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The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland

Farage blames delay for an event on immigration
7 Dec 2014 at 12:48pm
Nigel Farage has blamed his failure to turn up to a reception with supporters in Wales on "open-door" immigration.

UK Government unveils North Sea investment reward plans
4 Dec 2014 at 7:31am
The UK Government has unveiled a radical plan aimed at rewarding investment in the North Sea in a bid to see as much oil and gas extracted as possible.

Osborne raps budget cuts 'nonsense'
4 Dec 2014 at 6:09am
George Osborne has lashed out at dire warnings about the impact of a fresh round of government spending cuts on public services, branding them "nonsense".

Osborne: general election offers voters a choice between the course to prospe...
4 Dec 2014 at 4:06am
Next year's general election will offer British voters a choice between the "course to prosperity" set out in yesterday's Autumn Statement or a return to the "chaos" seen under Labour after the financial crash, Chancellor George Osborne has claimed.

Osborne announces plans to boost North Sea oil and gas production
3 Dec 2014 at 10:22am
George Osborne has set out a series of measures designed to boost investment and production in the North Sea oil and gas industry.

Osborne: deficit is not falling as fast as hoped
3 Dec 2014 at 7:04am
George Osborne appealed for voters to let him "finish the job" of overhauling the economy today as he admitted the deficit was not falling as fast as hoped.

Cameron: Labour are completely hopeless and unelectable
3 Dec 2014 at 6:41am
David Cameron derided the Labour Party as "completely hopeless and unelectable" as he was accused of breaking a string of promises on the economy, immigration and the NHS.

Treasury Chief Secretary Alexander: smallish cuts to come
2 Dec 2014 at 9:33am
The UK must "stay the course" on efforts to reduce the deficit but up to three-quarters of the austerity measures necessary have already been set out, Danny Alexander has claimed.

Tributes abound as Brown confirms he'll stand down as MP
1 Dec 2014 at 5:50am
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has confirmed he is standing down as an MP and ruled out becoming a Labour peer.

Johnson offered frontline Labour role
30 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
ALAN Johnson has disclosed that he was sounded out by Ed Miliband about a possible return to Labour's top team.

Osborne's tax break to shore up North Sea oil industry
30 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
NORTH Sea oil and gas companies are to receive a tax boost from the Treasury this week in a major boon to the multibillion-pound industry.

Cameron immigration threat leads to dispute on EU future
28 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
David Cameron suggested he could back calls for the UK to leave the European Union yesterday as he unveiled plans to bar EU workers from receiving benefits or council housing for four years.

Cameron's immigration speech held up by alarm
28 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron was forced to pause his long-awaited speech on immigration after he was drowned out by an alarm at the factory where he had chosen to make the announcement.

Paxman: I would not be London mayor for all the eclairs in Paris
28 Nov 2014 at 9:03pm
Former Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman has admitted he was approached about standing as Conservative candidate for the mayor of London but said he would not do the job for "all the eclairs in Paris".

Evel: backlash after Cameron moves to ban Scottish MPs voting on English inco...
27 Nov 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron is facing an angry backlash following suggestions he wants to use Scotland's proposed new powers to ban Scottish MPs voting on income tax.


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Scotsman

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Archbishop Welby: My shock at hungry Britain
7 Dec 2014 at 9:58am

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed how he was left more shocked by the plight of Britain’s hunger-stricken poor than suffering in African refugee camps.



Uruguay accepts released Guantanamo Bay prisoners
7 Dec 2014 at 8:51am

SIX prisoners from Guantanamo Bay have been transferred to Uruguay, the US government has revealed.



Nigel Farage ?dominant figure in Ukip?
7 Dec 2014 at 8:48am

A SENIOR Ukip figure has appeared to suggest that Nigel Farage is a “control freak” in the way he runs the party.



Defence staff in 10-day pay strike
7 Dec 2014 at 8:28am

DEFENCE workers are to launch a pre-Christmas 10-day strike in a long-running dispute over pay.



Cairo?s UK embassy shut ?for security reasons?
7 Dec 2014 at 8:15am

THE British Embassy in Cairo has been forced to close for security reasons, the UK ambassador to Egypt has said.



The Scotsman cartoon: Labour leadership race
6 Dec 2014 at 8:26pm

THIS time next week Scottish Labour will have a new leader. One which will inherit the unenviable task of trying to build the party back up and ensure it can compete with the SNP at the next Scottish Parliament general election.



Gerry Hassan: Indyref - 12 hard truths
6 Dec 2014 at 8:09pm

STUBBORN denial and spurious beliefs will not help build a more progressive country. Scotland must leave 18 September behind, says Gerry Hassan



Euan McColm: Prank allowed Sturgeon to take charge
6 Dec 2014 at 8:02pm

IT’S not possible to be all things to all people but First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was giving it a go for a while, just then.



Andrew Wilson: Whitehall must learn to let go
6 Dec 2014 at 7:52pm

BETWEEN saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out. So the Italians say, anyway. You know the theme. Actions speak louder than words. Don’t simply tell someone you love them, show them. Alfred Adler, the Austrian psychologist, put it more starkly: “Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.”



Dani Garavelli: Action on racist police too late
6 Dec 2014 at 7:47pm

IF THE definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then what are we to make of the US criminal justice system?



Leader: Who holds winning hand in Labour contest?
6 Dec 2014 at 7:29pm

THIS time next week we will know the identity of the new leader of the Scottish Labour Party, and we will be able to delineate the shape of the Scottish political debate for the months ahead.



Drumlanrig: Michael Matheson exposed on radio
6 Dec 2014 at 7:23pm

NEW justice secretary Michael Matheson has earnestly built up a reputation as a safe pair of hands within the Scottish National Party.



Photojournalist and teacher killed in Yemen
6 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

A BRITISH-born photojournalist and a South African teacher who were being held hostage by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen were killed yesterday during a failed US-led rescue mission.



Jim Murphy takes on SNP over classroom failure
6 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

JIM Murphy has pledged to bring back a controversial reform to get the best teachers into under-performing classrooms, igniting a war with the SNP over education policy.



Chinese arrest former politburo spy chief
6 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

A once-feared security chief was arrested by Chinese police yesterday as they launched an investigation into charges ranging from adultery and bribery to leaking state ­secrets.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

The best-laid plans
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Dec 2014 at 10:00am
Social media has been alive in recent days with No voters concocting a fiendish plan to vote tactically against the SNP at next year’s general election. Labour supporters are urging people to vote Conservative rather than let the SNP take any new seats which might be used to secure a better devolution settlement for Scotland. […]

MP For Vendetta
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Dec 2014 at 6:16am
We’ve noted on a number of occasions that the BBC is fond of using the late-night papers review show on the News channel as a sneaky little Nat-bashing section in which London-based broadsheet journalists (always, always Unionists) get to display the full depth of their arrogant cluelessness about Scottish politics. Last night’s, however, was quite […]

The definition of redundancy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Dec 2014 at 6:04am
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives us great pleasure today to present to you the most unnecessary words ever printed in the history of Scottish political journalism. “Even Nicola Sturgeon agrees that Scots should vote Labour to make sure David Cameron’s Conservatives do not win the 2015 General Election, Margaret Curran will say today. The Shadow […]

The Masterplan
by Chris Cairns
6 Dec 2014 at 12:00am

The future, coming soon
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Dec 2014 at 9:58am
From a YouGov poll of young (18-24) voters today: Now that’s quite the thing. We’re not sure we’ve ever seen a UK-wide poll, even of a single age demographic, in which “Other” got more votes than any of the major parties, which is fairly remarkable in itself. But the Scottish sample is even more startling. […]

One more twist of the corkscrew
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Dec 2014 at 6:53am
The Herald, 1 June 2014: “[A] YouGov poll compiled by Better Together suggests most Scots want to share pensions and benefits across the UK. Labour released the findings ahead of the launch of its referendum campaign, due to take place at a rally in Glasgow on Tuesday. Scottish leader Johann Lamont will be joined by former prime […]

Not keeping up with the news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Dec 2014 at 3:55pm
A real letter sent out by the shadow Secretary of State for Scotland this week. Someone do us a favour and explain to her in language she’ll understand that as the Scottish Parliament isn’t trusted by her Westminster pals to control its own resources, the price of oil doesn’t actually impact on “the SNP’s economic plan” […]

A lucky escape
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Dec 2014 at 10:32am
Phew, eh? (April 2014 on the left, December 2014 on the right.)

The Indian giver
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Dec 2014 at 6:03am
George Osborne’s autumn mini-Budget is the sort of thing that shouldn’t be read late at night. The programme of swingeing cuts to public services it outlined would chill the blood of anyone with an ounce of compassion in their souls. Fortunately, this site concerns itself chiefly with Scottish politics, so we can leave the full […]

Votes of confidence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Dec 2014 at 10:19am
Alert readers will already be aware that we’re not the biggest fans of prospective Scottish Labour deputy “leader” Kezia Dugdale. Even this site, however, doesn’t think the Lothian list MSP is so inept and slow-witted that she could single-handedly be held responsible for the party losing the next two general elections. Some of her comrades, […]


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BBC Scotland

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


Major shake-up at Edinburgh Council
5 Dec 2014 at 6:11am
City of Edinburgh Council announces plans for major changes to how it is run after a year-long review by its chief executive.


Scotland lowers drink-drive limit
5 Dec 2014 at 4:12am
A new law comes into force which makes the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland lower than that elsewhere in the UK.


Madonna topless photos criticised
4 Dec 2014 at 11:43am
Pop star Madonna did a "disservice to women" by posing topless, a parliamentary debate on violence against women hears.


PM plea over Scot jailed in Pakistan
5 Dec 2014 at 8:32am
David Cameron raises the case of a Scottish grandfather being held on death row in Pakistan during a meeting with the country's prime minister.


The end for caravan polling place
4 Dec 2014 at 8:20am
A converted caravan that has served as a polling place for about 50 people in Wester Ross will no longer be used, councillors have decided.


Early agreement at fishing talks
5 Dec 2014 at 5:08am
Early agreement is reached on North Sea fishing quotas with an increase in key stocks for Scottish fishermen.


Plans to expand trams to Leith
5 Dec 2014 at 5:33am
Councillors are set to consider whether the Edinburgh tram network should be expanded, seven months after the trams began running.


Poll tax debts to end in February
4 Dec 2014 at 6:32am
The collection of poll tax debts will end on 1 February next year, the Scottish government announces.


U-turn accusation over Smith deal
4 Dec 2014 at 5:04am
The UK government is extending contracts for its work programme despite agreement that this would soon come under Holyrood control.


Prosecutors set out social media law
4 Dec 2014 at 4:01am
Scottish prosecutors set out new guidelines on whether messages posted on social media should be treated as criminal conduct.


Tax reform planned for oil industry
4 Dec 2014 at 10:13am
The UK government announces plans that could radically change the way the offshore oil and gas industry is taxed.


'Concern' over Edinburgh budget cuts
3 Dec 2014 at 6:47pm
The Accounts Commission says it has a "growing concern" over how Edinburgh Council will make budget cuts of £67m by 2017.


Scottish NHS in £125m funding boost
3 Dec 2014 at 10:52am
Scotland's Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirms that an extra £125m announced in the Chancellor's autumn statement will be spent on the Scottish NHS.


Report burn councillors suspended
3 Dec 2014 at 2:43pm
A group of SNP councillors involved in burning a copy of the report on strengthening the Scottish Parliament's powers are suspended from the party.


Locum spending continues to rise
4 Dec 2014 at 3:55am
Spending on locum doctors in Dumfries and Galloway is already more than £2m higher than it was at the same stage of the last financial year.


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Newsnet Scotland

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

Labour figure predicts 'damage limitation' strategy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Dec 2014 at 10:35am

By Newsnet Scotland Reporter

The new Scottish Labour leader faces two "damage limitation" elections at UK and Scottish levels until a hoped-for recovery in fortunes at the end of the decade, according to former leading party figure Steven Purcell.

Purcell, Glasgow City Council leader until his abrupt exit from politics in 2010, believes that the "anointed" leader - Jim Murphy MP - will see his party lose Westminster seats in next year's UK General Election, followed by a third SNP victory in Holyrood in 2016.



'How The BBC Stole The Referendum' - book
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Dec 2014 at 3:53am

How The BBC Stole The Referendum is a book currently being written by GA Ponsonby, founder of Newsnet Scotland.

Ponsonby, a fierce and consistent critic of the BBC's role during the referendum campaign, has pulled together his critique of the corporation, and the influence he believes it had on the final vote. It is a view shared by many Yes campaigners.

Here Newsnet Scotland reproduces a late draft of the opening chapter. Its author is raising funds to publish the book by April 2015: in time of the UK general election, where the BBC's coverage will be under intense scrutiny once again. Details are at the bottom of the page.



'Austerity has failed' - SNP
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Dec 2014 at 9:49am

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

George Osborne's Autumn Statement demonstrates that the UK Government's austerity measures have failed since 2014, according to SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie MP.

After the election in 2010 the Tories promised that debt would begin to fall as a share of GDP by 2014/15: that the current account should be in balance by 2015/16 and that public sector net borrowing would fall to £20 billion in the same year.



The demonisation of political protest
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Dec 2014 at 2:52am

By GA Ponsonby

Three SNP councillors are in the news today after they filmed themselves symbolically burning a copy of the Smith Commission report.

The councillors said they were expressing their frustration and anger that pledges of more powers given by the three pro-Union parties prior to the independence referendum were not reflected in the commission?s recommendations.



A trip to Fantasy Island with the Telegraph's man in Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Dec 2014 at 4:51pm

Review by Thomas Connolly

 

Gordon Brown's departure from Westminster politics -- strung out like one of his many pre-Budget off the record briefings -- was finally confirmed today, amidst media coverage akin to the death of a minor Royal and the familiar crocodile tributes from his peers.

 

The news -- for reasons unknown spun out for more than a week that just happened to coincide with the publication of the hollow conclusions of the Smith Commission -- followed the publication of a remarkable referendum memoir from one of the Yes campaign's most outspoken critics, the gutteral Telegraph hack Alan Cochrane.



Sturgeon spells out economic priorities
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Dec 2014 at 11:08am

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today placed the strengthening of the Scottish economy at the heart of the Cabinet?s agenda at a speech before business leaders.

 

The Scottish Government?s Programme for Government, set out last week,  included a promise to extend the Small Business Bonus Scheme for the lifetime of the next parliament if the SNP is re-elected. This year Scottish Government rates relief will help two out of every five business properties to the tune of £600 million.

Plans to establish a Scottish Development Bank to support high growth firms were also announced, along with funds to support the building sector by adding £30 million to the £100 million already allocated to the Help to Buy scheme.



A Big Boy Did It ?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Nov 2014 at 5:55pm

Commentary By GA Ponsonby

The National is set for an indefinite print run.  The first daily newspaper to back independence for Scotland sold well during its five day trial.

Newsquest, the company that owns the Herald and the Sunday Herald, hopes to reap the obvious business reward that was awaiting the first publisher to create a product that the 1.6 million Yes voters would support.



All hail the Stupid Party
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Nov 2014 at 12:31pm

By Derek Bateman


The chorus of whines is alive in the shires of England, and in Scotland the sound of deflating bagpipes can be heard. If the drones could fashion a dirge it would be Smith?s Retreat from Devo Max.


God, but it?s embarrassing for old Scotland to have such a gang of spivs and chancers picking over her entrails to see what?s worth keeping and what can be safely consigned to the bin.


My own lament is simple: Why, in Heaven?s name, didn?t we have the courage of our forebears and bestow on our country what is rightfully hers ? sovereign independence.



Land reform finally tops the Holyrood agenda
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Nov 2014 at 3:09pm

By Andy Wightman

 

Nicola Sturgeon today announced the Scottish Government?s legislative programme for the remainder of this Parliament. It contains a proposal for a new Land Reform Bill as well as a Succession Bill and a review of the Council Tax. Announcements of further proposals are expected in the consultation paper to be published next week.


After a decade of absence, it?s great to see the land question back on the political agenda. This is an important, substantial and meaningful set of proposals. Taken as a whole, they will hopefully shift the baseline of the debate ? that is to say the set of assumptions and norms that have too often been taken for granted and in which politicians have too often been reluctant to tackle.



BBC Scotland holds its breath on Holyrood accountability
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Nov 2014 at 2:42pm

PQ Insider considers what the Smith Commission might say about Scottish broadcasting

Here in BBC Scotland very close attention will be paid to Lord Smith?s report this week.

The rest of the world may be rightly concerned about the high politics, and the detail of fiscal and welfare devolution. Our news department and its hangers-on will be telling the story in their usual way. The audience will have no problem discerning the Labour line, plus whatever the SNP government spinners have told Brian Taylor.




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Scot Goes pop

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

How Alex Salmond could become Deputy Prime Minister of the UK - at Labour's r...
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2014 at 7:56pm
The expression "hung parliament" is an adaptation of "hung jury", explained Vernon Bogdanor on th...

Constituency spotlight : Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2014 at 6:27pm
A few hours ago, I received an email revealing that our local SNP candidate for Cumbernauld, Kils...

SNP and Plaid Cymru soar to Britain-wide vote of 6% in mesmerising YouGov poll
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2014 at 12:44am
Apologies to Labour spin doctor John "I'm a gardener" McTernan, but your latest bright idea of us...

SNP and Plaid Cymru are just 1% behind the Liberal Democrats in latest Britai...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2014 at 12:27am
These results are becoming positively commonplace, but it's always worth pointing them out, espec...


Well, it burned while I cried, 'cos I heard it screaming out Smith's name, Sm...
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2014 at 10:29pm
To mark Bonfire Night last month, the people of Lewes in East Sussex decided to (and I quote) "bl...

Smithnicity
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2014 at 12:31pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times a...

First post-Smith telephone poll shows SNP remain firmly on course to become t...
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2014 at 6:32pm
The first telephone poll to have been conducted since the Smith recommendations were announced ha...

Do UKIP's threats to scupper the Smith package with an "Axis of EVEL" have th...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2014 at 8:02pm
UKIP's David Coburn, aka "the Pride of Scotland", renowned for brilliant insights such as his cla...

Early straw in the wind suggests SNP's support has remained rock solid in the...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2014 at 12:58am
It's still very early days, but it looks possible that the Labour wind-up merchant who graced us ...

What impact (if any) will the Smith report have on the SNP's enormous opinion...
by James Kelly
29 Nov 2014 at 11:27am
Since it became clear in the immediate post-referendum period that the SNP had racked up a huge a...

Thoughts on Smith
by James Kelly
27 Nov 2014 at 5:16am
I'm in a mad rush at the moment, but I'll jot down my thoughts on the Smith recommendations as an...

Jackanory Jim's reaction when someone points out that it's going to be Decemb...
by James Kelly
26 Nov 2014 at 3:37pm

Hi, I'm Sarah Smith, and THIS is Murphy 2014.  Joining me tonight is Scottish Labour leader Jim.....



15% of British voters would prefer the SNP as a coalition partner at Westminster
by James Kelly
25 Nov 2014 at 12:09pm
I overlooked a fascinating supplementary question in one of the two Britain-wide YouGov polls on ...


An incomplete list?
by James Kelly
23 Nov 2014 at 9:35pm

Perhaps to prove to myself that the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup weren't the only chances...

The National
by James Kelly
22 Nov 2014 at 7:40pm

As I'm sure everyone and his auntie knows by now, tomorrow (Monday) will see the launch of The Na...




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Daily Record

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Public services spending set to be cut by £1800 per person over a decade, acc...
by dailyrecord
7 Dec 2014 at 7:04am
THE Scottish Government said OBR figures show funding for public services, such as social care, e...


Alex Salmond confirms he will stand for Westminster as he launches bid to win...
by dailyrecord
7 Dec 2014 at 6:01am
THE former First Minister announced he intended to contest the Gordon constituency at the next Ge...


Sunday Mail Opinion: Jim Murphy's pledge to improve education in Scotland
by Mail Opinion
7 Dec 2014 at 5:55am
IMPROVING the education of children from poorer backgrounds must be placed front and centre of th...


Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Neil Findlay vows to 'hit the ground runni...
by Mark Aitken
7 Dec 2014 at 5:13am
WHILE bookies' favourite Jim Murphy may have to wait until 2016 for a seat at Holyrood, Lothian M...


Lairds' fury as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledges big changes to land ow...
by Lesley Roberts
7 Dec 2014 at 4:47am
TATLER writer Sophia Money-Coutts said wealthy landowners fear their estates could be broken up u...


Labour heavyweight Alan Johnson hails Jimmy Reid's famous 'rat race' speech a...
by Mark Aitken
7 Dec 2014 at 2:55am
THE former Home Secretary reveals how he was electrified by Reid's "rat race" speech as the legen...


Jim Murphy: Whatever bold change is needed to make sure poorest kids get dece...
by Jim Murphy
7 Dec 2014 at 2:41am
THE Scottish Labour leadership hopeful has vowed to do whatever it takes to ensure children in Sc...


Labour must show it has learned from election defeats, says Margaret Curran
by dailyrecord
6 Dec 2014 at 9:04am
CURRAN insists the party has to send out the message that they have listened to voters and learne...


New Scottish health minister Jamie Hepburn takes on new role overseeing menta...
by Record Reporter
5 Dec 2014 at 11:08am
MOVE welcomed by charities and health organisations who are anxious to tackle stigma and discrimi...


Football ground alcohol ban to stay in place, says Scotland's new justice sec...
by dailyrecord
5 Dec 2014 at 3:43am
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said he hopes to persuade the police and the government that Sc...


Susan Riddell: Big firms' power grab is TTIP of the iceberg
by Susan Riddell
5 Dec 2014 at 2:30am
SUSAN turns her head to politics this week as she calls on new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to ...


George Osborne driving society back to 1930s with Government spending while b...
by Torcuil Crichton
4 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm
A THINK Tank has said that the next government will have to implement huge cuts to spending to wi...


Record View: Conservative Party are ripping society apart with tsunami of cut...
by dailyrecord
4 Dec 2014 at 5:41pm
WE FACE living in another two-tiered Britain, says today's RECORD VIEW, driving a wedge between t...


Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe dies after three decades fighting Parkins...
by dailyrecord
4 Dec 2014 at 10:39am
THE Liberal Party leader was embroiled in a scandal when he stood in front of the Old Bailey accu...


Record View: George Osborne has cheek to trumpet his own failures
by Record View
4 Dec 2014 at 2:59am
RECORD VIEW discusses George Osborne's Autumn statement and says things are going to get worse be...


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BUSINESS NEWS: Today we give a UK minister a right of reply to those who woul...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Dec 2014 at 1:04pm
BUSINESS NEWS:
Today we give a UK minister a right of reply to those who would decry the process ...

Our latest new road sign design. Making the best of a very bad thing.
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Dec 2014 at 12:11pm
Our latest new road sign design. Making the best of a very bad thing.




BREAKING: A source close to Gordon Brown MP has exclusively revealed to BBC S...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2014 at 3:08pm
BREAKING:
A source close to Gordon Brown MP has exclusively revealed to BBC Scotlandshire that th...

Taking advantage of our newly devolved powers, we are proud to have developed...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2014 at 2:24pm
Taking advantage of our newly devolved powers, we are proud to have developed another helpful roa...

EXCLUSIVE: The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Dec 2014 at 4:09pm
EXCLUSIVE:

The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown almost pressed the ...

Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Nov 2014 at 12:10pm
Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on a series of improvem...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:11pm



Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Anna...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:08pm
Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Annabel Goldie.


Annabel G...

Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to ha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Nov 2014 at 1:06pm
Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to have been struck out o...

The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Nov 2014 at 5:49am
The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications for the real true st...

"Vooote for me! Vooote for me! 3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2014 at 1:41pm
"Vooote for me! Vooote for me!
3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."




The First Minister inspects two of the new powers coming to Scotlandshire. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2014 at 6:24am
The First Minister inspects two of the new powers coming to Scotlandshire.

Who said devolution ...

Tragic news for the new propaganda comic for splittists. Dictator Sturgeon'...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Nov 2014 at 5:15am
Tragic news for the new propaganda comic for splittists.

Dictator Sturgeon's loyal troops claim...

In a shock move, Treasury Minister and LibDem pin up ginger rodent, Danny Ale...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Nov 2014 at 4:13pm
In a shock move, Treasury Minister and LibDem pin up ginger rodent, Danny Alexander, has challeng...

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM POLICE SCOTLANDSHIRE FOR SCOTLANDSHIRE SUPPORTERS ATTEND...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Nov 2014 at 1:29pm
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM POLICE SCOTLANDSHIRE FOR SCOTLANDSHIRE SUPPORTERS ATTENDING THE MATCH TONIGH...


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it's time to get above ourselves


BBC News Coverage of Salmond?s Return
by bellacaledonia
7 Dec 2014 at 12:32pm
Hilariously infantile media coverage by Tim Stanley of the Telegraph and Petrie Hosken, personali...


Scotland, Class and Nation
by bellacaledonia
7 Dec 2014 at 12:30pm
Alistair Davidson on the hysteria of the Scottish establishment in the face of political uprising...


Pushing the Wall: Politics, Psychotherapy and Boarding School
by bellacaledonia
7 Dec 2014 at 10:27am
Author Nick Duffell on how our elite education system shapes the way we are ruled. It was a stran...


What is Neil Doncaster For?
by bellacaledonia
6 Dec 2014 at 3:45am
By Mike Small Who could disagree with Barry Hearn yesterday describing Scottish football chiefs a...


George Osborne?s Scratchy Vest
by bellacaledonia
5 Dec 2014 at 10:00am
Greg Moodie on the very odd chancellor's stinging Autumn statement.


The Voyeurism of State Violence
by bellacaledonia
5 Dec 2014 at 9:18am
By Gus Abrams The horrific cases of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Ramarley Graham (amongst many ...


Women?s Quotas ? the Norwegian Experience
by bellacaledonia
4 Dec 2014 at 11:17am
By Liz Thomson On November 19th Nicola Sturgeon became Scotland’s first female First Minister and...


Smith Fatally Flawed by Inadequate Attention to Feasibility
by bellacaledonia
4 Dec 2014 at 7:32am
By Jim and Margaret Cuthbert The Smith Commission report has had a mixed reception in Scotland an...


Lima: Climate Report
by bellacaledonia
4 Dec 2014 at 7:05am
By Lang Banks. Lang is the director of WWF Scotland and is part of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotlan...


A Tale of Two Referendums
by bellacaledonia
3 Dec 2014 at 8:43am
Lessons from Québec on the politics of nation and class. By Benoit Renaud. The Radical independen...


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Ex-Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond seeks return to UK Parliament - ...
7 Dec 2014 at 7:16am

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Ex-Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond seeks return to UK Parliament
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Punk rock legend John Lydon insists Scottish independence is a rotten idea - ...
7 Dec 2014 at 3:53am

Scottish Daily Record

Punk rock legend John Lydon insists Scottish independence is a rotten idea
Sc...


Alex Salmond predicts his successor will bring in Scottish independence - Abe...
15 Nov 2014 at 5:16am

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Alex Salmond predicts his successor will bring in Scottish independence...


Low oil prices are burying all hope of future Scottish independence - Telegra...
14 Nov 2014 at 11:51am

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Low oil prices are burying all hope of future Scottish independence
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16 Nov 2014 at 4:09pm

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England fans used football match against Scotland to tease fans over ... - Da...
19 Nov 2014 at 7:47am

England fans used football match against Scotland to tease fans over ...
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This Pro-Independence Scottish Teenager Is More Popular On Facebook Than ... ...
15 Nov 2014 at 12:41pm

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This Pro-Independence Scottish Teenager Is More Popular On Facebook Than ...
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Profile: Lord Smith of Kelvin - The Independent
27 Nov 2014 at 12:37pm

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Profile: Lord Smith of Kelvin
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Chosen by David Cameron to lead the ne...


SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum - Huffington Post UK
23 Nov 2014 at 3:59am

SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum
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The SNP must stop manoeuv...


#CameronMustGo viral on Twitter, outstrips Scottish independence #VoteYes - RT
3 Dec 2014 at 5:34am

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Salmond bids for Westminster seat - Harrogate Advertiser
7 Dec 2014 at 1:43pm

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Salmond bids for Westminster seat
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After months of speculat...


Defeated Scottish nationalist leader to run for UK parliament in 2015 - First...
7 Dec 2014 at 1:41pm

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Defeated Scottish nationalist leader to run for UK parliament in 2015
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Salmond, w...


The Guardian view on Alex Salmond: don't count those chickens - The Guardian
7 Dec 2014 at 1:17pm

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The Guardian view on Alex Salmond: don't count those chickens
The Guardian
But the form...


The SNP's ex-leader is poised to shake up Westminster - The Independent
7 Dec 2014 at 12:54pm

The Independent

The SNP's ex-leader is poised to shake up Westminster
The Independent
Much may chang...


Salmond to contest Gordon seat at election - Ellon Times
7 Dec 2014 at 12:46pm

Ellon Times

Salmond to contest Gordon seat at election
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He stood down as SNP leader and F...


New York Times: Former leader of Scottish government seeks return to politics...
7 Dec 2014 at 12:45pm

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New York Times: Former leader of Scottish government seeks return to politics
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Sc...


Scottish leader to run for UK Parliament in 2015 - Arab News
7 Dec 2014 at 12:36pm

Arab News

Scottish leader to run for UK Parliament in 2015
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Salmond, who stood down as Firs...


Alex Salmond confirms Westminster bid ? but what does he want, can he really ...
7 Dec 2014 at 12:34pm

The Independent

Alex Salmond confirms Westminster bid ? but what does he want, can he really ...
Th...


Former Scottish first minister Salmond to seek UK Parliament seat - GlobalPost
7 Dec 2014 at 12:26pm

Former Scottish first minister Salmond to seek UK Parliament seat
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Alex Salmond to run for UK parliament in 2015 - Eyewitness News
7 Dec 2014 at 12:24pm

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Alex Salmond to run for UK parliament in 2015
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Salmond: I'm standing for Westminster - Herald Scotland
6 Dec 2014 at 2:28pm

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Salmond: I'm standing for Westminster
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Although he fulfilled his ambi...


Alex Salmond says 'I'll demand ANOTHER Scottish referendum' - Daily Mail
13 Nov 2014 at 4:54am

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Alex Salmond says 'I'll demand ANOTHER Scottish referendum'
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Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum - Huffington Post
27 Nov 2014 at 5:40am

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3 Dec 2014 at 2:41am

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Looking beyond the Scottish referendum
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Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat - Reuters UK
7 Nov 2014 at 8:19am

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Scottish nationalists storm back after referendum defeat
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SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum - Huffington Post UK
23 Nov 2014 at 3:59am

SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum
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The SNP must stop manoeuv...


Independence referendum: A quarter of Scots NEVER want another poll on ... - ...
16 Nov 2014 at 4:09pm

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Independence referendum: A quarter of Scots NEVER want another poll on ...
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Lessons from Quebec on avoiding another Scottish referendum - The Conversatio...
29 Nov 2014 at 2:00am

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Lessons from Quebec on avoiding another Scottish referendum
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The Scottish Nationalists Lost the Referendum, So Stop Treating Edinburgh as ...
28 Nov 2014 at 9:15am

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Gordon Brown to 'reset' Scottish politics after referendum campaign - stv.tv
28 Nov 2014 at 6:10pm

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Gordon Brown to 'reset' Scottish politics after referendum campaign
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Anything Goes

Frank Sidebottom
7 Dec 2014 at 12:41pm

Oh dear.....what a crap film....ah'm sure there's a great story in there somewhere....but not in ...



Society Of William Wallace Coin Collection
7 Dec 2014 at 12:14pm

The perfect Christmas present for proud patriots! A series of specially commissioned collector's...

Factor Late Fees
7 Dec 2014 at 9:04am

Got my usual factoring bill in this week and on it there are two late fees, one for late payment ...



Boilers
7 Dec 2014 at 6:31am
Hopefully someone out in the TAMB world will be able to help with my combi boiler.

He heating wo...

1St Snowfall Of The Season.
7 Dec 2014 at 4:53am

We are just getting our first wee shower of snow here on the Black isle. Don't think it'll come t...



Quiz Questions
6 Dec 2014 at 5:57pm

This year I am in charge of the family quiz for christmas dinner, anyone know any good questions ...



Bill Cosby, The American Jimmy Saville?
6 Dec 2014 at 12:17pm
Will be interesting to see if these numerous allegations are proven.

The Science Delusion
6 Dec 2014 at 5:27am

Was going to post this in the science thread...thought you might find it interesting Scotty.

 



Comfort And Joy
5 Dec 2014 at 5:55pm

at 00.25. I love this film.



Breaking Bad
5 Dec 2014 at 4:44pm
Breaking bad seasons 1 to 4 watched, started season 5 on netflix.

Great tv show, really enjoying ...


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The Guardian view on Alex Salmond: don?t count those chickens | Editorial
by Editorial
7 Dec 2014 at 1:15pm
The elections hinges on Scotland. But the Scots have a lot to talk about before they vote

Alex Salmond raised his standard once again today on behalf of the 45% who lost September?s referendum but w...



Tightening drink-drive laws has saved lives, but there?s a limit to limits | ...
by Michael White
5 Dec 2014 at 6:35am
MSPs have voted unanimously to cut the legal limit for drinking and driving. They must have parked their brains

The Scottish parliament has cut the legal limit for drinking and driving from the curr...



Scottish Labour leadership: candidates answer readers' questions
by Libby Brooks and Claire Phipps
4 Dec 2014 at 8:30am

Next week, the Scottish Labour party will choose a new leader: Jim Murphy, Sarah Boyack or Neil Findlay. The three candidates took part in an online hustings for Guardian readers. You can see their...



SNP suspends councillors over burning of Smith commission report
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
3 Dec 2014 at 8:21am
Nicola Sturgeon says Renfrewshire councillors? ?unacceptable? actions fall short of high standards expected by the public

The Scottish National party (SNP) councillors who filmed themselves burning ...



No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain | ...
by George Monbiot
3 Dec 2014 at 1:00am
Scotland is breaking the cover-up that stifles our political thought. Bring the Highland Spring south

Bring out the violins. The land reform programme announced last week by the Scottish government ...



Parties should not be brands, Brown says as he prepares to quit as MP
by Libby Brooks and Rowena Mason
1 Dec 2014 at 5:01pm
Ex-prime minister rules out taking seat in Lords and pledges to renew his commitment to the ?moral purpose of public service?

Gordon Brown has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next...



Scottish blogs: what next for alternative media post-referendum?
by Aisha Gani
1 Dec 2014 at 5:57am

Citizens journalists came to the fore during the Scottish independence campaign ? we take a look at the direction blogs have taken since the vote

? Scotland?s National newspaper is here to stay

? The...



David Cameron has sold Scotland down the river | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
29 Nov 2014 at 8:04pm
The Smith report confirms little ? other than that Tory leader is the undoubted politician of the year

In the Scottish higher modern studies exam paper for the class of 2025, I would not be surprise...



Iain Duncan Smith vetoed greater Scottish powers over universal credit
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
28 Nov 2014 at 10:54am
Holyrood allowed to vary key parts of housing elements of universal credit but not other elements after DWP intervention

Proposals for Scotland to have greater independence over billions of pounds w...




David Cameron vows to slash migrants' benefits ? Politics Weekly podcast
by Presented by Tom Clark and produced by Phil Maynard
28 Nov 2014 at 9:30am
James Ball, Alan Travis and Polly Toynbee join Tom Clark to discuss David Cameron's major speech on immigration and the welfare state. Plus: Severin Carrell looks at new proposals for post-referend...

Ten things we learned this week
by Aisha Gani
28 Nov 2014 at 9:27am

From Black Friday mayhem to bum-breathing turtles facing extinction, here is a round-up of the week?s news

Continue reading...


Steve Bell on Scottish politics ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
27 Nov 2014 at 4:44pm
Continue reading...

David Cameron reignites English votes row as Scotland gets new tax powers
by Severin Carrell and Nicholas Watt
27 Nov 2014 at 2:44pm
Prime minister wants to bar Scots MPs from parts of budget vote, as Labour is accused of being ?duped? by Tories

David Cameron is risking a fresh constitutional clash with Labour and the Liberal Dem...



The SNP?s negative response to Smith could set it adrift from Scottish people...
by Martin Kettle
27 Nov 2014 at 2:15pm
The report on Scotland speaks for the 75% who want more devolution. It may shift the political centre of gravity

Lord Smith?s commission was set up by David Cameron to consider the devolution of fur...



Scotland faces confusion on the slippery slope to formal separation
by David Torrance
27 Nov 2014 at 1:22pm
The Scottish government has to keep the process alive. Hence Nicola Sturgeon?s description of the Smith commission report as an ?opening offer?

It all started with a ?vow?. Although nationalist car...




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newest submissions : Scotland
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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Flag war in Nou Barris district of Barcelona (x-post /r/vexillology).
7 Dec 2014 at 10:01am
submitted by Operarius
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[The Scotsman] Gerry Hassan presents some important constructive criticism fo...
7 Dec 2014 at 9:51am
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Salmond for deputy PM?
7 Dec 2014 at 8:31am

So hypothetical, if he gets elected as an MP, and the SNP get something in the order of 45 seats, and form a coalition with Labour.. Could you see Alex becoming deputy PM?

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A howitzer of a column from Ian Bell: Response to Smith is poetry in motion
7 Dec 2014 at 8:27am
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Sovereign Grant | Andy Wightman - Land Matters
7 Dec 2014 at 7:48am
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BBC Veteran Paul Lambert joins UKIP's media team as Director of Communications
7 Dec 2014 at 7:47am
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Alex Salmond: The man who won't go away
7 Dec 2014 at 6:44am
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[link] [18 comments]

[Daily Mail] Outrage as Scots 'rob' the Queen of £2.1 million with vow to hol...
7 Dec 2014 at 5:20am
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[link] [41 comments]

Salmond will stand as candidate for Gordon
7 Dec 2014 at 5:15am
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Iain Macwhirter : Nationalism is driving Scottish politics
7 Dec 2014 at 2:55am
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Sick football yobs tagged Tynecastle with graffiti mocking the memory of the ...
7 Dec 2014 at 2:23am
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Westminster caves in to Scots pressure to attend conference on nuclear weapons
7 Dec 2014 at 1:34am
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S.A.D. - Who gets it, and what do you do about it?
6 Dec 2014 at 8:45pm

It's that time of year, folks. We go to work in the dark, come home in the dark, get rained on, get skint because Christmas, and just fuck it. Fuck it all.

I can feel it coming on already. Last yea...



I can't see the all the snow the newspapers tell me I'm having because of the...
6 Dec 2014 at 8:11pm

Seriously have re reached the point where if the news says it will snow and keep saying it will snow eventually they will be right?

submitted by z3k3
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Sunday Herald Front Page - 7th December 2014: Salmond WILL Stand For Westminster
6 Dec 2014 at 6:19pm
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The Black Dog on My Shoulder
by Malc
7 Dec 2014 at 8:44am
A fair few people found Malc‘s last blogpost about depression pretty helpful. Here’s a wee followup. Thanks Malc! Five weeks ago I decided to write about my battle with depression in this article. ...

Sweden?s far right a glimpse of UKIP?s potential
by Dom
3 Dec 2014 at 12:44am
At half past four yesterday afternoon Mattias Karlsson, the temporary leader of Sweden’s far right Sweden Democrats, caused a political shockwave as he revealed to the press that he and his colleag...

10 pictures that will make you realise how amazing Edinburgh is.
by Dom
21 Nov 2014 at 6:48am
Someone?s day started badly this morning. Outside my flat on the street was the footprint of a trainer in dog shite, the thinnest of a progression from the corner where the offending pile sat. As t...

Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed.
by Dom
18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...

November Holyrood voting intention
by James
18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered political climate six months before a general election, the ability of party leaders to appeal to voter...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...

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...


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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Alicsammin?s part in Alan Cochrane?s downfall
by weegingerdug
6 Dec 2014 at 9:01pm
How many Alan Cochranes does it take to screw in a lightbulb?  He doesn’t have to, he just holds up the bulb and the world revolves around him.  Alan has a very high conceit of himself, and indeed ...

Wullie Rennie?s letter to Santa
by weegingerdug
4 Dec 2014 at 12:15pm
Just three months after the referendum, and for much of the Scottish political class and their media hingers oan it’s back to business as usual. This consists of finding things to accuse the SNP of...

iScot launches today
by weegingerdug
2 Dec 2014 at 9:34am
A new digital magazine and video news platform has launched today, iScot is open for business. iScot is an independent news service which aims to hold the establishment to account and to promote Sc...

Resetting Gordie Broon
by weegingerdug
1 Dec 2014 at 6:04am
Gordie Broon doesn’t want Scotland to obsess about constitutional change. In this instance we can be certain that Scotland’s very own political Walter Mitty knows what he’s talking about because if...

Eyewash and plastic spades
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2014 at 7:08am
You’ve been promised something revolutionary and ground-breaking which is going to change the way you look at the world. This very special present has been placed in a huge box wrapped up in pretty...

Back from London
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2014 at 5:58am
So I go away for a few days, and have a great time apart from a rampant allergy to my daughters’ cats, and all sorts of things happen in my absence. Gordon Brown announces that he’s standing down a...

The Scots tung
by weegingerdug
21 Nov 2014 at 2:51pm
The Scots tung: how to support it without tying up the Yes movement. A guest post by a Clear Contrair Spirit One of the insinuations heard (admittedly, mostly from English-based media) during the r...

Portillo moments on steroids
by weegingerdug
17 Nov 2014 at 6:52pm
So that’s it then, the end of an era. Alicsammin has bowed out as leader of the SNP. But it’s not the last we’ll be seeing of him, he’s going to be a thorn in the flesh of the Westminster parties f...

Still a reluctant anorak
by weegingerdug
15 Nov 2014 at 5:22am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) Well we?re eight weeks on from the vote and the world hasn?t come to a crashing halt. The sky isn?t raining blood. Sulphrous pits haven?t opened under our hom...

The oncoming train
by weegingerdug
12 Nov 2014 at 6:53pm
According to the Herald, Jim Murphy has promised that if he wins the election for manager of Labour’s Scottish dead meat counter he’s going to wrest power back from the London office. What he reall...


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