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

PM insists 18 is "right age" to vote in general elections.
7 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has made clear he is "very happy" for MPs to vote on whether to extend the franchise at general elections to 16 and 17-year-olds following the Scottish independence referendum.

Cameron is accused of hailing the sharing of UK resources before referendum c...
7 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
DOWNING Street has denied that David Cameron sneered at the principle of sharing resources across the UK after appearing to criticise what he said was "Labour's plan to tax Londoners and spend all the money in Scotland".

Cat-calls, heckling, insults, barracking - the normal, democratic service has...
7 Jan 2015 at 6:10pm
IT was like we'd never been away.

PM: I'm very happy for MPs to decide voting age following indyref
7 Jan 2015 at 7:57am
The Prime Minister has said he is "very happy" for MPs in Westminster to hold a vote on the current voting age following the independence referendum in Scotland.

Clegg urges Cameron to come round on giving votes to 16 and 17-year-olds at g...
6 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
NICK Clegg has urged David Cameron and his fellow Conservatives to "look carefully" at extending the voting franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds for general elections in light of the experience of engaging young people in the Scottish independence referendum.

Immigration and the economy to top today's Merkel-Cameron Downing Street talks.
6 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
RISING concerns about immigration across Europe will be one of the topics Angela Merkel will discuss with David Cameron when she visits Britain today (wed).

Claim and counterclaim, attack and rebuttal; the unpredictable 2015 General E...
6 Jan 2015 at 4:46am
THE tinsel is still up and there are mince pies left in the fridge but despite the festive period lingering in the nation's mind the 2015 General Election has begun in earnest; the gloves are well and truly off.

Tories and Labour trade blows on economy as General Election campaign begins ...
6 Jan 2015 at 4:46am
ED Miliband has branded as "completely false" Tory claims that a Labour government in only its first year in power would create a £21bn black hole in Britain's finances, leading to higher borrowing and more tax rises.

DAVID MILIBAND UNDECIDED ON RETURN
6 Jan 2015 at 4:46am
David Miliband has not ruled out a return to British politics, he indicated in an interview for fashion magazine Vogue.

English Votes for English Laws has not boosted Scottish nationalism, says Hague.
6 Jan 2015 at 4:46am
WILLIAM Hague has defended the Conservatives' plan for English Votes for English Laws as fair and democratic but denied it was boosting the cause of Scottish nationalism.

The unreasonableness of trying to be reasonable to your opponents.
6 Jan 2015 at 4:45am
THE madness has begun.

Election a "fight about who our country works for," says Miliband, as Labour ...
4 Jan 2015 at 6:10pm

Orchestrated attack designed to cut capacity
3 Jan 2015 at 9:02pm
There is a saying that "what goes around comes around".

Danny Alexander, Treasury axeman, on tears, taxes and Tories
2 Jan 2015 at 6:10pm
DANIEL Grian Alexander does not make a habit of crying.

Ex-judge warns of 'real problems' with child abuse inquiry
31 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
DOUBT has been cast on whether or not the troubled inquiry into historical child abuse will ever make progress by Baroness Butler-Sloss, its former chairwoman, who has warned about the victims running the investigation.


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Scotsman

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Scotland stands ?united with France?
8 Jan 2015 at 2:28pm

SCOTLAND stands “shoulder to shoulder” with France in the wake of the deadly attack on a satirical magazine which killed 12 people, the First Minister said.



Calls for banning of ?abhorrent? pet shock collars
8 Jan 2015 at 8:57am

MINISTERS faced calls at Holyrood to ban the use of electric shock dog and cat collars, with MSPs describing the controversial use of the devices as an “abhorrent” and a deliberate infliction of pain on animals.



Free Church of Scotland blasts organ donor plans
8 Jan 2015 at 8:04am

THE Free Church of Scotland has voiced its opposition to a blanket opt-out system for organ donation.



FMQs: Labour attack Nicola Sturgeon over NHS
8 Jan 2015 at 7:57am

NICOLA Sturgeon was urged to sort out Scotland’s NHS when she was tackled on the SNP Government’s health record at First Minister’s Questions today.



Scots Greens blast TV debate snub as Ukip included
8 Jan 2015 at 7:13am

THE Scottish Green Party has hit out at plans to exclude it from televised party political broadcasts in the general election campaign later this year.



Concern over assisted suicide ?time limit?
8 Jan 2015 at 5:55am

MSPs have raised concerns over the prospect of a two-week “time limit” being placed on Scots who use proposed new laws on assisted suicide to end their lives.



PM: Northern powerhouse can emulate big US cities
8 Jan 2015 at 2:54am

DAVID Cameron will pledge to create the “critical mass” needed in English cities outside London to make them the UK equivalent of Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta as he takes the election battle to the north west.



Swinney seeks growth and fairer society in tandem
8 Jan 2015 at 2:42am

BOOSTING Scotland’s economy can go hand in hand with efforts to create a fairer society, the Deputy First Minister has insisted.



Alex Salmond ?campaigning to secure vow promises?
8 Jan 2015 at 2:32am

FORMER Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has said he is not campaigning for another referendum but is fighting the Westminster election to win home rule.



English NHS better than Scottish NHS, says Cameron
7 Jan 2015 at 6:00pm

DAVID Cameron has claimed that the NHS in England, for which his government is responsible, is better than the NHS in Scotland amid the worst accident and emergency crisis south of the Border in a decade.



Bill Jamieson: Two sides to tumbling oil prices
7 Jan 2015 at 4:10pm

The prospect of deflation is not entirely doom-laden, and is a much-needed wake-up call, writes Bill Jamieson



Tom Peterkin: Murphy?s calculations may or may not, add up
7 Jan 2015 at 4:10pm

Jim Murphy has made a pretty good fist of hogging the political agenda since he was elected as Scottish Labour leader.



The Scotsman cartoon: Charlie Hebdo shooting
7 Jan 2015 at 2:00pm

TWELVE people were killed in a terror attack on the offices of a French satirical publication today.



Talks held to accelerate Smith Commission proposal
7 Jan 2015 at 1:04pm

HIGH level discussions have taken place between the Scotland Office and Labour to accelerate parts of the Smith Commission proposals on further devolution to Holyrood.



David Cameron open on under-18s being able to vote
7 Jan 2015 at 12:38pm

THE Prime Minister has said he would welcome a chance for MPs to decide on giving 16 and 17-year-olds the vote in Westminster elections following plans to allow it for the Scottish Parliament.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

They just can?t help it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2015 at 2:58pm
“Wait, this story’s entirely true. Do something, Torcuil.” “Sorted, boss.”

The goldfish principle
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2015 at 5:03am
It is, we’ve remarked before, often difficult to satirise Scottish Labour, because it’s hard to think of anything more fatuous, transparently hypocritical or just plain idiotic than the things they actually say for real. The party’s recent demand that the Scottish Government should set up a “resilience fund” to cushion the blow of falls in […]

Nous sommes avec vous, nos amis
by Chris Cairns
7 Jan 2015 at 10:11am

Drawing a blank
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2015 at 8:53am
We’ve got nothing today, readers. We don’t want to turn into Wings Over Jim Murphy, but otherwise the Scottish political scene is a bit tumbleweedy. Tell us something interesting that we should be covering. Or just a fun fact, or a joke, or anything. In the light of the absolute horror at Charlie Hebdo today, […]

Back-to-work blues
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Jan 2015 at 6:04am
It’s always tricky coming back to the office after the holidays. You get a bit ring-rusty and it can take a few days before you’re firing on all cylinders again. So we’re going to be charitable and assume that lack of match fitness was the cause of Scottish Labour’s astonishing multi-track trainwreck yesterday. An extraordinary mess […]

A minor detail
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2015 at 2:00pm
From today’s Telegraph: Actual number of children belonging to Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell: 0. You literally can’t make this stuff up.

One thousand louder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2015 at 11:36am
We had to extend our festive semi-break for a day to deal with some administrative matters, readers, but it’s just as well, because the thing that happened today would have defied our best attempts at either analysis or satire. That’s a real thing we didn’t make up. Saints preserve us.

Time for a rest
by Chris Cairns
4 Jan 2015 at 8:00am

Then and now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Jan 2015 at 6:01am
Labour 2014: Labour 2015: The cry, of course, is that privatisation of the English NHS wouldn’t affect Scotland, because health is devolved. (And that somehow there’d be no danger of massive cuts to the Scottish budget under Barnett were it to be privatised.) But Labour’s shadow Health Secretary doesn’t seem too sure he wants that state of affairs to […]

The union of the snakes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Jan 2015 at 6:51am
There’s a new hot topic among the Westminster commentariat. Because desperate times call for desperate measures. The odd thing about the growing discussion of a Labour-Tory coalition is that it goes right across the media’s political spectrum. Not only is the Guardian suggesting it may be “the only way forward” from this year’s general election, […]


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BBC Scotland

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


UK ministers urged to act on oil
8 Jan 2015 at 10:08am
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells the UK government to "get its act together" on backing the oil and gas industry, amid falling prices.


UK vote 'not about referendum'
8 Jan 2015 at 8:56am
Former first minister Alex Salmond rules out using the Westminster election to win a second independence referendum.


MSPs to consider organ donor change
8 Jan 2015 at 4:29am
Legislation to bring in an opt-out system for organ donation in Scotland is set to be introduced to parliament.


Thousands in hospital treatment wait
8 Jan 2015 at 5:39am
Scotland's largest health board admits that 2,400 people waited more than four hours for treatment over the Christmas period.


City council seeks £30m savings
8 Jan 2015 at 7:03am
Dundee City Council will need to find £30m of savings over the 2015-18 period in order to maintain the freeze on council tax.


Call for electric shock collars ban
8 Jan 2015 at 5:36am
The Scottish government is being urged to ban electric shock collars for dogs and cats, with a member's debate being held at Holyrood.


NI corporation tax bill published
8 Jan 2015 at 11:20am
The legislation that should allow corporation tax powers to be devolved to Stormont is made public.


Council considers cold school meals
8 Jan 2015 at 12:13pm
West Dunbartonshire Council is to consider a proposal to scrap hot school dinners on Fridays to help save money.


Obesity 'costs Scotland billions'
7 Jan 2015 at 7:26am
Obesity could be costing Scotland up to £4.6bn a year, according to a Scottish Parliament report.


Tory: Salmond as deputy PM 'scary'
7 Jan 2015 at 8:24am
The Scottish Conservative leader says the idea of Alex Salmond as the UK's next deputy prime minister "scares the bejesus out of me".


SNP 'could force Trident re-think'
7 Jan 2015 at 5:36am
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says her party could force a UK Labour government "rethink" on new nuclear weapons.


NHS to fund specialist MND nurses
7 Jan 2015 at 7:27am
The NHS is to begin funding the specialist nurses who care for motor neurone disease patients in Scotland.


Private renters in homeless rise
7 Jan 2015 at 7:40am
Almost a fifth of homeless applications now come from private renters say Shelter Scotland.


SNP suspends report-burning members
7 Jan 2015 at 12:23am
Four SNP councillors filmed setting fire to a copy of the Smith Commission report are suspended from their party for two months.


'Pressure' hospital remains very busy
7 Jan 2015 at 5:34am
More procedures are postponed as Aberdeen Royal Infirmary experienced another "very busy" day.


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COUNTDOWN TO NEWSNET.SCOT RE-LAUNCH
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 3:19pm

By the Editors

Newsnet Scotland is to be re-launched on a new web platform within the next 24 hours.

One of Scotland's foremost alternative news sites, Newsnet Scotland repeatedly broke new and vital stories during the independence referendum campaign.

Now the site is merging with the current affairs' podcast site Batemanbroadcasting.com to create a new home for new journalism in Scotland.

We intend to broaden Newsnet to cover Scottish news and current affairs, as well as Scottish politics.

We believe our readers and listeners want to access independent, high quality journalism and comment.

Newsnet will continue to lead on Scottish politics - especially with the UK general election next May and the Scottish Parliamentary election in 2016 looming.

But we shall also reflect on issues that matter in Scotland. We plan to include "Citizen" journalism, features and other elements which will be rolled out as quickly as possible.

We shall also provide space for readers to post comments and exchange views.

All of this takes time, and money. We shall be seeking subscriptions as well as other financial support in order to maintain the site and to pay for the everyday running costs of Newsnet Scotland.

Much more will be announced during the weeks ahead. Earlier today, co-editor Derek Bateman explained a little more here.

Meanwhile please take some practical steps to ensure you continue to enjoy Newsnet Scotland:

Regular visitors should set their browsers to the Web address www.newsnet.scot in order to access the new site directly.

Other addresses such as newsnetscotland.scot and newsnetscotland.com will re-direct to the new "umbrella address". All changes will take place during Monday, December 29.

www.newsnet.scot



Open letter to thon quine in Lundun
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 2:25pm

Commentary: Blogger Russell Bruce responds to Her Majesty's Christmas broadcast...

 

 

Dear Quine,

 

Speeches are funny things and it is easy to get things wrong - just as I am not sure how to address you. I will be honest. I am a bit of a soft republican. So for me you are not the most important issue.

 

I hope that provides some little assurance, rather than offence of which none intended. Monarchy just seems out of place in the modern world, but then Scotland has been a monarchy in full and in part for 1,000 years. That sort of track record is good for tourism so probably explains a wee bit of my ambivalence on the subject.



Dumped SNP hopeful complains about procedure
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Dec 2014 at 6:50am

By Derek Bateman

The former diplomat Craig Murray has claimed the SNP is authoritarian after being rejected as a prospective candidate.

The Yes blogger, who was interviewed on Bateman Broadcasting two weeks ago, was rejected from the approved list of candidates after taking part in hustings for the Falkirk seat where he was seen as a frontrunner. He has been approached by other constituencies to stand for the SNP.



The gleeful messengers of Scottish oil doom
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:13pm

Analysis by Mike Danson

Oil is important to the global, UK and Scottish economies, driving the system, traded across the world and also a prime cause of climate change.

It should be no surprise therefore that prices and production are influenced by more than simple forces of supply and demand.

Not for the first time since 1970, the current manipulation of the world market is clearly evident with significant exploitation of shale deposits, the political consequences of the troubles in Ukraine and several other factors being identified as the causes of the recent falls in oil prices.



How The BBC Stole The Referendum - Chapter 2
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:57pm

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 second chapter [Click here to read chapter 1]. 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.



Murphy 'consensus' doctrine falls at first hurdle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Dec 2014 at 9:59am

By Thomas Connolly

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's conversion to consensus politics appears to be stuck in first gear after just a week in charge.

The performance of his deputy, Kezia Dugdale MSP, in trying to pin responsiblity for the woes of the oil sector on the SNP at First Minister's Questions last week, suggested that Labour cannot shake itself out of the position of "opposition for opposition's sake" at Holyrood.



Row deepens over Treasury civil servants' indyref role
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Dec 2014 at 2:08pm

By Thomas Connolly

The row over the highly-charged role of the Treasury's specially created referendum unit - first revealed by Newsnet Scotland - has deepened following the revelation that the chairman of a House of Commons Select Committee may probe comments attributed to a leading team member.

Mario Pisani was quoted by the leading trade journal Civil Service World as welcoming his team's involvement in a political campaign, namely the independence referendum.

The deputy director of the Treasury, and a former speech writer to ex-Chancellor and Better Together campaign figurehead Alistair Darling MP, Pisani made several controversial remarks at a ceremony where he and the rest of the department's  "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" received the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.



BBC Radio Scotland reshuffle 'response to indyref'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:56pm

By Thomas Connolly

BBC Radio Scotland has revealed a significant programming reshuffle, supposedly in response to the independence referendum, during which its news and current affairs department faced severe criticism.

Radio Scotland head Jeff Zycinski has unveiled a three-hour daily morning show, to be presented by broadcasting stalwart Kaye Adams four days a week with the fifth day to be chaired by ex rugby player John Beattie.

To be launched in March, The new Adams show will supposedly have a strong "news and current affairs" angle, including phone-ins, debates and interviews. It is not known which BBC department will produce the programme.



Fishing talks deliver key gains for Scottish fleet
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:33pm

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

Crunch European Union fishing talks ended in Brussels last night with a couple of key wins for the Scottish lobby which had pressed for measures to take some pressure off the industry.

Scottish Fishing Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP said the outcome would bring relief as the industry prepares to cope with the implications of ongoing measures to cut "discards", the controversial practice of returning the "wrong" catch dead into the sea.



Treasury officials praised for 'No' campaign work
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Dec 2014 at 6:54pm

Exclusive by Thomas Connolly

 

The civil service team behind the UK government's anti-Yes campaign in the Scottish referendum have been patted on the back for a splendid job by their peers.

 

The Treasury's "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" - little known during the referendum campaign - has been given the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.

 

According to a glowing review in the magazine, Civil Service World, the senior team "was tasked with producing analysis in the lead-up to the Scottish referendum of how both, Scotland and the rest of the UK, benefit from being part of one country".




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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.

The broadcasters' logic for excluding the SNP from the leaders' debates lies ...
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2015 at 7:29am
If Ofcom's provisional ruling that UKIP only has major party status in England and Wales is uphel...

SNP lead by 12.5% in first Poll of Polls of 2015
by James Kelly
8 Jan 2015 at 12:39am
As with every other Scottish subsample to have been published by YouGov since the referendum, tod...

SNP maintain 15% lead in second YouGov subsample of 2015
by James Kelly
7 Jan 2015 at 12:28am
Today's second GB-wide YouGov poll of the year shows the Tories drawing level once again, while U...

Early straw in the wind from YouGov suggests that the SNP have emerged from t...
by James Kelly
6 Jan 2015 at 12:38am

YouGov have released their first (Britain-wide) poll of 2015, breaking a two-week drought...

Brita...



If Scottish Labour did seduction...
by James Kelly
5 Jan 2015 at 12:13pm
"When you move in with me, I'll buy you one more box of chocolates per year than that bastard boy...

Gordon Bull
by James Kelly
4 Jan 2015 at 6:02pm
I haven't watched as much darts in years and years as I have over the last few days, but I chose ...

First Britain-wide poll of 2015 suggests that the SNP are probably still ahea...
by James Kelly
3 Jan 2015 at 7:33pm

This is always a scary time of year for followers of the polls.  There are rarely any polls publi...



Ringing in the new
by James Kelly
2 Jan 2015 at 4:08am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a New Year article in the International Business Ti...

Dan Hodges : The gift that keeps on giving
by James Kelly
1 Jan 2015 at 7:08am

A couple of quotes from Dan Hodges' keenly-awaited New Year address to the nation, which this yea...




Welcome to Enforced Vow Delivery Year
by James Kelly
31 Dec 2014 at 8:14pm
I'm on a disturbingly static bus which is supposed to be taking me home from the Edinburgh street...

Who would be the SNP's Cabinet ministers in a Westminster coalition government?
by James Kelly
30 Dec 2014 at 7:56pm
And so we arrive at the final day of this most extraordinary of years.  As it happens, it's Alex ...

The credibility of the Political Betting website hits a new low - because of ...
by James Kelly
30 Dec 2014 at 9:58am
When I started writing this blog way back in May 2008, it was literally attracting about three or...

Sorry, Kenny Farquharson, but your wish-fulfillment fantasy looks like a non-...
by James Kelly
29 Dec 2014 at 2:46am
Somewhere, deep down, we all have our own tailor-made wish-fulfillment fantasy.  Maybe it's that ...

Journalists must challenge Labour on their secret plan to go into coalition w...
by James Kelly
28 Dec 2014 at 12:32pm
Do Labour know the meaning of the expression "no shame"?  This from Scotland on Sunday's report o...

Craig Murray
by James Kelly
27 Dec 2014 at 11:42am
I've been following Craig Murray's quest to become an SNP candidate at the general election with ...


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Daily Record

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Nicola Sturgeon comes under pressure on plummeting oil prices as experts clai...
by David Clegg
8 Jan 2015 at 2:32pm
SCOTTISH Labour's economy spokeswoman Jackie Baillie called for Sturgeon and David Cameron to att...


First Minister under fire from Scottish Labour deputy leader over A&E units fa...
by Record Reporter
8 Jan 2015 at 7:49am
KEZIA Dugdale accuses Nicola Sturgeon of being 'posted missing' while beleaguered medics cried ou...


Former First Minister Alex Salmond blames Gordon Brown for Yes campaign's def...
by David Clegg
8 Jan 2015 at 5:56am
SALMOND admits he failed to predict 'crucial' impact of Brown on campaign - and says he can't und...


Con-Dem benefits axewoman Esther McVey turns down third invitation to explain...
by David Clegg
7 Jan 2015 at 4:01pm
THE Tory Employment Minister has repeatedly refused to give evidence to the Scottish welfare refo...


Video: SNP councillors suspended over Smith Commission report-burning stunt
by dailyrecord
7 Jan 2015 at 1:41am
EX-COUNCIL leader Brian Lawson and councillors Will Mylet and Mags MacLaren were filmed with copi...


Joan McAlpine: SNP were clear they would never govern with Tories, Labour sho...
by Joan McAlpine
6 Jan 2015 at 3:00pm
CHANCELLOR George Osborne and his Shadow Ed Balls are already at each other's throats, so imagine...


North Sea oil: 'Resilience fund' should be set up to protect crisis-hit offsh...
by David Clegg
6 Jan 2015 at 12:36pm
THE Scottish Labour leader believes that money should be set aside from the autumn budget to prot...


Scottish tourist boards told Chinese language sites would tap into £125 billi...
by dailyrecord
6 Jan 2015 at 11:16am
THE Labour party think that including Chinese language options will boost tourism, as only one pe...


Millionaire Boris Johnson launches furious attack on Jim Murphy's plan to fun...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Jan 2015 at 6:12am
THE TORY London Mayor slammed the Scottish Labour leader's plan to use mansion tax cash to boost ...


Torcuil Crichton: If Boris Johnson thinks nurse recruitment plan is a bad ide...
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Jan 2015 at 6:11am
BORIS can bluster all he wants - but Jim Murphy's mansion tax raid makes sense for NHS and countr...


General Election 2015: Main parties set out stalls for most unpredictable cam...
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Jan 2015 at 4:52pm
THE public's political awareness in the five years since the Con-Dem coalition took over from Bro...


Nick Clegg pledges to campaign against Alex Salmond to prevent 'ragtag mob of...
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Jan 2015 at 11:35am
THE former First Minister stands against Lib Dem candidate Christine Jardine in the constituency ...


Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy pledges to use UK-wide mansion tax to pay f...
by Andy Philip
5 Jan 2015 at 7:52am
THE general election promise is part of a clear strategy focussing on the SNP's handling of the N...


Labour election campaign: Ed Miliband launches 'once in a generation' fight f...
by Sam Lister
5 Jan 2015 at 6:56am
THE Labour leader said his party would offer 'hope not falsehoods' as he kick-started the four-mo...


Labour election campaign: Live updates as Ed Miliband launches battle for Dow...
by Jessica Best
5 Jan 2015 at 6:34am
The Labour leader will vow to fight the Tories and Lib Dems "house by house, street by street and...


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This is a frightening day to be running a satirical magazine.
by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Jan 2015 at 5:09pm
This is a frightening day to be running a satirical magazine.




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by BBC Scotlandshire
7 Jan 2015 at 3:06pm



BREAKING: Nursery school staff and registered childminders must report toddl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jan 2015 at 10:44am
BREAKING:

Nursery school staff and registered childminders must report toddlers at risk of becom...

JUST IN: Is this what psephologist Prof. Curtains means by an SNP shoe-in? On...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jan 2015 at 2:40pm
JUST IN:
Is this what psephologist Prof. Curtains means by an SNP shoe-in? On May the 8th, who's ...

BREAKING: Labour in Scotlandshire has just named a new sole distributor for t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jan 2015 at 10:51am
BREAKING:
Labour in Scotlandshire has just named a new sole distributor for their 2015 party memb...

Our new BBC poll by YouGuff shows 98% of Scots are less concerned about catch...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jan 2015 at 4:08pm
Our new BBC poll by YouGuff shows 98% of Scots are less concerned about catching Ebola than they ...

BREAKING: Two passengers sustained minor injuries this morning after a plane ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Jan 2015 at 9:35am
BREAKING:
Two passengers sustained minor injuries this morning after a plane came off the runway ...

Happy New Year to all our loyal viewers. 2015 will be the year we help oor ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Dec 2014 at 8:17pm
Happy New Year to all our loyal viewers.

2015 will be the year we help oor Jim crush the splitt...

IN PICTURES: His Imperial Master Spud Murphy enjoys Deputy Kezia Dawgdale's f...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Dec 2014 at 6:08am
IN PICTURES:
His Imperial Master Spud Murphy enjoys Deputy Kezia Dawgdale's first FMQs
#RemoteCo...

APOLOGIA: The BBC wishes to apologise unreservedly to Labour in Scotlandshire...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Dec 2014 at 11:46am
APOLOGIA:
The BBC wishes to apologise unreservedly to Labour in Scotlandshire's Deputy Dawgdale f...

That's the BBC Scotlandshire spirit Jim. BBC Scotlandshire will run relentl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Dec 2014 at 10:40pm
That's the BBC Scotlandshire spirit Jim.

BBC Scotlandshire will run relentless *cough* "stories...

Oor Jim won. Least said about us fixing it, best mended.
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Dec 2014 at 4:50am
Oor Jim won.

Least said about us fixing it, best mended.

Arch anarchist organisation to demonstrate against the spoof BBC across on th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Dec 2014 at 5:48am
Arch anarchist organisation to demonstrate against the spoof BBC across on the other side of the ...

As the national state broadcaster and propagandist of Scotlandshire we take g...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Dec 2014 at 2:28am
As the national state broadcaster and propagandist of Scotlandshire we take great pride in repres...

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 ...


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it's time to get above ourselves


A Passion for Winning
by bellacaledonia
8 Jan 2015 at 10:57am
Former Sport for Yes leader Michael Stewart is one of three candidates in the running to be named...


Going Beyond Yes and No, Going Beyond Right and Wrong
by bellacaledonia
7 Jan 2015 at 3:28pm
In the last of our #noway series Yvonne Spence offers a different take on the referendum. In the ...

Campaign For Scottish Home Rule statement ? Kate Higgins joins steering group
by bellacaledonia
7 Jan 2015 at 9:58am
Indy campaigner , blogger and co-founder of Women for Independence, Kate Higgins has joined the s...


If there is no struggle, there is no progress
by bellacaledonia
7 Jan 2015 at 7:32am
“We are up against an ideology that sees Scotland as an irritant and the state as their play thin...


Psychocandy
by bellacaledonia
7 Jan 2015 at 5:02am
By Mike Small Jim Murphy’s first week into the fray after the festivities hasn’t gone well. He’s ...


Facing up to Responsibilities: Rape, culture and status
by bellacaledonia
6 Jan 2015 at 2:32pm
On the Ched Evans case Angela Haggerty argues it?s no longer good enough for the football industr...


Can Scottish MPs Make a Difference In Westminster?
by bellacaledonia
6 Jan 2015 at 8:58am
David Younger looks at the mass of contradictions ahead of the SNP at the next general election a...


Debt Bomb Britain
by bellacaledonia
5 Jan 2015 at 11:13am
By John S Warren Be under no illusion, even the Conservative and Labour parties do not believe th...


Risk and the Union
by bellacaledonia
3 Jan 2015 at 3:40pm
By Mike Small As the institutional violence promised before the referendum now sets in, and as La...


Happy New Year to all Bella Readers & Writers
by bellacaledonia
31 Dec 2014 at 9:27am
There’s not much to add by way of a ‘review’ after Robin’s piece yesterday ‘So Far So Good’. This...


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Scottish Independence: 'No quick referendum' - Edinburgh Evening News
8 Jan 2015 at 3:30am

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Scottish Independence: 'No quick referendum'
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Cost of Scottish independence referendum to exceed £16m - Herald Scotland
31 Dec 2014 at 3:09pm

Cost of Scottish independence referendum to exceed £16m
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EXCLUSIVE: Top secret files reveal pleas for US to intervene in Scottish ... ...
4 Jan 2015 at 6:20am

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EXCLUSIVE: Top secret files reveal pleas for US to intervene in Scottish ...
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Secret US Intelligence Files Reveal ?Washington's Interest? in Scottish Refer...
7 Jan 2015 at 8:00am

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Secret US Intelligence Files Reveal ?Washington's Interest? i...


Alex Salmond Says 'Yes' Could Win Second Scottish Independence Referendum - H...
20 Dec 2014 at 12:26pm

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Alex Salmond Says 'Yes' Could Win Second Scottish Independence Ref...


Scottish Independence vote fraud scam: Probe reveals hundreds tried to cheat ...
29 Dec 2014 at 6:11am

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Scottish Independence vote fraud scam: Probe reveals hundreds tried to cheat...


Queen's Speech: Elizabeth II Speaks Of The Troubles, Scottish Independence .....
25 Dec 2014 at 9:28am

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New Scottish independence poll puts Yes at 52% - Scotsman
13 Dec 2014 at 7:24am

Scotsman

New Scottish independence poll puts Yes at 52%
Scotsman
Labour, who today announced Jim Mur...


Cheaper oil will make selling Scottish independence harder for SNP - Irish Times
11 Dec 2014 at 7:02pm

Cheaper oil will make selling Scottish independence harder for SNP
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North Sea oil has be...


Canadian Twitter user mistaken for Jim Murphy MP inundated with angry tweets ...
7 Jan 2015 at 10:01am

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Scott Macnab: Storms clouds gathering for Sturgeon - Scotsman
8 Jan 2015 at 4:06pm

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Time to burst Alex Salmond's bubble - Telegraph.co.uk
8 Jan 2015 at 3:29pm

Time to burst Alex Salmond's bubble
Telegraph.co.uk
After initially saying he'd take his time befor...


Sturgeon pressed on NHS 'mess' - The Courier
8 Jan 2015 at 12:53pm

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Sturgeon pressed on NHS 'mess'
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Council considers scrapping hot food for pupils - Herald Scotland
8 Jan 2015 at 12:44pm

Council considers scrapping hot food for pupils
Herald Scotland
The SNP said West Dunbartonshire's ...


David Cameron Demands Inclusion of Green Party in TV Debates - Newsweek
8 Jan 2015 at 12:12pm

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David Cameron Demands Inclusion of Green Party in TV Debates
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Cameron urged to boycott TV debates that exclude SNP - Herald Scotland
8 Jan 2015 at 12:09pm

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Cameron urged to boycott TV debates that exclude SNP
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SNP argues for corporation tax move - Herald Scotland
8 Jan 2015 at 12:09pm

SNP argues for corporation tax move
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The Scottish National Party (SNP) deputy leader...


Drink drive limit for lorry drivers could be lowered - UK Haulier News
8 Jan 2015 at 12:00pm

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Drink drive limit for lorry drivers could be lowered
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SNP MSP, Christ...


SNP on PM's TV debate comments - SNP (press release)
8 Jan 2015 at 11:35am

SNP on PM's TV debate comments
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"As th UK's third largest political party, David...


SNP: Union flag on UK driving licence is 'insensitive' - Belfast Telegraph
8 Jan 2015 at 11:31am

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Scottish separatists 'not pushing for second referendum' - Yahoo News
8 Jan 2015 at 8:58am

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Scottish separatists 'not pushing for second referendum'
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Secret US files reveal Washington's interest in Scottish referendum ? report ...
5 Jan 2015 at 6:18am

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Secret US files reveal Washington's interest in Scottish referendum ? report
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7 Jan 2015 at 8:00am

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Scottish referendum lessons for Quebec flagged for Harper - CBC.ca
7 Jan 2015 at 7:45pm

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Scottish referendum lessons for Quebec flagged for Harper
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Cost of Scottish independence referendum to exceed £16m - Herald Scotland
31 Dec 2014 at 3:09pm

Cost of Scottish independence referendum to exceed £16m
Herald Scotland
In 2013 in an impact assess...


LIVE UPDATES: Twelve dead in Paris in attack on satirical magazine Charlie .....
7 Jan 2015 at 9:23am

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LIVE UPDATES: Twelve dead in Paris in attack on satirical magazine Charlie ...
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Cameron is accused of hailing the sharing of UK resources before referendum ....
7 Jan 2015 at 7:09pm

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Cameron is accused of hailing the sharing of UK resources before referendum ...
He...


Queen urges reconciliation in post-referendum Scotland - Yahoo News UK
26 Dec 2014 at 4:03pm

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Queen urges reconciliation in post-referendum Scotland
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The People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again (Peter ......
31 Dec 2014 at 11:55am

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21 Dec 2014 at 5:42am

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Ashley -Usc In Administration
8 Jan 2015 at 11:41am
all zero hours contracters paid aff sunday last ,hundred full timers told today
they're paid af...

Income Protection Insurance
8 Jan 2015 at 4:06am

I took out a policy some time ago as I thought there was a realistic prospect of redundancy; disa...



Bbc Online Censorship
8 Jan 2015 at 2:49am

Have a look at the comments section in an innocuous story about battery chargers;

 

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Bus Regulation Bill - Greens Side With Red Tories
8 Jan 2015 at 1:50am
I was going to call the thread 'Reason why the SNP are Neoliberal douches #68426868486'... But I ...

Celebrity? Big Brother
7 Jan 2015 at 3:10pm

Think I have just lost the will to live. Katie Hopkins ....

 

Fortunately work nights so wont be ...



Sous Vide
7 Jan 2015 at 11:52am

So I'm on my 4 day New Year break that you all got last week, and I'm using my new thermometer an...



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7 Jan 2015 at 9:51am



Shootiing At French Magazine In Paris
7 Jan 2015 at 5:06am

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Pitlochry
6 Jan 2015 at 4:19pm
Spending a long weekend in April up in Pitlochry. Perth racing on the Friday, Paintball and Whisk...

Shared Ownership - What You Know?
6 Jan 2015 at 3:08pm

Am thinkin about a house at last, heck, time to move on I think.

 

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Nicola Sturgeon denies oil price plunge harms case for Scottish home rule
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
8 Jan 2015 at 10:07am
Fall to $50 a barrel leaves £18bn black hole in SNP tax and spend forecasts prompting critics to suggest Scotland is better off within UK

Scotland?s first minister has brushed aside warnings that th...



London Labour MPs criticise Scottish Labour leader?s mansion tax pledge
by Frances Perraudin
6 Jan 2015 at 10:53am
Jim Murphy accused of unscrupulous behaviour after saying mansion tax could pay for 1,000 extra nurses in Scotland

Labour contenders for London mayor have lined up with Boris Johnson to criticise a ...



Labour mugging Londoners to win votes in Scotland ? Boris Johnson
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
6 Jan 2015 at 4:51am
Mayor accuses party of divisive politics after Labour?s Jim Murphy vows mansion tax will pay for 1,000 Scottish nurses

Labour is stoking tensions between Scotland and England after it announced a ?f...



Scottish Labour vows to harness mansion tax to fund 1,000 extra nurses
by Press Association
5 Jan 2015 at 5:09pm
Leader Jim Murphy promises to put Scotland first by using money generated by taxing London millionaires

Labour would use money generated by taxing millionaires in London to pay for 1,000 extra nurse...



Politics needs William Blake?s vision ? and his blazing anger | Letters
by Guardian Staff
5 Jan 2015 at 3:07pm

Martin Kettle (English radicalism needs to recapture the spirit of Blake, 2 January) is so right that progressive politics is these days instrumentalist and lacking in vision ? if anyone was in any...



Labour woos 200,000 former voters in Scotland in bid to avert election rout
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Jan 2015 at 6:01pm
Scottish Labour will appeal to pro-independence voters who deserted the party before the referendum

Labour is to target nearly 200,000 of its former voters who supported independence in the referend...



Scottish government?s oil revenue forecast ?out by £15.5bn?
by Press Association
29 Dec 2014 at 12:44pm
Scottish secretary says Scotland would now be facing huge shortfall if it had voted for independence

The Scottish government?s oil revenue forecast for the first three years had Scots voted in favou...



Scottish politics: who are the leaders and how are they doing?
by Tom Clark and Severin Carrell
26 Dec 2014 at 1:25pm
As poll shows some party chiefs on the election campaign trail are far from well-known, Guardian writers compile a who?s who

Four parties returned MPs to Westminster from Scottish seats in 2010, but...



Scottish Labour?s Jim Murphy: we?re in for the fight of our lives
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
26 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm
Party?s new leader in Scotland must overcome largest-ever poll deficit after survey puts it 17 points behind biggest rival, the SNP

Christmas has been a brief moment of calm for Jim Murphy, Scottish...



Labour set for a bloodbath in Scotland in general election, poll says
by Tom Clark
26 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm

Traditional Labour heartlands turning to SNP, which could win 45 of 59 Scottish Westminster seats, Guardian/ICM survey finds

Labour is on course for a bloodbath in Scotland in 2015, according to a s...



After independence defeat, SNP looks set for general election victory in 2015
by Tom Clark
26 Dec 2014 at 12:01pm

ICM poll reveals old distinction between Scottish and UK elections is disappearing in wake of September referendum

Forty-five is a losing score in a referendum, but as a percentage in a general elec...



Heroes of 2014: Alistair Darling, the man who helped save the union | Rafael ...
by Rafael Behr
24 Dec 2014 at 7:00am
Despite personal abuse from nationalists and the difficulty of leading a cross-party campaign, Darling saw the no vote home

Before the Scottish independence referendum, the Labour party knew everyth...



5 things we've learnt from the Cochrane/Macwhirter/Torrance books about the S...
by Andrew Sparrow
23 Dec 2014 at 11:16am

5 things we?ve learnt from Alan Cochrane and David Torrance?s Scottish referendum diaries, and Ian Macwhirter?s Disunited Kingdom

At least three books have come out in the last few weeks about the S...



Support for Labour in Scotland half that of SNP, poll finds
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Dec 2014 at 7:51am
Survation poll finds 29% of Labour supporters say Jim Murphy?s election as leader makes it more likely they will vote for party

The recently elected leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy, faces a da...



Mark Fisher?s top 10 theatre of 2014
by Mark Fisher
21 Dec 2014 at 2:00am

An online monologue lasting minutes, an epic historical trilogy and an Ivor Cutler musical are this year?s highlights on and off Scotland?s stages
? Lyn Gardner?s top 10 shows of 2014
? Michael Billi...




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Salmond: I won't use general election to win second indyref
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Scottish Government in record £444m underspend
8 Jan 2015 at 7:17am
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There's a lot of confusion over the functioning of the Barnett Formula. Here'...
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8 Jan 2015 at 6:34am
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8 Jan 2015 at 6:25am

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A rash prediction
by James
30 Dec 2014 at 7:12am
There aren’t many certainties around the UK General Election due in May, so everyone says. As the proportion of voters backing Labour or the Tories, even under First Past The Post, dwindles, the ma...

The Smith Revolution
by Guest Blog
8 Dec 2014 at 7:48am
Another guest post from our pal Duncan Thorp on the Smith Commission report. Thanks Duncan! Lenin, Guevara, Khomeini, Robespierre, Smith. Well not quite, but change of some kind is coming, it trans...

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...


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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Skanktimonious sock puppets and the Smugurph bounce
by weegingerdug
4 Jan 2015 at 4:30pm
It’s not easy being Saint Dougie the Diminutive, all those party colleagues and Guardian writers looking at you expecting a miracle, and all you’ve got is a box of party tricks that are as transpar...

Giving up bad habits
by weegingerdug
26 Dec 2014 at 1:03pm
This article first appeared in the first edition of iScot – Scotland’s new news, politics and features magazine.  If you’ve not subscribed yet, do so now!  I’ll be writing for them regularly – beca...

Mr Hi Jumpy and the high jump
by weegingerdug
22 Dec 2014 at 8:02pm
Jim Murphy has been raising the profile of the Labour party this week, at least according to an interview in the Guardian, a newspaper which sells only a handful of copies in Scotland, most of whic...

Thinking very carefully
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2014 at 9:50pm
I’m plastered in potions and lotions in an attempt to get my psoriasis under control, but I’m not sure which is scabbier, psoriasis or the union. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but there’s a cur...

Running down Shettleston Road naked with a red rose up my bum
by weegingerdug
13 Dec 2014 at 1:23pm
I’ve come over all Labour party this week, scabby, lazy, and only interested in my own comfort.  I’ve got an excuse – my psoriasis has flared up again – but the Labour party’s condition is terminal...

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...


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