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Call to move on in gay marriage row
AN MSP who led the line on amendments critical of same-sex marriage has called for both sides to put their differences behind them and campaign on key issues like poverty.

Final pre-poll budget approved
THE Scottish Government's final budget before the independence referendum has been approved with the support of Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green MSPs after John Swinney confirmed measures to wipe out the so-called bedroom tax, improve childcare and promote healthy lifestyles.

NHS funding crisis could deepen austerity
An NHS funding crisis and Britain's burgeoning population could make George Osborne's austerity plans even tougher after the election, an influential think-tank has warned.

Men are sitting targets as Ed puts PM on the spot
HARRIET Harman, Labour's indefatigable champion for women's rights, noted at the weekend how it was "raining men" in the Tory Party.

Coalition's policies will diverge
THE Lib-Con Coalition partners are to embark on an increasingly divergent policy path, the Liberal Democrat leadership has revealed, with the differentiation strategy becoming more intense from as early as this April, more than a year out from the next General Election.

Setback for MacAskill in fight to abolish corroboration rule
KENNY MacAskill's plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials have been dealt a serious blow by Holyrood's Justice Committee.

Camley's Cartoon: on the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Scotland
Scotland yesterday became the 17th country in the world to pass same-sex marriage laws. 

'This is a momentous day for equality in our nation'
IT was a historic day marked by an impassioned debate which ended with applause from supporters in the public gallery.

Union threatens legal action over convener sacking
Unite has reopened its row with the owner of the Grangemouth oil refinery after threatening to take the company to court over the sacking of its convener at the plant.

MacAskill under fire as judge appointed for reforms review
THE Law Society of Scotland has again condemned proposals by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill for pushing through his plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal trials.

MPs call for limit on payment 'stealth tax'
THE Government must limit a "stealth tax on the poor" imposed by energy companies on customers who do not pay by direct debit, Parliament has heard.

Swinney vow to scrap bedroom tax
FINANCE Secretary John Swinney has confirmed that the so-called bedroom tax will effectively be scrapped in Scotland from April.

Cameron rejects Clegg's call on drugs policy
Prime Minister David Cameron has flatly rejected Nick Clegg's call to end the "unwinnable" war on drugs and explore alternative approaches to cut levels of violence, addiction and crime linked to narcotics.

Corruption in Europe costs £100bn
CORRUPTION across Europe is "breathtaking" and amounts to around £100 billion a year, equivalent to the total EU budget, according to the European Commission.

Extra 3500 college places to be created with £13m funding pot
An extra 3500 places are being created at Scotland's colleges thanks to a £13 million funding boost.


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New ?frigate factory? on Clyde is latest referendum battleground
6 Feb 2014 at 4:00pm

TRADE union leaders have warned that the possibility of independence casts uncertainty over plans for a £200 million “frigate factory” on the Clyde announced by the BAE Systems shipbuilding company 
yesterday.



Business as usual for economy ?within months?
6 Feb 2014 at 4:00pm

The recovery in the UK and world economies will see a return to pre-recession growth within months, a new report has said.



Intolerance is the wrong road for Scotland
6 Feb 2014 at 4:00pm

This nation needs to have a public discourse that allows us to learn from the arguments of those we disagree with says Sally Foster-Fulton



Philanthropists benefit public and the government
6 Feb 2014 at 4:00pm

Working upstream helps to reduce harm, says Nick Addington



John McTernan: Devolving the right things
6 Feb 2014 at 3:00pm

Powers on welfare benefits should he handed to Holyrood, early experiments were beginning to work under Labour, says John McTernan



BAE Systems unveil Glasgow investment plans
6 Feb 2014 at 1:16pm

DEFENCE giant BAE Systems has unveiled proposals for two of its manufacturing facilities following an announcement of job cuts last year.



Plebgate: Officer jailed for 12 months for emails
6 Feb 2014 at 12:06pm

A POLICE officer who claimed to have witnessed the Plebgate row was jailed for 12 months today for misconduct in a public office.



Scottish independence: Pound union ?bad politics?
6 Feb 2014 at 11:08am

THE UK and Scottish governments should “rule out a currency union now” in the event of independence because it would be “unacceptable” to voters on either side of the Border, the chairman of the Commons Treasury committee has demanded.



Legal highs ?worse than banned drugs?, MSPs told
6 Feb 2014 at 10:37am

LEGAL highs which mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy can be more harmful than the substances they seek to replace, it was claimed at Holyrood today.



Food bank increase ?due to political choices?
6 Feb 2014 at 8:03am

A SHARP rise in the number of Scots relying on food banks has been blamed on “deliberate political choices” to cut benefits and welfare, MSPs heard today.



House of Commons is ?not overrun with rats?
6 Feb 2014 at 8:01am

THERE are no problems with rats of the “four-legged variety” inside the House of Commons, Parliament heard today.



FMQs: Alex Salmond urged to reveal business backers
6 Feb 2014 at 7:12am

ALEX Salmond today came under pressure to name Scottish business chiefs who back indepedence.



Scottish independence: Alex Salmond to visit London
6 Feb 2014 at 7:02am

THE First Minister will set out his vision for an independent Scotland at a special event in London next month.



Tory?s Hadrian?s Wall pro-Union torch protest plan
6 Feb 2014 at 4:29am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: A Tory MP is planning to recruit 100,000 English activists to make a human chain along Hadrian’s Wall bearing torches in a bid to convince Scots to vote No in September.



Scotland?s Westminster ties risk EU influence loss
6 Feb 2014 at 2:48am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Small states are more likely to end up on the winning side of votes in the European Union, according to a constitutional expert.




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Quotes of the day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Feb 2014 at 4:00pm
This afternoon we reluctantly watched some of the House Of Commons debate entitled “Scotland’s Place In The UK”, because it’s our job. It was as dispiriting as its arrogant and presumptuous title suggests, and we could bear no more by about a third of the way through and went off to do something less annoying, [...]

Mindboggling things that happened today
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Feb 2014 at 1:01pm
This. This actually happened. We’re not making it up. Click it and see. Go on, read it again. We dare you. Not even “helped to end”, alert readers will notice. Two Labour MSPs out of 129 at Holyrood apparently “ended the Bedroom Tax in Scotland” all by themselves. Scottish Government not involved. Never mind that [...]

Failure to engage
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Feb 2014 at 10:01am
For some time now, we’ve been documenting a couple of intriguing aspects of the No campaign. One is its apparent shortage of grassroots activists, leaving “Better Together” to instead rely on the Scottish and UK media to get its message out. The other is a reluctance to engage in public debate with adults. Where BT [...]

100,000 green bottles
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Feb 2014 at 8:09am
There’s a remarkable piece in today’s Scotsman that we had to share with you: And if you think that magnificent headline’s good, wait until you hear the rest. “A Tory MP is planning to recruit 100,000 English activists to make a human chain along Hadrian?s Wall bearing torches in a bid to convince Scots to [...]

Coming to you live from 2019
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Feb 2014 at 4:32am
Peter Arnott in The Global Dispatches, 29 January 2014: “We have been tempted to believe in Scotland that our tactical pattern of voting one way in a Westminster elections and another in Holyrood elections would continue to shelter us from the worst neo-liberal excesses of Westminster ? our parliament after all came into existence as [...]

It?s nice to be noticed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2014 at 11:40am
Apologies to readers who had difficulties accessing any Wings pages this afternoon. Everything seems to be currently behaving, but we’ve had an email from our webhosts (who also, on a different server, host the Conservative Party website, trivia fans): “The server where your site is hosted is still under a DDOS attack so you may [...]

Fear Factor Five
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2014 at 9:51am
We do hope none of these shock troops get caught up and hurt in the lovebombing. Scottish independence: Cable warns of VAT on food Caroline Flint warns that independence would mean £875 on energy bills Warning of risk to transport links after Yes vote No camp in grocery price rise claims (NB unrelated to VAT) RBS would [...]

The art of selection
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2014 at 4:34am
Here’s the Herald today on YouGov’s latest independence polling: “Support for independence has remained unchanged with one in three voters wanting Scotland to leave the UK, the latest poll shows. The YouGov survey put support for a Yes vote at 33%, trailing backing for No on 52%. A further 12% were undecided with the rest saying they [...]

Our Uncle Billy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2014 at 2:14am
Yesterday, a wealthy American man who as far as we know won’t have a vote in the referendum expressed a personal opinion about independence which made the front page of half of Scotland and Britain’s newspapers, was trumpeted all over the TV and radio, and got “Better Together” very excited. This morning some idiot based [...]

Tonight we?re joining parties like it?s #1999
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Feb 2014 at 4:00pm
On the eve of Wings Over Scotland’s 2000th post, we thought we’d celebrate. Because today we learned something strange. This morning’s Guardian carried a leaked copy of the report from Labour’s internal inquiry into the shady goings-on surrounding the party’s attempt to replace Wings contributor Eric Joyce as Parliamentary candidate for the Falkirk constituency. And [...]


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MP urges UK to show Scotland 'love'
6 Feb 2014 at 12:11pm
Conservative MP Rory Stewart has called for people in the UK to come together and show their love of Scotland to keep it in the union.


Challenge to minimum alcohol pricing
6 Feb 2014 at 12:21pm
The Scotch Whisky Association launches another appeal to stop legislation for a minimum price for alcohol.


MoD 'pressed firms to back Union'
6 Feb 2014 at 7:24am
The Ministry of Defence has been accused of pressurising defence companies to warn against Scottish independence.


Bust mine firms made 'council gifts'
6 Feb 2014 at 10:23am
Members of a Scottish council accepted gifts and hospitality from two mining firms which went bust leaving a £132m shortfall to restore opencast sites.


'Slow progress' on elderly reforms
5 Feb 2014 at 7:08pm
A spending watchdog claims slow progress is being made on elderly care reforms, but has called for further investment in preventative care.


Ditch corroboration plans, say MSPs
6 Feb 2014 at 9:04am
Holyrood MSPs suggest ditching controversial plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration from criminal justice legislation.


New signs describe planets to deaf
6 Feb 2014 at 5:42am
A new Scottish government project creates new signs to help describe the solar system in sign language.


Southern councils set budget plans
6 Feb 2014 at 9:34am
Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council set their budget plans for the financial year ahead.


MSPs pass pre-referendum budget
5 Feb 2014 at 11:50am
MSPs have overwhelmingly approved the Scottish government's final budget before September's independence referendum.


Opposition fails in garden waste bid
6 Feb 2014 at 9:37am
Opposition members on Scottish Borders Council fail in a bid to overturn a decision to scrap garden waste collections in March.


Salmond to give New Statesman speech
6 Feb 2014 at 9:33am
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is to deliver a lecture on independence during an event hosted by political magazine, the New Statesman.


Deer control progress 'too slow'
5 Feb 2014 at 3:56am
Deer management groups are told to "get their act together" by a Scottish Parliament committee


Cable: RBS 'could move to London'
5 Feb 2014 at 9:07am
Business Secretary Vince Cable tells MPs that RBS would "inevitably" move its headquarters to London if Scotland votes for independence.


Row over post-yes energy market
5 Feb 2014 at 4:41am
A row over the future of the UK energy market has erupted between politicians on the two sides of the Scottish independence debate.


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


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Apocalypse Now: Destroying the Union to save it
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Feb 2014 at 6:33am

  By Hamish Scott

There is a famous quote - though usually misquoted - given by a United States army officer to a journalist covering Vietnam?s American War, in justifying the destruction wrought on a South Vietnamese town, that: 'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it?.

It seems unionists are taking a similar approach to saving the Union in the independence referendum campaign.



The scare story that refuses to die is killed again
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Feb 2014 at 1:36am

By Paul T Kavanagh

There?s been further confirmation from the Spanish Government that they ?will not interfere? in Scotland?s EU membership if we achieve independence legally.  Of course, the Spanish Foreign Minister said as much a few weeks back, when as reported in the Spanish press and on this blog.

Strangely this news wasn?t prominent in the Scottish media, who were probably on holiday or something at the time.



Double Bluff
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Feb 2014 at 1:08am

By Derek Bateman

Of all the strengths at the disposal of the Yes campaign one of the most muscular and effective is the selfish and ill-informed posturing of Tory English backbenchers. These are individuals, virtually all male, whose braying and crowing against rebellious Scots is a counter-effective agent in the cause of Union.

In fact, collectively they sound like people who are secretly against Union just as they are more openly against the EU and they find it impossible to stop themselves from damaging their own country and their own party.



Guilty of bias by omission
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Feb 2014 at 12:14am

  By Paul T Kavanagh

The recent paper from the University of the West of Scotland on bias in the Scottish broadcast media has not been given any coverage in the media which is the subject of its study.  Scotland's broadcasters don't want their audience to know that they are biased, partial, and only covering one side of the story.



Mark Carney is someone an independent Scotland can do business with
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Feb 2014 at 3:09pm

  By George Kerevan
 
WHO made the following positive statements about the potential of a currency union between an independent Scotland and rUK?

"?it eliminates the transactions costs associated with using, and switching between, different currencies?Sharing a currency can promote investment by reducing uncertainty about currency movements and giving businesses access to deeper, more liquid financial markets? Sharing a currency can also help to increase the mobility of labour and capital, raise trade in goods and services, and improve the flow of technology and ideas."



Independence is an opportunity to create a wealthier, healthier Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Feb 2014 at 4:59pm

By Michael Fry
 
Mrs Margaret Thatcher was the basic cause of the descent into drink and drugs of the old Scottish male working class, according to Alex Neil, health secretary in the Scottish government, during a speech at the weekend. 

By robbing them of their jobs in the traditional heavy industries she also took away their sense of personal worth, and they chose the only way out available to the communities which had shaped them and which they had shaped.



Three Blind Wolves - Celtic Connections: A Review
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Feb 2014 at 1:31am

By Jo Cargill

?Oran Mor, let?s be having you.? And they did. From the minute they came on stage the Three Blind Wolves had us.

Even the noisy gaggle at the bar ssshhhed each other when frontman Ross Clark stopped playing his guitar and stepped out from the mic with aching a capella ?I am the one you left behind. Pick me up before you leave?. Every word sang with gut wrenching sincerity.



Immigration - The difference between Scotland and the UK
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Feb 2014 at 8:42am

By Pete Wishart MP
 
This week the UK Parliament passed the immigration Bill. It is a nasty, pernicious, rotten bill that will charge migrants for health services and turn those who rent homes in the private rented sector into immigration officers.

Not quite satisfied with that, the Government tabled further amendments  to allow the Home secretary to strip UK citizens of their citizenship and further erode our rights under the European Convention of Human Rights.  



Quick! Before it?s too late?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Feb 2014 at 6:21pm

By Derek Bateman
 
I was enjoying my Times of London this morning when I came across a story that made me frown. It was a mother from England complaining that her daughter had been bullied at school in Fife by someone telling her to go back to her own country. Gordon Brown was involved and it was linked to the referendum.



Honour and dishonour
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
31 Jan 2014 at 1:36am

By Paul T Kavanagh

Thatcher?s former Governor General of Scotland, Ian Lang, made a wee speech in the House of Lords in which he said that Scottish independence would dishonour all those who had fought and died in the UK?s assorted wars.

As far as I can discover, Ian Lang has never seen active service in the military.  Instead he?s made a very lucrative career for himself in Tory politics, followed by his pretendy Lordy title and a series of directorships.




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Quotes of the day
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 4:24pm

This afternoon we reluctantly watched some of the House Of Commons debate entitled "Scotland's Place In The UK", because it's our job. It was as dispiriting as its arrogant and presumptuous title s...

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With friends like these the Union has no need for enemies - Spectator Blogs
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 2:37pm

Whitehall numpties and Labour dolts: the Union's defenders do more harm than good.

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Would yes vote delay 2015 election?
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 2:01pm

The Scottish independence debate is in full swing, but one question that has yet to be properly answered is: what happens to the 59 MPs representing Scottish seats at Westminster if September's referendum results in a "yes" vote?


Peter A Bell's insight:

It is interesting to see British nationalists...



Mindboggling things that happened today
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 1:42pm

This. This actually happened. We're not making it up. Click it and see. Go on, read it again. We dare you. Not even "helped to end", alert readers will notice. Two Labour MSPs out of 129 at Holyroo...
Peter A Bell's insight:

The audacious dishonesty of British Labour.



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The Speech They Tried to Shout Down
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 12:40pm

Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire) (SNP): It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Sir Robert Smith), and may I congratulate the hon. Member for Glas...
Peter A Bell's insight:

I might have raised a point of order myself at the notion of trying to ign...



Salmond to give New Statesman speech
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 12:22pm

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will deliver a lecture on independence in London next Month.



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Failure to engage
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 11:57am

For some time now, we've been documenting a couple of intriguing aspects of the No campaign. One is its apparent shortage of grassroots activists, leaving "Better Together" to instead rely on the S...

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Why every Labour voter must vote 'Yes' for Independence
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 11:50am

In the last few months there has been a steady stream of former Labour stalwarts joining the ‘Yes’ campaign for Independence.  To name a few, Alistair Darling's former boss John Mulvey who was leader of Lothian Regional Council from 1986 to 1990 when Darling was a Councillor;  Charles Gray, leade...

Revealed: the £200m plan for a frigate factory on the Clyde
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 11:06am

BAE Systems has unveiled detailed plans for a £200 million

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100,000 green bottles
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 10:59am

There's a remarkable piece in today's Scotsman that we had to share with you: And if you think that astonishing headline's good, wait until you hear the rest. "A Tory MP is planning to recruit 100,...

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Bob versus Bob
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 10:58am

"Duncan Smith is paradox personified. He wept at the plight of the poor yet now hands out punishments that must bring tears to their eyes. In 2005, at a fringe meeting at the Labour party conferenc...



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Tory?s Hadrian?s Wall pro-Union torch protest plan
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 10:50am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: A Tory MP is planning to recruit 100,000 English activists to make a human chain along Hadrian’s Wall bearing torches in a bid to convince Scots to vote No in September.
Peter A Bell's insight:

You'd need a heart of stone not to laugh at the frantic antics of these Britnats. ...



'Yes' team spent 10% of its funds on office
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 10:22am
YES Scotland spent £171,000 of the donations it received to help secure independence on fitting out its designer office, it has emerged.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Another big "So what!" story from an increasingly petulant and petty British media. Having visited Yes Scotland's Hope Street offices on a...



Coming to you live from 2019
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 9:05am

Peter Arnott in The Global Dispatches, 29 January 2014: "We have been tempted to believe in Scotland that our tactical pattern of voting one way in a Westminster elections and another in Holyrood e...

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Keeping Up with the Jones
by Peter A Bell
6 Feb 2014 at 8:51am

Owen Jones is a funny and perceptive writer. His book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class is a contemporary classic: "In modern Britain, the working class has become an obje...



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Scottish Government urged to consider ditching controversial plans to abolish...
by dailyrecord
6 Feb 2014 at 4:24am
HOLYROOD'S Justice Committee made the plea as it was revealed the majority of MSPs on the committee do not believe the case has been made for the change.


Record View: Labour's healthy dose of reality
by Record View
6 Feb 2014 at 3:40am
RECORD View says it's time for Labour to spell out in ordinary language the cost of independence to the average family and to explain the social justice case for staying united with the rest of the UK.


Minimum price for alcohol: Scotch Whisky Association set to return to court t...
by dailyrecord
6 Feb 2014 at 3:38am
THE Scottish Government has said it is committed to introducing the policy in a bid to address Scotland's unhealthy relationship with drink, and save lives.


Margaret Curran insists politicians need to start focusing on 'bread and butt...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Feb 2014 at 2:36am
THE Shadow Scottish Secretary said politicians need to start speaking about the issues that matter to 'ordinary people', instead of bombarding voters with political jargon.


Bedroom Tax: Hated Tory tax is banished from Scotland after vote lasting less...
by David Clegg
5 Feb 2014 at 9:00pm
IN a stunning victory for the Record-led campaign against the policy, Finance Secretary John Swinney announced he would provide the full funds needed to undo the Con-Dem cut.


£12 million of extra cash will be used to tackle the so-called bedroom tax in...
by dailyrecord
5 Feb 2014 at 9:52am
SWINNEY confirmed an additional £12 million has been found to take the fund up to the £50 million needed to offset the UK Government welfare reform policy.


Currency union: Business Secretary says sharing pound in event of Scottish in...
by dailyrecord
5 Feb 2014 at 9:48am
VINCE Cable said it was likely that Scotland would have its own currency if it voted yes in the September referendum.


Scots employers have escaped prosecution for paying workers below minimum wag...
by dailyrecord
5 Feb 2014 at 7:20am
LABOUR MP Ian Davidson said it was scandalous that workers were being exploited during a time of economic difficulty and insisted "vigorous prosecutions and harsh punishments" are required.


Scottish independence campaigners urge 'missing million' voters to register b...
by dailyrecord
5 Feb 2014 at 5:33am
THE Yes Scotland campaign urged people to register and avoid missing out on the "once in a lifetime opportunity" to help decide the country's future.


Record View: Iain Duncan Smith is the real villain
by Record View
5 Feb 2014 at 3:44am
RECORD VIEW discusses Raquel Rolnik's bedroom tax report and insists Iain Duncan Smith will be among the most shameless villains of all time when the history of the wretched Con-Dem Government is written.


Back the budget: Finance secretary John Swinney urges MSPs to vote in favour ...
by Lindsey Archibald
5 Feb 2014 at 3:24am
HOLYROOD will vote at the final stage of the Budget Bill, which also includes an increase in free childcare provision, extended free school meals and another council tax freeze.


Bedroom tax: United Nations investigator's final report maintains hated tax i...
by Torcuil Crichton
4 Feb 2014 at 9:00pm
RAQUEL ROLNIK, who came to Scotland to investigate the bedroom tax, said the benefits claw-back must be suspended immediately because of its tough impact on the poor and disabled.


Gay marriage legalised in Scotland following historic vote at Holyrood
by David Clegg
4 Feb 2014 at 12:44pm
MSPS have passed the landmark Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by 105 votes to 18, making Scotland the 17th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.


Union pledge legal action as convenor at heart of Grangemouth refinery disput...
by dailyrecord
4 Feb 2014 at 11:22am
UNITE say they will take action on behalf of Mark Lyon who was said to have been dismissed for failing to stop the union from commenting on job losses at the plant.


BP chief warns of 'uncertainties' over currency, European links and tax regim...
by dailyrecord
4 Feb 2014 at 8:31am
BP boss Bob Dudley said the oil giants future in the North Sea in the event of a Yes vote would depend on the tax regimes and currency used by an independent Scotland.


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BREAKING NEWS: Following an online death threat by a now-prominent Better Tog...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Feb 2014 at 5:37pm
BREAKING NEWS: Following an online death threat by a now-prominent Better Together activist, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced that he will be employing 'body doubles' to represent him at future public appearances.


Salmond employs body doubles after 'death Tweet'
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Finally: proof that vile cybernats are under the direct control of the evil D...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Feb 2014 at 12:13pm
Finally: proof that vile cybernats are under the direct control of the evil Dictator Eck!

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/655-cybernat-abusers-under-salmonds-control-says-peer.html



The Daily Mail has today released devastating new evidence which they claim p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Feb 2014 at 12:38pm
The Daily Mail has today released devastating new evidence which they claim proves beyond all doubt that nasty Cybernat tweeters are being directly controlled by Alex Salmond.


Cybernat abusers under Salmond's control, says pished Peer
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Foulkesake - I invented the concept o...

Here is today's news. We apologise that it is only in print form, but our Bet...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Feb 2014 at 4:21pm
Here is today's news. We apologise that it is only in print form, but our Betamax recorder is broken again.


And now the Scotlandshire News from where we are
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In the pretendy wee Parliament, the Natz whined that Johann La-Mont had described issues such as Trident, the Bedro...

Finally, the truth about #Stationgate.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Jan 2014 at 3:00pm
Finally, the truth about #Stationgate.



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by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Jan 2014 at 2:31am

A despicable plan hatched by hundreds of shower-averse cybernats to harass, b...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jan 2014 at 4:54pm
A despicable plan hatched by hundreds of shower-averse cybernats to harass, bully and spy on brave Better Together footsoldiers has been foiled by the quick thinking genius of UKOK head, Blare MacDougall.


Brave Blare Blocks Cybernat Snooper Scheme
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We could have placed a s...

Please share this public safety message from Ian Smart. Soon we'll have all t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Jan 2014 at 3:50pm
Please share this public safety message from Ian Smart.
Soon we'll have all those damned cybernats identified.



Holy Murphy's other prayer... ... and the original: http://www.bbc.scotlands...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Jan 2014 at 4:36pm
Holy Murphy's other prayer...

... and the original:
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/652-holy-murphys-prayer.html



Pointless MSP Kezia Dugdale launched her political career as an online abuser...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jan 2014 at 5:31pm
Pointless MSP Kezia Dugdale launched her political career as an online abuser and troll in the Scotsman comments, working for Laird Foulkes.

She is now complaining - in that fine socialist journal the Daily Mail - that she has been upset by a 'recent' tweet sent in 2012 which said, "...dancing...

"Holy Murphy!" Who is the Murphy that Burns wrote of?
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jan 2014 at 3:06pm
"Holy Murphy!" Who is the Murphy that Burns wrote of?


Holy Murphy's Prayer
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Any reader able to suggest who Murphy might be should send their suggestion, written on the label of a full bottle of Islay Malt, addressed to the professor c/o BBC Scotlandshire.

Scotlandshire's most sincere MP is asking for your help to make sure none of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Jan 2014 at 11:55am
Scotlandshire's most sincere MP is asking for your help to make sure none of those evil Cybernats ever manage to sneak onto the telly. But first we need to identify exactly who they are.
Please share this image and help Jim smoke them out.



"I am teaching E-safety to my ConDem colleagues and wanted to try a little ex...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jan 2014 at 1:38pm
"I am teaching E-safety to my ConDem colleagues and wanted to try a little experiment. Please share this photo to see how long it takes before Dictator Eck's insensitive Cyberarmy turn me into a useless waste of space.
Share it and see how uncaring and unkind those Cybernats can be!"



Spoof broadcaster, BBC in Scotlandshire, has reacted with predictable fury an...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
Spoof broadcaster, BBC in Scotlandshire, has reacted with predictable fury and incompetence to a report about the BBC and STV.


Spoof BBC knickers get twisted
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Do what Nixon should have done, and BURN THE FUC*ING TAPES, so that there is no evidence.

New political format fails to excite. The plan worked, said spoof BBC spokesy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jan 2014 at 1:06pm
New political format fails to excite. The plan worked, said spoof BBC spokesyawn.


Spoof BBC deploys the yawn weapon
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Panellists were forced to comment repeatedly that the choice of questions directed vaguely in their direction were largely irrelevant to the debate on split...


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It's time to get above ourselves


Know Your Place ? Gaelic and Elements of the Left
by bellacaledonia
6 Feb 2014 at 2:05pm
By Angus MacLeod There is a pernicious view abroad amongst elements of the Scottish Left that Gaelic, its promotion and the promotion of equality for Gaels, are linked to essentialism, to blood-and-soil irrationality, in short to the politics of reaction.... Read More ›

Westminster Debating
by bellacaledonia
6 Feb 2014 at 1:55pm
In the House of Commons the only pro-independence speaker was drowned out by all sides. Here’s the transcript… Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire) (SNP): It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Sir... Read More ›

Bob versus Bob
by bellacaledonia
6 Feb 2014 at 9:09am
“Duncan Smith is paradox personified. He wept at the plight of the poor yet now hands out punishments that must bring tears to their eyes. In 2005, at a fringe meeting at the Labour party conference, he called on Labour... Read More ›


Keeping Up with the Jones
by bellacaledonia
5 Feb 2014 at 3:31pm
By Mike Small Owen Jones is a funny and perceptive writer. His book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class is a contemporary classic: “In modern Britain, the working class has become an object of fear and ridicule. From Little... Read More ›


Whisky Galore
by bellacaledonia
4 Feb 2014 at 10:30am
The exploits of the Buckfast Triangle has been in the news recently. But here, Alex Renton explores the other end of corporate booze culture.  The Scotch Whisky Association is back in court again this week pursuing the bizarre notion that a... Read More ›

Just Say Naw ? To Galloway?s Sectarian British Unionism
by bellacaledonia
3 Feb 2014 at 11:11am
Remember George the anti-Iraq war campaigner ? then look at his allies now. By Richard Cameron. With the Scottish independence referendum less than nine months away, George Galloway is bringing his ?Just Say Naw? roadshow to Edinburgh?s Assembly Rooms on... Read More ›

From the Province of the Cat #24 ? Get Stuffed
by bellacaledonia
2 Feb 2014 at 2:54pm
by George Gunn As Ian Lang both stood up to speak in the House of Lords against Scottish independence and at the same time sunk into the Hades of history it is perhaps as good a time as any ?... Read More ›

Finnegans Waking?
by bellacaledonia
2 Feb 2014 at 10:23am
By Mike Small Closely after Burns was enlisted to support a Yes vote (followed by a scurry of slightly desperate denunciations) along comes James Joyce. Placing Scotland on the periphery of Europe (but in a good way) in Cultural Weapons... Read More ›

Wee is Beautiful
by bellacaledonia
31 Jan 2014 at 5:20am
By Mike Small Oh dear, Calamity Johann. After her ‘no such thing as something for nothing’ derision of univeralism, hapless Johann Lamont has hit a new low with her worst FMQs performance yet. See her Wee Things comments (here). Tom... Read More ›

Culture Club
by bellacaledonia
30 Jan 2014 at 7:58am
By Mike Small The List’s indy issue is really odd. Promising ‘a range of cultural voices’ I thought of all the papers out there The List has managed at last to unearth some No voting creative types. Seems, they hadn’t.... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: UK risks losing geopolitical pull says US - Financial ...
6 Feb 2014 at 11:30am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: UK risks losing geopolitical pull says US
Financial Times
Possible independence for Scotland and a British exit from the EU are slowly beginning to cause concerns inside Washington about the future support from a country that has been a crucial ally. From Washington's...


Scottish independence: MoD accused of pressing firms to back pro-UK stance - ...
6 Feb 2014 at 7:25am

BBC News

Scottish independence: MoD accused of pressing firms to back pro-UK stance
BBC News
The Ministry of Defence has been accused of pressurising defence companies to warn against independence. The SNP claimed senior defence executives were being pressed by UK ministers to publicly oppose a "yes...


Scottish independence: Tory MP calls on the UK to show its love for Scotland ...
6 Feb 2014 at 12:13pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Tory MP calls on the UK to show its love for Scotland
BBC News
A Conservative MP has called for people in the UK to come together and show their love of Scotland to keep it in the union. Rory Stewart called on people to form a human chain along Hadrian's Wall in a ges...


Scottish independence: Do tattoos help shape what we believe in? - BBC News
5 Feb 2014 at 12:43am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do tattoos help shape what we believe in?
BBC News
Voters in Scotland will decide on their country's future when they go to the polls in the referendum on Scottish independence. In the second of a series of documentaries ahead of the vote in September, broadcaster and...


Scottish independence: Politicians row over energy market post-yes - BBC News
5 Feb 2014 at 4:43am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Politicians row over energy market post-yes
BBC News
A row over the future of the UK energy market has erupted between politicians on the two sides of the Scottish independence debate. Shadow Energy Secretary Caroline Flint believed consumers would face higher energy ...


Scottish independence: Accountancy body claims there is no clear plan for ......
3 Feb 2014 at 12:03pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Accountancy body claims there is no clear plan for ...
BBC News
Scotland's accountancy body has said there is no clear plan of how pensions would be managed if Scotland votes for independence. Industry body ICAS said a "yes" vote in September's referendum could force ...


Scottish independence: journalist Sarah Smith hits back at accusations of BBC...
6 Feb 2014 at 3:57pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: journalist Sarah Smith hits back at accusations of BBC ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Her father, who died in 1994, once described devolution as the ?settled will of the Scottish people?, and supporters of independence claimed on Twitter that she was another ?Unionist Lab...


Scottish independence: Alex Salmond to visit London - Scotsman
6 Feb 2014 at 7:11am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond to visit London
Scotsman
?He is a formidable campaigner and communicator and is convinced he can lead Scotland to independence. ?I interviewed him in Edinburgh last year and now I'm delighted he is coming to London at our invitation. It should be a great ...


Scottish independence: the issues concerning voters from the Shetlands to the...
4 Feb 2014 at 12:07pm

Scottish independence: the issues concerning voters from the Shetlands to the ...
Telegraph.co.uk
As Scotland prepares for the referendum on independence on September 18, people across the country are making up their minds whether to stay as part of the United Kingdom or to become an independent na...


Scottish independence: Spain warning over EU entry - Scotsman
3 Feb 2014 at 9:51am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Spain warning over EU entry
Scotsman
Jose-Manuel Garcia-Margallo said that while his government would not interfere in the wider debate on independence, there would be a ?mountain of problems? to resolve for Scotland to take a place in its own right. ?We don't interfe...



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£10m gap in Falkirk Council budget - Falkirk Herald
6 Feb 2014 at 4:06pm

Falkirk Herald

£10m gap in Falkirk Council budget
Falkirk Herald
The budget will be put to a meeting of the full council next Wednesday ? but already parts of it have come under attack from the SNP. A department by department programme of savings to fill the £10.5 million gap resulting from the loca...


John McTernan: Devolving the right things - Scotsman
6 Feb 2014 at 3:02pm

John McTernan: Devolving the right things
Scotsman
At the time, of course, it seemed mainly like a fiddle deliberately designed to split the anti-independence vote, thus making it possible for the SNP to win with 34 per cent of the vote. But Salmond was also prescient ? his third option was, and is...


ALDC's by-election round-up: Midlands win and a bad month for Tories and SNP ...
6 Feb 2014 at 3:01pm

ALDC's by-election round-up: Midlands win and a bad month for Tories and SNP
Liberal Democrat Voice
There were also by-elections last week in Moray where the SNP failed to win a Council by-election for the nineteenth time in a row after an Independent retained the seat. The Lib Dems held their own ...


Defence firms urged to speak out - ic Solihull.co.uk
6 Feb 2014 at 1:49pm

Defence firms urged to speak out
ic Solihull.co.uk
A British Government minister has urged the defence industry to intervene in the Scottish independence debate, prompting SNP concern about "underhand" activity. Philip Dunne, minister for defence equipment, told the Financial Times: "I would like t...


ECO to include off gas grid homes - Green Building Press
6 Feb 2014 at 1:28pm

Green Building Press

ECO to include off gas grid homes
Green Building Press
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has welcomed an announcement from the government that off-grid home fuel oil and LPG boilers are to be included in the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. Previously these systems were e...


RET 'a bribe to islands', says Labour MSP - Buteman
6 Feb 2014 at 10:17am

Buteman

RET 'a bribe to islands', says Labour MSP
Buteman
Mrs Grant said Keith Brown's comments at the Scottish Transport Conference demonstrated a lack of commitment to the SNP's own policy on RET, after the party decided in 2012 not to continue using the fares model for commercial traffic on route...


East Kilbride Labour select Liz Handibode as their candidate - Scottish Daily...
6 Feb 2014 at 9:48am

Scottish Daily Record

East Kilbride Labour select Liz Handibode as their candidate
Scottish Daily Record
LizAnne Handibode defeated list MSP Margaret McCulloch in a straight contest, winning an overwhelming majority of the votes from the hundreds of Labour Party members who took part. She is now to ...


What happens to Scottish MPs after referendum yes vote? - BBC News
6 Feb 2014 at 11:50am

BBC News

What happens to Scottish MPs after referendum yes vote?
BBC News
The Scottish independence debate is in full swing, but one question that has yet to be properly answered is: what happens to the 59 MPs representing Scottish seats at Westminster if September's referendum results in a "yes" vo...


EU expert points out strengths of small states - SNP (press release)
6 Feb 2014 at 11:46am

EU expert points out strengths of small states
SNP (press release)
The SNP is today welcoming comments from EU experts highlighting the strengths of small states at the EU's top table. Giving evidence in front of the committee today, Professor Michael Keating, who is director of the Economic and So...


Experts confirm rUK will need Scottish electricity - SNP (press release)
6 Feb 2014 at 9:13am

Experts confirm rUK will need Scottish electricity
SNP (press release)
?The SNP has also pledged to move energy efficiency measures into general taxation, lowering energy bills in an independent Scotland by £70 a year. ?A Yes vote next year is a vote for lower energy bills, instead of the costly an...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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UK ETFs Could See Volatility on Scotland Referendum - ETF Trends
6 Feb 2014 at 3:53pm

ETF Trends

UK ETFs Could See Volatility on Scotland Referendum
ETF Trends
The United Kingdom has been a solid, stable force in the global economy, but a Scottish referendum for independence could throw Great Britain into turmoil. Scotland, a part of the United Kingdom occupying the northern third of...


Newsnight Scotland to be axed ahead of referendum - Herald Scotland
5 Feb 2014 at 9:09pm

Newsnight Scotland to be axed ahead of referendum
Herald Scotland
A SHAKE-UP of BBC Scotland's referendum coverage will see the axing of Newsnight Scotland, the launch of a new nightly news programme and the return of presenter Sarah Smith to the corporation. A SHAKE-UP of BBC Scotland's referendum...


What happens to Scottish MPs after referendum yes vote? - BBC News
6 Feb 2014 at 11:50am

BBC News

What happens to Scottish MPs after referendum yes vote?
BBC News
The Scottish independence debate is in full swing, but one question that has yet to be properly answered is: what happens to the 59 MPs representing Scottish seats at Westminster if September's referendum results in a "yes" vo...


Scotland's referendum: Lib Dems refresh home rule option - BBC News
4 Feb 2014 at 4:34pm

Scotsman

Scotland's referendum: Lib Dems refresh home rule option
BBC News
Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said his party has refreshed its "hundred year old commitment to home rule all round". In speech to the David Hume Institute, Mr Rennie said the Liberal Democrats thought federalism withi...


Scottish referendum: Yes vote 'unnerving for Northern Ireland' - BBC News
6 Feb 2014 at 10:58am

BBC News

Scottish referendum: Yes vote 'unnerving for Northern Ireland'
BBC News
A vote for Scottish independence would drive a "wedge into the hearts and souls" of Northern Ireland, an MP has claimed. Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley Jr was speaking against a yes vote in the Scottish indepe...


Scotland's pro-independence camp gets small poll boost before vote - Reuters UK
3 Feb 2014 at 2:10am

Scotsman

Scotland's pro-independence camp gets small poll boost before vote
Reuters UK
In the referendum, to be held on September 18 this year, voters will decide whether Scotland, which has a population of just over 5 million and is a source of North Sea oil, should end its 307-year-old union with ...


MSPs pass pre-referendum Scottish budget - BBC News
5 Feb 2014 at 11:51am

BBC News

MSPs pass pre-referendum Scottish budget
BBC News
However, the Conservatives opposed the budget, saying it did not do enough to boost the economy. The budget includes measures to mitigate the effects of the UK government's changes to housing benefit. Scottish government Finance Secretary Jo...


Spain nervous with Catalonia says it will not interfere with Scotland's refer...
5 Feb 2014 at 5:38pm

Spain nervous with Catalonia says it will not interfere with Scotland's referendum
MercoPress
Spain has no intention of interfering in Scotland's push for independence and is willing to consider an eventual Scottish application to join the EU as a separate state, foreign minister García Margallo sa...


Yes campaign urges 'missing million' to register before referendum - stv.tv
5 Feb 2014 at 4:00pm

Washington Post

Yes campaign urges 'missing million' to register before referendum
stv.tv
Campaigners for Scottish independence have appealed to the country's 'missing million' unregistered voters to ensure they are registered to vote in the referendum. The Yes Scotland campaign urged people not to ...


'No' won't be Scotland's final answer. Not unless the unionist parties get .....
6 Feb 2014 at 2:20am

Spectator.co.uk

'No' won't be Scotland's final answer. Not unless the unionist parties get ...
Spectator.co.uk
Last Thursday, Lang secured and led a Lords debate ? the first of its kind ? on Scotland's coming referendum on independence. The six-hour session presented a magnificent sweep of the princ...



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The Winter Olympics
6 Feb 2014 at 4:10pm
Snowboarding started today ,a Britain (Jamie Nicholls) has made Saturday's Final.Fabulous.

Major Incident In Belfast
6 Feb 2014 at 3:32pm
Young kids collapsing at a concert in the Odyssey Arena

Bannockburn Live. 28Th 29Th June
6 Feb 2014 at 3:28pm
http://battleofbannockburn.com/updates/news/bannockburn-live-a-feast-of-food,-music-and-history/


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No Camp Sh**tting Themselves...
6 Feb 2014 at 3:15pm

http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9131482/union-in-peril/

 

 

 

This is a must read...

 

 

 

 



Strathclyde Uni Independence Debate
6 Feb 2014 at 12:49pm
http://www.strathstudents.com/indyref/educationregistration

Open registration.

No Campaign Photobombed
6 Feb 2014 at 8:19am

 



Thick Police Sgt
6 Feb 2014 at 7:35am

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/salford-anti-fracking-protest...



Flags
6 Feb 2014 at 6:37am

Just found out this "interesting" piece of trivia today.  Only 2 countries have flags that do not...



Darwinian Theory
6 Feb 2014 at 5:07am
Police urge people to stay away from seafronts affected by high tides, storms etc.
how much would...

Hunted
5 Feb 2014 at 4:21pm
Ridiculous abuse of gay people in Russia, amazed the thugs are so open about it.


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

Industry baron in ?against independence? shock
by James
4 Feb 2014 at 8:46am
The No campaign are most excited that an American corporate boss has come out against independenc...

The London model is more like us than we?d maybe wish to think.
by Dom
2 Feb 2014 at 4:24pm
Sitting in the foyer of the Citibank building in Canary Wharf, where the trains have no drivers a...

Putting human rights at the heart of Scottish foreign policy
by Guest Blog
31 Jan 2014 at 7:58am
Thanks to Andrew Smith for today’s guest post: Andrew is a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms...

In for a penny, in for a groat
by James
29 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
The Governor of the Bank of England has just sunk plans for Scottish independence today, we’re to...

Thinking the unthinkable.
by Dom
26 Jan 2014 at 2:15pm
When The Scotsman is agitatedly reporting a poll showing moves towards a Yes vote then you know i...

Academics prove nothing in the hands of spin doctors
by Dom
21 Jan 2014 at 12:33pm
During the autumn I was asked to join up to a campaigning group that would have assembled people ...

Commonwealth and Common Weal: The shape of things to come.
by Dom
8 Jan 2014 at 3:10pm
According to Nicola and Alex the world is watching, but the truth is that Britain isn?t even watc...

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

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

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


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

YouGov's 'phantom poll' comes in from the cold - but serious unanswered quest...
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2014 at 11:38pm

Thanks to Calum Findlay for pointing out that YouGov have furtively released the datasets for the...



Wisdom on Wednesday : Identifying the non-identifiable
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2014 at 5:00am
"All the calculations about who gets what slice of the public cake are based on what the Treasury...

Political Betting moderator "The Screaming Eagles" lies about me, dehumanises...
by James Kelly
4 Feb 2014 at 10:47am
Some of you may have seen the comment left by pro-independence Political Betting poster Mick Pork...

Trying to make sense of YouGov's latest idiocy (it isn't easy)
by James Kelly
3 Feb 2014 at 6:29pm
A little flurry of excitement tonight, because YouGov have released a table showing that a poll c...


Celtic Connections photos
by James Kelly
3 Feb 2014 at 1:14am
Last night I finished off two weeks of immersion in Celtic Connections by going to the Young Trad...

Six Nations 2014 prediction
by James Kelly
2 Feb 2014 at 8:59am
As ever, I was asked by a member of my family to fill in a Six Nations prediction form for a comp...

More drama as TNS-BMRB poll suggests the pro-independence campaign have close...
by James Kelly
1 Feb 2014 at 7:23pm
There are two new referendum polls out tonight, one from a polling company that is a veteran of t...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Some politicians didn't require the benefit of hindsigh...
by James Kelly
29 Jan 2014 at 5:00pm
"Will the approach that is being taken work?  The argument is that it will be a salutary lesson, ...

ICM poll looks robust
by James Kelly
27 Jan 2014 at 9:05pm
Many thanks to Stuart Dickson for pointing me in the direction of the full datasets for the remar...

SNP enjoy huge 19% lead over Labour in ICM poll
by James Kelly
26 Jan 2014 at 7:02pm
Further details of this weekend's extraordinary ICM poll have been released by the Scotsman. Unf...

This is the bit where everything changes - sensational ICM poll shows pro-ind...
by James Kelly
25 Jan 2014 at 8:14pm
At moments like this you're supposed to punch the air in delight, but I'm so dumbfounded that I t...

Professional buffoon Ian Dunt thrills the nation with another vintage gaffe, ...
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2014 at 9:36pm
Ian Dunt, fondly known to millions across Scotland as "the thinking woman's Richard Madeley", has...

Wisdom on Wednesday : There is no such thing as Macra! Macra do not exist! ...
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2014 at 5:00am
"It's just possible that you've been given a series of orders while you've been asleep. You know,...

William Hague and the illegitimacy klaxon
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2014 at 10:17pm
I doubt if anyone is going to faint with amazement at the sight of an academic study showing that...

Alex Massie, and primary school debating points
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2014 at 12:22am
I overlooked Alex Massie's defence of Chris Deerin's widely-ridiculed "independence supporters ar...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Glasgow's No campaign adopt cowering Cameron?s approach to debates
by Sean Lafferty
6 Feb 2014 at 11:03am
Glasgow?s No campaign is running scared and dodging debates in the same way as David Cameron acco...

Why a Yes vote is good for Scotland's trade unions and working people
by Sean Lafferty
6 Feb 2014 at 9:28am
Yes Scotland today publishes Part Two of a new phase in the referendum campaign by spelling out t...

Daily Digest: bedroom tax banished and Bob Holman backs Yes
by Stuart McDonald
6 Feb 2014 at 6:53am

Scottish Parliament ?banishes? hated bedroom tax

There is widespread coverage in today?s papers on...



Committed Labour Party member backs independence to reduce poverty gap
by Sean Lafferty
6 Feb 2014 at 5:34am
One of the most distinguished anti-poverty campaigners in Scotland has revealed he?s backing inde...

Massie: Victory is within reach of the Yes campaign
by Sean Lafferty
6 Feb 2014 at 5:22am
Leading commentator Alex Massie today confirms that momentum in the independence debate is with Y...

Yes Scotland welcomes Bedroom Tax agreement
by Sean Lafferty
5 Feb 2014 at 11:35am

Yes Scotland has welcomed the Budget agreement between the SNP and Labour on the hated Bedroom Ta...



Only a Yes Vote Guarantees our Public services
by Peter Dempsie
5 Feb 2014 at 8:14am

Tory MPs suggest the Barnett Formula, should be revised or scrapped for the 18-month period betwe...



Daily Digest: Signing up the Missing Million and Scotland Working to End Bedr...
by Stuart McDonald
5 Feb 2014 at 5:34am
The ?missing million? is a rough estimate of the number of people in Scotland who could vote but ...

National Voter Registration Day
by Peter Dempsie
5 Feb 2014 at 4:48am
Video of PvrFCy8nbck

The Yes campaign today urged voters from all sides of the debate to make s...



Yes campaigners appeal to the 'Missing Million' to register for #indyref vote
by Peter Dempsie
5 Feb 2014 at 2:30am

Yes Scotland launched an appeal to unregistered voters - the so-called ?missing million? - to ens...



Daily Digest: MoD Relying on Twitter for Intelligence and Tory Sabre-Rattling...
by Peter Dempsie
4 Feb 2014 at 4:28am
The bedroom tax was voted against by Scotland?s MPs, and is opposed by the Scottish Parliament an...

Yes Scotland welcomes Financial Times analysis
by Kevin Gilmartin
3 Feb 2014 at 10:46am
Video of TXBAgkyIXkY

Cailean Gallagher, a researcher at Yes Scotland, welcomes the Financial Ti...



Financial Times analysis underlines that an independent Scotland's got what i...
by Sean Lafferty
3 Feb 2014 at 6:48am
An independent Scotland can expect to start with healthier state finances than the rest of the UK...

Daily Digest: No campaign empty promises and Spain 'won?t interfere' in refer...
by Stuart McDonald
3 Feb 2014 at 6:01am
But why spend money and time undoing harmful Westminster policies, when with the full powers of i...

Yes Edinburgh Super Saturday
by Peter Dempsie
3 Feb 2014 at 4:49am
As a group, we at Yes Edinburgh decided it?d be a good idea to bring activists together from acro...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Don't go. I love you and respect you. I really do...
5 Feb 2014 at 9:05pm

We keep getting told that Scotland is a valued region of the UK. That we are better together. And...



Tommy Sheridan
3 Feb 2014 at 2:04pm

Don't know if this speech has been posted elsewhere - even if it has it deserves it's own thread....



For those planning to vote "no"...
3 Feb 2014 at 1:23pm

I'd be interested to hear your reasonings.  Not that I'm in any danger of changing my mind, but I...



Will we go totally metric in the event of a 'Yes' vote
2 Feb 2014 at 4:45am

Personally I would like to keep it the way it is - a half way house.

 

But would we see road sign...



Stamps 2014 (October)
1 Feb 2014 at 5:44am

I think we need to get our stamps sorted now just to be on the safe side?

 

or maybes

 

If ...



FAO Unionists ..Should Westminster come clean?
30 Jan 2014 at 11:03am
I have asked the unionists this question directly on other threads without response. Indeed they ...

National Anthem of an Independent Scotland
29 Jan 2014 at 7:26am

What should be the official national anthem?

 

Personally I'm in favour of Scotland the Brave as ...



Do we all agree with the 50p tax rate
28 Jan 2014 at 6:48am

Does anyone think the SG should comment on the 50p tax rate?



Head of State in an independent Scotland
27 Jan 2014 at 8:49pm
Apologies in advance if I'm being daft asking, but this point seems to have hardly even been ment...

Better Together - As long as your Tory/Lib/Lab
25 Jan 2014 at 2:40pm
On the 12th May 2013 a Better Together spokesman said: Only three parties are part of the offici...

Allistar Carmichael
23 Jan 2014 at 12:10pm
Apparently saying and independent Scotland may need border controls with England,,,honestly! You ...

Question Time from Dundee - 23/1/14
23 Jan 2014 at 10:07am
Question Time tonight is coming from Dundee, and the make-up of the panel suggests it'll be refer...

Referendum Debate - Greenock
21 Jan 2014 at 12:51pm

BBC Two tonight at 9pm. Thread to discuss the show.

 

Not sure how the debate is going to be stru...



A chance to rid ourselves of the House of Lords and FPTP
21 Jan 2014 at 7:23am

One of the most persuasive arguments for independence is that an independent Scotland would be fa...



New to here
16 Jan 2014 at 3:47pm
Just joined up because I wanted to see what the general feeling on the referendum was on here.

Are...


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


Scottish parliament votes to legalise gay marriage
by Severin Carrell
4 Feb 2014 at 2:01pm

Bill passed by 105 to 18 after several attempts to add extra protections for religious celebrants are voted down

The first same-sex weddings in Scotland could take place in October after MSPs voted ...




BP on the mend despite Bob Dudley's intervention on Scottish independence
by Terry Macalister
4 Feb 2014 at 1:26pm

Oil giant's chief executive manages to eclipse news of BP's improving financial situation

Bob Dudley threw caution to the wind on Tuesday managing to eclipse BP's positive annual financial results ...



Labour party's Falkirk membership inquiry report ? analysis
by Rajeev Syal
3 Feb 2014 at 2:44pm

The eight conclusions of the investigation into voting irregularities in the Scottish constituency

The Falkirk report arrives at eight conclusions in its executive summary, leaked to the press and w...




Failed Falkirk candidate condemns Labour investigation
by Rajeev Syal
3 Feb 2014 at 2:21pm

Karie Murphy says report has not proved allegations of voting irregularities during her bid to become parliamentary candidate

Read the Falkirk membership inquiry report in full

The activist whose fai...



Labour party's Falkirk membership inquiry report ? full document
3 Feb 2014 at 2:07pm

The 20-page report investigating voting irregularities in the campaign to become Labour's parliamentary candidate in the Scottish constituency





Scotland wants to spend extra £15m on mitigating effects of bedroom tax
by Severin Carrell
3 Feb 2014 at 9:50am

Deputy first minister asks DWP for authority to spend more helping councils after hitting limit for emergency support

The devolved administration in Scotland has asked the UK government for permissi...




Alistair Carmichael: 'Nationalists say Scotland and England have different va...
by Daniel Boffey
1 Feb 2014 at 6:03pm

In his first major interview of the year, the Scottish secretary says that nationalist rhetoric is in danger of poisoning relations in the referendum runup

It was the week that the Scottish referend...




Scottish independence: stay united and Scotland could be key to a better, fai...
by Will Hutton
1 Feb 2014 at 2:30pm

The SNP could be a battering ram to create a more federal Britain with Scotland as the principal beneficiary

The referendum on Scottish independence is an existential political moment. If the yes vo...




Scots Labour leader derided for casting independence gains as 'wee things'
by Severin Carrell
30 Jan 2014 at 11:54am

Salmond's nationalists circulate damning poster after Johann Lamont rebuffs first minister's vision accusing party of delusion

A Scottish Labour party attack on Alex Salmond's plans for currency uni...




Pound or euro? It's not what Scottish voters are talking about | John Curtice
by John Curtice
30 Jan 2014 at 7:01am

Politicians may debate the future currency of an independent Scotland, but most people just want a healthy economy

Economists tell us that the question of which currency to use is the most important...



Alex Salmond and Mark Carney: money talks | Editorial
by Editorial
29 Jan 2014 at 4:09pm

The deep integration of English and Scottish business means that sharing a currency makes unambiguous sense

Mark Carney is a jet-setter who worked for the global Goldman Sachs. He skipped across the...




Mark Carney raises doubts over Scotland's plan to share the pound
by Severin Carrell
29 Jan 2014 at 1:10pm

Bank of England governor says there are logical economic and business arguments for currency pact, but also warns of dangers

The battle over the Scottish government's plans for Scotland to share the...




Could an independent Scotland keep the pound?
by Angela Monaghan, Heather Stewart
29 Jan 2014 at 7:53am

Q&A: Mark Carney is visiting Scotland to discuss the implications of Scottish independence for monetary policy. How would it work?

Which currency would Scotland use after independence?

It is still un...




Mark Carney sits on the fence about Scottish independence ? or does he?
by Larry Elliott
29 Jan 2014 at 7:26am

The Bank governor's stance seemed neutral: but he left the distinct impression that talks on currency union wouldn't be easy

Anybody expecting Mark Carney to go to Scotland and say something controv...




Independent Scotland 'needs to cede sovereignty' for currency union with UK
by Severin Carrell
29 Jan 2014 at 7:15am

Bank of England governor's warning raises fresh doubts over SNP pledge that independence would give Scotland responsibility for all its economic levers

The governor of the Bank of England has warned...




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