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Companies forecast the economic recovery will continue
SCOTLAND'S economic recovery is expected to continue in 2014, according to a survey of firms.

Cameron's triple-lock pledge for pensioners
DAVID Cameron said it was "fair" to protect the basic state pension from cuts, but declined to rule out a squeeze on other pensioner benefits after the general election.

'Murky' pension practices action
RETIRED workers will be able to "shop around" for new pension schemes in the same way they can change mortgages under new plans to tackle "murky" practices among insurance firms, the pensions minister has said.

Carmichael considers move away from political arena
THE man leading the Coalition's defence of the Union in Scotland has said he is thinking about quitting politics after the General Election.

Carney may lower jobless rate target
BANK of England policymakers will gather for their first meeting of the new year this week amid expectations that governor Mark Carney will change the threshold for considering interest rate rises within months.

Miliband pledges to address fears over new migrants
ED Miliband has pledged that Labour will address "understandable" public fears over UK citizens "losing out" as a result of new arrivals from Eastern Europe.

Powell was right to say people would feel strangers living here, says Farage
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has backed the "basic principle" of the warnings about mass immigration made by Enoch Powell in his notorious "rivers of blood" speech.

Pressure builds on Cameron over TV debate with Salmond
ALEX Salmond has turned up the heat on David Cameron over the Prime Minister's refusal to meet him in televised debate, describing his position as displaying "arrogance and fear."

Bankrupt BNP leader Griffin aims for re-election as MEP
BNP leader Nick Griffin has insisted he will stand for re-election to the European Parliament later this year despite being declared bankrupt.

Sir Ming says politicians of Cameron and Clegg's age 'too young'
FORMER Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has taken a swipe at "foolish" political parties that rely too heavily on youth.

Inside Track: It pays to be prepared for the unexpected
At a Downing Street reception three years ago senior No 10 officials quietly expressed their hopes for an uneventful Christmas.

SNP 'fooling' public over pledge to alter early releases
THE SNP has been accused by Conservatives of trying to "fool" people over pledges to change automatic early release from prison.

Cameron insists Help to Buy scheme is not creating fresh house price bubble
DAVID Cameron has dismissed fears that the Government is pumping up a housing bubble as he hailed the success of the Help to Buy scheme.

Extra £16m for Syrian refugees
Britain is to provide an extra £16 million on health care to help Syrian refugees, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has said.

East European immigrants on first UK flight
The first Romanians and Bulgarians with unrestricted access to the UK labour market have begun to arrive despite last-ditch efforts to prevent a feared wave of fresh immigration.


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David Maddox: More cuts to end season of goodwill
6 Jan 2014 at 3:45pm

Members of Parliament had barely started to trickle back into Westminster before the Christmas cheer had totally evaporated courtesy of George Osborne and his speech outlining that 2014 will be a year of “hard truths”.



Gregor Gall: Opposing cuts must be popular revolt
6 Jan 2014 at 3:32pm

The campaign against more years of austerity has to be like the anti-poll tax movement, writes Gregor Gall



Leaders: Tory sweeteners are still to come
6 Jan 2014 at 3:31pm

Politicians setting out to win general elections usually talk about how much they are going to give voters, either in terms of extra public spending or by cutting back on taxes.



Henry McLeish: Positive case for saying No
6 Jan 2014 at 3:28pm

To defeat independence, the Better Together campaign should be spearheaded by Scottish Labour, with a message branded ‘made in Scotland’, writes Henry McLeish



Peter Jones: EU interest isn?t flagging all over
6 Jan 2014 at 3:28pm

While Scottish political chatter is obsessed with our ‘year of destiny’, things are hotting up in Brussels, writes Peter Jones



Scottish independence: Sturgeon?s Labour vote plea
6 Jan 2014 at 1:02pm

Nicola Sturgeon has launched a direct appeal to Labour voters to back Scottish independence and admitted they hold the key to a Yes vote in September’s referendum.



Andrew Eaton-Lewis: Why I?m backing independence
6 Jan 2014 at 9:17am

WHAT difference would independence make to the arts in Scotland? Over Christmas I was asked this question by a journalist writing a feature on the subject, and I struggled to give him an answer.



The Scotsman cartoon: Salmond-Cameron TV debate
5 Jan 2014 at 7:20pm

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday reiterated his opposition to a live TV debate with Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond over the independence referendum.



Scottish independence: Poll backs more devolution
5 Jan 2014 at 5:11pm

A STRONGER Scottish Parliament within the United Kingdom remains the most favoured option among Scots ahead of the independence referendum, according to a poll.



Scottish independence: 70% want ?No? document
5 Jan 2014 at 4:55pm

MORE than two-thirds of Scots believe the pro-union campaign should publish its own guide setting out the future for Scotland after a No vote, according to a new poll.



Tories in ?triple lock? pension pledge
5 Jan 2014 at 4:49pm

David Cameron said it was “fair” to protect the basic state pension from cuts yesterday, but declined to rule out a squeeze on other pensioner benefits after the general election.



Scottish independence: PM urges emotional case
5 Jan 2014 at 4:38pm

DAVID Cameron has admitted the Better Together campaign has to “keep pushing” if it is to win the hearts of Scots in the independence debate.



Tony Robinson slams Michael Gove on WWI comments
5 Jan 2014 at 4:33pm

Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson has attacked Michael Gove’s claims that left-wing academics had used the show to perpetuate myths about incompetent First World War generals.



ScottishPower to slash bills by £42
5 Jan 2014 at 3:52pm

SCOTTISHPOWER is today to become the latest of the big six firms to announce a “cut” in energy bills as a result in green levy changes – partially reversing an 8.8 per cent hike announced late last year.



Leaders: First World War centenary | Sochi 2014
5 Jan 2014 at 3:02pm

CAN there ever be such a thing as an unbiased account of the First World War?




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Frustration in Parliament
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jan 2014 at 11:00am
Chapter 4 of “The Claim Of Scotland”. “The English take the Treaty Of Union more lightly. It has even been argued by cynics that since Scotland as an independent kingdom disappeared as a result of the Treaty, there now exists no entity which can seek redress on the ground that the Treaty has been broken.” [...]

What did we miss?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jan 2014 at 8:30am
It’s our own fault for reading a Brian Monteith column in the Scotsman, but: “Am I the only person that finds it rather rich that Alex Salmond is so keen on debating the views of David Cameron, an Englishman with an English constituency, when he consciously arranged for the views of tens of thousands of [...]

Muddying the waters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jan 2014 at 6:01am
We were as perplexed as anyone by the bizarre YouGov poll commissioned by “Better Together” and released today, which reveals that the status quo they’re so strenuously campaigning for is the least popular constitutional option among Scots. As there’s no “more powers” option on the referendum ballot paper, and the official No campaign can neither [...]

Borrowing Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jan 2014 at 4:19am
It’s one of the weirder aspects of the independence debate that the No campaign constantly shrieks about how an independent Scotland might run a deficit, as if that was some sort of unusual and terrifying state unique to Scotland. So we thought it might be handy to keep this clip from today’s BBC Breakfast here [...]

In all loyalty to the Crown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2014 at 8:00am
Continuing our daily serialisation of HJ Paton’s fascinating 1968 book “The Claim Of Scotland”, courtesy of splendidly alert and dedicated reader Wilma Watts. “It may be noted in passing that when this Declaration was quoted by the BBC, it had to be toned down.”

The No campaign for dummies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2014 at 5:23am
“Better Together” website, May 2013: “In 500 days Scots will answer the most important question we have ever been asked. On all the big questions ? on currency, on the EU, on pensions ? the nationalists have shown they don?t have the answers to the questions that we and people all over Scotland are asking.  Today [...]

History and legend
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2014 at 9:57am
The Claim Of Scotland chapter 2. “It may be replied that Scotsmen can have no cause for complaint since there is nothing to prevent them from writing history from their own point of view; if they fail to do so, this is their own fault.”

Quotes Of The Year 2013: Box Set
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2014 at 4:00am
We nearly killed ourselves this week compiling twelve “quotes of the year” articles for December 30 and 31, which required ploughing through over a THOUSAND posts (1,170 to be precise) looking for interesting or amusing word-nuggets. Unfortunately, everyone was on holiday or out having a good time, so hardly anybody read them. So we’ve put [...]

To our English brother
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jan 2014 at 1:44pm
We’re enormously grateful to the alert reader who uncovered this little gem. “The Claim Of Scotland” is a book published in 1968 and written by one Herbert James Paton, a philosopher and a senior civil servant at the Admiralty and Foreign Office, who sadly died the following year. If you click the image above, you’ll [...]

Leading by example
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jan 2014 at 4:09am
Awesome start on healing those divisions, Johann. (From today’s Scottish Sun.) The full article, with messages from all four main party leaders in Scotland and for some inexplicable reason Alistair Darling (but nobody from Yes Scotland, leaving the balance at four Unionists to one nationalist), is below. Looks like we know what to expect for [...]


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No campaign 'must set out vision'
6 Jan 2014 at 11:48am
The pro-Union campaign must set out in detail what a No vote in the independence referendum would mean for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon says.


Teachers 'concerned' over new system
5 Jan 2014 at 6:43pm
Scotland's largest teaching union claims teachers need more support with the new qualifications fourth-year students are studying for.


More help for teenagers in care
6 Jan 2014 at 8:38am
Some of Scotland's most vulnerable young people are to be given greater rights to to continue their care placement into early adulthood.


Business activity 'surge' continues
5 Jan 2014 at 6:45pm
Scottish business continued to report strong growth in turnover during the autumn, according to new survey evidence.


Cameron refuses TV debate challenge
5 Jan 2014 at 6:33am
David Cameron again refuses to take part in a televised debate with Alex Salmond ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence.


Tories wanted secret Scottish cuts
3 Jan 2014 at 11:09am
Details emerge of attempts by ministers to make secret cuts to the Scottish budget during Margaret Thatcher's premiership.


Better school food standards urged
4 Jan 2014 at 6:41pm
School kitchens in Scotland have been ordered to improve food hygiene standards 83 times in the past five years, according to figures.


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.


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


VIDEO: Salmond: 'Future is in Scotland's hands'
26 Nov 2013 at 4:47am
First Minister Alex Salmond says "Scotland's future is in Scotland's hands" as he outlines the Scottish government's case for independence.


VIDEO: Salmond 'ducking big questions'
26 Nov 2013 at 6:26am
A white paper setting out a blueprint for an independent Scotland contains nothing new, according to former UK chancellor Alistair Darling.


VIDEO: Shared currency 'best for UK'
26 Nov 2013 at 6:55am
The SNP has rebuffed criticism of a white paper which sets out what it calls a "mission statement" for Scotland's future.


VIDEO: Scotland's self-rule poll explained
25 Nov 2013 at 7:43pm
As the Scottish government prepares to publish a White Paper which has been described as a "blueprint" for independence, Laura Bicker explains how the referendum is going to work.


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Will the council tax freeze finally catch up with Labour in Cowdenbeath?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Jan 2014 at 4:28pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby

It's the single most fought over issue in Scottish politics after independence.

The brainchild of Finance Secretary John Swinney in 2007 after the SNP's local income tax idea hit the buffers, the council tax freeze has been a torch held aloft by the SNP and a thorn in the side of the Scottish Labour party ever since.



Welcome to 2014 ? the year of Scotland?s Big Decision
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Jan 2014 at 5:38pm

  By Lesley Riddoch

Okay ? the referendum?s just a few days closer than it was last week.  But that single digit change in the year will create a semblance of focus and momentum once Holyrood, Westminster, Better Together and the Yes Campaigns crank their publicity machines into action after the Festive Break.



Independence must lead to a better future
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Dec 2013 at 12:01pm

By Mark McNaught
 
The release of Scotland?s Future has begun to put some flesh on the bones of what an independent Scotland will look like. However, further details on how a fairer, more egalitarian, and prosperous society must be developed not only to secure a yes vote, but to assure that a new Scottish democracy is not smothered by aristocratic and corporate plutocracy as Westminster has.



Independence and the EU - How BBC Scotland were caught misleading the public ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2013 at 12:14am

  By a Newsnet reporter

On Thursday 19th December, following a near year-long complaint against BBC Scotland, the BBC Trust finally came to a decision.  The ruling, yet to be officially announced but leaked to Newsnet Scotland, was that BBC Scotland had misled viewers over a high profile news item broadcast on the flagship news programme Reporting Scotland.



Bells ring for new order in Spain
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Jan 2014 at 4:57am

By George Kerevan
 
The fateful year has finally arrived after centuries of agitation. The political die is cast but the outcome is uncertain. One thing is sure: the date for the independence referendum is set? 9 November. In Catalonia, that is.
 
Catalan president Artur Mas has announced he will follow Scotland?s lead and hold a referendum this November, so the Catalans can ?decide for themselves on their own future?. He made his historic statement flanked by the leaders of five parties who between them command two-thirds of the seats in the Catalan parliament. Polls put support for Catalan independence at 56 per cent.



I'm an economist...let me through!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
3 Jan 2014 at 5:26pm

By Derek Bateman

Some of Britain?s most respected economists have delivered a damning indictment on Alex Salmond?s plans for independence, I read in the papers. And quite right too, if that?s their view, delivered in the FT?s predictions poll for 2014.

You may not be overly surprised that 100 economists, none of them with any direct Scottish link I could see (bar one employed at RBS), and heavily concentrated in the City of London, should harbour doubts about the economic effects of independence.



The last polling of 2013
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Dec 2013 at 3:03pm

By Dave Taylor

"How you ask a question will influence the answer" is a pretty obvious truism. 
 
One such question popped up on Sunday when the No campaign asked Scots whether taxpayers money should be wasted on piles of leaflets.



Staking our claim
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
20 Nov 2013 at 1:44pm

By Sandra Webster, SSP national co-spokesperson

Independence lies open like a new book for us.  Some of the chapters have not even been written yet and that is what is exciting about the promise of an independent Scotland. It is an opportunity to dare to be different and create the kind of Society we all as socialists aspire too.  Like you, I hope for a transformation of society which reflects the interests of the many and not the few. For me, for this project to succeed, we need a written constitution.



Peace garden created on army range
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
19 Nov 2013 at 5:35pm

By Rachel Thompson

The International Day of Action against Depleted Uranium Weapons was held on 6 November to coincide with the United Nations Day for Prevention of the Exploitation of the Environment during Wars and Armed Conflicts.

Previous actions have been held outside the Ministry of Defence?s HQ or US Embassy to draw attention to the use of this radioactive and chemically toxic weapon but this year we decided to do something different.



Goodwill to Christian minorities
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Dec 2013 at 1:47am

By George Kerevan
 
It was a normal Christmas in Iraq ? normal by today?s standards. Some 38 people were murdered in three separate bombings in Christian areas of Baghdad. One car bomb exploded exactly as worshippers were leaving a church service. Christianity was born in the Middle East two millennia ago. But in 2013, for the first time in 2,000 years, Christians are an endangered species in the land where their religion saw the light of day.




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Business for Scotland's 10 most popular articles of 2013
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 2:20pm

In the last month Business for Scotland had over 100,000 unique readers. This is an remarkable performance for a website and organisation that only launched in March 2013. Below are the articles shared the most by our readers in 2013.

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Scottish independence: Sturgeon?s Labour vote plea
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 1:49pm

Nicola Sturgeon has launched a direct appeal to Labour voters to back Scottish independence and admitted they hold the key to a Yes vote in September’s referendum.

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What did we miss?
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 11:13am
It's our own fault for reading a Brian Monteith column in the Scotsman, but: "Am I the only person that finds it rather rich that Alex Salmond is so keen on debating the views of David Cameron, an ...

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Stop Right There
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 11:09am

Nine months to go and it is time to make a stand. 2014 is the turning point and the moment we stop, turn and confront. In the time left those of us who believe in Scotland’s independence have to do...

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Slebs for the Union
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 10:56am

Dave has suggested that the ‘battle for hearts and minds’ is needed to persuade us useless Scots to stick with Britannia.  The Prime Minister’s outburst came after unfortunate reports that senior UK Tories believed Alistair Darling’s leadership of the No campaign was “comatose” and “useless”.




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Muddying the waters
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 10:27am

We were as perplexed as anyone by the bizarre YouGov poll commissioned by "Better Together" and released today, which reveals that the status quo they're so strenuously campaigning for is the least...

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A Scottish Liberal: What I want from Better Together - more negativity
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 9:25am

Those of you who are regular visitors to my blog will know that I’ve often criticised the “no” campaign for their negativity.

It will therefore come as something of a surprise when I say that what I hope to see from Better Together in these crucial, final months of campaigning is more negativity...



Carmichael accused of neglecting his role as Scottish Secretary
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 7:58am

Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael has been accused by the SNP of failing "to take his job seriously" after admitting he is thinking of a career change.




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More evidence of Westminster acting against interests of Scotland | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 5:37am

Further evidence of Tory governments at Westminster acting against the interests of Scotland has emerged in newly released official documents.



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How We Invented Freedom by Daniel Hannan; Acts of Union by Linda Colley ? review
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 4:50am

Two worthwhile attempts to understand our constitutional woes from opposing political angles offer no way forward, writes Nick Cohen

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SCOT goes POP!: Anti-independence campaign shoot themselves in the foot by pu...
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 4:31am

Incomprehensibly, 'Better Together' - the campaign that is fighting to maintain the constitutional status quo - has just published a YouGov poll revealing that the status quo is the least popular of three constitutional options...



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Borrowing Britain
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 4:28am
It's one of the weirder aspects of the independence debate that the No campaign constantly shrieks about how an independent Scotland might run a deficit, as if that was some sort of unusual and ter...

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Salmond: we need power to ease child care needs
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 4:06am

THE Scottish Government cannot provide 30 hours a week child care without the full powers of independence, according to First Minister Alex Salmond.
Peter A Bell's insight:

That the Scottish Government cannot provide 30 hours a week child care without the full powers of independence is not merely "...



SCOT goes POP!: Nice to be ruled by Tories we didn't vote for, to be ruled by...
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 3:40am



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Salmond urges Cameron to debate | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
6 Jan 2014 at 3:13am

First Minister Alex Salmond has written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to accept a head to head televised debate.



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Nicola Sturgeon urges Labour and Tory supporters to vote Yes in September and...
by dailyrecord
6 Jan 2014 at 12:19pm
DEPUTY First Minister uses speech at St Andrews University to tell voters that they don't have to support the SNP to back independence.


David Cameron's crimper handed MBE in Honours list for services to hairdressing
by dailyrecord
6 Jan 2014 at 11:24am
DOWNING Street denies Lino Carbosiero was given gong after seamlessly shifting Prime Minister's parting from left to right.


Poll: Should David Cameron go head-to-head with Alex Salmond in a TV debate o...
by Lindsey Archibald
6 Jan 2014 at 4:48am
PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has confirmed he won't go up against First Minister Alex Salmond in a TV debate over independence, but we want to know what you think in our poll.


"The year of hard choices": George Osborne vows to slash spending by £25BILLI...
by James Lyons
6 Jan 2014 at 2:27am
Housing benefit is also targeted for huge reductions by David Cameron and George Osborne if they win the 2015 election


Independence referendum: Nicola Sturgeon challenges No campaign to set out th...
by David Clegg
5 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
THE SNP deputy leader will fire the opening salvo in the 2014 independence battle today by turning the spotlight on the Better Together campaign's plan for the future.


David Cameron says he will not take part in public debate with Alex Salmond o...
by dailyrecord
5 Jan 2014 at 7:46am
SPEAKING today, the Prime Minister said that he will "work very hard to play my part" in the referendum which will take place in September.


Ex-Labour council leader John Mulvey gets behind Yes vote in the referendum s...
by Mark Aitken
5 Jan 2014 at 4:32am
THE 69-year-old who was leader of Lothian Regional Council has said that although he believes he will not benefit from an independent Scotland but future generations will.


Tories condemned by ex-miners after secret plot to close the UK's pits is exp...
by Mark Aitken
5 Jan 2014 at 3:15am
THE documents from 1984 revealed that Arthur Scargill's claims were correct after they showed that there was a list of over 70 mines marked for closure.


Alex Salmond 'in bed' with ex-MSP Tommy Sheridan, claims Better Together camp...
by David Clegg
4 Jan 2014 at 3:09am
THE former chancellor made the claim as he defended working with the Tories in his efforts to keep Scotland part of the UK.


Early prison release scandal: Nine killers and 183 sex offenders will be free...
by David Clegg
4 Jan 2014 at 2:12am
THE vile cons, who were sent down for less than four years, will be allowed out under new soft-touch sentencing laws, it has been revealed.


BNP leader Nick Griffin vows to continue as MEP despite being declared bankrupt
by dailyrecord
3 Jan 2014 at 8:12am
GRIFFIN said that being bankrupt "does free me from financial worries. A good day!" on his Twitter account.


Independence referendum: Lose Scotland and you will lose the UK, ex-diplomat ...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Jan 2014 at 3:08am
BRIAN Barder warned the PM that the independence vote is more important than the Tories' obsession with Europe.


Record View: Tories are still Con-ning us after all these years
by Record View
3 Jan 2014 at 2:42am
Newly released files show Thatcher plotted to fiddle Scots ? and her party still believe we get more than our fair share.


Revealed: Margaret Thatcher's Tories plotted to secretly fiddle Scots out of ...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Jan 2014 at 2:19am
NEWLY released files show the former Prime Minister gave the go-ahead for an "invisible" attack on public services led by John Redwood.


Liberal Democrats call for action on jail suicides after 28 inmates die in th...
by Paul O'Hare
2 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm
LIB Dem justice spokeperson Alison McInnes wants greater measures taken against early warning signs of suicide amongst inmates.


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New YouGuff poll shows majority of Scots want independence declared right now.
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jan 2014 at 4:33pm
New YouGuff poll shows majority of Scots want independence declared right now.


Voters to SNP: Give us independence now
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Lamont: When the SNP launched their white paper last month they claimed independence was their priority. They could prove this by getting on with the job...

In a stunning about turn, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has publicly s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jan 2014 at 12:26pm
In a stunning about turn, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has publicly stated that he has "changed his mind" about Scottish independence and will in fact now be voting "no" in the referendum he has worked so hard to facilitate.


Alex Salmond makes dramatic u-turn
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It i...

2014 is our one chance to finally close the gap...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
2014 is our one chance to finally close the gap...



Lack of co-operation in the Cooperative movement threatens our cooperative Un...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jan 2014 at 12:12pm
Lack of co-operation in the Cooperative movement threatens our cooperative Union.


Chairchoob plucks the Scotmid chickens
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Obvious product placements would be to ensure that the U-KOK logo is printed on all condoms sold in Scotlandshire

Wee Jocky and the Bogeyman ponder an independent Scotlandshire
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jan 2014 at 2:29pm
Wee Jocky and the Bogeyman ponder an independent Scotlandshire



This site is run by the good residents of St. Kilda in a sterling effort to k...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jan 2014 at 6:18am
This site is run by the good residents of St. Kilda in a sterling effort to keep it British, to ensure none of the lovely (but volatile) oil in the Atlantic is grabbed by the Celtic splittists.

Please visit and like the page as, in common with UKOK itself, their numbers are low and they have ver...

Fears over the fate of the missing LibDem politician were allayed as Alistair...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jan 2014 at 12:24pm
Fears over the fate of the missing LibDem politician were allayed as Alistair Carmichaelmoore is found up the prime Minister's arse.


Missing Scottish Secretary found alive in Cameron's colon
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As to his choice of bolt-hole, it should be remembered that the PM is a Conservat...

A little Hogmanay message for all our viewers.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Dec 2013 at 4:29pm
A little Hogmanay message for all our viewers.



The un-predictions for 2014 - what definitely won't occur.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Dec 2013 at 11:56am
The un-predictions for 2014 - what definitely won't occur.


These WON'T happen in 2014!
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I was privileged to be given a shottie of Glasgow Council's political prediction tool (the famous Weegie Board) and was able to raise the greatest star in the firmament of the political...

As 2013 draws to a close, U-KOK have announced their line up for the last 9 m...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Dec 2013 at 5:04pm
As 2013 draws to a close, U-KOK have announced their line up for the last 9 months of project Fear. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Please share widely - the FUDS need the publicity.



UK safety at terrible risk - says Chairchoob.
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Dec 2013 at 11:31am
UK safety at terrible risk - says Chairchoob.


Embarrassing gap in UK defence uncovered
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U-KOK head, Alastair Darling said, Salmond has no idea how to defend separate Scotlandshire against against these vicious terrorist ideas which would inflict common weals on us all. Wha...

In the best tradition of festive broadcasting we repeat the complete Xmas Car...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Dec 2013 at 1:46pm
In the best tradition of festive broadcasting we repeat the complete Xmas Caroller story. That's for you bastirts who didn't read it in serial form!


A Christmas Caroller - The Whole Story
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
For those who missed the serial publication, here's the complete version of Scrooge'...

Poultice on polls, U-KOK's relaunch, and a new poll for our readers!
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Dec 2013 at 3:31pm
Poultice on polls, U-KOK's relaunch, and a new poll for our readers!


Poultice looks at our past poll and the poll of the future
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The U-KOK relaunch has been slightly delayed again, as the splittists implemented their Know campaign before U-KOK had a chance to use their exp...

Coop safeguards human rights of its U-KOK employees - "no need to handle good...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Dec 2013 at 8:40am
Coop safeguards human rights of its U-KOK employees - "no need to handle goods that they find offensive.


Coop says U-KOK staff can refuse to sell customers Scottish products
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Mutton pies being fed to Jackie Baillie MSP in a brave but desperate personal effort to save Weegi...

Xmas Caroller Part 4 - Scrooge decides how to cast his vote, and discovers th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Dec 2013 at 6:03pm
Xmas Caroller Part 4 - Scrooge decides how to cast his vote, and discovers the consequence.


A Christmas Caroller - The End of it
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Merry Xmas, said the Ghosts.


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If not us, who? If not now, when?


Celtic Connections Preview
by bellacaledonia
6 Jan 2014 at 9:05am
Just as Celtic Connections comes round again this is a great interview with Donald Shaw and Joe Boyd talking about cultural revival and featuring Martyn Bennett with Cuillin Music from 1999. This year Celtic Connections will be at the SSE... Read More ›


Slebs for the Union
by bellacaledonia
6 Jan 2014 at 6:02am
Dave has suggested that the ‘battle for hearts and minds’ is needed to persuade us useless Scots to stick with Britannia.  The Prime Minister?s outburst came after unfortunate reports that senior UK Tories believed Alistair Darling?s leadership of the No... Read More ›

The Ties That Bind
by bellacaledonia
3 Jan 2014 at 5:20pm
By George Rosie `What more do you want?? a somewhat exasperated left-leaning Englishwoman asked me not so long ago. `You?ve got your parliament, haven?t you? You?ve got your bloody first minister haven?t you? You can do pretty well what you... Read More ›

Revisiting Armageddon
by bellacaledonia
3 Jan 2014 at 4:48pm
By Mike Small In July 2012 Stewart Regan, speaking on the day the SPL unanimously rejected Rangers? application to play in the top flight,  warned to expect a long, slow death for Scottish football unless a newco Ibrox club are... Read More ›


Transylvania Fails to Bite
by bellacaledonia
2 Jan 2014 at 7:51pm
By Mike Small Back in 2005 Michael Howard launched a truly horrible poster campaign asking ‘Are you thinking what we’re thinking?’ with a series of ‘homely truths’. You saw it all over the streets insinuating itself into your psyche and... Read More ›

Adequately Explained by Stupidity?
by bellacaledonia
2 Jan 2014 at 6:57pm
Adequately Explained by Stupidity? ? Lockerbie, Luggage and Lies by Morag G. Kerr, Troubadour Publishing Ltd. reviewed by Graeme Purves Most of us who are old enough will remember the shock with which we learned of the atrocity which ended... Read More ›

From the Province of the Cat #23: Don?t Look Back
by bellacaledonia
2 Jan 2014 at 9:32am
By George Gunn In the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice when on their wedding day Eurydice is bitten by vipers and tragically dies Orpheus goes down to the land of the dead, to Hades, to find her. He is granted... Read More ›

Resolution
by bellacaledonia
31 Dec 2013 at 6:04am
By Mike Small In 259 days we can and will win.That such a sentence can be written at all is a feat of some doing, and no doubt we are standing on the shoulders of giants who have brought us... Read More ›


Alternative Scottish Honours
by bellacaledonia
28 Dec 2013 at 10:19am
As The Times announces George Gideon Osborne as ‘Briton of the Year’ – surely confirming that we live in different political universes – we offer this antidote to the gongs and the patronage of broken Empire. Set aside the British... Read More ›


Our Tom Stockman
by bellacaledonia
22 Dec 2013 at 9:00am
Our banks and savings have been stolen from us by crooks representing the ?luxury and corruption? of a commercial society always at risk of going rotten to its very core. Chris Harvie reviews – Stephen Maxwell, The Case for Left-Wing... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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30pc back Scottish independence as referendum phoney war ends - Telegraph.co.uk
6 Jan 2014 at 12:04am

Telegraph.co.uk

30pc back Scottish independence as referendum phoney war ends
Telegraph.co.uk
Less than a third of Scots want to leave the United Kingdom, according to an opinion poll published today as the phoney war over independence ends and the battle to win this year's referendum starts in earn...


Scottish independence: PM urges emotional case - Scotsman
5 Jan 2014 at 6:03pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: PM urges emotional case
Scotsman
Pro-independence campaigners last night claimed Mr Cameron's remarks showed the No campaign had failed to ?convince people that Scotland would have a brighter future as part of the UK?. First Minister Alex Salmond also criticsed Mr Cam...


Lord Robertson: Scottish independence could lead to UK's disintegration - Tel...
6 Jan 2014 at 12:42pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Lord Robertson: Scottish independence could lead to UK's disintegration
Telegraph.co.uk
Scottish independence would put the United Kingdom on the ?road to disintegration? and could trigger the ?re-Balkanisation? of Europe, a former Nato secretary general has warned the American publi...


Scottish independence: Teenagers' views on referendum - BBC News
6 Jan 2014 at 8:21am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Teenagers' views on referendum
BBC News
The Scottish independence referendum in September will give 16 and 17-year-olds the first chance to cast a vote. Through the year, the BBC is following 50 young people to track their thoughts in Generation 2014. Martin Close and...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon challenges Darling - Scotsman
5 Jan 2014 at 6:03pm

Scottish independence: Sturgeon challenges Darling
Scotsman
In a flagship speech kicking off the SNP government's New Year referendum pitch to Scots, Ms Sturgeon also challenges the No campaign to ?spell out in detail? its own plans for Scotland in the event of a vote against independence. The Depu...


Scottish Independence: George Osborne's Cuts Will Hit Welfare Spending in ......
6 Jan 2014 at 11:04am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence: George Osborne's Cuts Will Hit Welfare Spending in ...
International Business Times UK
The Scottish National Party has said that chancellor George Osborne's call for an additional £25bn of spending cuts by 2018 will disproportionately hit welfar...


Scottish independence: Labour figure joins Yes - Scotsman
4 Jan 2014 at 6:01pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Labour figure joins Yes
Scotsman
Mulvey said: ?I have gone from being a sceptic about the relevance of devolution given all the other major political issues of that time to being absolutely convinced that Scotland's future now lies with independence.? He was leader of...


Scottish independence: Yes and No camps debate referendum - BBC News
6 Jan 2014 at 4:20am

Scottish independence: Yes and No camps debate referendum
BBC News
The leaders of the two Scottish independence referendum campaigns have outlined their views during an interview on BBC Radio Scotland. Blair Jenkins, who is head of pro-independence Yes Scotland, believes that whether people vote "y...


Scottish independence: Marking start of Scotland's year for decision - BBC News
2 Jan 2014 at 12:24pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Marking start of Scotland's year for decision
BBC News
But is Scotland as a whole about to take on a new life of its own? For most of 2013 the signs from the mainstream polling companies were not encouraging for supporters of independence. Most opinion surveys suggest...


Scottish independence: uncertain future for BBC SSO - Scotsman
5 Jan 2014 at 10:52am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: uncertain future for BBC SSO
Scotsman
This is not a political statement; it is merely a matter of fact. The result of October's Independence referendum could have a potentially catastrophic effect on the quantity and quality of orchestral provision in Scotland. Should...



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Devo-Max suddenly looks more appealing to the Nats - Telegraph.co.uk
6 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm

Devo-Max suddenly looks more appealing to the Nats
Telegraph.co.uk
It has been known for some time that whatever charms Alex Salmond possesses are, to a large extent, lost on women voters and this no doubt played a significant part in the SNP leader's decision to make his deputy responsible for the...


Council taking the lead - Amateur Stage Magazine
6 Jan 2014 at 2:33pm

Council taking the lead
Amateur Stage Magazine
A creative councillor has come up with an unusual way of boosting trade in a troubled town centre ... by introducing street theatre. SNP man Andy Doig is keen to attract more people into Johnstone town centre as the economic crisis continues to bite.

an...


How has the SNP progressed to the brink of achieving independence? asks ... -...
6 Jan 2014 at 1:55pm

How has the SNP progressed to the brink of achieving independence? asks ...
Financial Times
The day the union between England and Scotland came into force, May 1 1707, was marked by a gruesome event in Edinburgh. James Douglas, Duke of Queensberry ? known as the Union Duke for his role in creating ...


Scottish independence: Sturgeon's Labour vote plea - Scotsman
6 Jan 2014 at 1:12pm

Scottish independence: Sturgeon's Labour vote plea
Scotsman
A capacity crowd of 400 turned out to hear the SNP Deputy leader today at the town's Buchanan Theatre after excess demand saw the event moved from the historic Parliament Hall. Asked afterwards if she believed a Yes vote in September would...


Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence less risky than remaining part of UK -...
6 Jan 2014 at 12:47pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence less risky than remaining part of UK
Telegraph.co.uk
... were struggling to persuade even their own supporters. Her ultimatum came the week after the head of the CBI in Scotland accused SNP ministers of a ?reprehensible? attempt to discredit him...


Nicola Sturgeon urges Labour and Tory supporters to vote Yes in September ......
6 Jan 2014 at 12:29pm

Scottish Daily Record

Nicola Sturgeon urges Labour and Tory supporters to vote Yes in September ...
Scottish Daily Record
"If you accept the principle that the best way of ensuring success is to give ourselves the powers that help determine it, then it doesn't matter whether or not you support the S...


Sturgeon: indyref vote transcends party politics - Herald Scotland
6 Jan 2014 at 11:39am

Herald Scotland

Sturgeon: indyref vote transcends party politics
Herald Scotland
During a speech at St Andrews University, Ms Sturgeon told her audience that voters did not need to back the SNP to support independence. She stated that anecdotal evidence suggested there was already "a pronounced move...


As Others See Us: The View from Canada - Herald Scotland (blog)
6 Jan 2014 at 11:34am

As Others See Us: The View from Canada
Herald Scotland (blog)
The academic added: "While Salmond has been accused by many unionists of appealing to nativist sentiment, from where I sit, the SNPs approach seems to have been shaped less by identity politics and more about convincing Scots that they a...


Carmichael: Job security and stronger economy mean more than illusory SNP ......
6 Jan 2014 at 10:45am

Carmichael: Job security and stronger economy mean more than illusory SNP ...
Liberal Democrat Voice
And for the 11,000 people? because we're part of a successful growing economy, I think that means more to them than some illusory promise on childcare [from the SNP]. You can read the full interview...


Johnstone town centre should take centre stage - Scottish Daily Record
6 Jan 2014 at 10:43am

Scottish Daily Record

Johnstone town centre should take centre stage
Scottish Daily Record
SNP man Andy Doig is keen to attract more people into Johnstone town centre as the economic crisis continues to bite. And he reckons convincing amateur actors and other performers to swap treading the boards f...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scotland's referendum: What are the 'no' parties offering instead of independ...
6 Jan 2014 at 8:42am

Scottish Daily Record

Scotland's referendum: What are the 'no' parties offering instead of independence?
BBC News
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the pro-Union Better Together campaign to outline what a "no" vote in the referendum would mean for voters. She said the Scottish gove...


Scotland Tonight: Campaign battle-lines drawn in referendum year - stv.tv
6 Jan 2014 at 1:43pm

stv.tv

Scotland Tonight: Campaign battle-lines drawn in referendum year
stv.tv
It is the first time the two politicians have appeared on the show since their fiery clash in the Scotland Tonight debate last November. We'll follow up their interviews with analysis from Ipsos Mori's Mark Diffley and Ra...


Scottish independence: Yes and No camps debate referendum - BBC News
6 Jan 2014 at 4:20am

Scottish independence: Yes and No camps debate referendum
BBC News
The leaders of the two Scottish independence referendum campaigns have outlined their views during an interview on BBC Radio Scotland. Blair Jenkins, who is head of pro-independence Yes Scotland, believes that whether people vote "y...


Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose - BBC News
3 Jan 2014 at 6:06pm

Scotland's referendum: Time to consider, time to choose
BBC News
Timing matters in politics. The referendum on Scottish independence - and its associated campaign - coincide with the European elections in May this year and the run-up to the UK General Election in May next year. This is, needless to...


Law firms seeing growing demand for advice on independence referendum - Heral...
6 Jan 2014 at 7:09am

Law firms seeing growing demand for advice on independence referendum
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND'S largest commercial law firms are seeing increasing demands for information from clients keen to understand the potential implications of the independence referendum. SCOTLAND'S largest commercial law fi...


Scotland's referendum: Ten things we learned in 2013 - BBC News
30 Dec 2013 at 12:31am

BBC News

Scotland's referendum: Ten things we learned in 2013
BBC News
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed to delegates at the SNP Party Conference in October the details of First Minister Alex Salmond's referendum diet. Both he and singer Beyoncé follow the same 5:2 fasting re...


Nicola Sturgeon says the strength of the Scottish economy will encourage ... ...
3 Jan 2014 at 12:35am

BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon says the strength of the Scottish economy will encourage ...
BBC News
Asked whether the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign needed to be revitalised, Ms Sturgeon said: "I firmly believe who wins the economic argument will win the referendum. "Scotland can more than afford...


Scottish independence: Alistair Darling warns against referendum complacency ...
3 Jan 2014 at 6:53am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Alistair Darling warns against referendum complacency
BBC News
Speaking to BBC Scotland's political editor Brian Taylor, Mr Darling said Better Together had a "positive" case to make and persuading undecided voters would be a key tactic in the remaining eight and a ha...


Scottish independence: Teenagers' views on referendum - BBC News
6 Jan 2014 at 8:21am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Teenagers' views on referendum
BBC News
The Scottish independence referendum in September will give 16 and 17-year-olds the first chance to cast a vote. Through the year, the BBC is following 50 young people to track their thoughts in Generation 2014. Martin Close and...


Independence referendum: Lose Scotland and you will lose the UK, ex-diplomat ...
3 Jan 2014 at 3:19am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Lose Scotland and you will lose the UK, ex-diplomat ...
Scottish Daily Record
DAVID Cameron is in danger of losing the Scottish referendum because of the Tories' obsession with Europe, an experienced political figure has warned. Retired diplomat Brian B...



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Anything Goes

Happy Handsel Day!
6 Jan 2014 at 12:02pm
Anybody still celebrate it?...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handsel_Monday

Doha Life
6 Jan 2014 at 10:28am
Hi

Wondering if anyone has experience of living in Doha? Have a young family (pre schoolers) and ...

Bitter Together Git Together
6 Jan 2014 at 8:28am



Facebook Broken?
6 Jan 2014 at 3:53am

Anyone seeing this kind of strange stuff?

 



Andrew Marr Questions Cameron On Independence Debate
5 Jan 2014 at 5:03am

Andrew Marr had David Cameron on his programme this morning.

 

In a long interview he spent less ...



Tartanjon
4 Jan 2014 at 6:48pm

Unbelievable!!!! Had the pleasure of the above named's company in a masonic lodge of all places. ...



Bye Bye Love
4 Jan 2014 at 4:19pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25601185

Not my cup of tea, but have to admire their...

Alistair Darling
4 Jan 2014 at 8:07am



Referendum Satire Show
4 Jan 2014 at 7:07am
For those interested in politicians getting humiliated through satire, The stand comedy club in E...

Average Post Count
4 Jan 2014 at 3:24am

Did not realise i missed my 10 year anniversary since i joined the TAMB

 

only noticed this when ...




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Better Nation

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

Ayes to the Right
by James
22 Dec 2013 at 10:51am
Few people remember Nick Johnston‘s career as a Tory MSP, which ended more than twelve years ago....

Time to close Longannet
by James
20 Dec 2013 at 6:57am
The most recent figures on Scotland’s energy mix are a small step in the right direction, with re...

Three funerals, and a past that refuses to die.
by Dom
7 Dec 2013 at 6:17am
The death of Margaret Thatcher should have been a chance to move on, were it not for the apparent...

Lagom and the art of welfare maintenance
by Guest Blog
5 Dec 2013 at 2:00am
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. In this article she...

Our Friends In The North: The Nordic dream without the navel gazing
by Dom
26 Nov 2013 at 8:18am
It was with trepidation that I sat down to watch Our Friends in the North, BBC Scotland?s attempt...

What is the question? (part two of a potentially unending series)
by Aidan
24 Nov 2013 at 8:25am
A while back, in one of my previous attempts to remember how to blog, I wrote that while the ques...

The squeezed bottom
by James
18 Nov 2013 at 8:59am
Of all of this era’s grim political soundbites, is the worst “the squeezed middle”? This Miliband...

From complacency to place to place. The referendum is changing Scotland whate...
by Dom
16 Nov 2013 at 5:10am
I?m on the train to Inverness as I write this, reading the very interesting post in the Spectator...

Disorganised, hypocritical and pointless: Labour MPs
by James
13 Nov 2013 at 2:56am
Labour brought a vote yesterday at Westminster on the bedroom tax, calling for its abolition. Gre...

An urgent post-indy reform
by James
11 Nov 2013 at 5:49am
If Team Yes win the vote next year, amongst the governance changes required will be an expansion ...


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

Anti-independence campaign shoot themselves in the foot by publishing YouGov ...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2014 at 8:06pm
Incomprehensibly, 'Better Together' - the campaign that is fighting to maintain the constitutiona...

Nice to be ruled by Tories we didn't vote for, to be ruled by Tories we didn'...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2014 at 7:20pm
The full story isn't online yet, but judging from the preview of the Herald's front page, it seem...

Poll Exclusive : Voters demand that the Scotland on Sunday newspaper deliver ...
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2014 at 7:02pm
Pollster : OK, here's the next question.  How and when do you think that free childcare provision...

England Ashes debacle - another blow for McDougall?
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2014 at 6:21pm
Believe it or not, I do genuinely have a passing interest in cricket, so I decided to have a litt...

Answers At About Eight
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2014 at 2:02pm
So the moment you've all been waiting for - here are the eleven Labour MSPs (past and present) wh...


Anagrams At About Eight : Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer...
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2014 at 2:03am
Happy New Year, everyone!  Well, isn't this exciting?  On this day three years ago I wrote someth...

Ten reasons to be optimistic about a Yes to independence in 2014
by James Kelly
30 Dec 2013 at 6:30pm
Unlike so many of our friends in the London media, I don't claim to have a crystal ball handy, an...

The anti-independence campaign are insulting some of the world's leading econ...
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2013 at 6:30pm
A guest contribution by Dorice

We shouldn't be remotely surprised by the results of yesterday's Pa...

Hammerblow for the anti-independence campaign as it turns out they can't even...
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2013 at 10:02am
I'm indebted to Marcia on the previous thread for pointing me in the direction of the anti-indepe...

Fascinating Panelbase poll suggests that English, Welsh and Northern Irish vo...
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2013 at 8:35pm
I wasn't really expecting any referendum-flavoured opinion polls between Christmas and New Year, ...


Christmas Word-Search solution
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2013 at 2:00pm
As promised, here is the solution to Christmas Day's word-search puzzle -


And these are the 29 nam...


Word-Search Wednesday : Christmas Special
by James Kelly
25 Dec 2013 at 5:00am
As we're nearing the end of the year in which Scot Goes Pop marked its fifth anniversary (it all ...

A small prediction for 2014...
by James Kelly
24 Dec 2013 at 12:48am
If there's a Yes vote in September, the first we'll hear from John Rentoul, Euan McColm et al wil...

Denis the Double Standard
by James Kelly
23 Dec 2013 at 10:15am
I do actually have a modicum of human sympathy for Denis MacShane today - my only real problem wi...

Regeneration : a complete new life cycle
by James Kelly
22 Dec 2013 at 11:08am
Since it's very nearly Christmas, I'm going to indulge myself with a shameless geek-post about co...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

?2014 is the year of hard truths? for the UK ? and for the No campaign
by Cailean Gallagher
6 Jan 2014 at 7:14am

This morning George Osborne said ?2014 is the year of hard truths?.

With plans to cut another £25 ...



Nicola Sturgeon questions likelihood of additional powers after No vote
by sean.lafferty
6 Jan 2014 at 6:31am

Deputy First Minister and Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon today questioned the...



Only a Yes vote will meet demands for more powers
by Peter Dempsie
6 Jan 2014 at 6:24am
A poll heralded by the No campaign has found that independence is more popular than sticking with...

More evidence of Westminster acting against interests of Scotland
by sean.lafferty
5 Jan 2014 at 9:35am
Further evidence of Tory governments at Westminster acting against the interests of Scotland has ...

Former Labour council chief is latest high-profile figure to say Yes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Jan 2014 at 5:15am
John Mulvey, former leader of Lothian Region, Poll Tax rebel and dedicated thorn in the side of M...

'We can ensure a secure, green and affordable energy supply'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Jan 2014 at 4:42am
Find out more about what an independent Scotland can do for you: http://www.yesscotland.net/answers

'I'm Yes because I know the Scottish Parliament will work hard for our young ...
by Peter Dempsie
4 Jan 2014 at 7:07am

"I'm Yes because I know the Scottish Parliament will work hard for our young people - we've seen ...



Thatcher's secret plan to slash millions from Scots budget
by Peter Dempsie
3 Jan 2014 at 10:35am
The UK Government of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher planned ?secret cuts? targeted at Sc...

'The only way to to protect us against higher living costs'
by Kevin Gilmartin
3 Jan 2014 at 5:32am
Find out more about what an independent Scotland can do for you: http://www.yesscotland.net/answers

'Investing in the public services that matter to us'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
1 Jan 2014 at 6:13am
Find out more about what an independent Scotland can do for you: http://www.yesscotland.net/answers

Your Year of Yes resolutions
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
31 Dec 2013 at 5:59pm
Let's make 2014 the Year of Yes. Here are a few suggested new year's resolutions to help the Yes ...

'Good for business and good for jobs'
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
31 Dec 2013 at 6:03am

'I'm Yes because I want to see the Scottish Parliament with full powers to support small business...



2014 is the Year of Yes - and can also be the Year of Yes Labour
by Peter Dempsie
31 Dec 2013 at 4:41am

Labour supporters were today urged to vote Yes in September?s historic independence referendum - ...



'To make sure Scotland becomes the fairer country it should be'
by Kevin Gilmartin
30 Dec 2013 at 6:58am
Find out more about what an independent Scotland can do for you: http://www.yesscotland.net/answers

2014: However you say it, say Yes to a better Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
29 Dec 2013 at 6:14pm
However you say it, say Yes in 2014. That?s the New Year message from Yes Scotland, the cross-pa...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

English celebs to "lovebomb" Scotland
5 Jan 2014 at 6:07pm

http://t.co/kBNYiSMN96

 

Yet, David Cameron still refuses to debate Salmond as it should be a deb...



View from afar
5 Jan 2014 at 10:50am
I just want to say upfront that I don't personally care which way the vote goes but as someone wh...

Yet another senior Labour figure comes out for YES
4 Jan 2014 at 7:17pm

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-labour-figure-joins-yes-1...



Airdrieonians chairman says NO.
3 Jan 2014 at 8:31am
Not much of a surprise really. Attached Thumbnails

Labour's counter offer
3 Jan 2014 at 5:56am
According to Severin Carrell in the Guardian today, Labour are due to release plans for further d...

Thatcher's secret cuts to Scottish budget
2 Jan 2014 at 7:01pm
Not really a surprise

http://m.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/thatcher-made-secret-cuts-t...

Patriotism
1 Jan 2014 at 8:38pm

How big a part will it play in voting? i'm sure a few people will vote yes just because they ''di...



"Scotland has fallen among thieves . . . ." Ian Hamilton QC
1 Jan 2014 at 5:56pm



Well its been quiet....
26 Dec 2013 at 7:50pm
So I thought I would draw everyones attention to these guys/Turtles.


https://m.facebook.com/pages...

Wealthy Nation
21 Dec 2013 at 8:03am
The phrase "welcome contribution to the debate" has been criminally overused but it genuinely app...

The role of the media in #indyref
19 Dec 2013 at 4:52pm

http://newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-news/8490-exclusive-trust-finds-bbc-scotland-guilty...



welsh views on independence.....................
19 Dec 2013 at 1:25pm

I don't think they really give a toss when they really should. Wales its self has a growing confi...



Office for National Statistics
19 Dec 2013 at 12:54pm

ONS admits gaffe on Scottish growth data

 

I'm sure that stating Scottish GDP growth (excluding o...



London draining life out of rest of country - Vince Cable
19 Dec 2013 at 12:24pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25444981

 

London "is becoming a giant suction machine drai...

todays daily fear
19 Dec 2013 at 10:58am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25449018

In the event if independence when ...


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


A solution for Scottish independence | Katharine Whitehorn
by Katharine Whitehorn
6 Jan 2014 at 5:00am

Scots living in England won't be able to take part in the forthcoming vote, but could there be a third parliamentary way?

In the coming referendum on Scottish independence, Scots living in England w...




We need new solutions for governing this disunited kingdom | Linda Colley
by Linda Colley
5 Jan 2014 at 10:25am

Calls for the break-up of the UK are nothing new. A hundred years ago, Ireland was seeking self-determination

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war. But there is anoth...




Cameron refuses to go head to head with Salmond over Scotland
by Rowena Mason
5 Jan 2014 at 7:20am

Prime minister says he will work hard to win referendum but independence is for Scots to debate among themselves

David Cameron has rejected the latest challenge from Alex Salmond to debate the issue...




And you thought the Scots won Bannockburn | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
4 Jan 2014 at 12:30pm

Prepare for a vicious, not to say mendacious, propaganda campaign in the run-up to the independence vote

The most entertaining aspect of the independence debate last year was observing how the No ca...




Scottish independence yes vote would drive change in England, says writer
by Severin Carrell
3 Jan 2014 at 11:19am

Playwright David Greig says Newcastle and Manchester could be inspired to seek greater political and economic freedom

David Greig, one of the UK's leading playwrights, has predicted that a yes vote ...




Yes Scotland campaigners prepare to make the case for independence
by Severin Carrell
2 Jan 2014 at 10:17am

Blair Jenkins says independence is solution for those with a 'progressive view of what Scottish society can and should be'

The headquarters for Scotland's official independence campaign are designed...




David Cameron calls on Scots to stay in UK during new year's message
by Rowena Mason
31 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm

Prime minister entreats Scotland to vote no to independence during televised statement that includes vow of austerity

David Cameron has used his new year's message to plead with the Scots to stay in...



United Kingdom: no longer at ease | Editorial
by Editorial
31 Dec 2013 at 3:40pm

Is the state of our union strong? Many people will feel that the answer is no

Every January, the president of the United States addresses a televised joint session of Congress in a speech that tradi...




The Conservatives should embrace a yes vote for Scottish independence now | S...
by Simon Jenkins
31 Dec 2013 at 11:00am

Britain has fought many wars over self-determination, so independence for Scotland should not be treated as a privilege

This could be the year that Great Britain comes to an end. The prospect is his...




Prisoners fail to overturn ban on voting in Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell
19 Dec 2013 at 9:58am

Three inmates likely to appeal after judge rejects challenge to Alex Salmond's ban on prisoners voting in 2014 poll

Three Scottish prison inmates are likely to appeal against a judge's decision to t...




MPs warn Scotland that world role could shrink
by Severin Carrell
19 Dec 2013 at 1:00am

Cross-party committee warns that an independent Scotland would lose influence on tackling global poverty and development

A cross-party committee of MPs has warned that an independent Scotland would ...




Danny Alexander renews attacks on Scottish independence costs
by Severin Carrell
17 Dec 2013 at 6:05pm

Questions over costing of pledges raised as Alex Salmond accuses Westminster of driving many Scots into food poverty

Three of the Scottish National party's main independence pledges, including free ...




Better Together donors 'risk tarnishing campaign' to keep Scotland in UK
by Severin Carrell
16 Dec 2013 at 1:47pm

Scottish union leaders say many will be alarmed by significant contributions from Tory donors and senior financiers

Senior trade union leaders have said the Better Together campaign against Scottish...




When it comes to independence, Scotland should be able to take a joke | Clyn ...
by Clyn Gallagher
13 Dec 2013 at 3:00am

Satire is essential for democracy ? so why aren't more comedians tackling the referendum debate?

In the country that brought you Billy Connolly, Kevin Bridges and Frankie Boyle, we don't joke about ...




Scottish parliament to reject Westminster-style pay rises for MSPs
by Severin Carrell
9 Dec 2013 at 10:36am

Holyrood parties agree to end practice of pegging MSPs' pay to that of Westminster MPs, and restrict 2014 pay rise to 1%

The Scottish parliament is to restrict future pay rises for MSPs after decidi...




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