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EU chief attacks UK over youth unemployment
7 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
THE UK Government's scheme to tackle youth unemployment is not enough, the European Commissioner responsible for employment has said.

Peers reject plans to take away citizenship
7 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
PEERS have thrown out the Coalition Government's plans to allow terror suspects to be stripped of their British citizenship even if left stateless.

Anger at Hain over terror prosecutions
7 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
Victims of Northern Ireland's armed conflict have strongly criticised Peter Hain after he called for an end to prosecutions for crimes committed before the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Ewing demands £15m coal fund for clean-up of mines
7 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
A cash pot of about £15 million collected by the UK Government from the Scottish coal industry should be "put to good and proper use" to help restore old opencast mines, says Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.

Pressure mounts as Cameron defends Miller
7 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
PRESSURE is continuing to mount on Prime Minister David Cameron over Culture Secretary Maria Miller and her expenses claims as Tory MPs vented their anger and a public petition calling for her to repay £45,000 or resign approached 70,000 signatures.

Lord Tebbit calls on 'arrogant' Miller to quit over expenses furore
6 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Former Conservative chairman Lord Tebbit has become the most senior Conservative to call for Maria Miller to resign as Culture Secretary, amid controversy over her response to an investigation into her expenses claims.

'Fun memorial needed to reflect MSP's vivacity'
6 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
PLANS for a lasting memorial to Margo MacDonald, the veteran MSP who died last week, will be considered over the coming days, friends have said.

From radicals and Tartan Tories to the party of government
6 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
EXACTLY 80 years ago today representatives of two parties arrived at St Andrew's Hall in Glasgow for a conference that would change Scottish political history.

Government welfare reforms 'working'
6 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Government's package of welfare reforms have helped "get Britain back to work", Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is claiming.

Lords report criticises tax-dodge rule
6 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
THE cost to business of the controversial tax rule known as IR35 may outweigh the amount of tax avoidance it stops, a House of Lords inquiry has found.

Shadow minister defends 'too weird' Miliband
6 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
LABOUR frontbenchers have come out in support of leader Ed Miliband, crediting him for turning the party's fortunes around since the 2010 General Election.

Old school ties reveal MSPs are a class above
6 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
MSPs are four times as likely to have gone to a private school as the people they represent, according to research carried out by The Herald.

Unspun: the politics diary
4 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm

To be known and recognised by a first name is reserved to very few ... but ev...
4 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Veteran Scottish politician Margo MacDonald, who suffered from Parkinson's disease and had been campaigning in recent years to legalise assisted suicide, has died peacefully at home.

Clegg says Prime Minister is 'hiding' on EU
4 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
Nick Clegg will today accuse his cabinet colleague David Cameron of being "absent, hiding and missing in action" over Europe.


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Allan Massie: Yes vote will not break family ties
8 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Historic visit mends official differences, but ordinary UK folk never thought of the Irish as foreign, writes Allan Massie



Jackie Kemp: Blown away by Red Road demolition
8 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Destroying the unwanted flats and using them as a metaphor for change is not a bad message to take from Glasgow’s Games, writes Jackie Kemp



George Kerevan: A rocket for the former Nato head
8 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Lord Robertson’s much-quoted observations on Scotland in Nato are ill-advised, ill-timed and illogical, writes George Kerevan



Leaders:
8 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

BACK in the mid-1990s, as debate raged over whether Scotland should have its own parliament, a shadow Cabinet minister called George Robertson came out with a pithy soundbite to counter those who argued devolution would be a slippery slope to independence. Devolution, he said, would “kill nationalism stone dead”.



Top Scots photographer set for independence debate
8 Apr 2014 at 11:38am

ALBERT Watson, the Scot who went on to become one of the world’s top celebrity photographers, is to argue in favour of independence tonight at a major Tartan Week debate in New York which will be broadcast all over the world.



Margo MacDonald memorial set for 25 April
8 Apr 2014 at 8:28am

AN EVENT celebrating the life of Margo MacDonald will be held later this month in Edinburgh.



Quebec pro-independence party crushed in election
8 Apr 2014 at 7:39am

VOTERS in Quebec have delivered a resounding defeat to the pro-independence Parti Quebecois in elections in the Canadian province.



Spain to block Catalan independence referendum
8 Apr 2014 at 5:41am

SPAIN’S Parliament is set to overwhelmingly reject a request by the powerful northeastern Catalonia region for permission to hold a referendum on whether it should become an independent state.



New poll adds to pressure on Maria Miller
8 Apr 2014 at 4:49am

PRESSURE is mounting on Prime Minister David Cameron to sack his culture secretary Maria Miller over her expenses claims as a new poll revealed that three-quarters of voters believe she should resign or be removed from her post, and a third of Tory voters feel alienated by the scandal.



Independence ?cataclysmic?, claims Lord Robertson
8 Apr 2014 at 3:50am

SCOTTISH independence would be welcomed by the “forces of darkness” around the world, former Nato secretary General Lord Robertson has said.



PM hints at action after Maria Miller scandal
7 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

David Cameron has opened the door to tougher regulation of MPs as he was again forced to defend his Culture Secretary over her expenses.



Scottish independence energy bill warning
7 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland could see energy bills soar to pay for the SNP’s green energy revolution, according to a study by the UK government.



Cuts blamed for putting RAF crews? safety at risk
7 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

SAFETY in the Royal Air Force is being harmed by a lack of suitably qualified and experienced personnel, a report by the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) has concluded.



Heal the rifts from Scottish independence battle
7 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

We must be positive with each other, says Stuart Valentine



The Scotsman cartoon: David Cameron and Maria Miller
7 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

David Cameron was again forced to defend his Culture Secretary over her expenses.




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Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

Keeping respectable company
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2014 at 4:07pm
Well, sort of, anyway. We were going to have another poll post tonight, but your eyes go a bit squiffy after an entire day of cross-referencing spreadsheets full of percentages so instead we’re just going to allow ourselves a wee brief glow of pride about this. We hadn’t any idea the vote was taking place so […]

Devo Nano no-show a-go-go
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2014 at 11:01am
Alert readers can’t have failed to spot that we’ve been devoting quite a bit of attention on Wings to Labour’s devolution proposals, chiefly because they’re by default the closest thing to the ”more powers” option that’s so conspicuously missing from the referendum ballot paper at the insistence of the Unionist parties. We’ve established that the party […]

How undecided is undecided?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2014 at 8:06am
Depending on which opinion poll you believe, the number of Scots who haven’t yet made up their minds which way to vote in the independence referendum is anywhere between about 11% and 33%. That’s a pretty wide range, and when we were pondering our latest Panelbase survey we thought it’d be intriguing to probe the […]

Give me information, but not yet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
If there’s one thing we – as a website rather than as part of the Yes movement – are sick and tired of hearing from Scottish people about the referendum it’s “We need more information”. Having spent two and a half years writing thousands of articles full of fully-sourced and referenced information covering every conceivable aspect […]

The Face Of No
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Apr 2014 at 2:49am
The other (and more complete) view of this story from yesterday: Remember, readers, when we were all over the papers as “creepy as f**k”, intimidatory “spies” for peacefully and non-confrontationally documenting alleged “Better Together” events with long-distance photos in which we carefully avoided publishing anything that could be used to identify any individuals? Seen much coverage […]

An inexplicable coincidence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2014 at 11:00am
So anyway. Alert readers will have noticed by now that we’ve had a poll out, and earlier today we finally got the full data tables in. It’s going to take us a while to fully analyse everything (though we’ve dropped a few tantalising snippets on our Twitter account, which many of you are now stylish […]

Fine-tuning the news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2014 at 8:52am
The image below depicts three of what have been at least four different versions of the Scotsman’s story about our latest Panelbase poll. (So far, that is – who knows what might happen in an hour’s time?) They show a fascinating evolution of editorial line, wouldn’t you say? The first version of the story, which […]

Playing with fire
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2014 at 5:36am
Earlier today we highlighted two pieces of disgraceful, mendacious smearing by The Scotsman, in conjunction with an “anonymous” Labour MP. The articles coincided with a wider campaign of demonisation across most of the Scottish and UK media against supporters of independence, backed up by elected Labour representatives on social media in what might easily be […]

The cornered rats
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Apr 2014 at 3:44am
As someone who’s kept them as pets for over 20 years, I know a thing or two about rats. Intelligent and affectionate creatures, individuals nevertheless have very distinct personalities, and occasionally you’ll get a timid and/or grumpy one. Those take a lot of care, patience and attention to bring out of their shell, and until […]

From Bath To Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Apr 2014 at 3:15pm
Just for a change, a wee bit of culture for a Sunday evening. Lismahagow is more paradoxical than ever. The late gulp he had of his native air seems to have blown fresh spirit into all his polemical faculties. I congratulated him the other day on the present flourishing state of his country, observing that […]


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Scotland can be a 'great nation'
8 Apr 2014 at 10:16am
Scotland can "aspire to be a great nation, without desiring to be a great power", First Minister Alex Salmond tells an audience in New York.


Independence 'would be cataclysmic'
8 Apr 2014 at 3:30am
Former secretary general of Nato, Lord Robertson, says Scottish independence would be cataclysmic for the West in an era of international turmoil.


Memorial service for Margo MacDonald
8 Apr 2014 at 8:39am
A memorial service to celebrate the life of politician Margo Macdonald will be held in the Assembly Hall on the Mound in Edinburgh.


UK 'faces energy blackout risk'
7 Apr 2014 at 8:08am
Britain is facing its "highest blackout risk in a generation" because of a failure to guarantee energy needs, the Scottish government says.


Island campaigners meet ministers
7 Apr 2014 at 2:38pm
The leaders of Scotland's three island authorities are set to hold meetings with UK ministers over the next few days.


Science centres share new £2.5m fund
8 Apr 2014 at 11:11am
Scotland's four science centres are planning major new exhibits after £2.5m in new funding is announced.


Debt firm aims to create 400 jobs
7 Apr 2014 at 5:26am
A US-owned debt recovery firm is aiming to create up to 400 new jobs at its UK office in East Ayrshire.


Spending on pavements falls sharply
6 Apr 2014 at 6:07pm
Spending on pavement maintenance in Scotland has fallen sharply, according to figures obtained under freedom of information legislation.


Malcolm Chisholm to step down as MSP
6 Apr 2014 at 1:14pm
Labour MSP and former health minister Malcolm Chisholm announces he will step down at the next Holyrood election.


Constitution role for religion call
6 Apr 2014 at 5:40am
Churches and faith groups are calling for the role of religion to be recognised in any written constitution for Scotland.


Cameron speaks of his 'love' for UK
5 Apr 2014 at 10:49am
David Cameron speaks of his love for the "incomparable" United Kingdom as he makes a new plea for the Union.


VIDEO: Salmond on 'childcare revolution'
27 Nov 2013 at 10:36am
First Minister Alex Salmond tells MSPs independence referendum would lead to a revolution in Scottish childcare.


VIDEO: Stop being pathetic, MP tells PM
27 Nov 2013 at 7:54am
The SNP's Pete Wishart tells David Cameron to "stop being pathetic" and to debate the Scottish independence issues with First Minister Alex Salmond.


AUDIO: Lamont: 'Do more now' for families
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Labour leader Johann Lamont says the Scottish government does not need to wait until after the referendum to improve support for families.


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


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A Big Boy Dun It And Ran Away
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Apr 2014 at 1:33am

Looks like word has gone out around the Better Together network to report anything that can be sexed up into a cybernat scandal to feed to the media. Today?s story about a Labour MP having to hide his face in the street and undergoing threatening behaviour in his constituency office looks like a version of this tactic.

It is being conflated by Darling with criticisms of bosses telling their staff how to vote based on dodgy information to construct what the lawyers call a tissue of lies to defame the Yes movement.



Yes needs to do more to persuade Scotland's women
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Apr 2014 at 12:52am

  By Lesley Riddoch

Why are women still lagging behind men in support for Scottish independence?  At first the gender gap was ignored, now thousands of column inches have been written.

A small raft of explanations have been floated ? chief amongst them the notion articulated by Professor John Curtice that women lack the hunter-gatherer instinct and tend to be home-makers not risk-takers. ScotCen Social Research Director, Rachel Ormston observes more men are ?heart? nationalists who support Scottish independence as a matter of conviction than women who are more pragmatic, assessing and practical.



Vote Yes ... and save Scottish Labour
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Apr 2014 at 4:50pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Last Thursday, just as I woke, I turned on the radio to hear a news bulletin on Good Morning Scotland.  They were going through the newspaper headlines, and yes, there was an anti-independence story included in the review.
 
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre had produced a report into the SNP's revolutionary childcare proposals.  It was the front page headline in the Scotsman newspaper, and duly read out by the radio Scotland presenter.



Wings shows Yes still flying
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Apr 2014 at 3:28pm

  By Dave Taylor
 
The Panelbase poll for Wings Over Scotland confirms the reduction in the No lead that our poll showed 3 weeks ago. Indeed, it has the Yes vote a shade higher than our poll found.
 
Whilst it?s always nice to have your own poll results confirmed, the actual level of support for Yes and No isn?t guaranteed to reflect what these two Panelbase surveys show.



Dancing to UKIP's tune
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Bob Duncan)
5 Apr 2014 at 11:20am

By Bob Duncan

National Collective cartoonist Greg Moodie has embarked on what he describes as a 'drinking' tour' of independence websites, with a different major site hosting one of his works each Saturday.

In the past few weeks, Greg has stopped off for a wee dram at both Bella Caledonia and BBC Scotlandshire. This week it is the turn of Newsnet Scotland to host a little number inspired by the extraordinarily high profile of UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage.



Weir riding along on the crest of a wave
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
5 Apr 2014 at 4:35am

  By Derek Bateman
 
It gets frustrating for people like me to have to deal constantly with dreary economic unknowns when the referendum is about our national coming together to release our latent talent and about rewriting our democracy. (Let me write that again from a more positive outlook?oh joy, another doom-laden report comes out telling us the problems we'll confront if we dare vote Yes). Still amounts to the same thing, doesn't it?



'You know it's great to be on the side of the Angels ?'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
4 Apr 2014 at 4:59pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
She spoke those words at the independence rally in Edinburgh in September 2012.  I never met Margo MacDonald, but like others who have sent well wishes to her family and expressed their own sadness at her passing, I felt as though I did.
 
I called our editor on Friday afternoon when I heard the news.  I expected Lynda to have already heard.  The gasp on the other end of the phone told me she hadn't.  Oh no! was the immediate response followed by a lengthy silence.



The Referendum and Trident
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
4 Apr 2014 at 11:10am

By Isobel Lindsay

The anonymous Cabinet Minister who said they would probably negotiate a currency union with Scotland especially if they could get to keep Trident on the Clyde, let slip one of the big unionist nightmares ? they could lose their big-power virility symbol.

This is one of the great moral and international issues at stake in the Referendum campaign.



Underlying economic issues still there
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm

By George Kerevan
 
DURING his ill-starred 2010 election campaign, Gordon Brown made the controversial pledge to ?create British jobs for British workers?. Of course, his proposal was illegal under European Union rules, but then Brown did not actually intend to do anything about it. His use of language worthy of the BNP was a classic political ?dog whistle? ? an emotive phrase intended to lodge in the subconscious of a key electoral group.



Behind the Green Door
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Apr 2014 at 3:11pm

By Derek Bateman

There's no escaping the irony. The people who accuse nationalists of abuse have turned to vilification in place of argument. There's always going to be a background of jibe and accusation and it's a key part of what we call debate, although it is dismissed as contemptible by the pious who nevertheless find space in their condemnation for the odd dismissive barb themselves.

Personally, I enjoy it. My rule of thumb is not to write anything I wouldn't say to someone's face and that mostly gets me by, allowing tart, sour and borderline hurtful comments while making sure I could justify them if challenged.




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Salmond Dismisses Westminster's 'No' Campaign As 'Embarrassing'
by Peter A Bell
8 Apr 2014 at 6:43am

NEW YORK –- Alex Salmond took his increasingly buoyant campaign for an independent Scotland across the Atlantic this week, extolling the economic and political virtues of a 'yes' vote in September’s referendum to a sympathetic crowd in New York.


Giving the inaugural lecture at the New York campus ...



Give me information, but not yet
by Peter A Bell
8 Apr 2014 at 5:17am

If there's one thing we - as a website rather than as part of the Yes movement - are sick and tired of hearing from Scottish people about the referendum it's "We need more information". Having spen...

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Lesley Riddoch: Yes vote needs to deliver on Union
by Peter A Bell
8 Apr 2014 at 3:27am

THE Yes campaign must aim to deliver an improvement on a Union that does not work, writes Lesley Riddoch

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The Face Of No
by Peter A Bell
8 Apr 2014 at 3:21am

The other (and more complete) view of this story from yesterday: Remember, readers, when we were all over the papers as "creepy", intimidatory "spies" for peacefully and non-confrontationally docum...

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Independence 'would be cataclysmic'
by Peter A Bell
8 Apr 2014 at 2:16am

The former secretary general of Nato has said that Scottish independence would be cataclysmic for the West in an era of international turmoil.


Peter A Bell's insight:

The anti-independence campaign grows more shrill and extreme with every day. George "Stone Dead" Robertson's assertion that an indep...



Islanders hope for more powers as ministerial talks get under way
by Peter A Bell
8 Apr 2014 at 2:02am

UK Government officials meeting with councillors to discuss potential new agreement.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I don't know about anybody else but I am distinctly uncomfortable with London by-passing the Scottish Government to deal directly with local authorities. Underlying all of the British state'...



Not a legend, an epitaph
by Peter A Bell
8 Apr 2014 at 1:51am
The Labour party, after the currency union veto which left its credibility as sound as the Zimbabwean dollar, and the devobuggerall which not even their own leadership understands, has now announce...

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Independence constitution 'will be based on US'
by Peter A Bell
8 Apr 2014 at 1:44am
THE written constitution of an independent Scotland would be inspired by the United States, Alex Salmond will tell an audience in New York today.

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Scottish independence energy bill warning
by Peter A Bell
8 Apr 2014 at 1:35am

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland could see energy bills soar to pay for the SNP’s green energy revolution, according to a study by the UK government.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Let's take a look at the verdict on this UK Government's energy policy following the budget.

Doug Parr, chief scientist at Greenpeace U...



Record View: Labour's Lords A-list need a positive Better Together message to...
by Peter A Bell
7 Apr 2014 at 7:00pm

LABOUR wheeling out semi-retired peers does not surprise RECORD VIEW but the key is in the positive message they deliver.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The Record clings to the ludicrous notion that the anti-independence campaign might yet come up with some alternative to the grinding, unremitting negati...



I will vote no to independence because I love Scotland
by Peter A Bell
7 Apr 2014 at 6:05pm

Menzies Campbell: Those who argue against independence have a duty to recognise that most Scots want their parliament to have more powers
Peter A Bell's insight:

Why does Menzies Campbell feel the need to make such an almighty fuss about his "credentials"? Sounds to me like he is feeling somewhat i...



SNmr: Building a groundswell for Yes
by Peter A Bell
7 Apr 2014 at 4:52pm

Right from the launch of Yes Scotland, almost two years ago, we knew our best chance of winning the referendum was to create the biggest grassroots movement in Scotland’s history. With only a few months to go, we are well on our way to achieving that aim, with an increasingly vibrant and diverse ...



Worst UK cuts to hit Scotland by 2016 - report
by Peter A Bell
7 Apr 2014 at 4:41pm

THE worst of the UK’s austerity cuts will hit Scotland in the next two years, a Scottish Government report has today found.

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Hundreds take part in the ?Big Debate?
by Peter A Bell
7 Apr 2014 at 4:38pm
Hundreds of people packed out the United Auctions Mart in Stirling for NFU Scotland’s Big Debate earlier this month.

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10 reasons why internationalists should support Scottish independence | Natio...
by Peter A Bell
7 Apr 2014 at 4:34pm

“If we artificially confine our interest or responsibility to our small corner, we will think small thoughts and do small

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Margo MacDonald to be remembered at 'colourful' memorial service in Edinburgh
by dailyrecord
8 Apr 2014 at 7:54am
THE popular MSP, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died on Friday and a celebration of her life will be held in the capital's Assembly Hall on April 25.


Independence referendum: Breaking up the UK would be 'cataclysmic', warns Lor...
by dailyrecord
8 Apr 2014 at 7:24am
THE former Nato general secretary's remarks have caused uproar among the Yes campaign with Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon branding them "insulting and offensive".


Alistair Carmichael: Let's cut out referendum tension and concentrate on hist...
by dailyrecord
8 Apr 2014 at 4:11am
SOME referendum debates run the risk of lowering the tone of the occasion warns the Scottish Secretary who says we should rise above the tension and start embracing the historic implications of September's vote.


Benefits penalties triple over seven years raising anger that coalition are p...
by David Clegg
8 Apr 2014 at 3:20am
STATS from the Department for Work and Pensions showed the number of penalties imposed by the Government rose from 25,953 to 80,305 in just seven years.


Anger after company paid to chase payday loan victims is given £1.2 million f...
by David Clegg
8 Apr 2014 at 2:22am
PORTFOLIO Recovery Associates are being given the money in return for creating 400 jobs in Kilmarnock.


Back to work interviews to be scrapped after experts blast the demeaning asse...
by dailyrecord
7 Apr 2014 at 4:19am
UNPOPULAR face-to-face interviews are to be axed as part of a Government shake-up of their Work Capability Assessment following recommendations set out by a chief medical officer recruited to review WCA testing.


Independence referendum: Labour legends drafted in by Better Together as poll...
by Stephen Stewart
7 Apr 2014 at 2:37am
ANAS SARWAR has appointed the former MSP and MP George Foulkes to coordinate Labour support for the Better Together campaign in The House of Lords.


Hospital scandal: MSPs call for independent inquiry into overcrowded neonatal...
by Mark McGivern
6 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
THE call for an independent probe came after the Record revealed how Junior MacLean died of sepsis after being moved from intensive care to side rooms as other babies took his place at Wishaw General.


Jackie Bird: TV is an arena for highly trained combatants to show off their s...
by Jackie Bird
6 Apr 2014 at 4:38am
JACKIE reckons televised debates give public a chance to weigh up people who affect our lives.


Ex-head of MI5 Stella Rimington: Independent Scotland could have own secret s...
by Jenny Morrison
6 Apr 2014 at 1:56am
THE former spying boss believes the process of setting up a national security service is possible but says key sources of information may take a long time to trust the new agency.


Record View: Goodbye Margo Macdonald, a giant of politics and a breath of fre...
by Record View
5 Apr 2014 at 8:18am
THE Scottish independence referendum is only five-and-a-half months away and RECORD VIEW says it wouldn't have been possible without the passionate support of Margo MacDonald.


The Daily Record's Heart Start campaign receives massive boost as MSPs rally ...
by David Clegg
5 Apr 2014 at 6:34am
THE Scottish parliament lend their support to Daily Record's Heart Start campaign that aims to drastically decrease the number of cardiac arrest deaths that occur in Scotland.


Margo MacDonald 1943-2014: Nation mourns incomparable politican known as 'Mot...
by David Clegg
5 Apr 2014 at 3:24am
POLITICIANS have lined up to pay tribute to Margo MacDonald, the independent Lothian MSP, who passed away on Friday after losing her fight with Parkinson's disease aged 70.


Bedroom tax: Scottish government's message to council.. we'll give you the ca...
by David Clegg
5 Apr 2014 at 2:03am
WELFARE minister Margaret Burgess told the chief executives of all Scotland?s local authorities that money will be available to ?fully mitigate? the Con Dem policy.


Why Scotland is a poorer place without indomitable, ultra-independent Margo M...
by dailyrecord
4 Apr 2014 at 11:04am
FORMER Daily Record political editor and columnist TOM BROWN reflects on the life and achievements of Margo MacDonald and ponders that Scotland is a poorer place without her.


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Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and emba...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Apr 2014 at 2:18pm
Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and embarrassing) attempts by women to enter the manly world of Scottish politics.


The monstrous regiment of women
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We urge all men to watch the household accounts carefully until 11:59pm on Tuesday 15th ...

Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Apr 2014 at 10:28am
Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city by planting explosive smoked sausages in buildings throughout the city.



Labour to blow up Glasgow
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Alicsammin wins the Grand National!

Rest in Peace.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm
Rest in Peace.



We'll miss you Margo
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Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Apr 2014 at 4:07pm
Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.



Barrhead fellow-traveller in flight
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A staff member reported that he had been horrified to arrive at work early in the morning and find a yes sticker on a board across the road from the office

A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Toget...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Apr 2014 at 2:30am
A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Together referendum campaigns will be played in Stirling on Saturday 24th of June as part of the 2014 Armed forces day.


Indy campaign's call truce for charity football match
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The match, part of the wid...

"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm
"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.



Splits in UKOK denied
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by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Mar 2014 at 10:57am

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2014 at 12:24pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definitely absolutely positive case for the Union.


The 'thrilling' case for the UK
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
According to the Lib Dem press office, Mr Clegg's speech was delivered to a packed house of over 25,000 delegates and w...

Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire ar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 6:40pm
Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire are gaining, Poultice concentrates on what matters.



Poultice ? BBC London thanks you for your polling responses
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Please vote in our new poll - we don't understand why Subway keeps appearing in Scot...

Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 3:04pm
Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely sanguine about his missing organ.



It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Camero...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Mar 2014 at 4:45pm
It's such a shame that Barosso gets nothing after giving everything to Cameron.


Barosso guttered after failure to get UK support for top NATO job, despite sucking Cameron
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Barroso might turn on Cameron and say ?In ye come Scotland. Fu*k the Tory bastirt.?

The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its la...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Mar 2014 at 6:24pm
The Scotlandshire branch of the London Labour party was given sight of its latest devolution proposals today, at the same time as the rest of the country.


Labour ?Declaration of Dependence? may lead to DEVO R.C.E.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The proposals, which were 2 years in the making, were comp...

Thank you, dear viewers, for the 5000 likes. <lovebomb>We like you too.</love...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Mar 2014 at 10:19am
Thank you, dear viewers, for the 5000 likes.
<lovebomb>We like you too.</lovebomb>



The following is a transcript of part of the Andrew Marr show from this morni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Mar 2014 at 9:17am
The following is a transcript of part of the Andrew Marr show from this morning. This will be remembered as the point when the BBC finally admitted it was a player in the debate on Scottish independence rather than a neutral and disinterested observer.


We're not reporting the debate, we're IN IT, ...

David Cameron has described the referendum on Scottish independence as "a maj...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Mar 2014 at 3:54pm
David Cameron has described the referendum on Scottish independence as "a major life-ending decision". Mr Cameron made the comment during a speech to the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Edinburgh.


Scottish Tory conference: Cameron warns vote will be 'life-ending decision'
www.bbc.scotland...


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INDEPENDENCE - AUTONOMY - SELF-DETERMINATION


Easter Rising
by bellacaledonia
4 Apr 2014 at 2:45am
Bella is taking a short break for the Easter holidays to have a brief digital detox and gorge on over-packed chocolate items. We will be back with you next week. In the meantime, take a chance to share the details... Read More ›

Red Road
by bellacaledonia
3 Apr 2014 at 4:37pm
News that the Red Road flats, which have been part of Glasgow’s skyline for almost 50 years will be blown up as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was met by stunned confusion by people today. The event will... Read More ›

Disgraceful Opportunist Cultural Hatred
by bellacaledonia
3 Apr 2014 at 3:38pm
This is an extraordinary attack. THE DAILY MAIL’S ALAN RODEN AND HIS UTTER HATRED OF GAELIC by Arthur Cormack Unfortunately, we are used to Gaels and their language being denigrated by some sections of the media in Scotland. Alan Roden,... Read More ›


I am a Nationalist
by bellacaledonia
3 Apr 2014 at 2:47pm
By David Morgan There you go ? I?ve said it. I subscribe to a political philosophy that (in the context of the Scottish Independence debate at least) dare not speak its name. The very word itself has become a term... Read More ›


An Eye for an Aye?
by bellacaledonia
2 Apr 2014 at 5:55am
If you were asked to design a poster that inspires a nation, what would it be? Bella, National Collective and Scottish Independence Convention today launch a national prize competition ...


Dragons and Poodles
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 4:37pm
By David Black There seemed to be something uncannily familiar about the collapse of the unionist party line which followed the recent revelation in The Guardian about the unidentified cabinet minister who broke ranks with his Westminster ‘No’ troika. Their... Read More ›

From The Province of the Cat #26: Killing Squirrels With A Howitzer
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 6:44am
by George Gunn Sometimes through the heavy metal fuzz of mass media and the modern world, when the individual is striving for some clarity amongst the incessant network noise and flashing neon which signifies nothing, there comes as from nowhere... Read More ›


Where is Alexander Linklater?
by bellacaledonia
1 Apr 2014 at 6:31am
By Mike Small Where exactly is Alexander Linklater? His description of Scotland (‘The union belongs to the Scots, it’s at the heart of our cultural identity’) suggests he’s located somewhere else entirely, or experiencing a different multiverse from the rest... Read More ›


Better Together: Proud to Fail
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2014 at 3:55pm
By John S Warren Ian Martin in an article spread over two pages in the Sunday Telegraph (30th March p.18-19) concludes after what we may now fairly term the ?Apertiv-gate? currency fiasco, that if Better Together ?make many more foolish... Read More ›


The Better Together Campaign Crisis
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2014 at 10:38am
"If you have a pliant media (which doesn't know what's happening on the ground anyway), for quite a while you can get away with describing the world as you wish it was and not as it is. The problem is that eventually reality catches up..."


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Scottish independence 'would be cataclysmic for the world', ex-Nato head warn...
8 Apr 2014 at 10:00am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence 'would be cataclysmic for the world', ex-Nato head warns
Telegraph.co.uk
Scottish independence would have a "cataclysmic" impact on the world, a former Nato general secretary has warned in a stark intervention in the referendum debate. Britain's enemies would "c...


Scottish independence: UK 'faces energy blackout risk' - BBC News
7 Apr 2014 at 8:10am

BBC News

Scottish independence: UK 'faces energy blackout risk'
BBC News
Britain is facing its "highest blackout risk in a generation" because of a failure to guarantee energy needs, the Scottish government has said. A report published by SNP ministers cited a warning from industry regulator Ofgem t...


Scottish Independence Leader Defends Proposal to Share Pound - Wall Street Jo...
8 Apr 2014 at 10:10am

Herald Scotland

Scottish Independence Leader Defends Proposal to Share Pound
Wall Street Journal
An independent Scotland would be a good fit in a currency union with the remainder of the U.K., the leader of the Scottish independence campaign Alex Salmond said Tuesday, dismissing criticism from his o...


Scottish independence ? the polls are narrowing - FT.com (blog)
7 Apr 2014 at 7:38am

FT.com (blog)

Scottish independence ? the polls are narrowing
FT.com (blog)
The Sunday Times' front page this weekend will have surprised many people who are watching the Scottish referendum campaign with interest. The paper reported a new poll by Panelbase showing a bump for the independence campai...


Scottish independence would add 9pc to UK debt burden, says NIESR - Telegraph...
8 Apr 2014 at 11:40am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence would add 9pc to UK debt burden, says NIESR
Telegraph.co.uk
In a hard-hitting report, the NIESR has warned that Scottish independence could push up the rest of the UK's debt to GDP ratio by as much as 9pc. The extra burden is ?likely to catch the attention of cr...


Scottish Independence: Eddie Izzard says 'Fans will hate me for backing No .....
6 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm

The Independent

Scottish Independence: Eddie Izzard says 'Fans will hate me for backing No ...
The Independent
Like David Bowie said, 'Stay with us Scotland' and I'm saying the same ? don't go.? Izzard joins a series of other high-profile names against Scottish independence including Sir Alex Fergus...


Scottish Independence: Role of religion 'should be recognised' - BBC News
6 Apr 2014 at 1:24am

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Role of religion 'should be recognised'
BBC News
Churches and faith groups are calling for the role of religion to be recognised in any written constitution for Scotland. They plan to hold an interfaith conference on the subject in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in Ju...


Scottish independence: Lord Robertson on 'cataclysmic' Yes vote - BBC News
8 Apr 2014 at 9:04am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Lord Robertson on 'cataclysmic' Yes vote
BBC News
Lord Robertson, the former Secretary General of Nato, has said that Scottish independence would have a cataclysmic impact on Western security. Mr Robertson made the remarks during a speech in the US when he referred to...


For Scotland, and Ireland, independence just ain't what it used to be - Los A...
8 Apr 2014 at 2:27pm

Evening Standard

For Scotland, and Ireland, independence just ain't what it used to be
Los Angeles Times
In September, inhabitants of Scotland will vote on independence from the United Kingdom. On Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth II warmly welcomed to Windsor Castle the president of the Republic of Ireland,...


Scottish independence would be 'cataclysmic' for NATO, warns former chief - T...
8 Apr 2014 at 7:13am

Toronto Star

Scottish independence would be 'cataclysmic' for NATO, warns former chief
Toronto Star
... be from our adversaries.? Robertson, who led NATO between 1999 and 2004, said plans by pro-independence politicians to remove Britain's nuclear-armed submarines from their base in Scotland would m...



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Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc., and SNP GL Associates Partner ...
8 Apr 2014 at 3:10pm

Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc., and SNP GL Associates Partner ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)
Canon Information and Imaging Solutions, Inc. (CIIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., and SNP GL Associates today announced that SNP GL Associates is a Solutio...


Neither SNP nor Labour offer solutions to poverty in Scotland - Socialist Worker
8 Apr 2014 at 11:46am

Neither SNP nor Labour offer solutions to poverty in Scotland
Socialist Worker
There have been few demands in the independence debate for far-reaching wealth redistribution. Class divisions are being overlooked in competing claims to ?Scottishness? and other supposedly national characteristics. Cla...


Nationalist MSP 'assaulted' during pub debate on independence - stv.tv
8 Apr 2014 at 10:49am

stv.tv

Nationalist MSP 'assaulted' during pub debate on independence
stv.tv
An SNP MSP has been "attacked" during an exchange in a pub about the independence referendum. David Torrance, MSP for Kirkcaldy, was allegedly grabbed by the throat by another patron of the town's Novar bar during an inciden...


Robertson's warning on 'cataclysmic' independence plan - ITV News
8 Apr 2014 at 9:58am

ITV News

Robertson's warning on 'cataclysmic' independence plan
ITV News
Former Labour defence secretary Lord Robertson has never been one to hold back on rhetoric. So his description of the SNP's plans for independence as being "cataclysmic in geo-political terms" is not a surprise. Some, mainly th...


Commission criticism shows Westminster failure - SNP (press release)
8 Apr 2014 at 9:31am

Commission criticism shows Westminster failure
SNP (press release)
As the Westminster Government faces criticism from the EU Commission for its failure on youth unemployment, the SNP has condemned the anti-EU posturing that is denying young people in Scotland access to EU funding to create jobs and...


Scotland a 'strong market for business' after Yes - SNP (press release)
8 Apr 2014 at 7:54am

Scotland a 'strong market for business' after Yes
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed a £25m investment in Alloa by Owens-Illinois Inc ?and comments from the company's Chief Executive Albert Stroucken that Scotland will remain an attractive destination for investment regardless of the referend...


Scotland's Big Brother State just got bigger - The Commentator
8 Apr 2014 at 6:03am

Scotland's Big Brother State just got bigger
The Commentator
On Tuesday, Alistair Darling, the head of Better Together, which is campaigning to keep Scotland within the United Kingdom, expressed alarm about the impact of the Scottish National Party's (SNP) electronic arm, the cybernats. He declared...


No camp's Dad's Army warns "We're doomed!" - SNP (press release)
8 Apr 2014 at 5:48am

No camp's Dad's Army warns "We're doomed!"
SNP (press release)
Given the backfiring nature of the No campaign - which this laughable speech can only add to - we are beginning to wonder if George Robertson has secretly returned to his youthful support for the SNP! "In the real world - instead of the...


Civil service head kept meetings with SNP 'shrouded in secrecy' - Telegraph.c...
8 Apr 2014 at 5:23am

Telegraph.co.uk

Civil service head kept meetings with SNP 'shrouded in secrecy'
Telegraph.co.uk
Alex Salmond's most senior civil servant has been accused of keeping a controversial meeting between his officials and SNP strategists "shrouded in secrecy" amid claims taxpayers' money is helping fund th...


SNP pledge to reverse benefit reforms after independence - Telegraph.co.uk
8 Apr 2014 at 4:53am

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP pledge to reverse benefit reforms after independence
Telegraph.co.uk
SNP ministers have pledged to reverse the Coalition's benefit reforms after independence despite admitting they are on course to save the public purse £6 billion in Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Mi...



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How young people see the Scottish vote on independence - Radio 1
8 Apr 2014 at 6:26am

Radio 1

How young people see the Scottish vote on independence
Radio 1
As the date of the Scottish referendum on independence nears, everyone from Simon Cowell to David Bowie seems to be wading into the debate. While many will have a view, not all of us will get to have a say on Scotland's future. A...


Scottish expats polled on independence by Scotland Now after referendum ... -...
8 Apr 2014 at 4:19am

Mirror.co.uk

Scottish expats polled on independence by Scotland Now after referendum ...
Mirror.co.uk
Scots expats disappointed they can't take part in Scotland's historic Independence referendum vote on September 18 can get their voice heard in a new poll by Scotland Now. The Mirror's new sister on...


Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum? - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum?
BBC News
For the first time in Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds will get to vote in the referendum. As long as you were born on 18 September 1998 or before, and live in Scotland, you can have your say on Scotland's future. For those of ...


Scottish independence: UK 'faces energy blackout risk' - BBC News
7 Apr 2014 at 8:10am

BBC News

Scottish independence: UK 'faces energy blackout risk'
BBC News
The Scottish government report, which comes ahead of the 18 September independence referendum, said Scotland's natural resources could "help keep the lights on and energy bills down". It stated: "Scotland offers safe and secure...


Scottish independence ? the polls are narrowing - FT.com (blog)
7 Apr 2014 at 7:38am

FT.com (blog)

Scottish independence ? the polls are narrowing
FT.com (blog)
The Sunday Times' front page this weekend will have surprised many people who are watching the Scottish referendum campaign with interest. The paper reported a new poll by Panelbase showing a bump for the independence campai...


Scottish independence: lessons from 1995 Quebec vote - BBC News
5 Apr 2014 at 12:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: lessons from 1995 Quebec vote
BBC News
There could be lessons for the Scottish independence debate from the 1995 Quebec referendum in Canada. There, a nationalist party came to power, and decided to hold a referendum on independence, where the no campaign was ahead, b...


An Independent Scotland? The International Implications of the Referendum - B...
29 Mar 2014 at 2:52pm

An Independent Scotland? The International Implications of the Referendum
Brookings Institution
The September 18 vote on Scottish independence will have consequences across the United Kingdom and Europe, where other areas with distinct national, historic, and linguistic identities are also consider...


Independence referendum: Expats have their say in our unofficial online poll ...
4 Apr 2014 at 5:32am

Independence referendum: Expats have their say in our unofficial online poll
Scottish Daily Record
SCOTS expats disappointed they can't take part in Scotland's historic Independence referendum vote on September 18 can get their voice heard in a new poll by Scotland Now . The Record's new digital si...


Scottish Independence: Role of religion 'should be recognised' - BBC News
6 Apr 2014 at 1:24am

BBC News

Scottish Independence: Role of religion 'should be recognised'
BBC News
"The conference will transcend political differences and any statements agreed will make no endorsement of either side in the referendum campaign." The Scottish government has said it will publish a draft constitution t...


Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever' - BBC News
1 Apr 2014 at 6:34pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Voter registration 'highest ever'
BBC News
Voter registration in Scotland is the highest it has ever been, as millions sign up to have their say in the independence referendum. With just under six months until polling day, an estimated 4.1 million people are now on th...



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Highland Safari
8 Apr 2014 at 1:55pm

Quite fancy one of these for my upcoming birthday.  I see they have them in Perthshire and over b...



End Times For The Rump Scots ?
8 Apr 2014 at 1:51pm

According to David Lidington, Minister of State for Europe at the FCO, in the event of a Yes vote...



Windows Xp
8 Apr 2014 at 7:43am

As of today it's no longer supported by Microsoft and today's security update will be the last, i...



Robertson, Wilson & Darling In Usa
8 Apr 2014 at 6:22am

What a coincidence that three arch labour anti Scots self government creatures are in USA for "Ta...



Removing Rain Drops From A Photo
8 Apr 2014 at 5:23am
Hi, i posted yesterday looking for somebody who is handy with photoshop. Some raindrops landed on...

Irish State Visit...
7 Apr 2014 at 2:49pm

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/historic-first-state-visit-by-irish-president-michael-d-higgin...



Alex Hope You Get Shot Tweet
7 Apr 2014 at 2:26pm
Wonder if this be all over the paper like a couple of stickers on a BT shop, Doubt it. @HulmeSh...

Bannockburn 700 21St June Package
7 Apr 2014 at 1:01pm
This was available to members only but now open to anyone who wishes to attend
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Dead At 25
7 Apr 2014 at 12:21pm

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7 Apr 2014 at 6:34am

Aged 93. One of the last-surviving stars of the silent film era. Went through eight stunning wive...




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

Ladies Who Launch ? Why a Yes victory may already be in the bag
by Jeff
8 Apr 2014 at 4:52am
A confident guest post today from a certain Jeff Breslin, formerly of this parish. Thanks Jeff! F...

Margo Macdonald: a very brief obituary
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The Scottish Parliament today lost one of its few true icons, the independent (former SNP) MSP Ma...

Independence is a process too
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 8:20am
One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one pers...

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...

Fringe benefits of independence
by James
18 Mar 2014 at 6:10am
The worst reason for voting No to independence is because you don’t like Alex Salmond, and the wo...

Who do you not hate?
by James
17 Mar 2014 at 8:33am
In addition to the independence question and the Holyrood voting intention put as part of our fir...

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...

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...


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

More details from today's Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2014 at 11:03am

Many thanks to Oldnat for pointing me in the direction of the datasets for today's Panelbase/Wing...



Panic stations for anti-independence campaign as Panelbase poll confirms swin...
by James Kelly
5 Apr 2014 at 5:03pm
When a polling organisation produces a poll showing something out of the ordinary, as Panelbase d...


Thoughts of Margo, plus a graph
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2014 at 6:08pm
I always feel at moments like this that I should be paying my own personal tribute, but there's n...

Concerns raised over Ipsos-Mori's methodology
by James Kelly
2 Apr 2014 at 7:16pm
An anonymous poster left this rather troubling comment on last night's post about polling accurac...

How much credibility do the polls have?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2014 at 9:12pm
Over the last couple of days, I've been contacted by three different people asking for my thought...

Brit Nat Tomkins isn't quite the king of the castle
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 11:43pm
Not for the first time, Professor Adam Tomkins took part in a discussion on Newsnight Scotland la...

Celebrity 'love-bombing' campaign gets serious as Better Together unveils its...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 6:07pm
Many thanks to occasional commenter Cordon Blah for sending me this utterly jaw-dropping article ...

Why did Alistair Carmichael tell a direct lie about the polls on today's Sund...
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 1:27pm

I'd heard that Alistair Carmichael made a questionable comment about the recent TNS-BMRB poll on ...



Just a quick warning
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 9:54am
If you happen to see any offensive anti-English remarks in the comments section of this blog (or ...

Sagacity on Saturday : The indispensable building-block of true 'Hothersallism'
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2014 at 6:00am
"It is impossible for one to be internationalist without being a nationalist.  Internationalism i...

Does Nick Clegg's logic make Vladimir Putin the rightful President of Scotland?
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2014 at 11:18am
I must confess that I haven't been watching Nick Clegg's speech to the Scottish Lib Dem diehards....

Boost for SNP in Holyrood voting intention figures from YouGov
by James Kelly
27 Mar 2014 at 3:37pm
In recent months, YouGov have slipped out of line with other pollsters with regard to Holyrood vo...

Was the Yes vote in the recent ICM poll even higher than reported?
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2014 at 11:47am
You might remember that when Scotland on Sunday reported a big swing to Yes in their ICM poll at ...

Breakthrough for pro-independence campaign in landmark new YouGov poll
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2014 at 7:21pm

Although the No lead has been slipping in recent YouGov polls, the pace of change has been frustr...



Explaining the difference between TNS-BMRB and the online pollsters
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2014 at 10:48am
In the last post I discussed the ongoing disparity between TNS-BMRB, which currently shows a Yes ...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Former Labour councillors join growing numbers moving to Yes
by Sean Lafferty
8 Apr 2014 at 10:29am
Gordon McKenzie from Prestwick was the Provost of the local authority for three years from 2003 a...

Daily Digest: Worst of welfare cuts still to come and Lord George Robertson?s...
by Stuart McDonald
8 Apr 2014 at 7:16am
In the starkest of contrasts, and in a clear sign of an establishment becoming rattled at the ris...

Glasgow Clyde students back Yes in #indyref Vote
by Peter Dempsie
8 Apr 2014 at 6:22am
The majority of students at Glasgow Clyde college would back a Yes vote, according to a new poll ...

The Internationalist Case for Scottish Independence
by Peter Dempsie
7 Apr 2014 at 10:35am
The gulf between Scotland?s political direction and that being taken by the UK has grown too wide...

You can, should and must watch this...
by Peter Dempsie
7 Apr 2014 at 8:00am
Video of Am3HlhNbeIc On September 18th, 2014 Scotland will vote on Independence. It's a choice ...

Daily Digest: Greens launch ideas and Energy report details plans for common ...
by Stuart McDonald
7 Apr 2014 at 5:10am
The weekend saw the Scottish Greens launch a new policy paper setting out a vision for a post-Yes...

Fetlar-born Louise Thomason: I?ll be voting Yes in September, but I wasn't al...
by Peter Dempsie
6 Apr 2014 at 7:09am
In all of the information I've absorbed over the past year, the thing that I?ve been struck by mo...

Panelbase: Highest support for Yes so far in #indyref campaign
by Peter Dempsie
6 Apr 2014 at 4:08am
Latest poll Scottish Independence in today's Sunday Times shows race tightening even further Yes ...

Trident, Nuclear Disarmament and Scottish Independence
by Peter Dempsie
5 Apr 2014 at 8:23am
by Martha Wardrop, Scottish Green Party - In the last 10 years, climate scientists have used ad...

Margo MacDonald MSP
by Kevin Gilmartin
4 Apr 2014 at 9:45am
The Yes movement was saddened to learn today of the death of one of its greatest champions, Margo...

Daily Digest: Oil jobs boom, childcare and Sky
by Stuart McDonald
4 Apr 2014 at 9:04am

Oil and gas jobs boom

A new survey of oil and gas firms by the Bank of Scotland has found the sect...



Business as usual for Sky and Waitrose after Yes vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
3 Apr 2014 at 5:37pm
Prime Minister David Cameron?s favourite supermarket, Waitrose, has confirmed it is pressing ahea...

DailyDigest: No vote EU risk, Yes will bring workplace improvements
by Stuart McDonald
3 Apr 2014 at 10:04am
The Prime Minister won?t debate the First Minister over the most significant vote Scotland has ev...

Scotland's world renowned universities will thrive after Yes vote
by Kevin Gilmartin
3 Apr 2014 at 5:13am

By Bryan MacGregor & Murray Pittock

When a Committee of Westminster populated by the parties of th...



Muscatelli: "Currency union would be best for all of Britain"
by Kevin Gilmartin
2 Apr 2014 at 10:02am
Writing in today's Financial Times, Anton Muscatelli, professor of economics at Glasgow Universi...


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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

What if....
8 Apr 2014 at 3:47pm

it's a draw? Could we have a penalty shoot-out & who's going to take 'em.

 

Anyone care to name t...



Scottish independence will end civilisation as we know it
8 Apr 2014 at 2:27am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26933998

 

Point and laugh



labour bring our the big guns
7 Apr 2014 at 7:10am
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/independence-referendum-labour-legends-drafted-3383905...

Those nasty nationalists
6 Apr 2014 at 7:29pm

Going around harassing peaceful political campaigners in the street.

 

 

Skip to 1:28 to shuffle...



Immigrants Only Poll
6 Apr 2014 at 10:13am

Being an immigrant myself, I moved up here 9 years ago.

 

I was wondering what other not born her...



Margo's deid
4 Apr 2014 at 9:06am

Staunch independence campaigner has sadly left us........

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...



Just a Thought...
3 Apr 2014 at 6:11pm

Are you happy/comfortable with the following:

 

1. UK gov colluding with banks to leave us a lega...



The Referendum - anyone else sick of it?
3 Apr 2014 at 5:16am

I know I am.

 

Before the details of the Referendum were announced I took only a passing interest...



Scotland should stay in the union.
1 Apr 2014 at 5:21am

We need Scotland to stay in the union. Look at how many jobs could be lost in the finance industr...



Barrhead Travel scaring staff into voting No
31 Mar 2014 at 4:45am
I wonder how many other companies are doing the same



Independence Stories - 01/04/2014
30 Mar 2014 at 9:22am

April Fools Day on Tuesday, the day our media love to try and get stories out there that are so r...



Scottish Lib Dems conference
28 Mar 2014 at 9:49am
Sounds like they are starting to shite it.

“@ScottishPol: Danny Alexander tells LibDem conf Scot...

We should stay in the union
28 Mar 2014 at 7:08am

We need to be part of the EU for our geopolitical security. .
I pray Scotland stays in the union....



Gove publishes rap video, Abbott live tweets a funeral
28 Mar 2014 at 7:06am

Bound to push a few more towards yes imo



Why the UK is bullying over borders and currency union
28 Mar 2014 at 1:55am

The UK government have warned they'll say absolutely No to a currency union.

They also say there ...




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Scottish independence would weaken UK's global status, says ex-Nato chief
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
8 Apr 2014 at 4:40am
Lord Robertson says yes vote would boost west's enemies and 'forces of darkness' and embolden dictators across the world

George Robertson, the formerly UK defence secretary and Nato chief, has claim...




Lord Robertson is trying to bully Scots into voting no in the referendum | Ow...
by Owen Jones
8 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
The former defence secretary and Nato chief's claims that a Scottish break from the union will imperil the west are part of an anti-democratic campaign that is backfiring

If Scotland votes to break ...




Independent Scotland would face immediate £23bn debt thinktank
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
8 Apr 2014 at 2:03pm
Scottish government spokeswoman says NIESR analysis 'misunderstand how government debt works'

An independent Scotland would face an immediate debt repayment of £23bn to the UK Treasury, equivalent t...




I will vote no to independence because I love Scotland | Menzies Campbell
by Menzies Campbell
7 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm
Those who argue against independence have a duty to recognise that most Scots want their parliament to have more powers

It is the love that rarely speaks its name. For it is now unfashionable to tal...




Scottish nationalists are 'monstering' UK supporters, says Alistair Darling
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
6 Apr 2014 at 5:26am
Head of no campaign accuses pro-independence activists of shouting down those who disagree with them

Nationalist campaigners are bringing shame to Scotland by the way in which they "monster" support...




Wanted: Scottish spies. Pinstripe suit optional | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
5 Apr 2014 at 12:30pm
If Scotland becomes independent, will its intelligence service be home-grown or MI5 'illegals' operating out of a UK embassy?

From an unremarkable property in a dishevelled neighbourhood not far fro...




Margo MacDonald obituary
by Brian Wilson
4 Apr 2014 at 2:01pm
Independent-minded Scottish politician and campaigner for the right to assisted suicide

Margo MacDonald, who has died aged 70, was one of the biggest personalities in Scottish politics over the past...




Eddie Izzard urges 'Scotland please don't go'
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Apr 2014 at 1:39pm
Comedian is first in a string of cultural figures lined up to campaign against a yes vote in September's referendum

The comedian Eddie Izzard travelled to Edinburgh to crack jokes and campaign on Fr...




Scottish politician Margo MacDonald dies aged 70
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
4 Apr 2014 at 11:25am
Tributes from political and public spectrum paid to Independent MSP who had Parkinson's disease

Margo MacDonald obituary

A flood of tributes from across the political and public spectrum have been p...




BSkyB tells staff it will not intervene in Scottish independence debate
by Severin Carrell
3 Apr 2014 at 9:30am
Broadcaster, which employs 6,400 in Scotland, will remain in the country regardless of referendum outcome

BSkyB has told its thousands of staff in Scotland it has no plans to intervene in the Scotti...




Scottish independence will bring 'guaranteed' costs, warns Weir Group
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
3 Apr 2014 at 7:06am
Chief executive of Glasgow engineering firm says benefits to Scotland uncertain following report from Oxford Economics

One of Scotland's largest companies, Weir Group, believes that independence wil...




April fools get tougher to spot by the year | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
2 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm

Your report (Scotland plans to move to right after independence, 1 April) reminded me of a similar decision, back in the 1970s, by an ex-colonial country, determined to throw off the shackles. To s...




Lord Mandelson: Britain 'bonkers' to leave European Union
by Angela Monaghan
1 Apr 2014 at 8:30am
Former Labour minister tells British Chambers of Commerce conference that leaving EU would erode ability to trade abroad

Lord Mandelson has said Britain would be "stark staring bonkers" if it turned...




Scotland to switch to driving on the right if independence given green light
by Bruce Roberts
31 Mar 2014 at 6:01pm
Current road signage system would also be scrapped under scheme nationalists say helps show country is 'part of Europe'

Scottish nationalist leaders will attempt this week to give the trailing yes c...




Scotland currency union with UK is not going to happen, Nick Clegg states
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
31 Mar 2014 at 7:50am
Anonymous minister who said currency union would eventually be agreed is 'totally, plainly, utterly and flatly wrong', says Clegg

The government minister who said there would have to be a currency u...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Clatty jizzum
by weegingerdug
8 Apr 2014 at 7:27am
I know we’re not supposed to go in for personal abuse, what with it being monstering and everything. But sometimes – well OK, daily – a Unionist politician utters something so gob-smackingly arsewi...

Not a legend, an epitaph
by weegingerdug
7 Apr 2014 at 8:03pm
The Labour party, after the currency union veto which left its credibility as sound as the Zimbabwean dollar, and the devobuggerall which not even their own leadership understands, has now announce...

Monstering for independence
by weegingerdug
6 Apr 2014 at 9:20pm
OMG. If we’d only known. All this time we thought we were putting a positive case for an independent Scotland and pointing out the misinformation and machinations of a duplicitous Westminster, but ...

One blink for yes, two for no, 3000 for blind panic
by weegingerdug
6 Apr 2014 at 7:29am
A new opinion poll from Panelbase, crowd funded by Wings Over Scotland, has delivered the final blow to the currency masterplan to scare nationalism stone dead. The Yes vote is still going up. When...

Project Fear?s letter to the McCorinthians
by weegingerdug
5 Apr 2014 at 11:44am
Let the love bombing begin! Well not really. It consisted of Eddie Izzard in union flag nail polish appearing at a Better Together fundraising concert in Edinburgh, paying his dues to the Labour pa...

Thank you, Margo
by weegingerdug
4 Apr 2014 at 5:04pm
Margo MacDonald was a rare and precious gift, a politician who was warm, likeable, truthful and passionate. No matter how brightly her star shone – her feet remained firmly planted on Scottish soil...

Antisocial history
by weegingerdug
4 Apr 2014 at 9:09am
Hello world! Welcome to the Commonwealth Games. We’re your hosts, Glesca Labour Cooncil, watch us blow up our city and sell it off to private developers! Gordon Matheson, leader of Glesca Cooncil’s...

Wibble wobble
by weegingerdug
3 Apr 2014 at 11:16am
All is well, nothing to worry too much about, just a little wobble that was entirely to be expected. Wibble wibble went the Unionist press as it tried to minimise the effects of eight little words ...

A dictionary of Unionese
by weegingerdug
2 Apr 2014 at 8:56am
Alicsammin: The UK press believes the referendum question is “Do you want Scotland to be an alicsammin country?” It’s all about Alicsammin. Alicsammin is the only person in Scotland who wants indep...

April fuel
by weegingerdug
1 Apr 2014 at 9:58am
It’s the first of April, and the newspapers traditionally publish a spoof news story, and just as traditionally they’re about making fun of Scottish people and their silly pretensions. The idea tha...


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