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Scots 'with spare rooms can't move'
Only one in 100 households hit by the so-called "bedroom tax" in some parts of Scotland are able to move into another home, Labour has claimed.

LibDems plan tax-avoidance crackdown
FUTURE Liberal Democrat governments would ban public subsidies to companies accused of not paying enough tax under proposals expected to be backed by party activists.

Scotland 'forced on private sector route'
THE last Budget used a funding mechanism to force Scotland down the privatisation route, according to a leading think tank, which says that without this formula both revenue and capital funding would have fallen.

'Economy artificially propped up' as families raid savings to stay afloat
THE amount of money families are saving has almost halved in the past year as households "raid" their rainy day funds to keep afloat, according to new figures.

Osborne under fire over care costs proposal
George OSBORNE has been accused of patronising stay-at-home mothers and helping the rich after unveiling plans to give working couples earning up to £300,000-a-year help with childcare costs.

Usury call to tackle pay-day lenders
SCOTS Law should be used to tackle today's punitive pay-day lenders by re-invoking the old crime of usury, according to veteran Nationalist Margo MacDonald.

Cameron 'concerned' as tension escalates over Rock
David Cameron is "seriously concerned" about escalating tensions over Gibraltar, as the territory's chief minister accused its Spanish neighbours of behaving like North Korea.

Minister 'saves own area from cuts'
Labour have accused Treasury minister and Highland MP Danny Alexander of "protecting" his parliamentary backyard from the cuts his Government is imposing on the rest of the country.

LibDems to vote on Trident policy
Liberal Democrat activists will be asked to back calls for an end to routine nuclear-armed submarine patrols at their annual conference in Glasgow next month.

New governor Sarwar vows to get millions more into education
MOHAMMAD Sarwar has vowed to get an extra five million children into school during his term as governor of Punjab.

People '£6000 worse off under Tories'
Labour has warned that ordinary working people will lose more than £6000 while David Cameron is in Downing Street as it attempts to head off accusations of drift from its own MPs.

'Undemocratic' Lords is attacked by SNP
THE House of Lords has been described as an "affront to democracy" by the SNP.

Lords 'an affront'
The House of Lords has been described as an "affront to democracy" by the SNP.

Haughey passes on cash questions ahead of joining Celtic colleagues Reid and ...
SIR William Haughey, Labour's newest Scottish peer, has expressed excitement about his forthcoming role in the House of Lords, but declined to comment on claims the system that allowed big donors such as himself to become peers has polluted politics.

Row over peerages as parties reward top donors
A MAJOR row has broken out after political parties awarded peerages to some of their largest donors, including the Labour-supporting tycoon and former Celtic director Sir William Haughey.

 

Scotsman

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Bedroom tax: Huge rise in tenants in arrears

THE number of social housing tenants plunging into rent arrears in the Scottish capital soared in the two months following the introduction of the bedroom tax.



Third of Scots workers now part-time or temporary

THE number of Scottish workers stuck in part-time or temporary jobs has increased to almost a third, with growing fears it could undermine the country’s employment recovery.



Charities defend salaries paid to their bosses

BOSSES at some of Britain’s biggest charities have been defending their high pay packages after the Charity Commission chairman William Shawcross warned that they could bring the organisations into disrepute.



Come clean on tuition fees, Alex Salmond told

THERE are calls for the Scottish Government to publish guidance it has had on tuition fees in an independent Scotland.



Comment: Manufacturing a stronger community for all

I READ with interest John Paul McHugh’s recent comments in these pages on the decision of the union Community to support the No campaign in the forthcoming independence referendum.



Eddie Barnes: The arts world and independence

SOMETHING is missing from the Festival, say the first arrivals in Edinburgh.



Allan Massie: Nothing negative about not saying Yes

The Better Together campaign is regularly accused by its opponents, the Separatists, of negativity. Quite right too; the campaign is negative.



Emma Cowing: Yachting set shows golf a fairer way

IT TAKES a certain type of arrogance to appoint someone as the patron of your organisation and then deny them entry because they don’t have a Y chromosome.



John McLaren: Deepest cuts still to come

With a general election and a referendum looming, the parties are busy kicking the tough decisions into the long grass, writes John McLaren. But they will have to be faced



Brian Wilson: Examining economy and independence

Nationalism is fundamentalist position and all the economic posturing in the world will not change that, writes Brian Wilson



The Scotsman cartoon - 07/08/13

Embassies in Yemen are the subject of today’s cartoon



Cameron defends tactics on illegal immigrants

DAVID Cameron has given his backing to the minister responsible for a controversial immigration crackdown despite a backlash against the tactics used.



Childcare tax breaks come under fire

PLANS to give tax breaks worth £1,200 per child to families in which both parents work have come under fire for being unfair to stay-at-home mothers.



Spain acting like North Korea over Gibraltar - minister

GIBRALTAR’S chief minister has accused Spain of acting like North Korea and sabre-rattling over the country’s new hardline stance on Gibraltar.



Admiral who led UK forces to Falklands victory dies

DAVID Cameron has hailed the “heroic command” of Falklands task force leader Sir John “Sandy” Woodward, who has died aged 81.



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The furious cringe
A reader posted this clip in a comment last night and we’ve already tweeted it earlier this morning, but it really deserves to be seen as widely as possible. (If you’re in a hurry, you can skip straight to 1m 50s.) 1978 is a long time ago, but you don’t have to look far to [...]

We?re confused again
We were forwarded this email today from a reader who’d contacted “Better Together” to express their concern about the deeply troubling recent events where UK Border Agency police have been harassing non-white people at tube stations and elsewhere, and wanted to know their view on it. This was the reply they got. “From: Better Together [...]

Deserving of pity
A reader recently sent us an article from Humanitie, the magazine of the Humanist Society of Scotland, in which (apparently after much delay in finding anyone willing to put the No camp’s case) a “Better Together” activist made the case for the Union, in response to a Yes piece in the preceding issue. You can read [...]

Echoes from history
We’d never heard of this until a reader mentioned it this morning in the comments, and it seems worth bringing to wider attention. The article we’re about to (re)print below is a transcript originally created by the now-defunct www.alba.org, along with a couple of extracts from the Scottish press of the time. The original version [...]

A dangerously radical idea
You can call us crazy ideological extremists if you like. But after the Scottish press continued to obsess utterly ridiculously at the weekend over whether some Yes supporters might be working together on the Yes campaign with some other Yes supporters, we’re at least not going to be short of company in that regard. So [...]

Vote No, close Holyrood
You might find this an interesting read. (No, we have no idea why his face is so shiny.) The standout quote, if you’re in a hurry, is this: “When you ask for powers that will inevitably lead to the break-up of the UK tax regime, then you are in a different ball-game altogether. So I [...]

Together on tour
After a reader revealed that the lonely lady staffing the “Better Together” stall in Dundee yesterday was from the north-east of England, we did a little digging and discovered that she’s so dedicated to the No cause she’s been touring the whole of the UK (and even some farther-flung places) espousing the positive case for [...]

Won?t somebody think of the children?
One of the benefits, if that’s the right word, of the Daily Record’s shambolic new iPad app is that the 30-day trial period means we got to see a print copy of the Sunday Mail today for the first time in years. It was largely like a parochial edition of Heat magazine (“FAT LASS DATES [...]

Together alone
The “Better Together” stall at Baxter Park, Dundee earlier today. Aw. If we’d been there we might even have gone and helped. We’re not made of stone. This was the Yes stall, incidentally:

The Red Scare

BBC Scotland

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Public spending cuts 'only 40% over'
The eight-year programme of cuts to budgets for running Scottish public services is only 40% over, according to an academic study.

Exam pass rate up in end-of-era year
Exam pass rates in Scotland increase for all major qualifications, including the final year of results in Standard Grades.

Carbon monoxide alarm law toughened
Building regulations are to be changed to ensure carbon monoxide alarms are fitted when gas appliances are installed in Scottish properties.

Scholarship plan for Malawi students
Grant funding for gifted students in Malawi, worth £100,000, is announced by the Scotland Malawi Partnership.

Revised West Link plans unveiled
Highland Council says it has reviewed plans associated with a proposed new road after listening to comments from the public.

Sarwar installed as Punjab governor
Former Glasgow Govan MP Mohammad Sarwar is installed as governor of Punjab, the largest state in Pakistan.

Falkirk plan 'could be worth £480m'
Approval is given for a plan by Falkirk Council to attract up to £480m of investment to the area by improving infrastructure.

Law Society in 'publish advice' call
A legal body insists the Scottish and UK governments should publish the advice they have received on the potential impact of Scottish independence.

'Unacceptable' wind farm blocked
A proposed wind farm on Brunta Hill near Westruther in Berwickshire is blocked by Scottish Borders Council.

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
MSPs pass the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill.

VIDEO: Can welfare reforms be reversed?
BBC Scotland's political correspondent Raymond Buchanan rounds up the latest report on pensions and benefits.

VIDEO: Alarm over alcohol pricing plan
European wine-producing nations are warning that Scotland's plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol could have a devastating impact on the industry.

VIDEO: Scottish islands seek greater autonomy
Scotland's three island councils are campaigning for greater powers after the independence referendum.

AUDIO: Currency union 'best for both countries'
Alex Salmond says a currency union in an independent Scotland is 'best for both countries'.

Are Scottish exams getting easier?
Are Scottish exams getting easier?

Newsnet Scotland

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Identity charade

  By Elliot Bulmer
 
RECENTLY I have been paying very close attention to the referendum campaign.
 
It has all the elements of a political epic: a hardy people, inhabiting a windswept land at the fringes of the known world, bravely determining their future by democratic means. I refer, of course, not to the upcoming Scottish independence referendum, but to the referendum held in the Falkland Islands in March this year. The result was a predictable landslide in favour of retaining existing ties with the UK. "Like UKIP with penguins", was one friend's dismissive verdict after seeing the mass ranks of Union flags waving on the BBC news.



A Tough but Worthy Road towards Catalonian Independence

By Mark McNaught
 
Having spent the last week in Catalonia, I am struck both by the difficulty of the task ahead for their independence movement, yet also the fierce determination of Catalans to see it through and chart their own destiny.
 
The Spanish government has steadfastly refused to engage with the Catalonian government over the referendum, citing as justification the 'indivisibility' clause of the Spanish constitution.



After the murder of Daniel the Witch Hunt begins

By Aamer Anwar

The murder trial of the parents of Daniel Pelka concluded last week with their conviction. Described as looking like a concentration camp victim before his death in March 2012, Daniel was found scavenging for food in the bins by his teachers.
 
A victim of unspeakable torture he would go to school with black eyes and bruising round his neck.



Occupied and occupier - The media in Scotland

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So the campaign to discredit the Labour for Independence movement gathers pace with another 'revelation' in a Sunday newspaper adding to photographs and statements from the Labour party and Better Together.
 
The referendum debate sits in a corner shaking its head as Scotland's media does what it does best, riding to the aid of the Labour party in Scotland, chucking mud at anything that gets in its way.



BBC bias: Righteous indignation is a comfort blanket for grown ups

By Iain Bruce

I don't expect many Newsnet Scotland readers will disagree with me that BBC Management in Scotland are sailing perilously close to new levels of institutional arrogance and political manipulation and in creating the impression of operating beyond the control of the Trustees.

In so doing the Trustees are failing in their duty in particular to maintain the highest editorial standards of impartiality, accuracy and fairness in the delivery of factual information on the developing issues in the referendum dialogue on Scottish Independence.



My blueprint for independence

  By George Kerevan
 
LAST week in this column I penned an open letter to Alex Salmond arguing there is a lack of passion in the Yes campaign ? that we lack a compelling vision of the new Scotland that can mobilise a Yes majority, and lay out a blueprint for national regeneration. This week, I try to spell out the bare bones of such a manifesto.



Unionist lies, scaremongering, distortion and misrepresentation

  By Campbell Martin
 
Nine-years ago, in a pamphlet on Scotland?s constitutional future, I wrote that as we neared a referendum on independence, the full resources of British political parties, the British media and the British establishment would be used to ?persuade? us in Scotland that, actually, we really are ?too wee, too poor and too stupid? to govern our own country.
 
I argued that the British would lie, scaremonger, distort reality and mislead.  It was always going to happen because there is no positive case for Scotland remaining as nothing more than a region within the British Union.



How the BBC manipulated the debate over oil

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Oil took centre stage in the independence debate this week.  How much is left and how much cash it will generate was a matter of considerable speculation, not to say dispute.
 
If you oppose independence, you embraced Westminster claims that oil is a fast diminishing resource that will generate an insignificant amount of revenue over the coming years.  Further, the revenue itself is so volatile that an independent Scotland would be vulnerable to price fluctuations.



Iran to Gift its Oil to England ? Exclusive

By Brent Crood, BBC Scotlandshire Energy Correspondent

Newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has made his inaugural speech on the Iranian economy. During his address, which is normally a formal and uninteresting affair, he made an announcement which has shocked the international community.

Mr Rouhani, who last month succeeded former premier Mahmoud Achmadinnersbad, announced that he intends to petition the UK government, asking them to take over responsibility for the administration of all Iranian oil revenues as a matter of urgency.



Orwellian Propagandists United Against Scotland (OPUAS): OBR, 'Better Togethe...

  By Mark McNaught
 
The excellent NNS articles detailing the collusion between the BBC and the 'Better Together' campaign have not only annihilated any pretence of BBC objectivity towards the independence debate, but also laid bare the absurd notion that the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) is anything more than a propaganda weapon targeting independence.
 
The OBR was created in 2010 by Scroz (George Osborne's new nickname: help it catch on), presumably because he was tired of legitimate economic analysis discrediting his fascist, neoliberal, Tory ideology.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Peter Jones: Boris can be Scots? fiscal champion

As Holyrood seeks more tax powers, Salmond may have an ally in the shape of the Mayor of London, writes Peter Jones
Peter A Bell's insight:

While it is certainly true to say that recent constitutional change has been delivered by unionist parties at Westminster we should bear in mind that it has be...



Paul Cairney: Would an Independent Scotland Become a Consensus Democracy?
I have co-authored a paper with Anders Widfeldt on Scottish politics and policymaking, with the magnificently catchy title:
Comparing Politics and Policymaking in Sweden and the UK: Can we say that Scotland is a Scandinavian-style Consensus Democracy and a UK-style Majoritarian Democracy?

 https://...



The furious cringe

A reader posted this clip in a comment last night and we’ve already tweeted it earlier this morning, but it really deserves to be seen as widely as possible.




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Tam Dalyell: Better Together in danger of making Scottish independence inevit...

Former Labour MP Tam Dalyell has said Unionist campaign group Better Together is "in danger of creating a situation" which will lead to independence.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Tam Dalyell reveals the true face of the British state. It would be a serious mistake to dismiss his views as the ranting of ...



Labour for Indy Treasurer challenges newspaper claim she is SNP 'agitator'

A member of the Labour for Independence group has challenged claims contained in a Sunday newspaper that she admitted joining the Labour party in order to "agitate from within against Labour's support for the union".



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No-campaign caught peddling contradictory messages on Scottish oil and gas

The anti-independence campaign has been accused of treating the public like fools over Scottish oil and gas, and sending contradictory messages to different audiences.




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Law Society: No Campaign must answer on further devolution

Following the recent report by the Law Society of Scotland, which called upon the No campaign to clarify its promises of further devolution, the SNP has challenged Better Together to explain its position on devolved powers in the event of a No vote.




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Salmond accused of misleading Holyrood over pensions

PRO-UK parties have accused Alex Salmond of misleading MSPs over his assurances that Scotland could avoid a pension fund crisis after independence with no need to opt out of Europena Union rules.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Amid the torrent of woeful claptrap spewing forth from Project Fear it is almos...



We're confused again

We were forwarded this email today from a reader who’d contacted “Better Together” to express their concern about the deeply troubling recent events where UK Border Agency police have been harassing non-white people at tube stations and elsewhere, and wanted to know their view on it.




See it on Sco...

Why Nationalism is Connected to the Referendum, But Not in the Way You Might ...

"People voting Yes are Saltire-faced nationalists
who want to shout about Scotland all the time.”


This isn’t a direct quote, but I’m sure you’ll recognise it as a fairly common line of argument in the recent debate. It aims to put down the average Yes voter into categories such as ‘irrational natio...



For A? That 30 ? Full Frontal

For episode 30 of the For A’ That podcast I was joined by former Scottish Socialist Party MSP and member ofWomen For Indy, Carolyn Leckie and New Statesman contributor and co-editor of Bella Caledonia, James Maxwell. Andrew wasn’t with us as he had some wetlands to vex.




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Echoes from history

We’d never heard of this until a reader mentioned it this morning in the comments, and it seems worth bringing to wider attention. The article we’re about to (re)print below is a transcript originally created by the now-defunct www.alba.org, along with a couple of extracts from the Scottish press...



Scottish independence: Call for EU legal advice

The Scottish and UK governments must break with tradition and publish legal advice on whether an independent Scotland would be admitted to the European Union, the body that represents solicitors in Scotland argues today.
Peter A Bell's insight:

There is a surprising amount of political naivety evid...



Scotland already qualifies for EU membership says Law Society

A newly independent Scotland's membership of the European Union would encounter no legal barriers a new report has concluded.




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A dangerously radical idea

You can call us crazy if you like. But after the Scottish press continued to obsess utterly ridiculously at the weekend over whether some Yes supporters might be working together on the Yes campaign with some other Yes supporters, we’re at least not going to be short of company.



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Daily Record

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Liam Byrne calls for bedroom tax to be axed as affected households reveal the...
LABOUR have called on the tax to be dropped after claiming that 96 per cent of people affected by the controversial bedroom tax have nowhere to move to.

Scottish Government to make carbon monoxide alarms compulsory from October
THE regulation which will come into force on October 1, will see a change in building regulations, meaning that alarms will need to be fitted when new or replacement boilers, fires, heaters and stoves are fitted.

Joan McAlpine: Let farmers reap harvest of independent Scotland
JOAN McALPINE says that Scotland's position within Great Britain means our rural industries are at an unfair disadvantage on the world stage.

Britain's first Muslim MP Mohammad Sarwar vows to fight child poverty as he i...
SARWAR, who was the Labour MP for Glasgow Govan, pledged to use education to help children as he yesterday became one of Pakistan's most powerful politicians.

Living standards plummet as David Cameron's leadership costs working families...
RESEARCH shows that living standards are falling more rapidly than any other time on record under the Tory leader, with working people set to be out of pocket nearly £7000 by 2015.

Former Glasgow MP Mohammad Sarwar sworn in as Punjab governor
SARWAR, who stepped down as an MP three years ago, has vowed to get one million more children into education every year in the Pakistan province.

Con-Dem ministers set to go ahead with controversial plans to offer working p...
TO be eligible for the £1billion online voucher system, both parents will have to work - or the one parent in the case of lone parent families.

Football fans' groups should be given first refusal on clubs if they go up fo...
THE Scottish Green party aims to make clubs more representative of their communities.

Alex Salmond has called for cap on payday loan interest rates
FIRST Minister says loan industry should face tougher regulations and welcomes move to expand credit unions.

Railcare job cuts: John Swinney to meet union leaders to discuss support for ...
THE Finance Secretary's move follows the decision to axe 150 jobs at Railcare after the firm went into administration.

Anas Sarwar: My dad may have returned to Pakistan.. but his heart will always...
SCOTTISH Labour's deputy leader tells of his father's journey from a humble village via the House of Commons to the heights of power in the country of his birth.

Creation of four super colleges is way to divert attention from £50m educatio...
THE Scottish Government is accused of hiding spending cuts behind the announcement.

Joan Burnie: We're conned into pointing finger at those not to blame
JOAN blames the Con-Dem Government for the way misconceptions over who is to blame for the stress on the welfare state have been allowed to grow.

Assault rap MSP Bill Walker denies behaving 'like a caveman' by trying to con...
THE MSP for Dunfermline, who faces 23 charges of assault, also denied claims that his "violent and abusive" past had caught up with him.

Former leader of Scottish Tories Annabel Goldie among three prominent Scots t...
BUSINESSMAN Sir William Haughey and former Lib-Dem MSP Jeremy Purvis are also among the 30 new peers named.

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Boris Johnson, highly respected mayor of London has unveiled plans to build a...
Boris Johnson, highly respected mayor of London has unveiled plans to build a massive network of pipes to pump huge quantities of fresh water from Scotlandshire to the parched capital.


London mayor to replace Johann Lamont, say SNP
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Scottish farmers have had a very bad sum...

On Saturday evening, in a dazzling display of manic and inspiring Britishness...
On Saturday evening, in a dazzling display of manic and inspiring Britishness, BBC Scotlandshire launched its new flagship tea-time programme, ?I love my country!!!?. Not even the most cynical viewer could fail to be moved to tears by this display of metropolitan chaviness.


UK Home Office launches...

Better Together chairman Alistair Darling yesterday poured scorn on SNP claim...
Better Together chairman Alistair Darling yesterday poured scorn on SNP claims that he deliberately misled the public about the amount of oil remaining in the North Sea.


http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/489-darling-denies-all-knowledge-of-missing-o
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk

There was outrage yesterday when it was revealed a campaign group calling its...
There was outrage yesterday when it was revealed a campaign group calling itself ?Labour for independence? is nothing but a front for the SNP.


'Labour For Indy' - An Oxymoron*
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-co...

The shocking truth about 'Labour for Dependence'. It's really just a front fo...
The shocking truth about 'Labour for Dependence'. It's really just a front for the damned Tories!



Poultice reports on our latest poll. Please vote in our new survey of Unionis...
Poultice reports on our latest poll. Please vote in our new survey of Unionist opinion to preserve his income stream.


Poultice polls 'Something for Nothing'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The prime target for immediate cuts, however, was spoof broadcaster 'BBC London (Glasgow Office)'. 45.3% targetted ...

If the UK government accepts the proposed Iranian scheme, the London treasury...
If the UK government accepts the proposed Iranian scheme, the London treasury will collect all of Iran's vast oil revenues, and will be required to pay back less than 10% of the total tax take to the Islamic Republic in return, keeping the balance for themselves.


Iran to Gift its Oil to England ? ...

A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection o...
A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection of a new Labour candidate for Falkirk.

Unite the union (that is, the union itself as opposed to "unite the union" the campaign for a different union altogether) threatened to shut down Grangemouth refinery, which could c...

A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection o...
A new front opened up yesterday in the UK-wide civil war over the selection of a new Labour candidate for Falkirk.


Falkirk - fratricidal fiddlers face furious foes
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann Lamont was unavailable for comment. As was everyone else in Labour's Scotlandshire subsidiary.

A new claim by Dictator Eck (©2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace ag...
A new claim by Dictator Eck (©2013 Anus Sarwar) threatens world peace again.


Salmond's rearmament plans threaten European peace
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Salmond must detail exactly the hideous death each recruit will suffer as a stormtrooper in a separate Scotlandshire invasion horde

Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies! "North Bri...
Yet another new pair of pants decorates the Scotlandshire hurdies!
"North Britain Isles in turmoil following Salmond visit"
Fury as slippery Salmond escapes again

http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/shorts.html

Leading North Sea oil and gas companies issued a statement warning that Alist...
Leading North Sea oil and gas companies issued a statement warning that Alistair Darling is in danger of running dry by 2014.


Oil companies warn that Darling is a depleting resource
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Darling's personal economic model isn't reliant on a single resource, but flips revenue so...

Alex Salmond is in the process of handing in his badge and gun and retiring f...
Alex Salmond is in the process of handing in his badge and gun and retiring from politics.


Barack to the future as U-KOK re-invent telephone
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Johann?s comments about Falkirk and Trident are currently on their way to her by horse and carriage, and should be available early ...

Exclusive : Separatists plot to discover what people think!
Exclusive : Separatists plot to discover what people think!


Rev begs for handouts
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
All the polling needed has been done by the Better Together campaign and Strathclyde University.

David Cameron to severely restrict the availability of PORN (Pernicious Onlin...
David Cameron to severely restrict the availability of PORN (Pernicious Online Republicanism & Nationalism).


Westminster Block Internet P.O.R.N.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Asking Google to hide PORN is like Johann Lamont asking Twitter to stop calling her Jimmy Krankie. It's a nice idea, but anyone...

Bella Caledonia


It's time to get above ourselves

I Don?t Think We Know what a Normal Country Looks Like
Filed under: Autonomism, Commentary

Burgers from the Super Rich
By Mike Small What do laser firing robots, George Osborne and Lab Burgers have in common? All operate in a world of make believe, whether it’s the notion that in vitro meat will ‘feed the world’ (let’s all hold hands),... Read More ›

Creativity and Austerity
The Inaugural Opening Address of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival written and delivered by Mark Ravenhill. Yesterday I woke up, checked my Facebook feed first off as I always do and read this status update from a young playwright: Dreamt I... Read More ›

From the Province of the Cat #18 ? Where Three Roads Meet
by George Gunn Last week like Oedipus at Colonus, in Sophocles play of the same name, I stood where three roads met. One sloped South to Braemore in the lee of Morven and the Scarabens. The other dreamed its way... Read More ›

For A? That 30 ? Full Frontal
For episode 30 of the For A? That podcast I was joined by former Scottish Socialist Party MSP and member ofWomen For Indy, Carolyn Leckie and New Statesman contributor and co-editor of Bella Caledonia, James Maxwell. Andrew wasn?t with us as he had some wetlands... Read More ›

Why the Debate on Scottish Independence Might Be More Interesting Than You Th...
By David Greig Recently I?ve noted comments from friends bemoaning the ?quality of the debate? around Scottish Independence. For some the journey towards voting is only just beginning and perhaps they are looking for information for the first time. Political... Read More ›

Sweet Dreams are Made of This ? Who Am I to Disagree?
Annie Lennox says Yes … “I think Scotland could take a stand in a wonderful way, ecologically and morally and ethically. Scotland could stand for something in the way that Norway has done historically. We could say, this will be... Read More ›

Struileag
By Mike Small What is Struileag? It’s a good question to kick-off discussion with Jim Sutherland, the giant and genial bubbling hulk behind the project as we meet in a cafe in Edinburgh to try and figure it out. ‘It’s... Read More ›

Crofters for Yes
Crofters for Yes was unveiled yesterday at the Black Isle Show, one of Scotland?s premier agricultural events. Crofting is a form of land tenure and small-scale food production unique to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and it’ survival through... Read More ›

Liberty for Scotland: the Next Steps
As the date of the vote for the Scottish Referendum stands firmly on the horizon, John Kay addresses the concrete steps that would need to be considered for a successful economic transition to be a prosperous, independent state in this... Read More ›

Scotland and Independence

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Scotsman

Scottish independence: Law Society of Scotland wants advice published
BBC News
The Law Society of Scotland believes it is vital the electorate understands the implications of a Yes and No vote. It has published a discussion paper analysing the potential impact of independence on a number of...


Scottish media's editorial independence queried after commercial tie-up with ...

Scottish media's editorial independence queried after commercial tie-up with ...
The Drum
Those include The Daily Record and Sunday Mail, the Scottish Sun and Times Scotland, The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times, Scottish Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, Scotsman, Press and Journal and the Cou...


Is Scottish independence on the line-up at the Fringe? - Channel 4 News

Is Scottish independence on the line-up at the Fringe?
Channel 4 News
But there are quite a few Scottish shows that do look at independence. How would Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman poet Robert Burns, vote? That's one fringe show. Another, I'm With The Band has an Englishman, an Irishman, ...


Scottish independence: Unionists 'may cause split' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Unionists 'may cause split'
Scotsman
But Mr Dalyell says such an approach is pushing Scotland closer towards independence. ?By dangling the prospect of increased powers, particularly fiscal powers, the Better Together campaign is in danger of creating a situation whic...


Who's for independence? - Herald Scotland

Who's for independence?
Herald Scotland
I had hoped Capaldi, in his persona as scary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, would be put in charge of the BBC's independence referendum coverage. Extreme measures may be needed to get to the heart of issues. The BBC would warn: "The following debate ...



Alex Salmond 'misled MSPs over pensions after independence' - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Alex Salmond 'misled MSPs over pensions after independence'
Telegraph.co.uk
... impact on charities. Mr Salmond told MSPs in May that a separate Scotland would not require an opt-out from the cross-Border regulations and asserted that the schemes would have the same amount of time to...


Scottish independence: Labour group dubbed 'a sham' - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Labour group dubbed 'a sham'
Scotsman
A LABOUR campaign in support of independence was branded a ?sham and a SNP front? after members of the SNP were pictured alongside a banner from the group. Labour for Independence (LFI) was launched last year as a platform for par...


Scottish independence: crofters launch campaign - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: crofters launch campaign
Scotsman
CROFTERS backing independence are launching a country-wide group to campaign for a yes vote in next year's referendum. Crofters for Yes is being unveiled today at the Black Isle Show, one of Scotland's premier agricultural events. An ...


Independence day: Could Scotland really leave the UK? - Irish Times

Independence day: Could Scotland really leave the UK?
Irish Times
For now the polls are steady, with two-thirds or so of those questioned saying they are likely to reject the independence call led by the country's Scottish National Party first minister, Alex Salmond ? though, in truth, most Scots h...


I'm With The Band is a lively look at Scottish independence - stv.tv

The Independent

I'm With The Band is a lively look at Scottish independence
stv.tv
Given that we're not that far away from the referendum on Scottish independence, it's surprising how few shows at the Fringe are tackling the subject. So fair play to Olivier nominated Welsh playwright Tim Price for a...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Referendum talk is cheap. Campaigning is the hard part - gulfnews.com

Referendum talk is cheap. Campaigning is the hard part
gulfnews.com
The surprise is greater because the SNP has some very smart strategists behind the scenes, and of course in Alex Salmond they have the leader who brilliantly turned Labour's attempt to destroy him through devolution into an opportu...


New Products: Affymetrix's OncoScan FFPE Assay Kit, OGT's CytoSure ... - Geno...

New Products: Affymetrix's OncoScan FFPE Assay Kit, OGT's CytoSure ...
GenomeWeb
The Oxford, UK-based company noted that due to the design of its SNP probes, "there are no changes to the standard aCGH protocol, no restriction digest is required, and any reference sample can be used." The new chip e...


Labour dilemma - Scotsman

Labour dilemma
Scotsman
SNP then wins an overall majority and calls the referendum. ?I now realise that in an independent Scotland the Scottish Labour Party will abandon New Labour and return to its core values. That's good, I can return to the Labour fold, but only if we get a Yes ...



SNP calls for handover of transport police control - Scotsman

Scotsman

SNP calls for handover of transport police control
Scotsman
THE Scottish Government is calling for control over the British Transport Police (BTP) north of the Border to be given to Scotland's new national police force. Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has held talks with police and rail c...


LibDems show no understanding of Scots priorities - SNP (press release)

LibDems show no understanding of Scots priorities
SNP (press release)
?The LibDems are coming to Scotland ? where there are no up-front or backdoor tuition fees thanks to the SNP ? to tell voters that the sky-high tuition fees south of the border are 'the best deal for students' available. ?As if t...


Citizens Advice Scotland backs payday loan cap - SNP (press release)

Citizens Advice Scotland backs payday loan cap
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed the backing of the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Scotland for First Minister Alex Salmond's pledge to subject payday lenders to tougher regulation in an independent Scotland. At present, the relevant powers...


Ex-councillor returns to crime - Inverness Courier

Inverness Courier

Ex-councillor returns to crime
Inverness Courier
After releasing his debut thriller last year, the former SNP councillor is launching its follow up, Sweetheart Murder, on Thursday 8th August. Starting with the discovery of a historian's body on the altar of Sweetheart Abbey, the st...


Nats hold secret rail cop talks - The Scottish Sun

The Scottish Sun

Nats hold secret rail cop talks
The Scottish Sun
And letters obtained by The Scottish Sun show the SNP have held talks with Police Scotland, rail firms and the BTP's Scotland boss, Assistant Chief Constable David McCall. But UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin ? whose go-ahead...


Calls For EU Advice To Be Published - Capital FM

Capital FM

Calls For EU Advice To Be Published
Capital FM
It calls on the SNP administration to set out what would happen if negotiations about EU membership could not be concluded in the 16-month window period between a Yes vote in the referendum and ``Independence Day'', the date on which Scotland...


The art of misinformation - For Argyll

For Argyll

The art of misinformation
For Argyll
An SNP press release yesterday headlined the shocking fact: 'Scots now elect only 4 per cent of the UK Parliament following the expansion of the House of Lords.' This is a classic example of sleight of hand misinformation, trading on the universal disg...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Let's make voting in referendum compulsory - Herald Scotland

Let's make voting in referendum compulsory
Herald Scotland
IS there a good case for the voting in the independence referendum in September 2014 being compulsory? IS there a good case for the voting in the independence referendum in September 2014 being compulsory? Custom byline text: Harry Reid. Th...


Scottish independence: timeline to referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: timeline to referendum
Scotsman
Here we look at the key events and forces that brought Scotland to a referendum on deciding whether or not it should remain as part of the UK. 1707: Scotland and England forma political union. The Scottish Parliament is adjourned; with ...


Ale and hearty approach to Scotland's referendum - Herald Scotland

The Independent

Ale and hearty approach to Scotland's referendum
Herald Scotland
Ale and hearty approach to Scotland's referendum. Tuesday 6 August 2013. It's Tuesday night in an uncharacteristically muggy Edinburgh, and in a city centre basement bar sweat-box, a band is about to play their first - ...


Lib Dems switch conference to avoid Scots referendum clash - BBC News

Lib Dems switch conference to avoid Scots referendum clash
BBC News
The Liberal Democrats have moved the date of their national conference in 2014 to avoid a clash with the Scottish independence referendum. The event had been due to take place in Liverpool from 13 to 17 September. It will now open ...


Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role - BBC News

allmediascotland.com (press release)

Scottish independence: BBC's James Naughtie takes referendum role
BBC News
Presenter James Naughtie is to play a key role in the BBC's coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. He will present the Good Morning Scotland radio programme on Radio Scotland tw...


Yes leader's monarchy vote plan 'foolhardy' - Herald Scotland

Scotsman

Yes leader's monarchy vote plan 'foolhardy'
Herald Scotland
A call by the chairman of the Yes campaign for a referendum on the monarchy in Scotland if Scots opt for independence has been branded "foolhardy". A call by the chairman of the Yes campaign for a referendum on the monarchy in Scot...


Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Coalition claims it has won battle for No vote in referendum
Herald Scotland
DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish independence 14 months before the referendum. DAVID CAMERON'S Government believes it has already won the battle over Scottish i...


Referendum U-turn for charities - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Referendum U-turn for charities
Herald Scotland
CHARITIES have been given the green light to campaign and take sides in the independence debate after their regulator backed down in a row over their involvement in the referendum. CHARITIES have been given the green light to campaign a...


Big cuts or tax rises to come, Scots warned - Scotsman

Scotsman

Big cuts or tax rises to come, Scots warned
Scotsman
A SECOND wave of fierce spending cuts or tax rises, bigger than those experienced so far, will hit Scotland after the independence referendum and the next general election, a new economic analysis says today. The report, by the Centre for...


Majority not ready for referendum - Herald Scotland

Scottish Daily Record

Majority not ready for referendum
Herald Scotland
LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enough about the issues surrounding independence and the referendum, research by pro-independence campaign group Yes Scotland has found. LESS than half of Scots feel well informed enoug...


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For those on here who haven't heard, Colin is at present very poorly. He suffered triple aneurysm...



Shooting In Auldhouse Near East Kilbride
Two guys shot dead and bodies left in a car park .

Loud Bang Glasgow

Did anyone just hear a helluva loud bang near the city centre/Finniestion area?  I'm in the Skypa...



Southcliffe
I have enjoyed this first 2 parts. The way the director has done it makes it more enjoyable than ...

Weird People
We all know someone who is unexplainably weird, who's yours? Before the usual suspects start with...

Weans Exam Results

Great results in the perthTam household this morning.

 

3 As in Advanced Highers (Maths, Physics ...



Edinburgh Festival
Just back from my annual weekend through at the Fringe. Cracking weekend weather wise and seen so...

The House Of Lords

Scots now elect only 4% of UK Parliament following expansion of unelected House of Lords

 

Yet an...



Why The Debate On Independence......

....might be more interesting than you think.

 

"Getting into the debate on Independence is like ...



Michelle Mone

I seem to remember her threats of leaving Scotland if we get Independence - looks like it could b...



Better Nation

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

Land reform for football
As per the Greens’ 2011 manifesto, Alison Johnstone MSP is proposing that football fans get first...

On the reporting of data.
Good solid data is loved by the political and media classes, unless of course it points in the wr...

What it would have taken for me to be against independence.
I keep telling people I’m a non-nationalist for independence, but they don’t believe me. It’s tru...

Soylent Green is? not real.
As has been covered by the UK-wide Green blog Bright Green, there has been a bit of a stooshie am...

Labour?s chance to seize on a radical Holyrood agenda
April Cumming is Vice-Chair of the left-wing think tank the Scottish Fabians. Here she writes for...

We can fund politics
Last week our friend Andrew Smith did a guest post about the problem of party funding at Holyrood...

Who pays the piper?
Thanks to Andrew Smith for another guest post. Andrew is a Scottish born communications professio...

Vince: your P45 is in the post
All too often since 2010, the left has found itself on the back foot: protesting after fees for E...

Remodelling the unions? links with Labour
Has Ed Miliband’s “Clause Four moment” finally come, with his plans to require union members to o...

Why are Unite (the union) so determined to ignore their members and unite the...
Yesterday, in the heat of the Falkirk row, Lord Ashcroft  published a leaked Unite strategy paper...

Scot Goes pop

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

A few quick Edinburgh Fringe reviews
I've come to the conclusion that a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe is a metaphor for life - you sta...

A plea to Peter Capaldi - if you're the new Doctor, please use your natural a...
I've no idea if the rumours swirling around that Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who have any tru...

Jeremy Purvis reaches the light at the end of the tunnel
One of the constant refrains from Neanderthal opponents of electoral reform in the London parties...

Dramatic YouGov poll suggests that Scots are least likely to care whether men...
Still no sign of that elusive YouGov poll on referendum voting intentions - there hasn't been one...

Yes campaign gains support in latest independence poll
The good news from the latest poll of referendum voting intentions conducted by Panelbase is that...

Our future is in safe hands with Gavin Pearson
As we all know, budding DJs are required to take a degree in Un-Self-Awareness at the University ...

More evidence that Labour is heading for defeat
Although YouGov have yet to match ICM by producing a poll showing the Tories level-pegging with L...

This is something that happens nowhere else in the world
Spotted at the BBC's "live blog of the royal baby celebrations" (give me strength) -

"As a Briti...

Congratulations, Mrs Windsor, it's a head of state!
By a rough extrapolation, Kate Middleton's son was just one of the 5000 or so babies born yesterd...

Go get 'em, Tiger! You da man! Get in the HOOOOOLE!
Yup, you've guessed it. Not content with my already impressive credentials as a woman-hater (wel...

ICM subsample : SNP retain lead in Westminster voting intention
More bad news for the No campaign has arrived in the shape of this month's GB-wide poll of Westmi...

YouGov poll : Scotland says a resounding no to renewing Trident
Here's another significant blow for journalists who like to peddle the fiction that Scottish publ...

Just 11% of Scots think Labour have a strong leader
One fairly consistent feature of GB-wide polling is that Labour tend to fare better in supplement...

UK government proposes military occupation of an independent Scotland. Will ...
One of the best teachers I ever had was a history teacher at Anniesland College. When he was exp...

A plea to Yahoo "UK" : would it be possible for me to check my emails without...
As you can see from the top of the sidebar, I now mainly use a Gmail account, but I still have a ...

 

Yes Scotland

Blog - Yes Scotland

Perspectives: Bedroom tax is causing misery for 80,000 of our most vulnerable...

People cannot fail to have been moved by reports this week of how the hated ?bedroom tax? is caus...



Crofting for Yes launches at Black Isle Show

Crofting for Yes, the latest country-wide group to campaign for independence, will be launched to...



Scotland can do better on Welfare and Pensions

A Yes vote in next year?s referendum on an independent Scotland ?would give the opportunity for m...



Independence is a chance to build a fairer and affordable welfare system

Responding to an IFS report on benefits spending, Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland,...



Perspectives: The best case for welfare justice

The views in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Y...



Latest nationwide group to campaign for independence ? Farming for Yes

The country?s largest grass-roots movement Yes Scotland has unveiled the latest nationwide group ...



Farmers' independence campaign launches at Borders show

On Saturday, July 27, Yes Scotland will launch the latest country-wide group to campaign for inde...



A Yes vote is the key to bringing power closer to the people

Giving people the opportunity to make decisions about their own communities is one of the key adv...



Scotland?s Defence in Scotland?s Hands

First Minister Alex Salmond today set out some of the key strands of the Scottish Government?s vi...



Labour For Independence to hold Policy Conference at the STUC

Labour for Independence will hold their first policy conference at the STUC in Glasgow this weeke...



Scotland Open for Business

UK Government figures published today by UK Trade and Investment confirm that Scotland continues ...



Scotland's energy future in Scotland's hands

Whatever way you think we should use our immense oil and gas resources, one thing is increasingly...



Jeane Freeman writing in Scotland on Sunday

Jeane Freeman, co-founder of Women for Independence writing in yesterday's Scotland on Sunday 

"J...



Support for Yes rises as voters become more informed about independence

Increasing numbers of people are planning to vote Yes in next year's referendum as they become be...



Westminster isn't working for Scotland's children

Child poverty costs Scotland?s local authorities £2.1 billion every year, new research has reveal...



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

Craig Murray
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Feile An Phobail Belfast
The Respectability of Torture St Mary?s University College, Thurs 1st August, 7.30pm   Craig Murr...

Navalny, Ward, Assange, Snowden and the Attack on Free Speech
Russia does not have a functioning criminal justice system at all, in the sense of a trial mechan...

Losing Bet
I lost my money on the name of the royal baby.  Still, I suppose “Privileged Wanker” was always a...

Gently Back Into the Water
I had excellent news from my cardiologist yesterday.  Ready to think about other things now.  I a...

We?re Not Dead Yet
Many thanks for all the very kind messages.  I appear to be back on full  fighting form again and...

Blog Down
This blog is temporarily suspended pending urgent repairs to the author.

Counter-Revolution
What we are seeing in Egypt is counter-revolution pure and simple, military hardliners who are go...

All Law is Gone: Naked Power Remains
The forcing down of the Bolivian President’s jet was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention by S...

Pandering to Racism
Here in Ghana people are stunned by the announcement that a bond of £3,000 will have to be submit...

The Man Who Didn?t Disappoint
Nelson Mandela was a rallying focus for any progressive thinker of my generation.  I attended num...

Russophobia
I am in Africa.  Edward Snowden seems to be doing a super job without me, so I have been working ...

Work for the UN
GCHQ and the NSA between them employ tens of thousands of people.  I am bemused by the shock at t...

Wreck of the Emma
Some of the information that gets volunteered from readers of my blog for use in my Sikunder Burn...

Preparing to Bomb Syria
Quite simply I do not believe the US, UK and French government’s assertion that the Syrian govern...

More NHS Awfulness
It s rather humiliating to reveal so much of my personal medical history in order to expose the a...

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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

Scottish independence 'yes' camp given fillip by welfare analysis

IFS says independent Scotland could discard 'poorly designed' Westminster reforms ? but would face higher bill as result

Alex Salmond's claims that independence would allow Scotland to set up a bett...



Scottish independence could leave UK universities with £10bn pensions deficit

Universities Superannuation Scheme says funds face potential crisis under strict EU laws on cross-border pensions

The UK's universities could face an immediate pensions shortfall of nearly £10bn if ...



Alex Salmond criticised over North Sea oil claims

First minister says oil reserves are worth £300,000 a head for every Scot, making independent country richer than rest of UK

Alex Salmond has been warned about making exaggerated claims about the po...



Scottish independence: don't be fooled by Alec Salmond's protestations of fri...

The first minister approved Donald Trump's golf complex plan over the heads of local planners and against local opinion

Ever since Alex Salmond emerged in the early years of Blairism, I've been a fa...



Scottish Nationalists can rest easy, given the opposition | Kevin McKenna

The Better Together campaign uses the sort of propaganda you normally only see when a country is gearing up to invade

Wearied frustration usually follows when another civic panjandrum takes on a com...



William Wallace leads charge of TV history dramas

Scottish warrior hero will be portrayed on screen in two series next year as independence referendum looms

Scotland's independence referendum has not just ignited furious debate over the country's f...



Tough or tolerant? Scotland turns up heat on prostitution debate

Prostitutes have their say in criminalisation v legalisation debate as Edinburgh police step up raids on saunas

Dressed in jeans and a hoodie Roseanne glances around Glasgow's red-light district, wa...



The writers Alex Salmond is courting now will hold him to account | Alan Bissett

The arts world may be galvanised by the yes campaign but are likely to ask serious questions of the SNP after independence

I must admit that I was surprised to learn that Alex Salmond is to enlist S...



Alex Salmond: 'independence will come on a tide of rising expectations'

Scotland's first minister tells Kevin McKenna about the social ties that will always bind the countries of the British Isles ? and that saltire he waved at Wimbledon

On the Cromarty Firth in the Hig...



Alex Salmond aims for independence white paper with a literary twist

Scottish novelist William McIlvanney top of government list to write version that will 'capture the imagination'

Some of Scotland's finest writers are to be asked by the SNP to apply a dash of liter...



Faslane: this was a nuclear weapon for the SNP

The rumoured plans for the naval base were a reminder of how deeply unpopular Trident is among Scots

The MoD's, or Whitehall's, or whoever's plans to designate Trident's Faslane base "sovereign UK t...



Steve Bell on the Trident base row ? cartoon

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Steve Bell



Trident submarine base: No 10 disowns MoD's Faslane sovereignty proposal

Whitehall row and SNP anger ignites over report of plans to make naval base UK territory if Scots vote for independence

A furious behind-the-scenes row has prompted Downing Street to disown a propos...



No 10: MoD sovereign territory plans for Trident base not credible

MoD proposal to designate Faslane as UK sovereign military base if Scots vote for independence sparks Whitehall row

Downing Street has dismissed as not "credible or sensible" a proposal to designate...



What part of England would you trade with Scotland for Faslane? | Open thread

The Ministry of Defence plan to make the Faslane nuclear base sovereign UK territory could always involve a swap ?

The British government is looking at ways to make the Scottish base that contains T...



 

   

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