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The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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UK 'won't be held to ransom'
4 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron has warned fellow Nato leaders that paying ransoms to free hostages such as Scottish-educated David Haines, held by Islamic State (IS) militants, was "not the way to defeat terrorism".

Sound bites
4 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
Alistair Carmichael:

EU to extend targeted sanctions on Russia over crisis in Ukraine
4 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE European Union will today ramp up the pressure on Vladimir Putin and his government with the announcement of fresh targeted sanctions against Russia as Nato leaders lined up to show solidarity with Ukraine.

Ukip candidate ousted by ex-Tory resigns and warns party move may backfire
4 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
THE man ousted as a Ukip candidate by defector Douglas Carswell has warned the party risks alienating its core membership.

TUC chief: Politicians are too like Marie Antionette
4 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
TOO many politicians have a "touch of the Marie Antoinette" and fail to realise the struggles of ordinary people, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned.

Cuts of £10bn from UK military budget 'bungled by ministers'
4 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
MINISTERS have been accused of putting Britain's military capabilities at risk by "bungling" money-saving army reforms.

Clegg red-faced as boy, nine, quizzes him on school meals
4 Sep 2014 at 9:02pm
NICK Clegg was left squirming as he was quizzed on the Coalition's Liberal Democrat flagship free school meals policy by a nine-year-old boy.

Bid to strip licences of bad energy firms fails
3 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
A LABOUR Party motion calling on misbehaving energy companies to be stripped of their licences for persistently breaking rules has been defeated.

Republicans told on-the-run letters do not offer immunity
3 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
THE UK Government has warned republicans who received official letters assuring them they were not being hunted by police they can no longer rely on them.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Nato tells Putin: ?We stand with Ukraine?
4 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

NATO has told the Kremlin to pull Russian troops back from Ukraine and stop supplying separatists with “arms, fighters and funds”.



Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband to lead rally for UK
4 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

Scottish independence: Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband are to lead a rally for the United Kingdom – the first time the two men have shared a platform since Mr Miliband became Labour leader.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Choice for Labour supporters
4 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

On a visit to Scotland yesterday Ed Miliband accepted many Labour traditionalists see a Yes vote as the best way to keep the Tories out - but insisted Labour can achieve this in next May’s UK election.



Leaders: Nato needs to ask itself some questions
4 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

NATO’S summit in South Wales is, quite rightly, seen as its most important such event in decades. The Russian Bear has sunk its claws into Ukraine and around the summit table there is tough talk about how to get the beast off what’s left of that country, preferably sufficiently painfully to deter it from trying it again elsewhere. But is Nato asking similarly tough questions about its own strategy?



Joyce McMillan: Fight for moral high ground is over
4 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

Foreign policy disasters in the Middle East have left the UK naked in the negotiating chamber, writes Joyce McMillan



John McTernan: Labour can preserve the Union
4 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

A tightening of the polls means the party has to take the lead in reclaiming core voters, and unity must be the rallying cry, writes John McTernan



Scottish independence a ?gift to the world?
4 Sep 2014 at 3:37pm

A YES vote in the independence referendum will be a “great gift to the world”, Holyrood Education Secretary Mike Russell has claimed.



Scottish independence: Andy Cameron backs No vote
4 Sep 2014 at 3:00pm

COMEDIAN Andy Cameron has urged Scotland to “stick together” with rest of the UK and vote against independence.



Play fighting on Better Together campaign trail
4 Sep 2014 at 12:53pm

BETTER TOGETHER campaigners in Glasgow are play-fighting over their campaign bags.



Scottish independence round-up: RMT | Frankie Boyle
4 Sep 2014 at 12:15pm

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



Scottish independence: Buyers want indyref clause
4 Sep 2014 at 11:13am

HOUSE buyers are now making offers on properties which include legal clauses that give the buyer the chance to walk away if Scotland votes for independence.



Jim Murphy egg attacker given community service
4 Sep 2014 at 10:42am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: The pro-independence supporter who threw eggs at Labour MP Jim Murphy has been given a sentence of 80 hours community service.



Alex Salmond ?won?t step down? in event of No vote
4 Sep 2014 at 10:20am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Alex Salmond has said he will not hand over to Nicola Sturgeon in the event of a No vote saying his mandate is to lead Scotland until the next Scottish election.



Expert anticipates wind farm project scale down
4 Sep 2014 at 9:59am

WIND FARM projects in the Highlands and Islands are about to be scaled down in size, according to a leading independent environmental consultant.



Scottish independence: Rail union backs Yes vote
4 Sep 2014 at 9:17am

RAIL union the RMT yesterday became the first industrial trade union to come out in favour of a Yes vote when it emerged that its Scottish members had narrowly voted in favour of independence. Members backed Alex Salmond’s plans to end the Union by a margin of 1,051 to 968 in a ballot result announced on the same day that Labour leader Ed Miliband made his latest referendum campaign visit north of the Border.




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Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

If you can?t say something nice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Sep 2014 at 9:09am
…you probably write for the Express. Yesterday†we posted a couple of tweets†observing the fact that the Scottish media had conspicuously ignored the phenomenon that is†The Wee Blue Book. (We’d have made more of the total blanking had we been even a little bit surprised.) Despite having extensively reported almost every other document published about the […]

On moving to Yes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Sep 2014 at 8:00am
Bill Leckie in the Scottish Sun, 4 September 2014: “I still have a list of nagging doubts, not least over who emerges to lead this new state. It?s just that… well, whereas not so long ago these doubts were what held me back, today they somehow seem exciting. Will it turn out a Yes vote? […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Referendum campaigns focus on welfare
4 Sep 2014 at 9:22pm
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will claim later that independence is an "opportunity for all sectors of Scottish society".


RMT members back 'Yes' vote
4 Sep 2014 at 11:22am
Transport union the RMT becomes the first major trade union to come out in favour of Scottish independence.


Salmond: Referendum 'not about SNP'
4 Sep 2014 at 10:46am
Scotland's independence referendum is not about the SNP but rather the right "to have the government of our choice", Alex Salmond says.


Miliband: SNP are 'conning' voters
4 Sep 2014 at 7:11am
Ed Miliband claims the SNP would continue Tory policies after independence, and predicts Labour will win the next election.


Canadian PM supports 'united' UK
4 Sep 2014 at 5:04am
The prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, voices his support for Scotland remaining part of the UK.


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


PM 'not ruling out' IS air strikes
4 Sep 2014 at 3:40pm
David Cameron says he will not rule out air strikes against Islamic State, which is holding a British hostage.


Health chief apologises for comments
4 Sep 2014 at 3:45am
The chairman of NHS Orkney apologises following comments about the independence referendum in a newspaper.


North Sea 'fracking' proposal made
4 Sep 2014 at 10:36am
Underwater fracking could almost double the amount of recoverable oil and gas in the North Sea, it is claimed.


Man sentenced for Murphy egg attack
4 Sep 2014 at 10:43am
An independence supporter who admitted throwing eggs at MP Jim Murphy in Fife has been given a community payback order.


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


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


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


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


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


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City?s Verdict on Westminster Currency Threat: Don?t write cheques your arse ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Sep 2014 at 11:17pm

By Mark McNaught

After 2 years of largely ignoring or laughing off the referendum, the City of London is finally waking up to the fact that the Scots will vote for independence. After all, who wouldn?t choose economic freedom? As with all things financial, they have no misty-eyed illusions of Scottish or British nationalism. They are looking at a bottom line, and Westminster?s bottom has suffered self-inflicted sodomy.



Vote Yes for social justice, fairness and equality
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
4 Sep 2014 at 3:26pm

By Jeane Freeman

I GREW up supporting the Labour Party.† For a time, I was a Labour member and for four privileged years I worked for the party when it was in government at Holyrood.† What drew me to Labour politics were the values of social justice, fairness and equality.

And it is my continued belief in those values that leads me to support independence now, in 2014.



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

By George Kerevan

WITH barely two weeks to go before the independence referendum, the Yes campaign has finally acquired momentum.

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



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

† By Peter Geoghegan

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

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



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

† By Professor Alex Kemp and Linda Stephen, University of Aberdeen

The current political debate has generated much heat surrounding the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.† This piece attempts to shed light on the subject.†

The long term future of the industry depends on a combination of (1) the volume of the ultimate resources, including future discoveries, (2) the costs of exploiting these resources, and (3) Government policies (which can incentivise or retard exploration and developments).† An understanding of all of these is necessary to come to informed judgements about the long term potential.†



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

† By G.A.Ponsonby

I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out in support of Yes.† Recent figures show that alone amongst a sea of pro-Union slippage, its sales have increased.

However that short excursion into the newsagents stopped abruptly today when I read the headline of a newspaper I purchased religiously every day for years.



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

By Mark McNaught

The resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, could very well bring a UKIP MP to Westminster. Others could follow before the 2015 UK elections.

This move has disastrous implications for David Cameron and his plans to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the European Union.



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

† By G.A.Ponsonby

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

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



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

† By G.A.Ponsonby

It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.† Barely a week ago we were being told that the second TV debate was Alex Salmond's last chance to save Yes.

The First Minister had put in a below par performance in the previous TV debate on STV and pundits were queuing up to tell anyone who would listen that Yes needed a game changer.† No were hammering away on the currency and demanding a Plan B.



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

By Derek Bateman

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




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Noam Chomsky on Scottish Independence - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 4:49pm

Noam Chomsky on Scottish Independence : Statehood and Power. Recorded at MIT, Boston by Stuart Platt. Questions by Gordon Asher, Leigh French and Stuart Platt

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Warning UK faces a currency crisis if Scots vote Yes
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 2:04pm

BRITAIN could be plunged into a Eurozone-style currency crisis if Scots vote to leave the UK, a new analysis from Goldman Sachs has warned.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Once again we have the sickening spectacle of Jackie Baillie revelling in tales of woe for Scotland should we choose to be a normal nat...



David Cameron to deliver Scotland we love you, stay with us message
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 1:47pm

DAVID Cameron will deliver a 'Scotland we love you, stay with us' message on his next referendum campaign visit, insisting - in the face of growing momentum for the pro-independence camp - that the No campaign has been neither negative nor complacent.
Peter A Bell's insight:

What a ridiculous hypoc...



Sea change in island attitudes as residents voice concerns
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 1:22pm

During a 24-hour visit to Shetland last week, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opened a Yes Shetland shop in Lerwick that pro-independence campaigners have raised almost £1,800 through crowd funding to rent and equip for the duration of the referendum campaign.



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Scotland - The Heartbreak of a No Vote
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 1:03pm

The single most heart-breaking aspect of the Independence Referendum in Scotland, is to hear intelligent, thoughtful, worldly people list all the things that could be positive about a Yes vote only to tank it all with a hypothetical doubt and declare...

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What are you doing on 18 September?
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 11:59am
The point of this wee list is that we can all do something to make sure Scotland votes Yes on 18 September. Even if you stay away from the campaigns themselves - it's okay we won't be offended - a...

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Scottish independence: 5 reasons yes is winning
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 11:56am

Mike Small: There's been an eight-point shift in the polls: how can it have happened, when the odds seemed so stacked against yes?



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Scottish independence: RMT union backs ?Yes? vote
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 11:54am

THE Scottish members of the RMT rail workers’ union have voted to back independence, becoming the first major industrial union to come out for a ‘Yes’ vote in this month’s referendum.

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Salmond: Referendum 'not about SNP'
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 11:51am

The Scottish independence referendum is not about the SNP but rather the right "to have the government of our choice", Alex Salmond has said.


Peter A Bell's insight:

It is doubtless a revelation to the BBC that the referendum is not about the SNP, but it is common knowledge amongst those of us who ...



TTIP and the Scottish NHS
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 11:33am

UK Ministers have admitted the NHS is still on the table as part of secretive talks over the controversial US-EU trade deal, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It could see it o...

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If you can't say something nice
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 11:29am

...you probably write for the Express. Yesterday we posted a couple of tweets observing the fact that the Scottish media had conspicuously ignored the phenomenon that is The Wee Blue Book. (We'd ha...



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Jeane Freeman wipes the floor with Andrew Neil on NHS and Indy - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 11:18am

Jeane Freeman does a brilliant job here in the face of a hectoring Andrew Neil, the archetypal Brit/Scot journalist, worried about polls narrowing, making th...

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Scottish West Coast untapped oil and gas reserves worth trillions - Oil and ...
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 11:08am

Scotland could be sitting on more than double the amount of oil and gas reserves currently predicted a new independent industry investigation has found. The investigation reveals that the scale of Scotlands untapped frontier West Coast or Atlantic Ma

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The Coughing Canaries
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 11:04am

I'm cheating today. (That's what fundamentalist separatist nationalists do, you see). I don't think I can better this article in his own magazine by a friend, Gordon Young, the publisher of The Dru...



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The surprise winners from the referendum? Scotland. Politics. Big ideas are b...
by Peter A Bell
4 Sep 2014 at 10:39am

http://traffic.libsyn.com/spectator/TheViewFrom22_4_Sept_2014_v4.mp3Let us take a trip to America in 1976. The unelected incumbent president, Gerald Ford, is being challenged for the Republican party’s nomination by Ronald Reagan — and does not…
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Alex Massie spoils an otherwi...




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Ed Miliband has pledged Labour will go all out with SNP over social justice i...
by Torcuil Crichton
4 Sep 2014 at 12:37pm
LABOUR leader urges supporters to reject Yes vote as false promise for fairer society.


Scottish members of rail workers union narrowly back Yes vote
by David Clegg
4 Sep 2014 at 10:16am
A MAJORITY of members of union once led by the late Bob Crow say they support Scottish independence.


Better Together takeover: Rugby star Kenny Logan warns against a divorce from...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 8:06am
THE former Scotland international is strongly patriotic but doesn't want his children to have to choose between between being Scottish or Welsh ? he wants them to be both.†


Better Together takeover: Public law Professor Adam Tomkins warns about the h...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 8:03am
THE Glasgow University professor believes household bills would be dearer and jobs and trade will be lost if Scotland votes Yes on September 18.


Party leaders are told to 'drop everything' and fight together to stop Scotla...
by Torcuil Crichton
4 Sep 2014 at 8:03am
TORY grandee Sir Edward Leigh has urged David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to stand 'shoulder to shoulder' to save the Union.


Controversial comic Frankie Boyle to host BBC show on independence referendum...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 7:20am
THE controversial Scots comedian, who is a Yes supporter, will host an 'autopsy' programme on the iPlayer in the aftermath of the poll on September 18.†


Better Together takeover: GP Susan Bowie says only a No vote can protect the ...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 3:08am
FAMILY doctor Susan is infuriated by scare stories about the health service in the UK being privatised and warns that funding would be a serious problem under independence.†


Better Together takeover: Shopping bills will rise if Scots vote for independ...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 2:56am
THREE of the big chains have warned that we will end up paying more for our food because the UK will no longer share the cost of distributing our goods.


Better Together takeover: Ex-Bank of England deputy chairman Brian Quinn expl...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 2:00am
QUINN outlines the dangers posed to Scotland of using the pound without a formal currency union.


Better Together takeover: F*** me, you Scots didn't just join the union.. you...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 1:44am
THE outspoken Live Aid hero believes passionately that separation is wrong and says Scots†should be true to their history by staying in the UK.


Better Together takeover: Staying in the UK is the only way to meet the aspir...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 1:32am
THE former Prime Minister gives his expert view on the key issues in the referendum debate and says the real choice is between Scotland sharing in the UK's "incredible" resources or missing out on them.


Better Together takeover: Harry Potter writer JK Rowling fears untangling 300...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 1:30am
THE more I have read from a variety of unbiased sources, the more I have come to the conclusion that independence carries serious risks, says the author.


Better Together takeover: Today's guest editor of the Daily Record is Alistai...
by dailyrecord
4 Sep 2014 at 1:23am
IN the interests of democracy we invited Better Together leader Alistair Darling to be guest editor of the paper to put the case for saying No Thanks to independence. Alex Salmond will be guest editor tomorrow.


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


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


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More tales of woe for the Conservative and Unionist Party as yet another MP d...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Sep 2014 at 2:54pm
More tales of woe for the Conservative and Unionist Party as yet another MP defects.

To add insult to injury, Ruth Davidson MSP, the heid cheerleader of the Scottish Tories, had to fall on her sword last night in what can only be described as an act of incredible benevolence.

She had to utter...

Alecsammin's crazed Natz seem to be everywhere in Scotlandshire - there is si...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Sep 2014 at 8:33pm
Alecsammin's crazed Natz seem to be everywhere in Scotlandshire - there is simply no escape for us loyal subjects of the Empire.

Sadly, even The Scottish Police Federation has been infiltrator by devotees to the Sweetie Leader who's more sour ploom than Liquorice Allsort.

Read our explosive e...

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

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


Dateline Scotland: Episode 6

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

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

We must be really really quiet.

We must not mention anything about "oil reports".

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

Sssshhhhh!!!




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


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

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


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


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

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




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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Here's Programme 5.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 5

This week's h...

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


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


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'May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears' - Nelson Mandela


My Journey To Independence?
by bellacaledonia
4 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm
  by Hazel Frew My 1984 self and my 2014 self would not have agreed on Scottish independence.† Looking back it is hard to pinpoint where and when I changed my mind.† Sometime in the mid to late ?00s I... Read More ›


Songs for Scotland ? a Night at “ran Můr
by bellacaledonia
4 Sep 2014 at 3:16pm
Many thanks to SeŠn†for these photos to remember a great night at†“ran Můr. It was a stunning evening†and special thanks got to all the performers, the backstage people, the many volunteers and everyone who gave their time for free. Special... Read More ›


Another Scotland is Possible (Mixcloud)
by bellacaledonia
4 Sep 2014 at 12:37pm
This audio mix from the legendary Barrastinian … with†BjŲrk, Cat Boyd, Rage Against the Machine, N-Trance, Bob Marley and Nicola Sturgeon (vocals) Another Scotland Is Possible by The Barrastinian on Mixcloud Filed under: Music Tagged: Barrastinian, Bob Marley, Nicola Sturgeon


TTIP and the Scottish NHS
by bellacaledonia
4 Sep 2014 at 9:41am
UK Ministers have admitted the NHS is still on the table as part of secretive talks over the controversial US-EU trade deal, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It could see it opened up to American corporations.†UK trade minister†Lord Livingston... Read More ›


We need to talk about leadership?
by bellacaledonia
4 Sep 2014 at 4:03am
by Laura Eaton Lewis There?s rich debate taking place right now in Scotland that has revolutionised people?s participation in politics and the governance of our society.† People who until now have not been admitted access to mainstream political processes have... Read More ›


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


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


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


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

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


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Scottish independence: Canadian PM backs Scotland staying in 'united' UK - BB...
4 Sep 2014 at 10:45am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Canadian PM backs Scotland staying in 'united' UK
BBC News
The people of Scotland will vote in the referendum on 18 September. They will be asked the "Yes/No" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" The Canadian province of Quebec has twice voted agains...


Young voters could 'tip the balance' - Telegraph.co.uk
4 Sep 2014 at 7:01am

Telegraph.co.uk

Young voters could 'tip the balance'
Telegraph.co.uk
"By looking at how people are voting based on gender, age and geography we can unveil more of a story around how the people of Scotland are actually voting in this referendum rather than just predicting the eventual outcome. It wil...


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

Telegraph.co.uk

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


Scottish independence means 'new wave of painful austerity' - Telegraph.co.uk
4 Sep 2014 at 12:02am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence means 'new wave of painful austerity'
Telegraph.co.uk
The YouGov survey showed increasing numbers of Scots think they would be better off after independence and the future of the NHS would be brighter if they vote Yes. But Goldman Sachs warned a separate Scotlan...


Scottish independence: No tuition fees ever, says Sturgeon - BBC News
4 Sep 2014 at 8:13am

BBC News

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


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

Wall Street Journal

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


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

BBC News

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


Scottish Independence: Nigel Farage accuses Alex Salmond of 'stirring up ... ...
4 Sep 2014 at 1:51pm

The Independent

Scottish Independence: Nigel Farage accuses Alex Salmond of 'stirring up ...
The Independent
Mr Farage said that the most immediate impact Scotland would feel from independence would be on its economy, adding that the ?sums Salmond is peddling don't add up?. Scottish Independence: Fo...


What are the odds for Scottish independence? - Telegraph.co.uk
4 Sep 2014 at 9:25am

Telegraph.co.uk

What are the odds for Scottish independence?
Telegraph.co.uk
Narrowing polls and an intensifying debate on Scottish independence have led to a dramatic shift in betting prices. After months of minimal market movement, the Yes price on the Betfair Exchange has come in significantly, g...


Scottish Independence Vote Isn't the Only UK Risk - Wall Street Journal
3 Sep 2014 at 8:55am

Wall Street Journal

Scottish Independence Vote Isn't the Only UK Risk
Wall Street Journal
Clearly, the near-term focus will be on Scotland, and sterling seems likely to be the main vehicle for speculation about the chances of independence. So far, Tuesday's move apart, the pound has mainly tracked s...



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The Milibandwagon - Telegraph.co.uk
5 Sep 2014 at 12:11am

Telegraph.co.uk

The Milibandwagon
Telegraph.co.uk
He said that the Tories are ?divided and demoralised?, that the SNP promises are a ?con? and that Scots should stay in the Union because a Labour government is ?on its way?. So much for romantic patriotism. Mr Miliband appears to have given in to Ale...


Ed Miliband causes rift in Better Together campaign - Telegraph.co.uk
5 Sep 2014 at 12:02am

Telegraph.co.uk

Ed Miliband causes rift in Better Together campaign
Telegraph.co.uk
Don't buy the SNP argument ? these Tories can be beaten. A Labour government is within our grasp.? He argued this meant Labour voters did not have to vote Yes in the September 18 referendum to rid themselves of a Con...


More councillors needed, say NAC officials - Largs and Millport Weekly News
5 Sep 2014 at 12:00am

More councillors needed, say NAC officials
Largs and Millport Weekly News
The SNP administration of North Ayrshire Council hope to boost their numbers by up to five new councillors. The minority administration has backed recommendations from chief executive Elma Murray that they make the case for f...


Labour takes fight to nationalists - The Courier
4 Sep 2014 at 10:59pm

The Courier

Labour takes fight to nationalists
The Courier
With less than two weeks to go until the crucial ballot, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont will be in Nicola Sturgeon's Glasgow Southside constituency, urging SNP supporters to vote No. The party claimed that almost a quarter of those who...


Claims of North Sea fracking boom a 'gross exaggeration', says leading geolog...
4 Sep 2014 at 10:59pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Claims of North Sea fracking boom a 'gross exaggeration', says leading geology ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Fergus Ewing, SNP energy spokesman, said: "This new report shows the strong possibilities in offshore unconventional and hard to reach oil and gas, and shows that when combined with exi...


Scottish independence: How 'No' vote could change UK - BBC News
4 Sep 2014 at 10:01pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: How 'No' vote could change UK
BBC News
Calls for further Welsh devolution also face barriers because of "a perception of issues with delivery of services" in devolved areas such as health and education and the difficulty Plaid Cymru has had in rallying the kind of sup...


'SNP may regret rejecting third option' - Herald Scotland
4 Sep 2014 at 9:09pm

'SNP may regret rejecting third option'
Herald Scotland
'SNP may regret rejecting third option'. Phil Miller. Arts Correspondent. Friday 5 September 2014. The leading Scottish historian Sir Tom Devine, who is backing a Yes vote in the referendum, has said if the vote is No the SNP may "come to regr...


Salmond: Miliband is blind to the real fight in Scotland - Herald Scotland
4 Sep 2014 at 9:07pm

Herald Scotland

Salmond: Miliband is blind to the real fight in Scotland
Herald Scotland
But pro-Union parties accused the SNP of trying to create "mood music" rather than answer hard questions about independence. Today, Labour will again step up its attempts to win over voters to No, after polls su...


Trade union backs Yes as Miliband gives tax warning - Herald Scotland
4 Sep 2014 at 9:07pm

Herald Scotland

Trade union backs Yes as Miliband gives tax warning
Herald Scotland
But he also argued an SNP administration in an independent Scotland would represent a continuation of Tory policies, citing proposals such as plans for a 3p cut in corporation tax after a Yes vote, and the nationalis...


Scotland on the Eve of the Referendum - First Things
4 Sep 2014 at 8:54pm

First Things

Scotland on the Eve of the Referendum
First Things
A decade later the Scottish National Party (SNP), which is committed to full independence, secured the largest parliamentary representation and formed a minority administration. In 2011 it was returned with an overall majority leading t...



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Scottish independence: Salmond says referendum 'not about the SNP' - BBC News
4 Sep 2014 at 7:56am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Salmond says referendum 'not about the SNP'
BBC News
The Scottish independence referendum is not about the SNP but rather the right "to have the government of our choice", Alex Salmond has said. The SNP leader said the party in power after independence would be "the c...


Scottish Referendum: No Vote's Lead Narrows - Sky News
2 Sep 2014 at 1:39am

Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Scottish Referendum: No Vote's Lead Narrows
Sky News
The No vote's lead ahead of the Scottish Referendum has narrowed to just six points, according to a new poll. The YouGov poll suggests support for Scottish independence has risen eight points over the past month. The six-poi...


Referendum has internationalised Scotland - SNP (press release)
4 Sep 2014 at 1:20pm

The Visitor

Referendum has internationalised Scotland
SNP (press release)
"Can I extend a very warm welcome to Scotland to all of you, members of the European Consortium for Political Research. And can I also commend your foresight - to decide to meet in Scotland a mere fortnight before the most imp...


Women hold key in Scotland's referendum - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
3 Sep 2014 at 11:10pm

Women hold key in Scotland's referendum
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The 35-year-old Edinburgh mother of two pre-school children is among the more than 1 in 10 women who are undecided about how they will cast their ballots Sept. 18. While she is attracted to the nationalists' offering of more accessible...


Whatever happens in the referendum now, Scotland has won - Spectator.co.uk
4 Sep 2014 at 2:06am

Spectator.co.uk

Whatever happens in the referendum now, Scotland has won
Spectator.co.uk
There are echoes of this in Scotland now. The 'no' campaign risks being out-organised by highly motivated 'yes' supporters, many of whom have not previously had any great involvement with politics. The referendu...


STV announces extensive overnight independence referendum coverage - stv.tv
3 Sep 2014 at 10:50am

stv.tv

STV announces extensive overnight independence referendum coverage
stv.tv
STV is delighted to announce an extensive overnight referendum results programme on Thursday September 18, presented by Bernard Ponsonby and Aasmah Mir. We will have live reports from all 32 declarations across Scotland...


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

STV Edinburgh

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


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

BBC News

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


Video: Kevin Bridges on the Scottish independence referendum - Scotland Now
1 Sep 2014 at 6:03pm

Scotland Now

Video: Kevin Bridges on the Scottish independence referendum
Scotland Now
And even though, the biggest date in Scotland's history is fast-approaching, one of the country's favourite comics can still make us laugh. Glasgow funny man Kevin Bridges has taken a light-hearted approach toward...


Humza Yousaf: Say Yes in the referendum to give Scots the choice to stay and ...
4 Sep 2014 at 7:22am

Scottish Daily Record

Humza Yousaf: Say Yes in the referendum to give Scots the choice to stay and ...
Scottish Daily Record
With independence, Scotland will have powers over job creation and will be able to create many more jobs. People have the right to work wherever they want but people should no...



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Tonight's Random Yes Photo
4 Sep 2014 at 5:16pm

Fort William (outside the Ben Nevis Pub).

 



Scotland Tonight
4 Sep 2014 at 4:26pm
Why isn't it on just now, just seems to be repeats of last week

I'm Going To Buy The Daily Record Tomorrow
4 Sep 2014 at 3:16pm

Gulp.

 

Today was their No editorial with all the pash from Bob Geldof etc... tomorrow is their Y...



Eddie Fuggin Izzard
4 Sep 2014 at 3:15pm
Playing a scotsman on bbc2 drama just now! Sounds like barrowman mid-atlantic drawl!
Obviously no...

Only Me?
4 Sep 2014 at 2:40pm
Am I the only TA member voting NO?

Michael Stewart On Bateman
4 Sep 2014 at 2:20pm

Great interview with Michael Stewart here:

 

http://batemanbroadcasting.com/feature-michael-stewa...



General Election To Be Postponed?
4 Sep 2014 at 12:41pm
PM could face calls to postpone UK election if Scots vote for independence

http://www.theguardian...



Offer Advice On Facebook
4 Sep 2014 at 11:55am
Just something I would like to share. Earlier today I put a status on my Facebook asking any unde...

Biggest Political Shock Of Our Generation
4 Sep 2014 at 11:37am

Don't know about anybody else, but this tweet from Debian Lawn of Panorama makes the hair on the ...




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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish independence referendum: two weeks to go live
by Ben Quinn
4 Sep 2014 at 6:25am

Follow rolling coverage of events, including:

Labour leader Ed Miliband campaigns in Scotland, sa...



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

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

Yesterda...



Scottish independence: 15 to days to referendum - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
3 Sep 2014 at 2:14am

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



Scottish independence: 16 days to referendum - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
1 Sep 2014 at 12:01pm

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

Another handful of highlights from the campaign this week

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



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

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

Regular read...



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

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



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

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

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




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Scot Goes pop

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


What it's like going on a day-trip to Arran while wearing a bloody enormous Y...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2014 at 12:40pm
For months now there's been a nagging voice in my head telling me that I should at least make a t...

What we know about upcoming polls
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2014 at 9:21am
People are always asking me "when is the next poll due?", and my answer is usually that I don't h...

Brit Nats and egg-tastic distraction tactics
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2014 at 2:33am
I have a new article at the International Business Times about the eggstraordinary way in which t...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As far as you are concerned which o...

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

The Numbers Game
by James Kelly
23 Aug 2014 at 7:12am

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




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How to win over No voters...
4 Sep 2014 at 11:38pm

I often, when out in town, I chat to No voters. I don't really understand why they vote no? They ...



A completely meaningless poll
4 Sep 2014 at 11:05pm
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I'm a Canadian federalist in Quebec. And I say YES Scotland
4 Sep 2014 at 10:14pm

I believe in Canada's federalist model, and that is precisely why I support Yes voters. I believe...



If the vote comes in as 51% to NO how legitimate would a call for a second vo...
4 Sep 2014 at 9:47pm

I know this has been asked before but not for some time. With the poll looking closer and closer ...



My limited research is against the polls.
4 Sep 2014 at 9:40pm

About 80% of my Facebook friends will be voting yes, and about 90% of independence posts I see on...



Got this through my door today. Vote no because non whites are scum.
4 Sep 2014 at 9:29pm
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Scottish independence: Ed Miliband fails to impress the people of Labour-foun...
4 Sep 2014 at 9:20pm
submitted by TheColinous
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5 No campaign Scare stories Debunked
4 Sep 2014 at 8:17pm
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Noam Chomsky on Scottish Independence
4 Sep 2014 at 7:07pm
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Letter from Scotland (via England)
4 Sep 2014 at 7:06pm

I am a long time lurker on this sub for many a reason, the main one being I live in England: I ha...



"...living proof that politics, at its best, is still about brains, wit and c...
4 Sep 2014 at 6:28pm
submitted by mankieneck
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Scottish independence: A yes vote will produce a leaner, meaner Scotland | Si...
4 Sep 2014 at 6:19pm
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Berwick-upon-Tweed 'votes' to leave England and join Scotland for better publ...
4 Sep 2014 at 6:14pm
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The Audience is taking to the Stage
4 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm
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Want to watch some of the referendum debates and other scotland themed videos...
4 Sep 2014 at 6:01pm
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Scottish referendum: Brown and Prescott to rally Labour voters
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
4 Sep 2014 at 4:30pm
Former PM and deputy leader will lead party rallies in key areas after poll finds third of Labour voters now back independence

Gordon Brown and John Prescott are to help lead a last-ditch effort by ...



Scottish independence: A yes vote will produce a leaner, meaner Scotland | Si...
by Simon Jenkins
4 Sep 2014 at 1:30pm
The no campaign offers merely stasis. Even with devo max, Scots would remain in political shackles. Its time to break free

I sit overlooking Cardiff Bay as seven warships, including the destroyer HM...



How to stop Scotland and the rest quitting the UK | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
4 Sep 2014 at 1:08pm

There may be one way of keeping Scotland in the UK (PM is urged to delay 2015 election if Scotland says yes to independence, 4 September). The government should immediately commit to transforming B...




Ed Miliband arrives in Scotland to rally no voters for referendum
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Sep 2014 at 11:26am
Labour leader asks nation to remember one of its sons, Keir Hardie, was a founder of his party in run-up to independence poll

Ed Miliband has said he feels a huge sense of responsibility to win the ...




Jubilant yes voters greet SNP's Salmond and Sturgeon in Glasgow
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
4 Sep 2014 at 9:00am
SNP leader and his deputy celebrate 10th anniversary as poll shows rise in Labour voters backing Scottish independence

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon have celebrated 10 years as leader and deputy ...



Scottish independence: momentum is with yes but country is divided
by Michael White
4 Sep 2014 at 8:48am

Pro-union experts have weightier arguments but Yes Scotland has powerful elixir of hope for a better future it could all end in upset of historic proportions

The battered boozer taking an occasiona...




Scottish independence: 5 reasons yes is winning | Mike Small
by Mike Small
4 Sep 2014 at 7:47am
There's been an eight-point shift in the polls: how can it have happened, when the odds seemed so stacked against yes?

None of this is supposed to be happening at all. Better Together is supported b...



Scottish nationalism is far from progressive independence is fools gold | Br...
by Brian Wilson
4 Sep 2014 at 6:43am
George Monbiot is wrong. The NHS, welfare state and rights for workers have all been achieved within the UK. Its dissolution will only benefit the forces of privilege and reaction

George Monbiot: ...

The Herald accused of running 'inflammatory' independence splash
by Roy Greenslade
4 Sep 2014 at 6:38am

The Herald, the Glasgow daily, has spent four days trying to live down its Monday front page story in which it reported on fears that there will be "absolute carnage" outside polling stations on re...



Scottish independence referendum: two weeks to go live
by Ben Quinn
4 Sep 2014 at 6:25am

Follow rolling coverage of events, including:

Labour leader Ed Miliband campaigns in Scotland, saying he leads a changed Labour party

First minister Alex Salmond and his deputy, Nicola Sturgeon, ma...



Frankie Boyle to film Scottish referendum show for BBC
by John Plunkett
4 Sep 2014 at 6:11am
Yes supporters caustic comedy take on independence will be filmed hours after poll closes but only shown on iPlayer

Frankie Boyle will cast his caustic eye over the Scottish independence referendum ...




David Cameron: I will not resign if Scotland votes for independence
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
4 Sep 2014 at 4:21am
PM says referendum has nothing to do with his future but is a clear choice for Scots between staying part of UK or leaving it

David Cameron has said he "emphatically" will not resign if Scotland vot...




Alex Salmond's vision for a fairer Scotland is a con, says Ed Miliband
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
4 Sep 2014 at 4:05am
Labout leader dismisses SNP claims that only a yes vote in independence referendum will ensure Tories are ousted

Ed Miliband has described the SNP's vision for a fairer Scotland after independence a...




CBI forecasts slowing growth for UK economy
by Press Association
4 Sep 2014 at 3:01am
Group says uncertainty over Scotland and Ukraine will hurt growth as recent improved confidence and better credit wears off

Economic growth will slow in the second half of the year as the effect of ...




British military mulls implications of vote for Scottish independence
by Richard Norton-Taylor
4 Sep 2014 at 12:01am
Much negotiation lies ahead if Scotland leaves the UK, not least a debate about the strategic benefits of nuclear weapons

Scottish voters contemplate nuclear option for Faslane

A vote for Scottish i...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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