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Lamont's devo group push for more tax powers for Holyrood
A body set up by Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont to review devolution is examining plans to hand Holyrood a raft of new tax powers, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

Labour in 'meltdown' over selection row
LABOUR's bid to find a candidate to replace disgraced MP Eric Joyce is in "meltdown" after senior figures in the local Falkirk party turned on each other.

No shame: Tax breaks for the rich, welfare cuts for the poor ... Salmond, Lab...
ALEX Salmond last night accused David Cameron and his cabinet of a fundamental failure to connect with ordinary people, as the Coalition lowered the top rate of tax for millionaires and imposed an unprecedented real-terms cut in benefits.

I would have run Cameron closer, says Blair
Tony Blair has risked reigniting his feud with Gordon Brown by claiming Labour would have come closer to victory in the 2010 General Election had he still been Prime Minister.

City ban for HBOS chiefs is not likely
Three former bosses of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) are unlikely to be barred from working in the City despite calls by a high-powered parliamentary commission.

Unspun: The Politics Diary
Yes, he's no dictator

Balls pays price after speeding fine
Ed Balls has confessed to being caught speeding ? saying that he was "bang to rights".

Anti-EU ideology put before UK interests, says Alexander
Danny Alexander has hit back at Tory Eurosceptics following calls for David Cameron to toughen his pledge to hold a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.

Protesters line up for G8 summit
An "alternative" G8 summit is to be organised by protesters against global austerity measures.

Relief as AAA status is maintained for UK
CHANCELLOR George Osborne was given respite from the economic gloom after the leading credit-rating agency Standard & Poor's kept Britain's gold-plated Triple AAA status.

Kennedy issues rallying cry on EU membership threat
A CALL to arms to Britain's pro-Europeans has been made by Charles Kennedy, who warns the recent wave of hostility towards the European Union and the threat to the UK's membership of it is "dangerous and short-sighted".

MoD casts doubt over Scottish Nato status
SERIOUS doubt has been cast by the Ministry of Defence on the SNP Government's desire that an independent Scotland, free of nuclear weapons, could ever become a member of Nato ? a nuclear alliance.

Trident needed as North Korea deterrent
THE UK needs a like-for-like replacement for Trident, David Cameron has claimed, after warning North Korea could target Britain with its nuclear missiles.

Pensions blow for women
Almost twice as many women, including tens of thousands of Scots, will lose out under new plans to fast track a £144-a-week flat-rate pension.

Tourism body calls time on BST plan
Proposals to permanently put the clocks forward an hour could be killed off until the end of the decade.

 

Scotsman

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Scots soldiers leave Afghanistan after last tour

SOLDIERS from 1 Scots packed up and left after completing their last ever tour of Afghanistan today.



Euan McColm: Beware Nationalists bearing gifts

HOW wonderfully reassuring ­opposition to the “bedroom tax” is: it confirms we care about the vulnerable. At least, it ­appears to.



Comment: Breaking the banks

As those at the top are pilloried, Kristy Dorsey and Fiona MacGregor ask what it will take to restore the health of the stricken industry



Leaders: Time to tame immoral firms

‘CATASTROPHIC” was the description by Westminster’s Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards in its report last week by MPs and peers on the failure of management at HBOS.



Labour: Tax reforms hit poor while rich cash in

STRUGGLING families will lose thousands of pounds a year while government tax reforms save 13,000 millionaires an average of £100,000, Labour claimed after the biggest overhaul of the tax system in a generation came into effect yesterday.



Andrew Wilson: Ruth Davidson must make voice heard

SCOTLAND needs a healthy, grounded and ambitious centre-right political party if we are to achieve our potential as a country with or without a “Yes” vote in 2014. I don’t mean in power necessarily, but I do mean influencing the debate. And here is why.



Independent Scotland to face ?pension timebomb?

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would face a pensions timebomb that could lead to 20 years of “difficult financial decisions”, an influential House of Lords report will warn this week.



Kim ?s temper tantrum needs the Talleyrand touch

SABRE-RATTLING is the principal industry of North Korea – not that the Democratic People’s Republic has many other competing enterprises.



Drug laws halt trials on magic mushrooms

A TRIAL that could lead to radical magic mushroom treatments for depression has been stalled because of “absurd” regulations restricting the use of illegal drugs in research, it is claimed.



Migrant workers home in on Scotland

SCOTLAND is attracting more migrant workers than most parts of the UK, according to official figures.



Tories supply sickening twist in Philpott case

THERE can be little more cynical than setting fire to your home with your children inside in the hopes of being hailed a hero for your efforts to save them; unless it is sobbing at a press conference in the wake of their subsequent deaths, while milking the outpouring of sympathy towards you for financial gain.



UK poverty numbers underestimated

THE UK and Scottish governments may be underestimating the number of families living in poverty by as much as 40 per cent, researchers have claimed.



SQA accused of ignoring exam errors

TEACHERS have called for an independent regulator to ­handle complaints against Scotland’s qualifications body amid allegations of a series of errors in school exams.



Drumlanrig: Lib Dems urged come north to help SNP?

Willie Rennie made an impassioned plea for party members to get north to help win the forthcoming Highland Council by-election in Caithness Landward Ward. His plea at the recent Lib Dem conference in Dundee did not quite have the desired effect.



Who will care for the disabled in years to come?

WHO really cares about the future of our children and young adults who have profound learning disabilities as a consequence of severe epilepsy?



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
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Fortify the Cheviots
Those wishing to read some more detailed background on today’s Scotland on Sunday stushie can find at this link a paper (full title: “Fortify the Cheviots! The Nazis and the Nats”) presented by Gavin Bowd – author of the SoS article in question – to the University of Edinburgh in June 2012. Here’s the opening [...]

Just checking
So this sort of thing’s fine now, is it? After all, there are plenty of well-documented links between the UK royal family and the Nazis. So presumably something as crass and offensive as the above image would be regarded as an acceptable illustration in a broadsheet Scottish newspaper, were it for some reason to be [...]

A nationalist hero
On the 12th May 1916, a man born 48 years previously in Edinburgh’s Cowgate was strapped to a chair in Kilmainham Jail, Dublin and – after receiving the last rites – was shot by a firing squad. He was too weak to stand. In 2002 a BBC poll for its presentation of the “100 Greatest [...]

All in something together
And we’ll give you a clue – the thing we’re in, we’re in it without a paddle. The above is a graph released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, invariably described as a “respected” economic research organisation of no particular political leaning. It’s an analysis of the likely impact of the coalition’s tax and welfare [...]

One happy family
The Telegraph deserves some credit today. It runs a heartbreaking story about the reality of life on benefits, of the sort both the Conservative and Labour parties want to be “tough” on. It’s a piece of gripping, truthful and hard-hitting journalism, highly and properly critical of the party the paper steadfastly supports. Hats off to [...]

The myth of difference
This site often reflects on the absence of real political choice available to the UK electorate, but it has rarely been more clearly illustrated than it was on this morning’s BBC breakfast news in an interview with Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls. Interviewed by presenter Charlie Stayt, Balls first clarified Labour’s position on the top-rate [...]

The whole of the law
When we started this site we never imagined we’d find ourselves citing Aleister Crowley for anything, but it looks as though that strange and disturbing day has come. We’ve had a theory for a while now that the expenses scandal of 2009 was a watershed moment in British politics, in the worst possible way. Practically [...]

The nuclear deterrence FAQ
When we’ve reached the point where even the Daily Telegraph is calling the British Prime Minister a liar, it’s probably about time someone laid out the facts about the UK’s nuclear weapons, and in particular how they relate to Scotland. Let’s see if we can keep it brief. —————————————————————————————- “We need nukes because we’re at [...]

Wowing a crowd
The Prime Minister made a rare appearance in Scotland this afternoon, showing up at defence contractors Thales in Govan to answer questions from what the BBC described as “the public”, but looked in fact to have been exclusively employees of the company and who appeared to have been briefed not to ask anything difficult, instead [...]

Bombs not benefits
Much has been and will be written about David Cameron’s visit to Scotland today, during which he’s expected to vigorously advocate the continuation and renewal of the UK’s nuclear “deterrent”. Which didn’t deter Iraq from invading Kuwait, or Argentina from invading UK territory in the Falklands, but never mind. (We’re also not clear on why [...]

BBC Scotland

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Better Together reveals donor list
The campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom says it has received donations of more than £1.1m since launching last June.

McKidd backs Scottish independence
Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd says he would vote for Scottish independence if he was allowed to have a say in next year's referendum.

Warhol art to be shown in Scotland
More than 40 of Andy Warhol's paintings and prints are to go on display at the Scottish Parliament later this year.

Scots jobs boost as US firm expands
US business intelligence firm SAS is to expand its operations in Scotland, creating nearly 100 jobs over the next four years.

Go-ahead for £228m college campus
Scotland's largest college is granted planning permission to build two new campuses in central Glasgow.

UK must keep Trident - Cameron
David Cameron says the UK would be "foolish" to abandon Trident in the face of the potential threat of nuclear attack from North Korea and Iran.

Council to aid 'bedroom tax' tenants
Stirling Council is contacting about 850 tenants who will be affected by the new under-occupancy charge or "bedroom tax".

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Labour MSP calls for emergency legislation to mitigate the "bedroom tax".

VIDEO: Scottish independence: Liz Cameron answers your questions
Liz Cameron, chief executive of the Scottish Chamber of Commerce, answers your questions about the independence referendum.

AUDIO: SNP say talks continue over Nato
The SNP's defence spokesman Angus Robertson says discussions are ongoing with the US and other allies over the potential relationship between Nato and an independent Scotland.

VIDEO: Trump row wind farm approved
The Scottish government approves an offshore wind farm development off Aberdeenshire in the face of strong opposition from US business tycoon Donald Trump.

VIDEO: New Scots police force 'set to go'
The head of Scotland's new single police force, Stephen House, says everything is in place for launch day on 1 April.

Scottish police guide Sri Lankan counterparts
Sri Lankan police learn from their Scottish counterparts

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The death of Scottish Unionism ? and a watershed moment for Scottish journalism

They say an image speaks a thousand words and the image to the right does just that.  But are the words acceptable, are they accurate and are they words that reflect the changing Scotland?
 
Somehow we doubt it ? this is the unacceptable face of fundamental Scottish Unionism.



The campaign for a Balanced All inclusive Referendum Debate ? the next step

  By Mark Piggott 
 
Last month almost two hundred people gathered in Glasgow at 10:30 on a freezing Saturday morning to call for a balanced and all inclusive referendum debate from our broadcasters.
 
Those who braved the cold marched behind a lone piper, they walked from Strathclyde University to St Enoch Square.  A banner displaying the BBC's quote "we are not in an official referendum campaign and therefore do not have to balance it out between yes and no" was displayed.  The public who witnessed the march were generally favourable and sympathetic to our cause.



Welfare butchery spells curtains for 'Better Together' campaign

  By Mark McNaught
 
As an American, it?s a grim day when the UK government makes US Republicans look like philanthropists.  Newt Gingrich once opined that poor children should clean the toilets in their schools to learn the work ethic their parents so evidently lack.  Tories don?t seem to want the UK poor to realise even that degree of upward mobility.
 
With the enactment this week of the savage 'Bedroom Tax' and other radical changes to the social welfare system, the UK government has rendered 'better together' an oxymoron and doomed any prospects of convincing Scots to remain within the Union.



World central banks may follow Japan move

By George Kerevan
 
I have been in Asia this week ­talking to business leaders. I turned down golf with one chief executive, who was very proud that his personal course had wild leopards in the grounds.
 
He was complementary about the Old Course at St Andrews, where the animal life is less likely to put you off your stroke.



Western-Asian fusion causing a storm

By George Kerevan
 
THE world takes on a very different perspective from the middle of Asia. I?m here in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, a sliver of country the size of England and Wales that is sandwiched between the two rising (and rival) powers of China and India.
 
To get here I had to fly over a civil war in Syria, the fractious and fragile polity that is Iraq, and teetering Pakistan ? meanwhile skirting bellicose Iran and the quagmire that is Afghanistan. Little wonder the papers here have scant time for rich Europe?s economic tantrums.



The cost of the referendum was news ? two weeks ago

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Yesterday the Herald ran a story on the cost of the independence referendum.  The paper?s political editor Magnus Gardham spun the figure of £13.3 million, describing it as "the cost to the taxpayer".

A bit 'Daily Mailish' perhaps but factually accurate nonetheless, the cost is indeed £13.3 million and the taxpayer will pay.  Previous estimates, wrote Mr Gardham, put the total referendum cost at £9m-£10m.



Devolution and independence part of the same home rule journey

By Stephen Noon

My first introduction to politics was in the early 1990s in an organisation called Scotland United - we campaigned for a multi-option referendum in the period just after the 1992 election returned the Tories to government in the UK (despite Scotland voting overwhelmingly against them). For me independence and devolution are very much part of the same 'more powers' continuum. This is an article I wrote on the Yes Scotland website on this very point:



Solway's deadly MoD legacy of depleted uranium may be illegal

  By Ken Ferguson

The main claim to fame of the ancient burgh of Kirkcudbright on the Solway coast is its links to a thriving artists colony in the last century which included notables such as Jessie M King and Charles Oppenheimer.

However, under the tranquil waves of the Solway, the British Army has left a more sinister legacy of some 30 tonnes of depleted uranium (DU), fired at the nearby Dundrennan tank testing ranges.



Fracking company shares plummet as Australia tightens regulations on shale gas

  By Lynda Williamson

The on-going saga of Australian unconventional gas company Dart Energy has taken a dramatic turn as it was revealed that shares in the company have tumbled to a record low.

The value of the company's shares has dropped by a third in the last six months and the company has not posted a profit for over two years.



Four Nations and a Funeral: The Demise of the British Welfare State

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, March 30th 2013

The British welfare state is meant to be one of the ties that bind us together; along with the NHS and the BBC representing our common strands of citizenship.

Each has been remarkably eroded in recent years but on Monday April 1st huge changes will occur in the first two ? the welfare state and NHS in England ? which will have massive consequences for hundreds of thousands of people up and down this country already hard pressed and vulnerable, and for the very idea of Britain itself.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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The readers' editor on? coverage of the Scottish independence debate

Chris Elliott: Open door: The referendum on Scottish independence is a real challenge and an opportunity for the Guardian, but there is some deep-seated resentment to navigate

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Fairer society more important than personal wealth, indyref poll finds

The prospect of a fairer society is a major motivating factor in the independence referendum, a poll suggests.



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McKidd backs Scottish independence

Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd says he would vote for Scottish independence if he was allowed to have a say in next year's referendum.

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Political Porn

It’s caused outrage and anger with many vowing never to purchase the newspaper again.
 
The image of the Saltire with a Nazi swastika superimposed over the cross of St Andrew is a low point in Scottish journalism.  What it might mean for the readership of Scotland on Sunday and the Scotsman is anyone’s guess.



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Dirty Money: The Tory Millionaire Bankrolling Better Together

Today ‘Better Together’ disclosed £1.1 million of donations to its campaign. Almost half of that sum came from one man: Ian Taylor, a long-term Conservative Party donor and Chief Executive of oil-traders Vitol plc.



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Independent Scotland to face ?pension timebomb?

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would face a pensions timebomb that could lead to 20 years of “difficult financial decisions”, an influential House of Lords report will warn this week.
Peter A Bell's insight:
I read this silly scaremongering and can't help wondering what the hell Scotland's future has to do with any of these people.

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Revealed: Better Together's £2m war chest...and who donated to it

THE pro-union Better Together campaign has banked almost £1 million of donations from businessmen worried about the economics of independence and received pledges worth £1m more, it revealed last night.



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Labour's devolution commission just a talking shop | Scottish National Party


Peter A Bell's insight:
The SNP has said Labour's devolution commission is nothing but a 'talking shop' and that the people of Scotland have heard their empty promises before.

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The death of Scottish Unionism ? and a watershed moment for Scottish journalism

They say an image speaks a thousand words and the image to the right does just that.  But are the words acceptable, are they accurate and are they words that reflect the changing Scotland?

 



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Labour to back more Holyrood tax powers

LABOUR is set to back handing more control over income tax to the Scottish Parliament and giving more power to local authorities, Scotland on Sunday can reveal.
Peter A Bell's insight:
Questions remain. Questions such as, why would we trust British Labour? And even if they could be relied upon to deliver what they are careful to avoid promising, why would we settle for less than we might have?

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Just checking

So this sort of thing's fine now, is it? After all, there are plenty of well-documented links between the UK royal family and the Nazis. So presumably something as crass and offensive as the above image would be regarded as an acceptable illustration in a broadsheet Scottish newspaper, were it for some reason to be running a thinly-disguised smear against British nationalists.



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A nationalist hero

On the 12th May 1916, a man born 48 years previously in Edinburgh's Cowgate was strapped to a chair in Kilmainham Jail, Dublin and - after receiving the last rites - was shot by a firing squad. He ...

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Bad news day when the front page becomes the story

I’m looking forward to reading Gavin Bowd’s book.  He’s right that Scotland has been reluctant to acknowledge the dalliance of fringe elements with fascism, before, during and after World War Two.  And knowing and understanding more of our social and political history is always a good thing: it explains who we are, how we got to being who we are, and where we might end up if we’re not careful.



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Sturgeon welcomes Greens' poll on fairer Scotland | Scottish National Party

Welcoming a Panelbase poll commissioned by the Scottish Green Party, which demonstrates that the prospect of a fairer society is a major motivating factor in the independence referendum, SNP Depute Leader and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

"The UK is the 4th most unequal country in the developed world, and securing the powers of an independent Scotland with a Yes vote next September is the means to achieving a fairer society and stronger economy. We know that a majority of people in Scotland already want the Scottish Parliament, not Westminster, to make the policy decisions on pensions, benefits and taxation"



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Salmond: Scotland teaching the world a lesson

THE Scottish Government's independence referendum is teaching the world a lesson in democracy, Alex Salmond has told an audience in New York.



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Daily Record

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Labour repositions on welfare as Harriet Harman admits workers' resentment of...
THE deputy Labour leader said that it was not surprising that people were concerned about the benefits system, and said her party was working on a payment system that would recognise people's past contributions.

Almost 10,000 people donate more than £1million to the campaign to keep Scotl...
THE Better Together organisation say ten thousand donations is a good start as they work with the people behind Barack Obama's grassroots fundraising drive.

Barack Obama embroiled in sexism row after calling California?s top lawyer 't...
THE American president found himself in hot water and was forced to apologise after complimenting Kamala Harris during a speech at a fundraiser in Silicon Valley.

William Hague warns Iran it will be isolated from the world after nuclear tal...
A TOTAL of six world powers failed to secure a promise that Iran would cut back on its highest grade uranium enrichment production in return for a relaxation of sanctions.

Clegg can't mask colours
THE Deputy Prime Minister kitted himself out in more than £1000 worth of kit for his family ski holiday at an exclusive Swiss resort, as hard-up Brits faced the UK Government's savage benefit cuts.

Nick Clegg holidays at millionaires' Swiss ski resort in £1300 gear as the UK...
THE Deputy Prime Minister jetted out to his family's £7million Swiss ski chalet as hard-up Brits faced the coalition's brutal austerity cuts.

Prime Minister backs George Osborne's comments in Philpott welfare row
DAVID Cameron echoed comments by George Osborne, saying society had to consider what "signals" benefits sent.

First Minister hails creation of 100 new jobs by American analytics company SAS
ALEX SALMOND describes the move as a 'feather in Scotland's cap' which will make the country a centre of excellence for big data analytics

Despicable George Osborne, who cut the benefits of the disabled, is caught pa...
THE arrogant Chancellor has sparked outrage from disabled campaigners after he grabbed a disabled parking space at an M4 service station in South Wales.

HBOS fatcats, who brought down the bank and cost taxpayers £20bn, are savaged...
THE men who brought HBOS to its knees - Lord Stevenson, Sir James Crosby and Andy Hornby - are criticised by a new damning dossier which claims, even now, the fatcats are oblivious to their part in the banking crisis.

Alex Salmond says United States is key economic priority for Scotland
THE First Minister made the remarks while in New York, where he is attending a trade mission to help encourage investment in Scotland. 

David Cameron: I am committed to keeping 12,000 defence jobs in Scotland if S...
DAVID Cameron was blasted for the "obscene waste" of the Trident programme as he visited the submarine HMS Victorious as it returned to its Clyde base from its 100th patrol.

Prime Minister David Cameron warns of nuclear threat from North Korea and Ira...
THE Prime Minister issued the warning as North Korea announced they are cleared to attack America with nuclear weapons.

Total cost of staging independence referendum to be a third more than origina...
THE total cost will be £13.3 million, with £8.6 million for the running costs of counting officers and £4.7 million for regulation and public awareness.

Outrage from unions and opposition as Con-Dems consider a freeze or cut in th...
THE TORIES have been accused of 'kicking the weakest when they are already down'.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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The readers' editor on? coverage of the Scottish independence debate

The referendum on Scottish independence is a real challenge and an opportunity for the Guardian, but there is some deep-seated resentment to navigate

Criticism of the Guardian's coverage of parts of...



Cameron commits to keeping Scottish defence jobs in pro-UK appeal

Sector employs 12,600 people in Scotland and has annual sales of £1.8bn, PM says in plea to voters to reject Scottish independence

David Cameron says he is still committed to keeping defence jobs in...



Scotland's new unified police force replaces eight regional constabularies

Police Scotland's new chief constable, Stephen House, believes force will be model for 'inevitable' union in England and Wales

For nearly 40 years, the farming and fishing counties of Dumfries and G...



The Scottish referendum is about popular sovereignty, not identity | Elliot B...

In his call for a constitutional convention, Vernon Bogdanor does not grasp what is at stake in Scotland's independence debate

In his article on the implications of Scottish devolution, Vernon Bogda...



Scotland and the UK: state of the union | Editorial

The rest of Britain must not ignore devolution until the Scots make up their minds ? the consequences affect us all

The Scottish independence referendum in September 2014 doubtless still feels a rem...



Devolution needs a UK-wide strategy to avoid English resentment, say MPs

Piecemeal devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland risks leaving union fragmented, MPs' committee warns

A cross-party committee of MPs has warned ministers that resentment amongst English ...



Scottish Tories reverse anti-devolution stance with call for greater powers

Scottish Conservative leader, who opposed more devolution in 2011, sets out proposals as alternative to independence

David Cameron has cleared the way for the Scottish Tories to propose even greater...



The one-state solution to England's role in a devolved UK | Vernon Bogdanor

The constitutional issues facing the United Kingdom can only be resolved with a genuine attempt to codify Britishness

Next year, on 18 September, the Scots will decide whether they want to remain Br...



Scotland: Labour really needs to get its act together | Kevin McKenna

Johann Lamont says her party's on pause till next year. Not a great idea, but sadly typical

The day that has been chosen for immortality is 18 September 2014. The least it could do, by way of gratit...



Scottish independence poll finds deep divisions over whether to retain sterling

Poll finds most Scots want to use pound and remain in UK, while Alex Salmond's own SNP split over his policy of keeping sterling

Alex Salmond's policy of keeping sterling as the currency for an inde...



Scottish independence referendum date announced by Salmond - video

Scotland's independence referendum will be held on 18 September 2014, first minister Alex Salmond says




In praise of ? dates in the diary | Editorial

The confirmation of a date for Scotland's independence vote increases confidence that it will happen and broadens debate

Gridlocked as American democracy is, the certainty that a new Congress will b...



Alex Salmond announces Scottish independence referendum date

First minister says 18 September 2014 will be seen as 'the day Scotland took a decisive step forward'

Alex Salmond has announced that Scotland's independence referendum will be held on 18 September ...



Alex Salmond aims to convert Scottish sporting pride into referendum victory

The clock is ticking for the pro-independence movement, who will hope for a boost from Glasgow's Commonwealth Games

We have known since Alex Salmond's landslide Scottish election victory in May 2011...



Why Scottish independence matters beyond its borders | Margaret Curran

The decision about Scotland's future will, rightly, begin and end in Scotland, but the impact is one that will be felt across the UK

Like the curtain being drawn back on the Vatican balcony last wee...



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Bella?s Easter Break
The growing alternative media of citizen journalism is blossoming and is growing to shape the debate around self-determination: what it means and what it can become. But it needs a [...]

Fuzzy Friday ? Our Top 5 for Easter
Five things to do this weekend … our Friday culture guide. It’s been baltic. Time to warm toes on the fire of new music. 1. First up, the Burd recommends [...]

Out of Sight Out of Mind
This is the story of every known drone strike and victim in Pakistan … Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Drones, Pakistan

Not a New Media but
By Mike Small What are we to make of the collapsing media structures and models? I am arguing for some new systems and maybe it’s time to set out how [...]

Paris Match
By Callum McCormick It?s been another sobering four days for Scottish football fans ? the kind of sobering experience, ironically enough, likely to drive vast swathes of the nation to [...]

The Revenge of History
By Jamie Maxwell Paraphrasing Diderot, the late polemicist Christopher Hitchens once warned that he would ?go on keeping score? about the refusal of some countries to participate in the invasion [...]

The Forsyth Saga
Lord Michael Forsyth in the Scottish Daily Mail on @RuthDavidsonMSP speech today: “Alex Salmond must feel that Christmas has come early.” By Peter Curran (who blogs at Moridura) Ruth Davidson [...]

Bad News
By Mike Small Job losses at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday has been described by the Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop as ?deeply disappointing? papering over Stewart Stevenson’s hastily...

Learned Helplessness
By Kate Higgins Today, I am taking part in a panel discussion at the 4th Scottish Poverty Assembly about ?social justice and the referendum? #povertyassembly.  Every time I say yes [...]

For A? That 19 ? Wholly Rude In Holyrood
For the 19th episode of the For A? That podcast Andrew and I were joined by Stewart Lochhead of the 3 Men In A Blog This week there was a lot going on down Holyrood [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Kevin McKidd backs yes vote - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Kevin McKidd backs yes vote
BBC News
Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd has said he would vote for Scottish independence if he was allowed to have a say in next year's refere...


Scottish independence: SNP open to US military bases - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP open to US military bases
Scotland on Sunday
And at an event last night, he said: ?We took the decision [on Nato membership] because we knew it was a sign...


Opponents of Scottish independence raise £1.1m - The Independent

The Independent

Opponents of Scottish independence raise £1.1m
The Independent
A referendum on Scottish independence is due to be held in September 2014. Mr Taylor, the chief executive of Vitol Oil wh...


Scottish independence: Liz Cameron answers your questions - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Liz Cameron answers your questions
BBC News
And she also tells BBC Scotland's Andrew Kerr that Scottish firms will be able to adapt to whatever circumstances next year'...


Scottish independence: Sun newspaper says 'far too early' to choose yes or no...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sun newspaper says 'far too early' to choose yes or no
BBC News
The Scottish Sun has said it is far too early to decide which side to support in next year's independenc...


A Vote on Scottish Independence - New York Times

Scotsman

A Vote on Scottish Independence
New York Times
Scottish voters will decide on Sept. 18, 2014, whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent nation. After ...


Independence 'could risk 4000 Scots shipyard jobs' - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Independence 'could risk 4000 Scots shipyard jobs'
Scotland on Sunday
Assuming the Westminster government continued to implement the exemption after independence, Scottish shipyards...


Independence would hit Scotland's defence sector, says Cameron - The Times (s...

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Independence would hit Scotland's defence sector, says Cameron
The Times (subscription)
David Cameron wades into Scotland's independence debate today with a warning that Alex ...


On this day: Scottish independence| Modern Olympic Games - Scotsman

Scotsman

On this day: Scottish independence| Modern Olympic Games
Scotsman
1320: Declaration of Independence sent to Pope John XXII from the Scottish Parliament at Arbroath Abbey. 1789: George Washing...


Scottish independence: more information or more questions? - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: more information or more questions?
BBC News
What does that tell Scottish voters about the chances of more devolved powers post-referendum? And third, The Scotsman's ow...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Salmond open to non-nuclear Nato bases in Scotland - Gulf Times

Gulf Times

Salmond open to non-nuclear Nato bases in Scotland
Gulf Times
As leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which controls the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh, the Scottish first ministe...


Defence report discredits itself - SNP (press release)

Defence report discredits itself
SNP (press release)
Ahead of the publication of a report by the Scottish Affairs Committee - which deliberately excludes evidence which show Scotland's defence indust...


Scottish independence: SNP open to US military bases - Scotland on Sunday

Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: SNP open to US military bases
Scotland on Sunday
?The SNP defence policy is a muddle and a mess. On all the big defence issues, including the size of forces a...


Labour's devolution commission just a talking shop - SNP (press release)

Labour's devolution commission just a talking shop
SNP (press release)
The SNP has said Labour's devolution commission is nothing but a 'talking shop' and that the people of Scotland have heard their...


Geriatric consultants up by 25% - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Geriatric consultants up by 25%
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
SNP MSP James Dornan received the figures in a parliamentary answer from Health Secretary Alex Neil. M...


Number of geriatricians increases by a quarter - SNP (press release)

Number of geriatricians increases by a quarter
SNP (press release)
New figures show the number of geriatricians employed by NHS Scotland has increased by almost 25 per cent since 2006. Under the SNP ...


Revealed: Better Together's £2m war chest ... and who donated to it - Herald ...

Herald Scotland

Revealed: Better Together's £2m war chest ... and who donated to it
Herald Scotland
The preponderance of business people is a blow to Alex Salmond, who has made a stronger economy a co...


Drumlanrig: Lib Dems urged come north to help SNP? - Scotsman

Scotsman

Drumlanrig: Lib Dems urged come north to help SNP?
Scotsman
Lord Thurso MP's Westminster office had identified one Hanna Miedema as their candidate, ?a young and intelligent female who will w...


Euan McColm: Beware Nationalists bearing gifts - Scotsman

Scotsman

Euan McColm: Beware Nationalists bearing gifts
Scotsman
Nobody at the top of the SNP thinks that the voters who have kept them in power at Holyrood with such enthusiasm since 2007 have reject...


Weekend Warmup with Jonathan McDonald - The Province

The Province

Weekend Warmup with Jonathan McDonald
The Province
Friday, 4 p.m., SNP, TEAM 1410; Saturday, 10 a.m., SNP; Sunday, 10 a.m., SNP, TEAM 1410. 3. NCAA Basketball Tournament: Every year, this...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Referendum cost now 'a third more' - Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Referendum cost now 'a third more'
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Last year's Your Scotland, Your Referendum consultation stated: "The total cost is likely to be aro...


Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum - Scotland on Sunday ... ...

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum - Scotland on Sunday ...
Scotsman
Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum. Andy Murray. Picture: Getty. By STEPHEN McGINTY. Pub...


The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner
Herald Scotland
He is currently working on a one-off political comedy for BBC Scotland, called Rory Goes to Holyrood. Which way will you be voting in...


SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with...

The Independent

SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with ...
The Independent
News International's top selling title in Scotland, The Scottish Sun ? whose support i...


Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond - B...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond
BBC News
First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to make public the date of Scotland's referendum on independence. Th...


Alex Salmond Announces Scottish Independence Referendum Date As 18th ... - Hu...

The Independent

Alex Salmond Announces Scottish Independence Referendum Date As 18th ...
Huffington Post UK
Scotland's first minister, Alex Salmond, has announced that the country's independence refer...


Better Together reveals donor list - BBC News

BBC News

Better Together reveals donor list
BBC News
A spokesman for Yes Scotland said it would be sticking to its principle of only accepting donations of more than £500 from people registered to vot...


No corporation tax decision until after Scottish referendum - BBC News

BBC News

No corporation tax decision until after Scottish referendum
BBC News
Prime Minister David Cameron has said there will be no decision on devolving corporation tax until after the Scottish inde...


The Referendum Q & A: David Wilkie - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: David Wilkie
Herald Scotland
This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they would choose to vo...


Youths welcome Scottish independence referendum vote - BBC News

BBC News

Youths welcome Scottish independence referendum vote
BBC News
A bill that will pave the way for 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Scotland's independence referendum is to go before the Scottish ...


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I Bought A New Hat Tonight
For my golf.

It's black.

Says titliest.

My head is very excited.

Have you bought anything exciting this weekend?

Prison Break T V Series

Watching Series 2 at the moment.

 

Series one was quite gripping.

 

Series 2 is becoming quite surreal, but strangely watchable.

 

How many series did they make?



Saltire Kilts

looking for a cheapish lightweight kilt for the footballs.

 

love the kilts with the big Saltire over the front or the back.

 

canna find one thats in mens sizes either, they all seem to be in kids...



Whale Wars
Back on discovery now. Great programme. 'mon the whales.

Interesting to hear the jap whaling fleet has greater security this season from £19 million diverted by the gov from the tsunami relief fund...

No Campaign Donors

Interesting that half the money to the start up campaign for the No team has been donated by one individual.  The fact that he is a Tory donor as well says it all. 

 

So companies now on the list a...



Paris Brown
The voice of youth? I'd be utterly ashamed if my 16 year old came out with comments like this, never mind a kid in Paris' position. How was this not picked up?


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Mod Advice Please

I emailed an ‘Admin’ person about ten days ago asking a question about promoting a book, but haven’t had a reply.

 

I’ve been writing children’s stories for a while, and the first will be published...



Royal Wedding Summer 2014?

Having a drink with my mum last night, she espoused an interesting idea....

 

The Royal family will use Harry as a political pawn and railroad him into a marriage in the summer of next year. Result...



Help Required With Buildiing Acoustic Test...

Guys and girls, I am very nearly finished converting a family buisness premises into a flat, been a year of toil with architects, builders, the 

banks etc and now only require an acoustic test as t...



Scotland On Sunday - Gloves Off Time?

Can Alan, or any other Unionist on here defend this utter filth?

 



Political Betting - Scotland section

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The web's premier resource for political betting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of the UK's top 100 political blogs.

Are you called David?
I've just stumbled across a Twitter campaign that unaccountably has just nine followers at present. Called 'Davids for Indy', it seeks to identify every David in Scotland who will be voting Yes in...

More befuddlement on Scotland from the London media - it's the Independent's ...
In 2011, the Scottish Sun came out in support of the SNP, but made clear that they remained firmly opposed to independence. They were probably hoping (and expecting) that the SNP would win, but no...

Tavish didn't "save our p'lice" - but did he save Rennie's skin?
This seems almost uncannily topical on the day that the merger of Scotland's police forces finally takes effect, but a YouGov survey of leading political strategists and advertising executives has ...

YouGov poll : Scots reject No campaign's wish for key powers to remain at Wes...
YouGov have released the details of an SNP-commissioned poll that primarily inquired into where people think that key decision-making powers should lie.

Which government do you think should be res...

Panelbase shows yet another swing in favour of independence - plus a huge SNP...
I seem to be saying this quite a lot recently, but the latest poll on independence voting intentions shows a swing to the Yes campaign. Better still, it also marks the No side's lowest lead in any...

Spot the howlers (it's not hard)
I took issue with a Guardian piece a few hours ago, but that one looks positively well-informed compared to this frankly laughable effort by Alex Stevenson in politics.co.uk. I appreciate that the...

More terminological inexactitude from the Guardian
This is an excellent example of how the London media persistently misrepresent the state of play shown by polls on independence, while maintaining a veneer of plausibility -

"But opposition leader...

It's a date
So there it is. We'll either remember Thursday, 18th September 2014 as one of the best days of our lives, or...we'll spend a wee while trying to forget it ever happened. Let's make sure it's the ...

Even the Daily Mail has noticed that Scotland is fundamentally different
Apologies if this has already been widely mentioned elsewhere, but courtesy of the PB poster Tim I've just spotted the hilarious contrast between the front pages of today's Scottish and English edi...

Further evidence that Scotland is more pro-European than the rest of the UK
The supplementary questions in today's YouGov poll add to the substantial body of evidence that Scotland is more enthusiastic about membership of the European Union than the rest of the UK...

Do y...

From ultra-unionist to separatist - the Tavish Scott story
Willie Rennie has established himself as such a political colossus of late that, by all accounts, primary school children routinely ask their teachers if non-Willies are even allowed to become lead...

Canavan would be your choice for Falkirk
Thanks for all your votes in yesterday's poll - by an overwhelming margin you feel that Dennis Canavan, rather than an SNP candidate, should fly the flag for independence in any Falkirk by-election...

Poll : Who should carry the independence banner in a Falkirk by-election?
Without wanting to get into any legally sensitive matters, it seems there is a renewed chance (albeit probably still an outside one) that there will be another Falkirk by-election over the coming m...

Yet another poll shows a swing in favour of independence
Cornish sex memoirist, "Thatcherite outlaw" and all-round Brit Nat extraordinaire Sean Thomas (aka "international thriller writer Tom Knox") gleefully brandished the latest TNS-BMRB poll on indepen...

The Falklands referendum was a massive missed opportunity, but the result mus...
It's something of a red-letter day when I find myself agreeing with any part of a ranting by Mr Nile Gardiner, director of the 'Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom' (yuck), so I thought I ought to...

 

     

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