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Cable: the Conservatives are Ukip without the beer
6 Oct 2014 at 7:43am
Vince Cable has delivered a stinging attack on "lying" Tories who suggest the Government can balance its books without raising taxes.

'Too timid' Miliband is blamed for Labour polls slide
5 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
ED MILIBAND has come under fire from senior figures in his own party, as a poll showed the Tories moving into a two-point lead.

Tories must not run show on England issues, says Clegg
5 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Tories must not be allowed to "run the show" on English issues in the House of Commons simply because they hold the most seats, Nick Clegg has insisted, as the party leadership stressed that a federal United Kingdom was now in sight.

The LibDems are such literary types
5 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
HATS off to Alistair Carmichael who managed to get a reference to Malcolm X into his speech; that's the US civil rights campaigner, not the MP for Gordon.

Leader says Tory welfare cuts are 'red line' in any future coalition deal
5 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
LIBERAL Democrat leader Nick Clegg has accused his Conservative Coalition colleagues of "beating up on" the poor, as he indicated planned Tory welfare cuts would be a "red line" in future negotiations.

Carmichael calls on Labour to help deliver more powers
5 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
ALISTAIR Carmichael has warned Labour it could be punished by Scottish voters at the 2015 general election if it tried to put a brake on more powers for Holyrood as he urged Nicola Sturgeon to "keep your word" and rule out a second referendum on independence.

Minister warns that coalition not option
5 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
NORMAN Lamb, the English Health Minister, has said he does not see Ed Miliband as Prime Minister and warned it would be dangerous to go into coalition with Labour on a low share of the vote.

Alexander touts raising tax on homes of rich
5 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
THE Liberal Democrats will add extra bands to council tax to raise money from the rich and cut the deficit fairly, Danny Alexander has told activists in Glasgow.

Alexander: LibDems would add extra council tax bands to raise more funds from...
5 Oct 2014 at 1:15pm
The Liberal Democrats will add extra bands onto council tax to raise more money from the rich and cut the deficit fairly, Danny Alexander has told activists in Glasgow.

Clegg: 'We'll deliver new powers for Scotland ... no ifs, no buts'
4 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
NICK Clegg last night insisted new powers would be delivered to Holyrood "as promised - no ifs, no buts", and without being tied to devolution elsewhere in the UK.

Conman jailed for bogus bomb-detection scam
3 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
A MAN was jailed for making bogus bomb detectors in his garden shed which he claimed could find missing Madeleine McCann.

FCO spent £2m on VIP airport suites
3 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has spent more than £2 million on VIP airport suites in four years, new figures show.

EU referendum is inevitable says former Brussels official
3 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
An in/out referendum on the European Union (EU) is probably inevitable and may challenge the conception that Scotland is more pro-European than the rest of the UK, according to a former Brussels official.

Clegg scorns Tories for stance on tax cuts
3 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
DAVID Cameron and George Osborne are "Johnny-come-latelies" to tax cuts for the low paid, Nick Clegg insists as he attacks the Tories for only wanting to reward people at the top.

Labour attacks tax cut pledge
2 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
LABOUR has accused the Tories of taking the public for fools after promising £7 billion of tax cuts without saying where the cash to pay for them would come from.


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Councillor?s ?hired killers? soldiers jibe rapped
6 Oct 2014 at 3:36pm

A COUNCILLOR who sparked outrage by branding soldiers “hired killers” on Armed Forces Day and offended the Muslim community on Twitter has been found in breach of his duties as a local authority representative.



Labour: Kenny MacAskill must resign over policing
6 Oct 2014 at 1:55pm

LABOUR is to renew calls for Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to resign during a Holyrood debate on policing later this week.



Liberal Democrats prepared to sit out coalition
6 Oct 2014 at 12:09pm

THE Liberal Democrats could opt out of coalition with either of the larger parties if next year’s general election is inconclusive, party president Tim Farron has said.



Man in court over Edinburgh attempted murder
6 Oct 2014 at 11:22am

An 18-year old has appeared on petition charged with attempted murder of Jie Yu in Pilton.



500,000 Scots families to feel Tory benefit freeze
6 Oct 2014 at 11:08am

MORE than half a million working families in Scotland will be hit by a freeze in benefits set out by George Osborne, new analysis has found.



Romario and Bebeto elected to parliament in Brazil
6 Oct 2014 at 9:46am

FORMER Brazil international strikers Romario and Bebeto were both elected to parliament in elections this weekend.



Lib Dem conference: Cable slams Tory tax cut plan
6 Oct 2014 at 7:30am

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has suggested David Cameron is “lying” over a pledge to cut taxes as he launched a scathing attack on the Conservatives at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow today.



Insight: The STUC?s views on the Smith Commission
6 Oct 2014 at 4:52am

IN THE FIRST of a new series exploring what civic Scotland wants from the Smith Commission, Stephen McGinty finds out the views of the STUC



Majority back votes for 16 and 17-year-olds
6 Oct 2014 at 4:31am

A majority of people believe 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote in future elections, according to a poll.



Sillars: ?New mandate for independence? in 2016
6 Oct 2014 at 1:09am

WESTMINSTER won’t let Scotland stage another referendum and the SNP should be ready to negotiate independence if it wins a majority at Holyrood in 18 months, a former Deputy leader of the party has said.



Lesley Riddoch: Business as usual not good enough
5 Oct 2014 at 7:47pm

WE have the appetite to build a vigorous democracy before the Westminster and Holyrood elections, writes Lesley Riddoch



Scottish independence: McLeish?s plea to Greens
5 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm

FORMER Labour first minister Henry McLeish will call on the Scottish Green Party to harness their energy and engagement in the independence referendum to build a consensus on more powers for Scotland.



Vince Cable to strengthen British workers? rights
5 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

AN overhaul of employment rights to strengthen entitlements of British workers is to be ordered by Business Secretary Vince Cable.



Bulgaria: Poor cousin of EU goes to polls again
5 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

BULGARIANS voted in a “last chance” snap general election yesterday, a poll that could leave them with another shaky coalition struggling to solve a bank crisis and revive growth in the European Union’s poorest member state.



Prescott tells Miliband to ?be bold? for election
5 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

ED Miliband has come under fire from senior figures in his own party, as a poll showed the Conservatives moving into a two-point lead.




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The corridors of power
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2014 at 9:15am
We couldn’t help noticing this sad story from yesterday’s Sunday Times: That’s Johann Lamont, readers – the woman who wants to lead Scotland, but had to be “rescued” when she tried to negotiate entry into a lift. God save us.

Taking the biscuits
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2014 at 5:52am
Not a spoof. Spotted at the Lib Dem conference: The second paragraph says more than we could.

Gogszilla Returns (to the back benches)
by Greg Moodie
3 Oct 2014 at 10:48am
. Now in a glamorous second imprint! Hurry!

This is the party
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2014 at 10:24am
David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative conference today:

The end of the beginning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2014 at 5:26am
Wings stats for September, for those keeping score. Things should be interesting from here. The big number on that chart is the 911,054 unique readers. That’s a massive 354,154 extra compared to August – a 61% increase –  and well over 650,000 more than July. (And that’s despite averaging under two posts a day for […]

You have to laugh, or?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2014 at 2:50pm
There’s only one possible sane response to this story. It’s below: Click the pic to sign. Let’s see who gets the most, shall we?

Yeah, that?ll work
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2014 at 5:46am
Because nothing scares Etonian Tory Prime Ministers like a poster on a van. Your time is over, Daily Record. Tick tock.

Demand and supply
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Sep 2014 at 7:28am
Daily Record, Saturday 27 September: BBC, Monday 29 September: The best of both worlds.

Sittin? on a beach
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Sep 2014 at 8:00am
Don’t panic, readers – I’m not about to make you look at all my holiday snaps. But after Thursday’s “Gone fishin'” post, I was buying milk in the local Co-op and got busted by a reader demanding to know why I wasn’t at the seaside, so this is for him. On a personal note, one […]

Caught between
by Chris Cairns
27 Sep 2014 at 2:39am


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McLeish backs Greens to win powers
6 Oct 2014 at 5:49am
Former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish says the Scottish Greens can make a strong case to deliver more powers to the Scottish Parliament.


Sillars backs Brown as SNP deputy
6 Oct 2014 at 9:58am
SNP deputy leadership contender Keith Brown wins support from Jim Sillars, who was deputy leader of the party in the early 90s.


Call for urgent talks on Longannet
5 Oct 2014 at 6:39pm
Scotland's energy minister is calling for talks with the UK government over the future of Longannet power station.


New sanction for wildlife crime
6 Oct 2014 at 7:30am
Landowners and gamekeepers suspected of the illegal persecution of birds of prey could lose licences to trap other species.


Sturgeon: Independence 'when not if'
5 Oct 2014 at 8:09am
Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon says support for independence makes it a question of "when, not if".


Call to rule out referendum repeat
5 Oct 2014 at 5:54am
Nicola Sturgeon should rule out a rapid second independence referendum, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael urges.


New Scots tax rates to be outlined
4 Oct 2014 at 6:07pm
The first Scottish tax rates in more than 300 years are set to be outlined by John Swinney in the next Holyrood budget.


Taskforce to tackle child sex abuse
5 Oct 2014 at 6:53am
A new police taskforce, the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit, is being set up to tackle the sexual exploitation of children in Scotland.


Brown wins backing for SNP role
4 Oct 2014 at 6:14pm
SNP deputy leadership contender Keith Brown wins ministerial support for the job, ahead of November's election for the post.


Police probe referendum postal votes
4 Oct 2014 at 10:10am
Claims that pro-UK campaigners broke electoral law by taking "tallies" of postal votes cast before referendum polling day are to be formally investigated by police.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
2 Oct 2014 at 8:06am
MSPs quiz Alex Salmond at the weekly session of first minster's question time.


AUDIO: Poll tax move defended on phone-in show
3 Oct 2014 at 5:56am
First Minister Alex Salmond calls a BBC Scotland phone-in programme to defend moves which would prevent councils pursuing people for poll tax arrears.


VIDEO: Salmond intends to scrap poll tax debt
2 Oct 2014 at 7:14am
Alex Salmond says the Scottish Government is to announce new laws to ensure councils cannot "recover ancient poll tax debts".


VIDEO: Davidson: No Tory 2015 predictions
29 Sep 2014 at 8:12am
Scotland's Tory leader declines to predict the number or names of seats she is targeting at the general election.


VIDEO: Sheridan predicts new 2020 Indyref vote
25 Sep 2014 at 8:18am
Tommy Sheridan calls for a fresh referendum in Scotland in 2020, predicting pro-independence wins in May 2015.


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Longannet under threat in Grid costs wrangle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2014 at 4:27pm

By Newsnet Reporter

Scotland's major coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife faces uncertainty after its operator decided to abstain from bidding to feed the UK National Grid when licenses are renewed in 2018.

ScottishPower disclosed that it does not intend to bid to supply power into the Grid from Longannet, because of the massive charge differential faced by the Fife coal-fired plant compared to power stations in England.



Newsnet Scotland ? A Continuing Story
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Sep 2014 at 2:15pm

  By Online Ed
 
I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It was winter 2006 and I had been off work with a dreadful bout of flu.
 
I had just discovered something called the internet existed and found myself on a forum which discussed Scottish politics.  The theme always seemed to be independence and the SNP.



Cross-party ?Vow? has Promised Secure Autonomy and Sovereignty for Scotland, ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Sep 2014 at 7:11am

By Mark McNaught

The cross-party ?vow? made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ?yes? vote may have been effective in securing a ?no? in the referendum.  However, it could conceivably go down in history in securing de-facto independence for Scotland, if Scots hold Westminster?s and Holyrood?s feet to the fire.

It is important to focus on the specific promise to make the Scottish parliament ?permanent?, and what that means constitutionally.



New Media For A New Scotland: The Documentary
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Sep 2014 at 5:10pm

  The Drum's Angela Haggerty took a look at Scotland's alternative media days before the independence referendum.
 
Amongst those who took part was Newsnet Scotland's editor Lynda Williamson.



'Let's call it Devo Max'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 3:28pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Those were the words of Jackie Bird on September 9th, a mere 9 days before the independence referendum.
 
One day earlier Gordon Brown had surprised everyone by promising even more powers than was previously on offer should Scots vote No.  The former Labour leader described the prize as 'Home Rule' and announced a timetable within which legislation would be drawn up.



A Triumph within a Tragedy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 12:48pm

By Alex Mooney
 
After the initial shock and desolation over Scotland refusing its independence, many on the Yes side roused to anger and lashed out over the weekend.
 
Social media exploded with a flurry of vengeful blogs and some ranted on Twitter as the blame game began.  Fingers were pointed at the No voters who 'betrayed their country'.  As a psychological release it might have been therapeutic but as a tactic it was senseless.



UK economy is a ticking time bomb
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 2:46am

  By George Kerevan
 
REGARDLESS of how you voted, we can all agree on one thing: Britain had a near death experience last Thursday. The fascinating question is why the world?s financial markets felt so threatened by the prospect of Scottish independence. The peaceful secession of a mere 8 per cent of Britain?s citizens is hardly the stuff to trigger a run on sterling or a collapse in inward investment to the entire UK ? predictions made during the referendum campaign.



Which campaign did Gordon Brown really save?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Sep 2014 at 3:44pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So Gordon has done it again.  The man who saved the world after the banking crisis has now donned his cape in order to save the Union.
 
Well, that?s the narrative the media and Labour would have us believe.



The referendum is over but the energy persists
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Sep 2014 at 1:24pm

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
It?s understandable Yes campaigners feel gutted, stunned and angry after the events of the last 48 hours.  55% of Scots voted No ? and were immediately rewarded for their loyalty by being put to the back of the constitutional queue so Ed Miliband and David Cameron could play political games in the Commons.



When the Independence horse bucks you off. Get up, dust yourself off, and sad...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Sep 2014 at 10:52am

  By Mark McNaught
 
However catastrophic and heart-wrenching the ?no? decision was, even some in the Unionist parties have said that this should begin the path to a more federal UK.  ?Yes? or ?No?, Scots overwhelmingly want more powers to govern themselves.  Remember ?More Powers Guaranteed??
 
The United Kingdom prides itself on its unwritten constitution being adaptable.  Surely it can adapt to Scotland having its own written constitution within the UK drafted and enacted by Scotland.




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Sturgeon trump card is not in any doubt
by Peter A Bell
27 Sep 2014 at 9:43am
HISTORY is written by the winners, according to the old truism.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Magnus Gardham neatly sums up the two different stories of the referendum depending on which side of the argument you are on. What he fails to note is that the Yes story is based on facts and reasonable supposit...



Five Million Questions - Bought and Sold, or Hype in Bold? Newspaper Framing ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm

The following findings are published by Dr David Patrick who is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working at the University of the Free State (South Africa). He was awarded his PhD (History) in 2013 from the University of Sheffield, for his thesis, "Framing Disinterest: Anglo-American Pre...



Our man on the scene
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:26am

There's been a lot of talk on Twitter and Facebook of irregularities at the referendum counts, leading to accusations that the referendum was somehow fixed, culminating in a petition to have the pr...



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Election watchdog calls in police over claims about No camp access to postal ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 10:28am

POLICE have been called in to ­investigate allegations Better Together agents breached election law by viewing postal votes to discover how well the No campaign was doing in the weeks before the referendum poll closed.

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The Scottish National Party Is Now On The Brink Of Political Obliteration
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 8:16am

The SNP must reinvent itself after referendum loss.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Had to laugh at the headline. And the article itself was just about as hilarious. I'm not sure who told Thomas Hirst he could be a political analyst, but they grievously deceived the fool.



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The best of friends
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:23am

We’ve known and documented for some time now that Scottish Labour’s attitude towards “foreigners” is, well, let’s be super-generous and say “ambiguous”. But this photo from nine days ago made even us take a sharp breath.

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MOVING ON
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:16am

The last few days have been just about the most traumatic, exhilarating and emotionally draining I have ever known in my political life. Yet, I still feel invigorated, hopeful and optimistic about ...

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Call to boycott ?firms who scared Scotland?
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:09am

POLITICAL leaders from both sides of the referendum debate joined in a pledge of unity for a common purpose as part of a reconciliation service at St Giles’ Cathedral.

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Darling accuses Salmond of losing the plot
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:02am

SPEAKING at the Labour conference, Darling claimed the First Minister's suggestion that there could be a parliamentary route to independence was "dangerous".
Peter A Bell's insight:

Darling and Lamont appear to be competing to see which of them can be the most vacuous and hypocritical. Darling seem...



Labour's battle in a divided city
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 5:46am

All eight constituencies backed the SNP's Yes campaign in a move which has bolstered their hopes of taking the city, a long-term Labour stronghold, next year.

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Better Together Campaign Chief: We Would Have Struggled To Win Without "Scare...
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 3:02am

He said the campaign’s own research showed negative tactics worked

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Labour will look to reach out to Scottish Yes voters
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:40am

Labour are going to focus on reaching out to disillusioned traditional Labour supporters who voted Yes in the Scottish referendum. Three of the four local authorities where a majority supported ind...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Those "senior Scottish Labour figures" are a bit late listening to people'...



Tory MPs turn crackpot and adopt crackpot BNP policy on English Parliament
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:01am

(not satire - it's the Tories!) The biggest supporters of an English parliament used to be the far-right skinheads of the neo-nazi British National Party and the equally crackpot English Democrats....

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Why the Salmond magic is in need of a revisionist take
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 8:46am
Displayed in the main reception room of Bute House is Sir James Gunn's painting of the former Secretary of State for Scotland, Thomas Johnston.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Do you think maybe David Torrance is seriously pissed off at being excluded from Alex Salmond's resignation press conference? This ...



The going of Alex Salmond | Snowblog | Snowblog
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 3:15pm

We might have been sitting in an undertaker’s waiting room. Something was afoot. You could have cut the air with a knife.



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Labour to renew calls for Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to resign during ...
by dailyrecord
6 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm
THE Justice Secretary has come under fire after a string of controversial issues relating to Police Scotland, including armed police on routine patrols.


Kezia Dugdale: Payday loan lenders have made profits out of misery
by Kezia Dugdale
6 Oct 2014 at 4:46am
LABOUR MSP KEZIA hopes the rise of the payday loan lender is finally on the wane and argues Credit Unions must be the answer to helping people in need.


Record View: Nick Clegg pledging too little too late
by Record View
6 Oct 2014 at 3:14am
AFTER more than four years as a willing accomplice in a relentless attack on the poor, the Deputy Prime Minister finally claims to have found a backbone.


Ginger rodent Danny Alexander bares his teeth and turns on his Tory coalition...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Oct 2014 at 2:59am
THE Lib Dem hatchet man joined party leader Nick Clegg in slamming the Tories in a bid to avoid being punished by voters at next year?s general election.


Why does Scottish middle class remain so rigidly opposed to independence, ask...
by dailyrecord
5 Oct 2014 at 3:45am
WRITER and commentator Jamie Maxwell says his late dad might have been dismayed by the referendum result but would not have been surprised by the middle classes voting No.


Sunday Mail Opinion: It's time for politicians to get back to basics after th...
by dailyrecord
5 Oct 2014 at 3:02am
THE SNP ? and Nicola Sturgeon ? must realise that Scotland needs and deserves more than an endless debate about devolution.


Alex Salmond set to celebrate final days in office with six-week tour of Scot...
by Lynn McPherson
4 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
SALMOND, who announced his resignation following the No vote in the referendum, wants to "meet ordinary Scots" as he prepares to step down as First Minister. 


Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill sparks Twitter row following poll tax arrea...
by dailyrecord
4 Oct 2014 at 10:51am
THE Justice Secretary sparked a row by comparing efforts to recoup poll tax arrears from referendum voters to efforts to disenfranchise black people after the US civil war.


Police investigation to be launched after Better Together campaigners alleged...
by dailyrecord
4 Oct 2014 at 8:09am
MS Davidson had told the BBC that people were sampling the boxes as they were opened and had taken tallies.


Alex Salmond calls Kaye Adams' radio show to attack local council leader for ...
by David Clegg
4 Oct 2014 at 1:36am
AFTER pledging to prevent local authorities from chasing historic debts, the First Minister phoned Kaye Adams' BBC Scotland Morning Call program to defend his decision.


George Osborne vows to unveil plans for new tax and spending powers for Scotl...
by David Clegg
3 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
THE Tory Chancellor revealed a command paper outlining further devolution would be available within days, as Vince Cable insisted the joint vow of more powers was on schedule.


Defence contract that secured 1500 jobs at Clyde naval base is slammed by the...
by Dave Bohill
3 Oct 2014 at 4:56am
THE party's defence spokesman, Angus Robertson, said that the Tories had been quick to make sure that the UK's weapons of mass destruction would remain in Scotland.


Susan Riddell: Why don't the Tories just round up all the poor people and hit...
by Susan Riddell
3 Oct 2014 at 3:58am
DESPICABLE campaign against vulnerable together with hypocrisy over 'vow' on more power for Scotland makes me despair says SUSAN.


Lord Smith of Kelvin: I need Daily Record readers to help me build stronger S...
by dailyrecord
3 Oct 2014 at 2:58am
THE peer has been tasked with forging an agreement between the main political parties on what new powers should be devolved to Scotland following the No vote in the independence referendum... and he needs your help.


Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill faces demands for his resignation after pol...
by David Clegg
2 Oct 2014 at 12:48pm
SNP ministers came under fire himself after announcement that officers will no longer carry guns on routine patrol.


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The Bastirts!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Oct 2014 at 1:48pm
The Bastirts!




Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing e...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Sep 2014 at 11:39am
Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing endorsement of the Better Together campaign, almost every aspect of life in Scotlandshire has shown a rapid improvement.


Britain blooms as Scotlandshire is unquestionably Better Together
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Since last Fr...

Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Sep 2014 at 2:05pm
Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.


George Galloway revealed to be the Queen?
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She's a very doggy person.She never purrs

Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Sep 2014 at 1:09pm
Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.


Entryism threat faces SNP and other splittist parties
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I was turned down for being insufficiently fawning to Alecsammin

It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 5:40pm
It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...




Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 9:58am
Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?


Jack Straw : 'Make the Union indissoluble'
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SLAB We are always right. In our world, everything is happy and nice, and everybody loves us.

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Sep 2014 at 2:46pm
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron


Gordy & Dave: Twa cheeks o the same skelpit erse
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The following is a transcript of a telephone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron, which was recorded early o...

In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfis...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 9:24pm
In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfish corporate bastirts, BBC Scotlandshire is currently engaged in negotiations with a number of dubious financial backers, in order to continue our gainful employment.

As England begins to self-destruct over English Votes...

Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 12:37am
Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.



Well. That's it.
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Bugger!

Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2014 at 10:36am
Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum Special NOW!!


Dateline Scotland: Referendum Special

It's the eighteenth of september, twenty fourteen, the time is nine fifty eight, it's two minutes till the polls close on the most historic vote in the histo...

It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm
It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.


DECISION TIME
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Between 7am and 10pm Scotland is a sovereign country. It's people alone choose their future.

Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 12:24pm
Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.


Proudscotbuts must say No to Separation
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We must all now raise our level of offensiveness to new unexplored depths/heights.

An everyday story of an English Tory family.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 7:23am
An everyday story of an English Tory family.


'Peter and Jane welcome Daddy home' : A modern Ladybird book for Tory children
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Mummy likes lots of gin

Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 5:33am
Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 8

In the last episode of the series, the headlines this week: Better Together release a leaked video suggesting catastrophic weather changes if Scotland votes ...

Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelatio...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 3:28am
Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelations about the anchormen of the "award winning" show.

Today's episode will be the last!


Dateline Scotland anchormen become the story
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In a final devastating blow to the nationalists, coming with only ...


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independence, autonomy, self-determination


A Compliant Media
by bellacaledonia
5 Oct 2014 at 4:26pm
By Jamie Frame. We need a new media that reflects our future. There are facts in the independence debate. A clear example would be that Scotland contributes more proportionately to the UK than it receives in government spending. Year after year... Read More ›


A Scottish Minimum Wage
by bellacaledonia
5 Oct 2014 at 4:08pm
By Dan Paris When Labour released their proposals for further devolution in March, they pitched it as giving the Scottish Parliament ?Powers For A Purpose?. Rather than devolving power for the sake of devolving power, the argument went, Labour would... Read More ›


The Comic Book Simplicity of Propaganda
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2014 at 3:45am
This article was first published by MediaLens, reproduced with thanks. The referendum campaign on Scottish independence heightened many people’s awareness of the pro-elite bias of the ‘mainstream’ news media. The grassroots power of social media in exposing and countering this bias was... Read Mo...


New Priorities
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2014 at 3:04am
By Richard Gunn In post-referendum Scotland, what might be the implications of a YES, BUT (1) approach? Essentially, a YES, BUT approach is a reflection on revolutionary priorities. As such, it offers a perspective on which issues the revolutionary left... Read More ›


Strong Roots
by bellacaledonia
3 Oct 2014 at 10:23am
  By Mike Small Looking back at our posters now has a different feel. In new circumstances they take on new perspective. Some are just unbearably sad now, others come into their own, like this, above. The referendum was supposed to... Read More ›


A New Circle Politics
by bellacaledonia
3 Oct 2014 at 4:43am
Ahead of a meeting of Podemos’ MEPs, at IIRE in Amsterdam Jack Ferguson looks at the Podemos phenomenon. In the European elections earlier this year, the main story that you heard in a lot of Europe was the rise of the racist right. But... Read More ›


2014 National Poetry Day: ?Scotland? by Hugh MacDiarmid
by bellacaledonia
2 Oct 2014 at 5:55am
as read by Kevin Williamson A selfie poem of Hugh MacDiarmid’s gentle, nuanced and timely verse: ‘Scotland’. For 2014 National Poetry Day.Filed under: Arts & Culture, Poetry Tagged: 2014 National Poetry Day, Hugh Macdiarmid, Kevin Williamson, selfie poem


A Way Forward
by bellacaledonia
1 Oct 2014 at 2:37pm
By Robin McAlpine OK, even by my standards this is a rather rapid run-through of how we can pursue the twin-track approach of making Scotland a better place for its citizens and showing them in the process why independence will... Read More ›


The trouble with Scotland?is that it?s full of Scots!
by bellacaledonia
1 Oct 2014 at 9:45am
19 year-old Haniya Khalid looks back at the campaign and the way ahead, on Cameron?s stomach ulcers, the Queen?s new look, Labour and toast, and the Butterfly Rebellion. I?ve been rather guilty of lashing out at those of my friends who voted... Read More ›


Five Years from Now
by bellacaledonia
1 Oct 2014 at 9:15am
By Jamie Frame Can you remember five years ago? Can you imagine Scotland five years from now? Gordon Brown was the PM, the SNP were still a minority government in Holyrood, Iain Gray?s Labour were fancying their chances of taking over... Read More ›


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Scotland's deputy first minister says Scottish independence is unstoppable - ...
5 Oct 2014 at 8:10am

BBC News

Scotland's deputy first minister says Scottish independence is unstoppable
BBC News
Scottish independence is a matter of "when, not if", according to Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon. She said more devolved powers promised by pro-UK parties would convince Scots they were abl...


Scottish independence: Warning over tax powers - Scotsman
5 Oct 2014 at 6:07pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Warning over tax powers
Scotsman
Politicians arguing for greater tax and spending powers for the Scottish Parliament should be careful what they wish for, according to Institute for Government director Peter Riddell. He expects the overall governance of the UK and the...


Scotland's Independence Campaign So Isn't Over. - Forbes
20 Sep 2014 at 10:47am

Forbes

Scotland's Independence Campaign So Isn't Over.
Forbes
Politicians in Westminster, panicked by the threat of a vote for independence, promised before the referendum that they would devolve more powers oto Scotland if it stayed in the union. In other words, even if the Scots voted 'no' they wo...


Scottish independence: What now? - Deseret News
6 Oct 2014 at 8:31am

Deseret News

Scottish independence: What now?
Deseret News
Scottish separatists were poised to celebrate the creation of an independent nation, dissolving a union that had lasted for over 300 years. However, despite a surge in polls leading up to the vote, the independence movement was rejected; Sco...


The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad - FiveThirtyEight
19 Sep 2014 at 7:41am

The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad
FiveThirtyEight
Furthermore, many polls of the Scottish independence referendum were Internet-based, and some of those polls did not use probability sampling, historically the bedrock for demographic weighting. A YouGov poll earlier this month, for ex...


Scotland Seeks to Restore Harmony After Independence Vote Divides Nation - Wa...
21 Sep 2014 at 9:22pm

Wall Street Journal

Scotland Seeks to Restore Harmony After Independence Vote Divides Nation
Wall Street Journal
Police stand guard as Scottish independence supporters clash with pro-union campaigners at a Friday reconciliation rally in Glasgow, a day after the referendum. Zuma Press. GLASGOW, Scotl...


Britain Pledges More Self-Rule for Scots if They Reject Scottish Independence...
8 Sep 2014 at 10:15am

New York Times

Britain Pledges More Self-Rule for Scots if They Reject Scottish Independence
New York Times
LONDON ? Shaken by polls showing momentum shifting toward independence for Scotland, the British government will offer proposals for greater political and fiscal autonomy for the Scots if they...


How Scotland's independence movement lost the vote and still won everything -...
19 Sep 2014 at 11:33am

The Week Magazine

How Scotland's independence movement lost the vote and still won everything
The Week Magazine
Nine words. Millions of different reasons for voting. In the end, the "No" campaign won by 2,001,926 votes to the "Yes" campaign's 1,617,989 on a record-high turnout of 84.5 percent. That'...


Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence is a matter of 'when, not if' - stv.tv
5 Oct 2014 at 3:58am

stv.tv

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence is a matter of 'when, not if'
stv.tv
Scottish independence is a matter of "when, not if" - particularly if unionist parties deliver on their vow of substantial new powers for Holyrood, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. Devolution of the fin...


Scottish independence: McLeish's plea to Greens - Scotsman
5 Oct 2014 at 6:07pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: McLeish's plea to Greens
Scotsman
... ?clear and determined? support for independence towards resolving ?the many questions that need to be answered about what further powers can be devolved to Scotland?. Green MSP Alison Johnstone welcomed Mr McLeish's pending visit ...



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After the Referendum: Could Labour go the way of the Tories in Scotland? - Ya...
6 Oct 2014 at 3:18pm

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After the Referendum: Could Labour go the way of the Tories in Scotland?
Yahoo News UK
Going on past elections this is indeed what happens when voting for the UK Parliament support for the SNP drops to about 20 per cent but Dickson and her young cohort could tilt the balance and that "...


Augusta Exploration LLC to Commence Drilling Deep Bakken Well - Canadian Mini...
6 Oct 2014 at 2:39pm

Augusta Exploration LLC to Commence Drilling Deep Bakken Well
Canadian Mining Journal
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 6, 2014) - Super Nova Petroleum Corp., (CSE:SNP)(PINKSHEETS:SNOVF) (the "Company" or "Super Nova" or "SNP") reports that it has received information from the manage...


Show 'respect' for result, SNP told - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
6 Oct 2014 at 12:56pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Show 'respect' for result, SNP told
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Mr Carmichael called on the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon - widely regarded as Alex Salmond's likely successor as leader - to state clearly that the independence question is now "settled" and that she will ...


Sturgeon urged to rule out new referendum bid - Express.co.uk
6 Oct 2014 at 11:14am

Express.co.uk

Sturgeon urged to rule out new referendum bid
Express.co.uk
?For the SNP leadership ? for Nicola Sturgeon ? it's a big test. It's disappointing she has declined to rule out pushing for a second ref-erendum in less than three years. There is still time for her to clarify she will not do...


Holyrood CAN break Britain, insists SNP stalwart Jim Sillars - Express.co.uk
6 Oct 2014 at 11:14am

Express.co.uk

Holyrood CAN break Britain, insists SNP stalwart Jim Sillars
Express.co.uk
Ten of thousands joined the SNP in the two weeks after the vote, with the party's membership now exceeding 75,000. Many are hoping to see another push for independence after the Scottish Parliament elections in ...


500000 Scots families to feel Tory benefit freeze - Scotsman
6 Oct 2014 at 11:12am

Scotsman

500000 Scots families to feel Tory benefit freeze
Scotsman
About 600,000 would be families where at least one person is in work. It would also mean an annual cut to the Scottish welfare budget of about £250 million. SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn say it underlines why decisions about welfare should ...


Sillars backs Brown for deputy job - Hawick News
6 Oct 2014 at 10:18am

Hawick News

Sillars backs Brown for deputy job
Hawick News
Three candidates have so put their names forward - Mr Brown, the transport and veterans minister, Angela Constance, the Training, Youth and Women's Employment Secretary at Holyrood, and Stewart Hosie, who is the SNP's Treasury spokesman at ....


SNP Membership Now at 100000 Members! - Huffington Post UK
6 Oct 2014 at 10:05am

SNP Membership Now at 100000 Members!
Huffington Post UK
The SNP membership is up by 75,000 since the vote and already people across Scotland are planning for how we can obtain independence as quickly as possible. When 71% of teenagers vote yes, it is only a matter of time... and how. If anyone ser...


Jim Sillars backs Keith Brown as SNP deputy leader - BBC News
6 Oct 2014 at 10:01am

BBC News

Jim Sillars backs Keith Brown as SNP deputy leader
BBC News
Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has backed Keith Brown to replace Nicola Sturgeon in the role, ahead of November's election. Mr Sillars was in the job between 1991 and 1992 and said Mr Brown was "clearly the best candidate". M...


Nick Clegg: Another independence referendum would re-open old wounds - stv.tv
6 Oct 2014 at 9:52am

Nick Clegg: Another independence referendum would re-open old wounds
stv.tv
Another independence referendum would re-open old wounds, according to deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. As his party's annual conference continues in Glasgow he has called on the SNP to move on from the referendum vote. Sp...



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Call to rule out early Scottish independence referendum repeat - BBC News
4 Oct 2014 at 10:14pm

BBC News

Call to rule out early Scottish independence referendum repeat
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon should rule out a rapid second independence referendum, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has urged. Mr Carmichael was addressing the Liberal Democrat autumn conference in Glasgow. He called on Ms S...


Scottish Police Investigate Referendum Fraud After 'Hundreds of Uncounted Yes...
2 Oct 2014 at 12:23pm

Newsweek

Scottish Police Investigate Referendum Fraud After 'Hundreds of Uncounted Yes ...
Newsweek
Scottish police are investigating a case of electoral fraud in last month's independence referendum after a video emerged online today of a man claiming to have found a bag of ?hundreds? of voting bal...


Teens key players in Scottish referendum and nation's future - Standard-Examiner
6 Oct 2014 at 1:05am

International Business Times UK

Teens key players in Scottish referendum and nation's future
Standard-Examiner
Recently, the Scottish people voted to remain part of the United Kingdom ? a union between the realms of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland that dates back hundreds of years. Thi...


Scotland's referendum result - The Economist (blog)
20 Sep 2014 at 4:53am

Scotland's referendum result
The Economist (blog)
Salmond was naïve on 2 counts I think there was too much lack of definitive direction of an independent Scotland, not entirely the fault of Scotland but what highlighted the undertones of what was wrong with what they were leaving or what they ...

an...


Scotland's referendum - The Economist (blog)
19 Sep 2014 at 1:08am

The Economist (blog)

Scotland's referendum
The Economist (blog)
THE Union flag will still fly. By a margin of 55% to 45%, and on a vast 85% turnout, Scots voted to stick with the United Kingdom on September 18th. Thereby they ensured the continuation of the nation state that shaped the modern world,...


Scotland's referendum was no exercise in democracy for Quebec to follow - Nat...
23 Sep 2014 at 1:50pm

National Post

Scotland's referendum was no exercise in democracy for Quebec to follow
National Post
In the wake of the Scottish referendum, observers in this country have been hailing it as an exemplary exercise in democracy. And in some formalistic senses this is true: There seems to have been very...


Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour...
20 Sep 2014 at 5:48am

The Independent

Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour ...
The Independent
He seized on the Labour-Tory row, accusing the two parties of already reneging on the last-minute promises of further devolution for Scotland which helped sway the referendum. ?I think p...


Lessons from Scotland's referendum: a lower voting age - Toronto Star
26 Sep 2014 at 10:00am

Toronto Star

Lessons from Scotland's referendum: a lower voting age
Toronto Star
Every night on the streets of Edinburgh, until the referendum result was announced, young Yes voters paraded through the streets, dancing when cruising Yes cars passed by, blaring Scotland the Brave or Queen's ?I Want t...


The Scottish Referendum - New York Times
26 Sep 2014 at 1:55pm

CITY A.M.

The Scottish Referendum
New York Times
?Aye, there's the rub? accurately portrays the present dilemma regarding promises made to Scotland near the end of the referendum campaign. If Scotland is, for example, to largely have control over its own taxation, then it is problematic to say the ....


The Scottish independence referendum explained in 9 simple charts - Mirror.co.uk
16 Sep 2014 at 5:59am

Mirror.co.uk

The Scottish independence referendum explained in 9 simple charts
Mirror.co.uk
This will depend on two factors: what share of North Sea oil Scotland will inherit if the referendum is successful; and the production & price of oil. Currently the revenues generated by North Sea oil all go ...



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Henry Mcleish
6 Oct 2014 at 2:49pm
does he have some split personality, from the "think hard before voting no" to him voting no and ...

Time For A Bond Thread
6 Oct 2014 at 1:01pm

The death of Geoffrey Holder is an opportunity for us all to remember that he appeared in the bes...



Lib Dems
6 Oct 2014 at 12:44pm

What a fookin cheek they have slagging off the Tories. These are the bastards that got into bed w...



Twin Peaks
6 Oct 2014 at 12:38pm
Nine new episodes to be made in 2016. Must be about what happened to Agent Cooper.

Guide Dog Puppy Walking
6 Oct 2014 at 6:11am

Anyone done this or knows anyone who has done it? Wife keen to do it! Looks like you have the dog...



Where's Flora
5 Oct 2014 at 6:47pm

Are the rumours true? Are you selling more brogues than moccasins?



Yes Mobile Dead
5 Oct 2014 at 3:32pm

I think I have killed my Yes mobile that I've only had for 8 weeks.

 

By mistake I put £30 of unl...



Even The Ugandan Press Calls Westminster Undemocratic
5 Oct 2014 at 3:18pm
They pretty much sums up westminster's type of so called democracy.
Hits the nail squarely on the...

Marti Pellow
5 Oct 2014 at 7:00am

Watched him on Sunday brunch today. Seems to be getting back there after looking ill for a while....



Clare Fooking Balding
5 Oct 2014 at 6:57am

Virtually every time I turn the TV on , this bint seems to be there. I just detest her, her manne...




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Guardian Scottish Independence blog

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

Scotland after the independence referendum: week in review
by Libby Brooks
26 Sep 2014 at 12:12pm

Vow wobbles, an energised electorate, first-time voters reflect and the beginnings of a new polit...



Nicola Sturgeon parks independence and opts for devolution: five reasons why ...
by Severin Carrell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:31am

Nicola Sturgeon has signalled the SNP has sidelined its historic quest for independence after it ...



Nicola Sturgeon faces cuts and hard choices as domestic realities bite at Hol...
by Severin Carrell
24 Sep 2014 at 12:39pm

The debates and wrangles over the Scottish parliaments tax and welfare powers will dominate Nicol...



Scottish independence referendum: grief at the Glasgow Skeptics
by Libby Brooks
23 Sep 2014 at 2:44pm

A packed discussion about where next after last weeks referendum inevitably ends up picking over ...



Labour conference & Scottish independence referendum aftermath: Row over brok...
by Andrew Sparrow
21 Sep 2014 at 11:53am
Milibands interview with Andrew Marr - Summary
Salmonds interviews - SummaryLunchtime summary
After...

Gordon Brown tells Scots: let us be a nation, united again - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
20 Sep 2014 at 9:18am
Gordon Brown sets out his ideas for Scotlands futureAlex Salmond to step down as first minister
Vi...

Alex Salmond to resign as first minister after Scotland rejects independence ...
by Claire Phipps, Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh, and Peter Walker in London
19 Sep 2014 at 12:46pm

Rolling coverage as Scotlands longest-serving first minister says he will step down following no ...




What next for the UK after Scotland votes against independence? - podcast debate
by Presented by Jonathan Freedland and produced by Peter Sale and Jason Phipps
19 Sep 2014 at 5:02am
Jonathan Freedland presents a special discussion exploring the impact of Scotland's independence ...

Scottish independence referendum: Scotland votes no - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
19 Sep 2014 at 1:49am

Rolling coverage of the results of the Scottish independence referendum, with reaction and analys...



Scottish independence referendum: Alex Salmond addresses final campaign rally...
by Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
17 Sep 2014 at 5:04pm

Rolling coverage of all the developments in the last day of campaigning before tomorrows Scottish...



Scottish independence referendum: Ed Miliband disrupted by yes campaigners - ...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm
Cameron/Miliband/Cleggs vow - Summary and analysisAlex Salmonds BBC Radio Scotland interview - Su...

Scotlands referendum has spurred a dash for devo but localism is no panacea ...
by Polly Toynbee
16 Sep 2014 at 12:00am

England is so grotesquely unequal that more devolution could be a disaster for deprived regions

Th...



Scottish referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
Lunchtime summaryCamerons speech - My snap verdictAfternoon su...

Scottish independence: when will the referendum result be announced?
by Frances Perraudin
15 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotlands future, minds are t...



Scottish independence referendum: Polls vary from 8-pt yes lead to 8-pt no le...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Alex Salmond & Alistair Darlings interviews on the Marr show - Summary
What Sunday papers say abou...


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

Scot Goes Pop fundraiser breaks through £5000 barrier
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 4:04pm
A million, billion, zillion thanks to the 171 people who have donated so far to the second Scot G...

The proper capital city of a proper country
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 5:25am
Back in June, I went to Cramond Island for the first time since I was a very young child.  While ...

Lies, lies, lies : the evidence that the No campaign won by deceiving voters ...
by James Kelly
3 Oct 2014 at 6:24pm
Before the referendum, Gordon Brown solemnly promised that a No vote would lead automatically to ...

Pondering a Panelbase puzzler
by James Kelly
3 Oct 2014 at 5:20am
As Scottish Skier has been repeatedly cautioning us, it's difficult to have a lot of confidence i...

SNP lead across the board in poptastic Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2014 at 9:36am

Thanks to Scottish Skier for alerting me to a new full-scale Scottish poll from Panelbase, which ...



SNP extend lead to 10.3% in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2014 at 5:09am
I went to bed last night convinced that the SNP's extraordinary run of being in the lead in every...

You really couldn't make this up
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 6:33pm
So let me get this straight.  Gordon Brown has said "the vow" wasn't worth the parchment it was w...

Advantage Sturgeon
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 10:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times a...

SNP open up 9.6% lead in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 2:55am
I've been mulling over how I can best keep track of Scottish voting intentions for next year's We...

Ruth Davidson and the 300 year Reich : never let it be said that the anti-ind...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2014 at 5:27pm
Inevitably there has been a subtle battle underway over the last ten days to establish a narrativ...

A suggestion for Labour : why not let George Galloway deliver the "Devo SUPER...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2014 at 10:45am

I gather that Labour are the only one of the five main Holyrood parties that still haven't announ...



A high information island
by James Kelly
27 Sep 2014 at 10:25am
A guest post by Bibbit Blair

I was a YES polling agent on 18th September, in Kilmory Hall, Arran. ...

What do the parties' choice of nominees to the devolution commission tell us?
by James Kelly
27 Sep 2014 at 3:31am
The short answer to that question is that it looks very much like the SNP are the ones who are se...

Stewart Hosie for deputy leader
by James Kelly
26 Sep 2014 at 12:36am

I wasn't expecting to take a view on this so quickly. If it had simply been a choice between the ...



The enthusiasm gap, part two
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2014 at 12:20pm
Margo MacDonald always used to say that the SNP's biggest mistake was constantly deferring the ta...


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If Scotland declines, we can only blame ourselves | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
4 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm
The Tory party conference exposed all the malign policies Scotland could have escaped from with a yes vote

It was entirely understandable that many of us might have forgotten what the actual Conserv...



Is the campaign for Scottish independence over?
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
2 Oct 2014 at 7:00am
Two weeks after the referendum, yes campaigners energised by the independence movement are looking for a new purpose

Marie Penman has no intention of packing up her pro-independence banners or tucki...



Nicola Sturgeon calls for delay to universal credit launch in Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
2 Oct 2014 at 5:22am
Tories and Labour want to devolve powers over housing benefit, which deputy first minister says is in effect being abolished

Nicola Sturgeon has urged David Cameron to block the introduction of univ...




Scottish referendum: young Scots reflect on independence vote - video
by Euan Robertson
1 Oct 2014 at 3:05am
Sixteen and 17-year-olds were given the chance to vote for the first time in the UK in the Scottish referendum in September. Here, Scottish teenagers who voted in the referendum discuss how the pro...

Frankie Boyle gives BBC his vote with Scottish referendum autopsy | Media Monkey
by Monkey
1 Oct 2014 at 2:05am
Controversial comedian returns to the corporation with iPlayer-only show picking over the entrails of the independence vote

Frankie Boyle is back! The second most controversial man on television (th...



Gordon Brown accuses David Cameron of setting trap for Scottish voters
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Sep 2014 at 1:29pm
Former PM says Tories want to limit Scottish MPs voting rights in the Commons, which would put union at risk

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of setting a trap for Scottish voters by trying to...



The taxing questions facing Scotland and England
by Peter Hetherington
30 Sep 2014 at 12:04pm
Following the Scottish independence referendum, its right the SNP should push for the greater fiscal powers promised. But what about overcentralised England?

If you thought some key social policy as...



Why Greggs woman is the true spirit of Scotlands yes movement | Libby Brooks
by Libby Brooks
30 Sep 2014 at 10:45am
The conversation within the post-no independence camp must continue to include the mother I met outside a Falkirk bakery

On Falkirks High Street, a few weeks before the referendum on Scottish indepe...



Scottish Tory leader refuses to rule out pact with SNP in hung parliament
by Randeep Ramesh
30 Sep 2014 at 9:02am
Ruth Davidson admits minority or coalition government is likely and tells fringe meeting the numbers do the talking on this
Latest news from the Conservative party conference live

The leader of the...



David Cameron says no vote will bolster Conservatives in Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Sep 2014 at 5:22am
Tory leader seeks to capitalise on gains in Scotland and admits post-referendum relief at waking up still prime minister of UK

David Cameron has told Scottish Tory activists that the no campaigns vi...



Is post-referendum Scotland a feminist paradise?
by Homa Khaleeli
30 Sep 2014 at 4:07am
Holyroods three main political parties will soon be led by women. Should we be packing up and moving north, or should we wait and see if they can have any real impact?

Should the rest of us just mov...




One week on, Nicola Sturgeon on ambition, disappointment and delivering devo max
by Kevin McKenna
27 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
As she prepares to succeed Alex Salmond as head of the SNP and first minister, Sturgeon says Scots expect real change

The British establishment is still lying down in a darkened room after its brush...



Labour in Scotland is dying. Does anybody care? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
27 Sep 2014 at 1:05pm
Preoccupied with their Westminster careers, the partys newly ennobled grandees are busy condemning it to the twilight zone

Jim Murphys scary monsters tour of 100 towns during the independence refere...



All that talk of Scottish independence gave a man from Belfast the jitters | ...
by Glenn Patterson
27 Sep 2014 at 2:30am
Three different friends each volunteered the opinion that a yes vote could have meant things kicking off here again

Some time in the course of the afternoon of 18 September I started to experience s...



Ive been a closet Welsh nationalist but its time I came out | Rhiannon Lucy ...
by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
26 Sep 2014 at 7:11am
Less than 3% of the people of Wales want independence. Has the nation developed Stockholm syndrome?

Since moving to England, I have become a closet Welsh nationalist. Whenever I am asked by an Engli...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Garden gnomes and koalas
by weegingerdug
6 Oct 2014 at 8:19am
I was going to blog something about the Lib Dem conference which was held in Glasgow this weekend, but what’s the point? Does anyone actually give a toss what Vince Cable thinks? Even the rest of t...

Labour, wonga puppets, and the moral high ground
by weegingerdug
3 Oct 2014 at 4:50am
So it’s a final farewell to the poll tax. Well, I say “farewell”, when “consigned to the bin where it always belonged” is more appropriate. The Scottish Government has announced that local authorit...

Upstaged by an autocue
by weegingerdug
1 Oct 2014 at 7:41pm
I’ve been watching parts of the Tory party conference. Not much of it, as the human body is only so strong and watching the entire proceedings would take at least four packets of immodium and a bal...

The nectar is mince
by weegingerdug
30 Sep 2014 at 8:16pm
Ruth Davidson, who’s abseiling all over the Tory party conference in Birmingham this week enjoying her fifteen minutes of relevance, has made the startling claim that the Conservatives might consid...

Ten days after
by weegingerdug
29 Sep 2014 at 10:22am
A guest post by William Duguid Call off the search party, I?m still here. It?s just taken me a bit longer to return to blogging than I expected. It?s not that I?ve been lying disconsolately in bed,...

Being irrelevant
by weegingerdug
28 Sep 2014 at 8:20am
Yeah! We’re irrelevant again. So we had this wee referendum thingy and Scotland scared the shiters out of the Westminster establishment – which was a lot of fun – and the UK media and political cla...

An open letter to Magrit Curran
by weegingerdug
22 Sep 2014 at 1:46pm
I wasn’t going to blog anything today, but I read in the Scotsman that Magrit Curran is to head a British Labour party commission which plans to visit the 10 areas of former British Labour support ...

A short pause for breath
by weegingerdug
21 Sep 2014 at 4:49pm
The last few weeks have been pretty momentous, and not just the referendum but on a far more personal level. I need some time to think, to catch up with myself, and to start to tackle the foundatio...

A phoenix from the ashes
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2014 at 6:29pm
It’s time for the British Labour party in Scotland to end. Their party is over, their balloons bounce only because they are kept aloft by an alliance with big business and the City of London. Briti...

Wee Ginger Dug ? the collected yaps
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2014 at 9:56am
There are many things that need to be done, so much work we have to do. But I must build a new life for myself. I gave up work to look after my partner after he was diagnosed with a terminal illnes...


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Two weeks, two votes, two very different journeys
by Dom
30 Sep 2014 at 12:09pm
The day before the referendum on Scottish independence I took the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, the Bathgate and Airdrie way, through the central belt. With a Danish TV crew in tow we rolled pas...

A modest riposte
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 8:31am
Esteemed traitor Peat Worrier wrote today about the SNPs new mission: “the greatest autonomy possible within the Union.” based on another key phrase which was heavily used during the campaign: “Abs...

Polling day
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 7:00am
Like the French Revolution it’s a bit early to say what the referendum result means. The next steps need to be open, inclusive and fast but more of that in another post. In this I thought I’d talk ...

What it is and what it isn?t
by James
23 Sep 2014 at 6:56am
First things first. We lost. We know how and why we lost, too. There was a solid base of natural No voters for them to build on, and their demographics have been well analysed in the aftermath. Man...

Some thoughts on the 45
by Guest Blog
22 Sep 2014 at 1:25pm
A quick guest post from Sarah Beattie-Smith, an activist with the Scottish Greens. Thanks Sarah! More post-indyref analysis to come. I get it. I get why you might want to hold on to the fact that y...

Forget governance, Scotland is more of a nation than ever.
by Dom
19 Sep 2014 at 10:12am
In the end it was a fairly even match, but not a question of right and wrong. The results meant tears for some in my living room, but by the end of this afternoon there were two emails in my inbox ...

A natural majority for Yes
by James
17 Sep 2014 at 7:02am
It’s a phrase I believe Nicola coined last year, and I admit I was sceptical about it. There’s rarely a natural majority for anything, even a binary choice like independence. But I’ve come to agree...

In the music of yes, a very distinctive Green chord has been struck
by Guest Blog
15 Sep 2014 at 10:40am
Another wee guestie from Shonagh McEwan, a bit more partisan this time. Thanks Shonagh!  Back in the day, I was cynical. At the beginning of the referendum campaign, I simply thought us wee Greens ...

Sweden enters a brave new world
by Dom
15 Sep 2014 at 7:41am
Today Stefan Löfven, a former industrial welder from northern Sweden, expects to begin moves to assemble a Social Democrat-led government. As the latest in a long line of Social Democrat prime mini...

Scotland?s public sphere, not the BBC, is the real problem
by Dom
14 Sep 2014 at 11:21am
Today, thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside of the BBC in Glasgow in order to protest against bias in the state-run broadcaster. How right or wrong they are is debatable ? bias ...


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