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Unspun: the politics diary
4 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm

To be known and recognised by a first name is reserved to very few ... but ev...
4 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Veteran Scottish politician Margo MacDonald, who suffered from Parkinson's disease and had been campaigning in recent years to legalise assisted suicide, has died peacefully at home.

Clegg says Prime Minister is 'hiding' on EU
4 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Nick Clegg will today accuse his cabinet colleague David Cameron of being "absent, hiding and missing in action" over Europe.

A fierce protector of the Scottish Parliament
4 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
THE warm and effusive tributes paid to Margo MacDonald tell their own story - Holyrood will be greatly diminished without her.

Cable in house price warning
4 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Homeowners have too much of a "weakness" for rising house prices, a think tank has warned after Vince Cable suggested buying a property was becoming increasingly unaffordable for many on even middle incomes.

MP calls for police to act in Maria Miller expenses row
4 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
A SCOTTISH MP has written to police asking them to investigate the expenses of the under-fire Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

Disgraced Conservative MP's cabinet future is in jeopardy
3 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Conservative Culture Secretary Maria Miller was clinging on to her job last night despite being ordered to pay back £5800 in mortgage expenses and make a humiliating apology to MPs.

Prisons early release questioned
3 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
AN SNP plan to end automatic early release for some prisoners is being questioned by a Holyrood committee.

PM caught up in 'muppets' row
3 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
David Cameron has defended his use of the word "muppets" to describe Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls during debate in the House of Commons.

Labour in pledge to repeal Lobbying Act
3 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
LABOUR has said that it will repeal the controversial Lobbying Act if it gains power at the next general election.

Average households soon '£1000 a year worse off'
3 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
The average household will be almost £1000 a year worse off by the time of the next general election because of the Coalition Government's tax and benefit changes, according to Labour.

Farage wins Round 2 with Clegg
2 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
SNAP polls have declared Nick Clegg the loser for the second week in a row in a head to head debate with Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

Diplomat warned on latest Gibraltar incident
2 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
THE Spanish ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office after the latest incursion into British territorial waters off Gibraltar by a Spanish ship resulted in a collision with a Royal Gibraltar Police vessel.

UK hits spending target on aid
2 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
The UK met the United Nations target of spending 0.7% of national income on international aid for the first time last year, according to new official statistics.

Cities hope for investment boost
1 Apr 2014 at 9:05pm
CITIES could be in line for investment of about £6 billion as a result of working together in partnership, the Deputy First Minister said.


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Lord Tebbit: ?Arrogant? Maria Miller should resign
6 Apr 2014 at 12:05pm

Former Conservative chairman Lord Tebbit has become the most senior Conservative to call for Maria Miller to resign as Culture Secretary, amid controversy over her response to an investigation into her expenses claims.



Martin McGuinness praises Queen?s peace role
6 Apr 2014 at 8:23am

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness has heaped praise on the Queen for taking a leadership role in the Irish peace process.



Scottish independence: Yes support rises in poll
6 Apr 2014 at 7:24am

A NEW poll suggests support for independence has reached a campaign high.



The Scotland on Sunday cartoon: Coming to America
5 Apr 2014 at 7:46pm

The United States would not try to stand in the way of Scotland leaving the UK after a Yes vote in the referendum, Alex Salmond has claimed on a trip to America.



Andrew Wilson: Margo was both radical and unifying
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

LUCKY am I to have many wondrous friends and family who have my back when storms strike life. The matriarch of our family is one such lady: my aunt, who at 90 still writes with wisdom from time to time.



Senior Tories ?expect Maria Miller to be sacked?
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

CONSERVATIVE back-bench MPs were last night quoted as calling for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to be sacked following the scandal over her parliamentary expenses and claims she attempted to suppress a newspaper’s coverage of the revelations.



Drumlanrig: Now or never for Elvis landmark
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

The prospect of Prestwick International Airport being renamed the Robert Burns Airport was the subject of discussion at Holyrood last week.



Dani Garavelli: Glasgow making spectacle of itself
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

THE Red Road flats are used to being gazed at: in awe, in pity, in anger, but mostly with a degree of respect.



John MacDonald: Trident is a risky pawn to use
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

IF SCOTLAND votes for independence, would the SNP-led Scottish Government agree to let the UK nuclear force stay in Scotland?



USA won?t interfere with independence - Salmond
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: The United States would not try to stand in the way of Scotland leaving the UK after a Yes vote in the referendum, Alex Salmond has claimed on a trip to America.



Scots paying over £100k a day to park, says report
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

PARKING charges collected by councils across Scotland last year rose by an inflation-busting 9.1 per cent, figures obtained by Scotland on Sunday have shown.



Forget a currency union - here comes Scots Bitcoin
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

WITH the debate over what currency Scotland would use in the event of a Yes vote this September at a stalemate, it is a 21st-century alternative.



?Lack of evidence? to back plain tobacco packaging
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

ONE of Scotland’s leading experts in tackling addiction has warned that there is insufficient evidence for the UK and Scottish governments to press ahead with the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco.



SNP prepares to heal referendum divisions
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Senior figures within the SNP are preparing strategies to heal divisions caused by the increasingly bitter independence debate and developing plans to unify the country whatever the outcome of the referendum vote.



Leaders: What next after the referendum?
5 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

IT IS heartening to know that senior figures in the SNP are giving some serious thought to what might happen in the event of a No vote in the independence referendum.




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From Bath To Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2014 at 3:15pm
Just for a change, a wee bit of culture for a Sunday evening. Lismahagow is more paradoxical than ever. The late gulp he had of his native air seems to have blown fresh spirit into all his polemical faculties. I congratulated him the other day on the present flourishing state of his country, observing that […]

Running out of messengers to shoot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2014 at 9:19am
“Better Together” communications director Rob Murray: Labour MSP Neil Findlay: Don’t you hate these unreliable, low-credibility rogue pollsters, readers? “A poll showing the SNP on course to win 61 Holyrood seats was last night dismissed as “rogue” by Labour. The Ipsos MORI survey claimed the Nats had surged into an 11-point lead over Labour. That would […]

Blink when you?re lying
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2014 at 5:34am
This is “Better Together” chairman Alistair Darling’s interview on this morning’s Andrew Marr Show. Despite the sort of respectful-verging-on-subservient treatment the former Chancellor received from Marr, who uncharacteristically couldn’t bring himself to interrupt during the 10-minute piece, Mr Darling blinked even more furiously than usual throughout a bewildering flurry of contradictions, non-sequiturs and outright falsehoods. […]

Moving on up
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Apr 2014 at 7:00pm
By now you may have already seen the headline numbers for our latest Panelbase poll. We hope you don’t mind that we gave the Sunday Times a couple of hours’ lead time in return for some major coverage, but we’ve always said that at this stage the headline numbers are the least interesting findings. (That’s […]

Status update
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Apr 2014 at 6:22pm
Just to remind readers who haven’t already seen it on Twitter or Facebook – Wings has been under a heavy spam-flood attack for most of today, and we’re having ongoing technical issues with commenting due to security measures while we try to get it all sorted out. Most comments are being treated as first-time users, which […]

Cat released from bag
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Apr 2014 at 4:27pm
Sorry to keep you hanging on, readers, but we figured it was worth giving the Sunday Times the exclusive in return for getting the story on the front page. Please note that this is only the headline Yes/No finding, not the whole poll. Tune in here at 1am for our full analysis of the very […]

Just the brass tacks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Apr 2014 at 6:59am
We appreciate some of you have been struggling to keep up with our investigations into Labour’s devolution proposals. So we’ve boiled it right down.

Shifting the blame
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Apr 2014 at 4:01am

A passing query
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2014 at 9:00am
As far as we’re aware, “the largest arts festival in Europe” (indeed, the largest arts festival anywhere in the world) is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Does anyone remember Ian Murray MP being in charge of it? The claim appears in numerous places, including the Scottish Labour website and on Politics.co.uk. We can’t figure out what other […]

Once more unto the breach
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Apr 2014 at 6:31am
Sorry, folks, but it looks like we’re going to have to do this all over again. In the light of last night’s bizarre revelations about Scottish Labour’s shambolic “Devo Nano” proposals, even the barest semblance of coherence in the party’s plans has disintegrated, with Coatbridge MP Tom Clarke flatly contradicting the form letters sent out […]


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Malcolm Chisholm to resign as MSP
6 Apr 2014 at 1:14pm
Labour MSP and former health minister Malcolm Chisholm announces he will step down at the next Holyrood election.


Constitution role for religion call
6 Apr 2014 at 5:40am
Churches and faith groups are calling for the role of religion to be recognised in any written constitution for Scotland.


Cameron speaks of his 'love' for UK
5 Apr 2014 at 10:49am
David Cameron speaks of his love for the "incomparable" United Kingdom as he makes a new plea for the Union.


Independent MSP Margo MacDonald dies
5 Apr 2014 at 4:29am
The Independent MSP Margo MacDonald, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease, has died.


Izzard urges Scots to stay in UK
4 Apr 2014 at 10:32am
Comedian Eddie Izzard urges Scots to remain in the UK, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum.


McLeish in 'appeal to hearts' call
5 Apr 2014 at 5:17am
Former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish urges the pro-Union Better Together campaign to adopt a more emotive approach.


Tail docking 'benefits dogs'
5 Apr 2014 at 5:12am
Docking working dogs' tails by a third while they are puppies could significantly decrease their risk of injury, according to research.


First cross-border summit staged
4 Apr 2014 at 9:06am
Senior members of five councils on the Scotland-England border meet for the first ever Borderlands Initiative summit.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Wings shows Yes still flying
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Apr 2014 at 3:28pm

  By Dave Taylor
 
The Panelbase poll for Wings Over Scotland confirms the reduction in the No lead that our poll showed 3 weeks ago. Indeed, it has the Yes vote a shade higher than our poll found.
 
Whilst it?s always nice to have your own poll results confirmed, the actual level of support for Yes and No isn?t guaranteed to reflect what these two Panelbase surveys show.



Dancing to UKIP's tune
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Bob Duncan)
5 Apr 2014 at 11:20am

By Bob Duncan

National Collective cartoonist Greg Moodie has embarked on what he describes as a 'drinking' tour' of independence websites, with a different major site hosting one of his works each Saturday.

In the past few weeks, Greg has stopped off for a wee dram at both Bella Caledonia and BBC Scotlandshire. This week it is the turn of Newsnet Scotland to host a little number inspired by the extraordinarily high profile of UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage.



Weir riding along on the crest of a wave
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Apr 2014 at 4:35am

  By Derek Bateman
 
It gets frustrating for people like me to have to deal constantly with dreary economic unknowns when the referendum is about our national coming together to release our latent talent and about rewriting our democracy. (Let me write that again from a more positive outlook?oh joy, another doom-laden report comes out telling us the problems we'll confront if we dare vote Yes). Still amounts to the same thing, doesn't it?



'You know it's great to be on the side of the Angels ?'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Apr 2014 at 4:59pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
She spoke those words at the independence rally in Edinburgh in September 2012.  I never met Margo MacDonald, but like others who have sent well wishes to her family and expressed their own sadness at her passing, I felt as though I did.
 
I called our editor on Friday afternoon when I heard the news.  I expected Lynda to have already heard.  The gasp on the other end of the phone told me she hadn't.  Oh no! was the immediate response followed by a lengthy silence.



The Referendum and Trident
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
4 Apr 2014 at 11:10am

By Isobel Lindsay

The anonymous Cabinet Minister who said they would probably negotiate a currency union with Scotland especially if they could get to keep Trident on the Clyde, let slip one of the big unionist nightmares ? they could lose their big-power virility symbol.

This is one of the great moral and international issues at stake in the Referendum campaign.



Underlying economic issues still there
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm

By George Kerevan
 
DURING his ill-starred 2010 election campaign, Gordon Brown made the controversial pledge to ?create British jobs for British workers?. Of course, his proposal was illegal under European Union rules, but then Brown did not actually intend to do anything about it. His use of language worthy of the BNP was a classic political ?dog whistle? ? an emotive phrase intended to lodge in the subconscious of a key electoral group.



Behind the Green Door
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Apr 2014 at 3:11pm

By Derek Bateman

There's no escaping the irony. The people who accuse nationalists of abuse have turned to vilification in place of argument. There's always going to be a background of jibe and accusation and it's a key part of what we call debate, although it is dismissed as contemptible by the pious who nevertheless find space in their condemnation for the odd dismissive barb themselves.

Personally, I enjoy it. My rule of thumb is not to write anything I wouldn't say to someone's face and that mostly gets me by, allowing tart, sour and borderline hurtful comments while making sure I could justify them if challenged.



Catalonia Calling
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Mar 2014 at 3:01pm

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
St George's Day is most commonly associated with England, but the feast of the fabled dragon is a big deal in Catalonia, too.  Every April 23, Catalans exchange books, flowers and other gifts on the dia dels enamorats (lovers' day).
 
But on April 23, 2015, Catalans could be doing something very different on St George's day ? making a unilateral declaration of independence.



Dr Strangelove
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Apr 2014 at 1:04am

By Derek Bateman
 
Another bombardment of tough love is already skyward and heading our way this week as the independence-haters ? what else can they be with such irrational, self-harming persistence ? seek to hammer home their orchestrated line on no currency sharing. (I get images of Osborne astride a descending bomb like the major in Dr Strangelove)

It would have been arm-round-the-shoulder week, like the boozy wincher, angling for a stolen kiss, no doubt turning nasty on rejection. Instead, through their own ineptitude, they are obliged to bludgeon us with ever more shrill insistence that they meant it all along.



The counterfeit currency threat ... Where now for No?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Mar 2014 at 4:55pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
"The nationalists are in utter chaos over currency.  Alex Salmond's Panama Plan would be an absolute disaster for Scotland, leaving us without anyone standing behind our banks and resulting in sky-high interest rates for our mortgages and loans.  The only way to keep the strength and security of the pound is to vote to stay part of the UK."
 
The words of the Better Together campaign almost exactly one month ago.




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Louise Thomason: I?ll Be Voting Yes in September, But I Wasn?t Always Going T...
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 12:01pm

I’ll be voting Yes in September, but I wasn’t always going to. Over the past couple of years, I have

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Embassy support for Darling's indy trip to US attacked by SNP
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 11:04am

THE UK Government has been criticised for giving diplomatic support to Alistair Darling to help him speak as the head of the Better Together campaign in America this week.

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Leading Kirk minister is backing a Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 10:56am

A LEADING Church of Scotland minister has come out in support of independence, saying the growing divide in attitudes to welfare, immigration and the EU, north and south of the Border, have spurred him into a fundamental rethink.

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Running out of messengers to shoot
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 10:13am

"Better Together" communications director Rob Murray: Labour MSP Neil Findlay: Don't you hate these unreliable, low-credibility rogue pollsters, readers? "A poll showing the SNP on course to win 61...

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Scottish independence: Yes campaign gaining momentum with vote now ?neck and ...
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 9:46am

With just five months to go until Scotland goes to the polls in the referendum on independence, support for the Yes campaign has reportedly closed the gap on unionists and could have taken the lead “by July”.

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One blink for yes, two for no, 3000 for blind panic
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 9:43am
A new opinion poll from Panelbase, crowd funded by Wings Over Scotland, has delivered the final blow to the currency masterplan to scare nationalism stone dead. The Yes vote is still going up. When...

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Lack of paper trail on currency shows it was bluff | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 9:32am



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SNP prepares to heal referendum divisions
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 8:50am

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Senior figures within the SNP are preparing strategies to heal divisions caused by the increasingly bitter independence debate and developing plans to unify the country whatever the outcome of the referendum vote.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The SNP has consistently said that it ...



Scottish independence: Yes backing hits 41% peak
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 7:54am

A NEW poll suggests support for independence has reached a campaign high.
Peter A Bell's insight:

What a silly headline! "Peak" is defined as the most extreme possible amount or value. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that support for a Yes vote in the referendum has peaked. Although it evide...



Blink when you're lying
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 7:47am

This is "Better Together" chairman Alistair Darling's interview on this morning's Andrew Marr Show. Despite the sort of respectful-verging-on-subservient treatment the former Chancellor received fr...

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Currency furore over mystery of missing memos
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 7:36am

THE Treasury was last night at the centre of a growing row over political bias, after admitting it had no record of when its most senior civil servant first advised the Chancellor against a currency union with an independent Scotland.

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Moving on up
by Peter A Bell
6 Apr 2014 at 7:13am

By now you may have already seen the headline numbers for our latest Panelbase poll. We hope you don't mind that we gave the Sunday Times a couple of hours' lead time in return for some major cover...

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Eddie Izzard begs Scotland: ?Please don?t go?
by Peter A Bell
5 Apr 2014 at 9:37am

Scottish independence: The new pro-union campaign stepped up a gear today when one of the country’s best-known authors and a much-loved transvestite comedian appeared at its launch.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Is that it? Is that the big new drive to preserve the power of Britain's ruling elites? Is th...



Just the brass tacks
by Peter A Bell
5 Apr 2014 at 9:24am

We appreciate some of you have been struggling to keep up with our investigations into Labour's devolution proposals. So we've boiled it right down.

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Tributes as Margo MacDonald MSP dies aged 70
by Peter A Bell
5 Apr 2014 at 3:45am

HEARTFELT tributes were paid last night to veteran Scottish politician Margo MacDonald, who died peacefully at home yesterday with her family by her side.

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Jackie Bird: TV is an arena for highly trained combatants to show off their s...
by Jackie Bird
6 Apr 2014 at 4:38am
JACKIE reckons televised debates give public a chance to weigh up people who affect our lives.


Ex-head of MI5 Stella Rimington: Independent Scotland could have own secret s...
by Jenny Morrison
6 Apr 2014 at 1:56am
THE former spying boss believes the process of setting up a national security service is possible but says key sources of information may take a long time to trust the new agency.


Record View: Goodbye Margo Macdonald, a giant of politics and a breath of fre...
by Record View
5 Apr 2014 at 8:18am
THE Scottish independence referendum is only five-and-a-half months away and RECORD VIEW says it wouldn't have been possible without the passionate support of Margo MacDonald.


The Daily Record's Heart Start campaign receives massive boost as MSPs rally ...
by David Clegg
5 Apr 2014 at 6:34am
THE Scottish parliament lend their support to Daily Record's Heart Start campaign that aims to drastically decrease the number of cardiac arrest deaths that occur in Scotland.


Margo MacDonald 1943-2014: Nation mourns incomparable politican known as 'Mot...
by David Clegg
5 Apr 2014 at 3:24am
POLITICIANS have lined up to pay tribute to Margo MacDonald, the independent Lothian MSP, who passed away on Friday after losing her fight with Parkinson's disease aged 70.


Bedroom tax: Scottish government's message to council.. we'll give you the ca...
by David Clegg
5 Apr 2014 at 2:03am
WELFARE minister Margaret Burgess told the chief executives of all Scotland?s local authorities that money will be available to ?fully mitigate? the Con Dem policy.


Why Scotland is a poorer place without indomitable, ultra-independent Margo M...
by dailyrecord
4 Apr 2014 at 11:04am
FORMER Daily Record political editor and columnist TOM BROWN reflects on the life and achievements of Margo MacDonald and ponders that Scotland is a poorer place without her.


Independent MSP Margo MacDonald dies aged 70 after a long battle with Parkins...
by dailyrecord
4 Apr 2014 at 10:43am
THE former SNP politician served as an elected member at both the Scottish and UK parliaments. She had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.


Obituary: A farewell to Margo MacDonald 1943-2014
by David Taylor
4 Apr 2014 at 10:03am
VETERAN Scottish politician Margo MacDonald has died peacefully at home, her family confirmed. DAVID TAYLOR takes a look back at her life and career.


Comedian Eddie Izzard describes his trip to Scotland to urge referendum voter...
by dailyrecord
4 Apr 2014 at 9:19am
IZZARD was subjected to online abuse when he announced he would stage a fundraiser for the Better Together campaign at the launch of its Scotland, Please Don't Go slogan in Edinburgh.


Independence referendum: Expats have their say in our unofficial online poll
by dailyrecord
4 Apr 2014 at 5:22am
OUR sister site Scotland Now is giving millions of expats dotted around the world the chance to have their say on this year's big independence debate.


Comedian Eddie Izzard to urge Scots to remain in the UK with a comedy fundrai...
by Lindsey Archibald
4 Apr 2014 at 3:03am
THE cross-party unionist campaign will launch its new slogan "Scotland, Please Don't Go" with a gig in Edinburgh, featuring the popular English comic and local comedian Andy Todd.


Record View: Scotland deserves better than half-baked indy ideas from the SNP
by Record View
4 Apr 2014 at 2:55am
AS it is revealed the SNP's flagship childcare plan is missing £700m and 40,000 mums RECORD VIEW says voters deserve better than "back-of-an-envelope planning".


Revealed: Tory cuts will cost families £1000 a year
by Jason Beattie
4 Apr 2014 at 2:42am
A STUDY by the Institute of Fiscal Studies found households will lose £974 a year on average by 2015 - and families with children will be even more out of pocket.


Edinburgh school tragedy: Nicola Sturgeon stunned as political leaders ignore...
by David Clegg
4 Apr 2014 at 2:22am
STURGEON had been expecting tough questions on the Liberton High tragedy as she stood in for Alex Salmond at First Minister's questions but they failed to materialise.


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Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Apr 2014 at 10:28am
Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city by planting explosive smoked sausages in buildings throughout the city.



Labour to blow up Glasgow
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Alicsammin wins the Grand National!

Rest in Peace.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm
Rest in Peace.



We'll miss you Margo
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Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Apr 2014 at 4:07pm
Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.



Barrhead fellow-traveller in flight
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A staff member reported that he had been horrified to arrive at work early in the morning and find a yes sticker on a board across the road from the office

A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Toget...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Apr 2014 at 2:30am
A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Together referendum campaigns will be played in Stirling on Saturday 24th of June as part of the 2014 Armed forces day.


Indy campaign's call truce for charity football match
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The match, part of the wid...

"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm
"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.



Splits in UKOK denied
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national broadcast...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Mar 2014 at 10:57am

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2014 at 12:24pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definitely absolutely positive case for the Union.


The 'thrilling' case for the UK
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According to the Lib Dem press office, Mr Clegg's speech was delivered to a packed house of over 25,000 delegates and w...

Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire ar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 6:40pm
Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire are gaining, Poultice concentrates on what matters.



Poultice ? BBC London thanks you for your polling responses
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Please vote in our new poll - we don't understand why Subway keeps appearing in Scot...

Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 3:04pm
Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely sanguine about his missing organ.



It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Camero...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Mar 2014 at 4:45pm
It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Cameron.


Barosso guttered after failure to get UK support for top NATO job, despite sucking Cameron
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Barroso might turn on Cameron and say ?In ye come Scotland. Fu*k the Tory bastirt.?

The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its la...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Mar 2014 at 6:24pm
The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its latest devolution proposals today, at the same time as the rest of the country.


Labour ?Declaration of Dependence? may lead to DEVO R.C.E.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The proposals, which were 2 years in the making, were comp...

Thank you, dear viewers, for the 5000 likes. <lovebomb>We like you too.</love...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Mar 2014 at 10:19am
Thank you, dear viewers, for the 5000 likes.
<lovebomb>We like you too.</lovebomb>



The following is a transcript of part of the Andrew Marr show from this morni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Mar 2014 at 9:17am
The following is a transcript of part of the Andrew Marr show from this morning. This will be remembered as the point when the BBC finally admitted it was a player in the debate on Scottish independence rather than a neutral and disinterested observer.


We're not reporting the debate, we're IN IT, ...

David Cameron has described the referendum on Scottish independence as "a maj...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Mar 2014 at 3:54pm
David Cameron has described the referendum on Scottish independence as "a major life-ending decision". Mr Cameron made the comment during a speech to the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Edinburgh.


Scottish Tory conference: Cameron warns vote will be 'life-ending decision'
www.bbc.scotland...

Supporters of the Union were overjoyed when GERS scored a double-whammy to ov...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Mar 2014 at 3:46pm
Supporters of the Union were overjoyed when GERS scored a double-whammy to overwhelm dissident splittists.



GERS boost for the Empire!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
That means that the UK will now be able to compete for a playoff place to gain admission to the G46


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Easter Rising
by bellacaledonia
4 Apr 2014 at 2:45am
Bella is taking a short break for the Easter holidays to have a brief digital detox and gorge on over-packed chocolate items. We will be back with you next week. In the meantime, take a chance to share the details... Read More ›

Red Road
by bellacaledonia
3 Apr 2014 at 4:37pm
News that the Red Road flats, which have been part of Glasgow’s skyline for almost 50 years will be blown up as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was met by stunned confusion by people today. The event will... Read More ›

Disgraceful Opportunist Cultural Hatred
by bellacaledonia
3 Apr 2014 at 3:38pm
This is an extraordinary attack. THE DAILY MAIL’S ALAN RODEN AND HIS UTTER HATRED OF GAELIC by Arthur Cormack Unfortunately, we are used to Gaels and their language being denigrated by some sections of the media in Scotland. Alan Roden,... Read More ›


I am a Nationalist
by bellacaledonia
3 Apr 2014 at 2:47pm
By David Morgan There you go ? I?ve said it. I subscribe to a political philosophy that (in the context of the Scottish Independence debate at least) dare not speak its name. The very word itself has become a term... Read More ›


An Eye for an Aye?
by bellacaledonia
2 Apr 2014 at 5:55am
If you were asked to design a poster that inspires a nation, what would it be? Bella, National Collective and Scottish Independence Convention today launch a national prize competition ...


Dragons and Poodles
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 4:37pm
By David Black There seemed to be something uncannily familiar about the collapse of the unionist party line which followed the recent revelation in The Guardian about the unidentified cabinet minister who broke ranks with his Westminster ‘No’ troika. Their... Read More ›

From The Province of the Cat #26: Killing Squirrels With A Howitzer
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 6:44am
by George Gunn Sometimes through the heavy metal fuzz of mass media and the modern world, when the individual is striving for some clarity amongst the incessant network noise and flashing neon which signifies nothing, there comes as from nowhere... Read More ›


Where is Alexander Linklater?
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 6:31am
By Mike Small Where exactly is Alexander Linklater? His description of Scotland (‘The union belongs to the Scots, it’s at the heart of our cultural identity’) suggests he’s located somewhere else entirely, or experiencing a different multiverse from the rest... Read More ›


Better Together: Proud to Fail
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2014 at 3:55pm
By John S Warren Ian Martin in an article spread over two pages in the Sunday Telegraph (30th March p.18-19) concludes after what we may now fairly term the ?Apertiv-gate? currency fiasco, that if Better Together ?make many more foolish... Read More ›


The Better Together Campaign Crisis
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2014 at 10:38am
"If you have a pliant media (which doesn't know what's happening on the ground anyway), for quite a while you can get away with describing the world as you wish it was and not as it is. The problem is that eventually reality catches up..."


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Scottish Independence: Role of religion 'should be recognised' - BBC News
6 Apr 2014 at 1:24am

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Role of religion 'should be recognised'
BBC News
Churches and faith groups are calling for the role of religion to be recognised in any written constitution for Scotland. They plan to hold an interfaith conference on the subject in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in Ju...


Scottish independence: Yes support rises in poll - Scotsman
6 Apr 2014 at 11:10am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Yes support rises in poll
Scotsman
?On the other hand, the No side's continuing efforts at persuading Scots of the risk of independence - together with three weekends of unionist Scottish party conferences - are still evidently failing to bear any fruit. ?The argument...


Scottish Independence: Eddie Izzard says 'Fans will hate me for backing No .....
6 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm

The Independent

Scottish Independence: Eddie Izzard says 'Fans will hate me for backing No ...
The Independent
Like David Bowie said, 'Stay with us Scotland' and I'm saying the same ? don't go.? Izzard joins a series of other high-profile names against Scottish independence including Sir Alex Fergus...


Scottish independence: lessons from 1995 Quebec vote - BBC News
5 Apr 2014 at 12:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: lessons from 1995 Quebec vote
BBC News
There could be lessons for the Scottish independence debate from the 1995 Quebec referendum in Canada. There, a nationalist party came to power, and decided to hold a referendum on independence, where the no campaign was ahead, b...


Weir Group warns of 'guaranteed' costs of Scottish independence - Telegraph -...
3 Apr 2014 at 5:14am

Telegraph.co.uk

Weir Group warns of 'guaranteed' costs of Scottish independence - Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk
Weir Group warns of 'guaranteed' costs of Scottish independence. Scottish engineer says higher borrowing costs, increased taxes and hundreds of millions in transaction costs mean businesses wo...


Scottish independence: Much better together - Telegraph.co.uk
2 Apr 2014 at 12:10am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence: Much better together
Telegraph.co.uk
The battle to keep the United Kingdom together has reached a critical stage, as we enter the final six months before the referendum on Scottish independence. The past few days have been especially rocky. A combination of a c...


Scottish independence: Henry McLeish answers your questions - BBC News
5 Apr 2014 at 3:57am

Scottish independence: Henry McLeish answers your questions
BBC News
Former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish has been answering your questions in the latest BBC Scotland independence referendum webcast. BBC Scotland's Isabel Fraser has been putting your questions to the Scottish Labour Party pol...


Scottish independence: Barrhead Travel founder writes anti-Yes memo to staff ...
31 Mar 2014 at 10:59am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Barrhead Travel founder writes anti-Yes memo to staff
BBC News
The founder of Barrhead Travel has told his staff that a "Yes" vote in Scotland's independence referendum would be "a disaster". Bill Munro sent a memo to staff about what he saw as the dangers of independ...


Scottish independence: Unite leader slams No camp - Scotsman
1 Apr 2014 at 11:11am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Unite leader slams No camp
Scotsman
THE leader of Britain's biggest trade union has slammed the negativity of the Better Together campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, and warned that Scots will back independence if they think the Tories can win the 2015 election. Spea...


Independence: SNP 'bullied' bosses over currency - Scotsman
2 Apr 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Independence: SNP 'bullied' bosses over currency
Scotsman
The Scottish Government wants to keep the pound as part of a currency union after independence. This has been ruled out by Chancellor George Osborne and Labour and the Liberal Democrats ? although an unnamed coalition minister claime...



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Scottish independence: Yes support rises in poll - Scotsman
6 Apr 2014 at 11:10am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Yes support rises in poll
Scotsman
?The small increase in the Yes vote is, however, enough to make it the highest pro-independence vote in any poll yet, other than in a much-criticised poll Panelbase conducted for the SNP last August.? If the 14% who responded 'Don't ...


Scottish independence: Yes backing hits 41% peak - Scotsman (blog)
6 Apr 2014 at 7:33am

Scotsman (blog)

Scottish independence: Yes backing hits 41% peak
Scotsman (blog)
?The small increase in the Yes vote is, however, enough to make it the highest pro-independence vote in any poll yet, other than in a much-criticised poll Panelbase conducted for the SNP last August.? If the 14% who res...


No camp abuse of UK diplomatic funds questioned - SNP (press release)
6 Apr 2014 at 6:04am

No camp abuse of UK diplomatic funds questioned
SNP (press release)
The SNP today highlighted reports that the No campaign has abused UK diplomatic resources to send its campaign head on a US trip to promote a No vote. Today's Sunday Herald reports that Alistair Darling is being given support from ...


Support for Yes at highest in campaign so far - SNP (press release)
6 Apr 2014 at 5:49am

Support for Yes at highest in campaign so far
SNP (press release)
The SNP today welcomed a new Panelbase poll which puts support for a Yes vote in September at a record high in the campaign. The poll, which appears on the front page of today's Sunday Times, and was commissioned by the Wings Over Sc...


Scotland says goodbye to Margo MacDonald - Aljazeera.com
6 Apr 2014 at 5:24am

Aljazeera.com

Scotland says goodbye to Margo MacDonald
Aljazeera.com
Her victory for the Scottish National Party (SNP) over Labour in Govan, a working class shipbuilding district on the south side of the River Clyde, electrified Scottish politics. With the exception of a narrow Conservative win in 1...


Lack of paper trail on currency shows it was bluff - SNP (press release)
6 Apr 2014 at 4:47am

Lack of paper trail on currency shows it was bluff
SNP (press release)
Reports in today's Sunday Herald of an FOI stating that there is no paper trail detailing how Treasury Permanent Secretary Sir Nick Macpherson arrived at the decision to rule out a currency union are being highlighted by the SNP...


UIKIP dictating Westminster's political agenda - SNP (press release)
6 Apr 2014 at 3:31am

UIKIP dictating Westminster's political agenda
SNP (press release)
Westminster's political agenda is being dictated by UKIP despite the party having no support in Scotland, an SNP MSP has said. On a range of policy issues ? from energy to immigration ? the UK's political agenda is being set by the ...


Dennis Canavan: my memories of Margo MacDonald - Herald Scotland
6 Apr 2014 at 3:09am

Herald Scotland

Dennis Canavan: my memories of Margo MacDonald
Herald Scotland
In 1978, Margo popped up again as SNP candidate in a Hamilton by-election. Margo, who was Lanarkshire born and bred, boldly accused the Labour candidate, George Robertson, who had no local roots, of simply using Hamilton ...


Embassy support for Darling's indy trip to US attacked by SNP - Herald Scotland
5 Apr 2014 at 9:10pm

Herald Scotland

Embassy support for Darling's indy trip to US attacked by SNP
Herald Scotland
SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said: "This is an abuse of UK diplomatic resources by the No campaign. The UK Embassy in the US appears to be arranging meetings and interviews for Alistair Darling in...


SNP mystery death turned into drama - Herald Scotland
5 Apr 2014 at 9:10pm

Herald Scotland

SNP mystery death turned into drama
Herald Scotland
Now the controversy surrounding the "suicide" of SNP activist and lawyer Willie McRae, a prominent anti-nuclear campaigner, is to be turned into a play. Some 29 years ago this month, on April 5, 1985, 61-year-old McRae left Glasgow ...



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Scottish independence: Yes campaign gaining momentum with vote now 'neck ... ...
6 Apr 2014 at 5:06am

The Independent

Scottish independence: Yes campaign gaining momentum with vote now 'neck ...
The Independent
With just five months to go until Scotland goes to the polls in the referendum on independence, support for the Yes campaign has reportedly closed the gap on unionists and could have taken th...


Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum? - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum?
BBC News
For the first time in Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds will get to vote in the referendum. As long as you were born on 18 September 1998 or before, and live in Scotland, you can have your say on Scotland's future. For those of ...


Latest indyref poll: Yes 41% No 46% Don't Know 14% - Herald Scotland
6 Apr 2014 at 4:30am

Herald Scotland

Latest indyref poll: Yes 41% No 46% Don't Know 14%
Herald Scotland
Panelbase found a breakdown of Yes 41% and No 46% when voters were asked the referendum question, with 14% saying they did not how how they would vote on September 18. The figures suggest a gain of four ... Blair Jenk...


Scottish independence: lessons from 1995 Quebec vote - BBC News
5 Apr 2014 at 12:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: lessons from 1995 Quebec vote
BBC News
There could be lessons for the Scottish independence debate from the 1995 Quebec referendum in Canada. There, a nationalist party came to power, and decided to hold a referendum on independence, where the no campaign was ahead, b...


Scottish Independence: Role of religion 'should be recognised' - BBC News
6 Apr 2014 at 1:24am

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Role of religion 'should be recognised'
BBC News
"The conference will transcend political differences and any statements agreed will make no endorsement of either side in the referendum campaign." The Scottish government has said it will publish a draft constitution t...


Independence referendum: Expats have their say in our unofficial online poll ...
4 Apr 2014 at 5:32am

Independence referendum: Expats have their say in our unofficial online poll
Scottish Daily Record
SCOTS expats disappointed they can't take part in Scotland's historic Independence referendum vote on September 18 can get their voice heard in a new poll by Scotland Now . The Record's new digital si...


Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever' - BBC News
1 Apr 2014 at 6:34pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever'
BBC News
Voter registration in Scotland is the highest it has ever been, as millions sign up to have their say in the independence referendum. With just under six months until polling day, an estimated 4.1 million people are now on th...


STV to screen final of independence referendum schools debate - stv.tv
4 Apr 2014 at 7:15am

stv.tv

STV to screen final of independence referendum schools debate
stv.tv
Eight secondary schools from across Scotland will battle it out on STV in the final of a nationwide debating competition based around the independence referendum. The hour long programme, Referendum: The Next Generation, see...


Comedian Eddie Izzard describes his trip to Scotland to urge referendum voter...
4 Apr 2014 at 9:25am

Scottish Daily Record

Comedian Eddie Izzard describes his trip to Scotland to urge referendum voters ...
Scottish Daily Record
Labour party supporter and comedian Eddie Izzard in Edinburgh. COMEDIAN Eddie Izzard has described his trip to Scotland to urge referendum voters to keep the UK together as ...


BlackRock wades into Scottish referendum debate - Financial Times
23 Mar 2014 at 5:19am

Telegraph.co.uk

BlackRock wades into Scottish referendum debate
Financial Times
Investments in Scottish infrastructure projects are also likely to be put on hold until September's referendum, said the company, which added that it has taken an ?apolitical view? of the situation. Scottish pension fund...



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Unionist Confronts Yes Scotland In Edinburgh
6 Apr 2014 at 3:26pm



Elder Scrolls Online
6 Apr 2014 at 7:55am
Any fellow adventure geeks?

Best crafting system in a game EVER!

Agent Murray
6 Apr 2014 at 7:22am

Strictly should be under other sports - but from a political point of view - that was the first t...



Yes Campaign To Lead "by July"
6 Apr 2014 at 7:15am

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scottish-independence-yes-campaign-gaining-momentu...



Andrew Marr
6 Apr 2014 at 3:44am

Why has he became a horrid little twat ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and where did that ...



Happy New Tax Year
6 Apr 2014 at 1:18am

Where are you sheltering your hard earned money from HMRC? Pensions? Cash ISA's or Stocks and Sha...



5Th May Mass Purchase Of Cap In Hand!
5 Apr 2014 at 8:41pm

On the 5th of March there is a planned mass purchase of Cap in Hand by the Proclaimers. This is s...



Sunday Herald Front Page
5 Apr 2014 at 5:03pm



Sunday Times Poll Story
5 Apr 2014 at 4:36pm

 

I believe excluding undecideds it has Yes on 47%, No on 53%.

 



Give Dave His Place In History
5 Apr 2014 at 3:50pm

Let him join the club 

 




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Work as if you live in the early days of a

Margo Macdonald: a very brief obituary
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The Scottish Parliament today lost one of its few true icons, the independent (former SNP) MSP Ma...

Independence is a process too
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 8:20am
One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one pers...

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...

Fringe benefits of independence
by James
18 Mar 2014 at 6:10am
The worst reason for voting No to independence is because you don’t like Alex Salmond, and the wo...

Who do you not hate?
by James
17 Mar 2014 at 8:33am
In addition to the independence question and the Holyrood voting intention put as part of our fir...

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...

Scottish Labour and the supposed self-evident truths of separation
by Guest Blog
7 Mar 2014 at 7:27am
We’re pleased to have a guest post today from dearly-missed erstwhile Better Nation editor and fo...

Bring me the head of Keith Brown!
by Dom
3 Mar 2014 at 6:05am
For all their faults, you can?t deny that the Labour governments of the early Scottish Parliament...

We?re off to Tillicoultry
by Aidan
14 Feb 2014 at 2:00am
Thursday didn’t start well for me: after waking up late and rushing out the flat I had huge probl...


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

More details from today's Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2014 at 11:03am

Many thanks to Oldnat for pointing me in the direction of the datasets for today's Panelbase/Wing...



Panic stations for anti-independence campaign as Panelbase poll confirms swin...
by James Kelly
5 Apr 2014 at 5:03pm
When a polling organisation produces a poll showing something out of the ordinary, as Panelbase d...


Thoughts of Margo, plus a graph
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2014 at 6:08pm
I always feel at moments like this that I should be paying my own personal tribute, but there's n...

Concerns raised over Ipsos-Mori's methodology
by James Kelly
2 Apr 2014 at 7:16pm
An anonymous poster left this rather troubling comment on last night's post about polling accurac...

How much credibility do the polls have?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2014 at 9:12pm
Over the last couple of days, I've been contacted by three different people asking for my thought...

Brit Nat Tomkins isn't quite the king of the castle
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 11:43pm
Not for the first time, Professor Adam Tomkins took part in a discussion on Newsnight Scotland la...

Celebrity 'love-bombing' campaign gets serious as Better Together unveils its...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 6:07pm
Many thanks to occasional commenter Cordon Blah for sending me this utterly jaw-dropping article ...

Why did Alistair Carmichael tell a direct lie about the polls on today's Sund...
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 1:27pm

I'd heard that Alistair Carmichael made a questionable comment about the recent TNS-BMRB poll on ...



Just a quick warning
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 9:54am
If you happen to see any offensive anti-English remarks in the comments section of this blog (or ...

Sagacity on Saturday : The indispensable building-block of true 'Hothersallism'
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2014 at 6:00am
"It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist.  Internationalism i...

Does Nick Clegg's logic make Vladimir Putin the rightful President of Scotland?
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2014 at 11:18am
I must confess that I haven't been watching Nick Clegg's speech to the Scottish Lib Dem diehards....

Boost for SNP in Holyrood voting intention figures from YouGov
by James Kelly
27 Mar 2014 at 3:37pm
In recent months, YouGov have slipped out of line with other pollsters with regard to Holyrood vo...

Was the Yes vote in the recent ICM poll even higher than reported?
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2014 at 11:47am
You might remember that when Scotland on Sunday reported a big swing to Yes in their ICM poll at ...

Breakthrough for pro-independence campaign in landmark new YouGov poll
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2014 at 7:21pm

Although the No lead has been slipping in recent YouGov polls, the pace of change has been frustr...



Explaining the difference between TNS-BMRB and the online pollsters
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2014 at 10:48am
In the last post I discussed the ongoing disparity between TNS-BMRB, which currently shows a Yes ...


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Fetlar-born Louise Thomason: I?ll be voting Yes in September, but I wasn't al...
by Peter Dempsie
6 Apr 2014 at 7:09am
In all of the information I've absorbed over the past year, the thing that I?ve been struck by mo...

Panelbase: Highest support for Yes so far in #indyref campaign
by Peter Dempsie
6 Apr 2014 at 4:08am
Latest poll Scottish Independence in today's Sunday Times shows race tightening even further Yes ...

Trident, Nuclear Disarmament and Scottish Independence
by Peter Dempsie
5 Apr 2014 at 8:23am
by Martha Wardrop, Scottish Green Party - In the last 10 years, climate scientists have used ad...

Margo MacDonald MSP
by Kevin Gilmartin
4 Apr 2014 at 9:45am
The Yes movement was saddened to learn today of the death of one of its greatest champions, Margo...

Daily Digest: Oil jobs boom, childcare and Sky
by Stuart McDonald
4 Apr 2014 at 9:04am

Oil and gas jobs boom

A new survey of oil and gas firms by the Bank of Scotland has found the sect...



Business as usual for Sky and Waitrose after Yes vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
3 Apr 2014 at 5:37pm
Prime Minister David Cameron?s favourite supermarket, Waitrose, has confirmed it is pressing ahea...

DailyDigest: No vote EU risk, Yes will bring workplace improvements
by Stuart McDonald
3 Apr 2014 at 10:04am
The Prime Minister won?t debate the First Minister over the most significant vote Scotland has ev...

Scotland's world renowned universities will thrive after Yes vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
3 Apr 2014 at 5:13am

By Bryan MacGregor & Murray Pittock

When a Committee of Westminster populated by the parties of th...



Muscatelli: "Currency union would be best for all of Britain"
by Kevin Gilmartin
2 Apr 2014 at 10:02am
Writing in today's Financial Times, Anton Muscatelli, professor of economics at Glasgow Universi...

Daily Digest: voter registration, Muscatelli on currency, Westminster benefit...
by Stuart McDonald
2 Apr 2014 at 7:04am

Voter registration on the up ? but more still to do



Perspective: Colin Fox on the socialist case for Yes
by Sean Lafferty
2 Apr 2014 at 5:30am
Supporting the democratic right of nations like Scotland to self-determination doesn?t make you a...

Daily Digest: Royal Mail, research funding and more currency union woes for No
by Stuart McDonald
1 Apr 2014 at 6:25am
The Independent leads the charge following a damning report by the National Audit Office on the W...

After a year of the Bedroom Tax, Yes can mean a better way for Scotland
by Kevin Gilmartin
1 Apr 2014 at 5:44am
Video of 8TyJbYKGyR0 Kezia Kinder, a student of Politics and Public Policy at Glasgow Universit...

Only Yes can end the democratic deficit that gave us the Poll Tax and Bedroom...
by Sean Lafferty
31 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
Nothing highlights the "democratic deficit" more than Westminster?s imposition of the Bedroom Tax...

'My whole family are voting Yes - that is six former Labour voters'
by Sean Lafferty
31 Mar 2014 at 9:42am

By Roddie MacLennan

I am what is often referred to as a natural Labour voter. My father was a High...




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Immigrants Only Poll
6 Apr 2014 at 10:13am

Being an immigrant myself, I moved up here 9 years ago.

 

I was wondering what other not born her...



Margo's deid
4 Apr 2014 at 9:06am

Staunch independence campaigner has sadly left us........

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...



Just a Thought...
3 Apr 2014 at 6:11pm

Are you happy/comfortable with the following:

 

1. UK gov colluding with banks to leave us a lega...



The Referendum - anyone else sick of it?
3 Apr 2014 at 5:16am

I know I am.

 

Before the details of the Referendum were announced I took only a passing interest...



Scotland should stay in the union.
1 Apr 2014 at 5:21am

We need Scotland to stay in the union. Look at how many jobs could be lost in the finance industr...



Barrhead Travel scaring staff into voting No
31 Mar 2014 at 4:45am
I wonder how many other companies are doing the same



Independence Stories - 01/04/2014
30 Mar 2014 at 9:22am

April Fools Day on Tuesday, the day our media love to try and get stories out there that are so r...



Scottish Lib Dems conference
28 Mar 2014 at 9:49am
Sounds like they are starting to shite it.

“@ScottishPol: Danny Alexander tells LibDem conf Scot...

We should stay in the union
28 Mar 2014 at 7:08am

We need to be part of the EU for our geopolitical security. .
I pray Scotland stays in the union....



Gove publishes rap video, Abbott live tweets a funeral
28 Mar 2014 at 7:06am

Bound to push a few more towards yes imo



Why the UK is bullying over borders and currency union
28 Mar 2014 at 1:55am

The UK government have warned they'll say absolutely No to a currency union.

They also say there ...



Health Issues
26 Mar 2014 at 10:56am

A Conservative MSP and Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil have clashed over the fate of cross-bo...



CBI tell us the 'yes' campaign are talking nonsense.
26 Mar 2014 at 9:49am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26728426
26 March 2014 Last updated at 02...

An Ordinary Man?
26 Mar 2014 at 5:20am

There's a full page advert in todays Metro (don't know about other papers), titled The Scottish R...



Recall
25 Mar 2014 at 10:44am

Perhaps not a debating point at all in the Independence debate but having just been told about th...




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Scottish nationalists are 'monstering' UK supporters, says Alistair Darling
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
6 Apr 2014 at 5:26am
Head of no campaign accuses pro-independence activists of shouting down those who disagree with them

Nationalist campaigners are bringing shame to Scotland by the way in which they "monster" support...




Wanted: Scottish spies. Pinstripe suit optional | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
5 Apr 2014 at 12:30pm
If Scotland becomes independent, will its intelligence service be home-grown or MI5 'illegals' operating out of a UK embassy?

From an unremarkable property in a dishevelled neighbourhood not far fro...




Margo MacDonald obituary
by Brian Wilson
4 Apr 2014 at 2:01pm
Independent-minded Scottish politician and campaigner for the right to assisted suicide

Margo MacDonald, who has died aged 70, was one of the biggest personalities in Scottish politics over the past...




Eddie Izzard urges 'Scotland please don't go'
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Apr 2014 at 1:39pm
Comedian is first in a string of cultural figures lined up to campaign against a yes vote in September's referendum

The comedian Eddie Izzard travelled to Edinburgh to crack jokes and campaign on Fr...




Scottish politician Margo MacDonald dies aged 70
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Apr 2014 at 11:25am
Tributes from political and public spectrum paid to Independent MSP who had Parkinson's disease

Margo MacDonald obituary

A flood of tributes from across the political and public spectrum have been p...




BSkyB tells staff it will not intervene in Scottish independence debate
by Severin Carrell
3 Apr 2014 at 9:30am
Broadcaster, which employs 6,400 in Scotland, will remain in the country regardless of referendum outcome

BSkyB has told its thousands of staff in Scotland it has no plans to intervene in the Scotti...




Scottish independence will bring 'guaranteed' costs, warns Weir Group
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
3 Apr 2014 at 7:06am
Chief executive of Glasgow engineering firm says benefits to Scotland uncertain following report from Oxford Economics

One of Scotland's largest companies, Weir Group, believes that independence wil...




April fools get tougher to spot by the year | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
2 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Your report (Scotland plans to move to right after independence, 1 April) reminded me of a similar decision, back in the 1970s, by an ex-colonial country, determined to throw off the shackles. To s...




Lord Mandelson: Britain 'bonkers' to leave European Union
by Angela Monaghan
1 Apr 2014 at 8:30am
Former Labour minister tells British Chambers of Commerce conference that leaving EU would erode ability to trade abroad

Lord Mandelson has said Britain would be "stark staring bonkers" if it turned...




Scotland to switch to driving on the right if independence given green light
by Bruce Roberts
31 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
Current road signage system would also be scrapped under scheme nationalists say helps show country is 'part of Europe'

Scottish nationalist leaders will attempt this week to give the trailing yes c...




Scotland currency union with UK is not going to happen, Nick Clegg states
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
31 Mar 2014 at 7:50am
Anonymous minister who said currency union would eventually be agreed is 'totally, plainly, utterly and flatly wrong', says Clegg

The government minister who said there would have to be a currency u...




Alistair Darling: Westminster parties would oppose Scotland keeping pound
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
31 Mar 2014 at 4:04am
Leader of Better Together campaign says England referendum on currency union with independent Scotland may be needed

Alistair Darling, the leader of the Scottish Better Together campaign, has said t...




Ben Jennings on Osborne and a UK-Scotland currency union cartoon
by Ben Jennings
30 Mar 2014 at 5:11pm
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Scotland is already another country | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
30 Mar 2014 at 11:15am
Westminster's parade of day-trippers fail to grasp that devolution is not a destination but a process

They don't know whodunnit. But they sure as hell know what he done. By suggesting a post-indepen...




Alex Salmond: no campaign's pound threat 'demolished' by admission
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
30 Mar 2014 at 7:02am
Scottish leader says unnamed minister's comments on currency union indicate 'sterling bluff' is a campaign tactic

Alex Salmond said the British government's scaremongering tactics over Scottish inde...




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