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After Walker: the battle of Dunfermline
A CLUSTER of surprisingly pink boxes by a busy road in Dunfermline, Pitcorthie Primary is stuccoed in bureaucratic safety signs.

MP quits Labour front bench role
A SCOTTISH MP has quit Labour leader Ed Miliband's front bench as he prepares to reshuffle his team.

Miliband smear row heats up as Mail refuses to back down
THE row over smear allegations made by Ed Miliband against the Daily Mail has intensified with the tabloid insisting it will not apologise for denouncing the Labour leader's late father.

Clarke to stand for election aged 74
VETERAN Tory Ken Clarke, 73, has announced that he will stand at the next General Election, while ­speculation is mounting that his Liberal Democrat contemporary, Sir Menzies Campbell, 72, will shortly announce he will not.

Public sector may get say on zero-hours use
Public sector bosses could be allowed to consider the inappropriateness of awarding contracts to companies that use controversial zero-hours contracts.

No 10 says TV pitch is half-baked
Downing Street has dismissed a "half-baked" proposal for David Cameron to present a television programme showcasing his bread-making skills.

Former defence secretary Fox tipped for front bench return
LIAM Fox, the former defence secretary, is being tipped for a return to the UK Government front line as David Cameron prepares to reshuffle parts of his team as early as next week.

Greens look to gain seat in Europe
THE Scottish Greens are looking to capitalise on the fall-out from Liberal Democrat involvement in the Westminster coalition with the Tories by winning a seat in Europe

Salmond poised for fourth China visit
ALEX Salmond is poised to make his fourth visit to China since becoming First Minister, but the Scottish Government has become embroiled with Whitehall in a row over the planned dates.

Alexander slams plans for pensions
Danny Alexander has accused the Scottish Government of "fiddling the figures" when they unveiled their plans for the state pension following independence.

Government and Ofgem working to save wind farm projects
THE Scottish Government is working with energy regulator Ofgem in a bid to save a number of major wind farm projects potentially at risk from a legal ruling.

Stirling first to boost childcare
Labour-led Stirling Council is to become the first to offer 600 hours-a-year of free early-years child care.

Cameron calls for chance to 'finish the job'
THE Conservatives are the party of the future while Labour under Ed Miliband wants to return Britain to 1970s-style socialism, David Cameron said as he called on voters to give the Tories the chance to "finish the job" of completing the economic recovery.

Miliband complaint prompts warning on press regulation
The row between Ed Miliband and the Daily Mail newspaper could influence politicians deciding on a new system of press regulation, a national newspaper editor has warned.

On their marks ? the race for Downing Street has started
THE spirit of Sir Winston Churchill was invoked to underline David Cameron's key message to conference - give us the tools and we will finish the job.


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Nationalisation call for Scottish energy industry
6 Oct 2013 at 8:46am

Scotland’s energy resources should be publicly-owned in the event of a Yes vote in next year’s referendum, a new report says.



Comment: independent Scotland could defend itself
6 Oct 2013 at 7:15am

DEFENCE Secretary Philip Hammond, the ex-businessman currently in charge of Britain’s defences – and if that doesn’t send a shiver down your spine then nothing will – visits Scotland this week.



Scottish independence: Split from UK energy market call
5 Oct 2013 at 4:35pm

SCOTLAND should withdraw from the UK-wide energy market and put control over its own resources into public hands, a radical new report declares today.



Scottish independence: Greens back Scots currency
5 Oct 2013 at 2:56pm

CLAIMS that the Yes Scotland campaign is split over economic policy resurfaced last night when the Scottish Green Party voted that Scotland should have its own currency after independence.



Scottish independence: Warning over Scots regiments
5 Oct 2013 at 2:51pm

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland could not expect to automatically inherit the country’s ­historic regiments nor the servicemen and women who serve in them, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond will ­insist this week.



Alex Neil vows no NHS pay freeze in Scotland
5 Oct 2013 at 2:44pm

Health Secretary Alex Neil last night pledged that Scotland would not follow UK government plans to impose a pay freeze on NHS staff.



Andrew Wilson: What US shutdown shows us
5 Oct 2013 at 2:09pm

WHEN the tail wags the dog we often have a problem.



Drumlanrig: Holyrood | Yousaf | John Swinney
5 Oct 2013 at 2:01pm

The construction of a new security “Barbican” at the front of Holyrood has seen the parliament’s souvenir shop move nearer the exit to tempt the punters into buying a gift as they leave.



Dani Garavelli: Cameron?s idea of life on breadline
5 Oct 2013 at 1:58pm

IT SHOULDN’T come as any surprise by now, should it, that David Cameron has no idea what life is like outside his own tiny bubble of privilege?



Euan McColm: More police doesn?t mean a better force
5 Oct 2013 at 1:54pm

A PARTICULARLY illuminating aspect of the SNP’s popular promise to put 1,000 extra ­police on the streets is the way the policy was devised.



Eddie Barnes: Taking in the leader?s speech
5 Oct 2013 at 1:48pm

THE leader’s oration has become a meaningless ritual in political party conferences that are in need of a radical overhaul



Clegg - ?Men happy to discuss pay gap with women?
5 Oct 2013 at 6:35am

MALE workers would happily tell female colleagues how much they earn in a bid to close the gender pay gap, Nick Clegg said as he gave his support to a campaign for more openness.



Scottish independence: Harvie ?radical vision? claim
4 Oct 2013 at 5:40pm

SCOTTISH Green Party leader Patrick Harvie will today claim that only a “radical vision” of independence will deliver a Yes vote in next year’s referendum.



Salmond starts SNP Dunfermline by-election campaign
4 Oct 2013 at 5:31pm

ALEX Salmond has launched the Scottish National Party’s campaign for the Dunfermline by-election.



Online safety: Parents back new protection regime
4 Oct 2013 at 3:33pm

PARENTS have backed the prospect of a new, strengthened protection regime to tackle online threats to youngsters.




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For Sidney Bechet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Oct 2013 at 6:28pm

How it?s done
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Oct 2013 at 9:58am
If you’re one of our non-Luddite readers and possess a Twitter account, you’ll probably  have noticed a flurry of comment a couple of weeks back about a debate at Abertay University in Dundee (the UK’s centre of educational excellence for the videogames industry, among other things), in which the SNP’s Stewart Hosie – debating Labour’s [...]

Stupidity beyond parody
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2013 at 5:48pm
Not for the first time, we had to check that this really came from “Better Together”, not some cybernat satire site, but again it’s bona fide hypocrisy par excellence. This really is what the No camp is trying to shovel, in the guise of a pseudo-socialist appeal made in the name of three political parties [...]

A nice problem to have
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2013 at 11:34am
Sometime this month, Wings Over Scotland is likely to pass 100,000 approved comments (over and above the tens of thousands that get caught by our built-in anti-spam filter, the splendid and ever-vigilant Akismet). Which is amazingly great, because the site’s comments match quantity with quality, but it’s also an awfully large volume to have to [...]

Line missing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2013 at 5:50am
There’s an interesting piece in today’s Scotsman, entitled “Why isn’t Scotland making more popular films?” and bemoaning the poor condition of the Scottish film industry. At the end it contains the following paragraphs. “The ready comparison is Ireland, where the film industry is more robust than Scotland?s. According to film critic Brian Pendreigh, Mel Gibson [...]

The long way around
by Andrew Leslie
3 Oct 2013 at 10:00am
My journey to Yes is probably a rather unconventional one. I’m from an establishment background: military family, English public school, Oxford. I’ve spent a lot of my life abroad and in England. My ancestors came from Hungary in the train of Saint Margaret of Scotland, who fled here from the Norman invasion and married Malcolm Canmore to [...]

Growing older
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Oct 2013 at 5:24am
If we’ve been a bit quiet this morning, it’s because we’re wading through 120-odd pages of this, the Scottish Government’s extensive paper on “Pensions in an independent Scotland”. We’d have reprinted the Executive Summary for you, but it’s a PDF, which means we’d have to spend approximately 400 years re-formatting it to be readable. [EDIT: HTML [...]

The news we knew
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Oct 2013 at 1:58pm
We’re not quite sure why the UK government has chosen this year, of all years, to start disaggregating tax receipts by nation, breaking down the UK’s income according to how much of it came from each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and even calculating oil revenues on a geographical basis. You might well [...]

A try and a conversion
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Oct 2013 at 6:59am
This was ex-Scotland rugby star Gavin Hastings in June: “Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings says it ‘beggars belief’ some Scots believe they would be better off being separate from the UK. Speaking to The Scots Magazine he went on to warn about the dangers of complacency in the forthcoming referendum, as polls indicate the ‘No’ [...]

Knowing our place
by Stewart Bremner
2 Oct 2013 at 3:49am
When I was a child I was taught of a long-ago battle. It was a monumental battle, an invading army and a defending one, swords and shields, bows and arrows. The attackers were somehow both bad men and good and the defenders lost, their king dead in sight of the sea. When I grew up, [...]


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'No NHS pay freeze' in Scotland
6 Oct 2013 at 5:13am
Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil pledges not to impose a pay freeze on NHS workers in Scotland.


Greens 'key' to securing Yes vote
5 Oct 2013 at 5:16am
The Scottish Greens could play a crucial role in convincing Scots to vote for independence in next year's referendum, the party's conference is told.


Warhol exhibition opens at Holyrood
4 Oct 2013 at 6:55pm
An Andy Warhol exhibition opens at Holyrood - the first exhibition of the artist's work to take place in a parliamentary building.


Senior figures hit by-election trail
4 Oct 2013 at 11:57am
The shadow chancellor, the first minister and other party leaders campaign in the Dunfermline by-election.


Energy group 'could consider freeze'
4 Oct 2013 at 3:22am
The Scottish government says its expert commission on energy could consider the feasibility of a price freeze on gas and electricity prices in an independent Scotland.


Procurement reform bill published
4 Oct 2013 at 10:33am
Public sector bodies could be allowed to consider issues such as blacklisting when awarding work to firms, under proposed reforms.


Summit to protect children online
3 Oct 2013 at 6:06pm
A summit is being planned to ensure children in Scotland get the best possible protection when they are using the internet.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
3 Oct 2013 at 7:31am
Alex Salmond comes under attack from Labour over college student numbers.


VIDEO: Defence in an independent Scotland
27 Sep 2013 at 1:00pm
Dr Phillips O'Brien answers your questions on defence in an independent Scotland.


AUDIO: McCormick optimistic on referendum talks
25 Sep 2013 at 2:21am
The head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland John McCormick said he was optimistic that the UK and Scottish governments would produce a "strong and clear" joint statement about what would happen after next year's independence referendum.


VIDEO: Are pensions a referendum decider?
24 Sep 2013 at 5:28am
Could pensions be the crucial vote decider when polling booths open in the referendum on Scottish independence.


VIDEO: Swinney 'instinct' to keep postal service
19 Sep 2013 at 10:12am
Finance Secretary John Swinney tells a BBC debate programme that his instinct is to keep postal services in public control, but he cannot be "definitive" about it.


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And the walls came tumbling down
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Oct 2013 at 3:40am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The moment arrived last week.  Hoped for, but never realistically expected, one of BBC Scotland's most respected presenters has finally lifted the lid on the corporation's Scottish franchise.
 
Derek Bateman's blog is a must read.  A conveyor belt of witty and insightful recollections of his time at the BBC has grabbed the attention of Scotland's cyber dwellers.



Hank the Hallucination to Ed Balls: "Dude?Get Real"
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Oct 2013 at 2:54am

By Mark McNaught
 
For those of you who did not live in Austin Texas in the 1980's, Hank the Hallucination was an iconic newspaper comic strip character from a local series called Eyebeam.  Hank was actually nominated as a candidate for President of the Student Council at the University of Texas in 1982.  
 



Cameron's duty to debate Salmond
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Oct 2013 at 12:59am

  By George Kerevan
 
There is something very peculiar about the manner in which the Scottish independence debate is being conducted: south of the Border, there is a glaring absence of discussion about the possible break-up of the United Kingdom.  The issue hardly rates a mention on the nightly news bulletins except as a "regional item".



Scottish oil fund proposal will require Holyrood to show courage
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Oct 2013 at 11:17am

By Professor Alex Kemp
 
The proposals from the Fiscal Commission Working Group reflect a combination of the intellectual case for an oil fund and the budgetary realities likely to be faced by an independent Scottish Government.
 
For any oil-producing country there is a clear case for the establishment of an oil fund because the revenues emanate from the depletion of a non-renewable natural resource.



The Make Believers
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2013 at 5:15pm

Are we being presented with a balanced debate by our media in their coverage of the independence referendum?  Just how will the Westminster government react as referendum day approaches and what can Scotland learn from the exprience of the people of Quebec?
 
'The Make Believers' is a documentary that poses these same questions.  It lists the views of Scots unhappy with the current situation and presents viewers with the experiences of the people of Quebec in a warning of what can be expected.



Okaye Dokaye...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2013 at 10:59am

By Derek Bateman
 
Just a quickie...I've been to Stirling Castle for a day oot?no mobile reception in the Great Hall?no wonder they call it Historic Scotland...
 
Two wee points since I'm rushing to get the tea organised?Kaye Adams is in the news as she's returning to her telly roots.  It's a show called Loose Women which I haven't seen but may be related to bowel problems.  I like her, so good luck, Kaye.



UK constitutional conventions inevitable: but will not come from Westminster
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2013 at 1:03am

By Mark McNaught
 
The recent concession by Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones that he could not assure Scots that London would devolve further powers following a 'no' vote, because Wales has not received the powers recommended by the Silk Commission, should be ringing alarm bells in Westminster.
 
Not that Scots needed to be reminded after the failure to deliver more powers after the 1979 referendum, but his statement underlines the resentment over UK broken promises over devolution that has been simmering for decades.



BBC...more news
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Oct 2013 at 5:14pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Remember that what I'm describing are attempts by the parties ? particularly Labour ? to influence editorial decision-making.  I have another incident involving a current BBC presenter who was threatened "with their job" by a senior SNP figure moments before they went live in a studio interview.
 
If I go back a few years to a General Election a political producer was so harassed by an SNP spad ? still operating in government today ? that she couldn?t bring herself to vote for them.



Newsnet Scotland readership hits new high
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Oct 2013 at 4:40pm

Newsnet Scotland has just recorded its best ever month by attracting an astonishing 120,000 unique visitors to the site.
 
This beats our previous best by almost 5000 and makes us, we believe, the biggest non-traditional online news site in Scotland.



I've just stopped laughing...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Oct 2013 at 2:03pm

By Derek Bateman
 
I've been unable to post for 24 hours, having been convulsed with laughter at Labour claims of pro-independence bias at the BBC.  Every time I sat down to write I ended up shaking with hilarity until my sides ached.  It's only now my hands have stopped trembling long enough to hold the keyboard.




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Whisky and Bitter...Together?
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 11:59am

Scotch whisky is to be distilled in Kent following British Government declarations that Scottish regiments are exclusively British and Ed Ball’s claim that sterling is English.



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Media Wars
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 11:50am

News this week that Newsnet Scotland had broken through the 100,000 mark attracting an astonishing 120,000 unique visitors to the site brings to mind the often heralded but little analysed notion of a new emergent alternative Scottish media. The site, which now employs two freelance journalists, ...



The poor are always with us
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 11:35am
Sunday afternoon and I’ve just kicked the kids off the Mac…told them they need some physical activity so they’re doing press-ups in front of the telly… First a thanks for your responses.

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Scottish independence: Split from UK energy market call
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 11:16am

SCOTLAND should withdraw from the UK-wide energy market and put control over its own resources into public hands, a radical new report declares today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Although I hold the Jimmy Reid Foundation in highest regard and enthusiastically support the Common Weal project, I cannot h...



Sign for Scotland: Why Lib Dems should support Independence
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 9:54am

In 2010 the Liberal Democrats created a manifesto which was popular enough to earn 23% of the vote in that year’s UK general election.



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Latest Whitehall Defence Report an admission Scotland would inherit fair shar...
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 9:01am

The SNP has seized on a new Whitehall report which highlights what it claims would be difficulties in returning military units to an independent Scotland, by claiming that the report is now confirmation that Scotland would inherit a share of current UK defence assets.




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MoD blocked possible West of Scotland oil boom in 80s because of Nuclear Weapons
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 8:11am

A potential oil boom off the west coast of Scotland was blocked by the Ministry of Defence because of the close proximity to the Faslane Nuclear base, a former Labour MP has said.




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ScottishGovernment - News - SCOTLAND WILL BLOCK NHS ?PAY GRAB?
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 8:07am
Scottish Health Secretary plans union summit over UK NHS pay plans.

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Independence referendum: Jimmy Reid Foundation director explains the 'Common ...
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 7:45am

ROBIN McALPINE explains a project which has been set-up based on socialist values of a fair, equal and prosperous country without poverty, with good public services and where
communities are strong.

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Independence 'could mean lower power bills for Scots'
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 7:15am

POWER bills could fall significantly under independence if the state broke the stranglehold of the private energy companies and took on many of their functions for the wider benefit of society, according to a new expert paper.

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Scottish independence: Greens back Scots currency
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 7:05am

CLAIMS that the Yes Scotland campaign is split over economic policy resurfaced last night when the Scottish Green Party voted that Scotland should have its own currency after independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I am frequently struck by the abysmal ignorance exhibited in so much of the commentary...



Controversial Better Together funder rules out making further donations
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 6:31am

THE biggest and most controversial donor to the Better Together campaign will not be giving it any more money, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

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MoD claims 'loyal' Scots may refuse to join independent military
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 6:24am

An analysis paper to be launched by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says dividing the UK's military assets would be 'extremely complex'.
Peter A Bell's insight:

This hints at that British exceptionalism that grates on the sensibilities of those who are not persuaded of the divinely ordained superi...



Yes vote can lead to a greener, more sustainable Scotland | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 6:14am

A Yes vote can lead to a greener, more sustainable Scotland. That is the argument made in Yes Scotland’s response to Scottish Environment LINK’s Referendum Challenge.



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Actor Peter Mullan confident Scotland will say Yes | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
6 Oct 2013 at 6:04am

Peter Mullan, who stars in the new movie Sunshine on Leith, has spoken of his confidence that Scotland will vote Yes in next year’s referendum.



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Independence referendum: Jimmy Reid Foundation director explains the ideology...
by dailyrecord
6 Oct 2013 at 6:11am
ROBIN McALPINE explains a project which has been set-up based on socialist values of a fair, equal and prosperous country without poverty, with good public services and where communities are strong.


Scottish Green Party could play key role in getting Scots to vote for indepen...
by dailyrecord
5 Oct 2013 at 5:54am
PATRICK HARVIE believes that voters will respond to a 'radical vision for a better Scotland' which the Greens can outline.


Alex Salmond urged to axe bedroom tax after Belfast government seal £17m deal...
by David Clegg
5 Oct 2013 at 1:30am
LABOUR have called on the Scottish Government to come up with the £50milllion it would cost to alleviate the hated policy.


Ed Balls: Labour will make sure we never see the likes of the Bill Walker sca...
by David Clegg
5 Oct 2013 at 1:08am
THE Shadow Chancellor said the case of 71-year-old Walker - who could continue as an MP even when in jail - showed flaws in the system that a Labour Government would fix


Record View: SNP missing the point on colleges
by Record View
4 Oct 2013 at 5:48am
RECORD VIEW on Alex Salmond's misleading comments regarding student figures in Scotland.


Police cuts: First Minister Alex Salmond criticised for claiming social media...
by David Clegg
4 Oct 2013 at 5:09am
CRITICS have pointed out that the police urge the public not to use Twitter and Facebook to report crimes.


Truth About Youth: Young Scots champion their cause as nation gears up for in...
by Amanda Keenan
4 Oct 2013 at 4:39am
WE have teamed up with the Truth About Youth project to create an eight-strong team of youngsters to conduct a comprehensive survey on attitudes to young people in this country.


Alex Salmond accused of dressing up figures to show number of students is up ...
by David Clegg
4 Oct 2013 at 4:25am
LABOUR leader Johann Lamont reckons the figures actually prove college student numbers are down by 128,246 after huge cuts.


Scots comedy star Kevin Bridges tells the Prime Minister where to go after be...
by Torcuil Crichton
4 Oct 2013 at 1:31am
THE funnyman tweeted a picture of his invitation and said: "My heart is saying ?f*** that? and my head is saying ?Aye, f*** that?.?


Police chief constable Stephen House asked to explain to Holyrood about plans...
by dailyrecord
3 Oct 2013 at 11:19am
SIR Stephen is considering scrapping public counters at 65 of the country's 214 stations in an attempt to offer "value for money" in the new national service.


Tory conference 2013: David Cameron says he will end dole for under-25s as he...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Oct 2013 at 2:12am
THE prime minister launched into his 50 minute speech which outlined his vision for the future which included cutting dole for the young and helping businesses.


Glasgow set to receive £3.5m lifeline to help tenants battered by bedroom tax
by David Clegg
2 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
THE cash from the Scottish Government has been allocated for local authorities to support tenants who have fallen behind on their rent.


Wife-beater former MSP Bill Walker loses his appeal for bail after being jail...
by dailyrecord
2 Oct 2013 at 7:04am
WALKER was found guilty of 23 assaults against three former wives and a stepdaughter. Today a judge at the High Court in Edinburgh refused his attempt to be freed from prison.


Police station closures: Find out here if your local office is closing
by dailyrecord
2 Oct 2013 at 3:31am
 


Tory Conference: Boris Johnson launches attack on UK's young people by labell...
by Torcuil Crichton
2 Oct 2013 at 2:34am
THE mayor of London was speaking on Tuesday at the Tory party conference when he laid into jobless youths.


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BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively (because we read it elsewhere, but hope tha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Oct 2013 at 6:33am
BBC Scotlandshire can exclusively (because we read it elsewhere, but hope that you haven't) reveal that the US are laying the blame, for their largest loss of aircraft since the Vietnam War, on the UK.


USA - UK can afford nukes, but can't build a f**king fence?
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No matter how bad the bias of the spoof BBC becomes, never forget you have a ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Oct 2013 at 9:57am
No matter how bad the bias of the spoof BBC becomes, never forget you have a choice.



Part 5 of The Fear Factor is on the ayePlayer now. Sometimes scary things do...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Oct 2013 at 6:28pm
Part 5 of The Fear Factor is on the ayePlayer now.

Sometimes scary things do happen. Take for example oil baron Ian Taylor's attempt to censor a leading website for Scottish artists after they questioned his £500,000 donation to the no campaign. The Scottish press was too absorbed in its own dea...

Blare McDougall, project director of Project Fear, has welcomed the decision ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Oct 2013 at 3:03pm
Blare McDougall, project director of Project Fear, has welcomed the decision by statisticians from London and Edinburgh to publish a 'Bible' of accurate information about the strength of the UK and the pitiful weaknesses of Scotlandshire.


Blare McDougall welcomes publication of new Bible
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Poultice explains away your mistaken views on the splittist march - and we ha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Oct 2013 at 5:29pm
Poultice explains away your mistaken views on the splittist march - and we have a new poll!


Poultice ? Your views on the Edinburgh splittist marchers
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories f...

COSLA President, Labour's Councillor David O’Neill, has protested at the plan...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Oct 2013 at 11:51am
COSLA President, Labour's Councillor David O?Neill, has protested at the plans of the Nat controlled quango Scottish Water to undermine Glasgow.


Natz dig a huge hole - Why?
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Salmond - "Yir just a hoor Cameron"
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Sep 2013 at 4:06pm
Salmond - "Yir just a hoor Cameron"


Salmond - 'Butt out Dave'
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Salmond quotes Kipling - Power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages?

In our briefs - U-KOK head Alastair Darling has apologised for “mis-sp...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Sep 2013 at 8:20am
In our briefs - U-KOK head Alastair Darling has apologised for ?mis-speaking? on the spoof channel?s Sunday Politics show.


Darling jumps the gun.
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from ...

Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was astonished at claims that he wa...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Sep 2013 at 3:30pm
Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was astonished at claims that he was 'feart' to debate on TV with Alex Salmond.


Cameron hits back at 'feartie' charges
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Any futher derogation, by you, of that principle will result in Joanne [sic] having to thcream and thcream and ...

David makes quite sure he won't be blamed for losing Scotlandshire
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Sep 2013 at 3:20pm
David makes quite sure he won't be blamed for losing Scotlandshire



Project Fear, eh? More like Project Feart!
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Sep 2013 at 8:35am
Project Fear, eh? More like Project Feart!



Exclusive! The Scottish Daily Mail failed to bring you Simon Heffer's words, ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Sep 2013 at 4:35pm
Exclusive! The Scottish Daily Mail failed to bring you Simon Heffer's words, so BBC Scotlandshire does.


Why the Scots MUST vote for independence! The Daily Mail doesn't like them.
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This is absolutely the most definitive set of positive arguments and unarguable facts put fo...

Alastair Darling, UKOK head has cast doubts on the reliability of the latest ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Sep 2013 at 4:02pm
Alastair Darling, UKOK head has cast doubts on the reliability of the latest release of census data from Scotlandshire.


Darling - 'I do not believe it!'
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A census is just a really, really big poll where you ask everyone instead of just a sample. Polling rules still apply, ...

In Brief - McAvoy, who starred in The Last King of Scotlandshire, refuses to ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Sep 2013 at 9:48am
In Brief - McAvoy, who starred in The Last King of Scotlandshire, refuses to enter the debate over the 2014 referendum, echoing the positive tactics of the No campaign.


McAvoy 'a definite No voter', says McAvoy
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
?I don?t trust a single politician out there.?

Today's U-KOK march and rally in Hyde Park, which saw over 250,000 loyal soul...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Sep 2013 at 1:38pm
Today's U-KOK march and rally in Hyde Park, which saw over 250,000 loyal souls stride against the evils of splittism, will have brought an almost unbearable sense of pride to all right-thinking Brits.


Massive Unionist March Hailed a Great British Success
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it's time to get above ourselves

Media Wars
by bellacaledonia
6 Oct 2013 at 11:30am
By Mike Small News this week that Newsnet Scotland had broken through the 100,000 mark attracting an astonishing 120,000 unique visitors to the site which brings to mind the often heralded but little analysed notion of a new emergent alternative... Read More ›

Imagine the Present as History
by bellacaledonia
5 Oct 2013 at 5:41pm
By  Donald Adamson In a recent article in Bella Caledonia (1) I looked at the relative population changes in Scotland and England since 1970 and how these changes had contributed to the effective disenfranchisement of Scotland?s voters in UK general... Read More ›


Talks from Yes Leith
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2013 at 1:34pm
There’s a story you’re being told that politics is dead and this is just the same old politics. Nothing will change. Nothing ever changes. It’s a form of social control. Don’t believe it. The importance of live public events is... Read More ›

Toil as Citizenship
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2013 at 9:14am
Bella has been thinking about work and economy in the context of Occupy, independence, climate change and collapsonomics. Here’s David Graeber: In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Britain... Read More ›


When I Was a Child
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2013 at 7:11am
“Why the teaching of Scottish culture and history helped inform my intention to vote for an independent Scotland.” By Stewart Bremner. Filed under: Know Your History Tagged: Scottish History, Stewart Bremner


What?s Left of the Union Part 2
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2013 at 5:15am
What’s Left of the Union Part 2 – by Christopher Sliver Arguing for a socialist Yes: reclaiming the local The last century was one in which numerous macro solutions to humanity?s ills were tried and failed. The overwhelming hope of... Read More ›


What?s Left of the Union?
by bellacaledonia
3 Oct 2013 at 1:18pm
What’s Left of the Union? Part 1 – by Christopher Silver Last week the Labour Conference came and went with some carefully choreographed nationalist populism. It was made clear that, however the party may have felt, its leadership would leave... Read More ›


The Chvrches in Sesh
by bellacaledonia
3 Oct 2013 at 12:37pm
This is too good. Very ******* funny … Thanks to the godly but potty-mouthed Glasgow Podcarters which someone described to me today as ‘a radio station as if it was run by humans’. Filed under: Music Tagged: Boards of Canada,... Read More ›


Codex- Imaginary World
by bellacaledonia
3 Oct 2013 at 10:49am
“In October Rizzoli will be republishing what is regarded by many to be the strangest book in the world, the Codex Seraphinianus. The Codex is unlike other historically well-known strange books (such as the Voynich Manuscript), in that the author... Read More ›

Gaelic Scots and Other Languages
by bellacaledonia
3 Oct 2013 at 6:39am
By Wilson McLeod Last week the National Records of Scotland released long-awaited data from the 2011 census concerning Gaelic, Scots and other languages used in Scotland. Although the Scottish census data is a rather crude instrument for measuring language skills... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence: Warning over Scots regiments - Scotland on Sunday
5 Oct 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Warning over Scots regiments
Scotland on Sunday
Ministry of Defence sources are also warning this weekend that independence would mean that Scotland ?shutting the door? on British military contracts, such as those won by the Clyde shipyards for new aircraft ...


Does Scotland Want Independence? - New York Times
4 Oct 2013 at 1:24pm

New York Times

Does Scotland Want Independence?
New York Times
GLASGOW, Scotland ? IN just under a year, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to become an independent country. The issue is already so divisive that the comedian Susan Calman had to call for an end to the ?name-calling, swearing ...


Scottish independence: Split from UK energy market call - Scotland on Sunday
5 Oct 2013 at 6:03pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Split from UK energy market call
Scotland on Sunday
SCOTLAND should withdraw from the UK-wide energy market and put control over its own resources into public hands, a radical new report declares today. Published by the left-wing Jimmy Reid Foundation amid g...


Scottish independence: Greens back Scots currency - Scotland on Sunday
5 Oct 2013 at 6:04pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Greens back Scots currency
Scotland on Sunday
CLAIMS that the Yes Scotland campaign is split over economic policy resurfaced last night when the Scottish Green Party voted that Scotland should have its own currency after independence. Delegates at the Green ...


Scottish independence: Harvie 'radical vision' claim - Scotsman
4 Oct 2013 at 6:09pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Harvie 'radical vision' claim
Scotsman
SCOTTISH Green Party leader Patrick Harvie will today claim that only a ?radical vision? of independence will deliver a Yes vote in next year's referendum. Mr Harvie will use his speech to the Scottish Green Party conference to w...


Scottish independence: Balls 'not bluffing' on currency - Scotsman
4 Oct 2013 at 3:24pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Balls 'not bluffing' on currency
Scotsman
?If Scotland votes for independence, there is absolutely no guarantee at all that Scotland will be able to keep the pound, whatever Alex Salmond says,? Mr Balls said. ?More than that, it would be a very, very difficult negotia...


Scottish independence: Fiscal Commission backs oil fund for Scotland - BBC News
2 Oct 2013 at 4:21am

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Fiscal Commission backs oil fund for Scotland
BBC News
A team of economic advisers appointed by the Scottish government has said an oil fund should be established in the event of independence. The Fiscal Commission Working Group concluded that there should b...


Scottish independence: 'Finance industry would leave' - Scotsman
1 Oct 2013 at 7:34pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Finance industry would leave'
Scotsman
ThE financial services industry north of the Border would relocate to England if Scotland votes for independence next year, a senior Conservative has warned at the party conference. Business minister Michael Fallon told a fringe...


Scottish independence 'won't harm UK economy' - Scotland on Sunday
1 Oct 2013 at 6:02pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence 'won't harm UK economy'
Scotland on Sunday
Last night, nationalists said the survey showed businesses are ?unfazed? by the prospect of independence, while pro- Union campaigners insisted Scotland is stronger if resources are ?pooled? across the UK. The majori...


Scottish independence: Salmond's new debate demand - Scotland on Sunday
29 Sep 2013 at 5:18pm

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Salmond's new debate demand
Scotland on Sunday
The fundamental argument at the heart of the case for independence is that decisions affecting Scotland should be taken by those who choose to work and live here. Your argument is that many should be taken at We...



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Scotland 'more likely to suffer catastrophic terror attack if it achieves ind...
6 Oct 2013 at 11:45am

Daily Mail

Scotland 'more likely to suffer catastrophic terror attack if it achieves independence'
Daily Mail
The devastating dossier will show that the tiny defence budget proposed by the SNP could heighten the risk of a terror attack which could close down the water, gas or electricity supplies to...


MP slams Hammond's defence record - The Blairgowrie Advertiser
6 Oct 2013 at 11:38am

MP slams Hammond's defence record
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond should apologise for a string of "closures, cuts and broken promises" when he visits Scotland this week, the SNP's defence spokesman has said. Angus Robertson MP described UK Government claims that an inde...


SNP want apology from UK Defence Secretary over armed forces cuts - Herald Sc...
6 Oct 2013 at 11:09am

SNP want apology from UK Defence Secretary over armed forces cuts
Herald Scotland
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond should apologise for a string of "closures, cuts and broken promises" when he visits Scotland this week, the SNP's defence spokesman has said. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond should a...


Labour to target free prescriptions - SNP (press release)
6 Oct 2013 at 10:09am

Labour to target free prescriptions
SNP (press release)
?With Labour in Holyrood now planning to scrap prescription charges and the Labour candidate in Dunfermline casting doubt on the future of free personal care the only way to help households with living costs is with a vote for the SNP.? Filed ...


P45 Hammond should apologise on visit to Scotland - SNP (press release)
6 Oct 2013 at 7:37am

P45 Hammond should apologise on visit to Scotland
SNP (press release)
Scottish National Party Westminster Leader and Defence spokesperson Angus Robertson MP has said Defence Secretary Philip Hammond should apologise on his trip to Scotland this week ?for the litany of closures, disproportionate cut...


Rift opens as Greens vote to ditch pound - Press TV
6 Oct 2013 at 5:52am

Press TV

Rift opens as Greens vote to ditch pound
Press TV
The Greens made the announcement in their annual conference in Inverness, placing themselves diametrically opposed to the Scottish National Party (SNP), which is the main force pushing for an independent Scotland in the planned 2014 referend...


Qus for Lamont on Royal Mail renationalisation - SNP (press release)
6 Oct 2013 at 4:27am

Qus for Lamont on Royal Mail renationalisation
SNP (press release)
SNP MP Mike Weir has written to Johann Lamont asking her to say whether or not she backs the renationalisation of the Royal Mail. The membership of the Labour party endorsed renationalisation of the Royal Mail, in the event privatis...


Hammond admits Scotland to inherit defence assets - SNP (press release)
6 Oct 2013 at 3:16am

Hammond admits Scotland to inherit defence assets
SNP (press release)
The Scottish National Party has said Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has questions to answer on Defence assets in Scotland. Commenting on the UK Government Scotland Analysis paper on Defence in an Independent Scotland, SNP Westm...


After Walker: the battle of Dunfermline - Herald Scotland
5 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

After Walker: the battle of Dunfermline
Herald Scotland
But in Dunfermline, thanks to the Holyrood by-election caused by the resignation of convicted wifebeater Bill Walker, the fate of the three schools has become inextricably linked with that of Alex Salmond and Johann Lamont. The ...


Greens have powerful case - Herald Scotland
5 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Greens have powerful case
Herald Scotland
The emergence of the environment as a new frontline in the referendum campaign foregrounds the Greens and their radical vision, which goes well beyond the safety-first line of the SNP. Loading article content. Co-convener Patrick Harvie claimed yesterday .....



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Referendum saves the Irish Senate - Herald Scotland
5 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Referendum saves the Irish Senate
Herald Scotland
The Irish Government yesterday suffered defeat in a referendum to abolish the Seanad, the country's upper house of parliament, or Senate. The Irish Government yesterday suffered defeat in a referendum to abolish the Seanad, the country's upper house...


Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older - BBC News
30 Sep 2013 at 6:15pm

Scotsman

Scottish referendum: Vote registration begins for those 16 and older
BBC News
Teenagers who will be 16 or older when next year's independence referendum is held can now register to take part. It is the first time in a UK political vote that people under the age of 18 have been allowed to pa...


Does Scotland Want Independence? - New York Times
4 Oct 2013 at 1:24pm

New York Times

Does Scotland Want Independence?
New York Times
GLASGOW, Scotland ? IN just under a year, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to become an independent country. The issue is already so divisive that the comedian Susan Calman had to call for an end to the ?name-calling, swearing ...


Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity - Los Angeles T...
18 Sep 2013 at 12:36pm

BBC News

Scottish independence referendum sparks debate about identity
Los Angeles Times
LONDON ? Exactly a year before Scotland decides whether to remain part of Great Britain or go it alone, supporters of independence clashed Wednesday with those who want to stay in the British fold, heralding 12 ...


Scottish Independence: Referendum preparation 'encouraging' - BBC News
24 Sep 2013 at 6:04pm

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Referendum preparation 'encouraging'
BBC News
The Electoral Commission says preparations for the Scottish independence referendum are going well but it raised some concerns. John McCormick, electoral commissioner for Scotland, said he was "encouraged" by the progress ...


Scottish independence referendum: Thousands join 'Yes' vote march - The Indep...
22 Sep 2013 at 4:55am

Herald Scotland

Scottish independence referendum: Thousands join 'Yes' vote march
The Independent
Thousands of people have joined a march and rally in Scotland's capital, calling for a Yes vote in next year's independence referendum. The event in Edinburgh appeared to draw crowds from across the cou...


Scottish independence: Harvie 'radical vision' claim - Scotsman
4 Oct 2013 at 6:09pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Harvie 'radical vision' claim
Scotsman
However, Mr Harvie suggests that undecided voters will not be convinced by the SNP's platform on independence or a ?Scottish version of the political status quo? ahead of the referendum on 18 September 2014. The Glasgow MSP will ...


Who needs a referendum? Separation of Scotland from England begins as ... - D...
23 Sep 2013 at 1:40pm

Daily Mail

Who needs a referendum? Separation of Scotland from England begins as ...
Daily Mail
The referendum on whether Scotland should leave the UK is still a year away - but a group of craftsmen have already started the job of dividing England from its northern neighbour. Four dryliners from Cum...


Economic arguments key in referendum vote - Herald Scotland
2 Oct 2013 at 9:09pm

Economic arguments key in referendum vote
Herald Scotland
That was a dominant theme in Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson's speech to the party faithful in Manchester yesterday. In a speech that went down well with English and Scottish Conservatives, she claimed the true cost of the SNP's i...


Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan - BBC News
12 Sep 2013 at 11:06am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MSPs endorse referendum plan
BBC News
Arrangements for the referendum have already been negotiated and agreed in advance between the Scottish and UK governments, under the terms of the Edinburgh Agreement, signed by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minis...



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How To Lose A Referendum When Your 24% Ahead With 6 Days To Go...
6 Oct 2013 at 3:51am

Don't do the TV debate:
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24404157
 

"Mr Kenny's refusal to...



Prince Harry Goes Walkabout
5 Oct 2013 at 4:17pm

Prince harry goes walkabout Down Under . Whoopy Doo !!!

Headline on EBC the night. Another reason...



Calum's Road - Inspirational
5 Oct 2013 at 9:39am

It'll be on BBC i-player soon enough - brilliant suff.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03c2417...



If You Plan To Vote "no", Justify How You Really Are Still Scottish
4 Oct 2013 at 11:22pm

There's nearly a year to go.

 

There must be some sort of defence for this position.

 

Justify ye...



Morrissons - Liars And Thieves
4 Oct 2013 at 5:00pm

http://feweek.co.uk/2013/10/03/elmfield-director-ged-syddall-walks-after-newsnight-probe-but-rema...



Daily Mail And White Kids Gone Black
4 Oct 2013 at 4:16pm

Sorry, every time I see the workd 'bleck' (sic) I see the Mail.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/heal...



Annoying Things - Dick Heads
4 Oct 2013 at 3:54pm

Over a long life - stay with me, I'm not doing Werther's Originals - I have had occasion to do th...



Scottish Passport
4 Oct 2013 at 12:23pm
Bit of a selfish question here.

My old man was posted in England when I was born.

I'm born to two...

Cyclist Near Miss
4 Oct 2013 at 11:11am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q35V_GuRAwo

 

 

a close call from the level crossing near to my ol...



Tax Receipts By Nation (Uk Vs Scotland)
4 Oct 2013 at 10:25am

some interesting accounts published by HMRC this week....

 

"With 8.4% of the UK population, Scot...




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Better Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Class, Nation & Socialism
by Guest Blog
16 Sep 2013 at 7:21am
A guest today from Tommy Kane, who works at Holyrood for Neil Findlay MSP, both of whom have been...

The political paradigm of the commune: recovering the humanity in policy
by Guest Blog
13 Sep 2013 at 12:04pm
Another guest post today from April Cumming, vice-chair of the Scottish Fabians, who previously w...

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

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

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


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Scot Goes pop

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

A post-feminist future?
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2013 at 5:34pm
Apologies for going slightly quiet in recent days - I've been having a bit of a manic spell (I co...

Easton sees no Scottishness
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2013 at 12:44pm
There's a really, really odd article on the BBC website by Mark Easton that attempts to portray t...

We need to talk about independence
by James Kelly
29 Sep 2013 at 3:14am
As I think I've mentioned before, I hardly ever talk about politics in 'real life'.  In fact, I s...


Photos at 5.54 : Inveraray and thereabouts
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2013 at 11:54am
This is the first post I've prescheduled to keep things ticking over while I'm off on my travels....

Up next...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2013 at 8:10am
In the highly unlikely event that things have gone according to plan, I should be off on my trave...

Boost for pro-independence campaign as ICM show a No lead only half as big as...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 5:28pm
I was slightly worried earlier this evening when Blair McDougall and Euan McColm eagerly retweete...

Tweet from official BBC Sport account claims that Andy Murray and Colin Flemi...
by James Kelly
14 Sep 2013 at 10:20am
Let's just double-check the facts here. Andy Murray is from Dunblane, and played for Scotland ag...

Should the SNP endorse a Labour for Independence candidate in the Dunfermline...
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:50pm
You might remember that back in March, when it briefly seemed possible that there might be a Falk...

The hard politics of Dunfermline
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2013 at 9:21am
It goes without saying that it's a very good thing that a person convicted of repeated domestic v...

'Besides, as one of my aunties put it, that Ruth Davidson has been a bit of a...
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 9:05pm
One observation I made in Michael Greenwell's podcast the other day was that there is, in fact, s...

He's terrific, he's magnific, he's the greatest secret agent in the world
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2013 at 5:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I'm one of the participants in this week's For A' That pod...

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

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

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

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


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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Yes vote can lead to a greener, more sustainable Scotland
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Oct 2013 at 6:00pm
A Yes vote can lead to a greener, more sustainable Scotland. That is the argument made in Yes Sco...

Actor Peter Mullan confident Scotland will say Yes
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
5 Oct 2013 at 5:00am

Peter Mullan, who stars in the new movie Sunshine on Leith, has spoken of his confidence that Sco...



Balls and Darling ? more scare stories but no genuine debate
by Stuart McDonald
4 Oct 2013 at 7:47am
If the intervention in the referendum by Westminster politicians this week tells us anything, it?...

Young people next in line for Cameron?s welfare cuts
by Stuart McDonald
3 Oct 2013 at 7:31am

David Cameron had only one new policy to announce in his speech to Tory conference this week:  ou...



Correcting Alistair Darling on oil and gas
by Stuart McDonald
2 Oct 2013 at 8:50am

Perhaps Alistair Darling hadn?t read the Fiscal Commission Working Group report on an oil and gas...



Scotland 'top worldwide university destination' - British Council
by Peter Dempsie
2 Oct 2013 at 5:55am

Scotland has been ranked as the top worldwide university destination for overall international st...



The oil funds we could have had - and could still have
by Stuart McDonald
2 Oct 2013 at 5:25am

While there is a debate to be had about how best to use our oil reserves, there is no doubt that ...



UK economy 'will thrive' after Scotland becomes independent
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
2 Oct 2013 at 4:22am

The rest of the UK economy will continue to thrive after Scotland votes for independence, a surve...



'I used to be a No voter until I looked into it'
by Kevin Gilmartin
1 Oct 2013 at 9:57am
Video of XStEEMSLIp4 March and rally attendee Ewan Wilkie tells us that he was a No voter until...

Yes and the Scottish Parliament
by Stewart Kirkpatrick
1 Oct 2013 at 9:04am

Tory conference highlights urgent need for Yes
by Peter Dempsie
1 Oct 2013 at 6:25am

It wasn?t only George Osborne doing his bit yesterday to highlight how utterly essential a Yes vo...



Perspectives: a 15-year-old on why he'll be voting Yes
by Peter Dempsie
1 Oct 2013 at 6:15am
On the day that teenagers who will be 16 or older when next year's independence referendum is hel...

Independent Scotland would be invited into NATO 'immediately'
by Peter Dempsie
1 Oct 2013 at 6:05am

An independent Scotland would be invited immediately into NATO and the removal of the Trident nuc...



Yes Scotland likely to back Our Islands Our Future says Canavan
by Peter Dempsie
1 Oct 2013 at 4:45am

The Our Islands Our Future campaign being led by the islands councils in Orkney, Shetland and the...



Yes is the only way to end Osborne austerity for good
by Stuart McDonald
30 Sep 2013 at 8:09am

In a trailed extract of his conference speech today George Osborne was quoted as saying:

?If you d...




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Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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David Cameron must lock horns with Alex Salmond soon | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
6 Oct 2013 at 12:20am

The prime minister says he's passionate about the union, but shows a curious reluctance to defend it in public debate

In the week of the Conservative party conference, the consequences of not gettin...




David Cameron still in broadcasters sights as they consider referendum debates
by Severin Carrell
4 Oct 2013 at 2:00am

The BBC, Sky and STV are to start outline talks with Better Together about staging leaders' debates on independence but won't be told to forget about getting the prime minister involved

Has Better T...




Ed Balls: Alex Salmond's sterling currency union plans flawed
by Severin Carrell
3 Oct 2013 at 4:20pm

Shadow chancellor says nationalists want to dismantle the very things that make a shared currency work

Ed Balls has challenged Alex Salmond's plans for a new sterling currency union after independen...




Better Together bids to sidestep Salmond over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
3 Oct 2013 at 2:00am

Now that David Cameron has rejected Alex Salmond's challenge for a live TV debate on independence, the pro-UK Better Together campaign asks for formal talks on another contest, against Alistair Dar...




Scottish government pledges to set up North Sea oil funds after independence
by Severin Carrell
2 Oct 2013 at 10:22am

Finance secretary says surplus tax receipts cash would be used to soften blow of collapses in oil revenues on public spending

The Scottish government has pledged to establish two oil funds after ind...




Europe's nationalists seek solidarity with Scotland's independence campaign
by Severin Carrell
30 Sep 2013 at 5:16am

Amongst the saltires flying at the independence march in Edinburgh were flags from Flemish Belgium, Catalonia, Sardinia and Venice as European nationalists plan for a mass march in Brussels

The Scot...




Cameron rejects Salmond's call for TV debate on Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell
27 Sep 2013 at 9:28am

David Cameron says first minister is trying 'diversionary tactic' and should instead go head to head with Alistair Darling

David Cameron has ruled out staging a televised debate on Scottish independ...



MPs condemn independent Scottish defence plans
by Severin Carrell
26 Sep 2013 at 6:01pm

Scottish ministers insist £2.5bn will be enough, but Menzies Campbell says sums were 'done on the back of an envelope'

The Scottish government's plans for defending an independent Scotland are incoh...




Prisoners launch legal bid to vote in Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell
25 Sep 2013 at 2:36pm

Three inmates, two serving sentences for murder, want Scottish government to let them vote in next year's referendum

Three prison inmates have launched a legal challenge to force the Scottish govern...




Labour conference diary: battling Boris and a Falklands war in reverse
by Michael White
24 Sep 2013 at 12:57pm

Eddie Izzard is serious about the London mayoral race and Lord Falconer spreads fear about Scottish independence

? Who will be Labour's candidate to fight Boris Johnson (unless he is PM by then) to ...




Alistair Darling: the Tories 'are doing things I don't like'
by Severin Carrell
24 Sep 2013 at 2:00am

The former Labour chancellor takes a delicate line on the difficulties of an alliance with the Tories to defend the UK: 'By definition any government is doing something which offends somebody'

So ho...




Scottish independence could mean earlier retirement, says Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
23 Sep 2013 at 11:54am

Deputy first minister accused of 'glossing' report as UK pensions department says move would cost Scotland £6bn by 2030

Nicola Sturgeon has promised that a yes vote in next year's Scottish independe...




I'm in a Stirling prize winner ? get me out of here!
by Oliver Wainwright
23 Sep 2013 at 1:00am

It is the most coveted award in British architecture. But what's it like to live or work in a building that won it? Our critic uncovers a story of leaky roofs, sweltering space-bubbles, windows tha...




Yes to Scottish independence. No to nationalism | Catherine Bennett
by Catherine Bennett
22 Sep 2013 at 12:50am

Even those of us sympathetic to Scotland's right to rule itself are repelled by the chauvinistic yes campaign

Understandably, some supporters of Scottish independence want nothing to do with the sou...




Scotland splits on the economic benefits of freedom
by Phillip Inman
21 Sep 2013 at 6:05pm

A year before the vote, nationalists say independence will bring new wealth while unionists caution against the cost of going solo

Glasgow's west end is blessed with bohemian sophistication, good tr...




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