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PM faces backlash after UKIP election success
DAVID Cameron is under intense pressure from his own MPs to focus on core Conservative values and immigration following a disastrous set of election results that produced shock success for the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Scotland Office accused of 'back-door cuts'
The Coalition Government has been accused of cuts by the back door after figures showed the Scotland Office underspent its budget by three times the amount saved last year.

Afghan interpreters seeking asylum in UK hand petition to Government
Campaigners calling for Afghan interpreters to be granted asylum in the UK have handed a 78,000-strong petition to the Government.

Swinney is accused of 'raiding' police budget of up to £30m
Finance Secretary John Swinney has been accused of quietly "raiding" the police budget to fill a hole in Government spending.

Pressure grows on Cameron to quell jitters within the ranks
NONE of the main parties standing in elections on Thursday emerged unscathed from their brief encounter with the electorate.

Government plans for newspaper regulation are delayed
THE Tory-LibDem Coalition's controversial press regulation plans have been delayed, Downing St confirmed last night.

Emails show how star-struck Sturgeon pursued her TV idol
IT'S no secret that she is one of the show's biggest fans.

MSPs hit out at Danny Alexander
MSPs are furious that the Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander has again pulled out of giving evidence to the Holyrood Finance Committee.

SNP warning over RBS stake sell-off plans
Taxpayers must not lose out in the Coalition's haste to sell off its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland ahead of the next General Election, the SNP has warned.

DWP uses £90m to cut staff numbers
The Tory-LibDem Coalition has spent nearly £90 million ? including £4m in Scotland alone ? making staff in just one government department redundant, figures show.

Main parties facing Ukip challenge
Labour and the Conservatives last night faced a nervous wait for election results that could see both parties slammed by voters.

Holyrood tributes to Brian Adam
The widow and children of the late Brian Adam MSP listened as tributes from across the political divide were paid to him at Holyrood.

Claims of SNP cronyism after charity handed public support
ALEX Salmond is embroiled in a row after £16,000 of public support was given to a project headed by a senior member of the SNP and the pro-independence campaign.

Soldiers killed were in Army's 'safest' vehicle
THE Ministry of Defence is to review the use of its heavily armoured vehicles after three Scots soldiers were killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.

Lord Advocate hits back in RBS row with Cable
A full-blown row has broken out between Scotland's top prosecutor and a senior Coalition minister over potential legal action against Fred Goodwin.

 

Scotsman

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Nigel Evans arrested on suspicion of rape

DEPUTY House of Commons Speaker Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, sources said.



Thousands sign petition over Afghan interpreters

CAMPAIGNERS who want Afghan interpreters to be granted asylum in the UK have handed a 78,000-strong petition to the government.



Nicola Sturgeon lobbied to meet star of Borgen

DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon lobbied furiously to meet the star of her favourite Danish TV drama, e-mails from the Scottish Government show.



Losing Lib Dem warns Nick Clegg he?s not an asset

FORMER Lib Dem MP Sandra Gidley, who failed to get elected in Hampshire, last night warned party leader Nick Clegg that he needed to listen to what party activists were saying.



John Curtice: England gets a taste of four-party politics

Scotland has long been used to four-party politics. Yesterday, England awoke to the dramatic news that it was now experiencing it too.



John Swinney ?unjustly slurred? tax chiefs - claim

JOHN Swinney has been dragged into a row with tax chiefs amid claims he “unjustly slurred” them over SNP plans to keep council tax benefit in Scotland.



Gerry Hassan: Argument to deliver some detail for a change

IT HAS been another fast-moving week in Scotland’s constitutional conversation – even leaving the comedy controversies aside.



Alf Young: Borderline case a cause for concern

ON THE day in February 1981 they announced the Linwood car factory was to close with the loss of 4,800 jobs, I was sitting outside the plant in a Radio Clyde radio car.



Funeral held for SNP MSP Brian Adam

A “celebration” of the life of SNP MSP Brian Adam has taken place at his funeral in Aberdeen.



Welsh FM: ?Reject Scottish independence pound plan?

The First Minister of the Welsh Assembly yesterday called for Chancellor George Osborne to reject the currency union plan that would see an independent Scotland keeping the pound.



Brian Monteith: Satire? It?s no laughing matter for Nationalists

There’s lots to laugh about in Scotland, and if we’re not able to laugh at ourselves – whoever’s cracking the jokes – then some of those advocating independence are, ironically, not ready for it.



?Dry cakes not befitting Parliament?: MPS food woes

FOOD served at the Scottish Parliament has come in for a roasting, with diners complaining of dry scones, tiny portions, oddly-shaped haggis, undercooked sausages and small canapés.



Minimum alcohol pricing legal challenge rejected

THE Scottish Government has won a landmark legal battle to introduce a minimum price for alcohol.



Mortonhall: Parents welcome ashes panel vow

GRIEVING parents today welcomed a pledge to include them on the independent commission which will review legislation following the Mortonhall ashes scandal – but said they still wanted a public inquiry into how their infants’ remains were disposed of without them being informed.



UKIP big winner in local elections down south

THE UK Independence Party today emerged as the big winners in local elections south of the Border, taking an average 26 per cent of the vote.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

Small is beautiful
Are we doomed to decline if Scotland separates? I can think of lots of good reasons why Scotland might want to vote to remain part of the United Kingdom. But the Commons’ Foreign Affairs Select Committee report this week is not one of them. According to the report, if Scotland votes for independence, it would [...]

Auntie Tam

Health and safety bulletin
Alert readers may recall the anti-independence “Better Together” campaign’s rather, shall we say, enthusiastic approach to statistics. Earlier today we noticed them excitedly tweeting “Head count just done! About 600 at the launch of #bettertogether Edinburgh!”, and wondered if they might have once again been so kind as to provide a picture for purposes of [...]

The hired help
One of the weirdest things about UKIP’s spectacular success in the English local elections yesterday – up from EIGHT seats to 147 – was watching everyone in the unholy “Better Together” alliance desperately trying to downplay it. From the Labour side came the traditional cry of “It’s ridiculous to separate Scotland from England just because [...]

Well, that didn?t take long

You Couldn?t Make It Up Dept
This is her own agent calling it “apt”, not us, okay? We’ll be watching avidly to see what her “did it really happen or not?” story is.

Why Labour are to blame for UKIP
This shouldn’t take long. Since 1997, and particularly since 2001, what passes for the political ideology of the Labour Party in Britain could be accurately summed up in one short phrase: be the smallest possible single step to the left of the Tories. Protected by the grossly undemocratic First Past The Post electoral system – [...]

Ramping it up
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones yesterday: Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones today: Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones tomorrow: Ah, feel the brotherly love of the glorious Union.

All the answers
We don’t really want to spend all day discussing things from a single rapidly-declining minority-interest Unionist newspaper, but we spent 69p this morning buying a copy of the Scotsman in order to check some facts on the Susan Calman story, so we’re going to flipping well get our money’s worth. The paper runs a rather [...]

The plot weirdens
The “Calmangate” story just keeps getting stranger and stranger. A few hours after our piece earlier today noting that the Scotsman had overwritten their article alleging the comedian had suffered death threats and a “barrage of abuse” with a completely new one, a version of the original reappeared at its original address. Its temporary absence [...]

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics
The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

GPs 'flooded' by benefit appeals
The body representing Scottish doctors says GP practices are being "flooded with avoidable work" due to UK benefit reforms.

Swinney in return visit to Far East
Finance Secretary John Swinney is to make a second trade visit to South Korea and Japan in just over a year to promote Scottish businesses.

Minimum drink price challenge fails
A legal challenge to the Scottish government's plans to introduce minimum pricing per unit of alcohol has failed.

Funeral of MSP Brian Adam is held
The funeral of 64-year-old Aberdeen MSP Brian Adam hears him described as an "outstanding politician".

Uni funding 'not ending inequality'
Increased funding for universities in Scotland is tending to "cement inequality not prevent inequality", according to an educational academic.

Watchdog invited to probe road plan
Highland Council is inviting a public sector watchdog to investigate its handling of the Inverness West Link.

Salmond in pension deficits pledge
First minister Alex Salmond says there would be "no difference" to the length of time given for firms to pay off their pension deficits in an independent Scotland.

Baby ashes commission chairman named
A former high court judge is appointed to chair a new independent commission set up in the wake of the baby ashes scandal.

£500k for Holocaust educational fund
Half a million pounds is to be awarded to a scheme which gives schoolchildren the chance to visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Workers hold 'blacklisting' rally
Protesters gather outside the Scottish Parliament to demand a public inquiry into "systematic blacklisting" of workers by major construction firms.

Tax freeze 'benefits the wealthy'
The Scottish council tax freeze disproportionally benefits the wealthy, according to research by a union.

Cable tied up in subsidy talks
Agreement is being sought on the level of subsidy that would be paid to transmit electricity generated on the Western Isles to the mainland.

Bull stud land homes plan withdrawn
The Scottish government says it has withdrawn a plan for up to 190 homes on land it owns in Inverness.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Scotland's party leaders express condolences over the three soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

VIDEO: Journalists on independence issues
Holyrood journalists Alan Cochrane and Andrew Nicoll give their assessment on the referendum campaign.

Newsnet Scotland

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Why we need to get to the Balanced Debate rally on May 18th

By a Newsnet reporter
 
The following clips are indicative of the kind of one sided debate and discussions we are being presented with by BBC Scotland.
 
The tone is overwhelmingly anti-SNP as guests are given free rein to lambast the SNP, Alex Salmond and supporters of independence.



We are Scotland - Bruce, Roslin

  In this, our sixth instalment of the 'We are Scotland' video series Newsnet Scotland travels to Roslin to speak to Bruce.

Having travelled the globe, Bruce returned to Scotland to see changes, some good some not so.

Here he gives his reasons for supporting Scottish independence and offers some interesting contrasts with other countries he has lived in.



Scotland's Currency after Independence

By Bill Newman
 
Suddenly everyone wants to speculate on what form an independent Scotland's currency should take and it is not surprising that the No campaign should use its usual scare tactics to frighten the electorate.

It is nonsense to pretend that an independent Scotland would be compelled to use the Euro, just as it is absurd to insist that a link to the sterling would inevitably mean that an independent Scotland would necessitate an economic policy beholden to Westminster.



Natasha's family go on waiting while the sheriff goes on holiday

By Kenneth Roy

Earlier this week, I suggested that for many of the people who have been arrested as a result of the extensive phone-hacking investigation on both sides of the border, the process has become the punishment. Months, years, drift by without trial.

In this second article, I want to highlight other victims of a judicial system which seems to be in a state of near-paralysis. They are not suspected of any crime. They do not daily endure the prospect of a prison sentence if their case ever comes to court and they are found guilty. But their suffering is none the less real. It is indeed greater. All of them have lost someone.



No role for UK troops in Afghanistan

By George Kerevan  
 
THIS week saw the tragic death of three British soldiers in Afghanistan. Their killing takes to 444 the number of British service personnel who have died since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001. However, sad as it may be, these deaths were not the most politically significant event during this week?s launch of the Taleban spring offensive.



The slow process of justice has become a punishment in itself

By Kenneth Roy

We are approaching the first anniversary of the arrest by Strathclyde Police of the prime minister's former director of communications, Andy Coulson. He was lifted ? as they say in Glasgow ? in an atmosphere of high drama.

Officers from Scotland called at his house in Dulwich, south London, at 630am in the sort of 'dawn raid' which has become a hallmark of the police investigation into the phone hacking scandal. So urgent was this matter that Mr Coulson was that very day driven all the way to Govan police station in Glasgow, where he arrived at 3.20 in the afternoon.



Extinguishing Corporate Corruption in an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

The UK political system has recently revealed a number of its unappealing attributes.  These bear heavily on Scotland?s independence referendum; by implication, they illustrate what kind of country an independent Scotland could become.

Political fraud must be recognised and constitutionally proscribed, so that an independent Scotland does not fall prey to intractable, endemic corporate corruption.  The future of a democratic Scotland depends on it.



Can a common programme provide a progressive vision for Yes campaigners?

By Ken Ferguson

THE Scottish Socialist Party has agreed to seek discussions with other progressive parties and campaigns on the pro-independence left to explore the possibility of reaching an agreed set of policies for a post-Yes Scotland.

Agreed by the party?s conference in Edinburgh the approach aims to explore the areas of agreement on a wide range of policies such as housing, jobs and the environment reflecting the left of centre consensus in Scottish society.



What is the media?s role in the independence referendum debate?

By Campbell Martin
 
THE SNP?s landslide victory at the 2011 Scottish Parliament Election was remarkable, particularly when we consider that the whole electoral process was set-up to prevent such an outcome and no part of the mainstream media in Scotland supports independence.
 
Of course, people were not voting for independence in May 2011, which meant that some newspapers - most notably the Sunday Herald - were prepared to back the SNP to manage devolution within the UK.



Are Better Together Closet Scottish Nationalists?

By Roddy Macdonald

The independence campaign is really only the second important campaign I?ve been involved in so far in my life.  The first was for the removal of the ludicrous ban on gay people serving openly in the UK Armed Forces.  As time moves on, I?m noticing a striking similarity between the opposition to the two campaigns.

By the 1990s, it was blindingly obvious that the internal opposition to gay people serving openly in the Armed Forces came not from straight colleagues, who really couldn?t care less. By far the most vocal opposition came from high ranking, self-loathing, closet homosexuals.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

Keep it calm, your country needs you

In terms of the theory, winning elections is a simple process. In my time in Scottish politics, and from my side of the business, I've come to understand three simple rules, which if followed increase the chances of success exponentially.


Peter A Bell's insight:
What about the passion, Stephen? What about the inspirational belly-fire of heartfelt conviction? What about the rousing rhetoric of dreams aspired to and injustices condemned? Is all to be subordinated to the coldly mechanistic calculations of professional media manipulators?The person who never said anything that offended never said anything very much at all. Your list of things that turn off voters is missing a very important item. The mealy-mouthed, meandering vacuousness born of a spirit-sapping fear of saying the wrong thing.This is no mere election that we're involved in. It is a fight for fundamental ideals, not transitory political power. What is at stake here is the sovereignty of the people of Scotland, not the piffling reputation of some political clique. If that's not worth getting passionate about then what is?

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Small is beautiful

Are we doomed to decline if Scotland separates? I can think of lots of good reasons why Scotland might want to vote to remain part of the United Kingdom. But the Commons’ Foreign Affairs Select Committee report this week is not one of them.



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Labour won't rule out pensions cuts | Scottish National Party

Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman has highlighted another of the benefits of voting Yes in September 2014.
 
In an interview on BBC Radio this week she confirmed that Labour would be looking at cutting benefits for the elderly if elected to Westminster. Ms Harman said that Labour will review pensions,winter fuel allowances and the free bus  pass.



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Smart gambler might take a flutter on Salmond's Folly

You wouldn't bet against Alex Salmond.



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Question Time to host special edition for Scottish teenagers

SCOTTISH teenagers will have their views on independence broadcast to an audience of millions in a special edition of the BBC's Question Time to be held next month.



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Health and safety bulletin

Alert readers may recall the anti-independence "Better Together" campaign's rather, shall we say, enthusiastic approach to statistics. Earlier today we noticed them excitedly tweeting "Head count j...
Peter A Bell's insight:
Better Together having trouble with numbers again.

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Disaster for Labour : local election results confirm they are headed for defe...

Leaving aside for one moment the London media's new-found love affair with a hard-right party (a match made in heaven if ever there was one), what really matters about the English local elections is what they tell us about the likely outcome of the Tory v Labour battle for power in the next general election. And the answer couldn't be much clearer. Here are the BBC's projected national vote shares...



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The hired help

One of the weirdest things about UKIP’s spectacular success in the English local elections yesterday – up from EIGHT seats to 147 – was watching everyone in the unholy “Better Together” alliance desperately trying to downplay it.



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'Death threat' comedienne refused to appear on Newsnight Scotland

A Scottish comedienne who claimed to have been the victim of death threats, made after she appeared on a BBC Radio programme at the weekend, refused to appear on BBC Newsnight Scotland to discuss the issue.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Did Susan Calman lie about death threats?

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Call for positive debate as anti-SNP death threats highlighted

The SNP has called for an end to the "denigration of people" in the referendum debate following a row over claims by comedienne Susan Calman that she received death threats after poking fun at the SNP's independence plans in a BBC Radio show.


Peter A Bell's insight:
It might have been more to the point if the SNP had demanded that Douglas Alexander provide evidence to back up his claims.

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Gerry Hassan: Argument to deliver some detail for a change

IT HAS been another fast-moving week in Scotland’s constitutional conversation – even leaving the comedy controversies aside.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Once again I am struck by the inability of a commentator of Gerry Hassan's standing to differentiate between the SNP and Yes Scotland. He finds it remarkable - or, at least, worth remarking upon - that Dennis Canavan, chair of Yes Scotland, should be found "distancing himself from SNP policy". The default assumption appears to be that Canavan should or must be aligned with SNP policy because... well, you tell me!Is this confusion entirely Gerry Hassan's fault? Possibly not. At the very least, Yes Scotland is failing to make it more difficult for people to fall into these facile confusions and conflations. If Yes Scotland was doing its job effectively then there would be no doubt in anyone's mind about where the SNP ends and Yes Scotland begins. And people like Gerry Hassan would cease to be taken aback by the fact that the two aren't singing from the same hymn-sheet.

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Five hundred days to a better, fairer and more prosperous Scotland

Scotland has the wealth, the wisdom and the will to be a better and fairer country, says Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins.



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We Are Scotland, Bruce from Roslin

Bruce Alexander from Roslin gives his views on Scottish independence.

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Independence from UKIP?

Scottish viewers of Question Time, This Week and the local election results in England as they come in could be forgiven for thinking that they have walked into a strange parallel universe. From Starkey to Farage to the ‘rise of UKIP’ none of it makes any sense whatsoever in a Scottish context. There are so many questions that you could ask, but there are perhaps three in particular that can help take the discussion forward. What’s going on and how did it happen, why is Scotland different, and what should our response be?



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Joyce McMillan: Healthier view of social democracy

SCOTLAND’S defence of social justice is laudable, but now a higher level of commitment must be evident, writes Joyce McMillan


Peter A Bell's insight:
Thought-provoking stuff from Joyce McMillan that may cause some unease in the higher echelons of the SNP.

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Labour MSP calls for probe to name and shame the guilty firms blacklisting wo...
WORKERS have been targeted because they were union members or complained about health and safety and MSP Neil Findlay said the firms responsible must be identified.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage claims a sea-change in British politics after his pa...
THE Eurosceptic group also beat the Tories and Lib-Dems to win second place in parliamentary by-election.

Blacklist the blacklisters: Workers picket Holyrood as they call for blacklis...
MEMBERS of the Unite union protested outside the Scottish Government HQ to demand firms who indulged in blacklisting never get another public contract.

Make the dirty tactics history
WITH the most important question the Scottish nation has faced for centuries, more must be done to ensure a balanced and informative debate.

Independence debate mudslinging must give way to new Scottish Enlightenment, ...
SHADOW Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander reckons both sides of the divide should look to great Scots thinkers of the past in the referendum debate.

Holyrood to pay tribute to SNP MSP Brian Adam who died last week aged 64
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond will lead the special motion of condolence a day before Brian Adam's funeral takes place in Aberdeen where he lived and served as an MSP for Donside.

Scottish Government urged to extend free childcare to help families with two-...
THE Scottish Government plans to provide 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare a year for three and four-year-olds- now Save the Children are calling on two-year-olds to be included.

Scottish Government unveils £6m aid package to help farmers hit by severe win...
THE £6m aid package aims to help farmers who have been hardest hit by the extreme snowfall and last summer's wet weather.

Scottish Government must end fixation with wind power says MSP Murdo Fraser
THE Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, will address problems in the energy sector including fuel poverty, high energy costs and the real price of subsidies for wind power.

UK's reputation could be damaged if Scotland becomes independent say MPs
THE UK Government's confident assertion that Scotland will vote No is causing a problem for foreign partners, according to the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.

SNP cannot show how Scotland would pay for own intelligence network and forei...
SCOTLAND would have to start from scratch on the international stage, a report by a House of Commons committee has found.

Independence 'Yes' camp chief Dennis Canavan backs new Scottish currency
CANAVAN'S opinion, given in an interview with BBC Scotland, differs from the Scottish Government, which has set out plans to retain the pound if Scotland votes for independence.

Planning policies regarding location of wind farms are submitted to Scottish ...
MINISTERS have proposed extending the separation distance between wind farms and cities, towns and villages.

Methadone use must be reduced in Scotland, say opposition parties
OFFICIAL figures released show there were 438 drug deaths in 2011 and the heroin substitute was implicated in 234 cases across Scotland.

Alex Salmond blasted over currency controversy as independence supporters att...
THE First Minister's plan to keep the pound in the event  of independence was looking ever more shaky as key supporters admitted they want a separate currency.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scottish ministers win court battle over minimum alcohol pricing

Whisky industry loses first round of legal fight against minimum pricing law in landmark case watched closely by other EU states

Scottish ministers have won the first round in a lengthy court battle...



Scottish court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

Scotch Whisky Association's challenge to 50p minimum price a unit is dismissed

A judge has ruled that Scottish government plans to set a minimum price for alcoholic drinks are legal, in a case that ...



Scottish independence quest hampered by policy gaps, MPs say

Select committee says Alex Salmond's stance on membership of EU and Nato lacks concrete evidence of risks and costs

Alex Salmond's quest for Scottish independence is being undermined by significant ...



Politics Weekly podcast: the Scottish pound; school holidays and the local el...

George Osborne visited Glasgow this week with a message to supporters of an independent Scotland: don't assume that you'll keep the British pound as currency. Osborne argued that if Scotland were t...



Letters: Currency questions for Scotland

Even if Scotland votes for independence and manages to keep the pound (No currency union with independent Scotland, says Osborne, 24 April), there's another problem facing its choice of currency. T...



Scotland's independence debate is giving unionism a shot in the arm | Martin ...

Alex Salmond's SNP should be crowing after Osborne's speech. But pro-UK politics is making a confident comeback

This week Alex Salmond was gifted the sort of opportunity he is supposed to dream of. ...



Scotland: the nitty-gritty of an ideal | Editorial

The danger for unionism is that the nationalist tide is met with a run of unplanned concessions

As with David Cameron's recent trip to Scotland to put the case for a Trident missile that has always ...



Scotland's currency options

Should an independent Scotland try to form a sterling pact with England, join the euro, or create its own currency?

Have its own currency

A Scottish currency ? let's call it a Scotdollar ? would be a...



Osborne scorns Scottish independence camp's plan for currency union

Scottish first minister tells chancellor to 'grow up' after he pours cold water on SNP's plans to retain pound sterling

George Osborne has stepped up the Treasury's attacks on Scottish independence ...



Should Scotland have its own currency? | The panel

George Osborne has said the UK may not share the pound with an independent Scotland. Our panel discuss the implications

Alistair Darling: 'A Scottish currency would be plain daft'

The SNP cannot guar...



Scotland currency row: Osborne accused of 'scaremongering'

Scottish finance secretary says there is compelling case for currency agreement between Scotland and rest of UK

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has accused George Osborne of using "sho...



Osborne warns of currency risks for independent Scotland - video

Chancellor George Osborne speaks in Glasgow at the publication of a Treasury report on currency options for an independent Scotland




Currency union with Scotland may not be in UK's interest, says Osborne

Chancellor says abandoning current currency arrangements 'would represent a very deep dive indeed into uncharted waters'

An independent Scotland would be forced to adopt new currency arrangements th...



Scottish currency options: not a simple matter

First minister Alex Salmond favours using sterling in a formal currency union, but he faces a fight

Those pressing for a yes vote in next year's referendum on Scottish independence need to convince ...



An independent Scotland could endanger sterling, Treasury warns

Whitehall says that unless Scottish public spending and debts are heavily cut, the currency could be threatened by speculators

The Treasury has warned that it could refuse to agree a formal currency...



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Poundland
By Daniel Wylie The recent debate over the currency to be used by an independent Scotland has been drearily familiar.  The Yes camp point to the report of the Scottish Continue reading

Five Books to Save Scotland
By Christopher Silver No one reads books anymore. The idea that literature will play a key role in the coming months of debate and argument seems lamentably laughable. Take for Continue reading

From the Hillman Imp to Tescotown
By Andy Wightman Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Rootes Factory in Linwood that made the Hillman Imp. To accommodate the workforce, the small industrial village of Conti...

Independence from UKIP?
By Jonathon Shafi Scottish viewers of Question Time, This Week and the local election results in England as they come in could be forgiven for thinking that they have walked Continue reading

On the Road
By Jamie Maxwell One of the favourite refrains of the Scottish right is that Scotland?s centre of political gravity does not, as socialists and nationalists like to insist, sit to Continue reading ...

The Axis of Incredulity
Despite the litany of threats and ‘warnings’ of the dangers of self-governance, the reality is that we are governed by reckless ideologues. Cameron threatens to ‘temporarily withdraw’ from the Euro...

Saltired
Mike Small on means and ends. I’m trying to get my head around the weariness and antagonism of the referendum campaign. Lots of people (on all sides and none) are Continue reading

Scotland doesn?t benefit from British economic ?strength?
By Jamie Maxwell Against expectations, the Chancellor?s visit to Glasgow last week was a success. Speaking to a gathering of Scottish business leaders, and armed with a hefty new Treasury Continue ...

RIC Edinburgh April 2013
Cat Boyd @ Radical Independence Conference April 2013 Alison Johnston @ Radical Independence Conference April 2013 Kevin Williamson @ Radical Independence Conference April 2013 Filed under: Autonom...

From Songthrush to Telephone
Here’s some great things coming up in the next few days and weeks that Bella thought it was essential you should know about  … First up the wonder that is Continue reading

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Salmond gives 'no difference' pledge on pensions - BBC...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond gives 'no difference' pledge on pensions
BBC News
ICAS, in a report titled Scotland's Pensions Future: What pensions arrangements would Scotland need?, suggeste...


Scottish independence: Growth pains or pleasures? - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Growth pains or pleasures?
BBC News
It's spending at least £4m on researching Scotland's relationship with the United Kingdom, with or without independence. And on Thur...


Scottish independence: SNP's Sturgeon disputes MPs' Trident removal timescale...

BBC News

Scottish independence: SNP's Sturgeon disputes MPs' Trident removal timescale
BBC News
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has disputed the conclusions of a committee of MPs whic...


Welsh FM: 'Reject Scottish independence pound plan' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Welsh FM: 'Reject Scottish independence pound plan'
Scotsman
Jones, the Labour First Minister for Wales, warned that whatever currency option was chosen for a post-independence Scotland, it w...


Scottish Independence: Yes chairman Canavan backs Scots currency - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Yes chairman Canavan backs Scots currency
BBC News
The chairman of the campaign to deliver a yes vote in next year's independence referendum said he would personally pr...


Scottish independence: Who loses, who wins on foreign affairs? - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Who loses, who wins on foreign affairs?
BBC News
Turn things round. Ask not what Scotland does or does not get from the Union. Ask what benefits accrue to England. Alre...


Pensions debt presents potential challenge to Scottish independence - Public ...

Public Service

Pensions debt presents potential challenge to Scottish independence
Public Service
Earlier this year it was revealed that the amount Scottish taxpayers are paying into local government ...


Scotland does the math on independence - USA Today - USA TODAY

Scotland does the math on independence - USA Today
USA TODAY
And the select committee wrote that oil is the "economic bridge over which Scotland would pass to independence." BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO...


UK diplomats urged to focus on Scottish independence fallout - Financial Times

UK diplomats urged to focus on Scottish independence fallout
Financial Times
A UK parliamentary committee has urged diplomats to minimise the potential damage to Britain's reputation that could be su...


Scottish Independence Would Mean Loss of Pound, Osborne Warns - New York Times

BBC News

Scottish Independence Would Mean Loss of Pound, Osborne Warns
New York Times
LONDON ? With the euro crisis still smoldering, currency unions have a pretty bad name in Europe right now. That r...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Video no replacement for courts - Cumbernauld News

Video no replacement for courts
Cumbernauld News
The SNP has announced the closure of a fifth of Scotland's courts, including Cumbernauld, which could result in an increase in using technology like r...


Make the dirty tactics history - Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Daily Record

Make the dirty tactics history
Scottish Daily Record
As the SNP rightly point out, some of the venom directed towards Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and other high-profile Nationa...


HPV prevalence and genetic predisposition to cervical cancer in Saudi Arabia ...

HPV prevalence and genetic predisposition to cervical cancer in Saudi Arabia
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Therefore, we investigated HPV prevalence and genotype distribution in cervical cance...


Boozy Nats MSP Roseanna Cunningham in 'evil Tory' rant - The Scottish Sun

Boozy Nats MSP Roseanna Cunningham in 'evil Tory' rant
The Scottish Sun
... to attacks following a complaint by comedian Susan Calman that she was targeted by supporters after joking about next year'...


On this day: The SNP won Scottish general election | Daily Mail first publish...

On this day: The SNP won Scottish general election | Daily Mail first published
Scotsman
2007: The SNP won the Scottish general election and became the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for th...


China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (SNP), Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM ......

Insider Monkey (blog)

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (SNP), Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM ...
Insider Monkey (blog)
Asia's refining giant China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP), more c...


Smart gambler might take a flutter on Salmond's Folly - Herald Scotland

Smart gambler might take a flutter on Salmond's Folly
Herald Scotland
For most of the SNP leader's contemporaries, this is otherwise known as politics. It was also the organising principle of Scottis...


Gerry Hassan: Argument to deliver some detail for a change - Scotsman

Scotsman

Gerry Hassan: Argument to deliver some detail for a change
Scotsman
There was Dennis Canavan, chair of Yes Scotland, distancing himself from SNP policy in suggesting Scotland should have its ...


Salmond leads tributes at funeral of MSP Brian Adam - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Salmond leads tributes at funeral of MSP Brian Adam
Herald Scotland
SNP MSP Brian Adam was remembered as "an outstanding politician and an exceptional human being" by Scotland's First ...


Salmond tribute at MSP's funeral - ic Dumfries.co.uk

Salmond tribute at MSP's funeral
ic Dumfries.co.uk
SNP MSP Brian Adam was remembered as "an outstanding politician and an exceptional human being" by Scotland's First Minister as hundreds of mourners...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Ukip's surprise support for referendum - Herald Scotland

BBC News

Ukip's surprise support for referendum
Herald Scotland
The Euro referendum will be pencilled in for spring 2014. With the influx of hundreds of thousands of Albanians and Romanians into the s...


Foreign Office and Parliament plan strategy ahead of Scotland's independence ...

MercoPress

Foreign Office and Parliament plan strategy ahead of Scotland's independence ...
MercoPress
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the publication of the Parliament's Foreign Af...


Bought and Sold? Campaign Finance and the Scottish Referendum - Huffington Po...

Scotland on Sunday

Bought and Sold? Campaign Finance and the Scottish Referendum
Huffington Post UK (blog)
It's only been a few weeks since Alex Salmond announced the date of next year's Scottish inde...


Ahead of Referendum, Confusion Over Scottish Oil - Atlantic Sentinel

Ahead of Referendum, Confusion Over Scottish Oil
Atlantic Sentinel
North Sea oil and gas will likely be one of the most divisive issues in the 2014 referendum on Scotland's independence. Who does it ...


Donation pressure on Rennie - Herald Scotland

Donation pressure on Rennie
Herald Scotland
THE Scottish Liberal Democrats are coming under pressure over the controversial £500,000 donation from the head of an oil trading firm to the No to indepen...


Wood Group boss has no fears over 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland

Wood Group boss has no fears over 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
The chief executive of Wood Group has said Scotland's biggest oil services firm could succeed whatever the outcome of next year's ref...


STV hosts schools debate on Scottish independence referendum - stv.tv

STV hosts schools debate on Scottish independence referendum
stv.tv
Secondary school pupils will have the opportunity to debate the big issues in the run-up to the referendum on independence in 2014 ...


MSPs urge No campaign to return oil tycoon's donation - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

MSPs urge No campaign to return oil tycoon's donation
Herald Scotland
"Does the Cabinet Secretary agree with me that Scotland's referendum must be conducted to the highest possible sta...


£4m research project to study social attitudes ahead of referendum - stv.tv

£4m research project to study social attitudes ahead of referendum
stv.tv
Experts are to study crime rates, urban demographics and social inequality across Scotland as part of a £4m research initiati...


Question Time to host special edition for Scottish teenagers - Herald Scotland

Question Time to host special edition for Scottish teenagers
Herald Scotland
SCOTTISH teenagers will have their views on independence broadcast to an audience of millions in a special edition of the ...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

I Found This Funny (Photo-Shop Request)

http://loljam.com/post/4157/

 

 



Best Steamin Stories....
Reading the vodka red bull thread I though there must be hundreds of hilarious embarrassing stories we have to share from our slightly more lubricated times

Go on... what's yer best?

Tory Mp Arrested For Rape And Sexual Assault

Nigel Evans, deputy speaker of the House of Commons.



Better Together's New Message?

http://twitpic.com/co5ap0

 

Okay, a spoof. But does beg the question why Tories wouldn't be enthusiastic about using it? Don't they agree that a No vote will protect her legacy? Isn't it what she w...



Growth Of Ukip. Good For The Yes Campaign?

I would say yes.

 

Your thoughts?



Solar Explosion Yesterday
There was a solar flare on the Sun yesterday, which resulted in a gorgeous prominence (Wibble, contain yourself).

It was 120,000 miles high

[Image]https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-...

Aberdeen

My wee lassies boyfriend has got himself a job in Aberdeen, he has worked hard for the last 5 years and deserves his break. Of course he wants my daughter move up there with him  (we are from Lanar...



Oliver Stone's Untold History Of The Us
Anyone watching this?

I'm really enjoying it and its opened my eyes to a few things. Had never heard of Henry Wallace before but can't help but think the world would be a better place if he had bee...

Being A "celebrity"

How would you feel about living the life of a "celeb"? More pro's than con's or the other way round?

 

Could you handle the media trawling through every aspect of your personal life?, Facebook post...



England

Seems to be disappearing bit by bit into the sea. Maybe we won't need to vote for independence 



Better Nation

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

The march of the ?kippers as the revenge of Yes to AV
The Alternative Vote referendum in 2011 was one of the most cynical episodes in modern British politics – very few of its notional supporters much liked AV, almost all its opponents preferred First...

Diverse In Action
The independence movement is just that; a movement. It is not a retailer of one narrative, or one coalescent ideology. It is a broad church peopled by persons of many political creeds, and none. Di...

A return for WMOTW
It’s been ages since anyone here cast an eye over the motions lodged at Holyrood, looking for saints and sinners, but the list remains a rich trove of absurdity and partisanship, alongside thoughtf...

With helpful advice like this?
Today’s Scotland on Sunday leads with “splits” in the Yes camp, revealing (shock!) that the SNP have different positions on the monarchy, the currency, NATO and so on to those held by Green and ind...

The Kind of Country I Want To Live In
A longer guest post today, from Martin Burns, who blogs here. We don’t normally publish old stuff from elsewhere, but this deserves a bigger audience.  The Pragmatic Argument for Independence Let m...

Scotland should now get a grip and get over Thatcher
A guest-style crosspost today from Douglas McLellan, who has a new blog here and who describes himself, amongst other things, as the most right-wing member of the Scottish Greens (as discussed on L...

Over your cities Green grass will grow
The Labour party have looked about them, taken stock of the post-Blair wasteland and identified the enemy. which apparently is those well-known destroyers of democracy and oppressors of the common ...

The War of the Roses
In 1999 I wrote a dissertation for my CSYS Modern Studies entitled: The Autonomy of The Scottish Labour Party. In conclusion, I realised that ?or lack thereof? should have been included in the titl...

Abolishing the ?progressive? hate tendency
A wee guest post today from Duncan Thorp, who’s previously written for us about social enterprise. Thanks Duncan! Here?s a simple experiment. Have a think about the names of political campaigns, pr...

If you can?t take the heat don?t post defamatory articles
NationalCollective is back online today, with an amended article repeating allegations about Ian Taylor which were already in the public domain. While taking a highly principled position about thei...

Scot Goes pop

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

Disaster for Labour : local election results confirm they are headed for defe...
Leaving aside for one moment the London media's new-found love affair with a hard-right party (a match made in heaven if ever there was one), what really matters about the English local elections i...

Clegg In Seventh Heaven As Libs Lick Lousy Loony
The future of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party was called into question tonight, as it sensationally found itself pipped for seventh place in the South Shields by-election by (and I'm not ma...

House of Commons report confirms that Scottish independence would be a force ...
It's rare that a report by Westminster's Foreign Affairs Committee paints such an inspiring picture of the benefits that independence would bring not just to Scotland, but to the wider world as wel...

Here's why Labour are probably going to lose the next UK general election
Until recently, I tended to go along with the conventional wisdom that the balance of probability points to a Conservative defeat at the next UK general election - not because Labour have in any se...

Don't these bleedin' Jocks have a sense of humour?
One of the great taboos on Have I Got News For You is audience interaction. It just doesn't happen - the audience are there to be heard (laughing and applauding) and not seen. So for this decades...

Notes on a non-scandal
In the latest scare story about Scotland's currency that has been concocted by the No campaign (and of course in this respect the UK Treasury is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the No campaign), there...

Now that the daffodils are back, it's time to vote for a blog that is fightin...
My fellow citizens, these are uniquely dangerous times that we live in.

Lord Fraser wants to call in the RAF to bomb Glasgow Airport. The Treasury wants to rip out the soul of this nation by ta...

Poll : Which Presiding Officer has been best?
Bit of a random one, this, but I've been thinking about how the reputation of Commons Speakers at Westminster has so rarely matched up to my own assessment. For example, Betty Boothroyd was treate...

Warning : Jock-bashing buffoon ahead
I've long suspected that the editor of the blogs section of the Telegraph website is running some kind of internal contest to see which writer can demonstrate the greatest lack of knowledge and sel...

If any "prominent pollsters" from Ipsos-Mori happen to be passing by, feel fr...
Well, it's been far too long since I last offended Craig Gallagher's sensibilities by reposting one of my exchanges from Political Betting. "The Screaming Eagles" is the most prominent of the site...

Did the Bishop of London feel something on his shoulder?
Compare and contrast (well, perhaps not the latter)...

Tony Blair at the negotiations that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement -

"A day like today is not a day for soundbites, really - we can l...

Ding-a-dong listen to it, maybe it's a big hit, even when your lover is gone ...
I couldn't quite make up my mind how I felt about the controversy over whether Radio 1 should broadcast Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead on its official charts show yesterday. On the one hand, we're f...

The "international socialist movement" and its curious obsession with boundaries
Duncan Hothersall, leading Twitter propagandist for what he fondly describes as "the international labour movement" (better known to us as the UK Labour Party, an esteemed former member party of th...

YouGov poll on attitudes to Mrs Thatcher shows sharp Scottish divergence
Here is the regional breakdown of the YouGov poll from a couple of days ago on public perceptions of Mrs Thatcher following her death. There won't be any great surprises here, except for those who...

We are all National Collective
I've got a very soft spot for National Collective, partly because I was a contributor to the site in its early days, but mainly because it's since developed into an all-round class act, which does ...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



You Couldn?t Make It Up Dept
From Wings Over ScotlandYou Couldn?t Make It Up Depthttp://wingsoverscotland.com/you-couldnt-make-it-up-dept/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=you-couldnt-make-it-up-depthttp://wingsovers...

Why Labour are to blame for UKIP
From Wings Over ScotlandWhy Labour are to blame for UKIPhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/why-labour-are-to-blame-for-ukip/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-labour-are-to-blame-for-ukiphtt...

Five hundred days to a better, fairer and more prosperous Scotland
Scotland has the wealth, the wisdom and the will to be a better and fairer country, says Yes Scotland’s chief executive, Blair Jenkins. Speaking on the eve of the 500-day countdown to the indep...

FM Alex Salmond Pledges, ?No Difference On Pensions?.
The First Minister said, “There would be, ‘No Difference’, to the length of time given for firms to pay off their pension deficits after independence. Alex Salmond made the pledge to MSPs during Fi...

Ramping it up
From Wings Over ScotlandRamping it uphttp://wingsoverscotland.com/ramping-it-up/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ramping-it-uphttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland Ra...

All the answers
From Wings Over ScotlandAll the answershttp://wingsoverscotland.com/all-the-answers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=all-the-answershttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland ...

The plot weirdens
From Wings Over ScotlandThe plot weirdenshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/the-plot-weirdens/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-plot-weirdenshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Sco...

The memory hole
From Wings Over ScotlandThe memory holehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/the-memory-hole/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-memory-holehttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland ...

North Korea Has Higher Life Expectancy For Men Than Wishaw.
“It?s official” Living in Craigneuk, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire is bad for your health. Shocking statistics show that life expectancy for men in the Wishaw scheme is lower than anywhere else in Nort...

Could they be related?
From Wings Over ScotlandCould they be related?http://wingsoverscotland.com/could-they-be-related/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=could-they-be-relatedhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/W...

Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

British Embassy Promotes Despotism in Bahrain
The British Embassy in Bahrain is promoting the appalling attack on human rights in that country – on the official British government website. The views expressed can be reasonably described as fas...

McCormick Con Exposed the Truth about Iraq
It is tempting to treat the jailing of fake bomb detector salesman James McCormick as comedy, so risible were his completely bogus detectors. Indeed, one day I have no doubt we shall be seeing a te...

We Earned Them Votes Tonight in South Shields
“We earned them votes tonight”, said Emma Lewell-Buck. The House of Commons has gained a social worker who can’t speak English. The auto-didacts of the early Labour movement would have been horrifi...

Preparations for War
Reading two reports by Lieutenant Leech written between January and March 1838. The first, on Candahar, contains the interesting sentence: ? Mehrab Khan will most likely receive the allegiance of m...

No Politics is Local
Two friends of mine, one a Conservative and one a Liberal Democrat, both of whom live in London, were last weekend each volunteering for their parties, telephoning unfortunate voters in Cornwall, a...

The Toils of the Historian
It is 3.30am and I have just finished reading and analysing A Report on the Sindhian, Khelat and Daoodputr Armies with A Collection of Routes, By Lieutenant R Leech, Bombay Engineers (1838). Eleven...

Jeffrey Sachs From the Heart
I met Jeffrey Sachs a few times in my diplomatic career, in Warsaw, Accra and Vienna and certainly found him interesting and intelligent. But I do not think I ever before saw him this unguarded and...

The Way We Live Still
In a world in which our Queen and Prime Minister toady Arab despots, and Uzbek gangster and convicted blackmailer Alisher Usmanov is the UK’s richest man, where is the modern Thackeray or Trollope ...

Shame, Lies and Secrecy on Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia and the Chagos Islands remains a deep shame to the United Kingdom. In the 1960′s we forcibly deported an entire population a thousand miles, very much against their will, to make way f...

BBC the New Hammer of the Scots
I’d Hammer out Danger – I’d Hammer Out a Warning BBC anti-Scots propaganda is moving beyond the risible towards the truly chilling. On the 26 April the first words on Reporting Scotland, issued by ...

Burnes the Polymath
Can anyone find a full online version of K.M. Lyell’s 1881 Life, Letters and Journals of Charles Lyell, Bart. ? Normally google books or similar have such out of copyright books online free if of a...

?The Project? in Kazakhstan
A week ago Wikileaks released the transcript of a meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, together with a number of other liberal establishment figures from the USA. This transc...

Drawing Red Lines on Shifting Sands
In general I refrain from commenting on Syria, because the politics of that country are hugely complex and I simply do not know enough about it. If in the media in general people refrained from com...

Guardian Channel Thatcher on Europe
I have arrived back in the UK from Ghana, and catching up on an unforgivably tendentious series of articles on Europe and governance in the Guardian. They are predicated on a Eurobarometer poll tha...

Ludicrous Claims Department
Yet another example of the appalling standards of modern journalism from the Guardian, with journalists not thinking about what they write, and of the fakery of the industry of “analysts” that leec...

Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Sun to ?remain neutral? in next years referendum
According to the Indy the Scottish Sun will remain neutral in next year’s #IndyRef.goo.gl/SiAfA twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 2, 2013 A blow for Alex Salmond? Acc...

If Scotland rejects independence it will be because Scottish women are not co...
Latest Scottish referendum poll for S Times has huge gender divide. YES 7% ahead with men but 27% behind with women. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 24, 2013 The Se...

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...


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