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Scots want No camp to hand back donation from oil chief
A MAJORITY of Scots who have a view want the pro-UK Better Together campaign to return a controversial £500,000 gift from the head of the world's largest oil trading firm.

Coalition's claims disputed on benefit cheats crackdown
Labour have questioned the Tory-LibDem Coalition's claims of a crackdown on benefits cheats amid signs the problem is on the rise.

Consumer rights pledge to be set out in Queen's Speech
Smartphone users and owners of tablets such as the iPad will be entitled to refunds for poor-quality downloads under new plans expected to be set out in Wednesday's Queen's Speech.

Embattled Cameron urged to join forces with Ukip
Conservative leader David Cameron faces calls from within his own party for an electoral pact with Ukip.

Minister to apologise for calling Tory MSPs evil in Holyrood bar
An SNP minister has said she will write to two fellow MSPs to apologise after she branded them evil in a Scottish Parliament bar.

Tory peer Ashcroft in charity donation
Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft has made a commitment to hand over more than half of his fortune to charitable causes, following in the footsteps of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

Campaigners aim to save day centres for vulnerable
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save three day centres for people with learning disabilities took centre stage at the annual May Day rally in Glasgow.

Revealed: the hate-filled face of UKIP in Scotland
UKIP Scotland's new energy spokesman is under fire after he accused "selfish" gay people of being "deeply hostile to heterosexuals" and of wanting to "destroy our society".

UKIP: the Scottish assault
UKIP has started mobilising in Scotland following its surge in the English local elections, unveiling the first of its frontline team ahead of next year's European poll.

'This was a protest at a coalition as hated as Thatcher's government'
I've known South Shields all of my 54 years.

'This result puts David Cameron on notice'
'David Cameron is going to have a terrible time," one Conservative MP said this week, adding: "But we did try to tell him.

PM faces backlash after UKIP election success
DAVID Cameron is under intense pressure from his own MPs to focus on core Conservative values and immigration following a disastrous set of election results that produced shock success for the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Afghan interpreters seeking asylum in UK hand petition to Government
Campaigners calling for Afghan interpreters to be granted asylum in the UK have handed a 78,000-strong petition to the Government.

Swinney is accused of 'raiding' police budget of up to £30m
Finance Secretary John Swinney has been accused of quietly "raiding" the police budget to fill a hole in Government spending.

Pressure grows on Cameron to quell jitters within the ranks
NONE of the main parties standing in elections on Thursday emerged unscathed from their brief encounter with the electorate.

 

Scotsman

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Independence: Explain effect on Lottery, say Tories

THE SCOTTISH Government must explain how the National Lottery would operate in an independent Scotland, according to the Conservative Party.



SNP councillor Fergus Hood defects to Lib Dems

ABERDEENSHIRE Council’s ruling “rainbow coalition” has strengthened its hold on power following the surprise defection of a leading SNP councillor to the Liberal Democrats.



Political letters from 1800s to be auctioned

A “UNIQUE” collection of letters from one of the most turbulent periods in British politics is to go under the hammer at a Scottish auction house after being found by chance in an old filing cabinet.



Edinburgh Council one year on: How did they do?

IT’S the time that every school pupil dreads – the end of year bringing the report card. Edinburgh’s council coalition has been at work for almost 12 months so has it passed with flying colours or is it a case of “must try harder”?



100 Weeks of Scotland: Beltane Fire Festival

IN the run-up to the independence referendum in 2014, photographer Alan McCredie will be telling the story of the nation in photographs.



Call to stop £410m of pensions going abroad

Ministers are looking to curb the number of people living abroad who are able to claim UK state pensions through their British spouses.



Independence: ?No let up? from Better Together

UK Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said there will be “no let up” from the No campaign, as there are now less than 500 days until voters decide if Scotland will become independent.



Brian Monteith: Labour running out of time

Ed Miliband must come up with a plan to deal with his party’s poor showing, writes Brian Monteith



Comment: Insecticides ban is positive news for bees

The two-year, EU-wide ban on the use of three neonicotinoids – insecticides which have been strongly linked to declining bee numbers – is a victory for bees and for independent science.



Scottish independence: Charity fears over debate

Scotland’s third sector leaders fear they could be “forbidden” from taking a stand in the independence debate after new limits to their involvement were issued by the country’s charity watchdog.



Lesley Riddoch: Scottish future outside Ukip grip

IT’S amazing what a broad smile can do for an apparently unelectable politician. A belly-laugh turned terrifying Ian Paisley into a Chuckle Brother. A cheeky lad grin did the same for Martin “Commander” McGuinness. Now Nigel Farage has guffawed his way to 147 seats and a quarter of votes cast in last week’s council elections south of the Border.



340k Scots families don?t have enough to live on

THE number of Scots who do not have enough money to live an acceptable life is dramatically rising, new research has found.



Give Scotland air tax powers - tourism bosses

Transport and tourism bosses have called on the UK government to devolve Air Passenger Duty (APD) to encourage visitors to come to the country for the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games.



Coalition on brink of ditching foreign aid promise

THE coalition is on the verge of scrapping a commitment to enshrine UK foreign aid spending levels in law.



Independence: Scots wary of more powers promise

PROMISES by the pro-Union parties that they will devolve more power to Holyrood if Scots reject independence have failed to convince voters, a new poll has revealed.



Wingsland Blog

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And I would ask 500 more
It’s indescribably beautiful that the No camp’s much-trailed “500 questions” about independence actually features 507. At least they’re getting their sums wrong downwards for a change. When all those are answered they promise hundreds and hundreds more, so we thought we’d give them a head start on Volume 2. 508. What’s that coming over the [...]

The problem with positivity
There?s more to the campaign for independence than merely putting forward a good case for independence. People in general are afraid of change – they avoid it if possible and need not only good reasons to change, but also reasons why what they have at present isn?t working. If a salesperson were to try to [...]

Getting the message across
In this site’s view, there are just two things the Yes campaign needs to get across to the Scottish people in order to win the independence referendum. All the quibbling over this detail and that detail, as seen in the No camp’s ridiculous (and so far mythical) “500 questions”, will ultimately come down to two [...]

Let?s play pretend
Let’s imagine for a second, just for a bit of fun, that this was a prominent SNP or Yes Scotland activist, rather than a Labour one who’s the main contributor to LabourHame and regularly employed by the BBC for some cosy chat on the Sunday Politics. Charles Green wasn’t using the P-word in a hateful [...]

Eight green bottles
August 2012: May 2013: “David Cameron is risking a major fracture in the coalition after deciding to renege on his promise to enshrine foreign aid spending in law as he attempts to pacify the right wing of his party. The Observer can reveal that the flagship policy ? promised in the 2010 coalition agreement between [...]

What?s the point of satire?
We don’t need it in Scotland. Look at the state of reality: “THE pro-union Better Together campaign has refused to work with UKIP to persuade Scots to vote against ­independence. A Better Together ­spokesman said: ?UKIP have asked to join us and we have said no. If they ask again, we will say no again. [...]

An orgy of self-flagellation
The Scottish press has chosen its latest martyr well. Perhaps aware that the average politician – whose day job is basically one long playground name-calling session – doesn’t tend to cut a very convincing figure as the subject of “bullying”, this week the print and broadcast media chose someone a little more sympathetic to portray [...]

Auntie Tam

Small is beautiful
Are we doomed to decline if Scotland separates? I can think of lots of good reasons why Scotland might want to vote to remain part of the United Kingdom. But the Commons’ Foreign Affairs Select Committee report this week is not one of them. According to the report, if Scotland votes for independence, it would [...]

Health and safety bulletin
Alert readers may recall the anti-independence “Better Together” campaign’s rather, shall we say, enthusiastic approach to statistics. Earlier today we noticed them excitedly tweeting “Head count just done! About 600 at the launch of #bettertogether Edinburgh!”, and wondered if they might have once again been so kind as to provide a picture for purposes of [...]

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

MP recovers from allergic reaction
Equalities minister Jo Swinson praises staff at a Glasgow hospital for "keeping her alive" after an allergic reaction to a biscuit.

Concern over air duty for 2014 Games
The Scottish government, airports and tourism leaders call on the UK Government to devolve Air Passenger Duty (APD) before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Scots Tories select Euro MP hopefuls
A former Scottish Fishermen's Federation official is chosen as lead Tory candidate to fight next year's European Parliament election.

SNP councillor moves to Lib Dems
An SNP councillor in Aberdeenshire joins the Liberal Democrats, saying he was disappointed his party had not been running the council.

Scheme to boost graduate recruitment
Graduate job opportunities are set to be increased by new links between university and business authorities in Scotland.

Independence vote 500 day countdown
It is 500 days until voters got to the polls to decide Scotland's future in the independence referendum.

Oil and gas sector exports grow
Exports related to the oil and gas industry grow for the 14th year in a row and are now worth £17.2bn, a survey suggests.

GPs 'flooded' by benefit appeals
The body representing Scottish doctors says GP practices are being "flooded with avoidable work" due to UK benefit reforms.

Swinney in return visit to Far East
Finance Secretary John Swinney is to make a second trade visit to South Korea and Japan in just over a year to promote Scottish businesses.

Minimum drink price challenge fails
A legal challenge to the Scottish government's plans to introduce minimum pricing per unit of alcohol has failed.

Funeral of MSP Brian Adam is held
The funeral of 64-year-old Aberdeen MSP Brian Adam hears him described as an "outstanding politician".

Uni funding 'not ending inequality'
Increased funding for universities in Scotland is tending to "cement inequality not prevent inequality", according to an educational academic.

Watchdog invited to probe road plan
Highland Council is inviting a public sector watchdog to investigate its handling of the Inverness West Link.

Salmond in pension deficits pledge
First minister Alex Salmond says there would be "no difference" to the length of time given for firms to pay off their pension deficits in an independent Scotland.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Scotland's party leaders express condolences over the three soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Newsnet Scotland

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Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish

The UK must find constitutional equilibrium to survive

By Mark McNaught
 
The Edinburgh accords were signed in October 2012, giving legal sanction to the Scottish referendum. The result is that both sides are bound by law to respect the will of the Scottish people and work to enact the result in good faith.
 
David Cameron promised that in the event of a ?no? vote, more powers would be devolved to Scotland, and additional powers to Wales and Northern Ireland. Since then, Westminster has refused to grant further taxing powers to Northern Ireland, and Wales is awaiting news of what further powers could be devolved to their parliament.



What Difference Does It Make? Making Explicit the Change of Independence

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, May 4th 2013

It has been another fast-moving week in Scotland?s constitutional conversation even leaving the comedy controversies aside.

There was Denis Canavan, chair of ?Yes Scotland?, distancing himself from SNP policy in suggesting Scotland that should have its own currency; while the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee made the startling observation that independence will involve shaking things up for the UK.



Why we need to get to the Balanced Debate rally on May 18th

By a Newsnet reporter
 
The following clips are indicative of the kind of one sided debate and discussions we are being presented with by BBC Scotland.
 
The tone is overwhelmingly anti-SNP as guests are given free rein to lambast the SNP, Alex Salmond and supporters of independence.



Sterling stuff

By RF Morrison

The pound Sterling derives from its medieval origin of a pound weight of silver divided into 240 silver pennies.  Only after the establishment of the Bank of England in 1695 did bank credit start to replace silver and gold as money. 

Ever since then governments have fought a losing battle against inflation as bankers created credit as a profitable business.  Up until deregulation of the banks in 1986 the law restrained credit creation by imposition of minimum lending rates ? virtually rationing the money supply by price.  It was also unlawful for banks to create credit  to finance their own proprietary trading.



We are Scotland - Bruce, Roslin

  In this, our sixth instalment of the 'We are Scotland' video series Newsnet Scotland travels to Roslin to speak to Bruce.

Having travelled the globe, Bruce returned to Scotland to see changes, some good some not so.

Here he gives his reasons for supporting Scottish independence and offers some interesting contrasts with other countries he has lived in.



Scotland's Currency after Independence

By Bill Newman
 
Suddenly everyone wants to speculate on what form an independent Scotland's currency should take and it is not surprising that the No campaign should use its usual scare tactics to frighten the electorate.

It is nonsense to pretend that an independent Scotland would be compelled to use the Euro, just as it is absurd to insist that a link to the sterling would inevitably mean that an independent Scotland would necessitate an economic policy beholden to Westminster.



Natasha's family go on waiting while the sheriff goes on holiday

By Kenneth Roy

Earlier this week, I suggested that for many of the people who have been arrested as a result of the extensive phone-hacking investigation on both sides of the border, the process has become the punishment. Months, years, drift by without trial.

In this second article, I want to highlight other victims of a judicial system which seems to be in a state of near-paralysis. They are not suspected of any crime. They do not daily endure the prospect of a prison sentence if their case ever comes to court and they are found guilty. But their suffering is none the less real. It is indeed greater. All of them have lost someone.



No role for UK troops in Afghanistan

By George Kerevan  
 
THIS week saw the tragic death of three British soldiers in Afghanistan. Their killing takes to 444 the number of British service personnel who have died since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001. However, sad as it may be, these deaths were not the most politically significant event during this week?s launch of the Taleban spring offensive.



The slow process of justice has become a punishment in itself

By Kenneth Roy

We are approaching the first anniversary of the arrest by Strathclyde Police of the prime minister's former director of communications, Andy Coulson. He was lifted ? as they say in Glasgow ? in an atmosphere of high drama.

Officers from Scotland called at his house in Dulwich, south London, at 630am in the sort of 'dawn raid' which has become a hallmark of the police investigation into the phone hacking scandal. So urgent was this matter that Mr Coulson was that very day driven all the way to Govan police station in Glasgow, where he arrived at 3.20 in the afternoon.



Extinguishing Corporate Corruption in an Independent Scotland

By Mark McNaught

The UK political system has recently revealed a number of its unappealing attributes.  These bear heavily on Scotland?s independence referendum; by implication, they illustrate what kind of country an independent Scotland could become.

Political fraud must be recognised and constitutionally proscribed, so that an independent Scotland does not fall prey to intractable, endemic corporate corruption.  The future of a democratic Scotland depends on it.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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And I would ask 500 more

It’s indescribably beautiful that the No camp’s much-trailed “500 questions” about independence actually features 507. At least they’re getting their sums wrong downwards for a change. When all those are answered they promise hundreds and hundreds more, so we thought we’d give them a head start on Volume 2.


Peter A Bell's insight:
In the entire history of political campaigning, has there ever been a more embarrassing fiasco than #500questions?

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Anger over pro-Union blogger's racist tweet

A pro-Union blogger who regularly appears on BBC Scotland political programmes has caused anger after using a racist term in an online exchange.



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Lords, Lawyers and Racist Tweets

In the run up to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, we want an open, honest debate, free from innuendo and name calling. Is that too much to ask?

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Better Together?s Morality Vacuum | National Collective

Today figures released by YouGov found that 43% of Scots believe that Better Together should return its £500,000 donation from Tory donor Ian Taylor. 34% believe that they should not. These findings place even more pressure on the no campaign to answer the serious questions raised by National Collective over four weeks ago. However, we must also reflect on why political donations matter. It requires reflection on the morality vacuum at the heart of ‘Better Together’.



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Sign for Scotland: 77,000,008 questions that the ?no? campaign hasn?t answered



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Troll

Readers of The Scotsman will be aware that trolling is unique to supporters of independence. VILE ABUSIVE CYBERNATS are generally what’s wrong with the world today whilst saintly No campaigners are too busy knitting Better Together cardigans to ever pick fights.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Interesting blog revealing the ugly, spittle-flecked, blankly uncomprehending face of British nationalism.

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What next for ?Common Weal??

It has been a promising start to a project to outline the details of a better Scotland. But now it is for others to shape the path forward.



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Bella on the Pop Cop's Indie Indy Survey

With just 500 days until Scotland’s independence referendum takes place on September 18, 2014, The Pop Cop asked 40 musicians from the Scottish music scene the same question that will be on the ballot – “Should Scotland be an independent country?” – giving each of them the choice of ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Undecided’ and inviting them to explain their answer.



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The problem with positivity

There’s more to the campaign for independence than merely putting forward a good case for independence. People in general are afraid of change – they avoid it if possible and need not only good reasons to change, but also reasons why what they have at present isn’t working.



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An independent Lotto? Tories call for answers on future of National Lottery

The Scottish Government must explain how the National Lottery will operate in an independent Scotland, according to the Conservatives.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Inane Britnat scare story of the day!

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40 musicians answer the Scottish independence question

With just 500 days until Scotland’s independence referendum takes place on September 18, 2014, The Pop Cop asked 40 musicians from the Scottish music scene the same question that will be on the ballot – “Should Scotland be an independent country?” – giving each of them the choice of ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Undecided’ and inviting them to explain their answer.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Reading this was not an entirely uplifting experience.

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New Labour and the Devolution of the Axe

Neo-liberal globalisation is often understood in terms of a dichotomy between the state on one side and the market on the other – the more an economy is liberalised, the less the government is perceived to be able to implement distinctive policies. Set taxes too high, or regulate your labour market too heavily, and you will encourage capital flight and disinvestment. On these grounds, the state is – and ought to be – subject to the ‘laws’ of the market.



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Independent Scotland 'welcome' at UN

Glenn Campbell visits the UN headquarters in New York to look at the role of international affairs in the debate over Scotland's future.

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Getting the message across

In this site’s view, there are just two things the Yes campaign needs to get across to the Scottish people in order to win the independence referendum. All the quibbling over this detail and that detail, as seen in the No camp’s ridiculous (and so far mythical) “500 questions”, will ultimately come down to two simple issues at the ballot box:



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Scots want No camp to hand back donation from oil chief

A MAJORITY of Scots who have a view want the pro-UK Better Together campaign to return a controversial £500,000 gift from the head of the world's largest oil trading firm.



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Daily Record

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John Swinney praises new partnership between Scotland and South Korea to deve...
IT IS hoped that the deal will benefit businesses in Scotland and South Korea to jointly develop tidal energy sectors.

SNP councillor in Alex Salmond's constituency defects to the Lib Dems
FERGUS HOOD jumps ship over divisions in local party but claims he will still vote Yes in independence referendum.

Tories claim National Lottery funding could be put at risk in an independent ...
SNP urged to explain how lotto would work if they win referendum as fears raised that billions of pounds for good causes could be lost.

Scots MP Jo Swinson rushed to hospital after suffering an allergic reaction a...
THE Lib Dem MP unwittingly began eating a biscuit that contained nuts before going into anaphylaxis shock. Her mother rushed her to hospital where she was injected with adrenaline.

Charity chief slams savage Tory cuts for plunging Scots cancer patients into ...
MACMILLAN Cancer Support boss Allan Cowie  reveals how anguished patients are being forced into financial hardship by benefit rules in a callous double whammy.

Mail Opinion: Scottish independence debate should start now
MAIL OPINION says the SNP must provide  a clear, detailed vision of how an independent Scotland will work.

Better Together campaign refuse to work with UKIP in bid to keep Scotland par...
THE pro-union campaign has rejected the offer of help from Nigel Farage's party in the run up to the crucial referendum.

Labour MSP calls for probe to name and shame the guilty firms blacklisting wo...
WORKERS have been targeted because they were union members or complained about health and safety and MSP Neil Findlay said the firms responsible must be identified.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage claims a sea-change in British politics after his pa...
THE Eurosceptic group also beat the Tories and Lib-Dems to win second place in parliamentary by-election.

Blacklist the blacklisters: Workers picket Holyrood as they call for blacklis...
MEMBERS of the Unite union protested outside the Scottish Government HQ to demand firms who indulged in blacklisting never get another public contract.

Make the dirty tactics history
WITH the most important question the Scottish nation has faced for centuries, more must be done to ensure a balanced and informative debate.

Independence debate mudslinging must give way to new Scottish Enlightenment, ...
SHADOW Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander reckons both sides of the divide should look to great Scots thinkers of the past in the referendum debate.

Holyrood to pay tribute to SNP MSP Brian Adam who died last week aged 64
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond will lead the special motion of condolence a day before Brian Adam's funeral takes place in Aberdeen where he lived and served as an MSP for Donside.

Scottish Government urged to extend free childcare to help families with two-...
THE Scottish Government plans to provide 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare a year for three and four-year-olds- now Save the Children are calling on two-year-olds to be included.

Scottish Government unveils £6m aid package to help farmers hit by severe win...
THE £6m aid package aims to help farmers who have been hardest hit by the extreme snowfall and last summer's wet weather.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scottish ministers win court battle over minimum alcohol pricing

Whisky industry loses first round of legal fight against minimum pricing law in landmark case watched closely by other EU states

Scottish ministers have won the first round in a lengthy court battle...



Scottish court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

Scotch Whisky Association's challenge to 50p minimum price a unit is dismissed

A judge has ruled that Scottish government plans to set a minimum price for alcoholic drinks are legal, in a case that ...



Scottish independence quest hampered by policy gaps, MPs say

Select committee says Alex Salmond's stance on membership of EU and Nato lacks concrete evidence of risks and costs

Alex Salmond's quest for Scottish independence is being undermined by significant ...



Politics Weekly podcast: the Scottish pound; school holidays and the local el...

George Osborne visited Glasgow this week with a message to supporters of an independent Scotland: don't assume that you'll keep the British pound as currency. Osborne argued that if Scotland were t...



Letters: Currency questions for Scotland

Even if Scotland votes for independence and manages to keep the pound (No currency union with independent Scotland, says Osborne, 24 April), there's another problem facing its choice of currency. T...



Scotland's independence debate is giving unionism a shot in the arm | Martin ...

Alex Salmond's SNP should be crowing after Osborne's speech. But pro-UK politics is making a confident comeback

This week Alex Salmond was gifted the sort of opportunity he is supposed to dream of. ...



Scotland: the nitty-gritty of an ideal | Editorial

The danger for unionism is that the nationalist tide is met with a run of unplanned concessions

As with David Cameron's recent trip to Scotland to put the case for a Trident missile that has always ...



Scotland's currency options

Should an independent Scotland try to form a sterling pact with England, join the euro, or create its own currency?

Have its own currency

A Scottish currency ? let's call it a Scotdollar ? would be a...



Osborne scorns Scottish independence camp's plan for currency union

Scottish first minister tells chancellor to 'grow up' after he pours cold water on SNP's plans to retain pound sterling

George Osborne has stepped up the Treasury's attacks on Scottish independence ...



Should Scotland have its own currency? | The panel

George Osborne has said the UK may not share the pound with an independent Scotland. Our panel discuss the implications

Alistair Darling: 'A Scottish currency would be plain daft'

The SNP cannot guar...



Scotland currency row: Osborne accused of 'scaremongering'

Scottish finance secretary says there is compelling case for currency agreement between Scotland and rest of UK

John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, has accused George Osborne of using "sho...



Osborne warns of currency risks for independent Scotland - video

Chancellor George Osborne speaks in Glasgow at the publication of a Treasury report on currency options for an independent Scotland




Currency union with Scotland may not be in UK's interest, says Osborne

Chancellor says abandoning current currency arrangements 'would represent a very deep dive indeed into uncharted waters'

An independent Scotland would be forced to adopt new currency arrangements th...



Scottish currency options: not a simple matter

First minister Alex Salmond favours using sterling in a formal currency union, but he faces a fight

Those pressing for a yes vote in next year's referendum on Scottish independence need to convince ...



An independent Scotland could endanger sterling, Treasury warns

Whitehall says that unless Scottish public spending and debts are heavily cut, the currency could be threatened by speculators

The Treasury has warned that it could refuse to agree a formal currency...



Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
If I could wish for something, I would wish for neither wealth nor power, but the passion of possibility; I would wish only for an eye which, eternally young, eternally burns with the longing to see possibility. - Kierkegaard

Lords Lawyers and Racist Tweets
The hypocrisy of the No campaign and their media cheerleaders is both overwhelming, and, slightly comic. As a touchstone of what’s happened to Labour though this is actually tragic … Continue readi...

Bella on the Pop Cop?s Indie Indy Survey
With just 500 days until Scotland?s independence referendum takes place on September 18, 2014, The Pop Cop asked 40 musicians from the Scottish music scene the same question that will Continue read...

MayDay!
By Kate Higgins Most of us are waking leisurely to the prospect of a day aff. If we?re really lucky we?ll get the weather to do something nice. It?s the Continue reading

New Labour and the Devolution of the Axe
Re-claiming our capacity to democratically organise social institutions in line with a conception of the public good ? reclaiming politics ? is the only antidote to the depoliticising thrust of Ang...

The Future is a Hut
By Andy Wightman Sometimes life is sweet. People think good thoughts. Folk are inspired to imagine and drive forward a happier, more contented society where we live good lives in Continue reading →...

500 Days
500 Days before Independence Day and a group of economists and academics have published a major new vision for Scotland, called ‘the Common Weal’ based on a Nordic model of Continue reading

Victory Against Cheap Booze
By Mike Small As the battle to overcome Scotland’s drink problem reaches a significant victory - Scottish ministers just won the first round in a lengthy court battle against the Continue reading →...

Poundland
By Daniel Wylie The recent debate over the currency to be used by an independent Scotland has been drearily familiar.  The Yes camp point to the report of the Scottish Continue reading

Five Books to Save Scotland
By Christopher Silver No one reads books anymore. The idea that literature will play a key role in the coming months of debate and argument seems lamentably laughable. Take for Continue reading

From the Hillman Imp to Tescotown
By Andy Wightman Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Rootes Factory in Linwood that made the Hillman Imp. To accommodate the workforce, the small industrial village of Conti...

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 500 days until referendum - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 500 days until referendum
BBC News
With 500 days until voters take part in Scotland's independence referendum both sides of the debate have stepped up th...


Scottish independence: Charity fears over debate - Scotsman

Scottish independence: Charity fears over debate
Scotsman
Scotland's third sector leaders fear they could be ?forbidden? from taking a stand in the independence debate after new limits to their invol...


Scottish independence: New state 'would be welcome at UN' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: New state 'would be welcome at UN'
BBC News
A former UK ambassador to the United Nations has told BBC Scotland's Sunday Politics programme that Scotland would be welcom...


Mail Opinion on Scottish independence vote - Scottish Daily Record

Mail Opinion on Scottish independence vote
Scottish Daily Record
The skirmishing is now routine. The unionists question and query the hows of an independent Scotland and then the nationalists accuse ...


Independence: Scots wary of more powers promise - Scotland on Sunday

Independence: Scots wary of more powers promise
Scotland on Sunday
The poll of 1,006 voters also revealed that two-thirds of Scots, 67 per cent, believe that the UK and Scottish governments should op...


Welsh FM: 'Reject Scottish independence pound plan' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Welsh FM: 'Reject Scottish independence pound plan'
Scotsman
Jones, the Labour First Minister for Wales, warned that whatever currency option was chosen for a post-independence Scotland, it w...


Scottish independence: Growth pains or pleasures? - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Growth pains or pleasures?
BBC News
It's spending at least £4m on researching Scotland's relationship with the United Kingdom, with or without independence. And on Thur...


Scottish Independence: Yes chairman Canavan backs Scots currency - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Yes chairman Canavan backs Scots currency
BBC News
The chairman of the campaign to deliver a yes vote in next year's independence referendum said he would personally pr...


Scottish Independence: Warning For Rest Of UK - Sky News - Sky News

Scottish Independence: Warning For Rest Of UK - Sky News
Sky News
It criticised ministers for their confidence that Scots will not back independence, warning that this was creating confusion in other...


In Scotland, a martyr without a cause - USA Today - USA TODAY

In Scotland, a martyr without a cause - USA Today
USA TODAY
Britain's top tennis player Andy Murray, who is from Dunblane, central Scotland, on the other hand, is still reported to be weighing the is...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

SNP councillor Fergus Hood defects to Lib Dems - Scotsman

Scotsman

SNP councillor Fergus Hood defects to Lib Dems
Scotsman
Cllr Hood, 57, who has represented the East Garioch ward in First Minister Alex Salmond's Aberdeenshire East constituency since 2007, s...


Lotto independence 'answers' sought - The Blairgowrie Advertiser

Lotto independence 'answers' sought
The Blairgowrie Advertiser
Conservative MSP Nanette Milne wrote to National Lottery operator Camelot asking if it had been approached by SNP ministers and was told...


Universal American Foresees Rapid Growth In Provider Partnerships to Start MA...

Universal American Foresees Rapid Growth In Provider Partnerships to Start MA ...
Atlantic Information Services, Inc.
But it probably is the largest-scale participant, intending to start MA Special N...


SNP councillor joins the Lib Dems - ic Lanarkshire.co.uk

SNP councillor joins the Lib Dems
ic Lanarkshire.co.uk
An SNP councillor in Alex Salmond's constituency has defected to the Liberal Democrats after losing confidence with his group. Fergus Hood, re-e...


Aberdeenshire councillor Fergus Hood leaves SNP and joins Liberal Democrats -...

Liberal Democrat Voice

Aberdeenshire councillor Fergus Hood leaves SNP and joins Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrat Voice
The Liberal Democrat group on Aberdeenshire Council has been strengthened toda...


An independent Lotto? Tories call for answers on future of National Lottery -...

Herald Scotland

An independent Lotto? Tories call for answers on future of National Lottery
Herald Scotland
Conservative MSP Nanette Milne wrote to National Lottery operator Camelot asking if it had b...


Questions over how National Lottery would work after independence - stv.tv

Questions over how National Lottery would work after independence
stv.tv
Conservative MSP Nanette Milne wrote to National Lottery operator Camelot asking if it had been approached by SNP ministers an...


Independence: Explain effect on Lottery, say Tories - Scotsman

Scotsman

Independence: Explain effect on Lottery, say Tories
Scotsman
But he has come under new pressure to clarify the position after Tory MSP Nanette Milne wrote to National Lottery operator Camelot...


SNP councillor in Alex Salmond's constituency defects to the Lib Dems - Scott...

Scottish Daily Record

SNP councillor in Alex Salmond's constituency defects to the Lib Dems
Scottish Daily Record
Mr Hood said: "I was very disappointed not to be able to form an administration with S...


MSP Roseanna Cunningham faces no censure after 'evil Tories' rant - The Courier

The Courier

MSP Roseanna Cunningham faces no censure after 'evil Tories' rant
The Courier
Mr Salmond previously said he would ?draw a line? under any abuse of SNP opponents after MSP Stewart Stevenson...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 500 days until referendum - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 500 days until referendum
BBC News
With 500 days until voters take part in Scotland's independence referendum both sides of the debate have stepped up th...


Ukip's surprise support for referendum - Herald Scotland

Scotland on Sunday

Ukip's surprise support for referendum
Herald Scotland
The Euro referendum will be pencilled in for spring 2014. With the influx of hundreds of thousands of Albanians and Romanians ...


Foreign Office and Parliament plan strategy ahead of Scotland's independence ...

MercoPress

Foreign Office and Parliament plan strategy ahead of Scotland's independence ...
MercoPress
Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the publication of the Parliament's Foreign Af...


Bought and Sold? Campaign Finance and the Scottish Referendum - Huffington Po...

The Pilot

Bought and Sold? Campaign Finance and the Scottish Referendum
Huffington Post UK (blog)
It's only been a few weeks since Alex Salmond announced the date of next year's Scottish independence ...


Ahead of Referendum, Confusion Over Scottish Oil - Atlantic Sentinel

Ahead of Referendum, Confusion Over Scottish Oil
Atlantic Sentinel
North Sea oil and gas will likely be one of the most divisive issues in the 2014 referendum on Scotland's independence. Who does it ...


Donation pressure on Rennie - Herald Scotland

Donation pressure on Rennie
Herald Scotland
THE Scottish Liberal Democrats are coming under pressure over the controversial £500,000 donation from the head of an oil trading firm to the No to indepen...


Wood Group boss has no fears over 2014 referendum - Herald Scotland

Wood Group boss has no fears over 2014 referendum
Herald Scotland
The chief executive of Wood Group has said Scotland's biggest oil services firm could succeed whatever the outcome of next year's ref...


STV hosts schools debate on Scottish independence referendum - stv.tv

STV hosts schools debate on Scottish independence referendum
stv.tv
Secondary school pupils will have the opportunity to debate the big issues in the run-up to the referendum on independence in 2014 ...


Scottish independence: Charity fears over debate - Scotsman

Scottish independence: Charity fears over debate
Scotsman
Charities are barred by law from supporting political parties in an election, but the independence referendum is different and Alex Salmond h...


The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead
Herald Scotland
This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they'll be voting. This...


Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes

German Neo Nazi Murder Trial

Started today . One remaining defendant up for acessory to 10 murders over a eight year period. Massive wall to wall coverage in Germany. Allegations of police incompetence or even worse. The other...



Justin "don't Come Home Too Soon" Currie On Independence

Justin Currie (24/04/13)
No
I don’t like the Scots. I don’t like them at all. They’re close-lipped, tight-fisted, pass-remarkable and bad at football. They’re cold-hearted and hot-tempered, they’re m...



Unionists Continue To Play The Race Card

And defended by Jack McConnell too:

 



Straw Men
Can we just put them on the fire/?

Rosie Kane At The Pandora,

Just heard the former msp the bold Rosie will be doing her one woman show (Bruv providing the music), at The Pandora shortly,

Don't know the confirmed date yet, Anyone seen her show before? Is it a...



Hebrides - Bbc Series

Looking forward to this, stunning scenery.  Far too many Scots dont ever get to experience life on these islands, should be compulsory!  Beaches on the Atlantic side of the Islands are absolutely a...



Best Of Both Worlds?
http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/opinion/comment/douglas-alexander-together-we-have-best-of-both-worlds-1-2920667  

Are they on to something here - 'best of both worlds'?

 

Like it or n...



You Can Take The Girl Out Of Scotland...

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/02/sharleen-spiteri-liz-hurley_n_3199865.html?utm_hp_ref=celebrity

 

SS would definitely  get an audition... though she'd probably rather batter me.     



Scottish Fossil Fuel 'is Worth Trillions'

Now you know why Westminster wants to hold onto Scotland.

 

"AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would benefit from an oil and gas windfall worth up to £4 trillion, according to analysis based on OECD figures....



Pre Referendum Settlement?

67% of voters want Westminster and Holyrood to agree a pre referendum settlement so voters know what will happen in the event of a YES/NO vote next year.

 

Perfectly sensible, and would be on the t...



Better Nation

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

The North is rising
I?ve been somewhat sceptical as to some of the overtures being made toward the Nordic countries by the SNP, though their engaging with the prospect of a Nordic Scotland keeps them a step ahead of t...

Labour?s timidity on pay
The week before their 29% triumph in the local elections down south, “Red Ed” set out a timid Blairite proposal on pay, perhaps with half an eye on UKIP’s bizarre idea that wage levels are entirely...

The march of the ?kippers as the revenge of Yes to AV
The Alternative Vote referendum in 2011 was one of the most cynical episodes in modern British politics – very few of its notional supporters much liked AV, almost all its opponents preferred First...

Diverse In Action
The independence movement is just that; a movement. It is not a retailer of one narrative, or one coalescent ideology. It is a broad church peopled by persons of many political creeds, and none. Di...

A return for WMOTW
It’s been ages since anyone here cast an eye over the motions lodged at Holyrood, looking for saints and sinners, but the list remains a rich trove of absurdity and partisanship, alongside thoughtf...

With helpful advice like this?
Today’s Scotland on Sunday leads with “splits” in the Yes camp, revealing (shock!) that the SNP have different positions on the monarchy, the currency, NATO and so on to those held by Green and ind...

The Kind of Country I Want To Live In
A longer guest post today, from Martin Burns, who blogs here. We don’t normally publish old stuff from elsewhere, but this deserves a bigger audience.  The Pragmatic Argument for Independence Let m...

Scotland should now get a grip and get over Thatcher
A guest-style crosspost today from Douglas McLellan, who has a new blog here and who describes himself, amongst other things, as the most right-wing member of the Scottish Greens (as discussed on L...

Over your cities Green grass will grow
The Labour party have looked about them, taken stock of the post-Blair wasteland and identified the enemy. which apparently is those well-known destroyers of democracy and oppressors of the common ...

The War of the Roses
In 1999 I wrote a dissertation for my CSYS Modern Studies entitled: The Autonomy of The Scottish Labour Party. In conclusion, I realised that ?or lack thereof? should have been included in the titl...

Scot Goes pop

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

By all means let's be civilised, but let's do it because we're human beings
Let me say straight away that I quite like Susan Calman - I've seen her live a few times, and while she's maybe not rip-roaringly hilarious, she's certainly a 'feel-good' performer, and on the amus...

Darling : "I'm in the wrong campaign!"
This seems to be the top tweet featuring the #indyref hashtag at the moment -

"@TogetherDarling I don't want to & I shouldn't have to choose between being Scottish & British, I'm both!"

Someone e...

Fancy becoming a contributor to Scot Goes Pop?
In recent months, the visitor numbers to this blog have reached unprecedented levels. Although that's a good thing, in a way it generates its own type of pressure - having sweated blood over the l...

Disaster for Labour : local election results confirm they are headed for defe...
Leaving aside for one moment the London media's new-found love affair with a hard-right party (a match made in heaven if ever there was one), what really matters about the English local elections i...

Clegg In Seventh Heaven As Libs Lick Lousy Loony
The future of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party was called into question tonight, as it sensationally found itself pipped for seventh place in the South Shields by-election by (and I'm not ma...

House of Commons report confirms that Scottish independence would be a force ...
It's rare that a report by Westminster's Foreign Affairs Committee paints such an inspiring picture of the benefits that independence would bring not just to Scotland, but to the wider world as wel...

Here's why Labour are probably going to lose the next UK general election
Until recently, I tended to go along with the conventional wisdom that the balance of probability points to a Conservative defeat at the next UK general election - not because Labour have in any se...

Don't these bleedin' Jocks have a sense of humour?
One of the great taboos on Have I Got News For You is audience interaction. It just doesn't happen - the audience are there to be heard (laughing and applauding) and not seen. So for this decades...

Notes on a non-scandal
In the latest scare story about Scotland's currency that has been concocted by the No campaign (and of course in this respect the UK Treasury is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the No campaign), there...

Now that the daffodils are back, it's time to vote for a blog that is fightin...
My fellow citizens, these are uniquely dangerous times that we live in.

Lord Fraser wants to call in the RAF to bomb Glasgow Airport. The Treasury wants to rip out the soul of this nation by ta...

Poll : Which Presiding Officer has been best?
Bit of a random one, this, but I've been thinking about how the reputation of Commons Speakers at Westminster has so rarely matched up to my own assessment. For example, Betty Boothroyd was treate...

Warning : Jock-bashing buffoon ahead
I've long suspected that the editor of the blogs section of the Telegraph website is running some kind of internal contest to see which writer can demonstrate the greatest lack of knowledge and sel...

If any "prominent pollsters" from Ipsos-Mori happen to be passing by, feel fr...
Well, it's been far too long since I last offended Craig Gallagher's sensibilities by reposting one of my exchanges from Political Betting. "The Screaming Eagles" is the most prominent of the site...

Did the Bishop of London feel something on his shoulder?
Compare and contrast (well, perhaps not the latter)...

Tony Blair at the negotiations that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement -

"A day like today is not a day for soundbites, really - we can l...

Ding-a-dong listen to it, maybe it's a big hit, even when your lover is gone ...
I couldn't quite make up my mind how I felt about the controversy over whether Radio 1 should broadcast Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead on its official charts show yesterday. On the one hand, we're f...

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



Scots Don?t Believe No Campaign?s More Powers Pledge.
With fewer than 500 days to go until the independence referendum, the people of Scotland do not believe the No campaign?s promises of more powers if they vote against independence, a new poll has f...

Chairman of Yes Scotland: ?The Only Way to Escape Austerity That Punishes the...
I RECENTLY came across a Labour Party leaflet from the 1979 general election campaign. It began: ?This election will determine the kind of society we have for many years to come. Do we want a greed...

Let?s play pretend
From Wings Over ScotlandLet?s play pretendhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/lets-play-pretend/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lets-play-pretendhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Sc...

Eight green bottles
From Wings Over ScotlandEight green bottleshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/eight-green-bottles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eight-green-bottleshttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Ov...

What?s the point of satire?
From Wings Over ScotlandWhat?s the point of satire?http://wingsoverscotland.com/whats-the-point-of-satire/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-the-point-of-satirehttp://wingsoverscotla...

An orgy of self-flagellation
From Wings Over ScotlandAn orgy of self-flagellationhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/an-orgy-of-self-flagellation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=an-orgy-of-self-flagellationhttp://wingsove...

Auntie Tam
From Wings Over ScotlandAuntie Tamhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/auntie-tam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=auntie-tamhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland Auntie Tam ...

Small is beautiful
From Wings Over ScotlandSmall is beautifulhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/small-is-beautiful/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=small-is-beautifulhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over ...

Health and safety bulletin
From Wings Over ScotlandHealth and safety bulletinhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/health-and-safety/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=health-and-safetyhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings...

The hired help
From Wings Over ScotlandThe hired helphttp://wingsoverscotland.com/the-hired-help/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-hired-helphttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland O...

Craig Murray (wide-ranging blog with some Scottish political content)

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Killing Syrians ? A Game Anyone Can Play
Israel’s massive air strikes against Syria are, beyond argument, illegal. There is no provision in international law that enables you to bomb another country because that country is in internal cha...

Political Rape
Nigel Evans is fully entitled to the presumption of innocence; and the media seem more inclined to give it to him than they did to Malcolm Blackman, linked to Anonymous. In this particularly disgus...

British Embassy Promotes Despotism in Bahrain
The British Embassy in Bahrain is promoting the appalling attack on human rights in that country – on the official British government website. The views expressed can be reasonably described as fas...

McCormick Con Exposed the Truth about Iraq
It is tempting to treat the jailing of fake bomb detector salesman James McCormick as comedy, so risible were his completely bogus detectors. Indeed, one day I have no doubt we shall be seeing a te...

We Earned Them Votes Tonight in South Shields
“We earned them votes tonight”, said Emma Lewell-Buck. The House of Commons has gained a social worker who can’t speak English. The auto-didacts of the early Labour movement would have been horrifi...

Preparations for War
Reading two reports by Lieutenant Leech written between January and March 1838. The first, on Candahar, contains the interesting sentence: ? Mehrab Khan will most likely receive the allegiance of m...

No Politics is Local
Two friends of mine, one a Conservative and one a Liberal Democrat, both of whom live in London, were last weekend each volunteering for their parties, telephoning unfortunate voters in Cornwall, a...

The Toils of the Historian
It is 3.30am and I have just finished reading and analysing A Report on the Sindhian, Khelat and Daoodputr Armies with A Collection of Routes, By Lieutenant R Leech, Bombay Engineers (1838). Eleven...

Jeffrey Sachs From the Heart
I met Jeffrey Sachs a few times in my diplomatic career, in Warsaw, Accra and Vienna and certainly found him interesting and intelligent. But I do not think I ever before saw him this unguarded and...

The Way We Live Still
In a world in which our Queen and Prime Minister toady Arab despots, and Uzbek gangster and convicted blackmailer Alisher Usmanov is the UK’s richest man, where is the modern Thackeray or Trollope ...

Shame, Lies and Secrecy on Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia and the Chagos Islands remains a deep shame to the United Kingdom. In the 1960′s we forcibly deported an entire population a thousand miles, very much against their will, to make way f...

BBC the New Hammer of the Scots
I’d Hammer out Danger – I’d Hammer Out a Warning BBC anti-Scots propaganda is moving beyond the risible towards the truly chilling. On the 26 April the first words on Reporting Scotland, issued by ...

Burnes the Polymath
Can anyone find a full online version of K.M. Lyell’s 1881 Life, Letters and Journals of Charles Lyell, Bart. ? Normally google books or similar have such out of copyright books online free if of a...

?The Project? in Kazakhstan
A week ago Wikileaks released the transcript of a meeting between Julian Assange and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, together with a number of other liberal establishment figures from the USA. This transc...

Drawing Red Lines on Shifting Sands
In general I refrain from commenting on Syria, because the politics of that country are hugely complex and I simply do not know enough about it. If in the media in general people refrained from com...

Political Betting - Scotland section

politicalbetting.com » Scotland
The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Sun to ?remain neutral? in next years referendum
According to the Indy the Scottish Sun will remain neutral in next year’s #IndyRef.goo.gl/SiAfA twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 2, 2013 A blow for Alex Salmond? Acc...

If Scotland rejects independence it will be because Scottish women are not co...
Latest Scottish referendum poll for S Times has huge gender divide. YES 7% ahead with men but 27% behind with women. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 24, 2013 The Se...

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...


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