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Backing for EU is wafer thin, says PM
DAVID Cameron has warned public support for Britain's continued membership of the EU is "wafer thin" as he prepares for a series of crucial meetings with leaders in three European capitals to press the case for reform.

Public backs me on benefit reforms, insists Osborne
George Osborne has insisted the public backs the Government's benefit reforms and appeared to take a swipe at church leaders and charities who launch wholesale attacks on the plans.

£2.8m grant to build new homes
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has revealed a £2.8 million Government guarantee that aims to build homes for rent in areas of high demand has won deals for more than 1000 homes to be built.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scotsman

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Margaret Thatcher dies at 87

SHE was the “Iron Lady” who, as Britain’s first female prime minister, reversed the nation’s economic decline, invented the political philosophy of Thatcherism and helped the West win the Cold War.



David Torrance: Margaret Thatcher and the Scots

IN retrospect, it could be that Margaret Thatcher’s own assessment of her Scottish legacy was also the most accurate.



Thatcher death: Glasgow protestors ?celebrate?

Around 200 people have gathered in George Square in Glasgow to ‘celebrate’ Margaret Thatcher’s death.



Margaret Thatcher in her own words

“I wasn’t lucky. I deserved it” - Comment on receiving a school prize, aged nine.



Margaret Thatcher in other people?s words

“This woman is headstrong, obstinate and dangerously self-opinionated” - Personnel officer at ICI when rejecting her for a job in 1948.



Chris Huhne: Prison is ?fascinating?

FORMER cabinet minister Chris Huhne has described prison as fascinating, according to former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken.



Independence: Yes and No camps see fall in support

BACKING for Scottish independence slumped to 30 per cent last month, a newly published opinion poll revealed today.



Highland councillors to visit wind farm site

HIGHLAND councillors are to visit the site of a controversial 83 turbine wind farm proposal above Loch Ness.



Iain Duncan Smith defends disability benefit reforms

REFORMS to disability benefits will end the ‘ridiculous’ system that gives people lifetime awards, Iain Duncan Smith has claimed.



Scottish independence: Kevin McKidd would say Yes

HOLLYWOOD actor Kevin McKidd has said he would vote in favour of Scottish independence if he were eligible to take part in next year’s referendum.



Brian Monteith: Chance to rediscover Britishness

Unionist politicians must get their vision for Scotland after the vote across to the public, writes Brian Monteith



Leaders: Time for a check on the industry of CCTV

Seven years ago the findings of a Westminster committee on the spread of closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) prompted the then Information Commissioner to warn that Britain was “sleepwalking into a surveillance society”.



Ed Miliband targets lenders

A LABOUR government would give councils new powers to stop payday lenders and betting shops swamping high streets, Ed Miliband will pledge today.



Harman understands benefits claimant ?resentment?

Labour’s deputy leader admitted yesterday it was understandable that workers felt “resentful” about benefits claimants who do not want a job, as the party attempted to reposition itself on welfare.



Scotland?s tidal power gets US investment boost

AN AMERICAN tidal power company has announced plans to set up operations in Scotland.



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Wings Over Scotland
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Maths on acid
As we browsed the print edition of the Daily Record today to compare its coverage of the latest independence referendum donations news with the online version (with particular regard to Kevin McKidd), we spotted something else curious. We’ve already noted a curious hypocrisy in the Scotsman’s reporting of the same issue this morning, where it [...]

Odd nation out
England: Northern Ireland: Wales: Scotland:

We?re not sad
And we’re not going to hypocritically pretend that we are. Glorying in the death of an individual is unseemly, especially one long past the time when they did their damage. Owen Jones put it well here. Today, though, with no shame whatsoever, we celebrate the death of an icon. Not the human being, but the [...]

Wait, what?
Here’s a Daily Record story about lots of people giving money to “Better Together” (although confusingly, apparently it’s for an “election” rather than a referendum), accompanied by a large picture of handsome “Trainspotting” star Kevin McKidd. One might infer, not unreasonably, from the headline and picture that Mr McKidd was one of the No campaign’s [...]

Time for reflection
In the world of journalism, being second to a story carries certain advantages. The Sunday Herald scored a high-profile exclusive with its list of “Better Together” donators yesterday, but only told half the tale. Keen-eyed cyber-sleuths immediately started digging, and came up with some troubling information about by far the biggest contributor to the No [...]

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

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

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

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

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

BBC Scotland

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Salmond pays tribute to Thatcher
First Minister Alex Salmond pays tribute to Baroness Thatcher, Britain's first woman Prime Minister, who has died aged 87.

US tidal firm to invest in Scotland
An American tidal power company has announced plans to establish a base in Scotland, supported by Scottish Enterprise cash.

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

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

City to link with Turkish district
Stirling is to become the first UK city in more than a decade to establish a sister city agreement with Turkey.

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

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

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

VIDEO: Margaret Thatcher's influence on Scotland
Baroness Thatcher, Britain's first female British prime minister, has died at the age of 87 following a stroke.

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

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

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

Margaret Thatcher: The woman who changed Scotland
Margaret Thatcher changed Scotland forever

Margaret Thatcher - The quintessentially English PM
Margaret Thatcher never quite got Scotland, says Brian Taylor

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

Newsnet Scotland

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Political Porn

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



The deeper implications of the Bedroom Tax

By Paul Leinster

The government?s new under-occupancy penalty or ?bedroom tax? is almost universally despised in Scotland.

Dubbed by many as the new poll tax, the cut in housing benefit for those living in social housing, amounts to 14% for one extra bedroom and 25% for two or more.



National Collective - Bringing art to the debate

My name is Ross Colquhoun and I am the director and a co-founder of National Collective, the arts campaign for an independent Scotland.

We believe that art and creativity has immeasurable power to influence people, to inspire ideas and to motivate change. And we envision a scenario in which independence would bring a new cultural confidence to Scotland.



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

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



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

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



Welfare butchery spells curtains for 'Better Together' campaign

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



World central banks may follow Japan move

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



Western-Asian fusion causing a storm

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



The cost of the referendum was news ? two weeks ago

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

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



Devolution and independence part of the same home rule journey

By Stephen Noon

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



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

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Maths on acid

As we browsed the print edition of the Daily Record today to compare its coverage of the latest independence referendum donations news with the online version (with particular regard to Kevin McKid...
Peter A Bell's insight:
Britnat spin triumphs over arithmetic at the Daily Record.

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Better Together, Arkan, and a Troubling Financial Scandal

Last week, Better Together described the hated Bedroom Tax as "popular and right". This week, it is exposed as funded by a man who sponsored Zeljko Ra?natovi? even after the existence of his war crimes was revealed.



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Independence poll shows desire for fairer society

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

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Wait, what?

Here's a Daily Record story about lots of people giving money to "Better Together", accompanied by a large picture of handsome "Trainspotting" star Kevin McKidd. Hang on - THIS Kevin McKidd? Crikey...
Peter A Bell's insight:
Subtle propaganda? Or brazen dishonesty?

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The constitutional mess that now undoubtedly exists demands urgent review and...
Matthew Flinders finds that it is not that people don’t care about British politics and its constitutional arrangements but that they simply don’t understand where power lies or why.This has resulted from reforms having been implemented in a manner...

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Yes campaign to unveil list of donors amid cash row

THE pro-independence campaign is believed to be just days away from laying bare details of its donors after its pro-UK rivals unveiled a £2 million war chest swelled by generous backing from business leaders.



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Time for reflection

In the world of journalism, being second to a story carries certain advantages. The Sunday Herald scored a high-profile exclusive with its list of "Better Together" donators yesterday, but only tol...
Peter A Bell's insight:
Media conspiring with Better Together to conceal dubious nature of campaign donations.

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SNP push fails to attract support for a Yes vote

THE SNP's big referendum push, during which Alex Salmond revealed the date Scots will vote for or against independence, has failed to boost support for the Yes campaign.


Peter A Bell's insight:
Magnus Gardham's increasingly desperate effort to put anti-SNP spin on every story is still guaranteed to raise a smile.

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Westminster Committee Report dismissed as an extension of No campaign

A report to be published by a group of MPs has been dismissed as merely an extension of the anti-Independence campaign after it emerged key evidence given by expert witnesses had been ignored.

 



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

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

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Fairer society more important than personal wealth, indyref poll finds

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



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McKidd backs Scottish independence

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

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Political Porn

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



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Dirty Money: The Tory Millionaire Bankrolling Better Together

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



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Independent Scotland to face ?pension timebomb?

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

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Daily Record

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Death of Margaret Thatcher: Alex Salmond calls her 'truly formidable'
SCOTLAND'S First Minister said there will be "a renewed debate about the impact of her legacy" after her death from a stroke.

Death of Margaret Thatcher: The grocer's daughter who went all the way to No....
MARGARET THATCHER was the woman whose personality and policies, including the infamous poll tax, split Britain down the middle.

Latest poll shows that support for Scottish independence stands at just 30 pe...
THREE in 10 people would vote Yes if the ballot is held tomorrow, while 51 per cent would vote No, the survey by TNS BMRB suggests.

No campaign beats Yes camp to the punch as they reveal big-hitters behind the...
BETTER Together steals a march on Yes Scotland campaign by revealing its £2million list of donors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Letters: Scottish identity

I agree with Elliot Bulmer (Response, 1 April) that a British constitution should be based on the principle of popular sovereignty, not parliamentary sovereignty. Indeed, it would be pointless to e...



Margaret Thatcher: US cables detail her resistance to Scottish devolution

Wikileaks has published 1.7m originally classified and secret US cables from the 1970s, where diplomats describe the then Tory leader as rigid, right wing and leader of an English backlash on devol...



Better Together first to declare donors, and ignores 'Scotland only' challenge

After ignoring an offer from Yes Scotland to agree a timetable for publishing donations, Better Together has released its biggest backers' names, including large sums from outside Scotland

The pro-U...



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

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

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



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

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

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



Scotland's new unified police force replaces eight regional constabularies

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

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



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

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

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



Scotland and the UK: state of the union | Editorial

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



Scottish independence poll finds deep divisions over whether to retain sterling

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

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



Scottish independence referendum date announced by Salmond - video

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


  



In praise of ? dates in the diary | Editorial

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

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



Bella Caledonia


FRANKIE BOYLE 'Thatcher being dead is a lot less tragic than Cameron being alive.'

Gotcha
Here’s our Top 20 of Maggie’s Jukebox… 1. Cash Money – Prince Charles & the City Beat 2. Fascist Groove Thang -  H 17 3. Ghost Town – The Specials [...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scotland and Independence

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Scots Independence Support Dips as Indecision Grows, Poll Finds - Bloomberg

Scottish Daily Record

Scots Independence Support Dips as Indecision Grows, Poll Finds
Bloomberg
Independence is the cornerstone policy of Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and his Scottish National...


Scottish independence: Kevin McKidd backs yes vote - BBC News

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


Businessmen concerned about independence donate £1m to keep Scotland in ... -...

Telegraph.co.uk

Businessmen concerned about independence donate £1m to keep Scotland in ...
Telegraph.co.uk
A spokesman for Yes Scotland, the pro-independence campaign group, said it would be releasin...


Scottish independence: Liz Cameron answers your questions - BBC News

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


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

Scotland on Sunday

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


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

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


A Vote on Scottish Independence - New York Times

Scotsman

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


David Cameron tells Scottish voters to reject independence to safeguard ... -...

HRmagazine.co.uk

David Cameron tells Scottish voters to reject independence to safeguard ...
HRmagazine.co.uk
Prime minister David Cameron says he is committed to keeping defence jobs in Scotland in a...


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

Scotsman

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


Scottish independence: Banking experts say 'go for Scottish pound' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Banking experts say 'go for Scottish pound'
BBC News
The Scottish government insisted it would keep sterling in a formal currency union, assuming independence. Earlier ...


SNP

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World's smallest DNA testing chip - EE Times India

World's smallest DNA testing chip
EE Times India
Once a drop of blood is inserted, the chip completes the entire process, up to SNP detection," Diginfo.tv quoted scientists at Panasonic and Imec sayi...


Give us yes vote and we'll scrap 'bedroom tax' - Largs and Millport Weekly News

Give us yes vote and we'll scrap 'bedroom tax'
Largs and Millport Weekly News
Local MSP Kenneth Gibson has welcomed the decision of SNP led North Ayrshire Council to protect the 3,700 tenants who wil...


Salmond two-faced over defence policy - Scotsman

Salmond two-faced over defence policy
Scotsman
Sponsored by LAIRDS FINE FOODS. Salmond two-faced over defence policy. Published on Monday 8 April 2013 00:00. Are there no limits to the hypocrisy of A...


SNP push fails to attract support for a Yes vote - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

SNP push fails to attract support for a Yes vote
Herald Scotland
THE SNP's big referendum push, during which Alex Salmond revealed the date Scots will vote for or against independence,...


Yes campaign has it all to do - Herald Scotland

Yes campaign has it all to do
Herald Scotland
The SNP has been busy recently. Having named the day for Scotland's date with destiny, Alex Salmond took to the podium at his party's spring conference t...


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

Gulf Times

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


Defence report discredits itself - SNP (press release)

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


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

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


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

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

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


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

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


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Indyref poll cost hits £13m - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Indyref poll cost hits £13m
Herald Scotland
Referendum minister Nicola Sturgeon said running the poll, including staffing polling stations and organising the count, will cost £8.6m. Ov...


Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum
Scotsman
I don't think you should judge the thing on emotion, but on what is best economically for Scotland. You don't want to come to a sn...


The Referendum Q & A: Rory Bremner - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

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


SNP push fails to attract support for a Yes vote - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

SNP push fails to attract support for a Yes vote
Herald Scotland
THE SNP's big referendum push, during which Alex Salmond revealed the date Scots will vote for or against independence,...


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

BBC News

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


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

The Independent

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


Brian Monteith: Referendum can rediscover Britishness - Scotsman

Scotsman

Brian Monteith: Referendum can rediscover Britishness
Scotsman
It IS Easter recess at both Westminster and Holyrood and it is the ideal time for our politicians to use the spare time on their...


Date set for Scottish independence referendum - The Independent

The Independent

Date set for Scottish independence referendum
The Independent
Mr Salmond said: "I am honoured to announce that on Thursday September 18 2014 we will hold Scotland's referendum - a hist...


Yes campaign to unveil list of donors amid cash row - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

Yes campaign to unveil list of donors amid cash row
Herald Scotland
Yes Scotland is understood to be planning to respond to the Better Together campaign, which yesterday revealed who w...


No corporation tax decision until after Scottish referendum - BBC News

BBC News

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scot Goes pop

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

Did Mrs Thatcher do any good things?
Above all else, today is a terribly sad day for Margaret Thatcher's family, her friends, and all those who feel a sense of loss as a result of her passing. I'm beginning to wonder if the former PM...

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

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

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

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

Which government do you think should be res...

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

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

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

"But opposition leader...

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

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

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

Do y...

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

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

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

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

 

Scotland's date with Destiny



First Minister Alex Salmond: Woodrow Wilson, A Scots American, was the 13th ...
Wilson himself was deeply proud of his Scottish roots ? he once said that “every line of strength in American history is a line coloured with Scottish blood”. Wilson may have been thinking in parti...

Margaret Thatcher?s Death Greeted With Street Parties In Brixton And Glasgow.
Crowds shout ‘Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead’ during impromptu events. Several hundred people gathered in south London on Monday evening to celebrate Margaret Thatcher’s death with cans of be...

Maths On Acid!
As we browsed the print edition of the Daily Record today to compare its coverage of the latest independence referendum donations news with the online version (with particular regard to Kevin McKid...

Odd Nation Out.
From Wings Over ScotlandOdd nation outhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/odd-nation-out/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=odd-nation-outhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland ...

We?re Not Sad.
From Wings Over ScotlandWe?re not sadhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/were-not-sad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=were-not-sadhttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland We?r...

The Life of Maggie.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJVJAygiFIs

Petition: No ?State Funeral? for Maggie.
We the people do hereby declare that there should be no state funeral for Margaret Thatcher. In her term of office she was responsible for bringing misery to the lives of millions of people across ...

URGENT NEWS : MARGARET THATCHER HAS DIED.

Wait, what?
From Wings Over ScotlandWait, what?http://wingsoverscotland.com/wait-what/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wait-whathttp://wingsoverscotland.com/feed/Wings Over Scotland Wait, what? ...

Time for reflection
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