say that one poll does not a political autumn make.



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Scotland: Oil Has Been Underestimated & Likely To Be Double The Amount Stated
by Peter A Bell
3 Sep 2014 at 6:04am
Scotland: The investigation reveals that the scale of Scotland’s untapped frontier West Coast or Atlantic Margin has been underestimated.

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Humza Yousaf: Say Yes in the referendum to give Scots the choice to stay and ...
by Humza Yousaf
3 Sep 2014 at 10:13am
HUMZA YOUSAF puts forward his view that an independent Scotland will be able to create more jobs and help keep people in their home country.


Independence referendum: Mum Kirsty's 40th birthday wish is to make the right...
by John Ferguson
3 Sep 2014 at 7:23am
KIRSTY Hunter's vote will not be cast based on the future she wants for herself, but for whichever vision of Scotland will give her 12-year-old son the best chance in life.


Alistair Darling is 'absolutely confident' Scots will vote No on September 18...
by dailyrecord
3 Sep 2014 at 7:07am
DARLING spoke out after it was reported a source in his Better Together campaign had conceded they could lose the historic ballot.


Poll showing Yes gain means fight to the end for undecided voters, says Torcu...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Sep 2014 at 2:28am
WITH 15 days to go until the vote, the poll showed 53 per cent for No and 47 per cent to Yes. The No camp expected a tightening of the gap ? but not to this extent.


Independence referendum: EU chief says Alex Salmond's Plan B for the pound wo...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Sep 2014 at 2:16am
DANNY Alexander produced a letter, from a former EU commissioner, which talks about the SNP leader?s Plan B to keep on using the pound even without a currency union in an independent Scotland.


Independence referendum: I need facts to weigh up the balance on each side.. ...
by dailyrecord
3 Sep 2014 at 1:52am
BUSINESS tycoon Sir Tom Hunter spells out the tough choice voters face on September 18.


Independent Scotland's use of pound without currency union not compatible wit...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2014 at 12:14pm
FORMER EU economics chief Olli Rehn claims Yes vote would mean Scotland would have to re-apply to join the union.


Sturgeon, Murphy, Goldie and Souter join panel for TV Referendum Debate tomorrow
by Paul English
2 Sep 2014 at 11:50am
Yes and No supporters will battle it out before live audience on BBC1.


Gordon Matheson: A Yes vote in independence referendum won't stop SNP giving ...
by Gordon Matheson
2 Sep 2014 at 11:14am
GORDON MATHESON gives his view that a Yes vote would see the SNP continue to give Glasgow less funding.


Patrick Harvie: Ice Bucket Challenge has shown political opponents can unite ...
by Patrick Harvie
2 Sep 2014 at 11:10am
PATRICK HARVIE shows his support for Better Together's Gordon Aikman's fightback against Motor Neurone Disease by taking the ice bucket challenge.


The Scottish Government was not consulted on new laws to counter terrorists s...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2014 at 9:40am
ALEX Salmond reveals he was informed only half an hour after last week's announcement of plans to tackle extremists.


Jim Murphy claims 'noisy tap of mob mentality' has been turned off as he make...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2014 at 9:02am
THE former Scottish Secretary temporarily suspended his pro-Union 100 Streets In 100 Days tour last week amid claims that the events were being targeted by Yes supporters in a co-ordinated campaign.


Alex Salmond hails new opinion poll on the Scottish independence referendum a...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2014 at 8:52am
THE First Minister was reacting to a YouGov poll which shows that support for a Yes vote has risen by eight points in a month.


Alex Salmond treated like a rock star as wellwishers flock to meet the First ...
by David Clegg
2 Sep 2014 at 6:18am
WELLWISHERS flocked to meet and greet Alex Salmond in Dundee, turning the First Minister's 5-minute walk back to his car into an impromptu 90-minute meet-and-greet with the locals in Dundee.


Former PM warns Scotland would become 'international outcast' if it reneges o...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 1:16pm
GORDON Brown's comments during a speech in Coatbridge follow renewed arguments over currency union.


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The latest instalment of our specially commissioned news and current affairs ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Sep 2014 at 5:00pm
The latest instalment of our specially commissioned news and current affairs show: "Dateline Scotland".

Happy but devastating news about the show to follow within the next few days!


Dateline Scotland: Episode 6

This week's headlines: Jim Murphy and EggGate, Briony Laing in an exclusive one on on...

"The McCrone Mantra" We must be really really quiet. We must not mention a...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Sep 2014 at 4:03pm
"The McCrone Mantra"

We must be really really quiet.

We must not mention anything about "oil reports".

We must suppress the news that there is even more oil than anyone ever believed.

Sssshhhhh!!!




Dramatic evidence of the demon Natz at their foulest!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
Dramatic evidence of the demon Natz at their foulest!


Blow to Salmond as Natz vandals caught on camera
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Davie Mundell says that the shite wasn't bullshit, and he's an expert on that.

As Galloway's attacker turns out to be a NO supporter, Murphy falls foul of t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Sep 2014 at 12:56pm
As Galloway's attacker turns out to be a NO supporter, Murphy falls foul of the agents of the British state.


Betrayed! - CI5 minders turn on Britnat Labour MP
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UKIP "all fired up for the fight".
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2014 at 2:30pm
UKIP "all fired up for the fight".


Cameron, Milliband and Clegg get a kick in the Clactons!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In the Premiership Egg-hurling Division, the score remains locked at Murphy 1 - 1 Sillars

BREAKING NEWS: Nigel Farage to liven up the UKOK campaign in Glasgow.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2014 at 1:12pm
BREAKING NEWS:
Nigel Farage to liven up the UKOK campaign in Glasgow.




Our brave reporter investigates the IS threat from the inside.
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Aug 2014 at 2:41pm
Our brave reporter investigates the IS threat from the inside.


Independent Scotland- a dangerous rogue state on the edge of Europe
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. ...

Food fights break out across Scotlandshire as referendums split friendships.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2014 at 5:58pm
Food fights break out across Scotlandshire as referendums split friendships.


Cameron calls of Scottish speaking tour after CBI chief pelts him with carrot puree
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The weans roon here hiv ta'en tae hingin roon politicians in the hope there'll be some free food flyin roon.

See how those nasty, nasty cruel people make fun of the afflicted? See this v...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2014 at 11:01am
See how those nasty, nasty cruel people make fun of the afflicted?
See this vicious Greg Moodie description of what happened to our heroine, as she encountered reality - and weep.
http://gregmoodie.com/patronising-bt-lady-is-released-into-the-wild/


Patronising BT Lady Is Released Into The Wild | G...

Hello? Anyone there? My damn phone doesn't seem to be working! Was it 'cos I ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2014 at 1:05pm
Hello? Anyone there? My damn phone doesn't seem to be working! Was it 'cos I voted Yes?


UK Minister in ?no phones if you vote yes? threat!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The animated audience of 432, were told, Imagine not being able to call your Factor in Sutherland or your Ghillie on the Spey!

BBC Scotlandshire is proud to promote the very best in British values. Our ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2014 at 6:13am
BBC Scotlandshire is proud to promote the very best in British values.

Our Nobbled Prize-winning experts reckon this is a pure winner in the #indyref debate with at least half of the general public.

In fact, it was the BBC Scotlandshire team who first presented this line in campaigning to U-KO...

Dateline Scotland popped round for a nice cup of tea and a chat. Details of t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Aug 2014 at 1:44pm
Dateline Scotland popped round for a nice cup of tea and a chat. Details of the discussions are confidential, but they certainly punch above their weight!

We agreed to give them a wee donation. However, they said they preferred money.

Here's Programme 5.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 5

This week's h...

We hacked into the private diary of one of the "volunteers" from the North of...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Aug 2014 at 1:05pm
We hacked into the private diary of one of the "volunteers" from the North of England who made the great journey North. Read his exciting adventure!


L-Team tour to Scotlandshire : The diary of a NO body
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Be enthralled by the experiences of Fladgett Entwhistle as he encount...

Have you got the Balls to take a tour to Scotlandshire? The L-Team will keep ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Aug 2014 at 12:13pm
Have you got the Balls to take a tour to Scotlandshire? The L-Team will keep you safe.


New Scotlandshire tours from the L-Team
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Tour members will be reallocted to the highest level package available - currently Plan FO (Scotlandshire).

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to the unprecedented turn out likely in the split...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Aug 2014 at 12:58pm
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to the unprecedented turn out likely in the splittist referendum, voting arrangements have been changed.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/804-chief-counting-officer-announces-dramatic-change-in-voting-arrangements.html


Chief Counting Officer announ...


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From The Province of the Cat #31 ? The Bones of Scotland
by bellacaledonia
3 Sep 2014 at 5:55am
by George Gunn After today there are only fifteen days to go until Scotland decides her future. On the 18th of this month the forces of progress take on the forces of reaction. There has been no bigger political event in... Read More ›


The Audience is taking to the Stage
by bellacaledonia
2 Sep 2014 at 3:04pm
By Mike Small Increasingly desperate now, senior Unionist figures in Scotland are beginning to look like children on the beach digging a moat to stop the incoming tide. The older children know what’s happening, but the younger ones still believe if... Read More ›


Aye Nominate
by bellacaledonia
2 Sep 2014 at 11:05am
It’s dead simple. Take a short video of yourself giving your main reason for voting Yes, then nominate 5 people to do the same. Here’s the link to the Twitter and Facebook pages. We’ll post the best ones here. Come... Read More ›


Move Ouvre Darling
by bellacaledonia
1 Sep 2014 at 9:04am
Mike Small on Borgen, sleaze, and dolly mixture. On the eve of the final day for voter registration for the Scottish Independence Referendum, grassroots yes activists have argued that the huge success of their efforts to engage and re-engage the... Read More ›

Keep the peace and avoid potential flashpoints. The world?s media will be arr...
by bellacaledonia
1 Sep 2014 at 8:30am
by Kevin Williamson As our beautiful democratising Independence referendum swings into September and the last fortnight, and with the Yes campaign brimming full of the confidence that visible momentum inevitably brings with it, the best and worst of this campaign... Read More ›


Yes Fife in the Sun
by bellacaledonia
31 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm
Activists across Scotland continued to celebrate the movement for change all weekend with mass actions everywhere. As Paul Mason writes: “Something incredible is happening in Scotland. The little pin badges ? Yes or No ? that people wear are sparking open... Read More ›


Kevin Bridges on the Referendum
by bellacaledonia
31 Aug 2014 at 4:36am
Kevin Bridges turns his attention to the referendum with some key debating advice for Alex Salmond ...


Flying Blind ? MPs, Money and the Economy
by bellacaledonia
31 Aug 2014 at 4:18am
By Scott Egner A recent poll commissioned by London based money reform organisation Positive Money found that only 1 in 10 UK MPs actually understand that banks create money when they lend. In the Poll comprising one hundred MPs, when... Read More ›


Stiglitz enlightened challenge to Scottish Education
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 1:11pm
An exciting prospect is laid out... Scotland's imminent potential through education...


Beyond Personality Politics
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 12:59pm
Andrew Gardiner exerts us to go beyond the personalities involved in the referendum and see deeper issues. It is easy to see how personalities can influence voters in the run up to polling day. We are usually seeking to elect... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: What will it take to persuade Scots to say no? - Teleg...
3 Sep 2014 at 7:13am

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Scottish independence: What will it take to persuade Scots to say no?
Telegraph.co.uk
The latest poll of voting intentions in the Scottish independence referendum is the 81st to have been published since the question that will appear on the ballot paper ? ?Should Scotland be an indep...


Knock, Knock for Scottish Independence Ahead of Vote - Wall Street Journal
2 Sep 2014 at 11:13am

Wall Street Journal

Knock, Knock for Scottish Independence Ahead of Vote
Wall Street Journal
... of countries separating," she added, shutting the door. Mr. Leith and thousands of others across Scotland are going door-to-door in the evenings, trying to convince the undecided to vote for Scottish ind...


Prime Minister Stephen Harper questions Scottish independence - Toronto Star
3 Sep 2014 at 11:50am

Toronto Star

Prime Minister Stephen Harper questions Scottish independence
Toronto Star
LONDON?Prime Minister Stephen Harper is voicing support for a united United Kingdom, coming down squarely in the camp of those opposed to Scotland's separatist ambitions to be decided in a referendum just weeks a...


Scottish independence: Sterlingisation 'would threaten EU membership' - BBC News
3 Sep 2014 at 11:54am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sterlingisation 'would threaten EU membership'
BBC News
Continuing to use the pound without a formal currency union could prevent an independent Scotland from joining the EU, it has been claimed. Former EU economics chief Olli Rehn said it would "simply not be possibl...


Scottish independence referendum poll: the latest tracker - Telegraph.co.uk
3 Sep 2014 at 5:55am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence referendum poll: the latest tracker
Telegraph.co.uk
Scottish independence referendum poll: the latest tracker. What are the odds that Scotland will become an independent country? Here we track the latest polls as the day of the independence referendum edges clos...


Former UK NATO ambassador to vote 'Yes' for Scottish independence - RT
3 Sep 2014 at 6:10am

RT

Former UK NATO ambassador to vote 'Yes' for Scottish independence
RT
The recently retired UK ambassador to NATO has revealed she is voting yes to Scottish independence and insisted that NATO would welcome the new independent Scottish state. ?I shall be voting yes on September 18,? Dame Mariot Les...


Scottish independence: Yes vote is 'closer than ever' says first minister - B...
2 Sep 2014 at 12:08pm

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Scottish independence: Yes vote is 'closer than ever' says first minister
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On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked the referendum question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Speaking to the BBC's political editor, Nick Robinson, Mr Salmond said: "Independence is...


Pound Sterling Sell-off Ahead of Scottish Independence Vote Mirrors Canadian ...
3 Sep 2014 at 1:11am

Forbes

Pound Sterling Sell-off Ahead of Scottish Independence Vote Mirrors Canadian ...
Forbes
A poll released Tuesday sampling voters from Aug. 28 through Sept. 1 showed a surge in support for Scottish independence with 42% of Scots saying they intend to vote for independence (up from 35% six month...


Scottish Independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap - Telegraph.co.uk
1 Sep 2014 at 4:25pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish Independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap
Telegraph.co.uk
Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said: ''This breakthrough poll shows that Yes has the big momentum - it's an all-time high for Yes support in a YouGov survey so far, and an eight-point swing from No t...


Exclusive - Lloyds could move south if Scots vote for independence - Reuters UK
3 Sep 2014 at 3:23am

Reuters UK

Exclusive - Lloyds could move south if Scots vote for independence
Reuters UK
Lloyds, which owns Bank of Scotland, has finalised contingency planning ahead of the Sept. 18 vote. The chances of secession have increased with support for Scottish independence rising dramatically in August. B...



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The Scotsman Cartoon: Squandering Scotland's oil - Scotsman
3 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm

Scotsman

The Scotsman Cartoon: Squandering Scotland's oil
Scotsman
SCOTLAND'S energy minister Fergus Ewing accused successive Westminster governments of having ?squandered? cash from oil revenues over the years by failing to establish an oil fund. The SNP politician said it was ?crystal clear? that ...


Miliband: No need to 'erect a new border' for socially just Scotland - stv.tv
3 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm

stv.tv

Miliband: No need to 'erect a new border' for socially just Scotland
stv.tv
The SNP see the traditional Labour vote as key to the result of the referendum and have suggested that a Yes vote would revive the Labour party north of the border. But today, as he campaigns in Blantyre, South Lanark...


Opinion shifting, Sturgeon claims - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
3 Sep 2014 at 6:01pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Opinion shifting, Sturgeon claims
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Nicola Sturgeon said there may also be a parallel between the pro-union Better Together campaign and the Labour Party that was defeated by an SNP landslide in the election three years ago. Ms Sturgeon...


Aberdeen hosts heated Scottish independence debate - Aberdeen Press and Journal
3 Sep 2014 at 5:14pm

Aberdeen hosts heated Scottish independence debate
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Ms Goldie accused the SNP of overestimating oil revenues in their white paper on independence, while Mrs Sturgeon accused the Better Together campaign of being ?serial misleaders? when it came to Scottish finances. The de...


Sturgeon: No tuition fees ever - BBC News
3 Sep 2014 at 4:19pm

BBC News

Sturgeon: No tuition fees ever
BBC News
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will never support bringing in tuition fees for Scottish university students. The SNP politician said her party would "always protect free education because it is one of the most important ...


Biggest Movers in Energy Stocks Now - YZC SNP CEO RRMS - Investorplace.com
3 Sep 2014 at 11:43am

Biggest Movers in Energy Stocks Now - YZC SNP CEO RRMS
Investorplace.com
Energy stocks rose broadly on Wall Street so far on Wednesday, with the sector seeing an overall increase of 0.8%. More broadly, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.3%, the Nasdaq was steady and the S&P 500 was up 0.3...


Super Nova Petroleum Corp.: Commencement of Gas and Oil Drill Program - Virtu...
3 Sep 2014 at 8:10am

Super Nova Petroleum Corp.: Commencement of Gas and Oil Drill Program
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/03/14 -- Super Nova Petroleum Corp. (CSE: SNP)(PINKSHEETS: SNOVF) (the "Company" or "Super Nova" or "SNP") reports that BNV Energy Compa...


Scottish Independence: The SNP and Labour Appeal to the Stereotypical Scots ....
3 Sep 2014 at 10:46am

Yahoo News UK

Scottish Independence: The SNP and Labour Appeal to the Stereotypical Scots ...
Yahoo News UK
Both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Scottish Labour Party have adopted the strategy of telling people that by voting a certain way they will be protecting or increasing their income...


PMQs: David Cameron hijacked by 'Yes' poster as he hits out at Scottish ... -...
3 Sep 2014 at 10:36am

CITY A.M.

PMQs: David Cameron hijacked by 'Yes' poster as he hits out at Scottish ...
CITY A.M.
David Cameron was interrupted by an SNP member waving a 'Yes' poster as he attempted to derail arguments for Scottish independence at Prime Minister's Questions today. The Prime Minister had an unusually ...


STV and David Cameron accuse each other of running away from Scottish ... - T...
3 Sep 2014 at 1:55pm

The Drum

STV and David Cameron accuse each other of running away from Scottish ...
The Drum
During Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday morning, SNP MP Angus Robertson asked the PM whether or not he will participate in an STV programme to discuss independence. Robertson said: ?Will you be doing t...



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Scottish independence: Referendum race 'may have got tighter' - BBC News
3 Sep 2014 at 3:49am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum race 'may have got tighter'
BBC News
For the past three or four months or so, the referendum race has looked as though it was stalled. Although some pollsters consistently put the No side further ahead than did others, the running average of the last half d...


Scottish independence: Video emerges of referendum 'assault' - BBC News
2 Sep 2014 at 10:22am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Video emerges of referendum 'assault'
BBC News
A video has emerged which appears to show a supporter of the United Kingdom kicking out at a female protestor. The footage is claimed to have been taken during a confrontation in Glasgow's Argyle Street on Saturday. It is...


David Cameron referendum programme still on the table, says STV - stv.tv
3 Sep 2014 at 10:40am

David Cameron referendum programme still on the table, says STV
stv.tv
... questions to the Prime Minister before the referendum vote and as such STV's programme offer still stands." In January this year STV News formally invited the Prime Minister to take part in a programme where he would meet un...


What does the Scottish referendum mean in the South East? - BBC News
2 Sep 2014 at 12:31am

BBC News

What does the Scottish referendum mean in the South East?
BBC News
Scots who no longer live there can't take part in the referendum but Stuart Harvey who has lived in Margate for the past 15 years has no doubt how he'd like to vote. He tells me: "I would vote Yes if I was up in Scotland - m...


Scottish independence: Referendum jobs campaign continues - BBC News
2 Sep 2014 at 5:38am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum jobs campaign continues
BBC News
Both sides in the Scottish referendum debate are focusing on jobs, just a few weeks ahead of the vote on the nation's future. First Minister Alex Salmond and shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran were concentrating on th...


Yes and No campaigns clash in key debate on independence referendum - stv.tv
2 Sep 2014 at 4:58pm

Yes and No campaigns clash in key debate on independence referendum
stv.tv
Topics on the agenda included the economy, currency, social justice, welfare and Scotland's place in the world. Yes Scotland was represented by deputy first minister and SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Scottish Green ...


Scotland Independence Referendum is Key Risk to Pound Dollar Exchange ... - P...
2 Sep 2014 at 10:19am

Pound Sterling Live

Scotland Independence Referendum is Key Risk to Pound Dollar Exchange ...
Pound Sterling Live
However, there is one unknown that currency markets need to consider - and that is the referendum on Scotland's independence due on the 18th. The uncertainty here could make the data rel...


A quick guide to the Scottish referendum - Financial Times
2 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

A quick guide to the Scottish referendum
Financial Times
Both UK and Scottish government leaders say even a narrow Yes vote in the referendum on September 18 would be decisive and would set Scotland on the road to independence. The two governments have committed to work together constructively in t...


Scottish independence: No vote collapses in latest poll with just 16 days to ...
3 Sep 2014 at 12:09pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: No vote collapses in latest poll with just 16 days to go
The Independent
He added: ?While the No campaign press the panic button and blame each other for a series of blunders, Yes will get on with the job of persuading more of our fellow citizens - both No and ...


Prime Minister Stephen Harper questions Scottish independence - Toronto Star
3 Sep 2014 at 11:50am

Toronto Star

Prime Minister Stephen Harper questions Scottish independence
Toronto Star
LONDON?Prime Minister Stephen Harper is voicing support for a united United Kingdom, coming down squarely in the camp of those opposed to Scotland's separatist ambitions to be decided in a referendum just weeks a...



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3 Sep 2014 at 5:30pm

Does anyone know if there is a Yes shop in Stirling?  Looking to get a t-shirt or some other gear...



The Last Of The Golden Girls
3 Sep 2014 at 5:15pm

Betty White has died, aged 92. Gone too soon before someone says it  

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Postal Votes
3 Sep 2014 at 3:40pm

Anyone have info about these?

 

What percentage of the vote will be postal?

Who do people think w...



Orangies March Is Illegal
3 Sep 2014 at 11:20am

You're not allowed to march in uniform for a political cause.   They usually get away with it bec...



Bbc Debate Wednesday 3Rd September
3 Sep 2014 at 11:18am

So YES have Sturgeon and Brian Soutar on tonight vs Murphy and Annabel Goldie.

 

Could have done ...



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3 Sep 2014 at 7:32am

Can someone answer a question for me?

 

How does the value of oil translate into tax revenue? 

 

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Cameron V Salmond?
3 Sep 2014 at 7:30am
Could it be on?

Cameron in PMQs today says he tried to agree a date for a debate with STV, "but t...

An Astonishing Act Of Self Harm
3 Sep 2014 at 2:58am

Not sure if this has been posted yet - apart from by me on the other thread but this sums it up. ...



Will Osborne Cave In On Currency Union ?
3 Sep 2014 at 2:21am

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Scottish independence campaign battles over NHS and Nato amid worries over re...
by Ben Quinn
3 Sep 2014 at 10:05am

Follow rolling coverage of events as the clock ticks down to polling day on September 18

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Scottish independence: 16 to days to referendum - as it happened
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3 Sep 2014 at 2:14am

Follow rolling coverage of events as the the registration deadline looms and the latest poll show...



Scottish independence: 17 days to referendum - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
1 Sep 2014 at 12:01pm

Full coverage of the Scottish independence referendum campaign as the deadline for voter registra...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: Alex Salmond eats a Mars bar ...
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29 Aug 2014 at 5:43am

Highlights from another week on the campaign trail: second TV debate, that #PatronisingBTLady adv...



Salmond v Darling: Scottish independence debate on the BBC - as it happened
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25 Aug 2014 at 6:16pm

Rolling coverage of Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling debating Scottish independence on the BBC, ...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: from Arbroath to Edinburgh, v...
by Libby Brooks
22 Aug 2014 at 6:12am

A rash of declarations, the NHS, BBC and oil (again), the perspective from the islands and a mill...



Scottish independence referendum: Alistair Darling accused of defending NHS cuts
by Libby Brooks
19 Aug 2014 at 1:44pm

Contradictory assessments of Better Together leaders claim that spending on health service has in...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: pandas, the pound, and an un...
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15 Aug 2014 at 5:14am

The First Minister references Moulin Rouge, while the Better Together campaign begs for the donat...



Alex Salmond v Alistair Darling: the debate for Scotland
by Ben Quinn and Paul Owen
5 Aug 2014 at 5:32pm

ICM/Guardian poll identifies Alistair Darling as winner of the Scottish Independence debate
Salm...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: trains, teacakes and telly
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1 Aug 2014 at 3:34am

Your hand-picked selection of news, commentary and funny stuff

Weve been a bit quiet this week, wh...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: from cairns to Cymru
by Libby Brooks
25 Jul 2014 at 4:43am

Another handful of highlights from the campaign this week

This weekly round-up is brought to you f...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: the campaign belongs to Fred...
by Libby Brooks
18 Jul 2014 at 4:04am

Weekly round-up including Let's Stay Together, Jean-Claude Juncker and Murphy the dog

Regular read...



Alex Salmond tries to woo Liverpool - with help from a Labour heavyweight
by Helen Pidd northern editor
18 Jul 2014 at 2:51am

The Scottish first minister took a trip on the Mersey ferry with a new supporter, former defence ...



Scottish independence referendum: the Common Weal Festival and Yestival
by Libby Brooks
13 Jul 2014 at 10:59am

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

For a retired raver such as myself, the...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from the Team Scotland kit t...
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11 Jul 2014 at 5:42am

Your weekly round-up, including campaign donations, a new pensions report, the date for the TV de...




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

Wisdom on Wednesday : It's this simple
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2014 at 5:00am
"For too many years of my life I have lived under Westminster governments who neither I, nor the ...

Scotland stands on the brink of independence as Yes vote surges to 47% in his...
by James Kelly
1 Sep 2014 at 3:42pm
Well, it looks like we can stop wondering whether Alex Salmond's victory in the second TV debate ...

More poll drama tonight as YouGov look set to report yet another record high ...
by James Kelly
1 Sep 2014 at 3:03pm
The referendum polling drought will be abruptly broken at 10pm tonight, when new numbers from You...

Calm before the storm?
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2014 at 11:04pm
I'm mildly taken aback by the lack of polls this evening, partly because this referendum is rathe...

What if the 40% rule was applied to this referendum?
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2014 at 9:03am
A guest post by Ian Stuart Baird

The 1979 referendum on Scottish devolution was famously ?lost?, d...

Cammo Through the Looking Glass
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29 Aug 2014 at 9:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, ...

Yes campaign bounce back to all-time high in first post-debate poll from Surv...
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28 Aug 2014 at 4:06pm
Survation have won the race to conduct the first poll since Alex Salmond humbled Alistair Darling...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Choose your words carefully, because they may have to l...
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27 Aug 2014 at 5:00pm
"If we vote No, the sole message that London will hear is: do whatever you like to us, because we...

Separate rooms might have been better, Darling
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2014 at 11:20am
Just to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about the erro...

ICM poll confirms that a brilliant Alex Salmond stormed to a decisive win in ...
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2014 at 4:21pm
The results of ICM's instant post-debate poll are as follows :

As far as you are concerned which o...

"Isn't it hard not being independent? If you want to build something, you ca...
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25 Aug 2014 at 1:19pm
I don't know what it is about the London to Glasgow night bus, but every time I'm on it I seem to...

The Numbers Game
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23 Aug 2014 at 7:12am

A few days before I set off on my travels, I caught a train to a top secret location to take part...



Wisdom on Wednesday : You don't help others by passing up your own golden chance
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2014 at 5:00am
"If Scotland votes No, how could I ever look a working-class English person in the eye? We blew ...

YouGov poll is even better for Yes among definite voters
by James Kelly
19 Aug 2014 at 2:49am

The YouGov datasets were released yesterday afternoon, and as in the last poll from the firm, the...



Yes vote surges to record high in astonishing poll from the No-friendly polls...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2014 at 2:16am

New YouGov poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 38% (+3)
No 51% (-4)

With Don't Know...




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BBC strike could disrupt Scottish independence referendum coverage
3 Sep 2014 at 6:22pm
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Anyone seen the STV Yes or No Debate? any opinions?
3 Sep 2014 at 6:13pm

I'm still a definite YES and believe Nicola did a very good job answering questions but what does...



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PM could face calls to postpone UK election if Scots vote for independence
3 Sep 2014 at 3:49pm
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temper those expectations, scots - 'no' is still highly likely to carry the day.
3 Sep 2014 at 3:48pm

unless the younger set turnout at a scale not before seen, the push to independence is doomed.

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Scottish republicans urged to stay away from Orange Order parade
by Henry McDonald and Severin Carrell
3 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
Activists advised to steer clear of Protestant march through Edinburgh amid fears of clashes damaging the yes campaign

Scottish republicans have urged leftwing activists to ignore an anti-independen...




PM could face calls to postpone UK election if Scots vote for independence
by Nicholas Watt and Severin Carrell
3 Sep 2014 at 2:57pm
Pressure on Cameron to take unprecedented step amid warnings that 'constitutional meltdown' would follow yes vote

David Cameron will face calls to take the unprecedented step in modern peacetime of ...




Scottish independence and a message for Ed | @guardianletters
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3 Sep 2014 at 1:44pm

George Monbiot (Scots voting no would be an astonishing act of self-harm, 3 September) asks us to imagine a nation surrendering autonomy to a larger union then talks of handing governance over to a...




Scottish independence has finally rattled the City of London | Nils Pratley
by Nils Pratley
3 Sep 2014 at 1:22pm
The question is open about whether an independent Scotland could keep sterling meanwhile the City gets nervous

The City has had to wake up. For the past year, economists, investors and financial st...



BBC strike could disrupt Scottish independence referendum coverage
by John Plunkett
3 Sep 2014 at 11:32am
Management draws up contingency plans after unions vote for industrial action in protest at 400 jobs cut proposal

The BBCs coverage of the Scottish independence referendum could be disrupted after t...



Scottish independence campaign battles over NHS and Nato amid worries over re...
by Ben Quinn
3 Sep 2014 at 10:05am

Follow rolling coverage of events as the clock ticks down to polling day on September 18

Yesterdays blog

3.56pm BST

And heres a Tory intervention. Three former Conservative Scottish Secretaries hav...



Andy Murrays silence on Scottish independence is all too intriguing | Kevin M...
by Kevin Mitchell
3 Sep 2014 at 7:35am
I have no idea if Murray wants an independent Scotland. I wasnt much bothered or I wasnt until he refused to tell us

Why wont Andy Murray stand up and shout for or against Scottish independence, pe...



Can Scotland be independent and keep sterling?
by Katie Allen
3 Sep 2014 at 5:15am
If the yes vote wins on 18 September, what currency will an independent Scotland use?

The future of the pound in an independent Scotland has been a central part of the debate in the lead-up to the 1...




Scottish referendum campaign 'permeated by something ugly' cleric
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
3 Sep 2014 at 4:51am
Church of Scotland moderator 'repelled by rancour' of campaign as poll shows voters believe country will be divided after vote
Scottish independence campaign - live

The Church of Scotland's most seni...



Scottish independence: 16 to days to referendum - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
3 Sep 2014 at 2:14am

Follow rolling coverage of events as the the registration deadline looms and the latest poll shows the yes-no gap closing

Follow todays Scotland independence live blog

9.25pm BST

A former member of ...




The Proclaimers donate £10,000 to Scotland's yes campaign
by Libby Brooks
2 Sep 2014 at 1:14pm
Singing brothers give cash to yes campaigners as figures show pro-union side has reached legal limit of £1.5m in contributions

Scotland's pro-independence activists received a funding boost of £10,0...



Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm | Ge...
by George Monbiot
2 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country?

Imagine the question posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide w...




Independent Scotland could not join EU without central bank, expert says
by Severin Carrell and Katie Allen
2 Sep 2014 at 12:18pm
Former European commissioner for monetary union says plan to use pound without formal currency deal is 'simply not possible'

The former EU commissioner for monetary union said it would not be possib...




Scottish independence vote threatens seamless healthcare on the border | Pete...
by Peter Hetherington
2 Sep 2014 at 9:00am
A yes vote may exacerbate the dislocated services that English NHS reforms are already causing some patients

When Brian Woodcock needs to visit a GP, he makes a four-mile trip from his home in North...




Scottish referendum: Alex Salmond's 'missing million' voters in dispute
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
2 Sep 2014 at 8:53am
First minister believes 180,000 extra voters registered at weekend but new critical mass favouring independence doubted

Competing claims about levels of voter registration in Scotland have cast doub...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Sugar coated fluff puffs and leaps of faith
by weegingerdug
3 Sep 2014 at 1:35am
It’s coming, you can feel it in the air and hear it in the conversations around you. Today at the hospital as I walked onto the ward four nurses were having an animated conversation about independe...

Solidarity with Scotland from all over the world
by weegingerdug
2 Sep 2014 at 4:53pm
  Solidarity with Scotland has just released a new video – people all over the world demonstrating their support for independence and willing us to vote Yes, for ourselves, for them, and for a bett...

Bigger than fear
by weegingerdug
1 Sep 2014 at 9:56pm
I’ve been at the hospital most of the day. Andy’s having another crisis. They’re getting more frequent. He seems to have stabilised somewhat, but he’s on oxygen now and his swallowing difficulties ...

A letter from Aberdeenshire
by weegingerdug
1 Sep 2014 at 7:50am
A guest post by Jim McWilliam First of all let me set my stall out. I have been an advocate for Scottish Independence for as long as I can remember, perhaps it was because Alex Salmond was my MP wh...

A Welshman with a vote
by weegingerdug
31 Aug 2014 at 8:32am
A guest post by William Totterdell Dear Wee Dug, fellow ginger, My wife regularly reads me your blog or sends me a link to some great comments. I guess I am one of the silent ones, no Facebook, blo...

Egg fling flan
by weegingerdug
30 Aug 2014 at 4:47pm
I think I’ve finally got a handle on the No campaign. A No vote is all that stands between Scotland and a descent into grocery-based anarchy. Jim Murphy went out to give us the message, with the as...

A wee update
by weegingerdug
29 Aug 2014 at 11:18am
I spoke with Andy’s consultant today. There’s a wee bit of good news for a change. Or at least not bad news. Last weekend she wasn’t sure whether he’d survive the week, but over the course of this ...

In the limbo inbetween
by weegingerdug
28 Aug 2014 at 5:46pm
This is one of those personal posts. Andy’s postal ballot arrived in the post on Thursday, and I took it to the hospital for him to fill in. He’s very poorly now, with constant infections. The cons...

The message and the messenger
by weegingerdug
28 Aug 2014 at 6:37am
Scotland’s breakfast tables are still reeling from the gobsmacking arsery of Tuesday’s patronising Eat Your Cereal broadcast for Better Together and the hysterical Twitterfest of pisstakes that fol...

French EFA MEPs show Solidarity with Scotland
by weegingerdug
27 Aug 2014 at 3:17pm
The French members of the European Free Alliance, the political grouping to which the SNP belongs in the European Parliament, recently held a meeting in the Corsican city of Bastia where they voted...


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Strange times
by Aidan
3 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
There’s a lot I find odd about the referendum. I hate giving up Saturday mornings for it. And the Saturday afternoons. And Sunday mornings. And Sunday afternoons. And Wednesday evenings. And Tuesda...

Could the ?Missing Million? Swing It to Yes?
by Aidan
2 Sep 2014 at 2:58am
Apologies to What Scotland Thinks for ripping off borrowing their title for this This post is not about the ‘missing million’ voters, who are largely Labour No voters who we spend a lot of our time...

From the inside, the referendum is almost too close to call
by Dom
21 Aug 2014 at 1:22pm
Working at a university I count the year from September to September. The last few days of August have the same timeless quality as the lull between Christmas and January. As the Scottish Parliamen...

Some thoughts on nationalism and the messages of No
by James
16 Aug 2014 at 10:53am
Maybe blogging less is a symptom of tweeting more. I don’t know. But I wrote a few things on “popular microblogging site twitter dot com” yesterday evening and was very kindly encouraged to gather ...

From the river to the sea: on the desperate need for a just peace in the Midd...
by Guest Blog
17 Jul 2014 at 10:44am
Thanks to April Cumming for today’s guest post on the situation in Gaza. The images playing across the screens of the world today and over the previous week are nothing new; children are rushed to ...

So, what?s the big idea?
by Guest Blog
14 Jul 2014 at 7:11am
A guest post today from about the principle of democracy from Duncan Thorp, who has previously blogged for us about social enterprise. Thanks Duncan! It’s kind of reassuring that regardless of the ...

Exclusive: July Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
11 Jul 2014 at 2:38am
It’s month five for our rolling sequence of Survation polls, conducted as always in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The June results are here, and the...

Taxi for Lamont
by Guest Blog
4 Jul 2014 at 5:42am
Thanks to an anonymous (but definitely Labour) Labour person for today’s insidery guest post. The precarious situation of Johann Lamont Leading Scottish Labour in this session was never going to be...

Our Islands Our Future
by Guest Blog
27 Jun 2014 at 6:43am
Thanks to Neil Gray for today’s guest post. Neil is an Orcadian, who for the last six years has worked in the Scottish Parliament for Alex Neil MSP. He is also active in the Yes campaign in West Lo...

Yes Together: Robin McAlpine, Wings Over Scotland, and the progressive whitew...
by Guest Blog
24 Jun 2014 at 4:20am
Thanks very much to @pastachips for today’s fierce guest post. The transmisogyny of Stuart Campbell, aka author of pro-independence blog Wings Over Scotland, has been pretty devastatingly documente...


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