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Alexander pledges tax allowance rise in speech at conference
7 Mar 2014 at 9:04pm
WORKERS will get a £500 tax cut if the Liberal Democrats are part of the next government at Westminster, Danny Alexander will pledge today.

Cameron nanny's citizenship 'proper'
7 Mar 2014 at 9:02pm
Downing Street has insisted David Cameron followed all the "proper processes" after it emerged his Nepalese nanny has been granted British citizenship.

Sepa blamed for SNP being unaware of radiation leak
7 Mar 2014 at 9:02pm
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has blamed a quango for the fact the Scottish Government was not told of a radiation leak on Scottish soil for more than two years.

Unspun: the politics diary
7 Mar 2014 at 9:02pm
Bullying crackdown

Carmichael: we will keep Scots seats at election
6 Mar 2014 at 9:04pm
THE Liberal Democrats should keep all their Scottish seats in next year's general election, a Liberal Democrat cabinet minister has predicted.

SNP under fire for police station closures
6 Mar 2014 at 9:04pm
ALEX Salmond has been accused of "taking a wrecking ball" to Scotland's justice system after new figures revealed 60% of police stations have been shut down or closed to the public since 2007.

MSPs unite in anger at Dounreay radiation 'cover-up'
6 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
THE UK Government has been accused of treating Scotland with contempt after it was revealed a radiation leak at a nuclear testing site at Dounreay was kept secret for two years.

Bank allowances defy EU payout caps
5 Mar 2014 at 9:04pm
Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group are to pay their bosses nearly £1 million in share allowances each on top of salary and bonuses to defy new European rules to cap payouts.

Charity warns on unspent millions to help combat bedroom tax fallout
5 Mar 2014 at 9:04pm
SCOTTISH councils are sitting on millions of pounds set aside to help people struggling with the so-called bedroom tax, it has been claimed, despite the fact that they have only four weeks left to spend the money.

Unite cuts funding to Labour by £1.5m
5 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
LABOUR'S biggest affiliate is to cut its funding by £1.5 million in the wake of changes to the party's links with trade unions.

No ban on ministers by council
5 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
A COUNCIL engaged in a war of words with Alex Salmond has voted to push ahead with controversial plans to revise protocols for ministerial visits.

Clegg and Farage in head-to-head debates
5 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is to go head to head with Ukip's Nigel Farage in two broadcast debates on the European Union in the run-up to the May 22 elections to the European Parliament.

Police IRA letters 'were lawful'
5 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
POLICE acted lawfully during the process of drafting letters to IRA suspects on the run, Northern Ireland's chief constable has said.

Rolling stock question raised a smile
5 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
THERE was no Punch, no Judy but Sam Cam popped in to make sure her husband was keeping the Opposition on its toes.

Jobless line '40 miles long'
5 Mar 2014 at 9:03pm
THE number of unemployed young people in Scotland could form a line that stretches almost 40 miles, new research has claimed.


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David Cameron laughs off Obama Twitter picture
7 Mar 2014 at 7:54pm

David Cameron has laughed off merciless mockery of a photograph of him on the telephone to President Barack Obama.



Subsea connector ?symbol? of unified market
7 Mar 2014 at 6:30pm

THE UK energy minister has claimed that plans for the world’s longest sub-sea electricity connector linking Scotland with the rest of UK is the “perfect symbol” for the benefits of having a single electricity market.



RBS awards directors shares of up to £18.25 million
7 Mar 2014 at 5:53pm

ROYAL Bank of Scotland yesterday sparked a political backlash by awarding its directors shares potentially worth up to £18.25 million. Although chief executive Ross McEwan has waived his annual bonus for 2013 and 2014, he has been granted a share award which could be worth up to £3m if the taxpayer-backed bank meets its targets.



Brian Wilson: councils carrying budget cut burdens
7 Mar 2014 at 4:41pm

You probably didn’t notice this week, but it was announced funding for speech and language services for children and adults with learning difficulties has fallen by 8.8 per cent since 2011 while, in some parts of Scotland, the cut has been over 20 per cent.



Comment: could miners? strike have been avoided?
7 Mar 2014 at 4:40pm

It is 30 years since the miners’ strike. For Arthur Scargill, it was a fight to save jobs; for Margaret Thatcher, it was an attack on democracy. But, without that pair, could it have been avoided.



Comment: Has Cameron put the ?twit? into Twitter?
7 Mar 2014 at 4:34pm

Imagine this scenario. You are the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (for now) and are talking to Barack Obama, one of the most important people on the planet, about Russia and Ukraine.



Leaders: violent crime | debt
7 Mar 2014 at 4:03pm

Overall crime rates in Scotland are down, which is good news, but violent crime and housebreakings are on the rise, which is bad and extremely troubling news.



Scottish independence: Currency union ?unlikely?
7 Mar 2014 at 12:56pm

CONCERNS over the future of an independent Scotland’s fiscal position, the size of its banking sector and its monetary regime have been highlighted in a report by a global banking group.



The Scotsman cartoon: Shell independence concerns
7 Mar 2014 at 5:42am

OIL giant Shell are the latest major firm to voice their concerns over the uncertainty over what Scottish independence could bring for their business.



Scots investment firm setting up English companies
7 Mar 2014 at 4:27am

Scottish independence: Dundee-based investment manager Alliance Trust has begun preparations for a possible move to England ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, adding to evidence of corporate unease over the looming vote.



Monetary union rejection ?final?, says Alexander
7 Mar 2014 at 4:02am

Scottish independence: The cross-party decision to rule out a monetary union if Scotland becomes independent is final, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has insisted.



Joyce McMillan: Foreign policy needs ethical basis
6 Mar 2014 at 7:28pm

Almost a decade after his death, Robin Cook’s case for moral principles resonates more than ever, writes Joyce McMillan



Ukraine: European Union can?t supply enough gas
6 Mar 2014 at 6:06pm

DIRECTING natural gas from the European Union to Ukraine if Russia stops supplying its western neighbour would fail to keep up with demand for long as supply capacity between the EU and Ukraine is too small, analysts say



Don?t let Russia tear our country to shreds: ex-PM
6 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

FORMER Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said Europe must act to repel Russian aggression.



Crimea ?breakaway? as MPs vote to join Russia
6 Mar 2014 at 6:00pm

Ukraine lurched towards break-up yesterday as politicians in the Crimean parliament voted unanimously to join Russia.




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Meanwhile in the newspapers
by Chris Cairns
8 Mar 2014 at 12:59pm

People power
by Julie McDowall
8 Mar 2014 at 9:00am
It?s still hard for some people to believe in poverty in Scotland. You could argue the word has been trampled into meaninglessness by overuse. It’s a constant in news reports these days, which most of us watch on nice TVs in our houses filled with cosy centrally-heated air, shielded from reality with expensive gadgets and […]

Only certain answers required
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Mar 2014 at 4:38am
Last weekend, Scotland on Sunday ran a major story entitled “Scottish independence: Pension funds seek answers”, the theme of which was self-evident. “Pension funds will step up calls for clarity over the implications of independence this week as the industry?s leaders gather for a key conference in Edinburgh. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) […]

Loving Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Mar 2014 at 4:00pm
Some Friday-night entertainment, courtesy of an alert reader. Remember, folks – a No vote in September is a vote to give UKIP a major influence over your life. A Yes banishes them forever. Your decision. The line about “kicking the door in”, by the way, comes from here: “You have only to kick in the […]

Nationalist of the week
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Mar 2014 at 12:01pm
From the Norwich Evening News, 4 March 2014: “‘It is ridiculous that independence for Scotland is even being given consideration at all. Much blood was spilled over centuries to bring the home nations together. It?s disrespectful to the honour of those that suffered to think that a cross on a ballot paper can undo that. […]

And now the weather
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Mar 2014 at 8:09am
It’s a really slow news day today, so here’s an extended report from the Met Office. The outlook in the event of a No vote: this is as good as it gets.

An ideal opportunity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Mar 2014 at 5:08am
It was good to see our old pal, prolific Labour and “Better Together” activist Duncan Hothersall, welcoming the chance for everyone to learn from mistakes yesterday with regard to giving out people’s personal information on the internet. Of course, Roseanna Cunningham only revealed contact info that was already in the public domain and easily accessible […]

Leaflet (price) drop
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Mar 2014 at 4:39am
The newest version of the “Aye Right” flyer publicising a whole raft of pro-independence websites and produced by Gavin Lessells and Robert Allan is now available. If you want to print some out yourself the full PDF file is attached below, but you can also contact Gavin or Robert and take advantage of a discount […]

Sticking to the script
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Mar 2014 at 1:00pm
Johann Lamont attracts a considerable amount of criticism – largely, it ought to be conceded, from SNP and Yes supporters, but also from the media – for her inability to deviate from her prepared text at First Minister’s Questions when the FM’s answer isn’t what she was expecting it to be. But she’s not the […]

What you didn?t read this week
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Mar 2014 at 8:06am
Remember about ten months ago, when there was a great big five-alarm hoo-ha in the Scottish media about pensions, based on the EU law that pension schemes operating across national borders had to be fully-funded at all times, which we were told would cause all sorts of dreadful chaos if Scotland was independent? We ask […]


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Call for nuclear sub fault inquiry
8 Mar 2014 at 8:13am
Labour calls for an inquiry into the disclosure of a radioactive fault found at a nuclear submarine reactor test site in the Scottish Highlands in 2012.


Women face 'significant obstacles'
8 Mar 2014 at 12:31pm
Women still face "significant" barriers in education, employment and public life, organisers of an International Women's Day event in Scotland warn.


Bank says currency union 'unlikely'
7 Mar 2014 at 12:57pm
A deal on sharing control of the pound between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK is "unlikely", analysts at the global bank Citigroup say.


Crime falls by 22% in four years
7 Mar 2014 at 11:01am
Reported crime rates in Scotland fell by almost a quarter over the past four years, according to government figures.


Council leader in non disclosure ban
7 Mar 2014 at 5:04am
A council leader is given a four week ban from attending a committee after he helped approve a £25,000 award to a group run by his employer.


Cross-border pension move welcomed
7 Mar 2014 at 9:45am
Scottish independence campaigners welcome changes to cross-border pension plan rules, amid concern from the UK government


Firm reveals vote contingency plans
7 Mar 2014 at 8:40am
Investment firm Alliance Trust says it is setting up companies registered in England ahead of the independence referendum.


Glasgow SNP leader to step down
7 Mar 2014 at 3:23am
The SNP group leader on Glasgow City Council is to step down for personal reasons.


Ineos to pay salary of sacked worker
7 Mar 2014 at 12:16pm
Grangemouth operator Ineos ordered to pay the wages of a sacked union convener until his unfair dismissal claim is heard by an employment tribunal.


Date set for council by-election
6 Mar 2014 at 10:53am
A date is set for a council by-election in the Scottish Borders following the death of a former Hawick provost.


Councillor intervened over visits
6 Mar 2014 at 12:30pm
The councillor who wanted to ban Scottish government ministers from Aberdeen buildings personally intervened to block visits, BBC Scotland learns.


Minister sorry for upsetting general
6 Mar 2014 at 10:21am
Scottish minister Roseanna Cunningham apologises to a retired Army general for causing any "inadvertent stress" by publicising his contact details on Twitter.


Pound-share risk claim 'overstated'
6 Mar 2014 at 12:30pm
The Treasury has "overstated" the risks of an independent Scotland sharing the pound with the rest of the UK, Scottish government advisers have said.


Shell boss: Scots should stay in UK
6 Mar 2014 at 5:54am
The chief executive of the oil company Shell says he would like Scotland to "remain part of the UK".


New plans for healthier school meals
6 Mar 2014 at 7:03am
New guidance which aims to teach children healthy eating habits is published by the Scottish government.


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Duggy Dug IV - Europe: We're in and we're stayin' in
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Mar 2014 at 11:43am

  This is our fourth installment of the Duggy Dug series of animated cartoons aimed at bringing a bit of colour and humour to the independence debate.  In this episode we see Duggy explain just why Scotland will remain a member of the European Union after independence, contrary to claims from those who would suggest otherwise.

As Duggy makes clear, Scotland is already a member of the EU and a Yes vote will simply allow us to continue that membership and become a member in our own right.  Claims that Spain will block Scotland's membership are similarly dealt with by wee Duggy and his Barcelona friend Pep.



Big Business and its warnings of a Yes Armageddon
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Mar 2014 at 5:01pm

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
So LLoyds Banking Group, Barclays and Shell have joined RBS and Standard Life to warn that Scottish independence could destabilise business.
 
Lloyds annual report fears an independent Scotland might have a poorer credit rating than the rest of the UK so the cost of borrowing on international markets might rise.  A bit rich you might think, coming from a company whose disastrous management has meant massive borrowing from the domestic taxpayer ? but let's leave that to one side.



Newsnet Scotland ... the final stretch
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Mar 2014 at 1:31am

  We're officially into the last 200 days of the referendum campaign, so it's time to let our readers know where we are and what we plan as we move forward to the referendum itself.

This time last year the site was attracting around 80,000 unique visitors each month.  In the space of twelve months we have increased our readership by an impressive 60,000 and are now on course to reach over 150,000 unique visitors in March - the first six days of this month has witnessed over 38,000 unique visitors.



Standard Life should seek answers from Westminster
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Mar 2014 at 12:59am

By James Scott

There is a hauntingly familiar ring to the No campaign's attempts to recruit business leaders to forecast woe and destruction after a Yes vote for Scottish independence.

I, for one, have been through it all before.



Ailsa McKay 1963-2014
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Mar 2014 at 3:16pm

By Derek Bateman
 
What a shock today to Google the name of Ailsa McKay and to find she had died in the last 24 hours. I wanted to get in touch about an interview with her and didn?t realise she was so poorly. Such a grounded and committed woman to lose at any time but with Scotland in political turmoil her presence was like a rock. My condolences go to her family.



Will the real No campaign please stand up
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Mar 2014 at 11:38pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Jose Manuel Barroso, Bob Dudley and David Nish - three men who have dominated recent media coverage of the independence referendum.  They are the heads of the European Commission, BP and Standard Life respectively.
 
Vaclav Klaus, Joelle Garriaud-Maylam, Michael O'Leary and Willie Walsh ? four people who haven't featured quite as much, indeed if at all in some cases.



Johnny Foreigner
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Mar 2014 at 1:00am

By Derek Bateman
 
The First Minister says we won?t be foreigners if we are independent. Speak for yourself, Mr Salmond. Who wants to be part of a country that deliberately legislates for poverty, wrecks lives, campaigns for the wealthy and closes its doors to Scotland?
 
If it means severing our links with the austerity merchants of London, I demand to be foreign. If it means no more illegal wars, I scream that I am from a foreign land. And if it brings social justice instead of embedded inequality, then call me Johnny Foreigner. I will be foreign to the Little Englanders and proud of it too.



Communities fight Falkirk coalbed methane plans
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
27 Feb 2014 at 4:13pm

By Stephanie Pride

Concerned communities in Falkirk are fighting back against plans by unconventional energy giant Dart to turn the district into the UK's first commercial coalbed methane site.

Although initial plans are for just 22 new wells, the company owns a licence block that covers 367 square kilometres of central Scotland which could yield up to 600 billion cubic feet of the gas, it boasts.



Currency threat contempt for Scots
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Mar 2014 at 1:18pm

By John McAllion

'Better Together' campaigners were triumphant as Britain's three party establishment ruled out a currency union with a post-independent Scotland.

The co-ordinated announcement by Tory, Lib Dem and Labour spokespeople was intended to be a game changer that would cause undecided voters to flock into the No camp and scupper any prospect of a Yes majority in the referendum.



Another Easterhouse is Possible
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Mar 2014 at 3:32am

  By Peter Geoghegan

"Anyone here who has never been canvassing?" Jonathan Shafi, co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign, projected his voice to be heard by the 50 or so hardy souls huddled together in a half-empty car park in Easterhouse on a dreich midweek evening.  A couple of novices, hands gingerly raised, were quickly paired up with more experienced stagers. "Once you've got a partner go over and get a sheet from Tony."




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EX-SNP deputy leader says Westminister hold whip hand over currency union
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 9:46am

JIM Sillars says SNP have failed to come up with alternative currency plan in event of a Yes vote.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It is always sad to see "Sidelined" Sillars echoing the shallow, ill-informed arguments of anti-independence propaganda and serving their unworthy cause by seeking to promote t...



People power
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 9:19am

It’s still hard for some people to believe in poverty in Scotland. You could argue the word has been trampled into meaninglessness by overuse. It's a constant in news reports these days, which most...

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Swindled
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 8:52am

I feel like Scotland has been swindled. We have been taught to feel grateful for the existence of the UK and that by being part of their 'team' we are better off

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Change is scary: Change Now
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 6:19am

"Vote no and nothing will change for you, your daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, nieces, aunts, mothers and grandmothers. Vote yes and potentially, everything will..."

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Embarrassment for Alexander after EU signals pension rule changes
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 5:57am

Embarrassment for Alexander after EU signals pension rule changes

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Gender equality can increase prosperity in an independent Scotland
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 5:47am

Women for Independence By Michelle Thomson, Managing Director of Business for Scotland and Michael Gray, Researcher. Gender remains an important factor in the economic structure of both Scotland and the UK. Economic opportunities are strongly linked to gender. For this reason, economic decisions ...

Only certain answers required
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 5:37am
Last weekend, Scotland on Sunday ran a major story entitled "Scottish independence: Pension funds seek answers", the theme of which was self-evident. "Pension funds will step up calls for clarity o...

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The threats that only make sense in Nat world - Telegraph
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 5:29am

The SNP is living in cloud cuckoo land if it thinks economic blackmail will convince the government in Westminster to agree to share sterling
Peter A Bell's insight:

Poor Old Cockers is undoubtedly one of the most brazen liars in the ranks of British nationalist fanatics. In his increasingly frenzi...



My Journey to Yes
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 4:32am

As part of our ongoing series celebrating International Women's Day, artist Janie Nicoll argues poetically for a Yes vote as a voice of optimism for change ...

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Imagine A Better Scotland - Lesley Riddoch (Part 4/4) - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 4:23am

IMAGINE A BETTER SCOTLAND Held at the St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy Fife, this event featured a range of speakers. Amongst those discussing how we can "Imagine a ...

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VOTE: Call for Union flag to fly on Forth Road Bridge to mark centenary anniv...
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 4:10am

LIZ SMITH, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife, has written to the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) to call for the Union flag to fly on the Forth Road Bridge to mark the centenary anniversary of the First World War.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Liz Smith just wants to continue the...



Schulz blocks advice on EU membership
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 3:49am

THE president of the European Parliament has blocked legal advice on whether an independent Scotland could be fast-tracked to EU membership.
Peter A Bell's insight:

It's all too easy to envisage myriad conspiracy theories springing up around this with various people claiming all manner of ulterior ...



Bank says currency union 'unlikely'
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 2:54am

A deal on sharing control of the pound between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK is "unlikely", analysts at the global bank Citigroup have said.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Only "unlikely"? That would seem to contradict Danny Alexander's insistence that there will be no negotiations on the...



Duggy Dug 'Euro Nations' - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 2:28am



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Big Business and its warnings of a Yes Armageddon
by Peter A Bell
8 Mar 2014 at 2:23am

Big Business and its warnings of a Yes Armageddon

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George Osborne will need to find £20m more in cuts if Tories win election say...
by dailyrecord
8 Mar 2014 at 5:09am
FEARS follow concerns that UK economic growth will not last - putting Chancellor under pressure to explain where axe will fall next.


EX-SNP deputy leader says Westminister hold whip hand over currency union
by dailyrecord
8 Mar 2014 at 3:08am
JIM Sillars says SNP have failed to come up with alternative currency plan in event of a Yes vote.


Danny Alexander rules out currency union between Scotland and rest of UK - fo...
by dailyrecord
8 Mar 2014 at 3:01am
CHIEF Secretary to the Treasury claims rejection of monetary union with independent Scotland is no campaign tactic.


Decision to rule out a monetary union if Scotland becomes independent is fina...
by dailyrecord
7 Mar 2014 at 3:05am
MR Alexander set out his reasons for rejecting the Scottish Government's preferred currency solution, as he insisted that the cross-party decision to rule it out was final.


Record View: Nuke leak secrets an utter disgrace
by Record View
7 Mar 2014 at 2:35am
RECORD VIEW says the Scottish Government and the public should have been notified the minute the malfunction was discovered at Dounreay.


UK Government accused of cover-up after leak in Dounreay nuclear reactor is d...
by David Clegg
7 Mar 2014 at 2:15am
THE Ministry of Defence alerted environment agency SEPA in 2012 after an internal leak was found in a submarine test reactor - but told them not to pass the information on.


Chelsea swagger
by Andrew McNair
7 Mar 2014 at 2:00am
Ten-year-old has big Olympic dreams in taekwondo


Power giant Aggreko voice concerns over independence as they warn Yes vote co...
by David Clegg
6 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
THE company, who employ more than 600 people in Scotland, raised concerns about having to deal with two sets of tax rates and different pension and health and safety regimes.


Referendum: Aggreko voice concerns over independence as Shell boss says Scotl...
by dailyrecord
6 Mar 2014 at 6:11am
THE boss of the generator and heating suppliers firm warned of 'years of uncertainty' as oil firm chief Ben van Beurden made the case for the stability of the status quo.


Twitter ridicules David Cameron's self-promoting selfie taken during Ukraine ...
by Richard Hartley-Parkinson
6 Mar 2014 at 4:40am
From a talking dog to conversations with Bart Simpson, Twitter has produced some hilarious interpretations of the phone call between Cameron and Barak Obama


Referendum: Top economist says dumping our share of the UK debt could benefit...
by David Clegg
6 Mar 2014 at 2:41am
ALEX Salmond's Yes campaign gets a welcome boost as Paul Johnson agrees that walking away from the £150bn we owe would have significant benefits if we go it alone.


Prime Minister David Cameron urged to explain why secretive National Crime Ag...
by dailyrecord
5 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
LABOUR MP John Mann says it is "unprecedented" for the NCA to be looking into the case involving No.10 aide Patrick Rock as the organisation is not subject to independent scrutiny.


Shamed MP Eric Joyce appears in court and denies charges of being threatening...
by dailyrecord
5 Mar 2014 at 9:06am
THE 53-year-old  maintained his not guilty pleas to three charges when he appeared in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.


Scotland should start its own currency instead of trying to forge a formal ag...
by dailyrecord
5 Mar 2014 at 8:36am
THE view is at odds with the Scottish Government's aim of securing a monetary union after a Yes vote on September 18.


Video: Scotland will boost the economy of the rest of the UK after independen...
by Torcuil Crichton
5 Mar 2014 at 4:02am
IN a speech in the capital, the First Minister said: ?The growth of a strong economic power in the north of these islands would benefit everyone ? our closest neighbours in the north of England more than anyone."


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Sinclair ZX81 proves to be more intelligent than a Computer prof and Times Jo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Mar 2014 at 5:07pm
Sinclair ZX81 proves to be more intelligent than a Computer prof and Times Journalists. Sadly, no intelligence can be as artificial as Mundell's.


Alas, poor Yorick
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Unfortunately, no computer seems to be able to replicate the mind-bogglingly irrational stupidity of David M...

A further devastating, and possibly fatal blow was dealt to Alex Salmond's sp...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Mar 2014 at 2:26pm
A further devastating, and possibly fatal blow was dealt to Alex Salmond's splittist pretensions today as yet another US-based megastar has called upon Scots to stay within the Union.


Laddie Gagger: Another US megastar comes out for No
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No true-thinking Scotchman or Jockes...

Great that the the really creative people are voting NO! Congratulations to L...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Mar 2014 at 5:47pm
Great that the the really creative people are voting NO! Congratulations to Lady Alba and team.


Lady Alba - Bad Romance (Gaga for Indy)
Vocals and lyrics by Zara Gladman Original track by Lady Gaga - no copyright infringement intended! I want your weapons I want student fees I want a country ...

BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent. Following...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Mar 2014 at 4:10am
BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent.

Following the latest slippery news that Aiberdeen City Cooncil won't now be banning Salmond and all Scottish Ministers from Cooncil properties, Nat has extraordinary news. He has tweeted -

'Wullie Young tells me "I'm now calling...

Cabinet banned from Aberdeen for 'damaging the Union'.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Mar 2014 at 3:36pm
Cabinet banned from Aberdeen for 'damaging the Union'.


Ye?re Barred! ? Aberdeen tells rowdy St Andrew?s mob
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Joan Sturgeon, Provost of North Ayrshire, said that she was horrified to discover that her daughter Nicola was a member of the Cabinet Club

A horror film released today by the U-KOK campaign for Scottish dependence de...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Mar 2014 at 2:12pm
A horror film released today by the U-KOK campaign for Scottish dependence demonstrates how effectively some Scots can be scared into submissiveness.


A Lesson in Fear: A new horror film by M Knighted Saylieman
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BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent. Following t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Mar 2014 at 11:23am
BREAKING NEWS from Nat Hunter, our Chief Political Correspondent. Following the announcement that Aiberdeen City Cooncil is to ban Salmond and all Scottish Ministers from Cooncil properties, Nat has extraordinary news. He has tweeted -

"A source tells me @AlexSalmond will urinate on front door o...

Scots money floods Bath!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Mar 2014 at 1:18pm
Scots money floods Bath!


Money floods South from Scotlandshire as indy referendum looms
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We tried to contact Jim Murphy MP, but only reached an answering machine which told us to ?F*ck off!?, over and over again.

Dignity prevails at FMQs
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Mar 2014 at 3:16pm
Dignity prevails at FMQs


Stairheid gets away wi' murrdurr at FMQ's
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LaMont trounces the big fat liar!

We are keen to see who Keen appoints as the first Tory FM of Scotlandshire. L...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Feb 2014 at 4:28pm
We are keen to see who Keen appoints as the first Tory FM of Scotlandshire. LaMont is the hot tip.



Tories will rule Scotlandshire after No vote
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Tannadice has never been the same since Jim McLean sadly left us.

We suspect that today's announcement that a Scotlandshire without oil would s...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Feb 2014 at 4:14pm
We suspect that today's announcement that a Scotlandshire without oil would still get a AAA rating from S&P might have influenced things.


Radio broadcast 'from the future' predicts massive win for Yes
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Before listening to the broadcast, please ensure that your player is se...

Leader of the Nu-Socialists in Scotlandshire Johann Lamont astonished the wor...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Feb 2014 at 3:39pm
Leader of the Nu-Socialists in Scotlandshire Johann Lamont astonished the world last night with evidence that the region can?t rule itself even if it wanted to.


Scots not genetically programmed to make political decisions, reveals astonished Lamont
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Among English Tories, t...

Johann is in her bunker awaiting the arrival of her script.
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Feb 2014 at 2:04pm
Johann is in her bunker awaiting the arrival of her script.


Johann's script is late - What is she to do?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other te...

Independent Scots will lose everything with the term 'British' in its name, i...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 4:10pm
Independent Scots will lose everything with the term 'British' in its name, including their British DNA, claims an influential Westminster government spokesman.


Blow for Salmond as top Tory warns Indy Scots ?would lose their DNA?
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Conservative Cumbrae councillor Tom Marsha...

Which of these two are you?
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2014 at 1:02pm
Which of these two are you?




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it's time to get above ourselves


Swindled
by bellacaledonia
8 Mar 2014 at 8:32am
I feel like Scotland has been swindled. We have been taught to feel grateful for the existence of the UK and that by being part of their 'team' we are better off


Change is scary: Change Now
by bellacaledonia
8 Mar 2014 at 4:57am
"Vote no and nothing will change for you, your daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, nieces, aunts, mothers and grandmothers. Vote yes and potentially, everything will..."


My Journey to Yes
by bellacaledonia
8 Mar 2014 at 3:37am
As part of our ongoing series celebrating International Women's Day, artist Janie Nicoll argues poetically for a Yes vote as a voice of optimism for change ...


Imagine A Better Scotland ? Lesley Riddoch
by bellacaledonia
8 Mar 2014 at 3:21am
As part of our ongoing series to celebrate International Women’s Day,  Lesley Riddoch helps imagine a better Scotland. ************************************************ Join Women for Independence here. Please share this article on Facebook.Filed under: Women, Yes Scotland Tagged: #indyref, #ScotY...


With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power
by bellacaledonia
7 Mar 2014 at 3:24pm
We continue our series in celebration of International Women’s Day with Clare Galloway A question rises up for me, out of the ashes of the pointless fiery talk from the heating debate on the Scottish referendum. Heckle-based rhetoric and heid-bashing... Read More ›


Bring It On
by bellacaledonia
7 Mar 2014 at 4:40am
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Women for Independence are holding events and stalls across the country (all details are here). As part of our series celebrating women’s role in Scottish democracy, we’re delighted to have a guest piece by Mary... Read More ›


Moving On
by bellacaledonia
6 Mar 2014 at 2:05pm
Flora Napier on Ivor Cutler, bobbing seals, improbably high hedges and getting to Yes. It took a fair chunk of reading, chatting and mulling things over before I finally decided that I would vote for Scotland?s independence. It was not... Read More ›


Women for Yes
by bellacaledonia
6 Mar 2014 at 8:14am
Kicking-off our series to celebrate International Women’s Day, Isobel Lindsay writes on power, gender and democracy. ?If we weren?t so feart, this could be exciting? This was the comment from a Clydebank women who came along to one of Women for... Read More ›


Most of the Act of Union would survive Scottish ?independence?
by bellacaledonia
6 Mar 2014 at 4:44am
by Jonathan Wills Let me explain: Should Scotland be an independent country? Well, yes, of course it should. All countries, surely, should be independent. Otherwise they?re provinces, not countries. But many countries, by choice, are not fully independent, for example... Read More ›

The Strange Nature of Britain?s Interests: Russia, Oligarchs and Currency Union
by bellacaledonia
5 Mar 2014 at 10:04am
After the extraordinary analysis by Peter Jones in the Scotsman, we prefer this, by John Warren. Like Vitol, like NHS privatisation, like Tony’s Cronies, like Osborne’s economics it’s a case of Follow the Money … Following Russia?s military action in... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Danny Alexander insists currency union refusal 'is fin...
6 Mar 2014 at 6:40pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Danny Alexander insists currency union refusal 'is final'
BBC News
The cross-party decision to rule out a monetary union if Scotland became independent is final, the chief secretary to the Treasury has said. Danny Alexander insisted the UK government was not going to ...


Scottish independence: Citigroup says formal currency union 'unlikely' - BBC ...
7 Mar 2014 at 11:06am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Citigroup says formal currency union 'unlikely'
BBC News
A deal on sharing control of the pound between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK is "unlikely", analysts at the global bank Citigroup have said. They also said it was "astonishing" the Scottish gove...


Scottish independence: What have businesses been saying? - BBC News
7 Mar 2014 at 3:33am

BBC News

Scottish independence: What have businesses been saying?
BBC News
Aggreko, a Glasgow-based power firm, is the latest in a long line of big businesses to comment on Scotland's forthcoming independence referendum. Standard Life, British Airways, Lloyds, Ryanair, BP, Shell, and RBS have all of...


Scottish independence: Shell boss wants Scotland to 'remain in UK' - BBC News
5 Mar 2014 at 8:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Shell boss wants Scotland to 'remain in UK'
BBC News
The Scottish government said an EU referendum was the "real risk" facing the oil and gas sector. Last week, Shell hosted the UK cabinet at its headquarters in Aberdeen. At the time, the chairman of Shell UK, Ed Dani...


Wales says Scottish independence battle will benefit UK - Reuters
5 Mar 2014 at 11:58am

Hartlepool Mail

Wales says Scottish independence battle will benefit UK
Reuters
There is little desire among the Welsh to go it alone, with latest polls showing only five percent support, while about one third of Scots favor independence, putting them behind pro-unionists in polls but with a possibl...


Alliance Trust warns of risks of Scottish independence - Telegraph.co.uk
7 Mar 2014 at 8:15am

Telegraph.co.uk

Alliance Trust warns of risks of Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
The 126-year-old investment trust has become the latest major listed company to warn about the ?uncertainty? created by the independence referendum and the potential impact of Scotland no longer using the pound or...


Scottish independence: Lloyds and Barclays say referendum a 'potential risk' ...
5 Mar 2014 at 3:36pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lloyds and Barclays say referendum a 'potential risk'
BBC News
Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays have both cited the Scottish independence referendum as a potential risk to their businesses. In their annual reports, the banks listed the referendum alongside a raft of ...


Scottish independence is 'too good to miss' says actor Sean Connery - Reuters
3 Mar 2014 at 8:36am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence is 'too good to miss' says actor Sean Connery
Reuters
"As a Scot and as someone with a lifelong love for both Scotland and the arts, I believe the opportunity of independence is too good to miss," Connery wrote in an article due to be published on the New States...


Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain? - BBC News
4 Mar 2014 at 11:59am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain?
BBC News
The referendum on Scottish independence has thrown down a challenge to those campaigning for a No vote under the banner of the UK being "better together". But what vision can they offer to compete with the nationalist one?...


Scottish independence: Adviser Beveridge backs currency union plan - BBC News
5 Mar 2014 at 7:20am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Adviser Beveridge backs currency union plan
BBC News
The head of the Scottish government's fiscal advice group has urged SNP ministers to stick with their planned monetary union under independence. Crawford Beveridge said Chancellor George Osborne was not "serious" wh...



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Scotland warns UK against rejecting currency union - Press TV
8 Mar 2014 at 9:55am

Press TV

Scotland warns UK against rejecting currency union
Press TV
The Scottish National Party (SNP) minister refused to outline a Plan B on currency and said a vote for independence would put Scotland "in the driving seat." Scotland's finance minister stressed the SNP's readiness for talks, addin...


From the archives - Cumbernauld News
8 Mar 2014 at 5:13am

Cumbernauld News

From the archives
Cumbernauld News
He had sent a letter attacking the SNP to businessmen and trade union leaders in the constituency, attacking the SNP's independendence in Europe campaign. But SNP whip Andrew Welsh complained the letters were on House of Commons stationery to be .....


EX-SNP deputy leader says Westminister hold whip hand over currency union - S...
8 Mar 2014 at 3:19am

EX-SNP deputy leader says Westminister hold whip hand over currency union
Scottish Daily Record
Crawford Beveridge, chairman of the SNP fiscal commission, says the economic case for a currency union trumps the politics. He should have looked at the eurozone ? a disaster for Spain, Portugal, Greece ...


Sepa blamed for SNP being unaware of radiation leak - Herald Scotland
7 Mar 2014 at 9:09pm

Sepa blamed for SNP being unaware of radiation leak
Herald Scotland
Scottish politicians from different parties have protested that the UK Government did not inform them about the incident at Dounreay, which occurred in January 2012 but was only disclosed to the SNP this week. They have also querie...


Weir puts case for oil and gas industry as part of an independent Scotland - ...
8 Mar 2014 at 12:06am

Forfar Dispatch

Weir puts case for oil and gas industry as part of an independent Scotland
Forfar Dispatch
Mr Weir, the SNP's energy spokesman at Westminster, was speaking at the 'Putting Energy into the Debate' event organised last week by the Aberdeen and Grampian Chambers of Commerce. He said: ?T...


Finance Secretary John Swinney under fire over UK debt default talk - Express...
7 Mar 2014 at 6:26pm

Express.co.uk

Finance Secretary John Swinney under fire over UK debt default talk
Express.co.uk
Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said the SNP Government's demands for a monetary union were akin to ?embarking on a damaging divorce? but still sharing a credit card. He insisted that th...


Total crime falls by over 20% in five years - SNP (press release)
7 Mar 2014 at 11:57am

Total crime falls by over 20% in five years
SNP (press release)
The SNP is today welcoming statistics showing that the overall number of crimes and the overall risks of being a victim of crime and have both dropped in recent years. Scottish Crime and Justice Survey released by Scotland's Chief Stat...


Row between Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council - STV Aberdeen
7 Mar 2014 at 12:23pm

STV Aberdeen

Row between Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council
STV Aberdeen
The row between the Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council has intensified after senior figures on both sides were involved in heated exchanges on STV's Scotland Tonight programme. SNP MSP Mark McDonald accuse...


Row between Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council steps up - stv.tv
7 Mar 2014 at 12:17pm

Row between Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council steps up
stv.tv
SNP MSP Mark McDonald accused the Labour-led coalition administration of ?bringing the city into disrepute? following a stand-off that began during last year's Donside by-election. Council leader Barney Crockett came under fi...


Alexander sent north to continue currency bluff - SNP (press release)
7 Mar 2014 at 8:00am

Alexander sent north to continue currency bluff
SNP (press release)
The SNP have today branded Westminster attempts to continue bluff and bluster on currency by sending Danny Alexander north of the border to scaremonger as ludicrous, given his track record on trust. Since going into coalition with ...



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Scottish independence: What have businesses been saying? - BBC News
7 Mar 2014 at 3:33am

BBC News

Scottish independence: What have businesses been saying?
BBC News
Aggreko, a Glasgow-based power firm, is the latest in a long line of big businesses to comment on Scotland's forthcoming independence referendum. Standard Life, British Airways, Lloyds, Ryanair, BP, Shell, and RBS have all of...


Scottish independence: Lloyds and Barclays say referendum a 'potential risk' ...
5 Mar 2014 at 3:36pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lloyds and Barclays say referendum a 'potential risk'
BBC News
Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays have both cited the Scottish independence referendum as a potential risk to their businesses. In their annual reports, the banks listed the referendum alongside a raft of ...


Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain? - BBC News
4 Mar 2014 at 11:59am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Could the referendum reboot Britain?
BBC News
The referendum on Scottish independence has thrown down a challenge to those campaigning for a No vote under the banner of the UK being "better together". But what vision can they offer to compete with the nationalist one?...


Scottish independence: Shell boss wants Scotland to 'remain in UK' - BBC News
5 Mar 2014 at 8:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Shell boss wants Scotland to 'remain in UK'
BBC News
The Scottish government said an EU referendum was the "real risk" facing the oil and gas sector. Last week, Shell hosted the UK cabinet at its headquarters in Aberdeen. At the time, the chairman of Shell UK, Ed Dani...


Crimea is not Scotland - Washington Post (blog)
7 Mar 2014 at 3:59pm

Washington Post (blog)

Crimea is not Scotland
Washington Post (blog)
Scotland decided to hold its referendum after the Scottish National Party won power on a platform that proposed independence. Those in Crimea's parliament who proposed its referendum were never voted into power, and were only put i...


Sean Connery urges Scotland to break away from Britain in independence ... - ...
2 Mar 2014 at 1:01pm

Daily Mail

Sean Connery urges Scotland to break away from Britain in independence ...
Daily Mail
Film star Sean Connery is urging fellow Scots to vote for independence when a referendum is held in September. The longtime independence advocate says in The Sun on Sunday newspaper that the opportunity ...


Bet Scots will say No, but hedge the referendum - Reuters
17 Feb 2014 at 9:56am

The Independent

Bet Scots will say No, but hedge the referendum
Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - If Scots vote now on independence, their 307-year-old union with England will continue - nine polls since December show the No vote winning their referendum by anywhere from 8 to 28 percentage points. The trou...


Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone - BBC News
3 Mar 2014 at 6:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Campaigns mark 200-day milestone
BBC News
On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked the straight Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said only a Yes vote would secure the powers Scotland needs. Ba...


Scottish independence: Pensions and the referendum debate - BBC News
27 Feb 2014 at 3:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Pensions and the referendum debate
BBC News
How to fund an increasingly ageing population is a 21st Century problem that weighs heavily on the minds of governments across the world. And it certainly matters in Scotland - the issue of pensions has consistently register...


Scotland independence referendum: Vote 'Yes' and lose the BBC, says Maria ......
26 Feb 2014 at 6:36am

The Independent

Scotland independence referendum: Vote 'Yes' and lose the BBC, says Maria ...
The Independent
Scotland independence referendum: Vote 'Yes' and lose the BBC, says Maria Miller. Robert Dex. Wednesday 26 February 2014. Print. Your friend's email address. Your email address. Note: We do ...



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Best Tenner I've Spent In A While
8 Mar 2014 at 12:03pm

A NOW TV box from SKY. I side loaded an app called PLEX and can now stream any video or music on ...



A Fife Schools Indy Debate Video...
8 Mar 2014 at 6:38am

..where Patrick Harvie yet again shows why he's one of the best politicians we have and Anas Sarw...



Lady Alba - Bad Romance (Gaga For Indy)
8 Mar 2014 at 3:37am

Maybe make No voters think again.

Like to see this going viral so take a minute and link on faceb...



Missing Plane
7 Mar 2014 at 9:07pm
239 passengers and crew.Not good.

Ailsa Mckay
7 Mar 2014 at 4:36pm

A marvellous woman, who sadly died of the curse that is cancer this week.

 

Full of aspiration, f...



New York Times Don't Miss Westminster In This Article
7 Mar 2014 at 4:25pm
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/08/opinion/londons-laundry-business.html?smid=tw-share&_r=5&ref...

Elena Baltacha Battling Cancer
7 Mar 2014 at 12:33pm
Shocked to hear this, good luck to her...

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/mar/07/elena-balt...

The Decision To Rule Out A Currency Union Is Final
7 Mar 2014 at 8:10am

says Danny Alexander.

 

The man who ruled out tuition fees.



Scotland Richer Than We First Thought
7 Mar 2014 at 6:24am

http://www.businessforscotland.co.uk/think-tank-scotlands-economy-stronger-than-previously-though...



Uk Government Accused Of Cover-Up After Leak In ..
7 Mar 2014 at 4:53am

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/uk-government-accused-cover-up-after-3215798

 

THE Min...


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

Scottish Labour and the supposed self-evident truths of separation
by Guest Blog
7 Mar 2014 at 7:27am
We’re pleased to have a guest post today from dearly-missed erstwhile Better Nation editor and fo...

Bring me the head of Keith Brown!
by Dom
3 Mar 2014 at 6:05am
For all their faults, you can?t deny that the Labour governments of the early Scottish Parliament...

We?re off to Tillicoultry
by Aidan
14 Feb 2014 at 2:00am
Thursday didn’t start well for me: after waking up late and rushing out the flat I had huge probl...

What?s the weather like in Montenegro?
by James
12 Feb 2014 at 9:49am
The latest round of “positive campaigning” from the Westminster parties centres again on the curr...

Industry baron in ?against independence? shock
by James
4 Feb 2014 at 8:46am
The No campaign are most excited that an American corporate boss has come out against independenc...

The London model is more like us than we?d maybe wish to think.
by Dom
2 Feb 2014 at 4:24pm
Sitting in the foyer of the Citibank building in Canary Wharf, where the trains have no drivers a...

Putting human rights at the heart of Scottish foreign policy
by Guest Blog
31 Jan 2014 at 7:58am
Thanks to Andrew Smith for today’s guest post: Andrew is a spokesperson for Campaign Against Arms...

In for a penny, in for a groat
by James
29 Jan 2014 at 9:24am
The Governor of the Bank of England has just sunk plans for Scottish independence today, we’re to...

Thinking the unthinkable.
by Dom
26 Jan 2014 at 2:15pm
When The Scotsman is agitatedly reporting a poll showing moves towards a Yes vote then you know i...

Academics prove nothing in the hands of spin doctors
by Dom
21 Jan 2014 at 12:33pm
During the autumn I was asked to join up to a campaigning group that would have assembled people ...


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

Sagacity on Saturday : Dragging the Westminster parliament kicking and scream...
by James Kelly
8 Mar 2014 at 5:00am
"The Honourable Gentleman keeps referring to 19th Century practices in this place. Does he not th...

Let's play rounders!
by James Kelly
7 Mar 2014 at 11:39am
I've just noticed something rather peculiar.  Of the seven BPC pollsters that have published refe...

Ipsos-Mori poll : SNP open up big Scottish Parliament lead
by James Kelly
4 Mar 2014 at 9:08pm
So now we turn to the other side of the coin when it comes to the Ipsos-Mori enigma - they may be...

A bit more on polling methodology
by James Kelly
4 Mar 2014 at 10:56am
I thought you might be interested in this comment left by a user on Reddit. (I stumbled across i...

Ipsos-Mori consolidate their status as the extreme outliers
by James Kelly
3 Mar 2014 at 11:39pm
One thing that we can certainly deduce from yesterday's Ipsos-Mori poll is that the Yes campaign ...

YouGov poll shows support for independence rising to its highest level of the...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 8:42pm
Apologies for being a bit later than usual with this poll - I've been having the week from hell. ...

Sagacity on Saturday : What Blairites mean when they talk about 'decentralisa...
by James Kelly
1 Mar 2014 at 5:00am
"In the Soviet Union, whatever the Constitution said, in practice the constituent republics were ...

Am I genetically programmed to review last night's Sturgeon v Lamont debate? ...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2014 at 3:15am

Derek Bateman's verdict was : "If there's been a worse 'debate' anywhere, I missed it."  To which...



So should Cameron debate with Salmond, or should he just butt out of the refe...
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:45am
I can't tell you how honoured I was to start my Tuesday morning by having a brief exchange of vie...


Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes - now in graphical form!
by James Kelly
25 Feb 2014 at 8:10am
Huge thanks to Sandy Brownlee for providing this graph, which offers a visual accompaniment to th...

Poll of Polls : the long-term trend towards Yes
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2014 at 12:44pm
As the evidence mounts that journalists in the mainstream media (including the BBC, the Scotsman ...

Norman Smith : I would say he's lost the plot, but did he ever have it?
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2014 at 2:37am
The BBC's Norman Smith, he of the cringe-inducing "Sassenachs" monologue, continues in his fearle...

YouGov subsample spectacular
by James Kelly
23 Feb 2014 at 5:48am
Just as a bit of fun, I thought it might be worth mentioning the results of the 206-strong Scotti...

New Panelbase poll shows the pro-independence campaign closing the gap
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2014 at 5:37pm
We know that there will be at least two referendum polls tonight, and the headline figures from t...

Cunning Scolympians narrowly avoid 'God Save the Queen' moment
by James Kelly
21 Feb 2014 at 10:44am
It's the age-old curse of the Scolympian - obviously you want to do well, but terrifying dangers ...


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Perspective: 'The UK is certainly not OK for many women'
by Kevin Gilmartin
8 Mar 2014 at 8:01am
"UK OK" is the slogan for the Better Together campaign. The UK is OK...? I don't agree. In the ye...

Perspective: The importance of International Women's Day
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 10:11am
Green councillor Maggie Chapman explains that changing the perception of women?s contribution to ...

Perspective: A country where we can look after all of the people, all of the ...
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 9:43am
Businesswoman Helen MacDonough explores the chances offered to women by Scotland becoming indepen...

Perspective: Female involvement is vital in all aspects of this debate
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 9:40am
Amy McKechnie says that, with Yes, women can be part of creating a new type of society.

Perspective: A vote for independence is a vote for women
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 9:35am
Cat Boyd explains that a Yes vote is not just a vote for a new Scotland, but that it is a vote fo...

Daily Digest: Aviva chief says referendum a matter for Scots.
by Stuart McDonald
7 Mar 2014 at 5:09am
The Herald reports that the Yes campaign has been ?boosted? after the chief executive of insuranc...

Why a Yes vote is the key to a better and fairer deal for women in Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
7 Mar 2014 at 4:29am
Women in Scotland want a better deal. They need it and they deserve it. By taking responsibility...

Perspective: I am excited at the prospect of what an independent Scotland can do
by Sean Lafferty
7 Mar 2014 at 4:16am
Mother-of-two Pat Bremner explains why she has decided to vote Yes on 18 September.

Boss of UK's biggest insurance giant says referendum a matter for Scots
by Peter Dempsie
7 Mar 2014 at 4:09am
Mark Wilson, Chief Executive of the UK's biggest insurance company, Aviva "We operate all around ...

A Yes vote allows us to 'do what?s right for older Scots'
by Peter Dempsie
7 Mar 2014 at 4:03am
With a Yes vote, we will have the opportunity to protect and build on the successes of the Scotti...

Bob Thomson: Seeing Labour in pact with Tories made up my mind
by Peter Dempsie
7 Mar 2014 at 1:24am
Bob Thomson, former Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party, says he was undecided on independence ...

'Hauntingly familiar ring to the No campaign?s woe forecasts'
by Sean Lafferty
6 Mar 2014 at 11:12am
There is a hauntingly familiar ring to the No campaign?s attempts to recruit business leaders to ...

'With a Yes vote, we can expand the community'
by Sean Lafferty
6 Mar 2014 at 10:42am
More than 200 people packed in to the Victoria Halls to hear why people in Helensburgh and the su...

Daily Digest: Putting citizens at the heart of the debate and Osborne ?not se...
by Stuart McDonald
6 Mar 2014 at 7:23am
"We warned in our report last year that leading up to this there was going to be a lot of politic...

We still need more women?s voices being heard
by Sean Lafferty
6 Mar 2014 at 6:32am
My personal reason for voting Yes is that it seems unnatural for Scotland to be ruled by a govern...


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Vince Cable, the rise of UKIP & the YES movement.
7 Mar 2014 at 2:42pm
Delivering a speech tonight outlining the divergent political ambitions between the Scottish Elec...

Yes Scotland Lady Gaga video goes viral!
7 Mar 2014 at 11:41am

A pro independence video of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance has attracted thousands of hits on YouTube!

h...



The wonders of austerity
6 Mar 2014 at 1:31pm

A direct result of one of Ian Duncan Smith's policies.  I haven't seen this here yet, apologies i...



Better Together football match!
6 Mar 2014 at 10:42am

There might be a Better Together Cup!

Crazy story!

http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/politics/...



Why is 'P&B' so disproportionately 'Yes' ?
6 Mar 2014 at 7:45am
Why does P&B contain such a disproportionate amount of 'Yes' voters ?      Is it just 'cause P&Bers ar...

More BetterTogether lies...
6 Mar 2014 at 4:58am
http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/alex-salmond-london-is-dark-star-of-the-economy...

@ yes supporters: How will you react if the result is no
5 Mar 2014 at 10:10am

Just wondering.



We are #BetterTogether because...
4 Mar 2014 at 1:19pm

I have to argue this in some sort of debate type thing in university because my lecturer told me ...



Ukraine: A reason to vote no?
4 Mar 2014 at 8:03am

Of rUK couldn't afford nuke then the Russians could kill us all



New Labour writer accuses Scots of racism
4 Mar 2014 at 5:32am

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges/100261889/ukip-are-now-a-racist-party/

I point out to ...

Shite people write about the referendum on social media
3 Mar 2014 at 1:10pm

Some loony wrote this comment on a pro indy post somebody I was at school with made.

 

 

 

Scotl...

Debate in Irvine on 28th February
3 Mar 2014 at 2:55am
Interesting approach from Brian Donohoe, local labour MP and No campaigner when asked the questio...

Abolishing Corroboration in Scots Law
2 Mar 2014 at 8:39am

So as so many nationalists are on here, I'd like to know how you can continue to support a party ...



Bob Thomson for Yes
1 Mar 2014 at 7:20am
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26398318

Another Scottish Labour personalit...

Better Together begging chain letter
28 Feb 2014 at 7:16am
They really are rather desperate in their search for funds:

http://wingsoverscotland.com/feeling-t...


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Scottish independence: Alliance Trust starts registering companies in England
by Jennifer Rankin
7 Mar 2014 at 9:15am

Dundee-based pensions and savings firm says referendum is creating uncertainty for its customers and business

Dundee-based pensions and savings firm Alliance Trust has started registering companies ...




Danny Alexander: decision to rule out currency union with Scotland is final
by Nicholas Watt
7 Mar 2014 at 7:45am

Lib Dem says there are 'no ifs, no buts' amid fears in pro-UK camp that Scottish voters do not believe warnings on pound

Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, has said the decision o...




Scottish independence: the economics
by Jennifer Rankin
7 Mar 2014 at 2:58am

Alliance Trust intervention follows comments by Standard Life, BP, RBS, Sainsbury's and Stagecoach

With six months to go until the Scottish referendum, the economics of independence are centre-stage...




Aggreko says Scottish independence would cause it years of uncertainty
6 Mar 2014 at 1:33pm

Power generation company predicts significant extra costs and complexity if Scotland leaves UK

One of the UK's biggest companies, the power generator Aggreko, has said that Scottish independence wou...




Scottish independence: spare me the break-up talk | Libby Brooks
by Libby Brooks
6 Mar 2014 at 11:30am

Scotland and England are not partners getting divorced, so please let's go easy on the romantic rhetoric

Now don't get me wrong: I love a good analogy. These buttery potato scones glisten on my plat...




Shell boss warns against Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell
6 Mar 2014 at 8:23am

Chief executive Ben van Beurden says vote for independence in September would introduce greater uncertainty into oil industry

The chief executive of Shell has stated he would prefer Scotland to rema...




Lloyds suggests Scotland independence would drive up its costs
by Severin Carrell
5 Mar 2014 at 3:09pm

Scottish yes vote could have 'material impact' on borrowing, tax and procedures under two regulatory systems, says bank group

Lloyds Banking group has issued guarded advice that Scottish independenc...




Ban on independent Scotland sharing sterling 'not serious', Holyrood told
by Severin Carrell
5 Mar 2014 at 3:08pm

Economic expert claims George Osborne would drop opposition to currency union ? 'the best option for everybody'

The architect of Scottish first minister Alex Salmond's proposal for a sterling zone w...




Vulnerable children and their carers are being let down by Scotland's politic...
by Anne Swartz
5 Mar 2014 at 7:50am

Kinship carers fulfil a vital need for the children they care for while saving taxpayers money, yet their right to assistance is under threat

Kinship carers ? relatives or family friends who permane...




Salmond makes good case for Scottish independence I am not convinced | Michae...
by Michael White
5 Mar 2014 at 5:02am

Scotland's first minister is a class act but it is wise to remember that nationalism is usually a form of panacea politics

I opened Wednesday's Fleet St newspapers in search of reports of Alex Salmo...




SNP 'has exaggerated Scotland's oil revenues'
by Severin Carrell
4 Mar 2014 at 5:17pm

Institute of Fiscal Studies warns that predictions by Alex Salmond's government of North Sea earnings are 'too optimistic'

The Institute of Fiscal Studies has warned that Alex Salmond's government h...




Scotland will be left powerless if it stays in UK, says Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell
3 Mar 2014 at 6:29pm

SNP deputy first minister says rejecting independence will mean cuts as Westminster parties unwilling to devolve enough power

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's deputy first minister, has locked horns with...




Scottish anxieties on independence revealed in poll
by Tom Clark, Severin Carrell
3 Mar 2014 at 1:47pm

Support for going it alone drops to 32% in Ipsos Mori survey, which compares views on both sides of border

The Scots are more anxious than the English and Welsh about the effect of independence on ...




Whatever the result of Scotland's referendum, nothing will be the same | John...
by John Harris
3 Mar 2014 at 1:00am

What will happen if ? or more likely, when ? the no side wins? Labour in particular has good reason to fear the answer

Tunnelling through the sudden avalanche of coverage of the Scottish independenc...




The 100 best novels: No 24 ? Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
by Robert McCrum
3 Mar 2014 at 1:00am

A thrilling adventure story, gripping history and fascinating study of the Scottish character, Kidnapped has lost none of its power

Robert McCrum introduces the series

In a society shaped by the pro...




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