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The Herald

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

Labour to be left with just 14 Scottish seats, Alex Salmond-backed spread bet...
31 Mar 2015 at 1:50pm
A BETTING specialist endorsed by Alex Salmond has predicted that the SNP will win 42 seats in May, with almost three quarters of Scottish voters turning out to the polls.

Farage says Britain could cut immigration to 30,000 within three years if it ...
31 Mar 2015 at 9:10am
BRITAIN could dramatically reduce its net immigration from the current 300,000 to just 30,000 within three years if it left the European Union and took back full control of its borders, Nigel Farage has insisted.

Cameron to speak after Sturgeon at party leaders general election TV debate
31 Mar 2015 at 5:52am
Prime Minister David Cameron will be the last to speak when the party leaders meet for their only head-to-head clash of the General Election.

Key dates in run-up to General Election.
30 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
Key dates.

Cameron takes personal swipe at Miliband as he fires starting pistol on Gener...
30 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID CAMERON has launched the General Election campaign by taking a swipe at Ed Miliband in what promises to be a highly personalised campaign.

The SNP wants not to help Westminster but to burn it down, claims Paddy Ashdown
30 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
LABOUR HQ has insisted it is not interested in playing "Westminster games" over a possible alliance with the SNP as Paddy Ashdown warned that the Nationalists did not want to go south to help Westminster but to destroy it.

'Immigration' missing from Ukip's new pledge card
30 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
Ukip have released a new election pledge card that does not feature the word immigration, as the party attempts to stem a dip in the polls.

Nicola Sturgeon draws plum spot beside David Cameron
30 Mar 2015 at 12:00pm
Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron are to appear side by side for the first time - after being drawn to stand next to each other in Thursday night's leaders' debate.

MPs running up expenses in London despite owning properties in capital
27 Mar 2015 at 6:17pm
MPs are claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in expenses for London rents and hotels despite owning properties in the capital, it has been reported.

Cameron kicks off Tories' General Election campaign with vow on seven-day NHS
27 Mar 2015 at 6:16pm
David Cameron is kicking off his campaign for No 10 with a pledge to deliver a "truly seven-days-a-week NHS" for England if the Conservatives are returned to power on May 7.

Miliband: "Hell, yeah"
27 Mar 2015 at 6:16pm
Just twelve hours before he had told Jeremy Paxman: "Hell, yes".

Jeremy Paxman's the real winner in the first TV election debate
26 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
Welcome back Jeremy Paxman.

Gordon Brown: "I will fight and fight and fight for the Union"
26 Mar 2015 at 6:11pm
Gordon Brown has used his last speech in the Commons to vow he would "fight and fight and fight again" to renew the Union, as he accused David Cameron of mimicking nationalist tactics to divide Scotland and England.

SNP in line for multi-million pound windfall if it becomes third force
26 Mar 2015 at 6:10pm
THE SNP will enjoy a multi-million pound taxpayer windfall and cause a "profound" culture shock at Westminster if it succeeds in winning a landslide victory in Scotland at the General Election, according to senior Commons sources.

David Cameron humiliated over failed 'power grab'
26 Mar 2015 at 6:05pm
David Cameron has been left humiliated after MPs defeated his attempt to give a Tory government after May more power over parliament.


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Scotsman

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Scotland may get second indyref - Nicola Sturgeon
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

NICOLA Sturgeon has refused to rule out the prospect of another Scottish independence referendum before 2020.



SNP cabinet agrees to fast-track land reform plans
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

The Scottish Government is to forge ahead with a radical package of land reform measures after it was signed off by Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet yesterday.



Clegg?s paternity offer to save Scottish seats
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

NICK Clegg will today pin his hopes on a new “dads revolution” to help save his party’s 11 Scottish seats in Westminster and bring back voters across the UK.



SNP?s stamp duty replacement costs buyers £30m
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

The SNP’s stamp duty replacement would have hit Scottish home-buyers for £30 million more than the UK system last year, new figures have revealed.



Iran nuclear talks set to go past deadline
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers were set to extend past last night’s deadline for the outline of an agreement – if enough progress is made to justify it, the White House said.



Nigeria: Buhari fears government may ?trick? him
31 Mar 2015 at 6:00pm

FORMER military dictator Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman said yesterday that Mr Buhari has won Nigeria’s presidential election – but fears his victory could be stolen through “tricks” by the government.



Allan Massie: MPs not willing to stick around
31 Mar 2015 at 4:00pm

Talented MPs are no longer willing to stick around for the long haul, win or lose. What a woeful lack of dedication, says Allan Massie



Chris Marshall: Bobbies on beat paying high price
31 Mar 2015 at 4:00pm

THERE was much for the top brass at Police Scotland to consider yesterday following the publication of a damning report on stop and search from HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland.



Leaders: Prescription charges not tax on ill-health
31 Mar 2015 at 4:00pm

The National Health Service was founded in the UK in 1948 after the contentious issue of public health care had been debated for almost 100 years, despite it being recognised there was a clear need.



Andrew Whitaker: Labour fears return of Essex Man
31 Mar 2015 at 4:00pm

Ed Miliband knows defeat in next month’s election signals real danger for him and his party, writes Andrew Whitaker



Scottish Labour set to lose 28 seats, says poll
31 Mar 2015 at 12:30pm

A NEW poll in Scotland has offered Labour a glimmer of hope of a fightback against the SNP but still suggests they are poised to lose 28 seats.



Police Scotland back down on stop and search
31 Mar 2015 at 9:37am

POLICE Scotland has banned officers from carrying out “consensual” stop and searches on children under the age of 12 after a “damning” report into the force’s use of the controversial practice.



Eric Joyce ?attacked two teens? in London shop
31 Mar 2015 at 8:54am

ERIC Joyce attacked two teenagers in a shop and caused £200 damage to groceries and sweets, a court heard today.



£30m surge in cost of free prescriptions
31 Mar 2015 at 8:09am

THE cost of delivering the SNP’s government’s flagship policy of free NHS prescriptions increased by more than £30 million, new findings on health service spending showed.



Greens demand place at STV leaders? debate
31 Mar 2015 at 7:26am

The Greens have stepped up calls to be included in a televised leaders’ debate being staged in Scotland next week.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

The weight of evidence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2015 at 11:00am
Like some sort of out-of-control, unstoppable lying machine, Scottish Labour keep telling the electorate that the party with the most seats in a hung parliament is the one that forms the government, and that the only way to prevent the Conservatives from returning to power is for Labour to be the biggest party. They’ve been saying it […]

Ducking and diving
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2015 at 7:03am
Credit is due to those of the Scottish media who have taken up this site’s challenge to ask Labour the key question of the 2015 election debate in Scotland – “Are Labour prepared to form a government if they’re not the largest party in a hung parliament?” (Because if the answer is yes then Labour’s […]

History written by losers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Mar 2015 at 4:20am
Because we took a short break over the weekend, we sadly missed Labour’s solemn commemorations of the 1979 confidence vote, and as a result we don’t know whether anyone actually did don a black armband or lay a wreath to remember the miners that Labour didn’t support when they went on strike a few years […]

One more for the list
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Mar 2015 at 9:10am
We’re going to compile all of these onto a single page soon, because as you can see, Scottish Labour just can’t seem to stop telling this lie. Today’s expert saying “Does it, aye?” (and the latest in a long and distinguished line) is Peter Riddell from the Institute For Government, speaking on Radio 4’s “World At […]

Edging closer to the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Mar 2015 at 5:30am
Listeners to today’s “Good Morning Scotland” were treated (from 2h 7m at that link) to a consummate masterclass in the art of evasion from Labour’s Scottish branch-office manager Jim Murphy. The bulk of a 13-minute segment was devoted to Murphy’s claim that a Labour vote in this May’s general election would bring about an end […]

A backwards step
by Lauren Reid
30 Mar 2015 at 1:30am
Hi, I’m Lauren. Some of you might know me – during the referendum I wrote a letter to the Wee Ginger Dug about my journey from No to Yes. I’m a true convert, and once I crossed over I got busy – I leafleted and canvassed and worked my socks off as most activists do. I never […]

Temporary service interruption
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Mar 2015 at 8:22am
See you Monday, readers.

A revealing turn of phrase
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2015 at 5:00pm
From an editorial leader in this week’s London Evening Standard: “The man likely to lead the SNP in Westminster, former party leader Alex Salmond, has made it clear that he is contemplating keeping a minority Labour government in power on a case by case basis. ‘If you hold the balance, then you hold the power,’ […]

Against a brick wall
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2015 at 1:07pm
As readers will know, when professional broadcast journalists can’t or won’t do their jobs properly, we’re not above jumping in ourselves. So when someone tweeted to tell us that Jim Murphy had just started a phone-in on London station LBC, it seemed an ideal opportunity to quickly ring up and try directly asking him the […]

We are the 99.982%
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Mar 2015 at 12:00pm
An alert reader pointed us to this edition of Newsnight we’d missed earlier this month, featuring the renowned Conservative Party chairman and liar Grant Shapps MP. The population of the UK, according to the 2011 census, is 63,128,000. Shapps just told us he only cares about 11,200 of them (or 0.018%), because apparently those are […]


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BBC Scotland

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


Trident 'a red line' for SNP deal
31 Mar 2015 at 8:11am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the renewal of Trident remains a "red line" if a deal is struck with Labour.


Former MP Joyce to stand trial
31 Mar 2015 at 9:48am
Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce is to stand trial accused of attacking two teenagers and damaging stock at a shop in London.


Scottish film studio delay warning
31 Mar 2015 at 9:13am
A decision on a private bid to build a Scottish film and television studio should be made "as soon as possible", a group of MSPs warns.


Better patient protection demanded
31 Mar 2015 at 4:20am
Patient safety campaigners are due to meet Scotland's health minister to demand stronger measures in the wake of a series of health scandals.


Criminal reoffending rate falls
31 Mar 2015 at 10:11am
Under-21s are the most likely to commit further offences, as figures show continuing reduction in reoffending rates.


Call for larger Holyrood committees
30 Mar 2015 at 6:19pm
Holyrood's presiding officer sets out proposals which would see fewer but larger and more powerful committees in the Scottish Parliament.


Scottish Greens unveil 'bold vision'
30 Mar 2015 at 4:11am
The Scottish Greens say they have a "bold vision" for Scotland as they publish their general election manifesto.


BBC election debate audience sought
30 Mar 2015 at 12:27am
Audience members are being sought for a BBC Radio Scotland hustings debate in Gordon in Aberdeenshire ahead of the General Election.


School closure changes introduced
30 Mar 2015 at 9:07am
Changes to the way final decisions on school closures in Scotland are made have come into force.


Rise in unpaid work by offenders
30 Mar 2015 at 7:32am
More than 1.8 million hours of unpaid work was imposed on offenders in Scotland last year as punishment for their offences, figures show.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
31 Mar 2015 at 5:31am
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead announces £450,000 for First Milk.


AUDIO: Sturgeon speaks to Good Morning Scotland
31 Mar 2015 at 2:49am
The leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon, has been talking to BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme at the start of the General Election campaign.


AUDIO: Murphy speaks to Good Morning Scotland
30 Mar 2015 at 3:04am
The leader of the Scottish Labour Party Jim Murphy has been talking to BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme at the start of the General Election campaign.


VIDEO: Family hope for law change on FAIs
21 Mar 2015 at 6:36am
A change in the law to allow Scottish courts to hold fatal accident inquiries into the deaths of civilians abroad could be brought in.


VIDEO: Nicola Sturgeon on life as first minister
19 Mar 2015 at 2:54pm
Nicola Sturgeon takes a walk with the BBC's James Cook, telling him about her life along the way.


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Scot Goes pop

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

Cracking ComRes poll of all Labour-held seats in Scotland shows gigantic 19% ...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2015 at 9:00am

The headline pretty much contains all the information I have at the moment, but I'll update this ...



Me and Jim
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2015 at 4:23pm
Jim makes me feel so special.  Please don't be jealous, but I saw the new Labour Party Election B...

You wanna be fair, and maybe you're right, let's burn our fingers, stop the f...
by James Kelly
29 Mar 2015 at 7:02pm
I winced slightly when I saw this reaction from Mike Small to the anger in some quarters over the...

In just a few weeks' time?
by James Kelly
28 Mar 2015 at 11:45pm
David Cameron seemed all but assured of another five years in power last night after his pro-aust...

SNP vote skyrockets in all four of yesterday's by-elections - and they win th...
by James Kelly
27 Mar 2015 at 10:03am
We now have the remaining three results in from yesterday.  First up is Buckie, a Moray council w...

Rampant SNP storm to by-election victory in symbolic battleground of Glenrothes
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2015 at 7:39pm
Weirdly, there were five council by-elections in the UK on Thursday, and no fewer than four of th...

First leaders' "debate" demonstrates why SNP inclusion was so vital
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2015 at 6:48pm
You might remember that after the first Salmond v Darling debate in advance of the referendum, th...

Three post-election permutations that might work in the SNP's favour
by James Kelly
26 Mar 2015 at 1:19pm
There's been a unnecessary degree of confusion in recent months over the differences between coal...

Aye, aye, ICM : Holyrood poll sees SNP extend lead to 20%
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2015 at 1:53pm
The datasets from Monday's ICM poll have finally been released, and along with confirming that th...

See Ya Later, Alligator
by James Kelly
25 Mar 2015 at 12:48am
One of the great mysteries of modern life is how the self-styled hot-shot "risk assessor" Neil Ed...

A little bit more about the ICM poll
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2015 at 11:45pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a short article at The National about yesterday's I...

Ice-cool ICM poll indicates impressive 16% lead for SNP
by James Kelly
23 Mar 2015 at 4:21am
This morning has seen the publication of only the second full-scale Scottish poll since the refer...

Murphy Plan B
by James Kelly
21 Mar 2015 at 5:11pm
I gather that many unionist commentators (naming no names, but Kenny Farquharson) currently spend...

Danny Alexander leads another 'March of the Moderates' - towards oblivion
by James Kelly
20 Mar 2015 at 11:49am
Just a quick note to let you know I have a new article at the International Business Times about ...


You may think you've seen some stunning pictures of the solar eclipse today -...
by James Kelly
20 Mar 2015 at 11:00am



I knew you'd be impressed.  
It may not be immediately obvious from what you can see above, but th...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

The Slow Fuse or the Quick Fuse: When...Not If? So now the question is "How?"
31 Mar 2015 at 3:42pm
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ITV leaders debates order announced
31 Mar 2015 at 3:31pm
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PMQs: David Cameron says Ed Miliband is SNP's poodle (25Mar15)
31 Mar 2015 at 3:26pm
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Good spots for wild camping in Scotland?
31 Mar 2015 at 3:22pm

Looking for somewhere peaceful and not too far north. Open to ideas!

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Yes was for Scotland (a lament)
31 Mar 2015 at 12:33pm
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Judges on a roll at baker awards
31 Mar 2015 at 11:54am
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Campaign to Bolster the Voice of Disabled Voters in Scotland
31 Mar 2015 at 11:51am
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Salmond gives personal assurance he will not seek SNP's Westminster leadership
31 Mar 2015 at 10:05am
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SNP plans to approach leftwing Labour MPs over progressive bloc after election
31 Mar 2015 at 9:27am
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Cracking ComRes poll of all Labour-held seats in Scotland shows gigantic 19% ...
31 Mar 2015 at 9:15am
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Cost of free prescriptions rises
31 Mar 2015 at 9:11am
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Scotland to see first McTough Guy challenge
31 Mar 2015 at 8:27am
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Former Labour first minister Henry McLeish calls for an independent Scottish ...
31 Mar 2015 at 8:12am
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Why are the SNP leading people to believe that we can 'scrap trident' as if i...
31 Mar 2015 at 8:07am

Even if you don't want the UK/Scotland to have nuclear weapons, our entire foreign policy, foreig...



Scottish Touch Rugby - World Cup fundraising
31 Mar 2015 at 8:00am

A friend of mine is playing in the Touch World Cup this year and the Scottish team are travelling...




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Election 2015: New poll shows 19 point swing to SNP in Labour-held constituen...
by dailyrecord
31 Mar 2015 at 12:30pm
THE ComRes poll questioned voters in all 40 constituencies which Labour held north of the border ...


Zero.. nada.. zilch: SNP plans to spend NOTHING to combat austerity next year...
by David Clegg
31 Mar 2015 at 1:34am
FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown published Treasury documents that show the SNP's plan for 'zer...


Record View: SNP's minimalist spending plans of ZERO won't help party fight a...
by Record View
31 Mar 2015 at 1:01am
RECORD VIEW acknowledges the SNP are spending more money next April, but the people of Scotland n...


Gordon Brown: 'General Election mustn't be about backroom deals when priority...
by Gordon Brown
31 Mar 2015 at 1:01am
THE Former Prime Minister clears the election fog to remind Record readers that Labour remains co...


Video: Latest Cassetteboy parody mash-up has Tories in the crosshairs.. again
by Tony McGuire
30 Mar 2015 at 1:05pm
THE Youtube parody video editor Cassetteboy has livened up politics with other funny videos over ...


General Election 2015: Scottish Greens roll out radical agenda for tackling p...
by Andy Philip
30 Mar 2015 at 11:58am
THE GREEN's manifesto offers voters the chance to back policies such as rolling back brutal Con D...


Watch party leaders channel Boyz II Men as they sing along to 'I Swear' in ge...
by Mikey Smith
30 Mar 2015 at 11:46am
DAVID Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage promise to love you with every beat of th...


Revealed: More than half of Glasgow train stations provide no disabled access
by Rob Grant
30 Mar 2015 at 11:20am
THIRTY of Glasgow's 58-strong network of stations don't have ramps or full step-free access to th...


General Election 2015: Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson admits Commons majo...
by Record Reporter
30 Mar 2015 at 10:18am
DAVIDSON's prediction is highly embarrassing for Cameron - moments after launching her own campai...


Kezia Dugdale: SNP's casino election tactics are all just a spin
by Kezia Dugdale
30 Mar 2015 at 4:40am
KEZIA Dugdale discusses why she thinks the SNP's election tactics could lead to the Tories securi...


Tory axeman Iain Duncan Smith refuses to reveal how party will slash £13bn of...
by Jason Beattie
30 Mar 2015 at 12:00am
DURING a car-crash TV interview, the Work and Pensions Secretary refused to reveal where the axe ...


SNP Conference: John Swinney says party would back reintroduction of 50p tax ...
by Mark McLaughlin
29 Mar 2015 at 8:41am
LABOUR want to bring back the top rate of tax for those earning over £150,000 and Swinney's speec...


Peter Geoghegan: Yes Alliance has been consumed by the SNP's rigid nationalism
by dailyrecord
29 Mar 2015 at 4:32am
PETER believes the return of traditional partisan politics has marginalised other voices and the ...


Nicola Sturgeon: Only deal that matters is the pact with voters.. not post-el...
by Mark Aitken
29 Mar 2015 at 4:02am
FIRST Minister vows to fight Scotland's corner at Westminster in keynote speech at her party conf...


John Niven: Elton's outburst suggests the defence of free speech has been rep...
by John Niven
29 Mar 2015 at 12:00am
WHEN you ask people to destroy something unless they change their views to suit you - I'm off the...


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You just know a great idea when you see it. #LabourMugs
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Mar 2015 at 9:45am
You just know a great idea when you see it. #LabourMugs




EXCLUSIVE: Disaster was averted at the last minute as SNP plan to make Holyro...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2015 at 1:21pm
EXCLUSIVE: Disaster was averted at the last minute as SNP plan to make Holyrood prmanent almost s...

EXCLUSIVE: In place of the boring live feed from the SNP conference, which we...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2015 at 4:52am
EXCLUSIVE: In place of the boring live feed from the SNP conference, which we have buried so deep...

SNP CONFERENCE Day 2 of splittist plotting and scheming. BBC Scotlandshire ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2015 at 12:51am
SNP CONFERENCE

Day 2 of splittist plotting and scheming.

BBC Scotlandshire will be there to kee...

Spring forward to British Summer Time. Remember to change those clocks toni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 5:17pm
Spring forward to British Summer Time.

Remember to change those clocks tonight.

SNP CONFERENCE Nicola Sturgeon announces 102,143 splittists working to break...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 10:11am
SNP CONFERENCE

Nicola Sturgeon announces 102,143 splittists working to break up our beloved Union.

SNP CONFERENCE - LEADER'S SPEECH Whit? Where's Alex? Must have missed the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 10:07am
SNP CONFERENCE - LEADER'S SPEECH

Whit? Where's Alex?

Must have missed the speech.... that's th...

SNP CONFERENCE Secret SNP plot exposed that would see reduction in frontline...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 9:58am
SNP CONFERENCE

Secret SNP plot exposed that would see reduction in frontline NHS Scotlandshire s...

SNP CONFERENCE Only 30 minutes away from the SNP Leader's speech. BBC Scot...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 9:40am
SNP CONFERENCE

Only 30 minutes away from the SNP Leader's speech.

BBC Scotlandshire team excit...

SNP CONFERENCE RIOT BBC Scotlandshire kindly "offers" to help Scottish Indep...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 8:14am
SNP CONFERENCE RIOT

BBC Scotlandshire kindly "offers" to help Scottish Independence Live Events ...

SNP CONFERENCE Lunchtime for SNP delegates. Stocks of Irn Bru running low ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 7:30am
SNP CONFERENCE

Lunchtime for SNP delegates.

Stocks of Irn Bru running low in Glasgow.

SNP CONFERENCE 14,100 members in SNP Union group - more than the whole of th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 6:21am
SNP CONFERENCE

14,100 members in SNP Union group - more than the whole of the Scottish Labour Pa...

SNP CONFERENCE Alyn Smith MEP: "SNP London branch has more members than the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 6:16am
SNP CONFERENCE

Alyn Smith MEP: "SNP London branch has more members than the Lib Dems in Scotlan...

SNP CONFERENCE SNP launches "World of Jockcraft" mobile phone app for split...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Mar 2015 at 6:04am
SNP CONFERENCE

SNP launches "World of Jockcraft" mobile phone app for splittists.

BREAKING: As the mother of all parliaments, Westminster, enters its final rec...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2015 at 5:25pm
BREAKING: As the mother of all parliaments, Westminster, enters its final recess before the Gener...


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When?Not If? So now the question is ?How??
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2015 at 5:49pm
By Peter Arnott Well, here we are two days into the elongated Election Campaign, the one everyone...

From the Province of the Cat #37 ? Dead Moments Of Edited History
by bellacaledonia
31 Mar 2015 at 1:28pm
by George Gunn Perhaps it?s a too little known fact that Ed Miliband?s mother survived the Holoca...


Large Parties, Low Majorities and Bad Logic
by bellacaledonia
30 Mar 2015 at 2:29pm
By John S Warren On BBC Radio Scotland, ?Good Morning Scotland? (30th March) James Murphy MP, the...


End inequality ? Canvass now!
by bellacaledonia
30 Mar 2015 at 3:25am
Paul Bassett argues against SNP complacency and the allure of social media.  To him that hath, mo...


Shortlists and Short Tempers
by bellacaledonia
28 Mar 2015 at 9:53am
By Mike Small The women only shortlists debate is a good one. It’s about how do we rectify instit...


Oh! Take me back to dear old Blighty
by bellacaledonia
28 Mar 2015 at 5:19am
What does the media frenzy over Richard III tell us about Englishness? Probably nothing new. At t...


Boxing David
by bellacaledonia
27 Mar 2015 at 10:42am
Greg Moodie on 'The battle for number 10'.


TTIPing the balance. Which way will the SNP go?
by bellacaledonia
27 Mar 2015 at 8:17am
TTIP is the culmination of thirty years economic ideology. Liz Murray explores the opportunities ...


Blood Money and Boondoggles
by bellacaledonia
27 Mar 2015 at 5:48am
By Mike Small Last night we witnessed Jeremy Paxman, who we’re told was a possible prospective Co...


Gael Power
by bellacaledonia
26 Mar 2015 at 7:07am
By Mike Small Scotland is a multicultural country where at least 160 languages are spoken. That g...


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Scotland and Independence

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General Election 2015: Labour-SNP partnership would revive Scottish ... - The...
30 Mar 2015 at 10:58am

The Independent

General Election 2015: Labour-SNP partnership would revive Scottish ...
The Indepen...


Jim McColl drops support for Scottish independence - Telegraph.co.uk
5 Mar 2015 at 12:25pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Jim McColl drops support for Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
Economists have s...


Scottish independence fears return as investment fund warns of 'extended ... ...
6 Mar 2015 at 10:50am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence fears return as investment fund warns of 'extended ...
Telegr...


Civil servants 'compromised' their impartiality during the Scottish ... - The...
23 Mar 2015 at 4:21am

The Independent

Civil servants 'compromised' their impartiality during the Scottish ...
The Indepen...


Ex-SNP leader: Scots independence vote 'in 5 years' - Scotsman
10 Mar 2015 at 7:49am

Scotsman

Ex-SNP leader: Scots independence vote 'in 5 years'
Scotsman
But Gordon Wilson says the SNP...


Calls for Scottish independence rise even as North Sea oil prices fall - Yaho...
17 Mar 2015 at 9:21am

Calls for Scottish independence rise even as North Sea oil prices fall
Yahoo News
Unionists have co...


Exposed: The Scottish independence myth no party leader wants you to hear - P...
27 Mar 2015 at 8:45am

Exposed: The Scottish independence myth no party leader wants you to hear
Politics.co.uk (blog)
Sco...


Scottish baby names: Dozens of children named 'Indie' or 'Indy' born in year ...
11 Mar 2015 at 11:31am

The Independent

Scottish baby names: Dozens of children named 'Indie' or 'Indy' born in year ...
Th...


Jeremy Kyle yob jailed after fierce row over Scottish independence with fello...
8 Mar 2015 at 9:26am

mirror.co.uk

Jeremy Kyle yob jailed after fierce row over Scottish independence with fellow ...
mir...


Scottish independence: Alex Salmond to publish book - Scotsman
4 Mar 2015 at 4:03am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond to publish book
Scotsman
ALEX Salmond is to publish his...



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Election 2015: The key players - Herald Scotland
31 Mar 2015 at 6:09pm

Election 2015: The key players
Herald Scotland
Led David Miliband's campaign to be Labour leader an...


£30m surge in cost of free prescriptions - Scotsman
31 Mar 2015 at 6:07pm

Scotsman

£30m surge in cost of free prescriptions
Scotsman
SNP MSP Bob Doris, the deputy convenor of...


SNP's stamp duty replacement costs buyers £30m - Scotsman
31 Mar 2015 at 6:07pm

SNP's stamp duty replacement costs buyers £30m
Scotsman
The SNP's stamp duty replacement would have...


Clegg's paternity offer to save Scottish seats - Scotsman
31 Mar 2015 at 6:07pm

Scotsman

Clegg's paternity offer to save Scottish seats
Scotsman
Ahead of his visit to the East Dunb...


Partial coverage - Scotsman
31 Mar 2015 at 6:07pm

Partial coverage
Scotsman
With regard to the irrational assertion that internal SNP discipline, a n...


Tax dodge - Scotsman
31 Mar 2015 at 6:07pm

Tax dodge
Scotsman
Is The Scotsman trying to frighten all its readers earning over £150,000 out of ...


Whip hand - Scotsman
31 Mar 2015 at 6:07pm

Whip hand
Scotsman
Whips are essential features whether the governments are Conservative, Labour or...


SNP cabinet agrees to fast-track land reform plans - Scotsman (blog)
31 Mar 2015 at 6:03pm

Scotsman (blog)

SNP cabinet agrees to fast-track land reform plans
Scotsman (blog)
SNP cabinet agree...


Scotland may get second indyref - Nicola Sturgeon - Scotsman (blog)
31 Mar 2015 at 6:03pm

Scotsman (blog)

Scotland may get second indyref - Nicola Sturgeon
Scotsman (blog)
?But that's only g...


Scottish Conservatives demand SNP publish figures on impact of full fiscal .....
31 Mar 2015 at 6:03pm

Scottish Conservatives demand SNP publish figures on impact of full fiscal ...
For Argyll
The Scott...



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Referendum 2014 (Google News)

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Independence referendum figures revealed: Majority of Scots born here voted ....
26 Mar 2015 at 5:00pm

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum figures revealed: Majority of Scots born here voted ...


Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia :In Scotland The General Election Is Another ... - Huf...
28 Mar 2015 at 6:40pm

Herald Scotland

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia :In Scotland The General Election Is Another ...
Huffington ...


Civil servants 'compromised' their impartiality during the Scottish ... - The...
23 Mar 2015 at 4:21am

The Independent

Civil servants 'compromised' their impartiality during the Scottish ...
The Indepen...


Scots voters should prepare for another independence referendum, says ... - S...
8 Mar 2015 at 4:53am

Express.co.uk

Scots voters should prepare for another independence referendum, says ...
Scottish Da...


Cookies on the BBC website - BBC News
29 Mar 2015 at 10:00am

BBC News

Cookies on the BBC website
BBC News
Only SNP MPs will ensure that the "vow" outlined by pro...


Book Review: A satisfying wolves tale set against background of Scotland's .....
22 Mar 2015 at 7:39pm

The National

Book Review: A satisfying wolves tale set against background of Scotland's ...
The Nat...


Most people in Britain now think Scotland will become independent - Daily Mail
17 Mar 2015 at 6:51am

Daily Mail

Most people in Britain now think Scotland will become independent
Daily Mail
The research...


General election: 'Referendum effect' means Scots most likely to vote - The I...
24 Mar 2015 at 7:08pm

The Independent

General election: 'Referendum effect' means Scots most likely to vote
The Independe...


Labour struggles to define itself post referendum as the SNP continue to rise...
12 Mar 2015 at 7:29am

New Statesman

Labour struggles to define itself post referendum as the SNP continue to rise
New Sta...


Treasury official who leaked Royal Bank of Scotland relocation plan during .....
15 Mar 2015 at 5:29am

Scottish Daily Record

Treasury official who leaked Royal Bank of Scotland relocation plan during ....



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Detriot 67
31 Mar 2015 at 4:52pm
Just back from book launch of Stuart Cosgroves new book.

Brilliant,funny night. Great tunes. Book...

Scotland 2015
31 Mar 2015 at 4:16pm
Who is the guy on just now. What a nutter

Sir Ian Cheshire - Former B&q Ceo
31 Mar 2015 at 2:06pm
We'll all remember he was the main driver behind the letter signed by several business owners war...

Is This As Plausible As God / Creation .
31 Mar 2015 at 12:52pm


Some weird and right out there theories !!

Comres Poll Results
31 Mar 2015 at 12:04pm

ComRes poll of the 40 Labour held seats in Scotland - Labour would be left with 12 MPs in Scotlan...



Sky
31 Mar 2015 at 10:36am

i see sky are putting their prices up again.

 

Definitely telling them to GTF this time. Bunch of...



Cameron Morphing Into George Robertson
31 Mar 2015 at 7:19am

 

 



Camper Vans
31 Mar 2015 at 1:15am
Not being in employment at the moment, I have taken to entering daytime TV competitions (yes, it ...

2015 Candidates?
30 Mar 2015 at 4:17pm

I've just checked who has candidates where this year - and noticed a few odd things. (Hopefully t...



Big Lump Of Cheddar Cheese
30 Mar 2015 at 2:28pm
When you're cutting it with a cheese knife is it straight up and down or at a 45degree angle lik...


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Election 2015: Tory £5bn tax avoidance figure 'flaky' ? live
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps Matthew Weaver and Nadia Khomami
31 Mar 2015 at 4:03pm

Keep up with all the latest election news with Andrew Sparrow and the Guardian politics team, as the battle buses roll out across the UK

Cameron says Labour will pick voters? pockets with taxesLivin...

SNP plans to approach leftwing Labour MPs over progressive bloc after election
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
31 Mar 2015 at 6:07am

Party sources tell of proposal to build coalition with Greens and Plaid Cymru at Westminster to stop renewal of Trident and obstruct deeper cuts

Senior figures in the Scottish National party are pla...



Election 2015: Tory claims about Labour's tax plans 'unfounded' ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow, Nadia Khomami and Claire Phipps
30 Mar 2015 at 5:01pm

As election season begins with the dissolution of parliament, join Andrew Sparrow and the Guardian politics team for all the latest from the campaign trail

Cameron launches election campaign with sw...

Gordon Brown pledges £800m a year for social justice in Scotland
by Libby Brooks and Severin Carrell
30 Mar 2015 at 9:00am

Former PM fights to attract ex-Labour voters away from SNP with Glasgow pledge to spend more on NHS, youth jobs and students from low-income families

Gordon Brown has renewed Scottish Labour?s attem...



Benjamin Disraeli is ailing: from the archive, 30 March 1881
by From Our London Correspondent (By Private Wire)
29 Mar 2015 at 11:30pm

Our London correspondent brings news of the Tory leader?s illness, debate on Scottish taxation and the newfangled margarine product

London, Tuesday night.

This cold easterly wind is endangering the l...



No spite, no spads: how David Steel routed the Tories 50 years ago | Peter Pr...
by Peter Preston
29 Mar 2015 at 2:20pm

In 1965 I covered the byelection that catapulted ?the boy David? into parliament ? and I returned this week to open an exhibition of this political sensation

Warning: beware nostalgia overload. Fift...



A bumpy ride awaits the SNP on Westminster?s see-saw | Neal Ascherson
by Neal Ascherson
29 Mar 2015 at 1:35pm
Like Parnell?s Irish home rulers, Nicola Sturgeon?s Scottish Nationalists risk becoming part of the system, outflanked by radicals

?If you hold the balance, then you hold the power.? So says Alex Sa...



SNP vote in all-women and 'balanced' shortlists for next Holyrood election
by Severin Carrell
29 Mar 2015 at 10:37am

The Scottish National party has voted in closed session to empower its executive to have all women shortlists and ensure women are included in selection contests, closing a long-standing gap with o...



SNP pledges backing for Labour's 50p income tax rate
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
29 Mar 2015 at 6:50am

Deputy first minister contradicts Alex Salmond on tax and party deputy issues fresh demands about terms of an SNP-Labour alliance

The Scottish National party has pledged to vote in favour of Labour?...



General election is on a knife edge, David Cameron tells party activists
by Toby Helm and Libby Brooks
28 Mar 2015 at 2:59pm
PM paints stark choice between himself and leader of ?sneering socialists?, while SNP demands Labour join in pledge to lock Tories out of No 10

David Cameron has admitted that the result of the gene...



Nicola Sturgeon calls on Labour to work with SNP to keep Tories from No 10
by Libby Brooks
28 Mar 2015 at 11:47am

SNP leader challenges Ed Miliband to make it clear he will join forces after the election if the two parties combined have more seats than the Conservatives

Nicola Sturgeon has issued a direct chall...



SNP?s Nicola Sturgeon pledges solidarity with disillusioned UK voters
by Libby Brooks
27 Mar 2015 at 7:01pm

Scotland?s first minister says Scottish National party will be an ally in seeking to shake up ?outdated and discredited? Westminster system

Nicola Sturgeon will deliver a message of ?friendship and ...



SNP will be a 'progressive ally' to rest of the UK, says party leader
by Libby Brooks
27 Mar 2015 at 4:59am

Nicola Sturgeon insists the SNP ? predicted to win a landslide in Scotland ? will be a positive and constructive force in the Commons

Nicola Sturgeon says her message to people across the UK is that...



Scottish parties again face pressure over women and black election candidates
by Severin Carrell Hajra Rahim, Natalie Watt
26 Mar 2015 at 10:46am

The Scottish National party could vote for the first time this weekend to allow positive discrimination to help women enter parliament, but a Guardian survey shows Scotland?s politicians have been ...



Jim Murphy pledges £1bn to win Scottish Labour voters back from SNP
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
25 Mar 2015 at 9:59am

Party leader unveils plans including 5,000 guaranteed jobs for unemployed young people in bid to stave off disaster at general election

Jim Murphy has pledged more than £1bn on a revamped jobs and s...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Waving from the quayside
by weegingerdug
31 Mar 2015 at 4:05pm
Polly Toynbee, doyen of the Islington Labouristas and one time cheerleader for Tony Blair and Gordie Broon, has ventured north of the M25 and come to visit Scotland – and it’s not even the Embra Fe...

The definition of fairness
by weegingerdug
30 Mar 2015 at 4:32am
So that’s it then, the Coalition formally ended last night at midnight as the Westminster Parliament dissolved itself in a vat of acid. OK, not that last bit, a spot of wishful thinking there. The ...

102,143 and counting
by weegingerdug
28 Mar 2015 at 3:40pm
This weekend is the party conference of a party that’s not a branch office or an accounting unit. And it’s actually being attended by real live human beings who are filling a large hall. Over 3000 ...

Except for viewers in Scotland
by weegingerdug
27 Mar 2015 at 9:16am
So what did we learn from the non-debate debate in which Ed Miliband and Davie Cameron didn’t debate? The debate was really just an interrogation with Paxo who was clearly missing the monstering da...

Caledonian cahootment
by weegingerdug
26 Mar 2015 at 3:55pm
So have you cahooted with anyone recently? Labour says that if you vote SNP you’re in cahoots with the Tories, meanwhile the Tories say that if you vote SNP you’re in cahoots with Labour, while the...

Vote Labour, vote stupid, vote glue sniffer
by weegingerdug
24 Mar 2015 at 9:23am
Ed Miliband was in Clydebank on Monday, speaking to what Labour calls a mass rally. Once upon a time, way back in the mythical age of fairy stories and magic wireless and inventing the NHS, Labour ...

Black armbands, glue, and sleepless nights
by weegingerdug
23 Mar 2015 at 5:35am
The Unionist party leaderships have the attitudes to Scotland which are typical of the less enlightened tourist to furren pairts. Nice country, shame about the locals. If only they could just drop ...

This wasn?t supposed to happen
by weegingerdug
21 Mar 2015 at 8:12pm
This wasn’t supposed to happen. We were supposed to be quiescent and quiet little drones, grateful for the scraps we were tossed, eager for the bones we were given to gnaw on. We were supposed to b...

Little yellow minions and Wee Dougie?s delusions
by weegingerdug
20 Mar 2015 at 8:15am
Danny Alexander’s other boss, the Cleggy one not the Osborne one, is in Scotland today in a vain attempt to rally what troops the Lib Dems have got left, which basically consist of Wullie Rennie, t...

Homophobes and LOL kats
by weegingerdug
19 Mar 2015 at 1:35pm
This isn’t going to be a particularly funny blog post, because homophobia isn’t funny, but apparently the most significant thing that has happened in Scotland this week is that some anonymous and c...


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