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Rennie's mental health promise
7 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
SCOTS with mental health issues would have to be treated within weeks under proposals to be included in the Lib Dem manifesto for the 2016 Holyrood election.

We want no part of these Tory proposals, says Laws
7 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
David Laws launched a stinging attack on the Tories, claiming their policies were designed to widen inequality and undermine public services.

Alexander brands his coalition's New Homes Bonus a failure
7 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
Treasury minister Danny Alexander has attacked his government's flagship £7 billion policy to create more homes, warning there is no evidence it has made any difference.

Blow for leader as members reject runway plan
7 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
NICK Clegg has suffered a humiliating blow after Liberal Democrat activists refused to bow to leadership pressure and relax their opposition to airport expansion.

Agenda
7 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
MORNING SESSION

Old Paddy knows who to blame
7 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
SPARE a thought for dear old Paddy Ashdown, who announced proudly to party activists that we were all now living in the Liberal Age but was asked, if that was so, then why had he never become prime minister.

SNP and Ukip reaching the public's erogenous zones, says Lord Ashdown
7 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
THE SNP and Ukip reach the public's "erogenous zones", Lord Ashdown has suggested because Nationalist arguments resonate in a time when division wins over unity.

Clegg wife aims to inspire women to have full and successful lives
7 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
IN A rare interview about her personal life, Nick Clegg's wife Miriam has denied pursuing a "having it all" lifestyle, but said she wants to combine family and professional life in the way men can.

Miriam Clegg: I just want what men have...a career and a family
7 Oct 2014 at 12:46am
In a rare interview about her personal life, Nick Clegg's wife Miriam has denied pursuing a "having it all" lifestyle, but said she wants to be able as a woman to combine family and professional life in the way men can.

Tories are just Ukip without the beer, says Cable
6 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
VINCE Cable has branded George Osborne a liar for suggesting the Tories could balance the nation's books without raising taxes.

Headmaster Cable lays into those Tory 'boys'
6 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
VINCE was only missing his headmaster's robe as he addressed the school assembly and tore a strip, yet again, off those naughty Conservative schoolboys Cameron Major and Osborne Minor.

LibDems 'irrelevant to most'
6 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
NEARLY six out of 10 voters feel the Liberal Democrats have become irrelevant, according to a new poll.

Swinson could gain in Cabinet reshuffle
6 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
SPECULATION is mounting that Nick Clegg is preparing to promote Scottish MP Jo Swinson to the UK Cabinet in a bid to give the Liberal Democrats a more female-friendly face in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

Targets for court case times are hit by closures
6 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
COURT closures are to blame for a drop in the proportion of cases concluded within the target time, it has been claimed.

Cable: the Conservatives are Ukip without the beer
6 Oct 2014 at 7:43am
Vince Cable has delivered a stinging attack on "lying" Tories who suggest the Government can balance its books without raising taxes.


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Fracking puppet monster visits Scottish Parliament
8 Oct 2014 at 12:00pm

A 10FT ‘pro-fracking’ puppet monster, Mr Frackhead, visited Holyrood today on a tour of the UK looking for places to frack for shale gas.



Nick Clegg attacks ?tribalism? of rival parties
8 Oct 2014 at 8:56am

NICK Clegg has hit out at the politics of “blame, grievance and fear” with a series of scathing attacks on the SNP, Ukip and the “bitter tribalism” of Labour and the Conservatives.



Johann Lamont proposes childcare transformation
8 Oct 2014 at 8:21am

LABOUR leader Johann Lamont has proposed major changes to childcare which she says can be delivered using Holyrood’s existing powers.



Malcolm Bruce condemns SNP?s ?politburo Scotland?
8 Oct 2014 at 7:25am

THE deputy leader of the Lib Dems has condemned “politburo Scotland” under the SNP, as his party overwhelmingly backed a motion to set up a constitutional convention with a people’s jury to create a federal UK.



Barnett formula ?harder to defend? post-tax move
8 Oct 2014 at 6:54am

SCOTLAND’S £30 billion annual budget deal will come “under pressure” to be cut if the country is handed sweeping new tax powers in line with referendum pledges from pro-union leaders, MSPs have heard.



Four arrested in ?significant? terror plot probe
8 Oct 2014 at 5:47am

COUNTER-TERRORISM police are continuing to question four suspected Islamist terrorists arrested in a series of raids to disrupt a “significant plot”.



Kenny MacAskill dismisses Labour?s quit calls
8 Oct 2014 at 5:24am

JUSTICE Secretary Kenny MacAskill has dismissed opposition calls for his resignation at Holyrood today over concerns about policing in Scotland.



Keith Brown confirms Abellio will now run ScotRail
8 Oct 2014 at 5:15am

TRANSPORT minister Keith Brown today confirmed The Scotsman’s revelation last night that ScotRail will be run from next April by Dutch firm Abellio.



Johann Lamont calls for expert review of the NHS
8 Oct 2014 at 4:40am

SCOTTISH LABOUR leader Johann Lamont will say in a keynote speech in Edinburgh today that the future of the NHS should be taken out of the hands of politicians.



David Cameron chairs meeting on Ebola threat
8 Oct 2014 at 4:11am

DAVID CAMERON will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra contingencies committee today to discuss the ongoing African Ebola epidemic which has killed more than 3,500 people.



Nick Clegg vows to devolve more powers
8 Oct 2014 at 12:48am

NICK CLEGG has pledged to “keep hammering away” for further constitutional changes to reform the “tawdry” Westminster system and devolve more powers to the UK’s nations, regions and cities.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Mike Russell admits errors
7 Oct 2014 at 7:13pm

EDUCATION secretary Mike Russell has admitted that mistakes were made with regards to the new exams implemented in Scottish schools.



Police to ?go out and look for? child sex abusers
7 Oct 2014 at 6:43pm

POLICE are taking a more “proactive” approach to seeking out those engaged in child sexual exploitation, a senior officer has told MSPs, as he admitted the scale of the problem is growing.



Kobani ?on brink of falling to forces of IS?
7 Oct 2014 at 6:38pm

THE Syrian border town of Kobani was on the brink of falling to Islamic State (IS) militants as fighting continued to rage in its streets yesterday.



Lib Dem Scots airport expansion plan voted down
7 Oct 2014 at 6:20pm

LIBERAL DEMOCRAT delegates have defied the party leadership by voting to oppose building any new runways at airports in the UK despite warnings it will stifle regional hubs such as Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.




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By way of example
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2014 at 6:43am
With reference to our post from earlier today, we couldn’t help but notice Scottish Labour whining loudly this morning about the award of the ScotRail franchise to Dutch state-owned railway company Abellio. (On what sound like very good terms.) We asked the party’s infrastructure spokesman James Kelly what Labour would have done instead had they been in […]

The way ahead
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Oct 2014 at 6:00am
We’re still on holiday until Tuesday, readers. But we wanted to ask you something. It seems inevitable that there’ll be fewer developments and less news directly related to independence in the coming months. There’ll still be lots of stuff it’s possible to view from an independence angle, of course, but not as starkly as in […]

Letters to the editor
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Oct 2014 at 9:37am
From today’s Daily Record: Better late than never, eh?

The corridors of power
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Oct 2014 at 9:15am
We couldn’t help noticing this sad story from yesterday’s Sunday Times: That’s Johann Lamont, readers – the woman who wants to lead Scotland, but had to be “rescued” when she tried to negotiate entry into a lift. God save us.

Taking the biscuits
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Oct 2014 at 5:52am
Not a spoof. Spotted at the Lib Dem conference: The second paragraph says more than we could.

Gogszilla Returns (to the back benches)
by Greg Moodie
3 Oct 2014 at 10:48am
. Now in a glamorous second imprint! Hurry!

This is the party
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2014 at 10:24am
David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative conference today:

The end of the beginning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Oct 2014 at 5:26am
Wings stats for September, for those keeping score. Things should be interesting from here. The big number on that chart is the 911,054 unique readers. That’s a massive 354,154 extra compared to August – a 61% increase –  and well over 650,000 more than July. (And that’s despite averaging under two posts a day for […]

You have to laugh, or?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2014 at 2:50pm
There’s only one possible sane response to this story. It’s below: Click the pic to sign. Let’s see who gets the most, shall we?

Yeah, that?ll work
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Sep 2014 at 5:46am
Because nothing scares Etonian Tory Prime Ministers like a poster on a van. Your time is over, Daily Record. Tick tock.


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No devolution 'hijack', says Clegg
8 Oct 2014 at 8:09am
The Liberal Democrats will not allow further devolution for Scotland to be "hijacked, diluted or delayed", party leader Nick Clegg says.


Special Ebola meeting for Scotland
8 Oct 2014 at 3:13pm
First Minister Alex Salmond chairs a special meeting on how prepared Scotland is for the Ebola virus.


Dutch firm wins ScotRail franchise
8 Oct 2014 at 10:49am
Dutch rail operator Abellio wins the contract to run Scottish rail services from the start of April 2015, but Union leaders hit out at the announcement.


Tributes paid to Times journalist
8 Oct 2014 at 7:04am
Leading political and media figures pay tribute Angus Macleod, the Scottish editor of The Times, who has died after a short illness.


Licence call for wild salmon killing
8 Oct 2014 at 7:22am
The killing of wild salmon could be banned, except under licence, under measures aimed at protecting Scotland's wild fisheries.


NHS consultants to lobby government
8 Oct 2014 at 3:27am
Consultants will put concerns about staffing shortages and patient safety at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary directly to the Scottish government.


'Mistakes made' in new school exams
7 Oct 2014 at 7:37am
The Scottish education secretary says mistakes were made in introducing new school exams, but stops short of making an apology.


Shotguns in Scotland at record high
7 Oct 2014 at 6:22am
The number of shotguns, firearms dealers and items held on firearms certificates in Scotland are at a record high, according to official figures.


'No systematic abuse' in Scotland
7 Oct 2014 at 10:24am
Systematic sexual abuse on the scale exposed in Rotherham is "absolutely not" happening in Scotland, a senior Police Scotland officer says.


Hopes for positive devolution talks
7 Oct 2014 at 5:08am
Former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore hopes all the main parties involved in talks on further devolution will come with open minds.


MSPs pass major civil justice reform
7 Oct 2014 at 12:09pm
Parliament unanimously passes major reforms to Scotland's civil justice system, after the service was deemed to be slow, inefficient and expensive.


MP welcomes 'strong' SNP job backing
7 Oct 2014 at 4:01am
SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie welcomes "strong" endorsement for his campaign to become deputy leader of his party.


'Good progress' at HMP Kilmarnock
7 Oct 2014 at 5:23am
Prison inspectors praise HMP Kilmarnock for making "good progress" in meeting recommendations for improvements.


Rally death safety guidance issued
7 Oct 2014 at 8:14am
An expert group set up to improve motor sport safety after three deaths at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders issues guidance for organisers.


Hospital preferred option approved
7 Oct 2014 at 10:52am
The board of NHS Highland gives its approval to the preferred site for a new hospital to serve communities in Badenoch and Strathspey.


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Glasgow sets standard on climate change
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Oct 2014 at 11:34am

By A Newsnet Reporter

Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to promise to pull its investments out of industries engaged in using fossil fuel, a major step forward for the green movement.

The decision, subject to ratification that the financial impact on the university is "acceptable", affects university investments in major oil companies such as Shell, BP and Chevron. It was hailed by Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES).



Integrity of Referendum Vote Must Be Transparent
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Oct 2014 at 6:25pm

By Mark McNaught

I?m not one that easily gives in to conspiracy theories, but there are too many questions regarding the validity of the ?no? vote for it to be accepted at face value.

While this article goes into the allegations with more forensic accuracy than I will, the integrity of the vote and the process is paramount to Scots accepting their status within the UK, especially in light of the implosion of the promises made before the vote, going back to war in Iraq, and announcing fracking in Scotland?s central belt immediately after the vote.



Longannet under threat in Grid costs wrangle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2014 at 4:27pm

By Newsnet Reporter

Scotland's major coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife faces uncertainty after its operator decided to abstain from bidding to feed the UK National Grid when licenses are renewed in 2018.

ScottishPower disclosed that it does not intend to bid to supply power into the Grid from Longannet, because of the massive charge differential faced by the Fife coal-fired plant compared to power stations in England.



Newsnet Scotland ? A Continuing Story
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Sep 2014 at 2:15pm

  By Online Ed
 
I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It was winter 2006 and I had been off work with a dreadful bout of flu.
 
I had just discovered something called the internet existed and found myself on a forum which discussed Scottish politics.  The theme always seemed to be independence and the SNP.



Cross-party ?Vow? has Promised Secure Autonomy and Sovereignty for Scotland, ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Sep 2014 at 7:11am

By Mark McNaught

The cross-party ?vow? made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ?yes? vote may have been effective in securing a ?no? in the referendum.  However, it could conceivably go down in history in securing de-facto independence for Scotland, if Scots hold Westminster?s and Holyrood?s feet to the fire.

It is important to focus on the specific promise to make the Scottish parliament ?permanent?, and what that means constitutionally.



New Media For A New Scotland: The Documentary
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Sep 2014 at 5:10pm

  The Drum's Angela Haggerty took a look at Scotland's alternative media days before the independence referendum.
 
Amongst those who took part was Newsnet Scotland's editor Lynda Williamson.



'Let's call it Devo Max'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 3:28pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Those were the words of Jackie Bird on September 9th, a mere 9 days before the independence referendum.
 
One day earlier Gordon Brown had surprised everyone by promising even more powers than was previously on offer should Scots vote No.  The former Labour leader described the prize as 'Home Rule' and announced a timetable within which legislation would be drawn up.



A Triumph within a Tragedy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 12:48pm

By Alex Mooney
 
After the initial shock and desolation over Scotland refusing its independence, many on the Yes side roused to anger and lashed out over the weekend.
 
Social media exploded with a flurry of vengeful blogs and some ranted on Twitter as the blame game began.  Fingers were pointed at the No voters who 'betrayed their country'.  As a psychological release it might have been therapeutic but as a tactic it was senseless.



UK economy is a ticking time bomb
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Sep 2014 at 2:46am

  By George Kerevan
 
REGARDLESS of how you voted, we can all agree on one thing: Britain had a near death experience last Thursday. The fascinating question is why the world?s financial markets felt so threatened by the prospect of Scottish independence. The peaceful secession of a mere 8 per cent of Britain?s citizens is hardly the stuff to trigger a run on sterling or a collapse in inward investment to the entire UK ? predictions made during the referendum campaign.



Which campaign did Gordon Brown really save?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Sep 2014 at 3:44pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So Gordon has done it again.  The man who saved the world after the banking crisis has now donned his cape in order to save the Union.
 
Well, that?s the narrative the media and Labour would have us believe.




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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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Ann McKechin: David Cameron can't be trusted with the economy, and working pe...
by Ann McKechin
8 Oct 2014 at 11:47am
ANN McKECHIN gives her view that the Tory party are failing Britain's economy, and have not costed their boasts for billions in tax cuts.


Gordon Matheson: George Osborne has fixed the economy.. for millionaires and ...
by Gordon Matheson
8 Oct 2014 at 11:47am
GORDON MATHESON says that the policies of the Tory Chancellor penalise the needy and reward the rich, a start contrast to Glasgow Labour's strategies.


Humza Yousaf: Record independence referendum turnout should not be used to ch...
by Humza Yousaf
8 Oct 2014 at 11:45am
HUMZA YOUSAF says that councils who are using historic levels of voter turnout in the referendum to pursue outstanding poll tax debt should be ashamed.


Patrick Harvie: Independence referendum legacy of Scottish Green surge just t...
by Patrick Harvie
8 Oct 2014 at 11:45am
REFLECTING on the huge upsurge his party has seen in the wake of the referendum, PATRICK HARVIE gives his view on the engagement he hopes to see across the country to help forge new powers for Scotland.


Angus Macleod, former political editor of the Sunday Mail, dies of cancer age...
by dailyrecord
8 Oct 2014 at 7:54am
ANGUS, Scottish editor of The Times and one of Scotland's most respected journalists, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.


Scottish Secretary challenges SNP to work with him in devolving more power to...
by dailyrecord
8 Oct 2014 at 6:10am
ALISTAIR Carmichael says once power transfer takes place, the country's future lies in empowerment of its local communities.


Johann Lamont: Independent experts are key to revamping NHS and protecting it...
by David Clegg
8 Oct 2014 at 3:04am
JOHANN Lamont set to unveil radical plan to overhaul health service and calls for all political parties to work together.


Campaigners accuse MSPs of failing to tackle sectarianism in Scotland
by David Clegg
7 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
CAMPAIGNERS Nil By Mouth demanded MSPs face up to their responsibilities and hold a full Holyrood debate on the scourge.


Record View: George Osborne's benefits freeze will leave 600,000 families out...
by Record View
7 Oct 2014 at 7:30am
THE Tories have proved yet again they are intent on squeezing the poor while helping their rich friends.


Crippling Tory welfare cuts will hit one million children and 600,000 hard-pr...
by Andy Philip
6 Oct 2014 at 9:00pm
SCOTS children and hard-pressed working families will pay the price if the Tories are re-elected and their plans to freeze child benefit, tax credits and jobseeker's allowance are implemeneted.


Labour to renew calls for Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to resign during ...
by dailyrecord
6 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm
THE Justice Secretary has come under fire after a string of controversial issues relating to Police Scotland, including armed police on routine patrols.


Kezia Dugdale: Payday loan lenders have made profits out of misery
by Kezia Dugdale
6 Oct 2014 at 4:46am
LABOUR MSP KEZIA hopes the rise of the payday loan lender is finally on the wane and argues Credit Unions must be the answer to helping people in need.


Record View: Nick Clegg pledging too little too late
by Record View
6 Oct 2014 at 3:14am
AFTER more than four years as a willing accomplice in a relentless attack on the poor, the Deputy Prime Minister finally claims to have found a backbone.


Danny Alexander bares his teeth and turns on his Tory coalition partners
by Torcuil Crichton
6 Oct 2014 at 2:59am
THE Lib Dem hatchet man joined party leader Nick Clegg in slamming the Tories in a bid to avoid being punished by voters at next year?s general election.


Why does Scottish middle class remain so rigidly opposed to independence, ask...
by dailyrecord
5 Oct 2014 at 3:45am
WRITER and commentator Jamie Maxwell says his late dad might have been dismayed by the referendum result but would not have been surprised by the middle classes voting No.


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The Bastirts!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Oct 2014 at 1:48pm
The Bastirts!




Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing e...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Sep 2014 at 11:39am
Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing endorsement of the Better Together campaign, almost every aspect of life in Scotlandshire has shown a rapid improvement.


Britain blooms as Scotlandshire is unquestionably Better Together
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Since last Fr...

Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Sep 2014 at 2:05pm
Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.


George Galloway revealed to be the Queen?
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She's a very doggy person.She never purrs

Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Sep 2014 at 1:09pm
Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.


Entryism threat faces SNP and other splittist parties
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I was turned down for being insufficiently fawning to Alecsammin

It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 5:40pm
It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...




Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 9:58am
Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?


Jack Straw : 'Make the Union indissoluble'
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SLAB We are always right. In our world, everything is happy and nice, and everybody loves us.

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Sep 2014 at 2:46pm
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron


Gordy & Dave: Twa cheeks o the same skelpit erse
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The following is a transcript of a telephone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron, which was recorded early o...

In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfis...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 9:24pm
In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfish corporate bastirts, BBC Scotlandshire is currently engaged in negotiations with a number of dubious financial backers, in order to continue our gainful employment.

As England begins to self-destruct over English Votes...

Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 12:37am
Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.



Well. That's it.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Bugger!

Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2014 at 10:36am
Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum Special NOW!!


Dateline Scotland: Referendum Special

It's the eighteenth of september, twenty fourteen, the time is nine fifty eight, it's two minutes till the polls close on the most historic vote in the histo...

It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm
It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.


DECISION TIME
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Between 7am and 10pm Scotland is a sovereign country. It's people alone choose their future.

Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 12:24pm
Our eve of poll message from our future Prime Minister.


Proudscotbuts must say No to Separation
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We must all now raise our level of offensiveness to new unexplored depths/heights.

An everyday story of an English Tory family.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 7:23am
An everyday story of an English Tory family.


'Peter and Jane welcome Daddy home' : A modern Ladybird book for Tory children
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Mummy likes lots of gin

Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 5:33am
Dateline Scotland staff launch new career, after series is axed.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 8

In the last episode of the series, the headlines this week: Better Together release a leaked video suggesting catastrophic weather changes if Scotland votes ...

Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelatio...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 3:28am
Dateline Scotland is certain to be axed following further explosive revelations about the anchormen of the "award winning" show.

Today's episode will be the last!


Dateline Scotland anchormen become the story
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In a final devastating blow to the nationalists, coming with only ...


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independence - autonomy - self-determination


Smith and the Subsidy Myth Makers
by bellacaledonia
8 Oct 2014 at 10:49am
By Jim and Margaret Cuthbert The following is a letter we have today sent to the Director General of the BBC. The issue is extremely important given the negotiations that are about to start on possible devolution of further powers.... Read More ›


First thoughts on the Smith Commission (that?s your future, by the way)
by bellacaledonia
8 Oct 2014 at 5:06am
By Peter Arnott The agenda for the Smith Commission is being set by the melange of untested vows and promises mandated by the No vote in the referendum. But the underlying question for the commission, of which all of the... Read More ›


On Organ Donation and Lies
by bellacaledonia
7 Oct 2014 at 12:20pm
The following letter was refused publication in the Herald today. It’s by the artist, Alec Finlay, who created the new National Memorial for Organ and Tissue Donation, in Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Dear Sir, As the artist responsible for the... Read More ›


Writing Off Scotland
by bellacaledonia
7 Oct 2014 at 11:49am
WRITING OFF SCOTLAND explores the research of Dr David Patrick into press bias during the independence campaign. A Phantom Power Production. Filed under: Media Tagged: Dr David Patrick


A Compliant Media
by bellacaledonia
5 Oct 2014 at 4:26pm
By Jamie Frame. We need a new media that reflects our future. There are facts in the independence debate. A clear example would be that Scotland contributes more proportionately to the UK than it receives in government spending. Year after year... Read More ›


A Scottish Minimum Wage
by bellacaledonia
5 Oct 2014 at 4:08pm
By Dan Paris When Labour released their proposals for further devolution in March, they pitched it as giving the Scottish Parliament ?Powers For A Purpose?. Rather than devolving power for the sake of devolving power, the argument went, Labour would... Read More ›


The Comic Book Simplicity of Propaganda
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2014 at 3:45am
This article was first published by MediaLens, reproduced with thanks. The referendum campaign on Scottish independence heightened many people’s awareness of the pro-elite bias of the ‘mainstream’ news media. The grassroots power of social media in exposing and countering this bias was... Read Mo...


New Priorities
by bellacaledonia
4 Oct 2014 at 3:04am
By Richard Gunn In post-referendum Scotland, what might be the implications of a YES, BUT (1) approach? Essentially, a YES, BUT approach is a reflection on revolutionary priorities. As such, it offers a perspective on which issues the revolutionary left... Read More ›


Strong Roots
by bellacaledonia
3 Oct 2014 at 10:23am
  By Mike Small Looking back at our posters now has a different feel. In new circumstances they take on new perspective. Some are just unbearably sad now, others come into their own, like this, above. The referendum was supposed to... Read More ›


A New Circle Politics
by bellacaledonia
3 Oct 2014 at 4:43am
Ahead of a meeting of Podemos’ MEPs, at IIRE in Amsterdam Jack Ferguson looks at the Podemos phenomenon. In the European elections earlier this year, the main story that you heard in a lot of Europe was the rise of the racist right. But... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Scottish independence: 'Respect the result' - PM - Scotsman
7 Oct 2014 at 6:24pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Respect the result' - PM
Scotsman
?I think the right thing to do is accept the result and now deliver the extra devolution, the extra powers to the Scottish Parliament that all three of the UK wide parties promised and that's exactly what we will do.? He accepted som...


Scotland's Independence Campaign So Isn't Over. - Forbes
20 Sep 2014 at 10:47am

Forbes

Scotland's Independence Campaign So Isn't Over.
Forbes
Politicians in Westminster, panicked by the threat of a vote for independence, promised before the referendum that they would devolve more powers oto Scotland if it stayed in the union. In other words, even if the Scots voted 'no' they wo...


Scotland Will Get Another Independence Referendum Despite the No Vote - Yahoo...
7 Oct 2014 at 6:34am

Yahoo News UK

Scotland Will Get Another Independence Referendum Despite the No Vote
Yahoo News UK
Scots may have rejected independence on 18 September, after with a resounding 55% of voters opted out of breaking the 307-year old union with England, but it is clear that the storm hasn't subsided. The...


How Scotland's independence movement lost the vote and still won everything -...
19 Sep 2014 at 11:33am

The Week Magazine

How Scotland's independence movement lost the vote and still won everything
The Week Magazine
Nine words. Millions of different reasons for voting. In the end, the "No" campaign won by 2,001,926 votes to the "Yes" campaign's 1,617,989 on a record-high turnout of 84.5 percent. That'...


Scotland Seeks to Restore Harmony After Independence Vote Divides Nation - Wa...
21 Sep 2014 at 9:22pm

Wall Street Journal

Scotland Seeks to Restore Harmony After Independence Vote Divides Nation
Wall Street Journal
Police stand guard as Scottish independence supporters clash with pro-union campaigners at a Friday reconciliation rally in Glasgow, a day after the referendum. Zuma Press. GLASGOW, Scotl...


Britain Pledges More Self-Rule for Scots if They Reject Scottish Independence...
8 Sep 2014 at 10:15am

New York Times

Britain Pledges More Self-Rule for Scots if They Reject Scottish Independence
New York Times
LONDON ? Shaken by polls showing momentum shifting toward independence for Scotland, the British government will offer proposals for greater political and fiscal autonomy for the Scots if they...


The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad - FiveThirtyEight
19 Sep 2014 at 7:41am

The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad
FiveThirtyEight
Furthermore, many polls of the Scottish independence referendum were Internet-based, and some of those polls did not use probability sampling, historically the bedrock for demographic weighting. A YouGov poll earlier this month, for ex...


Quebec separatists, disappointed but ever optimistic, put positive spin on .....
21 Sep 2014 at 10:51am

National Post

Quebec separatists, disappointed but ever optimistic, put positive spin on ...
National Post
Bernard Landry, the former Parti Québécois premier, said the message from the Scottish referendum ?is not all that negative? for Quebec separatists because ?practically half? of Scottish voters...


12 Things to Know About Scotland's Independence Vote - Fox Business
18 Sep 2014 at 8:10am

12 Things to Know About Scotland's Independence Vote
Fox Business
Below is a cheat sheet to use to follow what a ?yes? vote tomorrow would mean for Scotland to secede from the U.K. Sources include Wall Street houses, including Societe Generale, as well as the University of Glasgow, and the National...


In the Fight Over Scotland's Independence, Cash Is What Counts - Businessweek
11 Sep 2014 at 1:39pm

Businessweek

In the Fight Over Scotland's Independence, Cash Is What Counts
Businessweek
My memories of Scotland, where I went to college in the late 1990s, include pub nights that often featured tearful renditons of Caledonia (On my Mind) by the locals. Between singing and drinking was talking?espe...



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Researchers develop reproducibility score for SNPs associated with human ... ...
8 Oct 2014 at 2:10pm

Researchers develop reproducibility score for SNPs associated with human ...
Medical Xpress
"It is important to improve our ability to select SNPs for validation using a formalized process. In this paper, we propose a combination of traits that improve replication success," said first author Ivan P...


Video: See What's New from URC - CEPro
8 Oct 2014 at 1:16pm

CEPro

Video: See What's New from URC
CEPro
URC's SNP-2 streaming network player merges music sources into one solution. It features a graphical menu to select and control music with access to streaming services including Pandora and SiriusXM. The MRX-20 advanced on-screen network controller ...



Rennie must accept Lib Dems £800000 Police bill - SNP (press release)
8 Oct 2014 at 12:34pm

Rennie must accept Lib Dems £800000 Police bill
SNP (press release)
The SNP has pressed Willie Rennie to accept the fact that the Lib Dems must pay their debts and sort out the party's £800,000 unpaid policing bill for last year's party conference in Glasgow and not default on the bill. Following a...


Dartmouth Researchers Develop Reproducibility Score for SNPs Associated ... -...
8 Oct 2014 at 11:54am

Dartmouth Researchers Develop Reproducibility Score for SNPs Associated ...
Newswise (press release)
?It is important to improve our ability to select SNPs for validation using a formalized process. In this paper, we propose a combination of traits that improve replication success,? said first auth...


Kenny MacAskill holds onto job after Holyrood vote - Telegraph.co.uk
8 Oct 2014 at 11:51am

Telegraph.co.uk

Kenny MacAskill holds onto job after Holyrood vote
Telegraph.co.uk
Scotland's Justice Minister remains in post after SNP MSPs rallied round him to defeat opposition attempts to oust him in the wake of the furore over armed police. A Labour motion urging Kenny MacAskill to resign was ...


Lib Dem Politician compares SNP to a 'communist dictatorship' - Aberdeen Pres...
8 Oct 2014 at 10:44am

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Lib Dem Politician compares SNP to a 'communist dictatorship'
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Sir Malcolm Bruce has compared the SNP government to a communist dictatorship in a fierce attack on the Nationalists' record in the north-east. The Gordon MP ? who will stand down in M...


SNP is another austerity party - Socialist Party
8 Oct 2014 at 10:20am

SNP is another austerity party
Socialist Party
Labour's treacherous role in fronting the successful 'No' campaign in the independence referendum has made trade union members eager to hit Labour in the pocket. Scottish trade union branches have recently had members asking whether they're paying ...



Poll: Midlothian East by-election - MidLothian Advertiser
8 Oct 2014 at 9:57am

Poll: Midlothian East by-election
MidLothian Advertiser
Colin Cassidy has been announced as the SNP candidate, Euan Davidson for the Lib Dems and Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council chairman Robert Hogg has announced he will stand as an independent candidate. Mr Hogg reveals why he is ...

and ...


First Minister Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP, visits Kilmarnock and social ...
8 Oct 2014 at 9:43am

Scottish Daily Record

First Minister Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP, visits Kilmarnock and social ...
Scottish Daily Record
The SNP leader was in town to show his support for Kilmarnock's Centrestage theatre group who were awarded money from the STV Appeal ? that was matched by the Scottish Governm...


Lamont unveils childcare proposals - The Courier
8 Oct 2014 at 9:19am

The Courier

Lamont unveils childcare proposals
The Courier
Scottish Conservative young people spokeswoman Liz Smith said: "As the SNP found out to its considerable cost, this is an extremely complex area of policy. "It appears Labour has not properly worked out how much this will cost, how it will b...



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Scotland Will Get Another Independence Referendum Despite the No Vote - Yahoo...
7 Oct 2014 at 6:34am

Yahoo News UK

Scotland Will Get Another Independence Referendum Despite the No Vote
Yahoo News UK
The Better Together campaign and pro-unionists breathed a sigh of relief following the historic referendum's results but it is clear that the relatively tight margin in voting means millions of Scots (4...


Scottish Police Investigate Referendum Fraud After 'Hundreds of Uncounted Yes...
2 Oct 2014 at 12:23pm

Newsweek

Scottish Police Investigate Referendum Fraud After 'Hundreds of Uncounted Yes ...
Newsweek
Scottish police are investigating a case of electoral fraud in last month's independence referendum after a video emerged online today of a man claiming to have found a bag of ?hundreds? of voting bal...


Patrick Harvie: Independence referendum legacy of Scottish Green surge just ....
8 Oct 2014 at 11:55am

Scottish Daily Record

Patrick Harvie: Independence referendum legacy of Scottish Green surge just ...
Scottish Daily Record
Immediately following that I will be heading to our party conference. This will be our biggest ever conference, but we could easily have made it much bigger still. Since the re...


Independence referendum study looks at why Scotland voted No - stv.tv
7 Oct 2014 at 5:11pm

Independence referendum study looks at why Scotland voted No
stv.tv
An academic study into the independence referendum has been conducted, looking at why Scots voted No in the September 18 vote. The research, which surveyed 4,849 voters, examined how voting linked to demographics, risk aversion, na...


Scotland's Leader: Voters 'Tricked' in Referendum - ABC News
21 Sep 2014 at 11:30am

ABC News

Scotland's Leader: Voters 'Tricked' in Referendum
ABC News
The debate over Scotland's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with the Scottish leader claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum and Britain's three main political parties bick...


Has Catalonia learnt anything from Scotland's referendum in their quest for ....
7 Oct 2014 at 3:16am

Scotland Now

Has Catalonia learnt anything from Scotland's referendum in their quest for ...
Scotland Now
The Catalan government has announced a consultation ? not a legally binding referendum ? for November 9. The Spanish government declared it illegal and used the constitutional court to ban it. C...


Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It - TIME
21 Sep 2014 at 2:42pm

TIME

Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It
TIME
Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front pro-union activists in Glasgow's Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front of pro-union activists in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland, on Sept. 17, 2014, on ...


Scotland's referendum result - The Economist (blog)
20 Sep 2014 at 4:53am

Scotland's referendum result
The Economist (blog)
Salmond was naïve on 2 counts I think there was too much lack of definitive direction of an independent Scotland, not entirely the fault of Scotland but what highlighted the undertones of what was wrong with what they were leaving or what they ...

an...


Scotland's referendum was no exercise in democracy for Quebec to follow - Nat...
23 Sep 2014 at 1:50pm

National Post

Scotland's referendum was no exercise in democracy for Quebec to follow
National Post
In the wake of the Scottish referendum, observers in this country have been hailing it as an exemplary exercise in democracy. And in some formalistic senses this is true: There seems to have been very...


Scotland referendum result: Nigel Farage on devolution says English 'have bee...
19 Sep 2014 at 4:26am

The Independent

Scotland referendum result: Nigel Farage on devolution says English 'have been ...
The Independent
Describing Prime Minister David Cameron as "a disaster" and the leader of the opposition, Ed Miliband, as "wholly ineffective", Farage's article is critical of the concept of giving Sco...



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Guardian Scottish Independence blog

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Scottish independence blog | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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




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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

Th...



Scottish referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
Lunchtime summaryCamerons speech - My snap verdictAfternoon su...

Scottish independence: when will the referendum result be announced?
by Frances Perraudin
15 Sep 2014 at 7:43am

As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotlands future, minds are t...



Scottish independence referendum: Polls vary from 8-pt yes lead to 8-pt no le...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Alex Salmond & Alistair Darlings interviews on the Marr show - Summary
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SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

Is it just me, or do you get the impression Neil Lovatt didn't like the last ...
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2014 at 5:41am
This little spectacle has been going on for the best part of 24 hours now...

"Ahhh nothing like a ...

Poll of Polls update, and a response to "Alligator Man"
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2014 at 7:56am
Since the last Poll of Polls update, there have been four new Scottish subsamples published, all ...

Scot Goes Pop fundraiser breaks through £5000 barrier
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 4:04pm
A million, billion, zillion thanks to the 171 people who have donated so far to the second Scot G...

The proper capital city of a proper country
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 5:25am
Back in June, I went to Cramond Island for the first time since I was a very young child.  While ...

Lies, lies, lies : the evidence that the No campaign won by deceiving voters ...
by James Kelly
3 Oct 2014 at 6:24pm
Before the referendum, Gordon Brown solemnly promised that a No vote would lead automatically to ...

Pondering a Panelbase puzzler
by James Kelly
3 Oct 2014 at 5:20am
As Scottish Skier has been repeatedly cautioning us, it's difficult to have a lot of confidence i...

SNP lead across the board in poptastic Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2014 at 9:36am

Thanks to Scottish Skier for alerting me to a new full-scale Scottish poll from Panelbase, which ...



SNP extend lead to 10.3% in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
2 Oct 2014 at 5:09am
I went to bed last night convinced that the SNP's extraordinary run of being in the lead in every...

You really couldn't make this up
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 6:33pm
So let me get this straight.  Gordon Brown has said "the vow" wasn't worth the parchment it was w...

Advantage Sturgeon
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 10:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times a...

SNP open up 9.6% lead in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
30 Sep 2014 at 2:55am
I've been mulling over how I can best keep track of Scottish voting intentions for next year's We...

Ruth Davidson and the 300 year Reich : never let it be said that the anti-ind...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2014 at 5:27pm
Inevitably there has been a subtle battle underway over the last ten days to establish a narrativ...

A suggestion for Labour : why not let George Galloway deliver the "Devo SUPER...
by James Kelly
28 Sep 2014 at 10:45am

I gather that Labour are the only one of the five main Holyrood parties that still haven't announ...



A high information island
by James Kelly
27 Sep 2014 at 10:25am
A guest post by Bibbit Blair

I was a YES polling agent on 18th September, in Kilmory Hall, Arran. ...

What do the parties' choice of nominees to the devolution commission tell us?
by James Kelly
27 Sep 2014 at 3:31am
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If Scotland declines, we can only blame ourselves | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
4 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm
The Tory party conference exposed all the malign policies Scotland could have escaped from with a yes vote

It was entirely understandable that many of us might have forgotten what the actual Conserv...



Is the campaign for Scottish independence over?
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
2 Oct 2014 at 7:00am
Two weeks after the referendum, yes campaigners energised by the independence movement are looking for a new purpose

Marie Penman has no intention of packing up her pro-independence banners or tucki...



Nicola Sturgeon calls for delay to universal credit launch in Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
2 Oct 2014 at 5:22am
Tories and Labour want to devolve powers over housing benefit, which deputy first minister says is in effect being abolished

Nicola Sturgeon has urged David Cameron to block the introduction of univ...




Scottish referendum: young Scots reflect on independence vote - video
by Euan Robertson
1 Oct 2014 at 3:05am
Sixteen and 17-year-olds were given the chance to vote for the first time in the UK in the Scottish referendum in September. Here, Scottish teenagers who voted in the referendum discuss how the pro...

Frankie Boyle gives BBC his vote with Scottish referendum autopsy | Media Monkey
by Monkey
1 Oct 2014 at 2:05am
Controversial comedian returns to the corporation with iPlayer-only show picking over the entrails of the independence vote

Frankie Boyle is back! The second most controversial man on television (th...



Gordon Brown accuses David Cameron of setting trap for Scottish voters
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Sep 2014 at 1:29pm
Former PM says Tories want to limit Scottish MPs voting rights in the Commons, which would put union at risk

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of setting a trap for Scottish voters by trying to...



The taxing questions facing Scotland and England
by Peter Hetherington
30 Sep 2014 at 12:04pm
Following the Scottish independence referendum, its right the SNP should push for the greater fiscal powers promised. But what about overcentralised England?

If you thought some key social policy as...



Why Greggs woman is the true spirit of Scotlands yes movement | Libby Brooks
by Libby Brooks
30 Sep 2014 at 10:45am
The conversation within the post-no independence camp must continue to include the mother I met outside a Falkirk bakery

On Falkirks High Street, a few weeks before the referendum on Scottish indepe...



Scottish Tory leader refuses to rule out pact with SNP in hung parliament
by Randeep Ramesh
30 Sep 2014 at 9:02am
Ruth Davidson admits minority or coalition government is likely and tells fringe meeting the numbers do the talking on this
Latest news from the Conservative party conference live

The leader of the...



David Cameron says no vote will bolster Conservatives in Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
30 Sep 2014 at 5:22am
Tory leader seeks to capitalise on gains in Scotland and admits post-referendum relief at waking up still prime minister of UK

David Cameron has told Scottish Tory activists that the no campaigns vi...



Is post-referendum Scotland a feminist paradise?
by Homa Khaleeli
30 Sep 2014 at 4:07am
Holyroods three main political parties will soon be led by women. Should we be packing up and moving north, or should we wait and see if they can have any real impact?

Should the rest of us just mov...




One week on, Nicola Sturgeon on ambition, disappointment and delivering devo max
by Kevin McKenna
27 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm
As she prepares to succeed Alex Salmond as head of the SNP and first minister, Sturgeon says Scots expect real change

The British establishment is still lying down in a darkened room after its brush...



Labour in Scotland is dying. Does anybody care? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
27 Sep 2014 at 1:05pm
Preoccupied with their Westminster careers, the partys newly ennobled grandees are busy condemning it to the twilight zone

Jim Murphys scary monsters tour of 100 towns during the independence refere...



All that talk of Scottish independence gave a man from Belfast the jitters | ...
by Glenn Patterson
27 Sep 2014 at 2:30am
Three different friends each volunteered the opinion that a yes vote could have meant things kicking off here again

Some time in the course of the afternoon of 18 September I started to experience s...



Ive been a closet Welsh nationalist but its time I came out | Rhiannon Lucy ...
by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
26 Sep 2014 at 7:11am
Less than 3% of the people of Wales want independence. Has the nation developed Stockholm syndrome?

Since moving to England, I have become a closet Welsh nationalist. Whenever I am asked by an Engli...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Garden gnomes and koalas
by weegingerdug
6 Oct 2014 at 8:19am
I was going to blog something about the Lib Dem conference which was held in Glasgow this weekend, but what’s the point? Does anyone actually give a toss what Vince Cable thinks? Even the rest of t...

Labour, wonga puppets, and the moral high ground
by weegingerdug
3 Oct 2014 at 4:50am
So it’s a final farewell to the poll tax. Well, I say “farewell”, when “consigned to the bin where it always belonged” is more appropriate. The Scottish Government has announced that local authorit...

Upstaged by an autocue
by weegingerdug
1 Oct 2014 at 7:41pm
I’ve been watching parts of the Tory party conference. Not much of it, as the human body is only so strong and watching the entire proceedings would take at least four packets of immodium and a bal...

The nectar is mince
by weegingerdug
30 Sep 2014 at 8:16pm
Ruth Davidson, who’s abseiling all over the Tory party conference in Birmingham this week enjoying her fifteen minutes of relevance, has made the startling claim that the Conservatives might consid...

Ten days after
by weegingerdug
29 Sep 2014 at 10:22am
A guest post by William Duguid Call off the search party, I?m still here. It?s just taken me a bit longer to return to blogging than I expected. It?s not that I?ve been lying disconsolately in bed,...

Being irrelevant
by weegingerdug
28 Sep 2014 at 8:20am
Yeah! We’re irrelevant again. So we had this wee referendum thingy and Scotland scared the shiters out of the Westminster establishment – which was a lot of fun – and the UK media and political cla...

An open letter to Magrit Curran
by weegingerdug
22 Sep 2014 at 1:46pm
I wasn’t going to blog anything today, but I read in the Scotsman that Magrit Curran is to head a British Labour party commission which plans to visit the 10 areas of former British Labour support ...

A short pause for breath
by weegingerdug
21 Sep 2014 at 4:49pm
The last few weeks have been pretty momentous, and not just the referendum but on a far more personal level. I need some time to think, to catch up with myself, and to start to tackle the foundatio...

A phoenix from the ashes
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2014 at 6:29pm
It’s time for the British Labour party in Scotland to end. Their party is over, their balloons bounce only because they are kept aloft by an alliance with big business and the City of London. Briti...

Wee Ginger Dug ? the collected yaps
by weegingerdug
20 Sep 2014 at 9:56am
There are many things that need to be done, so much work we have to do. But I must build a new life for myself. I gave up work to look after my partner after he was diagnosed with a terminal illnes...


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

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

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

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

What it is and what it isn?t
by James
23 Sep 2014 at 6:56am
First things first. We lost. We know how and why we lost, too. There was a solid base of natural No voters for them to build on, and their demographics have been well analysed in the aftermath. Man...

Some thoughts on the 45
by Guest Blog
22 Sep 2014 at 1:25pm
A quick guest post from Sarah Beattie-Smith, an activist with the Scottish Greens. Thanks Sarah! More post-indyref analysis to come. I get it. I get why you might want to hold on to the fact that y...

Forget governance, Scotland is more of a nation than ever.
by Dom
19 Sep 2014 at 10:12am
In the end it was a fairly even match, but not a question of right and wrong. The results meant tears for some in my living room, but by the end of this afternoon there were two emails in my inbox ...

A natural majority for Yes
by James
17 Sep 2014 at 7:02am
It’s a phrase I believe Nicola coined last year, and I admit I was sceptical about it. There’s rarely a natural majority for anything, even a binary choice like independence. But I’ve come to agree...

In the music of yes, a very distinctive Green chord has been struck
by Guest Blog
15 Sep 2014 at 10:40am
Another wee guestie from Shonagh McEwan, a bit more partisan this time. Thanks Shonagh!  Back in the day, I was cynical. At the beginning of the referendum campaign, I simply thought us wee Greens ...

Sweden enters a brave new world
by Dom
15 Sep 2014 at 7:41am
Today Stefan Löfven, a former industrial welder from northern Sweden, expects to begin moves to assemble a Social Democrat-led government. As the latest in a long line of Social Democrat prime mini...


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