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Osborne in warning over SNP plans for oil fund
ALEX Salmond's hope of ­establishing a Norwegian-style oil fund in an independent Scotland would result in £12.5 billion of spending cuts or tax rises, George Osborne has warned.

MoD reverses decision to move 50 jobs from Glasgow to Bristol
Dozens of Ministry of Defence (MoD) jobs in ­Glasgow are to be saved following a U-turn by officials, unions have claimed.

Unexciting, yes, but still full of substance
IN his speech to MSPs, Alex Salmond placed great emphasis on groundbreaking Holyrood legislation from parliaments past - the smoking ban, land reform and his own, as yet unenforced, minimum price for alcohol.

Watchdog in warning over lobby proposals
THE UK's elections watchdog could be forced to shut down political blogs and websites if the Coalition's controversial lobbying proposals go ahead, it has warned.

Parliament pays tribute to MSP McLetchie
MSPs have paid tribute to late Scottish Conservative MSP David McLetchie upon their return to Holyrood.

Labour accuses SNP of police cut delays
Labour has accused SNP ministers of storing up job cuts in the police service until after the referendum.

Salmond's big moment ahead of poll fails to inspire troops
NOTE to special advisers: stop writing the phrase "beyond peradventure" into the First Minister's speeches.

Holyrood's 13 new Bills

Public opposed to Syria strike
BRITONS are opposed two to one to America launching air strikes on Syria as No 10 made clear the UK Government has "absolutely no plans" to bring the issue back to Westminster despite pressure from some MPs.

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

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

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

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

MP wants answers on Vodafone
The Treasury is coming under pressure to examine the rules that will allow Vodafone to avoid paying tax on the £84 billion proceeds of its sale of US telecoms firm Verizon.

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


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Super Puma crash: John Swinney demands explanation
4 Sep 2013 at 10:42am

SCOTLAND’S Finance Secretary John Swinney today called for an “early explanation” of the cause of the Super Puma disaster which claimed the lives of four oil workers.



BBC pay-offs £1.4m more than needed
4 Sep 2013 at 9:24am

SENIOR managers at the BBC were paid £1.4 million more than their contracts demanded in pay-offs over a three year period, according to a new report.



Eric Joyce: Criminal case delayed as MP on holiday
4 Sep 2013 at 9:13am

A CRIMINAL case against Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been delayed until later this month to allow him to return from holiday.



Oil and gas industry may benefit from investment rise
4 Sep 2013 at 9:12am

The oil and gas industry in Scotland is well positioned to take advantage of a projected 73% increase in global offshore investment, according to a report.



GMB union to slash Labour affiliation funds
4 Sep 2013 at 2:23am

A LEADING trade union is to cut its affiliation funds to Labour from £1.2 million to £150,000 in the wake of the row over party reforms.



Peter Housden to explain £500m transport costs gap
4 Sep 2013 at 12:39am

Scotland’s top civil servant will be called on today to explain a £500 million difference in the reported costs of five transport projects.



Cameron Buchanan to be sworn in as Lothian MSP
4 Sep 2013 at 12:24am

A new MSP will be sworn in to the Scottish Parliament today to replace the late David McLetchie.



The Scotsman cartoon - Scottish Government plans
3 Sep 2013 at 7:32pm

The Scottish Government yesterday outlined its legislative plans for the coming months as MSPs returned to Holyrood.



John McTernan: Syria opens door for Miliband
3 Sep 2013 at 6:59pm

Labour leader must now go on the offensive over the government’s dismal record of running the country writes John McTernan



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

SUPPORT for independence has slumped to its lowest level since the start of the referendum campaign, according to a new poll which also suggests a growing number of people say they do not know how to vote next year.



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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




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If we must, then
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Sep 2013 at 1:25pm
The No campaign got itself rather excited today about the third independence poll of this week, this time by TNS-BMRB, which showed a spectacular and unexpected doubling of the “Don’t Know” figures at the expense of both Yes and No. We didn’t go into the other two in any depth (noting only the difference in media coverage [...]

Labour welfare proposals detailed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Sep 2013 at 10:00am
Because everybody loves a good transcript, right? GLENN CAMPBELL: Jackie Baillie, what is your idea of a fairer welfare system? I mean, what would the top couple of changes that you would want to make to create a fairer system be? JACKIE BAILLIE: Sure, sure. I think there are discussions ongoing about how we could ensure [...]

This isn?t the news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Sep 2013 at 7:54am
Sometimes there isn’t much happening in the world of politics, but it’d be a bit of a stretch to describe this week as one of those times. So we’re not sure in what context this article on the BBC website today counts as “news”. Labour’s cynical attempts to score points against the SNP over the bedroom [...]

The Brown note
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Sep 2013 at 4:26am
Curiously, the only place in the media we’ve been able to find even slightly detailed coverage of Gordon Brown’s speech on independence to a group of Labour MPs, MSPs and party apparatchiks in Govan this week was in Newsnet Scotland. The press, which gave extensive coverage to the former Prime Minister’s last intervention in the debate, has barely [...]

Let?s fill the Hill
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2013 at 6:59am
Calton Hill is probably our favourite place in all of Edinburgh. You can see everything from its slopes – Princes Street, Arthur’s Seat, the Forth Bridges, Leith, the Castle, the whole city. It’s also, now we come to look at it, just about the worst conceivable place in the entire capital to hold a rally, [...]

Completing the set
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2013 at 5:29am
And just to finish off our in-depth study into respective coverage of the recent YouGov and Panelbase polls in the Scottish media, here’s the Scottish Daily Express. Reporting of the YouGov poll (giving the No camp a 30% lead) is at the top, and the Express’ coverage of the Panelbase poll (putting Yes narrowly in [...]

Labouring the point
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2013 at 3:04am
Alert readers will, we trust, remember how yesterday we highlighted the somewhat differing approaches that the Herald and Scotsman both took to reporting the two drastically-opposed independence polls of the last 48 hours. Here’s the Daily Record’s version. Both the above images are taken from the paper’s Page 2, the left one from Monday and the [...]

At the end of the day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2013 at 4:37pm
You can argue about the words. But it all comes down to this.

More crystal bollocks
by Scott Minto
2 Sep 2013 at 11:09am
Almost every newspaper today reported a declaration by George Osborne that a No vote would result in a boost to Scottish family incomes of a dramatic-sounding £2,000. The headline figure, which some papers gave a more negative spin, was actually a cumulative sum spread over 30 years (because “£67 a year per family”, or £1.29 a week, sounds [...]

We cannae dae it, Captain Darling
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2013 at 8:09am
Forgive the mangled Star Trek/Blackadder reference, there. We’ve been having a wee dig around in the just-released full data tables from today’s Panelbase poll, and found something we thought was particularly interesting, and which we don’t think anyone’s picked up on, because it’s a bit tricky to get your head round. Walk with us while [...]


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Labour plans tenant welfare laws
4 Sep 2013 at 9:24am
Scottish Labour proposes new laws to "protect" housing tenants from eviction under controversial UK government welfare changes.


McLetchie replacement takes seat
4 Sep 2013 at 9:11am
New MSP Cameron Buchanan is sworn in to the Scottish Parliament, taking the seat of the late David McLetchie.


Business rates action plan unveiled
4 Sep 2013 at 8:47am
Scottish councils will be able to adjust business rates relief packages under a new action plan unveiled by ministers.


MP Joyce case delay 'due to holiday'
4 Sep 2013 at 11:48am
A prosecution against Falkirk MP Eric Joyce is continued until later this month because he is on a walking holiday abroad, a depute fiscal says.


MacAskill hails prison release plan
4 Sep 2013 at 5:27am
Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill says plans to stop the automatic early release of some prisoners would target the most dangerous criminals.


Ministers in helicopter crash pledge
4 Sep 2013 at 10:39am
The Scottish government says lessons will be learned from last month's Super Puma helicopter crash off Shetland, in which four people died.


Osborne in post-Yes tax rise warning
3 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
The UK chancellor believes there would be "very significant" tax rises or cuts to public spending if a Scottish oil fund was set up post-independence.


Discounted isles flights suggested
4 Sep 2013 at 10:58am
An inter-island air discount scheme is being suggested for residents of the Western Isles.


Salmond plans to scrap early release
3 Sep 2013 at 1:53pm
Ending automatic early release from prison for the most serious offenders is among plans outlined in the Scottish government's legislative programme.


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


Consultation on Scots national tree
3 Sep 2013 at 3:58am
A public consultation on whether Scotland should have a national tree is launched by Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse.


Brown in written constitution call
2 Sep 2013 at 11:42am
Former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown calls for a written constitution which recognises the Scottish Parliament is "irreversible".


Fewer officers after police merger
3 Sep 2013 at 1:33pm
The number of police officers in Scotland has fallen since the new single force came into being, new figures show.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
4 Sep 2013 at 9:34am
Finance Minister John Swinney says lessons will be learned from the recent helicopter crash.


AUDIO: Release plan 'targets most dangerous'
4 Sep 2013 at 2:46am
Scotland's Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, believed plans to stop the automatic early release of some prisoners would target Scotland's most dangerous criminals.


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A Rare Moment of Wisdom at the Heart of British Democracy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Sep 2013 at 2:58am

By Gerry Hassan

Parliamentary debates about military intervention are often rightly solemn occasions. They carry the weight of history and memories of past triumphs and disasters.

The Syria debate this week had initially been downplayed by the Cameron government as it faced the realities of parliamentary arithmetic and the possibility of defeat. But this was historic, evoking past even more momentous debates, and opening a chapter in British foreign policy which could see military intervention in Syria without the UK.



That was the media overkill that was
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Sep 2013 at 2:51am

By Kenneth Roy

Asked why a dead person who did not seem particularly significant had received so much favourable press attention, Alan Bennett replied: 'Because he was a journalist'. Although I remember reading this somewhere, I checked the usual sources last night and failed to unearth the quote. It is possible that I just imagined Alan Bennett said it; or feel that he ought to have said it.

It's true, anyway. We are very good at looking after our own: telly people in particular.



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

By Aamer Anwar

US Secretary of State John Kerry told the world that ?Assad?s regime had the largest chemical weapons program in Middle East? as 1429 Syrian men, women and children were murdered with chemical weapons in Damascus.

The Chemical Weapons Convention boldly set out for ?the sake of all mankind, to exclude completely the possibility of the use of chemical weapons?. Syria however is not the only one in the region not to have signed the convention or to have used chemical weapons.



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


By David Lyon


Hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack, hack. Are you sick of this word yet? I am.

The media have never had much flair for reporting matters of a technical nature. Whether this is because the public have no stomach for the required level of detail or is simply the latest concession to our current diet of theatre over fact is anyone's guess.



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

By Pilar Fernández

Colleagues at Newsnet Scotland have launched the first video of the Duggy Dug Project. Financed by private donations, its objective is to report on the most important themes of debate in Scotland now with the occasion of the referendum to be held on 18 September 2014.  Duggy Dug will be responsible for explaining everything that relates to an independent Scotland in an educational, fun and simple way. The Scottish actor Brian Cox puts his voice to this very clever Scottish dog.



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

By Campbell Martin

the3towns.com this week reveals the shocking consequences of the Bedroom Tax in North Ayrshire: in the same week that the local Council had 8 one-bedroom properties available for allocation, there were 1,765 tenants facing higher rent charges because the UK Government deems them to have at least one room more than they need in their home.



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

By George Kerevan

If intervening in Syria were just a matter of backing one side, the West?s choice would be straightforward. It?s nothing of the kind, writes George Kerevan 

The Syrian imbroglio is far messier and more complicated than David Cameron imagines. For a start, we are dealing with four different wars going on at the same time. Interfere in one and you are liable to cause unforeseen ructions in the others. 



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

While the topic of land reform has seen an increase in profile lately it's still not a subject that your average working class Scot gets too worked up about.

In this extract from her forthcoming book Lesley Riddoch suggests that land reform may not be a marginal matter but core to Scotland?s unenviable record as sick man of Europe with one of the world's most unequal societies.  And central to Scotland?s future independent or otherwise...

 



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

By G.A.Ponsonby

It took a while but the No campaign has finally revealed the positive case for remaining in the Union ? war.

Yesterday David Cameron and his loyal sidekick William Hague were like excited puppy dogs as they looked forward to launching cruise missiles at some Johnny Foreigner types.  Syria is the latest Middle East crisis needing some Western cleansing and the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems are readying themselves.



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

By a Newsnet reporter

Although often presented in the media as a black and white issue of a "good" opposition fighting against an "evil regime", the reality on the ground in Syria is considerably more complex.  With a total pre-war population of over 21 million, Syria is made up of a patchwork of different religious and ethnic groups, the current civil war has its roots in the tensions and disputes which have arisen between these groups.




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Margo MacDonald: Monarchy question cannot be ducked
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 12:27pm

Guess what’s the hot topic in the referendum campaigns so far?
Peter A Bell's insight:

I'm not quite sure how Margo comes to imagine that the Yes campaign has failed to stress the fact that a Yes vote is but the start of a process. From what I've seen, which is a lot, this is a point that is being ...



Why Scottish independence gets my vote
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 11:54am

POSH lad George Osborne headed north of the Border this week to tell the Scots how lucky they are to be ruled by Westminster. That’s a bit like sending a Sunderland supporter into my native Newcastle to give a lecture in the hallowed grounds of St James’ Park about the finer points of the beautif...



Brian Wilson: SNP diversions no laughing matter
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 11:28am

The North Sea’s future is too important for Sturgeon to brush off questions with a dismissive chuckle, writes Brian Wilson
Peter A Bell's insight:

BRIAN WILSON COLUMN SPARKS SHARP RISE IN CASES OF TINNITUS

NHS Scotland today reported an alarming increase in the number of people complaining of a pers...



Third independence referendum poll reveals third different set of figures
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 11:12am

A new poll has further muddied the waters over voting intentions at next year’s independence referendum by signalling the amount of people undecided has almost doubled.




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Aberdeenshire to hold schools referendum on Scottish independence
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 10:44am
Secondary pupils across Aberdeenshire will take to the polls a year before the national referendum on independence, as part of a major electoral participation project.

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The Brown note
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 7:20am

Curiously, the only place in the media we’ve been able to find even slightly detailed coverage of Gordon Brown’s speech on independence to a group of Labour MPs, MSPs and party apparatchiks in Govan this week was in Newsnet Scotland.




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Scotland?s oil worth 12th of SNP claims - Treasury
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 4:36am

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

Another blatant lie from The Scotsman. The claim that "the SNP administration has placed its ...



Stephen Noon: A union of co-operation
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 4:08am

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

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Scottish independence: One in four will vote yes
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 3:48am

SUPPORT for independence has slumped to its lowest level since the start of the referendum campaign, according to a new poll which also suggests a growing number of people say they do not know how to vote next year.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Blair McDougall, hapless architect of the appalling Project...



There is all still to play for but tactics need to change
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 3:06am
WHEN I see a poll showing that the No side has a 30-point advantage in the argument over Scotland's future, I have one reaction: it doesn't feel right.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Ian Bell sums things up nicely when he says that dissatisfaction with the Union is evident while enthusiasm for the alterna...



Support for independence at lowest level this year finds new poll
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2013 at 1:49am

'High number of don't-knows could be most significant factor in how referendum campaign develops'.



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

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

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


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



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

FOREIGN investors are drawn, moth-like, to the lights of London. Ernst & Young, an accountancy firm that monitors them, calculates that 45% of all foreign direct investment in Britain in 2012 went to the capital. But the more surprising trend is in the Celtic fringe. Scotland and Northern Ireland...



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

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



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Scottish Government donate further £100k to aid people of Syria with emergenc...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2013 at 10:47am
THE cash will be given to help provide food, clean water, emergency shelter and medical care for those in Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries.


Bedroom tax: Labour to propose new bill to ban evictions which result from co...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2013 at 7:11am
LABOUR'S Jackie Baillie has also called for the Scottish Government to find £50 million to plug the gap in council and housing association funding caused by rent arrears resulting from the tax.


United Nations to probe impact of Bedroom Tax on human rights of poverty-hit ...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2013 at 5:29am
INSPECTOR flies in to examine whether controversial Con-Dems policy discriminates against the poor and breaches their right to adequate housing.


Annie Brown: Women should be applauded for standing up for what they believe in
by Annie Brown
4 Sep 2013 at 2:33am
ANNIE wonders why female protesters are still met with contempt, even 30 years after the Star Marches.


First Minister Alex Salmond vows to put an end to the scandal of early releas...
by David Clegg
4 Sep 2013 at 1:53am
IT WAS revealed that Salmond's plans will only stretch to the most serious violent and sexual offenders.


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


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


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


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


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


Record View: Questions over dodgy exports
by Record View
2 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm
RECORD VIEW says Britain doesn't have the right to boast about having the strongest restrictions on arms sales when we are one of the biggest sellers of arms to the world.


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


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


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


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


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Our first new pair of pants since before the summer! "New poll finds majorit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 3:19pm
Our first new pair of pants since before the summer!

"New poll finds majority ?have never heard of Scottish independence?"
and
"WASPs (Workless And Scottish People) ? a real danger say Red Cross"
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

We asked “In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2013 at 11:19am
We asked ?In the unlikely event that Scotlandshire separates in 2016, which current power would you most like to see retained by Westminster??


Poultice ? Unionists declare overwhelming enthusiasm for anal insertion
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88% of you advocated that the UK Parliament should retain...

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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



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



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


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

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


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

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


Forsyth feartie flight l...

Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Aug 2013 at 6:09pm
Pressure is mounting on Blair Jenkins to resign his post as Chief Executive of the terrorist group Yes Scotlandshire, following a second leaked email that reveals that Mr Jenkins ordered a 'Pret a Manger' sandwich for his lunch on Friday, for which he paid an outrageous £5.60.


Shocking New Emails ...

Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2013 at 2:03pm
Alex Salmond's dreams of breaking up the United Kingdom suffered a mortal blow today as the Galaxy's top Klingon cast doubts on SNPs claims that Scotlandshire would be allowed to join the United Federation of Planets U-FoP within months of a Yes vote in the separation referendum.


Scotland may not ...

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


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

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


Glasgow?s Commonwealth games will be moved to London
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Sarwar - As Dad is now in charge of Pakistan, would it not be better to move the games to an Asian venue where a few bob could be made?

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by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2013 at 1:02pm

Livingroom-Tax Collector Thwarted by Smelly Scrounger
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The video below shows one such miscreant deliberately refusing to cooperate with the brave chappie who has called to collect his Livingroom tax, or Jeremy Kyle subsidy as it is more properly known in government circles.


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it's time to get above ourselves


Tintin in Scots and Gaelic
by bellacaledonia
4 Sep 2013 at 4:56am
Tintin in Scots and Gaelic! One of my favourite Tintin’s … Looking forward to Captain Haddock’s outbursts being translated! Tintin an his faithfu dug, Tarrie, are on the trail o an international gang o conterfaiters. Forby, they themsels are bein... Read More ›

Testosterone Democracy
by bellacaledonia
3 Sep 2013 at 10:04am
By Mike Small It’s entirely appropriate on the day that Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance protest outside the parliament about the Bill Walker fiasco that we look at Testosterone Democracy and the UK. OK? From the perpetual need to... Read More ›


Domestic Affairs
by bellacaledonia
2 Sep 2013 at 11:05am
By Anni Donaldson Shona Robison MSP, Minister with Responsibility for Equalities, recently stressed the Scottish Government?s continued commitment to preventing domestic abuse and to challenging public attitudes. She was clear that, ?There is never an excuse for abuse? and firmly... Read More ›

From the Province of the Cat #19: Waiting for the wave to come
by bellacaledonia
1 Sep 2013 at 5:00am
by George Gunn Last week aftershocks from two earthquakes in the Irish Sea were felt for several days. The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) said they were probably caused by stresses built up by the weight of glaciers during the... Read More ›


On the Far Side of Revenge
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2013 at 12:14pm
Remembering Seamus Heaney. At the start of ¡Pistoleros! 1:1918, Heaney is quoted: History says, ‘Don’t hope on this side of the grave.’ But then, once in a lifetime the longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and... Read More ›


Leading by Example
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2013 at 4:01am
Coverage of the independence debate has so far thrived on fear and smear – but is the truth more inspiring? JUSTIN KENRICK believes an independent Scotland could bring hope in a global, interconnected world. When there is such a need... Read More ›

John Bellany, an artist who spoke to the people
by bellacaledonia
29 Aug 2013 at 9:21am
by Kevin Williamson “To whom does the meaning of the art of the past properly belong? To those who can apply it to their own lives, or to a cultural hierarchy of relic specialists?”  JOHN BERGER The art of John... Read More ›

Missing The Risk
by bellacaledonia
28 Aug 2013 at 1:10pm
by Jim Cuthbert   Section 1: Introduction. The Office of Budget Responsibility, (OBR), was created by George Osborne in 2010, with its main duty being to examine and report on the sustainability of the public finances. Central to the OBR?s... Read More ›


Flags and Fences
by bellacaledonia
28 Aug 2013 at 5:36am
Next up in Know Your History is an early documentary on the phenomenon that was the Blue Nile … Filed under: Know Your History Tagged: The Blue Nile


Jimmy Reid and the UCS
by bellacaledonia
27 Aug 2013 at 4:18pm
To unleash the latent potential of our people requires that we give them responsibility. The untapped resources of the North Sea are as nothing compared to the untapped resources of our people. I am convinced that the great mass of... Read More ›


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Poll: Scottish independence support down to 25 per cent - Telegraph.co.uk
4 Sep 2013 at 12:01am

Telegraph.co.uk

Poll: Scottish independence support down to 25 per cent
Telegraph.co.uk
Everything else has to be treated with caution.? Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, said the 'don't know' figure increasing was the most significant finding because the more voters learn about indepe...


Scottish independence: Border tensions - BBC News
4 Sep 2013 at 1:47am

Press TV

Scottish independence: Border tensions
BBC News
George Osborne doesn't always find himself among friends when he ventures north of the border. But oil industry executives have grown to like him. They got there by a roundabout route, having been infuriated by his tax raid in the 2011 Budget....


Scottish independence: Chancellor Osborne makes post-Yes tax rise warning - B...
3 Sep 2013 at 6:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Chancellor Osborne makes post-Yes tax rise warning
BBC News
The UK chancellor has said there would be "very significant" tax rises or cuts to public spending if a Scottish oil fund was set up post-independence. George Osborne delivered the message as part of the lates...


'Don't knows"'may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote - Reuters UK
4 Sep 2013 at 9:21am

Telegraph.co.uk

'Don't knows"'may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote
Reuters UK
LONDON (Reuters) - With a year until Scotland's referendum on independence, enough voters are "don't knows" to swing the vote and only one in four are certain to vote for separating from Britain, according to an ...


UK Ministers: independence wouldn't mean Armageddon for Scotland - Herald Sco...
4 Sep 2013 at 11:41am

Herald Scotland

UK Ministers: independence wouldn't mean Armageddon for Scotland
Herald Scotland
Business Secretary Vince Cable and Scotland Office Minister David Mundell told the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee that they are not predicting "Armageddon" if Scotland votes for independence. Scottis...


Scottish independence: Panelbase poll puts Yes ahead - Scotland on Sunday
2 Sep 2013 at 4:42am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Panelbase poll puts Yes ahead
Scotland on Sunday
SCOTS are poised to vote Yes for independence next year, according to a poll today which puts the Nationalist side in the lead for the first time since the referendum campaign got underway. The independence si...


Scottish independence: oil commission revealed - Scotland on Sunday
3 Sep 2013 at 6:03am

Scottish independence: oil commission revealed
Scotland on Sunday
FERGUS Ewing, the Scottish Energy Minister, today announced the names of the four oil industry leaders and academics who have been appointed to the expert commission, established to examine how an independent Scotland could maximise ...


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

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: No vote hardens up to 59%
Scotland on Sunday
THE No vote against independence is hardening, according to a new poll indicating that 59 per cent of Scots now reject Alex Salmond's plans to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom. A YouGov poll, published toda...


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

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Unis 'could get UK funds'
Scotland on Sunday
SCOTLAND'S universities could continue to access lucrative UK research funding following independence, according to the principal of one of the country's leading institutions. Professor Sir Ian Diamond, principal ...


Treasury claims UK boosts incomes - BBC News
1 Sep 2013 at 6:24pm

Treasury claims UK boosts incomes
BBC News
It suggests the total income figure for Scotland will be £5bn greater after 30 years than would be the case with independence. The Treasury calculates this as being an average of £2,000 per household. The Scottish government said the paper "ignores the ......



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Genotyping chip a milestone for sheep industry - Scoop.co.nz (press release)
4 Sep 2013 at 3:53pm

Genotyping chip a milestone for sheep industry
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Genotyping chip a milestone for sheep industry. A new sheep genotyping tool puts the sheepmeat industry at the forefront of breeding technology, says FarmIQ chief executive Collier Isaacs. The completion of the ?Ovine Infini...


High Density SNP Genotyping Chip for the Sheep Genome - Scoop.co.nz (press re...
4 Sep 2013 at 3:52pm

High Density SNP Genotyping Chip for the Sheep Genome
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
An international team has developed a powerful new tool that can be used to test a sheep's genetics and predict its productivity and meat quality. FarmIQ in conjunction with Illumina and the International Sheep Genomi...


Strong Buy on China Petroleum - Analyst Blog - NASDAQ
4 Sep 2013 at 2:36pm

Strong Buy on China Petroleum - Analyst Blog
NASDAQ
China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (SNP or Sinopec), with its head office in Beijing, China, is one of the largest petroleum and petrochemical companies in Asia. The company is the second largest crude oil and natural gas producer, and the l...


Strong Buy on China Petroleum - Zacks.com
4 Sep 2013 at 1:52pm

Strong Buy on China Petroleum
Zacks.com
China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (SNP or Sinopec), with its head office in Beijing, China, is one of the largest petroleum and petrochemical companies in Asia. The company is the second largest crude oil and natural gas producer, and the largest ...

an...


"simple changes" could help fuel poverty - SNP (press release)
4 Sep 2013 at 1:24pm

"simple changes" could help fuel poverty
SNP (press release)
SNP Westminster Energy spokesperson Mike Weir MP has reiterated calls for the UK government to take urgent action to tackle fuel poverty in an opposition debate this evening on energy prices and profits. Commenting, Mike Weir MP said: ?I ...


Eight Predictable Stocks and Shares At Historical Price-To-Book Lows - Trefis
4 Sep 2013 at 12:27pm

Eight Predictable Stocks and Shares At Historical Price-To-Book Lows
Trefis
Stocks with a predictable business and historical low P/B ratios originally published at long-term-investments.blogspot.com. Today I would like to use my new gurufocus screener to get new stock ideas. I always hunt for valu...


Opinion polls show voters can be steered to say 'yes' - The Guardian
4 Sep 2013 at 11:07am

The Guardian

Opinion polls show voters can be steered to say 'yes'
The Guardian
In doing so, it contradicted two polls firstly by YouGov, for the pro-devolution Devo Plus campaign, and then a second by TNS-BMRB, which had much more negative headline figures for the SNP and the pro-independence Yes S...


SNP welcome UN probe into Bedroom Tax - SNP (press release)
4 Sep 2013 at 9:40am

SNP welcome UN probe into Bedroom Tax
SNP (press release)
News that a leading UN official is in the UK to scrutinise the impact of The Bedroom Tax on the human rights of some of Scotland's most vulnerable people, has been welcomed by the SNP today. Raquel Rolnik is on a tour of cities in Scotland, ...


'Don't knows"'may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote - Reuters UK
4 Sep 2013 at 9:21am

'Don't knows"'may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote
Reuters UK
The move was widely seen as an attempt by Salmond to shore up the SNP's (Scottish National Party) influence in the Yes campaign and bolster backing for independence in opinion polls. The SNP holds 65 of 129 seats in the Scottis...


"Don't knows" may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote - Reuters
4 Sep 2013 at 9:02am

"Don't knows" may have it in 2014 Scottish independence vote
Reuters
The move was widely seen as an attempt by Salmond to shore up the SNP's (Scottish National Party) influence in the Yes campaign and bolster backing for independence in opinion polls. The SNP holds 65 of 129 seats in the Scottish P...



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

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

SNP poll puts 'Yes' campaign point ahead in independence referendum
stv.tv
A poll commissioned by the SNP has put support for the Yes Scotland campaign one point ahead of no in the independence referendum. The survey of 1043 people over 18 years old was conducted by ...


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

The Orcadian

Orkney Islands see Scottish referendum as chance of freedom
Financial Times
The Orkney Islands have been part of Scotland for more than 500 years, but it is a mark of the distinctive culture of this green and windswept archipelago that many locals still do not think of themselves as ver...


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

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence: Referendum purdah to begin before Holyrood recess
BBC News
The independence referendum's purdah period, which prevents government from announcing new legislation, will begin when Holyrood is still sitting. The plan will form part of the Scottish Independence Re...


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

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: No vote hardens up to 59%
Scotland on Sunday
Linda Fabiani, an SNP MSP on the Referendum Bill committee, said: ?Between support for independence and support for more powers, 70 per cent of people back self-government for Scotland and the clear fact is that o...


Plans to axe early release for most serious Scots offenders - Herald Scotland
3 Sep 2013 at 9:09pm

BBC News

Plans to axe early release for most serious Scots offenders
Herald Scotland
THE Scottish Government is to take the first steps towards ending automatic early release for prisoners, Alex Salmond has announced, as he unveiled his final legislative programme before the independence referendum....


Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning - BBC News
28 Aug 2013 at 6:52am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond and Moore step up campaigning
BBC News
Two of the leading figures in Scotland's independence referendum campaign have been pitching their cases to voters. In a speech in Glasgow, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore accused the SNP of saying and doing anything to ...


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

Scotsman

The shape of Scotland after the referendum
Herald Scotland
Since the date of the referendum on Scottish Independence was announced, I have been frequently asked about my views on further devolution in Scotland. Since the date of the referendum on Scottish Independence was announced, I have ...


Survey finds 59% of Scots intend to vote 'no' at referendum - stv.tv
31 Aug 2013 at 6:08pm

Survey finds 59% of Scots intend to vote 'no' at referendum
stv.tv
The campaign to keep Scotland in the UK has opened up its largest lead of the year, according to a poll. The YouGov survey put support for a "no" vote at 59% compared with 29% for a "yes" vote based on the voting intentions of 1171 ...


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

Herald Scotland

Indyref: record poll low for Yes vote
Herald Scotland
The group, which is SNP-dominated but includes the Scottish Greens and Scottish Socialists, plans to step up a gear around September 18, as the referendum campaign enters its final year. One of those close to the group said there ...


Aberdeenshire to hold schools referendum on Scottish independence - Inverurie...
4 Sep 2013 at 12:14am

Aberdeenshire to hold schools referendum on Scottish independence
Inverurie Herald
Many of them will be able to take part in the referendum on independence for Scotland proper when it takes place next year. The results of the schools referendum will be returned a year to the day before the nation c...



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Conservatory Costs
4 Sep 2013 at 9:24am

Looking to get a conservatory. What price roughly do you think for good quality one around 4 by 3...



The Irrelevance Of Public Opinion Polls
4 Sep 2013 at 7:20am

It doesn't matter what the average person says when asked on the street or online. 

 

What matter...



Divorce....meh
4 Sep 2013 at 3:44am

Well....looks like i'm being divorced. Major head***k doesn't even begin to explain it right now ...



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

What's your thoughts?

Looking forward to se...

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

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



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

Muster at Stirling Castle 6.45pm

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



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

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



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

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

 

This put Yes on 29%.

 

Not great, but...



Dotcom Norrie
1 Sep 2013 at 5:33pm

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



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

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




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

Why the left outside Scotland should start cheering the independence campaign
by James
4 Sep 2013 at 6:15am
I originally did this as a guest post for Steve Hynd, so apologies if you saw it there already. I...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Cameron's Syria setback - what impact on the independence referendum?
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2013 at 7:02am
I have a new article up at the International Business Times (in fact it's been up for over 24 hou...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Perspectives: 'Low pay crisis shows Scotland's wealth isn't working for peopl...
by Cailean Gallagher
4 Sep 2013 at 11:23am

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



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

Today?s treasury report is, for the most part, a welcome contribution which moves the referendum ...



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

Analy...



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Politics: Scottish politics | theguardian.com
Articles published by theguardian.com Politics about: Scottish politics


Thanks to the independence vote, Scottish politics is fun again | Fraser MacD...
by Fraser MacDonald
4 Sep 2013 at 11:21am

Not only do Scots have a rare chance to enact lasting change, the vote has energised other key debates such as land reform

At the heart of the Scottish independence referendum is the philosophical p...




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

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

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



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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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




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