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Disgraced Conservative MP's cabinet future is in jeopardy
3 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Conservative Culture Secretary Maria Miller was clinging on to her job last night despite being ordered to pay back £5800 in mortgage expenses and make a humiliating apology to MPs.

Prisons early release questioned
3 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
AN SNP plan to end automatic early release for some prisoners is being questioned by a Holyrood committee.

PM caught up in 'muppets' row
3 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
David Cameron has defended his use of the word "muppets" to describe Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls during debate in the House of Commons.

Labour in pledge to repeal Lobbying Act
3 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
LABOUR has said that it will repeal the controversial Lobbying Act if it gains power at the next general election.

Average households soon '£1000 a year worse off'
3 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
The average household will be almost £1000 a year worse off by the time of the next general election because of the Coalition Government's tax and benefit changes, according to Labour.

Farage wins Round 2 with Clegg
2 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
SNAP polls have declared Nick Clegg the loser for the second week in a row in a head to head debate with Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

Diplomat warned on latest Gibraltar incident
2 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
THE Spanish ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office after the latest incursion into British territorial waters off Gibraltar by a Spanish ship resulted in a collision with a Royal Gibraltar Police vessel.

UK hits spending target on aid
2 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
The UK met the United Nations target of spending 0.7% of national income on international aid for the first time last year, according to new official statistics.

Cities hope for investment boost
1 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
CITIES could be in line for investment of about £6 billion as a result of working together in partnership, the Deputy First Minister said.

Criminals 'treated better than claimants'
1 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
BENEFIT claimants are treated worse than criminals, with tougher financial penalties imposed on those who fall foul of benefit rules, according to a Glasgow University academic.

£1bn for public works as SNP boosts private finance scheme
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
AN extra £1 billion is to be invested in the Scottish Government's scheme which funds major projects such as new hospitals, schools, roads and railways.

Warning GPs burnt out by heavy workloads
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
GPs are becoming "absolutely weary" and burnt out as a result of increasingly "intolerable" workloads, MSPs have been told.

Bedroom tax 'causing hardship'
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Disabled people are suffering "severe financial hardship and distress" as a result of the so-called bedroom tax, a cross-party committee of MPs has concluded.

BBC 'fail' public on climate change
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
A CRITICAL report from MPs has accused the BBC of leaving the public confused about climate change.

Salmond criticised over energy bills
1 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Ed Miliband has accused Alex Salmond of failing to tackle the Big Six power companies over the spiralling cost of household bills.


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Comment: Independence will create a global power
4 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Scotland needs ‘strategic capacity’ in order to join the list of the world’s most prosperous countries, write Andrew Cumbers and Iain Docherty



Ian Stewart: Margo?s loss is a loss to Scotland
4 Apr 2014 at 1:35pm

MANY people have a favourite Margo story. I have two. The first is the first time I met her. I had just been appointed editor of the Edinburgh Evening News, and Margo, one of the highest profile and best respected politicians in Scotland, wrote a column for the paper.



Alex Neil: Margo ?was no ordinary politician?
4 Apr 2014 at 1:04pm

THE passing of Margo MacDonald marks the end of an era in Scottish politics.



The life and times of Margo MacDonald
4 Apr 2014 at 9:36am

THE independent MSP for Lothian Margo MacDonald, who died today aged 70, has been a key figure in Scottish politics for the last forty years. We look back on some of her most notable achievements and interventions.



Margo MacDonald MSP dies aged 70
4 Apr 2014 at 9:09am

FULSOME tributes have been paid to veteran Scottish politician Margo MacDonald who died peacefully at home on Friday with her family by her side.



Committee calls for faster end to right-to-buy
4 Apr 2014 at 4:12am

THE Scottish Government is being urged to speed up plans to abolish the right-to-buy for tenants living in council and housing association properties.



Committee considers early release of prisoners
4 Apr 2014 at 4:04am

An SNP plan to end automatic early release for some prisoners is being questioned by a Holyrood committee.



Eddie Izzard begs Scotland: ?Please don?t go?
4 Apr 2014 at 3:25am

Scottish independence: The new pro-union campaign stepped up a gear on Friday when one the country’s biggest authors and a much loved transvestite comedian appeared at its launch.



UK set to bring in plain packets for cigarettes
3 Apr 2014 at 7:22pm

ALL parts of the UK are set to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products in efforts to meet an ambitious target to dramatically cut rates of smoking.



Report reveals tax blow to SNP?s childcare policy
3 Apr 2014 at 7:04pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Alex Salmond’s flagship childcare policy has been dealt a major blow after official figures revealed a massive shortfall in the tax revenues he forecast it would bring.



Oil and gas to create 400 jobs every week - report
3 Apr 2014 at 6:22pm

THE UK’s oil and gas sector is set to create a further 39,000 jobs over the course of the next two years, according to a new report.



Peter Jones: Aberdeen paying the price for success
3 Apr 2014 at 6:17pm

IS ABERDEEN becoming to Scotland what London is to the rest of Britain – an economic capital of wealth creation and high incomes, but putting up formidable barriers to those who want to move in because of high house prices and costs of living?



Richard Demarco ?keeps out? of independence debate
3 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Scottish independence: One of the nation’s leading cultural figures has become the latest high-profile Scot to steer clear of the independence debate.



Ukraine: Nasa to curtail space links with Russia
3 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

AMERICA’S space agency ­yesterday suspended ties with Russia in protest at the crisis in Ukraine.



The Scotsman cartoon: Red Road demolition
3 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

THE opening ceremony for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will feature a live demolition of the city’s iconic Red Road tower blocks.




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A passing query
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2014 at 9:00am
As far as we’re aware, “the largest arts festival in Europe” (indeed, the largest arts festival anywhere in the world) is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Does anyone remember Ian Murray MP being in charge of it? The claim appears in numerous places, including the Scottish Labour website and on Politics.co.uk. We can’t figure out what other […]

Once more unto the breach
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2014 at 6:31am
Sorry, folks, but it looks like we’re going to have to do this all over again. In the light of last night’s bizarre revelations about Scottish Labour’s shambolic “Devo Nano” proposals, even the barest semblance of coherence in the party’s plans has disintegrated, with Coatbridge MP Tom Clarke flatly contradicting the form letters sent out […]

Mork calling Orson, come in Orson
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Apr 2014 at 10:44pm
Our email inbox this week has been packed with people sending in their Labour MP’s or MSP’s responses to our questions about the party’s proposals for the devolution of taxation (aka “Devo Nano”) in the event of a No vote. With the exception of the very first reply – an arrogant, rude, dismissive effort from […]

The historical debt
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Apr 2014 at 12:49pm
When presented with the evidence that Scotland has been a huge net contributor to UK finances ever since the discovery of North Sea oil, Unionists sometimes protest “Ah, but what about the 260 years before that, when Scotland was just a poor wee backwater with no industry that was bankrolled by England after the Darien […]

Six paragraphs later
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman today: “Yes, there should be No poll abuse The independence debate has been getting ever nastier and it?s time for all sides to take a breath.” It must have been a short breath, because just six paragraphs later: “Bill Munro, the head of Barrhead Travel, one of our most successful […]

Before the oil, the deluge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Apr 2014 at 3:29am
Sent in by an alert reader from a 1971 book called “Scotland’s Scrap Of Paper”. Same as it ever was, eh readers? These are the original documents from HM Stationery Office verifying the figures: This bit had a rather familiar ring to it, too:

What?s that secret you?re keeping?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2014 at 6:32am
The mystery of the alleged vandalism attack by “Yes supporters” on the office of Labour MP Ian Murray in Edinburgh this week has turned into quite a labyrinth. We rang Mr Murray’s office this morning, speaking to a nice chap called Stuart (or Stewart, we forgot to ask), who declined to elaborate on the nature […]

Conservative, but not so Unionist?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Apr 2014 at 4:58am
We noticed a rather unusual story on Conservative Home on Monday. “One in five party members want Scotland to leave the United Kingdom” ran the headline above a piece about a survey the site had conducted. In fact the title was an understatement – 22% of respondents who were Conservative Party members had answered Yes […]

The smear wars
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Apr 2014 at 1:30pm
“Better Together” chairman Alistair Darling is in today’s Telegraph, yet again demanding that people should be prevented from expressing opinions on the internet, unless those opinions are supportive of the Union. In Mr Darling’s world, businessmen should be permitted to try to frighten their employees into voting No with mad, untrue rants and veiled threats […]

When co-operation becomes captivity
by Mark Frankland
1 Apr 2014 at 11:00am
As alert Wings reader may recall, I work for a charity in the Borders. Our volunteer who does the Monday-morning food run up the Nith valley is away in Asia and Australia for a month, so my week now starts with a ride up the A76. The countryside is drop-dead gorgeous, particularly in the early […]


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Independent MSP Margo MacDonald dies
4 Apr 2014 at 12:48pm
The Independent MSP Margo MacDonald, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease, has died.


Oil and gas firms expect jobs growth
4 Apr 2014 at 2:45am
Companies in the UK oil and gas sector expect to create up to 39,000 new jobs over the next two years.


Izzard urges Scots to stay in UK
4 Apr 2014 at 10:32am
Comedian Eddie Izzard urges Scots to remain in the UK, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.


End 'right to buy" sooner, say MSPs
3 Apr 2014 at 4:01pm
A committee of MSPs back the complete abolition of the "right to buy" rented social housing within a year.


New-look Aberdeen centre unveiled
3 Apr 2014 at 6:22pm
Images of the planned new £107m look for the site of the former Aberdeen City Council headquarters are unveiled.


BSkyB: Referendum 'for the people'
3 Apr 2014 at 10:22am
Satellite broadcaster BSkyB says it has no plans to change its business in Scotland, whatever the outcome of September's independence referendum.


First cross-border summit staged
4 Apr 2014 at 9:06am
Senior members of five councils on the Scotland-England border meet for the first ever Borderlands Initiative summit.


Government childcare plan questioned
3 Apr 2014 at 1:46pm
Scottish Labour accuses the Scottish government of misleading parents over its plans to expand childcare in the event of independence.


Weir: Substantial risk with Yes vote
3 Apr 2014 at 6:45am
Scottish independence would carry a "substantial risks" to the economy, the boss of one of Scotland's biggest companies claims.


Rural fuel scheme to be reviewed
3 Apr 2014 at 9:37am
The UK Treasury is to look at finding a "better system" than using postcodes for assessing areas for inclusion in the rural fuel discount scheme.


Scottish provosts form association
3 Apr 2014 at 7:30am
An association of council provosts is set up to try to champion the cause of local government across Scotland.


Plea to boost digital workforce
3 Apr 2014 at 12:54pm
Ministers say more young Scottish men and women should be encouraged to work in Scotland's "vibrant and growing" digital sector.


Voter registration 'highest ever'
1 Apr 2014 at 6:32pm
Voter registration in Scotland is the highest it has ever been as millions sign up to have their say in the independence referendum.


Business figures clash with SNP MSPs
2 Apr 2014 at 8:28am
Business leaders clash with SNP politicians at Holyrood over the economic impact of independence.


'DIY' personal care introduced
31 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
Rule change means that local authorities can offer people who need home care cash for them to organise it themselves.


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The Referendum and Trident
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
4 Apr 2014 at 11:10am

By Isobel Lindsay

The anonymous Cabinet Minister who said they would probably negotiate a currency union with Scotland especially if they could get to keep Trident on the Clyde, let slip one of the big unionist nightmares ? they could lose their big-power virility symbol.

This is one of the great moral and international issues at stake in the Referendum campaign.



Underlying economic issues still there
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm

By George Kerevan
 
DURING his ill-starred 2010 election campaign, Gordon Brown made the controversial pledge to ?create British jobs for British workers?. Of course, his proposal was illegal under European Union rules, but then Brown did not actually intend to do anything about it. His use of language worthy of the BNP was a classic political ?dog whistle? ? an emotive phrase intended to lodge in the subconscious of a key electoral group.



Behind the Green Door
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Apr 2014 at 3:11pm

By Derek Bateman

There's no escaping the irony. The people who accuse nationalists of abuse have turned to vilification in place of argument. There's always going to be a background of jibe and accusation and it's a key part of what we call debate, although it is dismissed as contemptible by the pious who nevertheless find space in their condemnation for the odd dismissive barb themselves.

Personally, I enjoy it. My rule of thumb is not to write anything I wouldn't say to someone's face and that mostly gets me by, allowing tart, sour and borderline hurtful comments while making sure I could justify them if challenged.



Catalonia Calling
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Mar 2014 at 3:01pm

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
St George's Day is most commonly associated with England, but the feast of the fabled dragon is a big deal in Catalonia, too.  Every April 23, Catalans exchange books, flowers and other gifts on the dia dels enamorats (lovers' day).
 
But on April 23, 2015, Catalans could be doing something very different on St George's day ? making a unilateral declaration of independence.



Dr Strangelove
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Apr 2014 at 1:04am

By Derek Bateman
 
Another bombardment of tough love is already skyward and heading our way this week as the independence-haters ? what else can they be with such irrational, self-harming persistence ? seek to hammer home their orchestrated line on no currency sharing. (I get images of Osborne astride a descending bomb like the major in Dr Strangelove)

It would have been arm-round-the-shoulder week, like the boozy wincher, angling for a stolen kiss, no doubt turning nasty on rejection. Instead, through their own ineptitude, they are obliged to bludgeon us with ever more shrill insistence that they meant it all along.



The counterfeit currency threat ... Where now for No?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Mar 2014 at 4:55pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
"The nationalists are in utter chaos over currency.  Alex Salmond's Panama Plan would be an absolute disaster for Scotland, leaving us without anyone standing behind our banks and resulting in sky-high interest rates for our mortgages and loans.  The only way to keep the strength and security of the pound is to vote to stay part of the UK."
 
The words of the Better Together campaign almost exactly one month ago.



Phoney class war talk won't hide Labour's Better Together reality
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
29 Mar 2014 at 2:54pm

By Ken Ferguson

From Labour's ambition for an ?irreversible shift of wealth? to working people 40 years ago, to the Blair/Brown love in with the rich, is quite a leap.

The recent death of Tony Benn recalled that earlier period when the rich really did ? briefly ? fear for their world of wealth and power. However it also threw a harsh spotlight on the reality of today's Labour Party.

Blair and Brown, in power with big majorities at Westminster, used that power to harness Labour to the world of casino capitalism unleashed by Thatcher which shifted vast wealth and power into the grubby hands of the super rich.



BBC Scotland .. equals .. Fox News USA
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Mar 2014 at 3:55pm

  By Mark McNaught
 
I have never lived for a long period of time in the UK, so I hadn't appreciated the current depth of BBC mendacity.  Living much of my life in the US, I became addicted to Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, my parents watched Masterpiece Theater, and assumed all of the BBC was that good.  We didn't get Jimmy Savile.
 
Living in France and following the Scottish independence referendum, I am often blocked from viewing BBC videos because I am not a fee payer.  Those which I can view are mostly snippets of speeches with biased commentary.



Why I'll be voting Yes - by the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Mar 2014 at 4:30am

The Dowager Duchess of Hamilton has pledged to campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, declaring: "It's what Scotland needs and it"s what my husband would have wanted."
 
The duchess, who prefers to be known plainly as Kay, knows that some people will be surprised that a member of one of Scotland's leading aristocratic families supports Yes, but says a desire for an independent Scotland transcends any position or political allegiance.



The Whole World's Watching
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Mar 2014 at 6:04pm

  By Derek Bateman
 
You can tell by the response that it's true.  Low-level leaks without credibility don't draw joint statements of denial like that of Osborne and Alexander.  Inconsequential briefings don't attract instant rebuttals from Number 10.
 
They have been caught, bang to rights, telling giant lies to the British people and it's now a mad scramble to recover in case the truth takes hold.  And, of course, it has taken root.  Every Scot now knows that the men who run Britain will look him/her in the eye and lie to their face.




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Independence is a process too « Better Nation
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 2:04pm

One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one person – Jane Carnall. Yesterday morning she pointed me to a piece in which she explains why she’s leaning towards a No vote because of the SNP’s currency union plan.



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So yeah, there's a Yes sticker in the back of my car
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 8:45am

I'm not particularly political, I'm not a dyed in the wool nationalist and I'm not the kind of person who goes for bumper stickers. And yet I put this in the back window of my car: Yes, it's the in...

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Cross-border comedians for No: Eddie Izzard and Andy Todd enter indy debate
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 8:42am

Comedian Eddie Izzard will urge Scots to remain in the UK with a comedy fundraiser for the Better Together campaign tonight.

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Cameron ?won?t block Scots from 2015 election?
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 8:37am

DOWNING Street has said that Prime Minister David Cameron will not bow to pressure from backbench Tories to ban Scottish voters from taking part in the 2015 General Election for Westminster in the event of a Yes vote for independence.

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Scotland: a nation, not a region
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 8:24am

An independent parliament in waiting, Edinburgh's devolved Holyrood legislature will become the beating heart of Scotland's democracy if the country backs itself and votes yes in September's independence referendum. There ...

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Peter A Bell: The Cybernat Diversion
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 8:05am

Project Fear's tactics are not subtle. It's propaganda techniques are pretty crude. The very phrase, "Better Together" is an example of a propaganda technique known as the "Glittering generality". It is a phrase which has a certain primitive emotional appeal but which is ultimately devoid of cont...



Once more unto the breach
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 7:08am

Sorry, folks, but it looks like we're going to have to do this all over again. In the light of last night's bizarre revelations about Scottish Labour's shambolic "Devo Nano" proposals, even the bar...

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No campaign pounces over MP's claim on currency union
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 6:46am

A CURRENCY union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK would not last if the two economies diverge, an SNP MP has suggested.

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Independence business benefit ?uncertain? - Weir Group
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 5:47am

SCOTTISH independence would create “costs and uncertainties” for businesses which outweigh the benefits, a report for one of the country’s leading firms has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I doubt very much if Keith Cochrane, chief executive of Weir Group, will be flattered to have been lumped in w...



Labour question why Salmond's making indy case on US visit
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 5:08am

A ROW has broken out over Alex Salmond's latest visit to the United States after it emerged he will be using the trip to present the case for independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This is puerile stuff from British Labour in Scotland. While they pretend that their concern is taxpayers' money, what ...



Report reveals tax blow to SNP?s childcare policy
by Peter A Bell
4 Apr 2014 at 4:37am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Alex Salmond’s flagship childcare policy has been dealt a major blow after official figures revealed a massive shortfall in the tax revenues he forecast it would bring.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The way the British parties pounce on things like the SPICe report on childcare exp...



Anti-indy parties look to Westminster Committee for help as Currency Union ad...
by Peter A Bell
3 Apr 2014 at 11:32pm

The Conservative, Labour and the Lib Dem parties have been accused of panicking after it emerged George Osborne, Ed Balls and Danny Alexander are set to appear in front of a Westminster Committee in order to answer questions on a currency union.




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Mork calling Orson, come in Orson
by Peter A Bell
3 Apr 2014 at 11:21pm

Our email inbox this week has been packed with people sending in their Labour MP's or MSP's responses to our questions about the party's proposals for the devolution of taxation (aka "Devo Nano") i...

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Sillars: 'Self-confidence rising in working class Scots'
by Peter A Bell
3 Apr 2014 at 4:13pm

MORE than 150 people packed into Govan's Pearce Institute to hear the socialist case for Scottish Independence on Monday night, heralding one of the biggest Yes meetings in the district so far.



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EU roaming fees vote debunks another piece of unionist scaremongering, say SNP
by Peter A Bell
3 Apr 2014 at 3:56pm

Another piece of scaremongering by the anti-independence campaign has been debunked today following a European Parliament vote to abolish mobile phone roaming charges, the SNP has said.




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Why Scotland is a poorer place without indomitable, ultra-independent Margo M...
by dailyrecord
4 Apr 2014 at 11:04am
FORMER Daily Record political editor and columnist TOM BROWN reflects on the life and achievements of Margo MacDonald and ponders that Scotland is a poorer place without her.


Obituary: A farewell to Margo MacDonald 1943-2014
by David Taylor
4 Apr 2014 at 10:03am
VETERAN Scottish politician Margo MacDonald has died peacefully at home, her family confirmed. DAVID TAYLOR takes a look back at her life and career.


Comedian Eddie Izzard describes his trip to Scotland to urge referendum voter...
by dailyrecord
4 Apr 2014 at 9:19am
IZZARD was subjected to online abuse when he announced he would stage a fundraiser for the Better Together campaign at the launch of its Scotland, Please Don't Go slogan in Edinburgh.


Independence referendum: Expats have their say in our unofficial online poll
by dailyrecord
4 Apr 2014 at 5:22am
OUR sister site Scotland Now is giving millions of expats dotted around the world the chance to have their say on this year's big independence debate.


Comedian Eddie Izzard to urge Scots to remain in the UK with a comedy fundrai...
by Lindsey Archibald
4 Apr 2014 at 3:03am
THE cross-party unionist campaign will launch its new slogan "Scotland, Please Don't Go" with a gig in Edinburgh, featuring the popular English comic and local comedian Andy Todd.


Record View: Scotland deserves better than half-baked indy ideas from the SNP
by Record View
4 Apr 2014 at 2:55am
AS it is revealed the SNP's flagship childcare plan is missing £700m and 40,000 mums RECORD VIEW says voters deserve better than "back-of-an-envelope planning".


Revealed: Tory cuts will cost families £1000 a year
by Jason Beattie
4 Apr 2014 at 2:42am
A STUDY by the Institute of Fiscal Studies found households will lose £974 a year on average by 2015 - and families with children will be even more out of pocket.


Edinburgh school tragedy: Nicola Sturgeon stunned as political leaders ignore...
by David Clegg
4 Apr 2014 at 2:22am
STURGEON had been expecting tough questions on the Liberton High tragedy as she stood in for Alex Salmond at First Minister's questions but they failed to materialise.


Scottish independence: Alex Salmond's flagship childcare plan is missing £700...
by David Clegg
3 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
THE briefing paper forced the SNP to admit there is no evidence that the proposed extra childcare would lead to a six per cent rise in the female workforce ? or generate £700million.


Independence referendum: Weir Group chief warns of 'guaranteed' costs of a Ye...
by dailyrecord
3 Apr 2014 at 6:36am
KEITH Cochrane said that a vote for independence carries "substantial risks" to the Scottish economy as the Weir Group published a report looking at the impact of independence on business.


Brazen Lib Dems ready to oppose hated bedroom tax.. just a year after bringin...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Apr 2014 at 2:51am
LIB DEM MP Tim Farron yesterday said the party could no longer support the hated tax but his comments were pounced upon by Labour.


Singer Eddi Reader recorded her latest album in her home for fear of being aw...
by John Dingwall
3 Apr 2014 at 12:00am
EX-FAIRGROUND Attraction star tells how she balances family life and work - and why she'll be voting yes for independence.


Referendum: More than four million people are registered to vote in Scotland ...
by Crystal Chung
2 Apr 2014 at 12:14pm
ELECTORAL Commission bosses say the figures reflect hard work put in by registration officers and the importance of the vote.


Justice Secretary defends stop and search after claims police are contravenin...
by dailyrecord
2 Apr 2014 at 10:41am
KENNY MacAskill insists policy is vital tool in taking weapons, drugs and alcohol off the streets.


Ed Miliband accuses UK Government of selling Royal Mail at 'mates rates' to D...
by dailyrecord
2 Apr 2014 at 6:50am
THE Labour leader condemned the Government for getting a bad deal as he claimed the taxpayer received £1.4 billion less for the sale of the Royal Mail than it is worth today.


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Rest in Peace.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm
Rest in Peace.



We'll miss you Margo
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Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Apr 2014 at 4:07pm
Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.



Barrhead fellow-traveller in flight
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A staff member reported that he had been horrified to arrive at work early in the morning and find a yes sticker on a board across the road from the office

A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Toget...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Apr 2014 at 2:30am
A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Together referendum campaigns will be played in Stirling on Saturday 24th of June as part of the 2014 Armed forces day.


Indy campaign's call truce for charity football match
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The match, part of the wid...

"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm
"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.



Splits in UKOK denied
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by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Mar 2014 at 10:57am

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2014 at 12:24pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definitely absolutely positive case for the Union.


The 'thrilling' case for the UK
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
According to the Lib Dem press office, Mr Clegg's speech was delivered to a packed house of over 25,000 delegates and w...

Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire ar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 6:40pm
Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire are gaining, Poultice concentrates on what matters.



Poultice ? BBC London thanks you for your polling responses
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Please vote in our new poll - we don't understand why Subway keeps appearing in Scot...

Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 3:04pm
Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely sanguine about his missing organ.



It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Camero...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Mar 2014 at 4:45pm
It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Cameron.


Barosso guttered after failure to get UK support for top NATO job, despite sucking Cameron
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Barroso might turn on Cameron and say ?In ye come Scotland. Fu*k the Tory bastirt.?

The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its la...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Mar 2014 at 6:24pm
The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its latest devolution proposals today, at the same time as the rest of the country.


Labour ?Declaration of Dependence? may lead to DEVO R.C.E.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The proposals, which were 2 years in the making, were comp...

Thank you, dear viewers, for the 5000 likes. <lovebomb>We like you too.</love...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Mar 2014 at 10:19am
Thank you, dear viewers, for the 5000 likes.
<lovebomb>We like you too.</lovebomb>



The following is a transcript of part of the Andrew Marr show from this morni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Mar 2014 at 9:17am
The following is a transcript of part of the Andrew Marr show from this morning. This will be remembered as the point when the BBC finally admitted it was a player in the debate on Scottish independence rather than a neutral and disinterested observer.


We're not reporting the debate, we're IN IT, ...

David Cameron has described the referendum on Scottish independence as "a maj...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Mar 2014 at 3:54pm
David Cameron has described the referendum on Scottish independence as "a major life-ending decision". Mr Cameron made the comment during a speech to the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Edinburgh.


Scottish Tory conference: Cameron warns vote will be 'life-ending decision'
www.bbc.scotland...

Supporters of the Union were overjoyed when GERS scored a double-whammy to ov...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Mar 2014 at 3:46pm
Supporters of the Union were overjoyed when GERS scored a double-whammy to overwhelm dissident splittists.



GERS boost for the Empire!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
That means that the UK will now be able to compete for a playoff place to gain admission to the G46

Shocked to discover that 8% of those dedicated to keeping Scotlandshire in th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Mar 2014 at 2:42pm
Shocked to discover that 8% of those dedicated to keeping Scotlandshire in the loving embrace of Gideon Osborne had suffered vicious abuse from Cybernats!


Poll Points to Personalised Perfidy by Punters
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
New poll is available - Should Scotlandshire be similarly treated to C...


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Easter Rising
by bellacaledonia
4 Apr 2014 at 2:45am
Bella is taking a short break for the Easter holidays to have a brief digital detox and gorge on over-packed chocolate items. We will be back with you next week. In the meantime, take a chance to share the details... Read More ›

Red Road
by bellacaledonia
3 Apr 2014 at 4:37pm
News that the Red Road flats, which have been part of Glasgow’s skyline for almost 50 years will be blown up as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was met by stunned confusion by people today. The event will... Read More ›

Disgraceful Opportunist Cultural Hatred
by bellacaledonia
3 Apr 2014 at 3:38pm
This is an extraordinary attack. THE DAILY MAIL’S ALAN RODEN AND HIS UTTER HATRED OF GAELIC by Arthur Cormack Unfortunately, we are used to Gaels and their language being denigrated by some sections of the media in Scotland. Alan Roden,... Read More ›


I am a Nationalist
by bellacaledonia
3 Apr 2014 at 2:47pm
By David Morgan There you go ? I?ve said it. I subscribe to a political philosophy that (in the context of the Scottish Independence debate at least) dare not speak its name. The very word itself has become a term... Read More ›


An Eye for an Aye?
by bellacaledonia
2 Apr 2014 at 5:55am
If you were asked to design a poster that inspires a nation, what would it be? Bella, National Collective and Scottish Independence Convention today launch a national prize competition ...


Dragons and Poodles
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 4:37pm
By David Black There seemed to be something uncannily familiar about the collapse of the unionist party line which followed the recent revelation in The Guardian about the unidentified cabinet minister who broke ranks with his Westminster ‘No’ troika. Their... Read More ›

From The Province of the Cat #26: Killing Squirrels With A Howitzer
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 6:44am
by George Gunn Sometimes through the heavy metal fuzz of mass media and the modern world, when the individual is striving for some clarity amongst the incessant network noise and flashing neon which signifies nothing, there comes as from nowhere... Read More ›


Where is Alexander Linklater?
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 6:31am
By Mike Small Where exactly is Alexander Linklater? His description of Scotland (‘The union belongs to the Scots, it’s at the heart of our cultural identity’) suggests he’s located somewhere else entirely, or experiencing a different multiverse from the rest... Read More ›


Better Together: Proud to Fail
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2014 at 3:55pm
By John S Warren Ian Martin in an article spread over two pages in the Sunday Telegraph (30th March p.18-19) concludes after what we may now fairly term the ?Apertiv-gate? currency fiasco, that if Better Together ?make many more foolish... Read More ›


The Better Together Campaign Crisis
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2014 at 10:38am
"If you have a pliant media (which doesn't know what's happening on the ground anyway), for quite a while you can get away with describing the world as you wish it was and not as it is. The problem is that eventually reality catches up..."


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Eddie Izzard said: "I think it is beautiful that we have got to this position...
4 Apr 2014 at 7:58am

BBC News

Eddie Izzard said: "I think it is beautiful that we have got to this position ...
BBC News
Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard has called on voters in Scotland to back the Union, ahead of September's independence referendum. He supported a new campaign encouraging people living elsewhere in the...


Scottish independence: Much better together - Telegraph.co.uk
2 Apr 2014 at 12:10am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: Much better together
Telegraph.co.uk
The battle to keep the United Kingdom together has reached a critical stage, as we enter the final six months before the referendum on Scottish independence. The past few days have been especially rocky. A combination of a c...


Margo MacDonald, Scottish Independence Campaigner, Dies at 70 - Bloomberg
4 Apr 2014 at 11:27am

Herald Scotland

Margo MacDonald, Scottish Independence Campaigner, Dies at 70
Bloomberg
Margo MacDonald, a campaigner for independence for Scotland who served in both the Scottish and U.K. parliaments during a political career spanning four decades, has died at age 70. An independent lawmaker in the...


Weir Group warns of 'guaranteed' costs of Scottish independence - Telegraph.c...
3 Apr 2014 at 5:14am

Telegraph.co.uk

Weir Group warns of 'guaranteed' costs of Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
Weir's intervention in the independence debate is the latest warning from a Scottish company, following businesses including Standard Life and Royal Bank of Scotland. Standard Life, the pensions and savin...


Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever' - BBC News
1 Apr 2014 at 6:34pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever'
BBC News
Voter registration in Scotland is the highest it has ever been, as millions sign up to have their say in the independence referendum. With just under six months until polling day, an estimated 4.1 million people are now on th...


Scottish independence: Business figures clash with SNP MSPs - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:30am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Business figures clash with SNP MSPs
BBC News
Business leaders have clashed with SNP politicians at Holyrood over the economic impact of independence. One member of the parliament's Economy Committee was told to stop "badgering" CBI Scotland director Iain McMillan. An...


Scottish independence: Barrhead Travel founder writes anti-Yes memo to staff ...
31 Mar 2014 at 10:59am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Barrhead Travel founder writes anti-Yes memo to staff
BBC News
The founder of Barrhead Travel has told his staff that a "Yes" vote in Scotland's independence referendum would be "a disaster". Bill Munro sent a memo to staff about what he saw as the dangers of independ...


Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum? - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum?
BBC News
For the first time in Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds will get to vote in the referendum. As long as you were born on 18 September 1998 or before, and live in Scotland, you can have your say on Scotland's future. For those of ...


Scottish independence: Unite leader slams No camp - Scotsman
1 Apr 2014 at 11:11am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Unite leader slams No camp
Scotsman
THE leader of Britain's biggest trade union has slammed the negativity of the Better Together campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, and warned that Scots will back independence if they think the Tories can win the 2015 election. Spea...


Scottish independence: lessons from 1995 Quebec vote - BBC News
4 Apr 2014 at 6:44am

BBC News

Scottish independence: lessons from 1995 Quebec vote
BBC News
There could be lessons for the Scottish independence debate from the 1995 Quebec referendum in Canada. There, a nationalist party came to power, and decided to hold a referendum on independence, where the no campaign was ahead, b...



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Scottish independence veteran dies - Financial Times
4 Apr 2014 at 4:29pm

Scottish independence veteran dies
Financial Times
Ms MacDonald, who became an independent member of the Scottish parliament in 2003, first burst on to the political scene in 1973 with a shock victory in the Govan by-election for the SNP. She lost the seat the following year in the general election...


Scottish MSP Margo MacDonald dies aged 70 - Oye! Times
4 Apr 2014 at 3:46pm

Scottish MSP Margo MacDonald dies aged 70
Oye! Times
She was also renowned as ?blonde bombshell? when she rose to prominence in 1973 at the age of 30 by winning the Glasgow Govan special election for the SNP, taking a Westminster seat in what was a Labour Party stronghold. Afterwards, she became a ...


Margo Macdonald: an irresistable force - For Argyll
4 Apr 2014 at 2:39pm

For Argyll

Margo Macdonald: an irresistable force
For Argyll
She was indelibly associated with Govan and with the SNP ? although a falling out saw her formal political life move, unironically, to formal independence, She has been the Independent MSP for The Lothians. A life force not to be resisted,...


Margo MacDonald dies: tributes pour in for veteran Scottish politician - The ...
4 Apr 2014 at 2:26pm

The Independent

Margo MacDonald dies: tributes pour in for veteran Scottish politician
The Independent
Ms MacDonald, who had two daughters, Zoe and Petra, first came to national prominence when she won the Glasgow Govan by-election for the SNP in 1973, triumphing in what had been regarded a Labour s...


Independent MSP Margo MacDonald dies - BBC News
4 Apr 2014 at 9:10am

BBC News

Independent MSP Margo MacDonald dies
BBC News
Ms MacDonald, a hugely influential figure in the Scottish independence movement, rose to prominence after winning the Glasgow Govan Westminster by-election for the SNP in 1973. She later served as an SNP MSP for the Lothian region, before going ...


Petition aims to close the shutter on speed cams - Strathspey and Badenoch He...
4 Apr 2014 at 11:31am

Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

Petition aims to close the shutter on speed cams
Strathspey and Badenoch Herald
The man behind it is local Lib Dem MP Danny Alexander, who told the Strathy: "Despite a campaign which has drawn support from thousands of people across the Highlands, the SNP Government ha...


Margo MacDonald: 'A sparkling jewel in Holyrood' - Edinburgh Evening News
4 Apr 2014 at 11:11am

Edinburgh Evening News

Margo MacDonald: 'A sparkling jewel in Holyrood'
Edinburgh Evening News
Flags flew at half mast outside the Scottish Parliament that she helped to create and in which she served first as a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and then as an independent nationalist MSP. ...


MSP Margo MacDonald dies aged 70 - MSN UK
4 Apr 2014 at 1:27pm

MSP Margo MacDonald dies aged 70
MSN UK
She represented the Scottish National Party at both Westminster and Holyrood, before latterly serving as an independent MSP. Ms MacDonald, who represented the Lothian region, had been campaigning to legalise assisted suicide. Her husband, former SNP ...

and mo...


Parties squabble over cash rules - Cumbernauld News
4 Apr 2014 at 10:56am

Parties squabble over cash rules
Cumbernauld News
The Cumbernauld councillor who leads the SNP group on North Lanarkshire Council has welcomed a crunch decision to keep the authority's membership of COSLA. But Councillor Tom Johnston has also attacked his Labour rivals for denying local nationalist...


Margo MacDonald: 'Scotland is the poorer for her passing' - BBC News
4 Apr 2014 at 1:05pm

BBC News

Margo MacDonald: 'Scotland is the poorer for her passing'
BBC News
If I may be allowed a personal reminiscence - and nobody is going to stop me - I well remember interviewing her at the Dundee conference of the party as the '79 Group was getting into its stride, advocating a shift to the Le...



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Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum? - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum?
BBC News
For the first time in Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds will get to vote in the referendum. As long as you were born on 18 September 1998 or before, and live in Scotland, you can have your say on Scotland's future. For those of ...


STV to screen final of independence referendum schools debate - stv.tv
4 Apr 2014 at 7:15am

stv.tv

STV to screen final of independence referendum schools debate
stv.tv
Eight secondary schools from across Scotland will battle it out on STV in the final of a nationwide debating competition based around the independence referendum. The hour long programme, Referendum: The Next Generation, see...


Comedian Eddie Izzard describes his trip to Scotland to urge referendum voter...
4 Apr 2014 at 9:25am

Scottish Daily Record

Comedian Eddie Izzard describes his trip to Scotland to urge referendum voters ...
Scottish Daily Record
Labour party supporter and comedian Eddie Izzard in Edinburgh. COMEDIAN Eddie Izzard has described his trip to Scotland to urge referendum voters to keep the UK together as ...


Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever' - BBC News
1 Apr 2014 at 6:34pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever'
BBC News
Voter registration in Scotland is the highest it has ever been, as millions sign up to have their say in the independence referendum. With just under six months until polling day, an estimated 4.1 million people are now on th...


Barrhead Travel boss defends referendum staff memo - Scotsman (blog)
31 Mar 2014 at 10:09am

Scotsman (blog)

Barrhead Travel boss defends referendum staff memo
Scotsman (blog)
A director of Barrhead Travel has defended his decision to send out a company-wide email in which he says a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum would be a ?disaster?. Non-executive director Bill Munro sen...


Independence referendum: Expats have their say in our unofficial online poll ...
4 Apr 2014 at 5:32am

Independence referendum: Expats have their say in our unofficial online poll
Scottish Daily Record
SCOTS expats disappointed they can't take part in Scotland's historic Independence referendum vote on September 18 can get their voice heard in a new poll by Scotland Now . The Record's new digital si...


Referendum: More than four million people are registered to vote in Scotland ...
2 Apr 2014 at 12:22pm

Scottish Daily Record

Referendum: More than four million people are registered to vote in Scotland ...
Scottish Daily Record
People have until September 2 to sign up to the register if they want to have a say in the referendum, which will be held on Thursday September 18. Andy O'Neill, the head of t...


BlackRock wades into Scottish referendum debate - Financial Times
23 Mar 2014 at 5:19am

BBC News

BlackRock wades into Scottish referendum debate
Financial Times
Investments in Scottish infrastructure projects are also likely to be put on hold until September's referendum, said the company, which added that it has taken an ?apolitical view? of the situation. Scottish pension funds are l...


Scottish Lib Dem conference: Minister Carmichael says 'look beyond referendum...
29 Mar 2014 at 7:07am

BBC News

Scottish Lib Dem conference: Minister Carmichael says 'look beyond referendum'
BBC News
Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael has called for people to look at what lies beyond the September independence referendum. Speaking at the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party conference in ...


Aberdeen: We won't pull trusts out of Scotland ahead of referendum - Fundweb
31 Mar 2014 at 9:20am

Aberdeen: We won't pull trusts out of Scotland ahead of referendum
Fundweb
A spokesman for Aberdeen Asset Management has since confirmed that the decision not to re-register companies ahead of the referendum applies across all of its trusts based in Scotland, owing to the lack of certainty surround...



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Visit Scotland Campaign!
4 Apr 2014 at 2:28pm

New Visit Scotland campaign.

 

Yes! I was there 

 

http://www.visitscotland.com/campaign/brillia...



The Great Tapestry Of Scotland
4 Apr 2014 at 12:29pm

Just went to see the tapestry in the Art Gallery in Aberdeen.

 

What a fantastic thing it is and ...



Foam On The Water
4 Apr 2014 at 11:32am

Anyone else see all that really weird foam in the Clyde today ? Has this ever happened before ?

 ...



Margo Macdonald Msp Has Dies
4 Apr 2014 at 8:56am

Terrible news - http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/margo-macdonald-msp-dies-at-70-1-33655...



What's Yer Pin Numbers?
4 Apr 2014 at 7:56am

???



She's Getting Battered In The Evening...
4 Apr 2014 at 7:56am

This is why I'm scared of women:   

 

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manche...



The Sad Demise Of Scottish Labour
4 Apr 2014 at 4:35am

So today Scottish Labour are once again sinking to a new low and showing their complete lack of s...



The Scottish Currency ...any Thoughts Yet ?
3 Apr 2014 at 6:51pm

Or has Herr Salmond  and  Fräulein  Sturgeon  a Plan B .

 

No we thought not .



Ross Murdoch - Fastest Swimmer In The World This Year
3 Apr 2014 at 6:45pm

this could be something to watch out for - a new David Wilkie?

 

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/swimm...



Checking To See If This Works
3 Apr 2014 at 4:20pm



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

Margo Macdonald: a very brief obituary
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The Scottish Parliament today lost one of its few true icons, the independent (former SNP) MSP Ma...

Independence is a process too
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 8:20am
One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one pers...

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...

Fringe benefits of independence
by James
18 Mar 2014 at 6:10am
The worst reason for voting No to independence is because you don’t like Alex Salmond, and the wo...

Who do you not hate?
by James
17 Mar 2014 at 8:33am
In addition to the independence question and the Holyrood voting intention put as part of our fir...

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...

Scottish Labour and the supposed self-evident truths of separation
by Guest Blog
7 Mar 2014 at 7:27am
We’re pleased to have a guest post today from dearly-missed erstwhile Better Nation editor and fo...

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

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


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

Concerns raised over Ipsos-Mori's methodology
by James Kelly
2 Apr 2014 at 7:16pm
An anonymous poster left this rather troubling comment on last night's post about polling accurac...

How much credibility do the polls have?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2014 at 9:12pm
Over the last couple of days, I've been contacted by three different people asking for my thought...

Brit Nat Tomkins isn't quite the king of the castle
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 11:43pm
Not for the first time, Professor Adam Tomkins took part in a discussion on Newsnight Scotland la...

Celebrity 'love-bombing' campaign gets serious as Better Together unveils its...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 6:07pm
Many thanks to occasional commenter Cordon Blah for sending me this utterly jaw-dropping article ...

Why did Alistair Carmichael tell a direct lie about the polls on today's Sund...
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 1:27pm

I'd heard that Alistair Carmichael made a questionable comment about the recent TNS-BMRB poll on ...



Just a quick warning
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 9:54am
If you happen to see any offensive anti-English remarks in the comments section of this blog (or ...

Sagacity on Saturday : The indispensable building-block of true 'Hothersallism'
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2014 at 6:00am
"It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist.  Internationalism i...

Does Nick Clegg's logic make Vladimir Putin the rightful President of Scotland?
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2014 at 11:18am
I must confess that I haven't been watching Nick Clegg's speech to the Scottish Lib Dem diehards....

Boost for SNP in Holyrood voting intention figures from YouGov
by James Kelly
27 Mar 2014 at 3:37pm
In recent months, YouGov have slipped out of line with other pollsters with regard to Holyrood vo...

Was the Yes vote in the recent ICM poll even higher than reported?
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2014 at 11:47am
You might remember that when Scotland on Sunday reported a big swing to Yes in their ICM poll at ...

Breakthrough for pro-independence campaign in landmark new YouGov poll
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2014 at 7:21pm

Although the No lead has been slipping in recent YouGov polls, the pace of change has been frustr...



Explaining the difference between TNS-BMRB and the online pollsters
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2014 at 10:48am
In the last post I discussed the ongoing disparity between TNS-BMRB, which currently shows a Yes ...

New TNS-BMRB referendum poll puts the pro-independence campaign at 40%
by James Kelly
24 Mar 2014 at 7:07pm
A new TNS-BMRB poll on the referendum has just been released, and in complete contrast to ICM, Pa...

It's where the water flows, it's where the wind blows
by James Kelly
24 Mar 2014 at 11:39am
In his notorious "Mount Olympus" address to Scotland from the safe distance of the London Velodro...


Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes in graphical form - now updated!
by James Kelly
24 Mar 2014 at 10:23am
Thanks once again to Sandy Brownlee for providing this graph, updated to include the newest Poll ...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Margo MacDonald MSP
by Kevin Gilmartin
4 Apr 2014 at 9:45am
The Yes movement was saddened to learn today of the death of one of its greatest champions, Margo...

Daily Digest: Oil jobs boom, childcare and Sky
by Stuart McDonald
4 Apr 2014 at 9:04am

Oil and gas jobs boom

A new survey of oil and gas firms by the Bank of Scotland has found the sect...



Business as usual for Sky and Waitrose after Yes vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
3 Apr 2014 at 5:37pm
Prime Minister David Cameron?s favourite supermarket, Waitrose, has confirmed it is pressing ahea...

DailyDigest: No vote EU risk, Yes will bring workplace improvements
by Stuart McDonald
3 Apr 2014 at 10:04am

Dismal Clegg v Farage debate highlights risk to EU membership with No

The Prime Minister won?t deb...



Scotland's world renowned universities will thrive after Yes vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
3 Apr 2014 at 5:13am

By Bryan MacGregor & Murray Pittock

When a Committee of Westminster populated by the parties of th...



Muscatelli: "Currency union would be best for all of Britain"
by Kevin Gilmartin
2 Apr 2014 at 10:02am

Writing in today's Financial Times, Anton Muscatelli, professor of economics at  Glasgow Universi...



Daily Digest: voter registration, Muscatelli on currency, Westminster benefit...
by Stuart McDonald
2 Apr 2014 at 7:04am

Voter registration on the up ? but more still to do



Perspective: Colin Fox on the socialist case for Yes
by Sean Lafferty
2 Apr 2014 at 5:30am
Supporting the democratic right of nations like Scotland to self-determination doesn?t make you a...

Daily Digest: Royal Mail, research funding and more currency union woes for No
by Stuart McDonald
1 Apr 2014 at 6:25am
The Independent leads the charge following a damning report by the National Audit Office on the W...

After a year of the Bedroom Tax, Yes can mean a better way for Scotland
by Kevin Gilmartin
1 Apr 2014 at 5:44am
Video of 8TyJbYKGyR0 Kezia Kinder, a student of Politics and Public Policy at Glasgow Universit...

Only Yes can end the democratic deficit that gave us the Poll Tax and Bedroom...
by Sean Lafferty
31 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
Nothing highlights the "democratic deficit" more than Westminster?s imposition of the Bedroom Tax...

'My whole family are voting Yes - that is six former Labour voters'
by Sean Lafferty
31 Mar 2014 at 9:42am

By Roddie MacLennan

I am what is often referred to as a natural Labour voter. My father was a High...



Daily Digest: No camp's currency union crisis and shipbuilding to continue af...
by Stuart McDonald
31 Mar 2014 at 6:00am

Fallout continues after No campaign dishonesty on currency exposed  



Why the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton will be voting Yes
by Sean Lafferty
30 Mar 2014 at 4:25am
The Dowager Duchess of Hamilton has pledged to campaign for a Yes vote in the independence refere...

Generation Yes: Largest youth and student movement in Scotland launches
by Sean Lafferty
29 Mar 2014 at 7:30am
A new group of young voters, campaigning for Scottish independence, has appeared on the streets f...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Margo's deid
4 Apr 2014 at 9:06am

Staunch independence campaigner has sadly left us........

 

 

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



Just a Thought...
3 Apr 2014 at 6:11pm

Are you happy/comfortable with the following:

 

1. UK gov colluding with banks to leave us a lega...



The Referendum - anyone else sick of it?
3 Apr 2014 at 5:16am

I know I am.

 

Before the details of the Referendum were announced I took only a passing interest...



Scotland should stay in the union.
1 Apr 2014 at 5:21am

We need Scotland to stay in the union. Look at how many jobs could be lost in the finance industr...



Barrhead Travel scaring staff into voting No
31 Mar 2014 at 4:45am
I wonder how many other companies are doing the same



Independence Stories - 01/04/2014
30 Mar 2014 at 9:22am

April Fools Day on Tuesday, the day our media love to try and get stories out there that are so r...



Scottish Lib Dems conference
28 Mar 2014 at 9:49am
Sounds like they are starting to shite it.

“@ScottishPol: Danny Alexander tells LibDem conf Scot...

We should stay in the union
28 Mar 2014 at 7:08am

We need to be part of the EU for our geopolitical security. .
I pray Scotland stays in the union....



Gove publishes rap video, Abbott live tweets a funeral
28 Mar 2014 at 7:06am

Bound to push a few more towards yes imo



Why the UK is bullying over borders and currency union
28 Mar 2014 at 1:55am

The UK government have warned they'll say absolutely No to a currency union.

They also say there ...



Health Issues
26 Mar 2014 at 10:56am

A Conservative MSP and Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil have clashed over the fate of cross-bo...



CBI tell us the 'yes' campaign are talking nonsense.
26 Mar 2014 at 9:49am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26728426
26 March 2014 Last updated at 02...

An Ordinary Man?
26 Mar 2014 at 5:20am

There's a full page advert in todays Metro (don't know about other papers), titled The Scottish R...



Recall
25 Mar 2014 at 10:44am

Perhaps not a debating point at all in the Independence debate but having just been told about th...



An open letter to all posters in this sub forum
24 Mar 2014 at 2:13pm

The purpose of this thread is to publicly apologise for all the trolling I've done in here.

 

I o...




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Scottish politician Margo MacDonald dies aged 70
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Apr 2014 at 11:25am
Tributes from political and public spectrum paid to Independent MSP who had Parkinson's disease

Margo MacDonald obituary

A flood of tributes from across the political and public spectrum have been p...




Margo MacDonald obituary
by Brian Wilson
4 Apr 2014 at 2:01pm
Independent-minded Scottish politician and campaigner for the right to assisted suicide

Margo MacDonald, who has died aged 70, was one of the biggest personalities in Scottish politics over the past...




Eddie Izzard urges 'Scotland please don't go'
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Apr 2014 at 1:39pm
Comedian is first in a string of cultural figures lined up to campaign against a yes vote in September's referendum

The comedian Eddie Izzard travelled to Edinburgh to crack jokes and campaign on Fr...




BSkyB tells staff it will not intervene in Scottish independence debate
by Severin Carrell
3 Apr 2014 at 9:30am
Broadcaster, which employs 6,400 in Scotland, will remain in the country regardless of referendum outcome

BSkyB has told its thousands of staff in Scotland it has no plans to intervene in the Scotti...




Scottish independence will bring 'guaranteed' costs, warns Weir Group
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
3 Apr 2014 at 7:06am
Chief executive of Glasgow engineering firm says benefits to Scotland uncertain following report from Oxford Economics

One of Scotland's largest companies, Weir Group, believes that independence wil...




April fools get tougher to spot by the year | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
2 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Your report (Scotland plans to move to right after independence, 1 April) reminded me of a similar decision, back in the 1970s, by an ex-colonial country, determined to throw off the shackles. To s...




Lord Mandelson: Britain 'bonkers' to leave European Union
by Angela Monaghan
1 Apr 2014 at 8:30am
Former Labour minister tells British Chambers of Commerce conference that leaving EU would erode ability to trade abroad

Lord Mandelson has said Britain would be "stark staring bonkers" if it turned...




Scotland to switch to driving on the right if independence given green light
by Bruce Roberts
31 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
Current road signage system would also be scrapped under scheme nationalists say helps show country is 'part of Europe'

Scottish nationalist leaders will attempt this week to give the trailing yes c...




Scotland currency union with UK is not going to happen, Nick Clegg states
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
31 Mar 2014 at 7:50am
Anonymous minister who said currency union would eventually be agreed is 'totally, plainly, utterly and flatly wrong', says Clegg

The government minister who said there would have to be a currency u...




Alistair Darling: Westminster parties would oppose Scotland keeping pound
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
31 Mar 2014 at 4:04am
Leader of Better Together campaign says England referendum on currency union with independent Scotland may be needed

Alistair Darling, the leader of the Scottish Better Together campaign, has said t...




Ben Jennings on Osborne and a UK-Scotland currency union cartoon
by Ben Jennings
30 Mar 2014 at 5:11pm
Continue reading...


Scotland is already another country | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
30 Mar 2014 at 11:15am
Westminster's parade of day-trippers fail to grasp that devolution is not a destination but a process

They don't know whodunnit. But they sure as hell know what he done. By suggesting a post-indepen...




Alex Salmond: no campaign's pound threat 'demolished' by admission
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
30 Mar 2014 at 7:02am
Scottish leader says unnamed minister's comments on currency union indicate 'sterling bluff' is a campaign tactic

Alex Salmond said the British government's scaremongering tactics over Scottish inde...




More power to Glasgow's online journalists | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
30 Mar 2014 at 12:40am
The writing on Bella Caledonia and Wings Over Scotland websites is of a very high quality and often surpasses what appears in paid-for titles

To those who know about these things, the signs and symb...




The union belongs to the Scots, it's at the heart of our cultural identity | ...
by Alexander Linklater
30 Mar 2014 at 12:20am
The Scottish referendum debate has become a narrow discussion of economics and does no justice to our nation

How could you fail to have an argument about identity in Scotland  and at a time like thi...




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