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Cameron hits back at zombie jibe after 10-minute Queen's Speech
4 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron hit back at Labour taunts that the Coalition had become a "zombie government", insisting that the last Queen's Speech of this UK Government was busy and radical.

Heat is on as hundreds pack into small House of Lords chamber to listen
4 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
IT IS rare to see an entire row of women all wearing tiaras and elbow-length white gloves, especially at 10.30 in the morning.

Key measures
4 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
THERE are just 11 new Bills for the final year of the Lib-Con Coalition, the lowest number since the last year of the previous Labour Government; nine apply to Scotland. They are:

Holyrood plan for Recall Bill
4 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
CONSENSUS is being sought among political leaders to extend a Bill aimed at sacking MPs guilty of wrongdoing to MSPs.

Prime Minister makes move to resolve Cabinet row between leading Tory pair
4 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron has stepped in to try to end the "vitriolic" Cabinet row between his two Conservative colleagues over tackling Islamist extremism in schools.

Claim government's free nursery care plan 'is underfunded by £50m'
3 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
A FLAGSHIP SNP policy to provide free nursery care for vulnerable two-year-olds is under-funded by more than £50 million, councils have warned.

Pensions reform at heart of Coalition's final year
3 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
TODAY'S Queen's Speech will be "unashamedly pro-work, pro-business and pro-aspiration", David Cameron and Nick Clegg insist, saying the pensions revolution signalled by the Chancellor in this year's Budget will be at the heart of the Coalition's final year of Government.

Clegg and Cable settle their differences over a pub pint
3 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown it was ice creams at dawn; for Nick Clegg and Vince Cable it was pints of beer for brunch.

Campaign to boost college study
3 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
Youth Employment Secretary Angela Constance has pledged a "hearts and minds" campaign to make studying at college more attractive after a new report raised concerns that some young people are not being equipped for work.

Salmond's regret over Putin remark not enough for Labour
3 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
Alex Salmond has said he regrets the way remarks he made about Russian president Vladimir Putin were "characterised".

EU chief must be a reformer, stresses Cameron
2 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
THE new head of the European Commission needs to "get it" on reform in the wake of last week's eurosceptic poll results, David Cameron has insisted.

Tories seem on course for by-election victory
2 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
David Cameron's four visits to Newark appear to have paid off according to a poll which indicates the Conservatives are on course to hold the constituency in Thursday's by-election.

FM: Blair-Bush letters must be published in full
1 Jun 2014 at 9:04pm
ALEX Salmond has added his voice to calls for the full private exchanges between Tony Blair and George W Bush in the run-up to the Iraq War to be made public.

Judge: I don't want to control the press
1 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
A senior judge who is to chair Britain's new newspaper regulation body says he has no intention of controlling the press.

Coalition to unveil collective pension scheme
1 Jun 2014 at 9:03pm
A SHAKE-UP of workplace pensions, tax-free childcare, a boost to shale gas exploration, help for further oil and gas developments in the North Sea and even a Heroism Bill to prevent have-a-go heroes from being prosecuted are due to be unveiled by the Coalition this week.


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SNP challenged over ?discrepancy? in oil forecasts
5 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

One of Alex Salmond’s economic advisers has produced figures suggesting that the Scottish Government’s oil revenue forecasts are out by around £2 billion.



Scotland is best-educated country in Europe
5 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

Scots have the strongest sense of national identity in the UK, drink less regularly and are among the best educated people in the world.



Scottish independence: Young voters shift to Yes
5 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

THE proportion of young people intending to vote Yes in the Scottish independence referendum has increased in the past year, according to a survey from Edinburgh University of around 1,000 subjects.



The Scotsman cartoon: Edinburgh tram inquiry
5 Jun 2014 at 6:00pm

THERE will be a judge led inquiry into the Edinburgh Trams project, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.



Joyce McMillan: Is Ed?s draft a wind of change?
5 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm

Maybe it’s too little and too late, but Miliband’s response to the Queen’s Speech was impressive, says Joyce McMillan



John McTernan: Grow up - back England in World Cup
5 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm

It’s childish and parochial to wish World Cup woe on our southern neighbours; we grown-ups should accept that, writes John McTernan



Lockerbie: Megrahi ?pressured into appeal U-turn?
5 Jun 2014 at 11:27am

RELATIVES of the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing have joined victims’ families in launching a fresh bid to clear his name more than two years after his death.



Treasury?s Lego independence Buzzfeed list slammed
5 Jun 2014 at 10:02am

THE UK Treasury have been accused of patronising Scottish voters by using Lego models to illustrate how Scots could spend a supposed £1400 windfall from remaining in the UK.



Obama steps in to Scottish independence debate
5 Jun 2014 at 9:25am

BARACK Obama made a dramatic intervention in the Scottish independence debate yesterday when he said America wanted a “strong, robust” and “united” Britain.



Disgraced Mercer to be replaced in Newark vote
5 Jun 2014 at 7:49am

VOTERS in Newark are due to choose an MP to replace disgraced ex-Tory Patrick Mercer as Ukip seeks to translate surging support into a coveted Commons seat.



Unionist parties challenge Salmond on set-up costs
5 Jun 2014 at 3:33am

THREE unionist party leaders have written to Alex Salmond demanding that he put a price tag on the start-up costs of an independent Scotland.



Vince Cable hails Scotland?s economic gains
5 Jun 2014 at 2:44am

THE BUSINESS Secretary, Vince Cable, is expected to claim credit for economic improvements in Scotland during a visit to Glasgow today.



Shipworkers seek jobs assurance from Westminster
5 Jun 2014 at 2:32am

SHIPWORKERS will seek assurances from Westminster today that their jobs will be safe if Scotland remains part of the UK.



The Scotsman cartoon: Queen?s Speech
4 Jun 2014 at 8:01pm

ALTHOUGH the Queen’s Speech pressed home that keeping Scotland in the UK should be one of the coalition’s top priorities, the SNP said the speech highlighted why Scots need to vote Yes on 18 September. The speech made no mention of new powers for Holyrood in the event of a No vote, despite all the pro-UK parties promising to extend devolution.



Tom Peterkin: Queen?s Speech not a new vision
4 Jun 2014 at 6:18pm

A PAGEBOY fainted during the Queen’s speech. One suspects, however, that it was not from excitement.




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OBAMA INTERVENES IN REFERENDUM
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jun 2014 at 10:43am
Yeah, whatever.

We don?t need your pity
by Thomas G. Clark
5 Jun 2014 at 6:00am
One of the most commonly-occurring arguments proffered by the left side of the No camp (regardless of how often it’s comprehensively debunked) is that should Scotland decide to leave the Union, it would condemn the English to perpetual Tory rule. It’s essentially an appeal for Scotland to give up the chance of self-governance in order to […]

What Alistair Darling Said
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jun 2014 at 3:26am
There’s a considerable amount of uncertainty currently flying around on the internet with regards to Alistair Darling’s comments in an interview with the New Statesman which was published on the magazine’s website yesterday. There seems to be no dispute that the “Better Together” leader compared Alex Salmond to dead North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, adding […]

Send three and fourpence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm
We’re going to the IndepenDance. An alert reader at a scanning shop in Falkirk found this today, left behind by the previous customer. Click the thumbnail above for the full majesty, as it were.

IFS and maybes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jun 2014 at 11:41am
We had an interesting chinwag with a very nice chap called David Phillips at the Institute for Fiscal Studies earlier today. By the time he called we’d already managed to determine where the missing hundreds of millions had gotten to (a planned £400m cut to the Scottish defence budget from Westminster that oddly doesn’t get mentioned […]

So it turns out we?re Unionists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jun 2014 at 7:01am
After some nudging from us, YouGov have now slightly belatedly added the data tables and question text from their recent “Better Together”-commissioned poll on benefits and tax receipts to their website. Strangely, none of the media reports of the poll mentioned the fact that in addition to quizzing Scots, the company asked the same set […]

The missing (hundreds of) millions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jun 2014 at 4:29am
Today’s papers are full of a report from right-wing thinktank the Institute for Fiscal Studies proclaiming that an independent Scotland would be even more unaffordable than the last time it was completely unaffordable, tax increases, public spending cuts, plagues of frogs, yada yada yada. (We’re paraphrasing the Executive Summary there somewhat, but that’s the gist.) […]

Regions and nations
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jun 2014 at 4:00pm
We’re still waiting for YouGov to publish the data tables for the survey they conducted for “Better Together” and which was reported on Sunday and Monday in the Herald, the Courier, the Scotsman and possibly others. As far as we can see, publication is now overdue under British Polling Council rules. In the meantime, though, we’ve had an […]

Startled like a fox
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jun 2014 at 2:00pm
We’ve had so many Freedom Of Information requests knocked back that we’re still a little bit wrongfooted when one comes in that doesn’t try to wriggle out of it and actually answers the questions we asked. So we’ll just let this one speak for itself. (Story.)

Quoted for Tories
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jun 2014 at 10:43am
This is Lord (Ian) Lang of Monkton (Conservative) speaking in the House Of Lords on the 6th of September 2011, during the second Lords reading of the Scotland Bill (later to become the Scotland Act 2012): “Over the past decade, United Kingdom public spending, which determines the level of the Scottish block grant, has grown faster than […]


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Consultants 'fear for A&E care'
5 Jun 2014 at 6:02pm
A&E consultants at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary are worried they will not be able to provide "safe care" for patients because of staff shortages.


Obama backs 'strong and united' UK
5 Jun 2014 at 11:43am
Barack Obama says the interest of the US in the Scottish independence referendum issue is to ensure it retains a "strong, robust, united and effective partner".


Edinburgh tram inquiry announced
5 Jun 2014 at 7:43am
Edinburgh's troubled tram project will be investigated by a judge-led inquiry, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announces.


Shipbuilders seek assurances on jobs
5 Jun 2014 at 9:02am
Scotland's shipbuilding sector seeks assurances that jobs will be safe whatever the outcome of the independence referendum.


Oil firms 'unfazed' by independence
4 Jun 2014 at 6:19pm
The North Sea oil and gas industry is unfazed by the prospect of Scottish independence, the authors of a report suggest.


SNP: Pie and chips list patronising
5 Jun 2014 at 2:21pm
The SNP describes as "patronising" a UK government document suggesting Scots could spend extra money on fish and chips, pies and Hogmanay celebrations.


Darling in Salmond Kim Jong-il jibe
5 Jun 2014 at 3:57am
A row breaks out after the leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign compares Alex Salmond to former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.


Parties demand 'Yes' cost release
4 Jun 2014 at 6:28pm
Scotland's main opposition parties jointly call on First Minister Alex Salmond to publish the cost of setting up an independent Scottish state.


Rivals respond to Queen's speech
4 Jun 2014 at 7:37am
The Queen has re-affirmed the UK government's commitment to keeping Scotland in the Union, as she opens parliament at Westminster.


Independence fiscal forecast updated
3 Jun 2014 at 6:22pm
An independent Scotland could face bigger spending cuts and higher tax rises than previously predicted, according to latest update from the IFS.


Stressed teachers at 'breaking point'
5 Jun 2014 at 8:26am
Scotland's teachers "are at breaking point" over increased workloads and the new qualifications, a union warns.


Petition backs right-to-die bill
4 Jun 2014 at 10:36am
Campaigners present a petition signed by 2,500 people calling on MSPs to pass the Assisted Suicide Bill, which was introduced to Holyrood by the late Margo Macdonald.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


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Nordic Numptie
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Jun 2014 at 12:59am

By Derek Bateman
 
Just when we thought our Nordic neighbours would be waiting their moment to congratulate Scotland on joining them as a small independent North Atlantic nation, we get their version of Project Fear shoved in our face.

Martin Lidegaard of Denmark was first with his claim that there could be no fast track into full EU membership and a full entry process would be required. Then we have Sweden?s Carl Bildt warning that our nationhood would Balkanise Britain, a phrase straight from the George Robertson playbook and deeply insulting to Scots since Bildt was an envoy to the former Yugoslavia.



Brown misses true spirit of Maxton
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Jun 2014 at 12:51am

  By George Kerevan
 
He?s back. Gordon Brown?s new book on the referendum debate is incisive and passionate, suggesting he has recovered a lot since those final, dark days of his premiership. Unlike the current Labour leadership at Holyrood, Gordon?s book possesses a coherent vision for Scotland ? though not one I agree with. While I have my doubts about his economic record, I admire him as one of the few British politicians who is comfortable with the label ?intellectual?.



Is BBC Radio Scotland covering the independence referendum impartially?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Jun 2014 at 4:11pm

A qualitative content analysis of BBC Radio Scotland?s coverage of the 2014 Referendum on Scottish independence:

This is a research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the BA Broadcast Production (Honours) at the University of the West of Scotland.  It is reproduced here with the permission of the author, David Crossan, who was supervised by Prof. John W. Robertson.  The methodology used in the study together with references can be found at the end of the submission where a link is provided to the full document.



Bad News for Media Impartiality Hopes*
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Jun 2014 at 1:07pm

  By Jimmy Kerr
 
Now that the Scottish Referendum campaign has entered the official campaigning period, it might, given the strict regulations that cover elections in the UK, seem reasonable to expect media coverage to even out and become more balanced. 
 
However, if anyone thinks that we are about to see an end to the relentless slew of distortions, half truths, outright lies and sheer poison that pours out of the British media, all directed at stopping Scotland pursuing a greater degree of autonomy, then they are mistaken.



Democracy ... UK-style
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Jun 2014 at 6:01am

  By Campbell Martin
 
Imagine, if you can, living in one of those oppressive states elsewhere in the world, like North Korea or China or Saudi Arabia.
 
Actually, from a UK Government perspective, the last two are not oppressive regimes, contrary to all available evidence.  China and Saudi Arabia are good customers of the UK, so small matters like human rights, torture of civilians and state executions are overlooked. 



Guns off our streets - starting with the police
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
30 May 2014 at 3:20pm

Highland MSP John Finnie does a bit of time travelling...

It's the summer of 2017, and a hot summer's night in the Highland capital of the newly independent Scotland.

Many of the population have been drinking all day. The town centre party gets out of hand and the armed police officers intervene.



What UKIP and the SNP do have in common?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 May 2014 at 2:09pm

By Peter Geoghegan
 
Since the European (and local) election results were announced, our media has been convulsed in solicitous, navel-gazing paroxysms. 'Are UKIP the future of British politics?' news anchors ask of pointy-heads. 'Why are voters rejecting the political system' opine newspaper columnists.

In Scotland, news that UKIP scraped a European seat was paraded by some as confirmation that Scots are just as xenophobic as their counterparts o'er the border, regardless of their electoral preference for Labour and the SNP. (Less was made of polling that suggests UKIP success was likely to bolster support for a Yes in September.)



Scotland 'welcomes' their first Tea Partier
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 May 2014 at 2:40pm

By Mark McNaught
 
The election of David Coburn as the first Scottish UKIP MEP from Kensington, who plans to run for a seat as an MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford in London in 2015, has brought the first Tea Partier to Scottish politics. It is also further evidence that dark money plutocratic conservative groups are tightening their stranglehold over Westminster. For Scotland, only independence can assure that they do not suffocate their government as well.



Foodbank use is "maximising economic choice"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
29 May 2014 at 1:52pm

By Sandra Webster

The normally publicity- seeking Tory employment minister Esther McVey was asked to attend the Scottish Parliament?s welfare committee late last month. She declined but instead sent Neil Couling, work services director of the DWP.

It really made no difference that the minister wasn?t in attendance as the mandarin spoke with his master?s voice. Using cold statistics as his weapon of choice, he attempted to explain that benefit sanctions were good for those who received them, and food bank use was not demand but supply led. He attributed the growth in their usage as people ?maximising their economic choices?.



Merkel emerges as the real winner
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 May 2014 at 6:28am

By George Kerevan
 
The people have spoken ? the bastards. But who actually won the European elections? If you watched the BBC, the answer was Ukip. But the reality is very different. A closer look at the actual electoral maths shows the centre-right (ie the German bloc) has won out over the centre-left. Angela Merkel?s victory is the real political result of these European elections.




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Ifs and maybes
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 2:03pm

We had an interesting chinwag with a very nice chap called David Phillips at the Institute for Fiscal Studies earlier today. By the time he called we'd already managed to determine where the missin...

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Warning of cuts or tax rises to pay for Yes vote promises
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 11:26am

AN independent Scotland faces higher tax hikes or deeper spending cuts to pay for the SNP Government's flagship
Peter A Bell's insight:

They're a duplicitous lot these British nationalist politicians. When they remember that they are supposed to be putting on a show of being "positive" they will in...



Jim Sillars speaks to BellaVision on the latest leg of his In Place of Fear I...
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 10:21am

Veteran independence activist, formerly known as the "Hammer of the Nats", Jim Sillars gives BellaVision about his socialist hopes for an independent Scotland

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PEACE AND RECONCILIATION
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 10:12am

If you were to believe some of our more excitable unionist friends you would think that we are currently living in some sort of dreadful conflict zone; a fearful, intimidating place, inhabited by '...

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So it turns out we're Unionists
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 7:26am

After some nudging from us, YouGov have now slightly belatedly added the data tables and question text from their recent "Better Together"-commissioned poll on benefits and tax receipts to their we...

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Gordon Brown calls for deal on Holyrood powers
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 5:57am

GORDON Brown has called for a deal between the main unionist parties on extending devolution if Scotland votes against independence in September’s referendum.
Peter A Bell's insight:

So the big idea now is that, should we be foolish enough to vote No, the British parties will carve things up to sui...



Nordic Numptie
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 5:10am

Just when we thought our Nordic neighbours would be waiting their moment to congratulate Scotland on joining them as a small independent North Atlantic nation, we get their version of Project Fear ...

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The missing (hundreds of) millions
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 4:57am

Today's papers are full of a report from right-wing thinktank the Institute for Fiscal Studies proclaiming that an independent Scotland would be even more unaffordable than the last time it was com...

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5 Millions Questions - Ceud Mìle Fàilte
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 4:49am

In light of the recent celebrations of xenophobia this response (at beginning of the interview) and the Herald article below are inspiring and brave. It's important while mainstream Westminster par...

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Blue Labour
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 3:04am

Yesterday was a historic day. The Daily Record dedicated an eight-page pull out to what they are describing (straight-faced) as 'extracts from the most explosive political book of the...



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Regions and nations
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 2:55am
We're still waiting for YouGov to publish the data tables for the survey they conducted for "Better Together" and which was reported on Sunday and Monday in the Herald, the Courier, the Scotsman an...

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Vote No Borders, the UK Treasury and Project Fear - #IndyRef Weekly Review 1s...
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 2:42am

This week on the #Indyref Weekly Review, I take a look at some of the news you may have missed over the last week about the UK Treasury, Vote No Borders and ...

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Quoted for Tories
by Peter A Bell
4 Jun 2014 at 2:38am
This is Lord (Ian) Lang of Monkton (Conservative) speaking in the House Of Lords on the 6th of September 2011, during the second Lords reading of the Scotland Bill (later to become the Scotland Act...

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I Resign
by Peter A Bell
3 Jun 2014 at 7:37am

Dear Ms Davidson After a lifetime of commitment as a Conservative, I have today tendered my resignation from the party I love. Through every travail, and there have been many, I have held firm to t...

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Yes reaches new high in Ipsos MORI polling | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
3 Jun 2014 at 7:20am

A new poll shows support for Yes continuing to increase, with the gap between Yes and No narrowing by 8 percentage points.



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Teachers' union leader warns of potential industrial action over excessive le...
by dailyrecord
5 Jun 2014 at 11:43am
PHIL Jackson, outgoing president of the Educational Institute of Scotland has demanded that education chiefs lighten workload.


US President Barack Obama hints he is hoping Scots vote 'No' in the independe...
by David Clegg
5 Jun 2014 at 9:27am
ASKED about September?s referendum in a press conference in Brussels, the US President said he thought the United Kingdom works ?pretty well?.


Gordon Brown relives Scots history through sport as he reveals why being part...
by Gordon Brown
5 Jun 2014 at 4:39am
THE Ex-PM recalls the emotional roller-coaster of the annual Auld Enemy clash that brought out just how strongly we felt our patriotism - more than tartans, kilts, bagpipes or other forms of culture.


Shipworkers to seek assurances from Westminster that their jobs will be safe ...
by dailyrecord
5 Jun 2014 at 3:02am
SCOTLAND'S shipbuilding sector is heavily dependent on UK MoD orders and unions have asked the Scottish and UK governments to explain how shipbuilding will be sustained.


Record View: SNP's radical welfare overhaul is full of good ideas.. but where...
by Record View
5 Jun 2014 at 2:36am
RECORD View reckons the recommendations of the SNP Government on welfare seem genuine but questions how an independent Scotland can afford the radical overhaul.


Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon accused of making referendum bribes by...
by David Clegg
5 Jun 2014 at 2:29am
THE Deputy First Minister told hard-up voters an independent Scotland would scrap the hated bedroom tax and fit-for-work tests and increase the minimum wage.


Pictured: Married Nigel Farage hand-in-hand with female pal going into Malta ...
by James Lyons
5 Jun 2014 at 1:52am
THE UKIP leader partied until the early hours with attractive travel chief Ande Soteri while his party's activists pounded the pavements back in rain-soaked Britain.


Better Together leader Alistair Darling infuriates the SNP by comparing Alex ...
by Torcuil Crichton
4 Jun 2014 at 1:08pm
FORMER Labour chancellor and Better Together leader Alistair Darling has angered the SNP by comparing Alex Salmond to the Korean dictator and dismissing the SNP's claims that it offered a brand of "civic nationalism".


European election results 2014: Recap of updates as new MEPs are chosen
by Chris Richards
4 Jun 2014 at 10:05am
After voters went to the ballot box on Thursday, the final results of the European Parliament poll have been announced


Humza Yousaf: Glasgow School of Art shall rise from the ashes with Scotland's...
by Humza Yousaf
4 Jun 2014 at 8:10am
HUMZA YOUSAF pays tribute to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for their heroic efforts to save The Mackintosh building, as well as discussing immigration policy and its effect on higher education.


Queen's Speech 2014 live: Watch State Opening of Parliament
by Jessica Best
4 Jun 2014 at 5:25am
The Queen is setting out the legislative programme for the final year of the coalition Government at the State Opening of Parliament


Plough to pulpit to PM: Gordon Brown tells how his family roots in Fife made ...
by dailyrecord
4 Jun 2014 at 4:45am
FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown looks to the past in a new book about Scotland's future and tells how his membership of the Church of Scotland has always sustained him.


Scottish independence: Gordon Brown insists it's a 'proud and patriotic' deci...
by David Clegg
3 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
LABOUR ramped up their campaign, unveiling flags and fliers emblazoned with No, as the former prime minister continued his battle to save the Union at a public meeting in Glasgow.


Joan McAlpine: Voting No could be bad for your health
by Joan McAlpine
3 Jun 2014 at 6:01pm
AS Philippa Whitford, a consultant breast surgeon, warns a No vote could destroy the NHS as we know it in Scotland JOAN urges Scots to back the Yes campaign.


Police Scotland set to carry out public event safety review following deaths ...
by dailyrecord
3 Jun 2014 at 11:29am
JUSTICE Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced the Scottish Government will also commission a review of motor sport event safety in wake of the tragedy in the Borders on Saturday.


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Bloody Foreigners! - Part 1
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jun 2014 at 2:36pm
Bloody Foreigners! - Part 1


Blow to Salmond as another country attacks Scotlandshire Labour
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
A spokesman for BT said that the [inaudible murmurs] were actually the sound of Alistair blinking rapidly

U-KIP jobs for U-KIP workers!
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jun 2014 at 1:06pm
U-KIP jobs for U-KIP workers!


Linguistic cleansing begins in the new Britain!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
All Real Scots have a but - some even have a but 'n' ben.

A new horror genre strikes cinema queues!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jun 2014 at 2:21pm
A new horror genre strikes cinema queues!


Exclusive - Script for new NOBs advert
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
This advert was brought to you by Vote Nob Orders and is intended to paint a picture of what a separate Scotlandshire might look like.

Sarah Smith - Worth sacking Gary Robertson for!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jun 2014 at 1:18pm
Sarah Smith - Worth sacking Gary Robertson for!


'Delight' as Scotlandshire 2014 loses 75% of viewers in 2 days
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Sarah Smith - what a bomb!

"Nobs explain about Fannies" - our special report on unpolished mugs.
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jun 2014 at 1:36pm
"Nobs explain about Fannies" - our special report on unpolished mugs.


Lying Shamelessly on Healthcare: A Statement by Nob Orders
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
There is a feeling amongst both of our directors that real debate is being stifled (chiefly by us)

Looking for honest balanced reporting? Look no further than us.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 May 2014 at 4:07pm
Looking for honest balanced reporting? Look no further than us.


Splittism - Our fearless analysis of both campaigns
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
As with everything else, the only place to look for honest, unbiased information is the BBC

GOSH! Don't mess with Peter Pan, Mr Offord.
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 May 2014 at 4:36pm
GOSH! Don't mess with Peter Pan, Mr Offord.


Gosh! Great Ormond Street Hospital cuts Nob off!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Now that we have entered the so-called regulated period for the splittist referendum, we need to show some semblance of balance

Nigel wants to shake up the #IndyRef debate, now he's finally part of U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2014 at 4:06pm
Nigel wants to shake up the #IndyRef debate, now he's finally part of U-KOK.




U-KIP plan for more sex in Scotlandshire ridiculed by Natz.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2014 at 1:09pm
U-KIP plan for more sex in Scotlandshire ridiculed by Natz.


Co**burn's 'More Sex' call blighted by lack of woodies
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Scotlandshire is lovely because it?s not full of people. It's a much nicer place without the bloody Scots.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the cinema...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 May 2014 at 3:47pm
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the cinema...


Enjoy your Nob - while you still can!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We are delighted to bring you an annotated version (with enhanced Nob), which will allow you to fully savour the nuances of their brilliantly presented positive case for th...

Thanks to all of you who like us. We had a hard job counting you all, but Dan...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 May 2014 at 11:03am
Thanks to all of you who like us. We had a hard job counting you all, but Danny Alexander helped us out, by adding 6,000 + 4. Turns out there are 17 billion of you! Thanks a gazillion!




Criminal conspiracy to fix Scotlandshire result. We investigate.
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 May 2014 at 5:02pm
Criminal conspiracy to fix Scotlandshire result. We investigate.


Fury in U-KOK HQ as Treasury sabotages the Union - and does it deliberately!
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 Atla...

MEPs - SNP 2 : Lab 2 : Con 1 : BBC 1 - Yes!!
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 May 2014 at 4:15pm
MEPs - SNP 2 : Lab 2 : Con 1 : BBC 1 - Yes!!


It was BBC Scotlandshire wot won it!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann is delighted to be second - that's nearly first.

Following the abject failure of the No Borders campaign, U-KOK announces the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 May 2014 at 11:39am
Following the abject failure of the No Borders campaign, U-KOK announces the release of a new, genuinely grassroot campaign


Bealthy Wanker launches 'Nob Orders', a campaign for 'unpolished' U-KOK voters
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
"Better Together is funded by the Conservative party and some of thei...

Blow to Al-Iqsammin, as his main adviser's cover is blown too.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 May 2014 at 3:37pm
Blow to Al-Iqsammin, as his main adviser's cover is blown too.


Wee dug reveals secret Natz plan to turn Scotlandshire into a Muslim state
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
His mission in life is to pee on the lamp-post of British Unionist pretensions.


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'S urrainn dhuinn! (Yes we can!)


Closer 2
by bellacaledonia
5 Jun 2014 at 10:28am
We’re soon to launch the second issue of Closer, our occasional newspaper publication. Closer is the second of four special supplements we’re producing this year in the build up to the referendum. Special thanks to Karyn Dougan and Stewart Bremner... Read More ›


An Inaudible Mumble
by bellacaledonia
5 Jun 2014 at 1:38am
By Mike Small Today we hear that Ed Miliband’s main response to the Queens Speech is to decry the fact that there isn’t another immigration bill. What a dereliction of an entire history of social struggle for the Labour movement.... Read More ›


Zombie Parliament ? Zombie Nation
by bellacaledonia
4 Jun 2014 at 12:24pm
Chunky Mark delivers the Bella response to the Queen’s Speech 2014 … “addicted to opulence” … Filed under: Monarchy Tagged: Queen


Jim Sillars speaks to Bellavision
by bellacaledonia
4 Jun 2014 at 9:15am
Jim Sillars on the realities of class and power in Britain on his ‘In Place of Fear 2′ tour. Filed under: Bellavision Tagged: #indyref, Bellavision, Jim Sillars, Scotland


5 Millions Questions ? Ceud Mìle Fàilte
by bellacaledonia
4 Jun 2014 at 4:06am
In light of the recent celebrations of xenophobia this response (at beginning of the interview) and the Herald article below are inspiring and brave. It’s important while mainstream Westminster parties descend to dog-whistle politics that the indy movement keeps a... Read More ›


Blue Labour
by bellacaledonia
3 Jun 2014 at 11:03am
By Mike Small Yesterday was a historic day. The Daily Record dedicated an eight-page pull out to what they are describing (straight-faced) as ‘extracts from the most explosive political book of the year’. Forget Edward Snowden, here’s Gordon Brown telling... Read More ›

Vote No Borders, the UK Treasury and Project Fear
by bellacaledonia
3 Jun 2014 at 10:53am
We are loving Stephen Paton’s new weekly indy news roundup. Follow him on twitter @stephenpaton134 and be sure to subscribe to him on YouTube: Filed under: Film and Animation


Practical Idealism
by bellacaledonia
3 Jun 2014 at 4:31am
The outpouring of new thinking and energy is palpable but what about ideas and policy? Over the last year the Jimmy Reid Foundation has been creating a crowd-sourced think-tank that’s now been brought together in one book, written by Robin... Read More ›


Crossfire?
by bellacaledonia
2 Jun 2014 at 10:08am
By Mike Small BBC Scotland is in the news again after the announcement that presenter Gary Robertson is facing redundancy. Crowds of protestors gathered yesterday outside Pacific Quay in Glasgow to protest at what they believed is an institutionalised bias... Read More ›

Book of the Day
by bellacaledonia
2 Jun 2014 at 5:25am
A Bird is  Not a Stone Edited by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving (Freight Books, Glasgow) is the first major collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry translated by some of Scotland’s finest writers and poets. As the stench of Faragism still... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Barack Obama backs 'strong and united' UK - BBC News
5 Jun 2014 at 6:27pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Barack Obama backs 'strong and united' UK
BBC News
Barack Obama has said the interest of the US in the Scottish independence referendum issue was to ensure it retained a "strong, robust, united and effective partner". But the US president told reporters in Brussels th...


Former UK PM Brown pitches social justice against Scottish independence - Reu...
3 Jun 2014 at 3:11pm

BBC News

Former UK PM Brown pitches social justice against Scottish independence
Reuters UK
Since losing power in the wake of the financial crisis, Brown has kept a low profile in British politics but his intervention in the Scottish independence campaign is significant as he garners deep respect ac...


Scottish independence: Oil industry 'unfazed' by referendum result - BBC News
4 Jun 2014 at 6:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Oil industry 'unfazed' by referendum result
BBC News
The North Sea oil and gas industry is unfazed by the prospect of Scottish independence, the authors of a report have suggested. The Aberdeen and Grampian Chambers of Commerce (AGCC) study said uncertainty caused by ...


Scottish independence: Alistair Darling accused of comparing 'Yes' voters to ...
5 Jun 2014 at 12:37pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: Alistair Darling accused of comparing 'Yes' voters to ...
The Independent
Alistair Darling, the head of the ?No? campaign for the vote on Scottish Independence, has compared Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond to the former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il ...


Scottish independence: Post-Yes fiscal forecasts updated by IFS - BBC News
3 Jun 2014 at 10:38pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Post-Yes fiscal forecasts updated by IFS
BBC News
A think tank has suggested an independent Scotland would face bigger spending cuts and higher tax rises than previously predicted if it is to balance the books. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has updated its calculat...


Irish Keep Their Eyes on Scottish Independence Vote - New York Times
3 Jun 2014 at 10:19pm

Irish Keep Their Eyes on Scottish Independence Vote
New York Times
BELFAST, Northern Ireland ? If Scotland votes for independence in September, the impact will be felt in neighboring Northern Ireland, less than 20 miles across the Irish Sea. Amid a fragile peace, both nationalists and unionists her...


Rivals respond to Queen's speech - BBC News
4 Jun 2014 at 6:19am

BBC News

Rivals respond to Queen's speech
BBC News
Scottish independence: Rivals respond to Queen's speech. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during the 2012 The Queen opened parliament at Westminster for the 63rd time during her reign. Continue reading the main story ...
Queen's Speech 2014: Camer...


Scots Independence: BAE Systems Chief's Fears - Sky News
4 Jun 2014 at 1:46am

BBC News

Scots Independence: BAE Systems Chief's Fears
Sky News
The boss of Britain's biggest defence company has become the latest business leader to warn against Scottish independence. BAE Systems chief executive Ian King said that a "yes" vote would damage the "certainty and stability" necessary ...


Barack Obama says Scotland should remain part of United Kingdom - Telegraph.c...
5 Jun 2014 at 9:39am

Barack Obama says Scotland should remain part of United Kingdom
Telegraph.co.uk
Alex Salmond said Scotland wanted its independence like the US, borrowing the President's 2008 election slogan to say: "Yes, we can." Mr Obama's comments were the most forthright yet by any world leader and represented ...


Scottish independence: Shipbuilders seek assurances on jobs - BBC News
5 Jun 2014 at 8:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Shipbuilders seek assurances on jobs
BBC News
Scotland's shipbuilding sector is seeking assurances that jobs will be safe whatever the outcome of the independence referendum. Union representatives from five firms dependent on Ministry of Defence contracts met the UK's...



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Puzzle of tax and welfare after Yes vote - Scotsman
5 Jun 2014 at 6:09pm

Puzzle of tax and welfare after Yes vote
Scotsman
Once again, the SNP's ?Project Denial? leaps into action. This time the separatists are denying the credibility of the Institute for Fiscal Studies calculations which found that ? based on reasonable assumptions and using the latest figures produced...


Divining loyalties - Scotsman
5 Jun 2014 at 6:09pm

Divining loyalties
Scotsman
And the SNP is only part of the Yes campaign. Many members of that campaign would accept description as patriots but not as nationalists. And arguably, much of the Yes movement has now been taken over by people with no attachment to any political party ...



SNP challenged over 'discrepancy' in oil forecasts - Scotsman
5 Jun 2014 at 6:03pm

SNP challenged over 'discrepancy' in oil forecasts
Scotsman
Last week, the government released a paper claiming oil revenues would be £6.9bn for 2016-17 ? which the SNP says would be the first year of independence. At First Minister's Questions yesterday, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP chall...


Coalition's Lego Anti-Scottish Independence List 'Stupid', Says SNP - Huffing...
5 Jun 2014 at 4:07pm

Coalition's Lego Anti-Scottish Independence List 'Stupid', Says SNP
Huffington Post UK
SNP MEP Alyn Smith said: "The credibility of the Treasury figures is as unbelievable as this press release is patronising. I have faith the people of Scotland are smart enough to see through such nonsense and see...


How nationalists have reacted to Barack Obama's independence comments - Teleg...
5 Jun 2014 at 1:24pm

How nationalists have reacted to Barack Obama's independence comments
Telegraph.co.uk
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's candidate in the Cowdenbeath by-election earlier this year, attacked Mr Obama over American foreign policy. "Is anyone surprised Obama suggesting a No preference? No way US wants us to s...


SNP scoffs at 'patronising' pro-unionist campaign graphic - Financial Times
5 Jun 2014 at 1:11pm

SNP scoffs at 'patronising' pro-unionist campaign graphic
Financial Times
A new campaign by the British government urging Scots to reject independence by suggesting they could spend extra money on pies, fish suppers and hot dogs has been attacked for being ?patronising?. Officials published a graph...


Poll shows fall in Lib Dems support - The Courier
5 Jun 2014 at 1:06pm

The Courier

Poll shows fall in Lib Dems support
The Courier
Support for the Liberal Democrats in Scotland has fallen in the aftermath of the European elections while the SNP and Labour are both "seemingly unaffected" by the recent ballot, a new poll has found. Among those certain to vote in a Scotti...


Scotland most highly educated country in Europe - SNP (press release)
5 Jun 2014 at 12:40pm

Scotland most highly educated country in Europe
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed new ONS figures showing that Scotland is the most highly educated country in Europe ? and among the best-educated in the world. A new regional compendium by the ONS has found that more than two-fifths of people...


SNP Expands Neighbor Appreciation Day - NBC 29 News
5 Jun 2014 at 12:28pm

SNP Expands Neighbor Appreciation Day
NBC 29 News
Luray, VA ? Each year Shenandoah National Park staff invite community neighbors to enjoy a fee-free day in the park in celebration of Shenandoah Neighbors' Day. On June 21, 2014, Shenandoah will waive entrance fees for those residents living in coun...


SNP calls for 'urgent action' to avoid anchovy catch decline - FIS
5 Jun 2014 at 11:56am

FIS

SNP calls for 'urgent action' to avoid anchovy catch decline
FIS
"We need an emergency measure, and the decision that in the future it is possible to catch the species between the mile 5 and 10, where the anchovy is because, otherwise, the fishing activity will shrink," argued Elena Conterno, SN...



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Scottish independence: Barack Obama backs 'strong and united' UK - BBC News
5 Jun 2014 at 6:27pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Barack Obama backs 'strong and united' UK
BBC News
Barack Obama has said the interest of the US in the Scottish independence referendum issue was to ensure it retained a "strong, robust, united and effective partner". But the US president told reporters in Brussels th...


Scottish independence: Oil industry 'unfazed' by referendum result - BBC News
4 Jun 2014 at 6:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Oil industry 'unfazed' by referendum result
BBC News
The North Sea oil and gas industry is unfazed by the prospect of Scottish independence, the authors of a report have suggested. The Aberdeen and Grampian Chambers of Commerce (AGCC) study said uncertainty caused by ...


Croydon residents stage their own Scottish independence referendum - Evening ...
4 Jun 2014 at 5:14am

Evening Standard

Croydon residents stage their own Scottish independence referendum
Evening Standard
Heading north: residents of South Norwood (Picture: Nigel Howard) The self-styled South Norwood Tourist Board (SNTB), which is organising the ?Crexit? referendum, has written to Scotland's First Mini...


Scottish independence: What is the 16 week referendum period for? - BBC News
30 May 2014 at 2:46am

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Scottish independence: What is the 16 week referendum period for?
BBC News
Go to the BBC's Scotland Decides page for analysis, background and explainers on the independence debate. A new chapter in the Scottish independence referendum story is about to be written - because we've now ent...


Scotland's Muslim community, like the rest of the country, is divided over .....
5 Jun 2014 at 8:01am

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Scotland's Muslim community, like the rest of the country, is divided over ...
The National
Yet, with just over three months until Scots go to the polls to decide their nation's future, the likes of the pro-independence SNP, and its leader and Scotland's first minister Alex Sal...


Poll: Young voters 'engaging extensively' with referendum debate - stv.tv
5 Jun 2014 at 4:07pm

stv.tv

Poll: Young voters 'engaging extensively' with referendum debate
stv.tv
When the 19% who are undecided voters are excluded, the Yes vote has increased from 28% to 36% over the last year while the proportion of young people who want Scotland to stay in the UK has fallen from 72% to 64%. A tota...


Scottish independence: Carl Bildt says Yes vote 'profound' for UK and EU - BB...
4 Jun 2014 at 5:27am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Carl Bildt says Yes vote 'profound' for UK and EU
BBC News
Responding to Mr Bildt's remarks, a spokesman for the Scottish government said: "These comments do not reflect the reality of Scotland's referendum process, which is a model of democracy and of how such proces...


Scottish referendum poll tracker - BBC News
29 May 2014 at 9:00am

Scottish referendum poll tracker
BBC News
On 18 September 2014 millions of Scots will vote on whether they want their country to become independent or remain part of the United Kingdom. But what do opinion polls suggest about which way the decision will go? Explore our poll tracker and check ...
Boo...


Brown says No in new tactics for referendum campaign - Herald Scotland
3 Jun 2014 at 9:12pm

Herald Scotland

Brown says No in new tactics for referendum campaign
Herald Scotland
HOLYROOD could gain a "minimum set" of new powers soon after the 2015 General Election if Scots reject independence in the forthcoming referendum, Gordon Brown has said. HOLYROOD could gain a \"minimum set\" of new ...


Independence referendum: Conservatives set to offer full income tax control t...
1 Jun 2014 at 8:25am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Conservatives set to offer full income tax control to ...
Scottish Daily Record
The Tories are to publish the findings of their review into devolution tomorrow. Labour and the Liberal Democrats have already set out their plans to enhance the Scottish Pa...



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Saying It With Lego: 12 Things That £1400 Uk Dividend Could Buy
5 Jun 2014 at 5:35pm

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/12-things-that-1400-uk-dividend-could-buy

 

 



Megrahi Family To Appeal Conviction
5 Jun 2014 at 3:43pm

Hopefully the truth will be found



Obama: "we Must Make Sure The Uk Stays United"
5 Jun 2014 at 9:28am

Was his response when asked about the referendum.

 

 



Oil Industry "unfazed" By Yes Vote
5 Jun 2014 at 3:54am

An Aberdeen and Grampian CC study has found more oil/gas company's believe independence would be ...



Beasties And Critters
4 Jun 2014 at 4:11pm

This had to be happening in my maiden bloody year here. I've seen these on tv before and I truly ...



The Mad Badger Strikes Again...
4 Jun 2014 at 3:41pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-27696811

 

Pathetic, absolutely pathetic,...



Ice Cream Emergency
4 Jun 2014 at 3:24pm

What a wally

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-27687763



Getting Your Tartan Woven
4 Jun 2014 at 2:47pm
I am currently looking into getting our own family tartan and wondered if anybody has got a weave...

What If It Was Wales
4 Jun 2014 at 8:45am

Just a thought... if it were Wales (I know but it's just a wee hypothetical question) that had vo...



Minibus And Driver
4 Jun 2014 at 3:56am
Anyone out there with a minibus ? To go from cumnock to bannockburn live sun 29th june
leaving at...


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

Some different ideas to go with your referendum: Scotland 44
by Dom
1 Jun 2014 at 7:25am
Better Nation does not have a publishing arm, and despite ideas of a Better Nation film being moo...

Selling out to the lowest bidder: Serco and the SNP
by Dom
29 May 2014 at 10:19am
One of the things the SNP like to talk about at length is their commitment to ridding Scotland of...

?Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right..?
by James
28 May 2014 at 8:55am
Today has been a bad day for the indyref debate, with weak arguments from governments in Edinburg...

Who might Scotland have elected under STV?
by James
27 May 2014 at 10:31am
This excellent question was asked this morning by ERS Scotland, and it’s of course impossible to ...

Swedish pluralism means Nigel might get some friends in Brussels and the Gree...
by Dom
27 May 2014 at 1:48am
How the European elections play out in different countries is highly dependent on which system of...

Final YouGov poll for Scotland is utterly clear
by James
22 May 2014 at 4:22am
Last night I blogged about the downsides of the Euro electoral system and the tactical voting it ...

Tomorrow?s forgotten voters
by James
21 May 2014 at 3:41pm
The very roughly proportional electoral system for the Euro elections gives us no more nuanced a ...

Have we reached peak Guardian?
by Dom
16 May 2014 at 8:55am
For a while I was the only one reading the Guardian, or so I thought. It started off with me read...

It was Scotland?s Oil (and we spent it)
by Aidan
16 May 2014 at 2:31am
The Sunday Herald, turncoat commercialist opportunists that they are, ran with a splash on a seco...

Exclusive: May Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
15 May 2014 at 4:24am
It’s month three of our rolling sequence of polling, conducted as usual by Survation, in partners...


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

SNP retain commanding Holyrood lead over Labour in Ipsos-Mori poll
by James Kelly
5 Jun 2014 at 9:40am
I was beginning to wonder if the Holyrood numbers from this week's Ipsos-Mori poll were ever goin...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Project Fear's silver lining
by James Kelly
4 Jun 2014 at 5:00am
"Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself."

And if it prevents everyone else from heari...

No, Alex Massie, people who care about more powers for Holyrood will not be v...
by James Kelly
3 Jun 2014 at 12:47pm
Right-wing commentator Alex Massie is continuing with his regular-as-clockwork routine as an "equ...

Ipsos-Mori say that the Yes campaign have drawn level among male voters - but...
by James Kelly
2 Jun 2014 at 10:27pm
The Ipsos-Mori representative who appeared on Scotland Tonight was clearly making an admirable ef...

Pro-independence campaign make crucial breakthrough in new Ipsos-Mori telepho...
by James Kelly
2 Jun 2014 at 11:56am
Three months ago, Ipsos-Mori published what to date was their only poll for public consumption in...

Weighing up how a 'union of equals' would work in Paxo-world
by James Kelly
1 Jun 2014 at 10:28pm
Jeremy Paxman, quoted in the Sunday Herald from a radio interview -

"It's interesting, isn't it, t...

A fond (and 'fantastic') farewell to the banned "Vote No Borders" cinema ads
by James Kelly
30 May 2014 at 10:10pm



Transcript :

George Osborne?

Fantastic!

The bedroom tax?

Fantastic!

Tory governments we didn't vote f...


An intriguing straw in the wind from YouGov
by James Kelly
30 May 2014 at 11:29am
Because of the Bank Holiday we've only had three YouGov daily polls of GB-wide Westminster voting...

How will "Vote No Borders" argue the case for a united Ireland?
by James Kelly
29 May 2014 at 11:11pm
As borders go, the one between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is a particularly stu...

Problems with the BBC referendum poll tracker
by James Kelly
29 May 2014 at 11:23am
The BBC website has introduced a new poll tracker for the referendum.  It uses a format that in m...

The anti-independence campaign must be worried by the first post-Euro GB-wide...
by James Kelly
28 May 2014 at 5:52pm
For the last few weeks I've been rehearsing my concerns about the potential implications of a UKI...

ICM poll : SNP on course to oust Danny Alexander from his Inverness seat next...
by James Kelly
28 May 2014 at 8:25am
In his parting shot upon resigning from the Liberal Democrats, Lord Oakeshott revealed that he ha...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Gun control is good, apart from the reduction in sexual...
by James Kelly
28 May 2014 at 5:00am
"Our love affair with guns has nothing to do with tyranny, or militias, or self-preservation. Ju...

Sign the petition : the broadcasters MUST give David Coburn and UKIP a fair c...
by James Kelly
27 May 2014 at 11:59am
I've never started a petition before, but when I think of what a democratic outrage it would be i...

It's true : a sizeable minority of UKIP voters will say Yes to (Scottish) ind...
by James Kelly
26 May 2014 at 7:02pm
Scottish Skier mentioned on an earlier thread that one-quarter of people who voted UKIP in Scotla...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Scotland can build on the successes of devolution with independence
by Stephen Noon
4 Jun 2014 at 10:04pm
Scotland is an incredibly wealthy country ? according to analysis by the Financial Times, we?re o...

'I want a Scotland where carers are applauded, not patted on the head'
by Kevin Gilmartin
4 Jun 2014 at 10:12am
Video of 6zJOoLz4xCU Sandra Webster is the joint national spokesperson for the Scottish Sociali...

A Yes vote means a better wage for lower paid workers
by Peter Dempsie
4 Jun 2014 at 6:35am
Video of Co8lpVB8Srg

Cailean Gallagher explains how the Scottish Government Welfare Commission'...



Yes for a fairer Scotland
by Stuart McDonald
4 Jun 2014 at 3:41am
As part of the UK, we live in one of the most unequal countries in the developed world. With Yes...

A Yes vote is best way for Scottish Labour voters to show solidarity with Eng...
by Sean Lafferty
4 Jun 2014 at 2:42am
?Independence offers the prospect of building real solidarity where a Scottish government can tak...

'Labour should set the way in an independent Scotland'
by Cailean Gallagher
3 Jun 2014 at 8:14am
Video of PfkHh4WeK7E

Bob Holman is a Labour member and renowned poverty activist. When we spoke...



Yes Scotland?s response to Gordon Brown and Johann Lamont?s United With Labou...
by Sean Lafferty
3 Jun 2014 at 7:02am
Former Scottish Labour Party chairman, Bob Thomson: ?Many Labour voters and members are realising...

Alex Salmond: A vision of a better future for the people of Scotland with Yes
by Peter Dempsie
3 Jun 2014 at 5:40am
Our vision is of a Scotland in which we use the vast wealth of our country to work much better fo...

A Yes vote means better jobs for young people in Scotland
by Angus Millar
3 Jun 2014 at 4:50am
Video of l1Xxc4_62DY A Yes vote means better jobs and opportunities ? and more of them ? for yo...

Firm foundations for a more successful Scotland
by Stephen Noon
3 Jun 2014 at 2:54am
With Scotland?s future in Scotland?s hands after a Yes, together we can build on Scotland?s stron...

The Yes side in this debate has a vision of a better future for the people of...
by Sean Lafferty
3 Jun 2014 at 1:06am
?The Yes side in this debate has a vision of a better future for the people of Scotland. Our visi...

Yes reaches new high in Ipsos MORI polling
by Stephen Noon
2 Jun 2014 at 12:00pm
A new poll shows support for Yes continuing to increase, with the gap between Yes and No narrowin...

The only way to get the powers we need is to Vote Yes
by Peter Dempsie
2 Jun 2014 at 9:17am

Now that all the No campaign parties have set out their limited plans for devolution, it's clear ...



It's much better if Scotland gets all the power it needs
by Peter Dempsie
2 Jun 2014 at 8:14am
Video of G4aWcF4wfVU

Now that all the No campaign parties have set out their limited plans for ...



16 things you need to know about Scotland's economy
by Kevin Gilmartin
2 Jun 2014 at 3:00am
Scotland?s got what it takes to be independent, with strong public finances, a range of successfu...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Obama's Intervention
5 Jun 2014 at 4:17pm

Anyone else pissed off with BBC News of Obama's "intervention"? The diminutive Douglas Alexander ...



Tories on further Devolution
1 Jun 2014 at 2:45pm
Interesting development being reported ahead of the publication of the Strathclyde Commission's r...

FAO No Voters
1 Jun 2014 at 1:50pm

If this has been done before then feel free to delete it or merge.

 

I've tried asking a few peop...



Funny or offensive?
30 May 2014 at 9:19am

I was alerted to this last night. A wee image I'd made and put on Facebook has been printed off a...



Yes, we can...
30 May 2014 at 2:51am
http://www.businessforscotland.co.uk/5-reasons-why-an-independent-scotland-will-be-one-of-the-wor...

Scotland's ageing population?
27 May 2014 at 7:50am

Just saw Brian Taylor mention that along with declining oil and so forth this conundrum will feat...



British Empire
20 May 2014 at 7:16pm

Meh



Football and an Indy Scotland outwith the EU
20 May 2014 at 5:41pm

If it happens and you were in charge of Scottish football, what changes would you make (keep in m...



The growing divide between rich and poor
17 May 2014 at 5:52am

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/15/britains-richest-1-percent-own-same-as-bottom-55-p...



Why NATO is a bad idea for an independent Scotland
16 May 2014 at 8:39am

I'm linking to my recent blog post on why an independent Scotland would have no use for NATO:

 

h...



Alistair Darling Punted
13 May 2014 at 2:50am

Even the Daily Mail are struggling with this one. Link. They decided to go with the idea that Gor...



The Scottish NHS
9 May 2014 at 3:58pm

I'm looking to pick your brains. As far as I was aware the NHS in Scotland is independent of the ...



Scottish politics in general and relative influence of Eastern Europe
8 May 2014 at 5:35pm

Maybe some of the pish that rocks H_B and pals can be discussed on here, rather than clogging up ...



BT mantra
8 May 2014 at 2:43pm
The bitter together children have came up with rather alot of REALLY anoying mantra esk slogans s...

The Courier independence roadshow
6 May 2014 at 7:21am

The Courier newspaper are out and about in a van getting opinions and doing a straw pole of peopl...




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Barack Obama suggests Scotland should stay in UK
by Severin Carrell and Ian Traynor
5 Jun 2014 at 1:54pm
President says decision on Scottish independence is up to voters, but US has deep interest in ensuring UK remains united

Barack Obama has intervened in the debate on Scottish independence, saying th...




Support for independence has grown among teenage voters, study finds
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
5 Jun 2014 at 5:43pm
Largest study of teenage voting reveals yes vote among under-18s is at 29%, 6% higher than same study in 2013

Support for independence has grown among teenage Scottish voters, but under-18s are stil...




Darling's Kim Jong-il jibe at Salmond does little for the Scottish debate | L...
by Lesley Riddoch
5 Jun 2014 at 11:24am
The question of independence has reinvigorated politics in Scotland, so such personalised attacks are a low blow

So Alex Salmond reminds the former chancellor Alistair Darling of Kim Jong-il.

I suppo...




UK government denies patronising Scottish voters with Lego figures
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter, and Rowena Mason, political correspondent
5 Jun 2014 at 10:15am
Press release suggests ways Scottish people could spend £1,400 dividend if they stay in UK, including 127 bus rides a year

The government denies it has patronised Scots after producing a press relea...




Alex Salmond is behaving like Kim Jong-il, says Alistair Darling
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
4 Jun 2014 at 4:49pm
Leader of pro-UK Better Together campaign compares Scottish leader to former North Korean dictator in combative interview

Alistair Darling has compared the behaviour of Alex Salmond to the North Kor...




HSBC chairman backs No campaign in Scottish independence referendum
by Jill Treanor
4 Jun 2014 at 3:08pm
Douglas Flint voices explicit agreement with pro-union remarks made by George Osborne at conference debate

Douglas Flint, the Scottish-born chairman of HSBC bank, has come out against a yes vote in ...




Queen's speeches are usually weird. But this one was weirder than usual | Mar...
by Martin Kettle
4 Jun 2014 at 1:04pm
Scotland's vote and the coalition's near end lent today an added air of make-believe. The big stories are all outside parliament

The annual Queen's speech, writes Tony Blair in his memoir, is "alway...



Scottish independence live blog Darling accuses Salmond of 'North Korean res...
by Claire Phipps
4 Jun 2014 at 11:58am
Better Together leader says first minister's response to Ukip votes in Scotland was 'something that Kim Jong-il would say'Expert group publishes report on welfare system after a yes voteRead the ke...


Scotland's deficit higher in first year of independence than UK's, says IFS
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
3 Jun 2014 at 6:02pm
Holyrood would need to cut deal on lower level of debt, or raise taxes, or cut spending to bridge gap left by falling oil revenues

Scotland's finances are expected to be worse than the UK's in its f...



Scottish independence live blog: Gordon Brown launches 'no' campaign
by Claire Phipps
3 Jun 2014 at 10:05am

Live coverage of today's news in the Scottish independence debate, as United with Labour kicks off its campaign for a no vote in September's referendum

Read the end-of-day summaryGuardian Witness: w...


Gordon Brown cheerleads pledge for Scottish parliament's new powers
by Severin Carrell
3 Jun 2014 at 10:00am
Former prime minister tours Scotland this week arguing the case for a no vote, citing further devolution and tax powers

Gordon Brown has insisted it is inevitable that the Scottish parliament will q...




Scottish independence: are we sleepwalking to the brink? | Michael White
by Michael White
3 Jun 2014 at 6:13am
The one certainty about September's referendum is that it will leave a lot of bitterness whatever the result

The Conservatives finally abandoned decades of fateful hostility to Scottish devolution ...



What does Britishness mean to you?
by Guardian readers and James Walsh
3 Jun 2014 at 4:51am

With Scotland voting on Independence this autumn, we want to get a feel for Britishness across the United Kingdom. Do you feel British?

Politicians talk of the West Lothian question. But what of the...




Scottish independence: Cameron backs giving Holyrood income tax power
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
2 Jun 2014 at 5:00pm
Prime minister says proposals published by Scottish Tory leader would offer voters 'real powers with real consequences'

David Cameron has backed plans for Scotland to set its own income tax rates, i...




Scottish Tory leader's tax pledge is vintage 'year zero' politics
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
2 Jun 2014 at 12:13pm
Ruth Davidson has performed a full 180 to call for devolved tax-cutting power. But she is unlikely to ever wield it

When Ruth Davidson was campaigning to win the Scottish Tories' leadership contest ...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Solidarity with Scotland: Our legitimate right to support an independent Scot...
by weegingerdug
5 Jun 2014 at 4:26pm
  A guest post by Pilar Fernandez.   Solidarity is the empathy between people and nations, it is the tenderness between them; it starts at home. A solidarity movement frequently starts as a respons...

#UkDividend
by weegingerdug
5 Jun 2014 at 2:02pm
Danny Alexander’s mythical £1400 UK Dividend will buy you - 1. Enough Lego to build a model aircraft carrier with planes, or one rivet on the two aircraft carriers the UK is building without planes...

Inaudible mumble ? the positive case for the Union
by weegingerdug
5 Jun 2014 at 7:11am
A great statesman of literary accomplishments in the field of fiction and noble revolutionary comradeship with the City of London is advancing the revolutionary cause of Yu Kok Up pioneered by the ...

A fishy smell from Sweden
by weegingerdug
4 Jun 2014 at 4:28pm
Yesterday’s intervention in the Scottish independence debate from the Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt might have had more of an impact if the veteran Swedish politician hadn’t come over all Geo...

Alive and awake in the dreaming time
by weegingerdug
3 Jun 2014 at 9:06pm
There’s a wee meme, more a baby memette, in the Unionist media, that Scotland is sleepwalking into independence.  And there was us thinking that we were running so fast we were all windswept and in...

Resetting the debate dial back to stupid
by weegingerdug
3 Jun 2014 at 8:02am
Ok, time to be calm and tranquil after yesterday’s traumas. It’s all a bit eek at times this independence campaign isn’t it. Every day the no campaign manages to find a new way of insulting your in...

The Kezia Dugdale Show
by weegingerdug
2 Jun 2014 at 4:22pm
I wasn’t going to do another post today – youse have had two already within the past 24 hours, and there are other things which need to be done. But then I made the mistake of having a wee look at ...

¿Por qué no te callas? Juan Carlos shuts up
by weegingerdug
2 Jun 2014 at 10:51am
For those of you who don’t speak Spanish ¿Por qué no te callas? means Why don’t you shut up? It will be the lasting legacy of Spanish King Juan Carlos of the House of Bourbon, who announced his abd...

More news the BBC doesn?t want to report
by weegingerdug
1 Jun 2014 at 5:42pm
So where shall we go today on our journey to independence? There’s Jeremy Paxman and his conviction that we’re only considering independence because we hate the English, UKIP’s Scottish MEP for Ken...

£he price of everything, the value of nothing
by weegingerdug
31 May 2014 at 10:28pm
The No campaign is determined to focus on economics. No matter what the issue, it’s going to be spun into the political equivalent of the guy displaying his bum crack in a dodgy repair shop who suc...


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