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Miliband insists he is man to lead as secret plot is denied
7 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
Ed Miliband has made clear that he intends to lead the Opposition into the 2015 General Election after two senior colleagues denied they had been plotting behind his back should he step down.

Chancellor accused of 'smoke and mirrors' in row over EU
7 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
George Osborne has been accused of resorting to "smoke and mirrors" after he claimed to have halved the ­additional bill Britain will pay towards the European Union (EU) budget from £1.7 billion to £850 million.

Crisis over Miliband's leadership as poll shows SNP support
6 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
LABOUR politicians have warned of a serious problem with Ed Miliband's leadership following reports of a backbench plot to oust him.

Supermarkets cut fuel prices after warning to pass on fall
6 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
Supermarkets have launched a petrol price war after warnings drivers would be outraged if they failed to pass on cuts to the wholesale cost of oil.

EU free movement defended by leaders
6 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
More European leaders have poured cold water on David Cameron's hopes to restrict free movement within the European Union.

Juncker in jibe at Cameron
5 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
EUROPEAN Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has risked worsening his poor ­relationship with David Cameron by claiming the Prime Minister "has a problem" with other leaders.

Cameron: Miliband is a dead parrot leading a chicken Labour Party
5 Nov 2014 at 6:50am
Ed Miliband is a "dead parrot" leading a "chicken" Labour Party, David Cameron has claimed at Prime Minister's Questions.

Peer: No regrets on Northern Ireland
4 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
Former Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Mandelson has told MPs he has no regrets over his involvement in a contentious government process to deal with on-the-run republicans.

Minister: UK would be worse off out of Europe
4 Nov 2014 at 9:02pm
A CONSERVATIVE minister has warned that the UK would be "significantly worse off" - at least in the short and medium-term -outside the European Union.

Lynne Featherstone to replace Norman Baker at Home Office
4 Nov 2014 at 6:49am
Lynne Featherstone is to replace Norman Baker as Liberal Democrat minister at the Home Office, Nick Clegg said today.

LibDem Norman Baker quits Home Office post, as working with Theresa May is li...
4 Nov 2014 at 1:13am
Norman Baker has quit as a Home Office minister, complaining that working under Home Secretary Theresa May was like "walking through mud".

Labour rating 'in slow decline'
3 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
LABOUR has dipped below 30 per cent in the polls for the first time since Ed Miliband became leader of the party, according to the latest study conducted for Tory peer Lord Ashcroft.

Bid to force rethink of rail bid fails
3 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
Labour yesterday failed in an attempt to get the Government to reconsider allowing a public company to bid for rail franchises.

Cameron insists on curb to the EU's free movement of labour
3 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron's government has insisted it will push ahead with plans to restrict the free movement of labour from the European Union despite warnings from one of its main allies the issue is "not negotiable".

Report: MPs' old expenses records have been destroyed
3 Nov 2014 at 1:29am
MPs accused of abusing their parliamentary expenses under the old, unreformed system may escape investigation after Commons officials destroyed records relating to their claims, it has been reported.


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Police ?will struggle to keep public safe in 2015?
7 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

POLICE Scotland will continue to find itself “stretched” by covering major public events, the body’s representing officers has warned.



Neil Findlay vows he will try to end poverty
7 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

A “NATIONAL strategy” to end poverty in Scotland will be at the heart of Labour leadership contender Neil Findlay’s plans if he becomes First Minister.



Andy Murray puts indyref tweet behind him
7 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

ANDY Murray will let his tennis do the talking this week as he makes his first competitive appearance on British soil since tweeting his support for Scottish independence.



Tiffany Jenkins: We must protect right to privacy
7 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm

The head of GCHQ wants co-operation by technology firms in fighting terror, but it is vital we protect our freedoms, writes Tiffany Jenkins



Brian Wilson: Pay is price of ?Tartan Tory? policy
7 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm

Universalism and council tax freeze help the rich at poor’s expense, and education bears the brunt, writes Brian Wilson



Leaders: End of the line for the tram fiasco
7 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm

First they could not get the building of a tram line right, now they cannot get an inquiry into what went wrong right. Is there no end to the fiascos surrounding Edinburgh’s trams?



Labour party rallies around Ed Miliband
7 Nov 2014 at 9:48am

SENIOR figures in the Labour party have rallied to support leader Ed Miliband amid speculation that two members of the shadow cabinet are preparing a bid to take over from him.



Alex Salmond reveals RBS miners? strike memo
7 Nov 2014 at 8:44am

ALEX SALMOND has revealed details of a secret memo sent to RBS managers during the 1980s miners’ strike urging them to support those taking action, as he called on businesses to root themselves in their local communities.



Osborne trying to spin defeat, say Eurosceptics
7 Nov 2014 at 8:20am

CHANCELLOR George Osborne’s claims to have pulled off a victory over a £1.7 billion bill from European commissioners has been described by one of his own MEPs as “an insult to people’s intelligence”.



Sarah Boyack envisages ?bold and radical? approach
7 Nov 2014 at 8:06am

LABOUR MSP Sarah Boyack has launched her bid for the party’s leadership with calls for “bold and radical” new approaches in areas such as local government and the NHS.



Bid to ban creationism is ?militant atheism?
7 Nov 2014 at 7:12am

CAMPAIGNERS bidding to ban schools from teaching creationism in science lessons are “militant atheists” who want to impose their own views on youngsters and discourage questioning, a church leader has claimed.



Business urged to speak out during EU referendum
7 Nov 2014 at 4:19am

BUSINESS leaders have issued a plea to company bosses to speak out for Britain’s membership of the European Union, warning that the case for Europe and for the free movement of labour is being drowned out by anti-immigration views.



Election win would give SNP ? real power? - Sillars
7 Nov 2014 at 3:53am

ELECTORAL defeat of Labour in Scotland by the SNP in 2015 will remove “a major obstacle on the road to real power”, according to prominent pro-independence figure Jim Sillars.



Nicola Sturgeon: I?ll be an accessible leader
7 Nov 2014 at 3:40am

NICOLA STURGEON will pledge to be Scotland’s most accessible First Minister when she takes over the role from Alex Salmond later this month.



Anger at Royal British Legion name change
6 Nov 2014 at 6:00pm

A NAME change that has seen the Royal British Legion Scotland rebranded as Legion Scotland has been criticised by old soldiers in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.




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Right around the corner
by Chris Cairns
8 Nov 2014 at 12:00am

The meaning of devo-max
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2014 at 9:37am
As the Smith Commission continues its fundamentally pointless and impossible deliberations, in which it’s expected to digest and consider many thousands of submissions (including hundreds of detailed ones from political organisations and “civic Scotland”) in around three weeks, the Scottish and UK press is still casually and inaccurately tossing around the term “devo-max”. There seem to […]

Slim pickings
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Nov 2014 at 12:00am
When we commissioned our latest poll, the candidates for the Scottish Labour sort-of leadership hadn’t yet been finalised. In fact, we’re not even sure whether the post of deputy “leader” was up for grabs at that point, with Anas Sarwar having said that he had no intention of stepping down, shortly before stepping down. But in […]

The reluctant internationalists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Nov 2014 at 2:02pm
As part of our latest Panelbase poll, we wanted to explore the so-called “2017 Scenario” hinted at by new SNP leader and First Minister-elect Nicola Sturgeon, whereby the Tories control the UK parliament, the SNP have another majority at Holyrood, and the UK holds a referendum on the EU where England/the rUK votes to leave […]

Labour?s twilight
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Nov 2014 at 9:40am
We try to deploy the money that generous readers send us during our fundraisers very carefully, so we were annoyed last week when we commissioned a new opinion poll from Panelbase with a few thousand quid left over from the Wee Blue Book campaign, only to have every other pollster and his dog release the results […]

An acceptable answer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Nov 2014 at 9:00am
Earlier today we published an email from Daily Record editor Murray Foote about “The Vow”. In it he referred to an editorial published in the paper on 8 September, attacking the “confused” and “shambolic” position of the three Unionist parties on further devolution to Scotland in the event of a No vote. The infamous “Vow” […]

Victory?s missing fathers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Nov 2014 at 5:42am
Disappointingly, we haven’t received a reply from Daily Record editor Murray Foote to our email yesterday inquiring into the provenance of “The Vow”. However, an alert reader who wrote to him yesterday did. You can read it below. “Thanks for your email. The sequence of events was as follows: On Sunday September 7, numerous politicians […]

Chasing the story
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Nov 2014 at 6:00am
A couple of things we’ve sent off this morning in relation to this. “TO: Murray Foote, Editor, the Daily Record Dear Mr Foote, I note today that you’ve sent an email to a reader of Wings Over Scotland stating that ‘The Daily Record had no involvement at any point in the wording of The Vow. […]

Disavowed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Nov 2014 at 2:08am
Below is a letter from the editor of the Daily Record sent to a Wings reader yesterday (and, we presume, to many others). We thought you might find it interesting. “Thank you for your email regarding The Vow. I believe there is a large amount of misinformation surrounding The Vow, specifically the suggestion that it was […]

Friends and comrades
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Nov 2014 at 1:00pm
Just for fun, we thought you might like to see a list of the Scottish Labour MPs, MSPs and MEPs who are eligible to nominate a candidate for the leadership and deputy leadership positions, but have declined to endorse anyone for either. If you wouldn’t, don’t look below, whatever you do. MPs (17 of 40) […]


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Findlay launching Labour leader bid
7 Nov 2014 at 6:21pm
MSP Neil Findlay is launching his campaign to be the new Scottish Labour leader insisting he is no "machine politician".


Boyack would be 'listening leader'
7 Nov 2014 at 9:45am
MSP Sarah Boyack launches her campaign to become the new Scottish Labour leader, promising to make the party "fit for purpose".


Trams inquiry given increased powers
7 Nov 2014 at 7:57am
The inquiry into the Edinburgh trams fiasco is given increased powers, after some of those involved with the project refused to co-operate.


Elected university chairs planned
7 Nov 2014 at 6:19am
Ministers propose new laws to improve transparency in higher education, but university leaders are not convinced government reforms are needed.


Sturgeon to be 'open' first minister
7 Nov 2014 at 1:39pm
Nicola Sturgeon pledges to be "the most accessible first minister ever" when she takes over from Alex Salmond.


Council facing £40m budget gaps
7 Nov 2014 at 11:10am
Falkirk Council faces funding gaps totalling more than £40m in its revenue budgets for the next three financial years.


New chief executive for city council
7 Nov 2014 at 10:08am
Glasgow City Council appoints Annemarie O'Donnell a its new chief executive to take over from George Black who retires in December.


Osborne 'expects' fuel price cut
6 Nov 2014 at 8:01am
Chancellor George Osborne says the government will be watching petrol and diesel distributors "very carefully" to ensure they pass on falling oil prices to customers.


Alex Salmond effigy was blown up
6 Nov 2014 at 11:17am
An effigy of Alex Salmond was blown up during bonfire celebrations in Lewes despite assurances that it would not be burned.


NHS board members 'kept in the dark'
6 Nov 2014 at 9:14am
NHS Highland's senior management is accused of treating health board members 'like mushrooms by keeping them in the dark' on some financial matters.


Councils call for devolved powers
5 Nov 2014 at 4:37pm
Councils are calling for an urgent meeting with the Westminster government to make the case for devolving more power to local communities.


Parties to look at Smith submissions
5 Nov 2014 at 11:13am
The five Holyrood parties will start looking at the thousands of submissions sent to a special Commission on more powers for Scotland.


Major union backs MSP for Labour job
5 Nov 2014 at 11:10am
The UK's biggest union has urged its members to back Scottish Labour's Health spokesman, Neil Findlay, to become the party's new leader.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
6 Nov 2014 at 9:06am
Alex Salmond faces questions on education during his penultimate first minister's questions.


VIDEO: Curran 'can challenge' Lamont reports
5 Nov 2014 at 8:59am
Margaret Curran says she can "easily challenge" press reports about her relations with Johann Lamont.


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Jim Murphy's sectarian U-turn goes unchallenged
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Nov 2014 at 4:16pm

Analysis  By G.A.Ponsonby

Jim Murphy says he will repeal the anti-sectarianism legislation if he becomes First Minister.  Scottish Labour's saviour in waiting has vowed to "scrap the Football Act right away." if Labour wins the 2016 Scottish election.

Murphy's announcement was reported in a manner that suggested it was a novel policy statement from the Labour MP.  It was splashed on the front pages of both The Herald and Scotsman.



SNP polling breaks all records
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Nov 2014 at 4:50pm

  By A  Newsnet Reporter

Latest polling suggests that the SNP?s grip on Scottish politics has continued to tighten since the independence referendum.

The poll, conducted for STV by Ipsos MORI, shows that SNP support in the constituency vote in the Scottish elections stands at a record-setting 57 per cent ? 34 points ahead of Labour.



Times They Are A-Changin', We Hope!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Nov 2014 at 11:35am

Comment by Iain Robertson

There should be a red, white and blue Cerberus statue outside the parliament buildings in London, with three laughing heads depicting the band of merry millionaires running the UK?s establishment democracy.



Reform Scotland makes its Home Rule case
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Nov 2014 at 11:18am

Reform Scotland, a loose cross-party think tank which has long pushed for Devo Max, launched its latest proposals at Our Dynamic Earth on Monday.


Hugh Kerr was there to find out more...



SNP and indy poll boost spells doom for Miliband
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Nov 2014 at 10:36am

By a Newsnet Reporter

 

Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond said today that Scottish Labour would continue to pay the price for working within the Better Together campaign, after significant opinion polls indicated the SNP in a significant lead for Scottish seats in the UK General Election.

 

Over many years, received wisdom has been that Scots tend to vote for UK parties at Westminster. But two polls show the SNP in big leads over Labour, as the latter grapples with the task of electing a new leader in Scotland.



Government funded drugs charity promoting Buddhism
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Nov 2014 at 4:38am

By Roberto Maranzano

The Scottish Government has been accused of sponsoring a pro-Buddhism charitable organisation that works with former drug addicts.

Questions are being asked within the drug rehabilitation world as to why grant aid is paying for the promotion of the eastern religion, and particularly to vulnerable people.



Better Together: arisen with a new cause
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Nov 2014 at 4:27am

By Derek Bateman

If there was one aspect of the referendum that turned off Labour people it was Better Together.

From the first grudging acceptance of Darling as chairman ? a cold, middle class Edinburgh lawyer ? to the backslapping and hugging with victorious Tories, the Union campaign set voters? teeth on edge.



Murphy's launch backed by the party machine
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Nov 2014 at 2:26pm

Commentary by Hugh Kerr


Jim Murphy launched his leadership campaign on Saturday morning in the somehow appropriately named King Khalid Building of the Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh.

Older readers will remember King Khalid was the King of Saudi Arabia, responsible for the biggest-ever arms deal between the UK and any foreign government. It was a deal which British Aerospace gained by extensive bribery of Saudi officials.



Yes supporters should welcome a Murphy leadership
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Oct 2014 at 5:33pm

  Commentary by Hugh Kerr


There must have been some interesting discussion at the "gala" Labour dinner in Glasgow this week, and the placement of guests certainly must have been tricky!


Still, since all the seats are being paid for no doubt by wealthy business sponsors, maybe it won't be such a problem!

 



What awaits Jim Murphy and Labour in Scotland?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Oct 2014 at 2:38pm

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby

So, if Jim Murphy is the favourite to lead the Labour Party in Scotland.  He?s a shoe-in if the media is to be believed.

That may be so, but has Jim got what it takes to bring the warring factions together, or is his reputation as a big-hitter more a product of a fawning Scottish media taken in by the illusion it helped cultivate?




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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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Labour leadership hopeful Neil Findlay promises 50,000 affordable houses for ...
by Andy Philip
7 Nov 2014 at 4:47pm
FORMER bricklayer says housing and social justice are top of his agenda to put 'clear red water' between Labour and SNP.


Sarah Boyack launches bid to become Scottish Labour leader by calling for 'bo...
by dailyrecord
7 Nov 2014 at 7:32am
MS Boyack said the party must be honest in the debate about local government funding - which she said has been under pressure from SNP centralisation and the "under-funded" council tax freeze.


Record View: Alex Salmond stumbling through First Minister's questions is no ...
by Record View
7 Nov 2014 at 7:02am
RECORD VIEW reckons Alex Salmond will need to do more than blame Westminster at his last First Minister's Questions.


Scottish Labour leadership candidate Sarah Boyack vows to win back voters who...
by David Clegg
6 Nov 2014 at 6:01pm
BOYACK, who today launches her bid to replace Johann Lamont as leader, said Labour must "listen like we have never listened before" to win back trust of those who lost faith.


Labour leader Ed Miliband dismisses claims his position is under attack
by dailyrecord
6 Nov 2014 at 4:20pm
MILIBAND is facing growing pressure with flagging personal poll ratings and uncertainty over the leadership in Scotland adding to backbench nervousness.


Labour hit out at Alex Salmond as it emerges teacher numbers have been slashe...
by David Clegg
6 Nov 2014 at 2:47pm
LABOUR pointed to a 4000 drop in teacher numbers, bigger class sizes and fewer Scots from poorer areas going on to university since the SNP came to power in 2007.


Ed Miliband rubbishes claims that he should stand down
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Nov 2014 at 11:19am
THE Labour leader who is facing growing pressure with flagging poll ratings, has said that his focus is on the country.


MSP Jackie Baillie launches stinging attack on Alex Salmond over drop in teac...
by Carla Callaghan
6 Nov 2014 at 9:52am
THE Dumbarton MSP also called for Education Secretary Mike Russell to resign when Salmond steps down next week.


Record View: Reasons not to smoke are already stacked against you without the...
by Record View
6 Nov 2014 at 4:14am
RISKS that come with smoking are already high says RECORD VIEW, but black market smokes leave you open to all-new horrors.


Labour pile pressure on SNP to scrap 'mince' football bigotry laws in heated ...
by Andy Philip
6 Nov 2014 at 4:12am
THE Offensive Behaviour at Football Act has been the subject of controversy and opposition since being passed in 2012.


Scottish Labour leadership candidate Neil Findlay wins backing of country's l...
by Andy Philip
5 Nov 2014 at 11:09am
UNITE said they will recommend their members support the Lothian MSP's bid to replace Johann Lamont.


Joan McAlpine: Only Home Rule will do if political establishment is to satisf...
by Joan McAlpine
5 Nov 2014 at 3:28am
JOAN believes that true Home Rule - where London only remains in charge of defence and foreign affairs - is the single way to satisfy the terms of "The Vow" made during the independence referendum campaign.


Alex Salmond lost independence referendum because he wasn't bold enough, says...
by Andy Philip
4 Nov 2014 at 7:39am
GORDON Wilson said Salmond and the Yes campaign should have been louder in promoting Scottish identity while knocking Britishness.


Former First Minister Henry McLeish calls for Scots to back a cross-party cam...
by Andy Philip
4 Nov 2014 at 6:38am
POLITICAL adversaries are uniting to put pressure on Westminster to deliver more powers to the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood.


Fife councillor dubbed member for Vienna East quits after earning £16,000 whi...
by James Moncur
3 Nov 2014 at 6:01pm
ARTHUR Morrison, SNP councillor for Kirkcaldy East, stood down after failing to balance the role with his full-time job as a consultant in the semi-conductor industry.


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Oor BBC Westminster colleagues haven't yet managed to rid London Labour of Re...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Nov 2014 at 10:09am
Oor BBC Westminster colleagues haven't yet managed to rid London Labour of Red Ed, now this wee Scotlandshire ned has launched his campaign to be the great, one true leader of the Red Tories.

The power grab and reign of megalomaniacal insanity must be stopped.

Once again, ensure you don't LIK...

Oor choice for Leader of the North North British branch of London Labour has ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Nov 2014 at 6:57am
Oor choice for Leader of the North North British branch of London Labour has a very serious challenger.

We urge everyone to refuse to LIKE this young ned's page.

The bloody cheek of him!


Kyle for Labour Leader in next election

Let's see if a 16 year old can get more likes than Murphy and co. wh...

Remember, remember...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Nov 2014 at 8:44am
Remember, remember...




BBC Scotlandshire has been vilified for too long over our coverage of the Lab...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Nov 2014 at 4:00pm
BBC Scotlandshire has been vilified for too long over our coverage of the Labour Party branch office leadership campaign.

Our response will silence those vile Cybernatz once and for all.


The Also-Ran Contenders
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The BBC are proud to be associated with the campaign to elect Jim Murphy to t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Nov 2014 at 11:56am
The BBC are proud to be associated with the campaign to elect Jim Murphy to the position of leader of the Labour party branch office in Scotlandshire and our management are happy to endorse Mr Murphy's candidacy.


It's political strife, Jim, but not as we know it.
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Jim Murphy is delighted to be entering the leadership contest for Branch Mana...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Nov 2014 at 4:29pm
Jim Murphy is delighted to be entering the leadership contest for Branch Manager of the Labour in Scotlandshire outfit. Initial pre-selection rounds included synchronised avoidance and personal advancement prioritising tasks, which we are led to believe Jim excelled at.


Jim runs to the rescue of a...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Oct 2014 at 11:53am



As things stand, SLab can only hope for an underminer's strike.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Oct 2014 at 2:43pm
As things stand, SLab can only hope for an underminer's strike.




EXCLUSIVE: On the day the Lords debate which new powers can safely be loaned ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Oct 2014 at 6:34am
EXCLUSIVE:
On the day the Lords debate which new powers can safely be loaned to Scotlandshire, JK Rowling announces she is to sponsor Lord Voldemort for SLab leadership, with Severin Snape MSP as deputy, neatly avoiding the bear trap of having two Westminster MPs in charge of the branch office.




BREAKING: In a shocking new development, leading Conservative MSP Murdurr Fra...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Oct 2014 at 3:13pm
BREAKING: In a shocking new development, leading Conservative MSP Murdurr Fraser has become the first politician to announce his intention to stand for leadership of the Labour Party's branch office in Scotlandshire, a post left open by Johann La Mont's sudden resignation last Friday.


Murdurr Fras...

EXCLUSIVE: In her second shocking revelation this weekend, Ex-leader of Labou...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2014 at 4:19pm
EXCLUSIVE:
In her second shocking revelation this weekend, Ex-leader of Labour in Scotlandshire Johann La Mont has announced that she has today relinquished her Labour membership and applied to join the Scottish National Party.


Johann La Mont resigns from Labour to join the SNP
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The BBC Scotlandshire management team has yet to decide on who will be the ne...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Oct 2014 at 11:01am
The BBC Scotlandshire management team has yet to decide on who will be the new Scottish Labour Leader.

We'll let you know once a decision has been made by the champagne socialist in charge at the one and only true real state broadcaster of Scotlandshire.

p.s. Would a Mr Sarwar Snr stop telepho...

CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT We're working with top British scientists to see if w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Oct 2014 at 4:05pm
CLOCKS GO BACK TONIGHT

We're working with top British scientists to see if we can go back to 1997 for the benefit of our friends in the Labour Party.

BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE Ruth Davidson MSP to remain leader of the Scotti...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Oct 2014 at 3:46pm
BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE

Ruth Davidson MSP to remain leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

And ooh... JoJo is going!


Scottish Labour leader to stand down
www.bbc.co.uk
Johann Lamont is to stand down as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, BBC Scotland understands.

On the day Anniesland Labour tries to sack its Yes-voting chair, but can't lo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Oct 2014 at 11:09am
On the day Anniesland Labour tries to sack its Yes-voting chair, but can't locate enough No-voting members for a quorum, Mags Curran sets off on her tour to win the hearts of Yes-Voting Slab supporters.





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Young Fathers Reject Tabloid Culture
by bellacaledonia
7 Nov 2014 at 1:01am
Edinburgh based band Young Fathers last week won the Mercury Prize adding it to the SAY Award won earlier in the year. The band have since been slated for their attitude to the tabloid press – an attitude which Bella... Read More ›


Glasgow City Council?s Budget Cuts: Corporate Profits Or Local Jobs?
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2014 at 4:46pm
By Mike Edwards The Herald reported on Thursday, ?Job fears as Glasgow council faces cuts in excess of £100m?. This raises an interesting question, could these cost savings be made at the expense of foreign corporate profits rather than local... Read More ›


Occupy Democracy open call-out of support for Radical Independence Campaign
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2014 at 4:39pm
By ‘Occupy Democracy – London’ Occupy Democracy supports the Radical Independence call for an Independent Scotland that has a just & sustainable economy, and engenders equality; a new nation with a universal welfare state, which seeks to build an ethical... Read More ›


Parallel Universes
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2014 at 4:35pm
By Mike Small In this still-liminal land, everyone is groping about to find meaning, clarity, purpose in the post-referendum Scotland. Longer-term strategies are being explored, schisms resisted, new-energies sought. We thought it was dawn but it turns out it was... Read More ›

All roads lead back to the Independence debate
by bellacaledonia
6 Nov 2014 at 6:56am
by Irvine Welsh Scottish Independence, as an ongoing process, has never been about an event such as an election or a referendum. This is what makes it so frustrating for it?s opponents; it?s a conscious set of political steps, yes,... Read More ›


The Combined Unionist Candidate
by bellacaledonia
5 Nov 2014 at 4:12pm
Robin McAlpine on the heir to Blair…. It doesn’t seem to me that quite enough has been made of the three choices which lie before the Scottish Labour Party. Almost all the media coverage of this issue seems to fall... Read More ›


Jim Murphy?s Selfless Devotion To Scotland
by bellacaledonia
5 Nov 2014 at 11:29am
Greg Moodie takes the pulse of The People's Party - as they prepare for the Great Anointment ...


The Moment that Scottish Labour finally got serious about its future
by bellacaledonia
4 Nov 2014 at 4:04pm
The Pope, the Pandas and the Bridge we didn't need. Jim Murphy IS the Second Coming...


Pushing Forward Not with Certainty
by bellacaledonia
4 Nov 2014 at 2:32pm
By Robin McAlpine Letting go is so much harder than clinging on. It’s a skill I’m having to learn after 20 years working in the media and in politics, places where strong central control tends to be assumed. But I... Read More ›


The Next Step for the RIC
by bellacaledonia
4 Nov 2014 at 10:43am
By Conor Cheyne In the aftermath of the No vote, we have seen a massive rise in people joining the SNP though Greens and SSP have also saw a big increase in their numbers. This was always excepted as many... Read More ›


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Scottish independence poll now puts Yes ahead - Scotsman
1 Nov 2014 at 5:45am

Scotsman

Scottish independence poll now puts Yes ahead
Scotsman
It comes on the back of a separate Ipsos Mori poll for STV last week which found two-thirds of Scots want another independence referendum within the next ten years while more than half think a vote on the country's future should take pl...


New Scottish Independence Poll Bodes Well for Bitcoin - CryptoCoinsNews
3 Nov 2014 at 5:57am

CryptoCoinsNews

New Scottish Independence Poll Bodes Well for Bitcoin
CryptoCoinsNews
Scotland The recent Scottish independence referendum prompted questions about whether or not an independent Scotland would consider adopting bitcoin or another cryptocurrency (such as the Scottish-themed Scotcoin) ...


Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum - Scotsman
31 Oct 2014 at 10:26am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 66% back new referendum
Scotsman
TWO-THIRDS of Scots want another independence referendum within the next decade and more than half think one should be held within five years, a poll has revealed. Little more than a month after the most significant vote in Scotland's ...


Former SNP leader: Yes lost referendum on the economy - Telegraph.co.uk
4 Nov 2014 at 6:22am

Telegraph.co.uk

Former SNP leader: Yes lost referendum on the economy
Telegraph.co.uk
Victory for the Scottish nationalists in the independence referendum was ?impossible? because they failed to counter their opponents' economic warnings, a former SNP leader has said in a new book concluding they we...


Poll suggests SNP could control 47 Scottish seats at Westminster - stv.tv
6 Nov 2014 at 12:47pm

stv.tv

Poll suggests SNP could control 47 Scottish seats at Westminster
stv.tv
Panelbase also found that 41% of people who voted Labour in the 2010 general election, and 32% of those who voted for the party in 2011's Scottish Parliament election, said they would vote for independence. The poll has b...


Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence - Telegraph....
15 Oct 2014 at 11:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
But she said that would only happen when a majority of Scots vote for independence, before pledging: ?I will be First Minister for all of Scotland, not just for SNP supporters, not just for those who vot...


Sunday Herald backing Scottish independence a 'risk that paid off' says MD as...
27 Oct 2014 at 10:29am

Sunday Herald backing Scottish independence a 'risk that paid off' says MD as ...
The Drum
Newsquest's Herald & Times Group has reported a major lift in its Herald and Sunday Herald titles as a result of the Scottish independence referendum and a boost in the metered paywall site's subscriptions. A...


The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ... ...
23 Oct 2014 at 10:37am

Herald Scotland

The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ...
Huffington Post UK
A new oil field has been discovered in the North Sea, but Scottish independence campaigners are bitterly unimpressed with the news. BP and GDF Suez E&P UK said they had discovered the fiel...


Labour will boycott talks on English votes for English laws - The Independent
15 Oct 2014 at 1:02am

The Independent

Labour will boycott talks on English votes for English laws
The Independent
Labour accused the Prime Minister, who called for discussions on extra powers for English MPs hours after Scotland rejected independence, of attempting a ?closed-shop stitch-up? designed to entrench the Torie...


Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time - The Indepe...
22 Oct 2014 at 1:54pm

The Independent

Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time
The Independent
This followed the promise organised by the former prime minister Gordon Brown, that rejection of independence would not mean ?no change? for Scotland. Further devolved powers, including greater levels of...



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Labour leadership hopeful Neil Findlay promises 50000 affordable houses for ....
8 Nov 2014 at 1:27am

Scottish Daily Record

Labour leadership hopeful Neil Findlay promises 50000 affordable houses for ...
Scottish Daily Record
... leadership candidate Neil Findlay today promises to build 50,000 affordable houses for rent if he becomes First Minister. The former bricklayer says housing and social just...


The SNP Have Done More for Scotland in Seven Years Than Labour Have Done ... ...
8 Nov 2014 at 1:26am

The SNP Have Done More for Scotland in Seven Years Than Labour Have Done ...
Huffington Post UK
Scotland is a very much better place today with the SNP fighting austerity cuts from London, than it would have been with so-called 'Scottish' Labour 'fighting for Scotland'. Capitulation on a massive sc...


Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat - The News Internati...
8 Nov 2014 at 12:00am

Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat
The News International
The Scottish National Party (SNP) may have failed to persuade voters to back independence from Britain, but appears to be winning the argument that it can do a better job fighting for Scottish interests than Scottish br...


Sturgeon appeals to both Yes and No voters - Herald Scotland
7 Nov 2014 at 9:10pm

Sturgeon appeals to both Yes and No voters
Herald Scotland
Alex Salmond's successor called for Labour supporters who voted Yes or No in the independence referendum to back the SNP in May's poll. Ms Sturgeon was speaking at the third of her rallies, during a six-week tour of cities to introduce hers...


Debate will not fade as unionists had hoped - Herald Scotland
7 Nov 2014 at 9:07pm

Debate will not fade as unionists had hoped
Herald Scotland
The SNP, meanwhile, is using the period before Nicola Sturgeon's coronation as party leader and First Minister, to discuss its strategy going forward. Ms Sturgeon is preparing the ground to press for a second independence referendum if the...


China Petroleum & Chemical Corp's Neutral Rating Reaffirmed at Zacks (SNP) - ...
7 Nov 2014 at 8:42pm

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp's Neutral Rating Reaffirmed at Zacks (SNP)
Mideast Time
Zacks restated their neutral rating on shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) in a report issued on Friday. They currently have a $88.00 target price on the stock. Zacks' analyst wrote, ?We are mai...


Alex Salmond poised to launch bid to take Danny Alexander's seat in 2015 - Da...
7 Nov 2014 at 6:53pm

Daily Mail

Alex Salmond poised to launch bid to take Danny Alexander's seat in 2015
Daily Mail
Alex Salmond is being lined up for an explosive battle against Treasury chief Danny Alexander in next year's General Election. Sources claim the outgoing SNP leader could launch an audacious bid to steal t...


Zacks Reaffirms Neutral Rating for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) - Ti...
7 Nov 2014 at 6:32pm

Zacks Reaffirms Neutral Rating for China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
Ticker Report
SNP has been the subject of a number of other recent research reports. Analysts at Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp from an ?equal weight? rating to an ?overweight? rating in a re...


Murphy's law - Scotsman
7 Nov 2014 at 6:02pm

Murphy's law
Scotsman
Jim Murphy has spoken out about the SNP's ?flawed? offensive behaviour legislation and pledges to scrap it immediately if he becomes First Minister. I acknowledge that these problems do require more than policing at football matches and monitoring social ...



Neil Findlay vows he will try to end poverty - Scotsman
7 Nov 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Neil Findlay vows he will try to end poverty
Scotsman
The SNP deny there's a problem until it's a crisis. And the care crisis isn't a future problem ? it's a problem now. The SNP have known about the increasing number of older people needing support for years, but the services needed are si...



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Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat - Reuters
7 Nov 2014 at 8:04am

Reuters

Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat
Reuters
LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Just weeks after seeing their dream of an independent Scotland wiped out in an historic referendum defeat, Scottish nationalists have turned failure into a revival which could transform British poli...


The Referendum Will Stop Scots From Becoming Prime Minister, Says The ... - B...
7 Nov 2014 at 11:11am

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The Referendum Will Stop Scots From Becoming Prime Minister, Says The ...
BuzzFeed News
He said that the SNP are purposefully misleading the public: ?They see (an EU referendum) as their justification for keeping their second referendum aspirations alive, and that is enormously dangero...


STV poll: Two thirds of Scots support second referendum within ten years - st...
31 Oct 2014 at 9:01am

Scotsman

STV poll: Two thirds of Scots support second referendum within ten years
stv.tv
Two thirds of Scots would support another independence referendum within the next ten years, according to a STV News poll. Of those asked by Ipsos Mori, 66% said they would support the vote taking place in the n...


Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum - Reuters UK
29 Oct 2014 at 8:43am

Reuters UK

Cameron rejects giving Scotland veto in EU referendum
Reuters UK
LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron rejected on Wednesday a proposal by the Scottish National Party (SNP) that the United Kingdom should only quit the European Union after a future referendum if a major...


New poll suggests Scotland would vote Yes if another referendum were held tod...
1 Nov 2014 at 3:56am

Scottish Daily Record

New poll suggests Scotland would vote Yes if another referendum were held today
Scottish Daily Record
It comes on the back of a separate Ipsos Mori poll for STV on Friday which found two-thirds of Scots want another independence referendum within the next 10 years while more th...


Opinion: After the Referendum ? give real energy powers to Scotland - Energy ...
6 Nov 2014 at 7:31am

BBC News

Opinion: After the Referendum ? give real energy powers to Scotland
Energy Voice
Energy was political and economic dynamite, and a key battleground on which the independence debate had been fought. Following the outcome of the referendum there is now some agreement that Scotland should have...


Scotland Witnessing A Surge In Pro-Independence Sentiments: Salmond Does ... ...
3 Nov 2014 at 4:37pm

Scotsman

Scotland Witnessing A Surge In Pro-Independence Sentiments: Salmond Does ...
International Business Times AU
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond poses for a selfie as he meets supporters during a walkabout in Perth, central Scotland, September 12, 2014. The referendum on Scottish indepen...


Give us a new referendum by 2024, say two-thirds of Scots - Herald Scotland
31 Oct 2014 at 10:07pm

Herald Scotland

Give us a new referendum by 2024, say two-thirds of Scots
Herald Scotland
But Ipsos MORI found high levels of support when they questioned 1,029 people in Scotland for the new survey between October 22 and 29. More than half - 53 per cent - said they supported having another referend...


Scotland would vote Yes in a second independence referendum: Poll - CITY A.M.
2 Nov 2014 at 3:03am

CITY A.M.

Scotland would vote Yes in a second independence referendum: Poll
CITY A.M.
Scotland might vote Yes to independence if a new referendum were held tomorrow, a YouGov/Times poll has found. When ?don't know? answers are excluded, 52 per cent of those polled would vote Yes and 48 per cent know...


Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson pens first full referendum analysis - stv.tv
5 Nov 2014 at 5:07pm

Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson pens first full referendum analysis
stv.tv
In his new book Scotland: Battle for Independence, the former SNP leader Gordon Wilson offers the first extended analysis of the referendum. The book makes some damning criticisms of the strategy pursued by the Scottish Gove...



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Man Volunteers To Be Eaten By Snake
7 Nov 2014 at 12:36pm

Whatever next....

 

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according to the title of this BBC piece ....

 

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MPs debate further devolution after the Scottish referendum: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Oct 2014 at 11:25am

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including MPs debating fu...



Alistair Carmichael's statement on Scottish devolution: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including Jeremy Hunts statement on Ebol...



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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




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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

Th...



Scottish referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland - as it happened
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15 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
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SNP lead by 18% in new Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
6 Nov 2014 at 8:07pm
You might remember I said the other day that the SNP's lead in the next Poll of Polls update was ...

A third full-scale poll shows the SNP with a commanding Westminster lead
by James Kelly
6 Nov 2014 at 11:55am
For the first time, we have the opportunity to make a direct comparison between two full-scale po...

Does Miliband's pickle leave Jackanory Jim with another dilemma?
by James Kelly
6 Nov 2014 at 9:35am
As I'm sure David "Colonel Mustard" Cameron would tell you, there'll be no need for a Cluedo set ...


The people of East Sussex use fireworks to blow effigy of Alex Salmond "to sm...
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2014 at 11:27pm
I don't want to jump to conclusions here, but I'm finding it very, very hard not to think that ce...

Academically speaking, it's the blunt truth
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2014 at 5:32pm
London School of Economics academic John Kay, quoted in the Scotsman after making the snide claim...

Many thanks to Tory-controlled East Sussex County Council for helping bring t...
by James Kelly
5 Nov 2014 at 10:10am
I literally cannot believe what I've just seen on Twitter.  At first I thought the suggestions th...

Now this one's beyond belief : SNP lead by 34% in new Holyrood poll from Ipso...
by James Kelly
4 Nov 2014 at 11:57am
The Holyrood figures from last week's astounding Ipsos-Mori poll have been belatedly released, an...

SNP extend lead in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls to 20.6%
by James Kelly
4 Nov 2014 at 8:53am
There have been four new Scottish subsamples published since the last Poll of Polls update, showi...

A rare opportunity for me to #VoteBlue
by James Kelly
3 Nov 2014 at 12:01pm
Of course the whole "45" thing is a none-too-subtle way of saying "don't blame me, I voted Yes", ...

It's official - the SNP are projected to be the third-largest party in the ne...
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2014 at 10:02pm
Here is the current forecast for next year's general election result from the UK-Elect website -

L...

There's no hiding place, "Vow-makers" - YouGov poll confirms Scotland wants t...
by James Kelly
1 Nov 2014 at 10:58am
The full datasets from the YouGov poll are now out, and they reveal a treasure-trove of informati...

Cameron's arrogant and anti-democratic claim that "it's over for a lifetime" ...
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2014 at 11:53pm
I don't think it's possible to overstate the importance of the extraordinary sequence of polling ...

Scotland swings behind independence by record margin in stunning YouGov poll
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2014 at 8:22pm
OK, this is a few weeks too late, but let's not knock it - the future is still stretching out in ...

1-0 to Sturgeon on the EU
by James Kelly
31 Oct 2014 at 11:00am
Naming no names, but I gather that one or two high-profile broadcast journalists did a spot of ed...

Huge SNP lead for Westminster reported in jaw-dropping YouGov poll
by James Kelly
30 Oct 2014 at 5:14pm
Hot on the heels of the Ipsos-Mori bombshell comes this full-scale Scottish poll from YouGov.  Th...


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Jim Murphy ahead in Scottish Labour leadership race
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4 Nov 2014 at 12:12pm
Former shadow international development secretary backed by double the total support gained by leadership rivals

Jim Murphy has taken a commanding lead in the contest to become Scottish Labour leade...



Labour party faces losing up to 20 seats in Scotland as SNP support surges
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3 Nov 2014 at 7:37am

Analysis of voting in independence referendum and latest polls suggest Westminster seats at risk from yes alliance

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Lord Barnett, Labour minister who devised Barnett formula, dies aged 91
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3 Nov 2014 at 4:21am
He formulated the system for allocating public spending to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but came to think it unfair

Lord Barnett, the former cabinet minister who devised the system for alloc...



Why Ed Miliband now looks for salvation from an old Scottish foe | Andrew Raw...
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1 Nov 2014 at 7:05pm
The Labour leader desperately needs Jim Murphy to revive the demoralised party north of the border

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1 Nov 2014 at 7:04pm
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Scotland would now vote for independence, poll finds
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1 Nov 2014 at 12:33pm
Just six weeks after majority voted no, YouGov survey finds 52% of people in favour of leaving UK

The race to lead the Labour party in Scotland has intensified with further union backing for left-wi...




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31 Oct 2014 at 6:16pm
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Alex Salmond interview: Ive never had a problem with taking decisions, or bee...
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31 Oct 2014 at 11:11am

Last month Alex Salmond brought Scotland to the brink of independence and then dramatically resigned as SNP leader. In his first interview since the vote he looks at how Scotland has changed and ...



Jim Murphy: can the Irn-Bru street fighter save Scottish Labour?
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31 Oct 2014 at 1:59am
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Ed Miliband: Labour faces a fight to save its Scottish MPs
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30 Oct 2014 at 5:00pm

Labour party leader reacts after poll suggests Scottish National party could win up to 54 Scottish seats in 2015 election

Ed Miliband has admitted that his party must fight for every hour and every ...




Politics Weekly podcast: Scottish Labour, Mediterranean migrants and US midterms
by Presented by Hugh Muir and produced by Phil Maynard
30 Oct 2014 at 12:39pm
Libby Brooks, Anne Perkins, Ken Rudin and Martin Kettle join Hugh Muir to discuss Labour's Scottish meltdown, migration across the Mediterranean Sea and the US mid-term elections Continue reading...

Sturgeons Euro gambit could galvanise another Scottish independence tilt | Ru...
by Ruth Wishart
30 Oct 2014 at 11:38am
Nicola Sturgeons bid for a Scottish veto over a European exit further defines SNP politics as a Ukip-free zone

Nicola Sturgeons bid to let the four home nations have an individual say on whether to ...



Labour faces massive losses to SNP at UK general election, poll shows
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Oct 2014 at 11:01am
Shock Ipsos Mori poll comes as Jim Murphy, the clear favourite to be the next Scottish Labour leader, accuses his party of lacking passion

Jim Murphy, the clear favourite to become the next Scottish...



Scottish no voters have every reason to feel let down since the referendum | ...
by Mike Small
30 Oct 2014 at 8:56am
Labours woes are the least of Scotlands concerns right now. The famous silent majority of no voters is hushed and somnolent

Nicola Sturgeon began a national roadshow in Edinburgh this week, with fur...



Jim Murphy, Neil Findlay to stand in Scottish Labour leadership contest
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
29 Oct 2014 at 7:35pm

Former Scottish secretary and Scottish shadow health secretary enter contest after Gordon Brown rules himself out

The former Scottish secretary Jim Murphy has announced that he intends to stand for ...




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Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Up in smoke
by weegingerdug
6 Nov 2014 at 5:52am
It’s only after you break a bad habit that you realise just how bad it was for you. Like giving up smoking or voting Labour in Scotland. That’s been a vicious addiction that hundreds of thousands h...

Jim Murphy?s BOGOF
by weegingerdug
2 Nov 2014 at 4:20am
Less than two months after the referendum, you know, that vote that was supposed to establish the settled will of the Scottish people until the Sun expands in a ball of hot gas and consumes the Ear...

Red pandas and pop tarts
by weegingerdug
30 Oct 2014 at 7:42pm
The red panda is a real thing. It’s much smaller beastie than the better known giant panda, but it’s only marginally less endangered. According to Wikipedia, the red panda faces extinction because ...

scot2.scot gets ready to launch
by weegingerdug
29 Oct 2014 at 2:35pm
We live in a country where the people voted to continue to be ruled by a parliament in London. Okay, the majority wasn?t very large but it gave the parliament in London the green light to ?get ahea...

Spermatazoa and Jim Murphy
by weegingerdug
27 Oct 2014 at 6:19pm
What happens when you call an election and no one comes? Labour looks like it may be about to find out as each of those tipped as future pretendy leader of the pretendy “Scottish Labour” branch off...

Is schadenfreude fatal?
by weegingerdug
25 Oct 2014 at 2:13pm
Less than two months since Scotland voted No, and it’s become clear that the big loser from the independence referendum isn’t the SNP or the other pro-independence parties, it’s Labour. Is schadenf...

A wee update about flitting and fags
by weegingerdug
23 Oct 2014 at 12:04pm
The fact I’m posting this ought to let you know that I’m back online again – whoo hoo. But this isn’t a post about the Smith Commission, the British Labour party, or any wit and wisdom about anythi...

How now Brown?s vow
by weegingerdug
18 Oct 2014 at 6:27pm
The road to Hell, blog posts, and post-referendum vows is paved with good intentions. Or at least that holds true for two items on the list, whether there were ever any good intentions in the vow i...

Newton?s law of Y-fronts
by weegingerdug
13 Oct 2014 at 7:35pm
When I’m not wondering why I have a waffle iron, and am still unclear on what a waffle iron is, never mind wondering why there’s one in the cupboard, I’ve been on the phone to utilities companies, ...

Oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea
by weegingerdug
9 Oct 2014 at 11:13pm
I’m now at the “oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea” stage in the house flitting process, and am sitting here surrounded by packing cases and piles of assorted stuff all over the floor...


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Better Nation

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

Scoring the Labour candidates
by James
2 Nov 2014 at 9:54am
It’s time for a bit of science on the Labour leadership. Or at least an entirely subjective game of Top Trumps. If I’ve missed anything out, do let me know. All scores are out of 10. Issues Sarah B...

De-pressing depression: a personal reflection
by Malc
31 Oct 2014 at 4:48am
A brave and very personal guest post from Malc Harvey, one of the original founding team of this blog. Thanks Malc! Taking a leaf out of the book of John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Barrow and Furn...

There is only one coherent solution to Scottish Labour?s problems
by James
27 Oct 2014 at 10:23am
Prior to Johann Lamont’s doomed leadership, there was no leader of Scottish Labour, just a Leader Of Labour In the Scottish Parliament, a mere LOLITSP. Iain Gray, a much better politician than he e...

The wrong kind of policy on the lines
by James
22 Oct 2014 at 5:02am
The weekend before last, to my surprise, the Scottish Greens’ conference rejected a motion calling for free public transport. I don’t know why conference opposed it, but I know why I did, and why I...

Join the conversation
by Guest Blog
14 Oct 2014 at 9:00am
A guest post today from Andrew McFadyen on the future of the Labour Party: here’s the Labour for Scotland statement.  September 18th was a misty, murky morning in Edinburgh. Beneath the haar that r...

This is England
by Dom
12 Oct 2014 at 1:28pm
Those who squeezed in to the Scottish Green conference this weekend were greeted by thought-provoking image on the front of their delegate packs ? an inverted map of the UK with Scotland in the mid...

The Two Faces of Democracy
by Guest Blog
8 Oct 2014 at 8:37am
Today’s guest post is from Duncan Thorp, who?s previously written for us about social enterprise and hate in politics. Thanks Duncan! We?re living in exciting times, Scotland has changed for the be...

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

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

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


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