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Labour must investigate vote-rigging allegations, says Darling
SENIOR Labour Party figure Alistair Darling has called for a full internal investigation into allegations of vote-rigging within the local Falkirk party.

Call for MPs' ethics training
MPs and peers should be given ethics training to help them avoid abusing their positions, according to a sleaze watchdog.

Miliband accuses Big Six of profiting from rises
Around half of the money generated from energy price rises over past two years has gone into the profits of the "Big Six" firms, Ed Miliband will say today.

Deals worth £40m made with China
Deals worth an estimated £40 million over the next decade have been announced by First Minister Alex Salmond during a trade mission to China.

Policy proposals put forward for countryside
THE commission on rural policy set up by the Scottish Conservatives has come up with a raft of ideas including an end to the council tax freeze to boost local decision-making as well as Government intervention to enforce broadband internet.

Miliband under pressure as Deans to quit in Falkirk row
UNITE has lost its stranglehold on Labour in Falkirk amid growing calls for party leader Ed Miliband to reopen his investigation into alleged vote-rigging.

SNP trio in running for top politician accolade
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond, Holyrood Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick and Deputy First ­Minister Nicola Sturgeon have been shortlisted for Scotland's top political award.

Unite chief claims that emails are 'trap set by Tories'
UNITE leader Len McCluskey has described leaked emails relating to the Falkirk row as a "trap being laid by Tory central office".

Taxpayers foot £5500 bill for Salmond's London limo
ALEX Salmond spent nearly £1000 of taxpayers' money during each visit to London on a chauffeur-driven limousine to ferry him round, according to official figures.

Crosby in Tory 2015 poll campaign team
David Cameron has signed up election guru Lynton Crosby to work full-time on securing a Tory general election win in a £500,000 deal.

Find ways to cut HS2 costs, boss told
DAVID Cameron is to announce today that the new boss of the planned HS2 rail link between London and the north of England will be asked to find ways to cut the estimated £50billion costs.

Plebgate officers face new inquiry
THREE police officers accused of giving misleading evidence over the "plebgate" scandal will have to face a fresh inquiry.

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Osborne energy bills plan
HOUSEHOLD energy bills will be cut by up to £75 a year under plans reportedly being worked on by Chancellor George Osborne.

Salmond's trade mission to China
ALEX Salmond will arrive in Beijing this afternoon to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with the Chinese government.


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Scottish independence: Pound deal ?very unlikely?
5 Nov 2013 at 1:45pm

IT IS highly unlikely that an independent Scotland could secure a deal with the rest of the UK that would allow it to retain the pound, according to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.



Swinney calls for clarity on shipyard job fears
5 Nov 2013 at 12:09pm

URGENT clarity is required on claims that over 1,000 jobs are to go at four UK shipyards, according to Scotland’s Finance Secretary.



MSPs ready to review anti-sectarian football laws
5 Nov 2013 at 9:38am

SCOTLAND’S justice authorities have been urged to explain “a perception of intimidation” among football fans over the heavy-handed approach to enforcing new anti-sectarian laws.



University strengthens China ties amid visa row
5 Nov 2013 at 8:38am

A FIFTH Scottish university has signed an agreement to strengthen educational ties with China as a government row about teachers’ visas continues.



Lord Hope warns on dangerous corroboration change
5 Nov 2013 at 7:36am

One of Scotland’s leading legal minds has issued a stark warning on the dangers of removing the requirement for corroboration.



Police Scotland unveil wildlife crime-fighting app
5 Nov 2013 at 7:33am

THE Scottish Government today unveiled the latest weapon in the fight against wildlife crime - a new smartphone app.



Miliband defends Falkirk vote-rigging probe
5 Nov 2013 at 6:42am

Ed Miliband has defended his handling of the Falkirk vote-rigging row, insisting there is no need for Labour to reopen its inquiry.



Wonga defends record ahead of MP questioning
5 Nov 2013 at 4:36am

PAYDAY lender Wonga has defended its record ahead of an expected grilling by MPs.



Immigrants give UK £25bn net contribution - report
5 Nov 2013 at 1:04am

Immigrants to the UK in the last decade contributed £25 billion - more in tax than they received in benefits - and were less likely to claim handouts or live in social housing than people already living in Britain, a report has found.



MSPs to probe research into effects of bedroom tax
5 Nov 2013 at 12:45am

MSPs are to scrutinise research into welfare reforms which has found that many people are staying in their homes despite losing cash from their benefits when deemed to have spare rooms.



Plebgate police officers to face MPs over evidence
4 Nov 2013 at 11:52pm

Two police officers caught up in the so-called plebgate row face a public scolding today as they are hauled before MPs to apologise for giving “misleading” evidence.



David Cameron says he can win yes vote in EU poll
4 Nov 2013 at 5:22pm

DAVID Cameron has sought to reassure business leaders that he can secure a yes vote in a promised referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.



Education centre to tackle gap between rich and poor
4 Nov 2013 at 5:19pm

ATTEMPTS to close the attainment gap between children from the poorest and most affluent homes are to be made by a new centre being launched by the education secretary.



Referendum result ?won?t be declared in early hours?
4 Nov 2013 at 5:18pm

The result of next year’s independence referendum is unlikely to be declared in the early hours of the morning, a new report shows.



Labour still split over the way forward in Falkirk
4 Nov 2013 at 5:12pm

LABOUR in Falkirk remains divided on how to resolve the crisis over the selection of the party’s candidate for the next general election.




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The devil?s advocacy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Nov 2013 at 12:04pm
“Hi there,” writes an alert and cheery reader this afternoon, “I work for ******* within an RBS contract and so have my own RBS PC log-in and security card. During lunch today, I tried to take a look at the website for the Yes Campaign.” Well, that’s understandable, we suppose. After all, Yes Scotland is [...]

A long time in politics
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Nov 2013 at 7:01am
This was Glasgow South West MP Ian Davidson speaking (around 5:40) on Scotland Tonight just over a week ago, in a debate about independence and left-wing values sparked by the findings of a poll commissioned by this very website. His contention was that independence wasn’t necessary to achieve left-wing goals: “I used to be a [...]

A gun to Govan?s head
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Nov 2013 at 4:26am
We don’t normally post if we’re just repeating another publication’s article and don’t have anything to add to it, or if there aren’t mistruths in it that need correcting. Simply spreading existing news wider is what Twitter is for. But we’ll make an exception for this extraordinary piece from the Evening Times. “Labour MP Ian [...]

Careful now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Nov 2013 at 10:59am
In reference to this article we ran on Saturday, here’s (courtesy of several alert viewers) a timely piece from this week’s Scottish Catholic Observer. Click the image to read it at full size.

Stalling for time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Nov 2013 at 7:18am
If you click the image below, you can listen to just over nine minutes of Johann Lamont – whose £85,000 salary you pay –  on “Good Morning Scotland” earlier today. Presenter Gary Robertson does about as good a job of questioning the Scottish Labour “leader” (never before have the inverted commas we habitually put around [...]

The ground war
by Alistair Wilson
4 Nov 2013 at 3:56am
I make videos. The written word is not my weapon of choice. But “Better Together” have left me with no alternative. Let me explain. I’m a recently-retired video producer. Another recently-retired video producer (aka ‘the wife’) and I decided to make a series of films about how the grassroots of the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns were bringing [...]

Sorry, readers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Nov 2013 at 11:47am
This is why you’ve had no posts today. Meet Skye, Islay, Rona, Shuna, Cara and Jura. They’ll be staying.

Frozen at zero
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Nov 2013 at 6:47am
So I guess now we know why Ed Miliband isn’t too bothered about whether energy companies whack their prices up before and after his 16-month “price freeze” or not. Because we’re paying his bill either way. Ed Miliband’s parliamentary salary is approximately £140,000. Plus expenses.

The Great Gingerbread Robbery
by Paul Kavanagh
2 Nov 2013 at 12:00pm
When you?re a full time carer, managing to get out for an hour or so to the local branch of Morrisons to get the weekly shopping counts as ?quality me time?. It allows me to stock up on favourite munchies and comfort food. I like a wee slice of Kirriemuir gingerbread, slathered with butter. The other [...]

Balanced movie night
by Chris Cairns
2 Nov 2013 at 7:59am
(Story.)


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Law reform 'potentially dangerous'
5 Nov 2013 at 2:53pm
One of Scotland's most senior legal figures has said proposed changes to the law on corroboration could be "quite dangerous".


Miliband: I acted swiftly on Falkirk
5 Nov 2013 at 6:37am
Labour leader Ed Miliband refuses to commit to a fresh inquiry into claims of vote-rigging in Falkirk, saying he has acted "swiftly and thoroughly".


Scottish crime rates fall again
5 Nov 2013 at 10:45am
Scottish police are "exceeding expectations" as crime continues to fall, according to figures released by the Scottish government.


Early review call for anti-bigot law
5 Nov 2013 at 2:59pm
MSPs raise the possibility of an early review of controversial laws intended to stamp out sectarianism in football after concerns from fans.


Faroese challenge fish sanctions
5 Nov 2013 at 4:21am
The Faroese government begins proceedings against the EU's decision to impose sanctions against them, which ban imports of herring and mackerel products.


Centre aims to narrow education gap
4 Nov 2013 at 6:18pm
A new research centre aimed at breaking the link between poverty and poor educational achievement is to be formally launched.


Independence 'could curtail science'
4 Nov 2013 at 5:39am
Scottish independence could jeopardise scientific breakthroughs, leading bacteriologist Prof Hugh Pennington warns.


Report links tax and benefit reform
4 Nov 2013 at 11:34am
An independent Scotland could link the tax system to welfare payments, according to an expert commission set up by the Scottish government.


Former Labour heavyweight backs Yes
4 Nov 2013 at 6:06am
Sir Charles Gray, who led what was once Europe's biggest local authority, says he supports an independent Scotland


'Sabotage' claims over teacher visas
4 Nov 2013 at 6:28am
Alex Salmond accuses the Home Office of "sabotage" after visas were denied for two Chinese teachers returning to work in Scotland.


China to broadcast Scottish football
4 Nov 2013 at 8:33am
Scottish games will be broadcast live in China for the first time after the SPFL agrees a 10-year deal.


'Millions' owed in housing arrears
4 Nov 2013 at 12:26pm
Scottish councils believe they are owed more than £3m in rent arrears brought about by recent changes to housing benefit.


Call to end uni zero-hour contracts
3 Nov 2013 at 6:22pm
The use of zero-hour contacts by universities is widespread and some may be using them to exploit staff, a teaching union claims.


Aircraft carrier costs 'to double'
4 Nov 2013 at 5:41am
The cost of two new aircraft carriers being built for the Royal Navy is expected to be almost twice the original estimate, officials are expected to confirm.


Beef Tub turbine bid opposed again
4 Nov 2013 at 5:58am
Amended proposals for a wind farm near the Devil's Beef Tub in southern Scotland fail to find favour with councillors at the third attempt.


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What is the point of Scotland's Westminster Politicians?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Nov 2013 at 4:48pm

By Gerry Hassan
 
Once upon a time Scottish politics meant one of two things: what your local council got up too, and Scottish MPs standing on College Green talking on BBC and STV about what often seemed far-flung issues.
 
The latter were our only articulation of national party politics.  And while it now seems a long time ago it did produce a sort of effective politics and a range of 'Big Beasts' ? from Tom Johnston and Willie Ross to George Younger, Malcolm Rifkind and Gordon Brown, to name but a few.



Energy - Let's regulate to suit us and not the Big Six
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Nov 2013 at 2:50pm

By Alex Robertson
 
Watching the Big Six bigwigs (only one CEO bothered to attend) appearing before the House of Commons Energy Select Committee in Portcullis House was a salutary experience. 
 
Given that the situation is fairly complicated, the members of the Committee were clearly not able to ask the forensic questions which they ought to have been on our behalf.



The biggest threat to Scotland regardless of Yes or No
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Nov 2013 at 4:29am

  By a Newsnet reporter 
 
The Labour party in Scotland, also known as the Scottish Labour Party, is emerging as the biggest threat to Scotland no matter how Scots vote in the referendum.
 
Led by Johann Lamont, an individual who struggles to contain her detestation of Alex Salmond and the SNP - Scottish Labour is a party devoid not only of policy but of consistency.



In the shadow of the cuts
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
31 Oct 2013 at 5:05pm

  By Sandra Webster

In the last week, when most of the media were caught up in the froth of the latest chapter in the soap opera which is the royal family, news of the impact of benefit cuts managed to fight their way to prominence.

These are the stories that matter and which touch the lives of many.  The benefit cuts were the first of the Tories' so-called reforms.  The aim was to introduce Universal Credit ? indeed it was expected by now that the whole system would have been rolled out across the UK.



Prospect of independence drives Scottish politics left
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
31 Oct 2013 at 2:57pm

By John McAllion

The election in 2011 of a majority SNP government made certain that there would be an independence referendum in the lifetime of this Scottish Parliament. 

It also ensured that there would have to be a wide-ranging public debate about the kind of country that Scotland might become after independence.



Europe break-up gives Scots choice
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Nov 2013 at 4:55am

By George Kerevan
 
Another day, another independence scare story. This time we are warned (courtesy of a Strathclyde University academic) that an independent Scotland would be required to join the Europe-wide free-travel zone as a condition of EU membership. Cue stories about passport controls at Berwick and a barbed wire border along Hadrian?s Wall.



Duggy Dug II ? Borders, Tattie Scones and Irn Bru ? coming soon
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
31 Oct 2013 at 3:58pm

  Scotland's favourite dug is back.  Duggy Dug, out for a walk, reminisces about past travels and the times he went to England and Ireland to visit his owner's family.

But will it all end with independence?  Will border guards prevent Duggy taking his favourite Irn Bru across the border to Tam or stop him hopping across the sea to enjoy a pint of the black stuff?



UK polling induces deep scepticism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Oct 2013 at 4:12pm

By Mark McNaught
 
Since my last column, I have become increasingly curious about the methodology employed by polling firms to determine whether or not some of them are simply made up, and if there was an institution charged with assuring their methodological integrity.



Dear Johann,
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Oct 2013 at 2:54pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Some happy news at last! I've been asked by Johann Lamont to produce a paper on where she's going wrong.  There's no money in it ? she's says she believes in something for nothing.  So let me share with you what I've said.



Independence Referendum - Who are the 'undecideds'?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Oct 2013 at 2:13pm

By Dave Taylor
 
Many of you will have devoured the posts on the Wings over Scotland site giving the details of the Panelbase poll, as well as taking the three seconds required to read the report on it in the Sunday Herald - Yes 37% : No 45% : Don't Know 17%.
 
Interestingly, the BBC's favourite polling expert (psephologist to us geeks) Professor John Curtice seems to be running out of reasons to suggest that it must be Panelbase that is out of line, and not the other pollsters.




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The devil's advocacy
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 2:26pm

"Hi there," writes an alert and cheery reader this afternoon, "I work for ******* within an RBS contract and so have my own RBS PC log-in and security card. During lunch today, I tried to take a lo...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Disgraceful prejudice from RBS!



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Glasgow Labour MP calls for own constituents to lose shipbuilding jobs in eve...
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 12:57pm

A Glasgow Labour MP has caused outrage after demanding that a shipyard in his own constituency be stripped of a lucrative contract should Scots vote Yes in the independence referendum.




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Hundreds of River Clyde shipbuilding jobs 'under threat' in Glasgow
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 11:50am

BAE Systems' sites at Scotstoun and Govan are among those affected.
Peter A Bell's insight:

These would be the jobs that being "Better Together" is supposed to protect.



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Revealed: The ACCOUNTING TRICK that Hides Scotland's Wealth.
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 9:28am

As an independent country Scotland would have enjoyed a massive cash surplus Every Westminster Government in my lifetime has knowingly diverted billions of pounds of Scottish revenue to Westminster.

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A long time in politics
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 9:01am

This was Glasgow South West MP Ian Davidson speaking (around 5:40) on Scotland Tonight just over a week ago, in a debate about independence and left-wing values sparked by the findings of a poll commissioned by this very website.



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Smearing Scotland
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 6:55am

History has a way of repeating itself. Over the past few months Defence Secretary Hammond, some of the British Army’s top brass and (of course) the Union Jocks have been doing their best to prove that there’s no way that a puny, broke, and generally useless little country like Scotland could ever...



It all adds up
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 5:59am


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Glasgow MP suggests 'break clause' in warship contract
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 5:20am

THE Ministry Of Defence could award a defence contract worth billions of pounds to the Clyde shipyards - and then take it back if Scotland becomes independent, a Glasgow MP has suggested.
Peter A Bell's insight:

If one is looking to gauge the depths to which the British parties will sink in their e...



A gun to Govan's head
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 4:44am

We don't normally post if we're just repeating another publication's article and don't have anything to add to it, or if there aren't mistruths in it that need correcting. Simply spreading existing...

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Labour stalwart Sir Charles Gray endorses Yes vote | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 4:33am

One of Scotland’s most distinguished and longest-serving Labour stalwarts is voting Yes in next year’s independence referendum - and is urging party colleagues to follow his lead.



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Tax powers for a purpose ? new report shows opportunities of a Yes vote | Yes...
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 4:26am

A Yes vote offers Scotland a unique opportunity to design and build a simpler and fairer tax system that could be central to meeting economic and environmental objectives, a new report declares today.



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Agenda: Why, as a Labour Party member, I support independence for Scotland
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 4:08am
The Labour Party I joined in 2006, when I was 15, was ambitious to use the powers of devolution.

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Referendum question of Scots law
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 3:53am

Law is one of the institutions which underpins the separate Scots identity and its preservation is important, says Michael Sheridan

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New post-independence tax regime 'would boost economy'
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 3:06am
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland could create a new, more efficient tax system which would help boost the economy, according to a Scottish Government panel of economic experts.

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GMB union faces backlash from members after saying it backs indyref No vote
by Peter A Bell
5 Nov 2013 at 3:00am

THE GMB union faces a backlash from some of its members over the decision to endorse a No vote in the independence referendum.

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Shipyard jobs threat 'needs clarity', says Scotland's Finance Secretary
by dailyrecord
5 Nov 2013 at 11:54am
JOHN Swinney made the call following reports that jobs will be cut at Govan and Scotstoun in Glasgow, and at Plymouth and Portsmouth.


Currency union between an independent Scotland and rest of UK is unlikely to ...
by dailyrecord
5 Nov 2013 at 7:43am
DANNY Alexander claims it would be 'foolish' to vote for separation on basis that Scotland would keep the pound.


Labour leader Ed Miliband claims no need for new inquiry into Falkirk vote-ri...
by dailyrecord
5 Nov 2013 at 7:13am
MILIBAND played down suggestions from former chancellor Alistair Darling that a new investigation was needed amid allegations that a key witness had not wanted to retract a complaint.


Ex-Chancellor Alistair Darling demands new investigation into Falkirk Labour ...
by David Clegg
5 Nov 2013 at 3:38am
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband under pressure as new evidence prompts call for fresh public probe into the row.


SPFL agree deal to broadcast Scottish football matches live in China for firs...
by dailyrecord
4 Nov 2013 at 9:22am
THE deal with Chinese partner PPLive TV is set to bring in £2m a year to clubs over 10 years and will see a total of 58 SPFL matches screened live.


Independence would give Scotland a unique opportunity to create a modern tax ...
by dailyrecord
4 Nov 2013 at 7:36am
THE Fiscal Commission Working Group says the Scottish Government could introduce a better tax system which could be phased in over time.


Falkirk inquiry may be reopened, says Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont
by dailyrecord
4 Nov 2013 at 5:57am
SPEAKING on BBC Radio Scotland Johann Lamont suggested an inquiry into the Westminster candidate selection process for Falkirk may have to be looked at again.


Whisky, golf and oil high on the agenda for First Minister Alex Salmond as he...
by dailyrecord
4 Nov 2013 at 3:09am
THE First Minister will introduce Scottish oil and gas firms to senior managers from Chinese energy giants CNOOC and Sinopec to sell Scotland's innovation and expertise.


Council workers in Scotland have taken two million sick days in 12 months wit...
by dailyrecord
3 Nov 2013 at 6:01pm
A SURVEY carried out by Unison revealed absence rates rose when jobs were cut and workload expectations remained the same.


Johann Lamont blasts Labour selection process for Falkirk by-election candida...
by Mark Aitken
3 Nov 2013 at 3:11am
THE Scottish Labour leader attacked the "arrogance" of officials who had allegedly tried to rig the contest in favour of Karie Murphy.


Revealed: Disgraced ex-MSP Bill Walker starts independence campaign from behi...
by Derek Alexander
3 Nov 2013 at 2:39am
THE former MSP, who was sent down for violent attacks on three wives, aims to hold seminars for fellow prisoners.


Record View: Scots council should hang their head in shame over bedroom tax t...
by Record View
2 Nov 2013 at 3:58am
RECORD VIEW discusses the shocking letter - sent by South Ayrshire Council -  threatening to force families out of their homes and take their children away over bedroom tax arrears.


Scots council chiefs threaten to evict struggling parents over bedroom tax ar...
by Mark McGivern
2 Nov 2013 at 2:23am
SOUTH Ayrshire Council sent out the cruel letter to parent tenants with arrears as little as £250 - and warns that repossession action could cost them £400.


Independence referendum: Union chief admits Yes campaign is tempting to Scots...
by David Clegg
1 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
UNITE boss Len McCluskey has warned the 'Better Together' campaign that some of his members will back independence after being won over by Alex Salmond.


Ed Miliband slams David Cameron over energy bill hikes and claims the Prime M...
by Torcuil Crichton
31 Oct 2013 at 5:06am
DURING debate over rising energy prices during Prime Minister's Questions, Ed Miliband said that it wasn't the firms that should be switched, but the Prime Minister.


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Ex Ulster Unionist MP John Taylor, now Lord Kilc-looney asks the killer quest...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Nov 2013 at 3:33pm
Ex Ulster Unionist MP John Taylor, now Lord Kilc-looney asks the killer question. The Natz have no answer - do they?


How could a separate Scotlandshire afford flegs?
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Beware, Scotlandshire, this is the kind of intellectual giant whom you risk losing, along with his 800 col...

UK Minister comes north to tell Scots what they CAN do, not what they can't. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Nov 2013 at 5:13pm
UK Minister comes north to tell Scots what they CAN do, not what they can't. No more Project Fear!


Fast Trains to London ? Deal of the Century or What?
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Baroness Kramer - Scots will be given the opportunity to contribute around a large part of the estimated £80 billion cos...

It's not the haunting on the A75 that's the problem. It's the Black Hole on t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Oct 2013 at 5:11pm
It's not the haunting on the A75 that's the problem. It's the Black Hole on the border.


Words sucked into, and spat out of, Black Hole
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Blare McDougall reassures us the Barnett Formula will be here for 30-40 years more

U-KOK head Alastair Darling is feted by Tories, Lib-Dems, UKIP, and drunks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Oct 2013 at 6:55pm
U-KOK head Alastair Darling is feted by Tories, Lib-Dems, UKIP, and drunks.


Poll - Darling is the Tory darling!
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By the time they had reached question 5 of the 12 questions, 2% of them had changed their mind and answered I'll vote No anyway and 4% said I'll vote Yes anyway...

Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Oct 2013 at 3:35pm
Severe storm warnings have been issued for Southern England as winds of up to 80mph (130km/h) are predicted to hit the region during Monday. However, the Met Office has not issued any weather warnings for Scotland.


UKOK: Wind in a separate Scotlandshire too uncertain
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One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single ce...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2013 at 6:03pm
One of the country's top songwriters, Ninja Penguin, has released a single celebrating the life and work of a much loved labour MP. He who put the 'Doing' into 'Doing Good', Westminster's King of Slapstick, the man who likes to say NAW!


A musical tribute to the chairchoob - Ian Davidson
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As the SNP form practically the only opposition to the new Westminster immigr...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2013 at 3:41pm
As the SNP form practically the only opposition to the new Westminster immigration bill, and Labour MPs abstain, the Scottish Government launches its own version of the Hate Van.



BBC Scotlandshire is coming to a close for the night. We ask you be upstand...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2013 at 5:47pm
BBC Scotlandshire is coming to a close for the night.

We ask you be upstanding for our national anthem - by order of Andrew Rosindell MP.


British National Anthem: God Save The Queen - With
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Humiliation strikes splittism in Scotlandshire's ancient capital.
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2013 at 12:25am
Humiliation strikes splittism in Scotlandshire's ancient capital.


Splittist Disaster in Dunfermline
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other termina...

In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Oct 2013 at 5:09pm
In common with all decent media and loyal British politicians, we deprecate the foul personal attacks on calm, reasoned and decent people made by CyberNats and their interweb based "news" outlets like the despicable Newsnet Scotlandshire.


Chairchoob wounded by CyberNat character assassination
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The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on thi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 4:08pm
The following internal BBC Scotlandshire memorandum has been published on this site in order to convey the channel's heart-felt thanks to those members of the Main Stream Media (that's all of you) who work so hard to keep the spurious arguments of the separatist Natz safely away from the as-yet u...

This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire....
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2013 at 12:12pm
This is the future the separatists are offering you, people of Scotlandshire.

British Oil will last for hundreds of years. Separate Scotish oil will dry up in months. Vote no for the sake of the flow!



This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Oct 2013 at 6:07pm
This channel has been severely critical of Eric Joyce MP for his activities which let down the Labour Party and, therefore, the principal supporter of that glorious Union which allows us to be ruled by the very Tories that he tried to beat the shit out of.


MP now free from drink, anger and Labour ...

Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Oct 2013 at 5:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon follows Brian Taylor's urgings and makes a Braveheart speech.


Sturgeon on cuts
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Fortunately, Sturgeon showed a brief touch of compassion in her speech. Obviously she had understood that only the Prime Minister's dyspepsia has prevented him debating with Dic...

Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Oct 2013 at 4:52pm
Danny Alexander shows his mastery of these number thingies.


Danny Alexander woos bankers
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Now is not the time for Scotlandshire to give in to narrow nationalism. That must be left to the UK.


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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION

A Revolution of Rising Expectations
by bellacaledonia
5 Nov 2013 at 3:12pm
By Pat Kane Although he used language with the lapidary ease of a don, Stephen Maxwell could also coin some very useful one-liners. Take this one on nationalism?s Janus-faced approach to history: ?It puts the past to work for the... Read More ›


Smearing Scotland
by bellacaledonia
5 Nov 2013 at 6:07am
Westminster politicians have been rubbishing Scottish defence capabilities for decades. George Rosie takes a longer view. History has a way of repeating itself. Over the past few months Defence Secretary Hammond, some of the British Army?s top brass and (of... Read More ›


The Missing Million
by bellacaledonia
4 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
By Pat Kane I never met (or cannot remember meeting) the late Stephen Maxwell. But I wish I had met him, or could remember him. The internet serves up no audio or video that I can find of his presence.... Read More ›

British Security
by bellacaledonia
4 Nov 2013 at 7:17am
By Mike Small Gillian Bowditch once suggested I go and live in Korea. It was meant as an 80′s style political put-down, not a travel tip. So I was less surprised to see her doggedly attempting to re-heat Theresa May’s... Read More ›

Unwilding Scotland
by bellacaledonia
2 Nov 2013 at 4:26pm
By Fraser MacDonald In the final years of the last century I elected to live for a while on the island of North Uist. From the moment of my arrival I was absorbed by the landscape as if by a... Read More ›


Large Scale Solidarity
by bellacaledonia
2 Nov 2013 at 11:18am
After a period of rabid anti-gaelic publishing, we explore this extract from Closer as way of a response, by Iain Mackinnon. One jarring conversation in a Highland town this summer led me to reflect on the nature of a Scottish... Read More ›

From The Province of the Cat #21 ? Day of the Dead
by bellacaledonia
1 Nov 2013 at 8:48am
by George Gunn The first of November is Samhain which in the old Celtic calendar is the first day of Winter. It is also traditionally the Day of the Dead when the shades of those who have gone before walk... Read More ›

The End of Privacy
by bellacaledonia
31 Oct 2013 at 3:23pm
The idea that a post-Britain Scotland would be less secure than one associated with British foreign policy misadventure has been derided. Douglas Stuart Wilson explores what we mean by ‘the national interest’. Many of us must have suspected that the... Read More ›


England: Still Learning to Speak its Name
by bellacaledonia
31 Oct 2013 at 12:00pm
By Niki Seth-Smith Contributing to this Bella Caledonia series only reminds me how far behind England is relative to the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Scotland decides on independence in less than a year, Wales is... Read More ›

Losing the Heid
by bellacaledonia
30 Oct 2013 at 8:25am
Starting his work Bella George Rosie looks at the loss of strategic control of the Scottish economy. While the big guns of the Scottish and UK media were trained (quite rightly) on the axe hanging over the Grangemouth oil refinery... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Pound deal 'very unlikely' - Scotland on Sunday
5 Nov 2013 at 1:51pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Pound deal 'very unlikely'
Scotland on Sunday
The Scottish Government has already set out plans to retain the pound if people vote for Scottish independence in next year's referendum, creating a ?sterling zone? with the rest of the UK. Economics experts in t...


Scottish independence: Call over big firms' tax - Scotland on Sunday
4 Nov 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Call over big firms' tax
Scotland on Sunday
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said the paper ?completely avoids? the question of which taxes would go up to fill the £3.4 billion black hole in Scotland's finances estimated by the Institute of Fiscal Stud...


Tories Secretly Backing Scottish Independence for Electoral Gain are 'Foolish...
5 Nov 2013 at 5:21am

IBTimes.co.uk

Tories Secretly Backing Scottish Independence for Electoral Gain are 'Foolish'
IBTimes.co.uk
Tory MPs who secretly believe that Scottish independence would hand them a perpetual majority in Westminster have been branded "foolish" by former Conservative Scottish secretary Lord Forsyth. ...


Scottish independence: Pennington warns of risk to new scientific ideas - BBC...
4 Nov 2013 at 5:41am

The Times (subscription)

Scottish independence: Pennington warns of risk to new scientific ideas
BBC News
Pro-independence campaigners said Scotland's global reputation in the area would continue. Prof Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, said Britain had an integra...


Scottish independence 'a risky defence option' - Scotsman
2 Nov 2013 at 7:01pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence 'a risky defence option'
Scotsman
ONE of Scotland's most senior military figures has said that Scottish independence is an ?expensive? and ?high-risk? option when it comes to defence and security. Lt General Sir Alistair Irwin, a former Adjutant General of the British ...


Scottish independence: Warning over EU membership plan - BBC News
3 Nov 2013 at 6:18am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Warning over EU membership plan
BBC News
Croatia's ambassador to the UK has warned that trying to impose terms could slow down an independent Scotland's bid to become a member of the EU. Croatia became the 28th member of the club in July. The Scottish Government says ...


Scottish independence: Yes vote 'bad for science' - Scotland on Sunday
3 Nov 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Yes vote 'bad for science'
Scotland on Sunday
SCOTTISH independence could jeopardise scientific breakthroughs and curtail the careers of young scientists, according to a bacteriologist who is spearheading a group of academics who will campaign to keep the UK...


Scottish independence: 'DFiD could keep Scotland base' - BBC News
31 Oct 2013 at 11:55am

BBC News

Scottish independence: 'DFiD could keep Scotland base'
BBC News
Scotland could keep UK government aid jobs if it becomes independent, an SNP minister has said. The Department for International Development (DfID) currently employs about 40% of its staff in East Kilbride. The SNP would "look ...


Scottish independence: Scots world influence claim - Scotsman
1 Nov 2013 at 12:11pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Scots world influence claim
Scotsman
Sir Jeremy Greenstock, who served as the UK's former ambassador to the UN, said the independence referendum gives Scotland the choice of being a small state with a ?big Scottish label?, or a less distinct region with the weight of ...


Scottish independence: EU may force border terms - Scotsman
30 Oct 2013 at 7:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: EU may force border terms
Scotsman
A Scottish Government spokesman said: ?Independence will give Scotland full responsibility for managing borders and migration in a way that best fits the national interests and an independent Scotland would not be compelled to join S...



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Ross councillor attacks MSP's 'anti-church' proposal to axe clergy vote - Ros...
5 Nov 2013 at 9:34am

Ross-Shire Journal

Ross councillor attacks MSP's 'anti-church' proposal to axe clergy vote
Ross-Shire Journal
A VETERAN Ross-shire councillor has claimed a former Highland SNP representative is doing the party's dirty work for it by launching an "anti-church" proposal aimed at scrapping an historic ...


Women's Aid hailed on 40th anniversary - SNP (press release) (blog)
5 Nov 2013 at 11:12am

Women's Aid hailed on 40th anniversary
SNP (press release) (blog)
SNP MSP Sandra White has hailed Women's Aid on their 40th anniversary and praised their work in giving victims the support and protection they need to help rebuild their lives. It's amazing to think how far Glasgow Woman's aid has co...


SNP slam Labour for games on energy prices - SNP (press release)
5 Nov 2013 at 10:56am

SNP slam Labour for games on energy prices
SNP (press release)
SNP slam Labour for games on energy prices. Tue, 05/11/2013 - 16:46. Scottish National Party energy spokesperson Mike Weir MP has accused Labour of playing games on energy prices ahead of a vote (tomorrow) in the House of Commons. Comme...


SNP back Glasgow's shipyards - SNP (press release)
5 Nov 2013 at 10:40am

SNP back Glasgow's shipyards
SNP (press release)
SNP back Glasgow's shipyards. Tue, 05/11/2013 - 16:26. Sandra White MSP has today outlined how shipbuilding has a bright future in Scotland and said that Ian Davidson MP's hollow threats to Glasgow shipyard workers will not go down well with the peop...


HBC, SNP looking good - Usticker (blog)
5 Nov 2013 at 9:36am

HBC, SNP looking good
Usticker (blog)
The same goes for Sinopec (NYSE:SNP), China's largest oil refiner. The stock took advantage of lower crude prices globally, improving its margins. Again, more upside is possible for both large cap stocks. Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) is trading well ...

and more...


Police performance shows further improvements - SNP (press release)
5 Nov 2013 at 6:27am

Police performance shows further improvements
SNP (press release)
The publication of the Scottish Police Performance Framework's annual report has made clear that Scotland's police service is continuing to improve on a number of key measures contributing to crime in Scotland being driven down to a ...


Labour vote against council tax help for poorest - SNP (press release)
5 Nov 2013 at 7:12am

Labour vote against council tax help for poorest
SNP (press release)
In the Scottish Parliament this morning, Labour voted against the Scottish Government's Council Tax Reduction scheme, which used the Parliament's powers to replace council tax benefit and protect around half a million households f...


Bid to remove religion from education committees - Scotsman
5 Nov 2013 at 6:44am

Scotsman

Bid to remove religion from education committees
Scotsman
Mr Finnie, who quit the SNP last year after a row over Nato membership, said his bill would make local government more accountable and transparent to the electorate. The move has been greeted with fierce opposition from churches. But...


INSIDE TRACK: Need for forward thinking over upper chamber - Herald Scotland
4 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

INSIDE TRACK: Need for forward thinking over upper chamber
Herald Scotland
As things stand, the unreformed House of Lords represents a ready-made argument for independence as far as the SNP are concerned. Add together all those in the Commons and active in the unelected Upper House, as Mr MacNeil d...


Scrap council tax freeze, say rural experts - Scotland on Sunday
4 Nov 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scrap council tax freeze, say rural experts
Scotland on Sunday
SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn said: ?People in Scotland have overwhelmingly backed the SNP's council tax freeze, not least those supporters of her own party who have given it their strong support in a recent opinion poll.? SEE...



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Scottish referendum 'yes' vote would trigger lender mortgage reviews - Money ...
5 Nov 2013 at 7:10am

Scottish referendum 'yes' vote would trigger lender mortgage reviews
Money Marketing
Lenders say they would be forced to review their mortgage operations in Scotland if the country votes to leave the UK. Scotland will hold a referendum on whether it should remain in the UK on September 18 next year...


Some taxing questions in referendum run-up - Herald Scotland
4 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Scottish Daily Record

Some taxing questions in referendum run-up
Herald Scotland
Are voters to go into next September's referendum on Scottish independence not knowing how much a Yes vote would cost them? Are voters to go into next September's referendum on Scottish independence not knowing how much...


Referendum result 'will be announced on unassailable lead' - Herald Scotland
4 Nov 2013 at 9:09pm

Scotsman

Referendum result 'will be announced on unassailable lead'
Herald Scotland
It said: "There is theatre in any electoral event and the Scottish independence referendum will be a major event at a national and international level. While recognising the drama, democracy is best served by accurat...


Referendum question of Scots law - Scotsman
3 Nov 2013 at 6:12pm

Scotsman

Referendum question of Scots law
Scotsman
Does the Scottish referendum therefore present an opportunity to relocate the Scottish jurisdiction within its European homeland, away from the United Kingdom, and to join a community of jurisdictions founded in the Roman laws from which much of Sco...


Record View: Labour must win Scottish hearts ahead of referendum - Scottish D...
2 Nov 2013 at 5:00am

Channel 4 News (blog)

Record View: Labour must win Scottish hearts ahead of referendum
Scottish Daily Record
So in one respect, McCluskey's analysis is absolutely spot on ? the referendum debate does pose a major challenge to Labour. Because the best way to undo the damage being done by the Con-Dems...


GMB Union declares support for No vote in independence referendum - stv.tv
3 Nov 2013 at 9:05am

Herald Scotland

GMB Union declares support for No vote in independence referendum
stv.tv
One of the largest trade unions in Scotland has said it will be campaigning for a No vote in next year's independence referendum. GMB Scotland is the fifth trade union group to join the No campaign and the large...


Scottish schools take part in eight independence referendum debates - stv.tv
1 Nov 2013 at 7:42am

Milngavie Herald

Scottish schools take part in eight independence referendum debates
stv.tv
Schools from across Scotland will be debating the big issues in the run up to the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014 in the Referendum Schools Debate. The competition, organised by STV and Debating M...


David Steel on Scottish referendum and House of Lords reform - Liberal Democr...
1 Nov 2013 at 7:07am

David Steel on Scottish referendum and House of Lords reform
Liberal Democrat Voice
David Steel 200 Yesterday evening, Lord David Steel delivered a lecture on Lords reform and the forthcoming Scottish referendum. He called for a wide constitutional overhaul, including reforming the House of Lords i...


Referendum show among Scottish Bafta nominations - Herald Scotland
29 Oct 2013 at 10:09pm

Herald Scotland

Referendum show among Scottish Bafta nominations
Herald Scotland
The shortlists for this year's awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Scotland feature The Road to Referendum, which is in the running for best current affairs programme. Elsewhere, the film...


Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels - BBC News
10 Oct 2013 at 7:36am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Oiling the referendum wheels
BBC News
The prospect of a Norwegian-sized oil fund is a powerful way of making the case for Scottish independence. That's why it's playing a prominent role in the independence referendum campaign. The Scottish government asked economists ...



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Ian Davidson - Scum
5 Nov 2013 at 3:17pm

Is THIS the kind of CNVT you want making decisions for you? 

 

http://newsnetscotland.com/index.p...



Glasgow Underground 1975
5 Nov 2013 at 2:46pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6O1YZpAJhc

 

Apart from being an interesting little video and som...



Annual Bannockburn Commemoration
5 Nov 2013 at 2:15pm

Can anybody answer these two questions   1 How long has the commemoration been taking place ? 2. ...



India
5 Nov 2013 at 1:28pm

I couldnt believe on the news tonight about india sending a rocket to mars which has cost 45 mill...



Out Of The Mouths Of Babes.......
5 Nov 2013 at 12:09pm

Just need to share as the tears are rolling down my face...

 

So after my 2 and a half year old ...



Great Quiz Answers
4 Nov 2013 at 4:34pm

On a slightly different note, here's an answer to the question and you have to guess what the que...



Terror Suspect
4 Nov 2013 at 4:21pm
Find it strange the media coverage given to a person on a tag - who has went missing. We are tol...

Alan Bissett Attends A Better Together Launch.
4 Nov 2013 at 1:50pm

Interesting read from Alan Bissett, obviously a patient man.

 

http://nationalcollective.com/2013...



Depeche Mode @ Hydro
4 Nov 2013 at 12:15pm

Got 1 spare ticket for depeche mode next monday @ hydro, face value £45 if anyone is interested



Anyone Up For A Game Of Sockey?
4 Nov 2013 at 12:05pm


FFS


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

Dunfermline athletics long game to kick off for Green goals
by Dom
4 Nov 2013 at 8:51am
Cara Hilton is now firmly ensconced in Holyrood after what turned out to be a reasonable majority...

My Journey from Red to Green
by Guest Blog
30 Oct 2013 at 4:25am
Thanks so much to Pauline for today’s epic guest post, which we will let speak for itself.  My na...

A trampled bagpipe
by James
23 Oct 2013 at 8:46am
Behold the greatest contrast offered by the Dunfermline by-election campaign: the aftermath of th...

Scottish education?s trust fund.
by Dom
13 Oct 2013 at 9:30am
I wrote recently about some of the challenges and opportunities facing Academia in the context of...

The Scottish Greens? Nordic Future
by Dom
10 Oct 2013 at 6:31am
The Scottish Greens? conference in Inverness last weekend was dominated by one theme, and one que...

The benefits of a unified government
by James
1 Oct 2013 at 7:22am
During the 1980s, pressure for a Scottish Parliament stemmed largely from the view that devolutio...

Are we getting it right?
by Guest Blog
27 Sep 2013 at 2:00am
The Scottish Parliament debated the new Children and Young People Bill this week, but Labour MSP ...

Love Voltaire us apart, again
by Dom
19 Sep 2013 at 6:32am
One of the questions regularly raised in discussions of independence is what would happen to Scot...

The Westminster Party ? what?s their record?
by James
19 Sep 2013 at 2:34am
Scotland’s vote in a year’s time is too important to be decided by who looks likely to win the UK...

The People?s Land
by James
18 Sep 2013 at 2:24am
As a socialist, I believe in the power of collective action, both through the state and through i...


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

Things the No campaign say that don't actually make sense, no. 5921
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2013 at 11:20am
I see that the ever-reliable Duncan Hothersall has offered a measure of support for Ian "Ah'll gi...

Kilclooney's baloney, part 2
by James Kelly
2 Nov 2013 at 7:02am
Lord Kilclooney, aka former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party John Taylor, has made yet ...

Yeah, Blair, what have the nationalists ever done for Wales?
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2013 at 1:43pm
Those ever-delightful anti-independence chaps on Twitter seem to be terribly excited about events...

Questions to which the answer is "Me!"
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2013 at 10:52am
We're all hugely indebted to Andrew Morton for his illuminating report for Wings from behind enem...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Some jokes are truly timeless
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2013 at 6:00am
"George Robertson says that a semi-detached Scots Parliament will 'kill dead the rump separatist ...

Boost for pro-independence campaign in new Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
27 Oct 2013 at 8:33am
I'm delighted to see that RevStu has included a straight voting intention question in the latest ...

Dunfermline result provides further evidence that SNP hold a nationwide lead
by James Kelly
25 Oct 2013 at 10:57am
In the immortal words of Peter Snow (possibly modified slightly by Rory Bremner) - "It's just a b...

"The Scottish Government must do everything! No, they must do nothing! Beca...
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2013 at 6:45pm
I had to rush off urgently at 6.30pm, which unfortunately meant I had to abandon a highly enterta...

The Civil Service's potted guide on how to be biased against independence in ...
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2013 at 11:49am
I'm indebted to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of something rather extraordinary...

Is the Labour campaign in Dunfermline about to claim credit for the moon land...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2013 at 9:31am
I know there has been a degree of disquiet about Labour's campaign leaflet in the Dunfermline by-...

Is it just me, or...
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 9:59pm
There are some things that anti-independence campaigners say (and it seems to happen more and mor...

Ipsos-Mori subsample : SNP hold huge lead in Westminster voting intentions
by James Kelly
19 Oct 2013 at 6:43am
I'm a couple of days late with this, but the latest GB-wide Ipsos-Mori poll of Westminster voting...

UK government keeping it unreal
by James Kelly
15 Oct 2013 at 6:21am
From the BBC yesterday -

"The new Scottish Secretary reckoned David Cameron should not take part...

Something else you can do to help
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2013 at 3:26am
I gave a mention the other day to one fundraising campaign that only has a short time left to run...

The Enemy of the Empire and The Thistle of Fear
by James Kelly
12 Oct 2013 at 5:57am
I don't know how rare it is to be both an SNP supporter and a lifelong Doctor Who fan, but as one...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Perspective: Why, as a Labour Party member, I support independence for Scotland
by Cailean Gallagher
5 Nov 2013 at 4:50am

The Labour party I joined in 2006, when I was fifteen, was a party ambitious to use the powers of...



Tax powers for a purpose ? new report shows opportunities of a Yes vote
by Stuart McDonald
4 Nov 2013 at 8:00am

A Yes vote offers Scotland a unique opportunity to design and build a simpler and fairer tax syst...



Call for the rights of disabled people to be enshrined in a written constitution
by Peter Dempsie
4 Nov 2013 at 6:50am

Scottish Socialist Party co-convener Sandra Webster has called for the rights of disabled people ...



Labour stalwart Sir Charles Gray endorses Yes vote
by sean.lafferty
4 Nov 2013 at 2:52am
One of Scotland?s most distinguished and longest-serving Labour stalwarts is voting Yes in next y...

'I've lost my fear of Scottish independence'
by sean.lafferty
31 Oct 2013 at 10:34am

A former Labour Party researcher at Holyrood has given her support to the Yes campaign and is hop...



The Westminster ?Policy Choice? ? High Child Poverty Rates
by Stuart McDonald
31 Oct 2013 at 7:50am

The chairman of a World Health Organisation (WHO) review has denounced the UK for ?failing too ma...



We can build a safer Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
31 Oct 2013 at 6:15am

Even this week's Westminster report on security after independence notes ?It is clearly in the UK...



Prison Officers trade union supports Yes campaign
by sean.lafferty
30 Oct 2013 at 11:28am

Yes Scotland has welcomed the decision of the Prison Officers Association Scotland to offer its f...



Scotland one of world's top tourist destinations - Lonely Planet
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
30 Oct 2013 at 8:14am

Scotland has been named the third best country in the world to visit by the Lonely Planet guide. ...



Average tax figures show Scotland more than pays its way
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
30 Oct 2013 at 8:04am

Yes vote will give Scotland the chance to build an excellent security service
by Peter Dempsie
29 Oct 2013 at 8:10am

A Yes vote in next year?s independence referendum will give Scotland the opportunity to build a f...



Westminster's £35bn tax gap
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
29 Oct 2013 at 6:43am

HMRC figures revealed the difference between the tax which should be paid and what is actually co...



Small countries top global prosperity rankings again
by Cailean Gallagher
29 Oct 2013 at 6:15am

A strengthening economy, increasing employment, and improving living standards all lead a country...



Making Scotland?s wealth work for all
by Stuart McDonald
29 Oct 2013 at 6:10am
Scotland is a wealthy nation ? but we need to do so much more to ensure all our people feel the b...

Yes vote 'gives Scotland chance of better tax system'
by Peter Dempsie
28 Oct 2013 at 11:42am

Yes Scotland has welcomed a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) examining taxation o...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:28am
Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am ...

Time Travel
by craig
11 Oct 2013 at 3:02am
I was just reading the Guardian’s piece about the rediscovery of episodes of Dr Who, The Web of F...

OK, Now You Sue Me!
by craig
10 Oct 2013 at 8:59am
With grateful thanks to ANode – and to the others who submitted designs. I repeat, that the produ...

Murder in Samarkand ? Now a Major TV Series
by craig
9 Oct 2013 at 4:01am
The Independent has an article about the new FCO sponsored Mitchell and Webb “comedy”, which was ...

The Theatre of War
by craig
8 Oct 2013 at 3:14pm
My last post on the BBC footage of Syrian casualties – and the different versions of what the doc...

Fake BBC Video
by craig
7 Oct 2013 at 5:35am
Irrefutable evidence of a stunning bit of fakery by the BBC: In this version the medic being inte...

Gaia and all that
by craig
28 Sep 2013 at 12:05am
I have been trying for the last few days to discover a coherent logic towards my feelings on man’...

Russia versus Greenpeace
by craig
25 Sep 2013 at 8:08am
Russia is casting around for legal measures it can use against Greenpeace.  To any reasonable per...

Gordon Brown
by craig
19 Sep 2013 at 1:44pm
I have a guilty political secret.  I do not detest Gordon Brown.  That is such an unfashionable o...

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...


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


Falkirk selection row: second police inquiry under way, says Ed Miliband
by Patrick Wintour
5 Nov 2013 at 8:14am

Labour leader denies living in fear of Unite leadership as he fends off calls to publish party's internal report into rigging claims

Ed Miliband has said a second police inquiry into the Labour sele...




Labour rejects Alistair Darling's call to reopen Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry
by Patrick Wintour
4 Nov 2013 at 2:48pm

Former chancellor has said that inquiry needs to be reopened so that 'justice is done and been seen to be done'

Labour on Monday rejected calls to reopen the inquiry into allegations that the Unite ...




Yes Scotland glee at Charles Gray backing puts focus on labour movement
by Severin Carrell
4 Nov 2013 at 8:11am

The pro-independence campaign has unveiled former Strathclyde region leader Charles Gray as a 'yes' supporter, raising the stakes for Labour votes in the referendum

The competing camps in the indepe...




Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry may be reopened, says Scottish Labour leader
by Rowena Mason
4 Nov 2013 at 4:28am

Johann Lamont says there is case for reinvestigation amid claims that witness did not withdraw evidence, as was thought

Labour will "certainly have to look" at reopening its inquiry into allegations...




Grangemouth Unite official reportedly stepping down from Labour role
by Rowena Mason
3 Nov 2013 at 3:10pm

Stephen Deans not expected to seek re-election as chairman of Falkirk West Labour party

The Unite official at the centre of the Grangemouth oil refinery dispute and Falkirk vote-rigging inquiry is s...




All we ask is for transparency to inform the surveillance debate
by Henry Porter
3 Nov 2013 at 1:30am

The issue of the mass collection of data goes to the heart of democracy

A couple of weeks ago, I asked the Scottish National party the following questions: "If independence is achieved, will the Sco...




Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution
by Severin Carrell
1 Nov 2013 at 7:46am

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have visited Wales to unveil plans for new tax and spending powers for the Welsh assembly, raising the stakes on devolution across the UK and next September's Scottish ...




Independent Scotland would face greater security risk, says Theresa May
by Severin Carrell
29 Oct 2013 at 1:19pm

Home secretary says UK would refuse Scotland automatic access to intelligence systems including MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Scotland would be denied access to the UK's most sophisticated and secret intelligen...




Theresa May's message? Independent Scotland would be out in the cold
by Alan Travis
29 Oct 2013 at 9:30am

May leaves little doubt about extent to which intelligence sharing would be hit by Scottish independence

Theresa May's analysis paper on the security implications of Scottish independence provides a...




Independent Scotland would face tough choices on tax, says thinktank
by Severin Carrell
28 Oct 2013 at 7:05pm

Scotland may have to reverse council tax freeze or reform property taxes to fund high levels of public services, says IFS

An independent Scotland may have to reverse the popular freeze in council ta...




Letters: A Scottish Borgen
28 Oct 2013 at 4:00pm

Your report of Paula Milne's aspiration to remake Borgen for UK viewers (Political drama gets ready for a comeback, 26 October) neatly encapsulates the problem facing Scotland's independent program...




Scottish government 'failing to live up to climate and wildlife promises'
by Severin Carrell
28 Oct 2013 at 11:32am

Study finds efforts are repeatedly undermined by low funding, poor implementation and vested economic interests

Alex Salmond's government is failing to live up to many of its ambitious promises on...




I first saw Grangemouth's flames as a boy. It's a relief they still burn for ...
by Ian Jack
25 Oct 2013 at 1:00pm

Grangemouth was one of the places that made Scotland seem modern when I was a boy ? it survives for now, but the spectre of cheap shale gas from the US remains

Contrary to the idea that Jim Ratcliff...




Independence, Scottish or Kashmiri, is about owning your own problems | Debor...
by Deborah Orr
25 Oct 2013 at 12:30pm

As a Scot travelling in Srinagar, I found it hard not to compare the yearning in Kashmir with that of my own country

Imagine a city in a valley, surrounded by beautiful, imposing mountain peaks and ...




Grangemouth could help shape the Scottish referendum | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
24 Oct 2013 at 12:00am

The SNP has cast itself as defender of the economy from the icy wind of global markets. What's icier than closure on the Forth?

Only one UK voter in 11 lives in Scotland. So if you are one of the la...




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