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

Unite donate £1.5m to Labour's general election campaign fund
29 Jan 2015 at 9:55am
Unite is to donate £1.5 million to the Labour Party's campaign funds, the union has announced.

Former Ukip candidate and self proclaimed prophet urges Holyrood to use elect...
29 Jan 2015 at 7:56am
A former Ukip candidate and self-proclaimed "prophet" has urged Holyrood to consider using alternative "electromedical" devices to treat cancer.

Miliband: I'm focused on winning majority in general election rather than doi...
29 Jan 2015 at 7:10am
Ed Miliband has insisted his only focus in the election is winning a majority in Westminster, rather than doing a deal with the SNP to get into Number 10.

DONOR OVERSIGHT 'UNACCEPTABLY POOR'
28 Jan 2015 at 6:15pm
The Department for International Development has been strongly criticised by MPs for channelling hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money into an overseas investment agency despite fears that the funds were going to projects linked to known fraudsters.

BBC EXPLAINS DUP DEBATES EXCLUSION
28 Jan 2015 at 1:30pm
BBC director general Lord Hall has written to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to explain why they are not being invited to participate in televised leaders' debates.

PMQs Sketch: 99 days early Ed Miliband gets his wish - to be facing the quest...
28 Jan 2015 at 11:15am
In 99 days time Ed Miliband wants to be answering the one the questions at PMQs.

Most people back a mansion tax with strongest support in Scotland and Wales, ...
27 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
RESEARCH shows that a majority of people in the UK support a mansion tax with the most fervent support in Scotland and Wales, where the least number of people would pay it.

David Cameron has reignited the issue of immigration in the election campaign...
27 Jan 2015 at 2:05pm
David Cameron has reignited the issue of immigration in the election campaign saying the UK would be a "better, stronger" country if it accepted fewer migrants.

Cameron suggests there can be a deal on TV debates - as long they don't take ...
27 Jan 2015 at 12:35pm
David Cameron has said there can be a deal on televised leaders' debates - as long they do not take place during the election campaign.

City Link parent company boss: 'We did not want to make people redundant on C...
27 Jan 2015 at 12:35pm
The boss of City Link's parent company has told MPs he did not want to make thousands of workers redundant on Christmas Day.

MPs fury as Hbos report delayed until after the election
27 Jan 2015 at 8:10am
MPs have hit out after it emerged that the publication of a report into the collapse of Halifax Bank of Scotland has been delayed until after the General Election.

Coalition partners clash as each claims credit for cutting taxes.
26 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
THE Liberal Democrats have lashed out at the "brazen" attempts of the Tories to claim sole credit for taking millions out of tax as the two Coalition partners clashed on who was the true party of aspiration.

Election minus 100 days: too close to call as polls show Tories, Labour level
26 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
The General Election is too close to call with just 100 days to go as a new poll suggests David Cameron's Conservatives have edged ahead of Labour for the first time in nearly four years and a second snapshot has placed both parties neck and neck.

General Election outcome unpredictable as polls show Labour and the Tories ne...
26 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
The General Election is too close to call with just 100 days to go as a new poll suggests David Cameron's Conservatives have edged ahead of Labour for the first time in nearly four years and a second snapshot has placed both parties neck and neck.

Cameron: Greek election will 'increase economic uncertainty across Europe'
26 Jan 2015 at 6:11pm
David Cameron has claimed that the election of the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece would increase economic uncertainty across Europe.


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Police ?underestimated? impact of arming officers
29 Jan 2015 at 10:55am

POLICE Scotland underestimated the impact of its controversial decision to deploy armed officers on routine patrol, an inquiry has found.



FMQs: state pupils losing out due to costly appeals
29 Jan 2015 at 7:58am

STATE school pupils are being priced out of a “second chance” in education Nicola Sturgeon was told today.



Ed Miliband refuses to rule out Labour/SNP coalition
29 Jan 2015 at 6:55am

ED Miliband declined to rule out a post-election deal with the SNP on a campaign visit to Scotland.



John Swinney defends poll tax write-offs
29 Jan 2015 at 6:38am

JOHN Swinney has defended the Scottish Government’s decision to write off decades-old poll-tax debt as he prepares to put his tax plan into law.



Sturgeon slams ?scandalous? Chilcot report delay
29 Jan 2015 at 6:10am

NICOLA Sturgeon told Holyrood that a failure to publish the inquiry report into the Iraq war was “scandalous” and “completely unacceptable” as the Scottish Parliament was set to vote for the findings to be made public.



Muhammad Sarwar resigns from governor of Punjab post
29 Jan 2015 at 5:42am

FORMER MP Muhammad Sarwar has resigned as governor of Punjab in Pakistan.



Home Rule bill within 100 days, Labour pledges
29 Jan 2015 at 5:33am

LABOUR will introduce a new Home Rule Bill for Scotland within 100 days of being voted into office, Ed Miliband has pledged.



Actor Brian Cox defects from Labour to SNP
29 Jan 2015 at 4:50am

HOLLYWOOD actor Brian Cox has dealt a damaging blow to Scottish Labour by defecting from the party to join the SNP, saying the move reflected voters’ “disillusionment” with Ed Miliband’s party.



Church leader: terror law should focus on Islam
29 Jan 2015 at 4:12am

A SCOTTISH church leader has attacked the UK government over “Orwellian” plans to vet visiting university speakers.



Mark Carney: Eurozone must ease up on austerity
29 Jan 2015 at 3:23am

BANK of England governor Mark Carney has issued a thinly-veiled attack on German austerity by warning the eurozone faces “another lost decade” unless the region eases its hard-line policies.



80 officers guarding elite in misconduct rap
29 Jan 2015 at 2:45am

EIGHTY police officers responsible for guarding royals, the Prime Minister and senior politicians have been punished for misconduct in the last five years.



Scotsman cartoon: Sturgeon lay?s down law on EU
28 Jan 2015 at 9:55pm

MS STURGEON was in Westminster to push her party’s policy on Europe, calling for a “double lock” in a referendum, by which an overall majority in the UK to leave would also need to be supported by overall majorities in each of the four nations.



Leaders: Fracking moratorium | MOD Incompetence
28 Jan 2015 at 6:00pm

FRACKING moratorium threatens livelihoods



Bill Jamieson: Why so much discord over Apple?
28 Jan 2015 at 6:00pm

SET aside the claims of tax avoidance, the US corporation’s success gives real hope
for the future, writes Bill Jamieson



Greece takes hard line on ?mistake? of EU bailout
28 Jan 2015 at 6:00pm

GREECE’S new leftist prime minister has said his government’s top priorities are negotiating with creditors to resolve the country’s debt problems and dealing with what he describes as a humanitarian crisis.




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Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

Gathering speed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jan 2015 at 6:29am
Ed Miliband, who is apparently the leader of the Labour Party, is in Scotland today to make some promises about his lifelong commitment to “Home Rule”, a policy which his MSPs were flatly denying ever mentioning earlier this month. We’re sure he’ll be as good as his word. After all, less than a year ago Labour […]

Know what you?re voting for
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2015 at 8:38am
There’s been much discussion in the press lately about Jim Murphy’s plan to change the elusive Scottish Labour “constitution”, a document almost nobody has ever seen and which most people didn’t know even existed until a few weeks ago. Naturally we were curious to have a wee look, so when we stumbled across a page […]

The rainbow election
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jan 2015 at 3:00am
Let’s start with the obvious: nobody has a clue who’s going to win the 2015 general election. But almost without exception, commentators are saying that should Labour’s vote collapse in Scotland to the extent that current polling says it will, it will radically alter Ed Miliband’s chances of kicking David Cameron out of 10 Downing […]

You?re kidding, right?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jan 2015 at 5:42pm
We’re pretty sure the Daily Record is just trolling us on purpose at this point. Wait, Labour pushed for a what now? There was a vote on a fracking moratorium in the Commons yesterday. Of 40 Scottish Labour MPs, just THREE voted to support it. We can see why nobody wanted their name on that […]

Choosing a side
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jan 2015 at 7:33am
Ed Balls today gave an interview to Sky News in which the would-be Chancellor appeared to explicitly rule out a Labour/SNP coalition for the first time, maintaining that the party is only interested in a majority. Yet the more strenuously Labour insist on a majority, the further from their grasp it slips. Just over a year ago […]

A generous assessment
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jan 2015 at 3:56am
Because this isn’t even a little bit true: (It doesn’t even make sense, because last night’s bill covered the entire UK, with Parliament voting AGAINST devolving fracking to Holyrood. Why would the SNP need to act to “stop fracking now” if Curran had just stopped it in the whole of Britain?) Margaret Curran didn’t vote […]

What the frack just happened
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jan 2015 at 1:59pm
The kerfuffle on social media right now over some votes on fracking in the House of Commons tonight would probably dislodge a fair amount of gas trapped in rock by itself. Claim and counter-claim are zinging around furiously, but we eventually found a factual précis that even idiots like us could understand. Buckle up. - Vote on devolving […]

Fitba? mad
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jan 2015 at 7:44am
It looks very much as though Scottish Labour are pinning their hopes of recovery on “Glasgow Man”, and they’ve plainly decided he’s an Old Firm fan. Today’s press release in the Scotsman – which oddly relegates Jim Murphy to second billing halfway down the page – goes under the unlikely headline of “Miliband will keep Scotland games on […]

The art of the possible
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jan 2015 at 4:10am
At this morning’s Wings editorial meeting, we were discussing whether the spectacular victory for radical-left anti-austerity party Syriza in Greece last night was a bit of a beamer for Scotland. After all, the Greek electorate were faced with a lot of the same uncertainties as Scotland was in the independence referendum, except in Greece’s case they’re a […]

My nuclear-free zone
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jan 2015 at 6:59am
Jim Murphy had an uncomfortable few minutes on Sunday Politics this morning (though in fairness, not quite as uncomfortable as those Natalie Bennett of the Greens had just endured as Andrew Neil shone some light on some of the more out-there sections of the party’s manifesto). Murphy did his best to waffle and stall for […]


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


Exam appeals 'favour private pupils'
29 Jan 2015 at 11:02am
Changes to Scotland's school exam appeal system favour privately-educated youngsters over state school pupils, Labour claims.


Miliband 'not focusing' on SNP deal
29 Jan 2015 at 9:39am
Labour leader Ed Miliband says he is concentrating on winning a majority at the general election and not focusing on doing a deal with the SNP.


Sarwar resigns as Punjab governor
29 Jan 2015 at 9:12am
Former Glasgow Govan MP Mohammad Sarwar resigns as governor of Punjab in Pakistan two days after criticising the country's federal government.


Survey suggests armed police support
28 Jan 2015 at 6:28pm
Just over half of respondents have backed the routine arming of firearms officers in a study commissioned by a police body.


Scottish fracking block announced
28 Jan 2015 at 11:57am
The Scottish government announces a block on planned fracking operations, pending the outcome of further inquiries.


Union warning over teacher shortages
29 Jan 2015 at 3:44am
Teachers in Aberdeen are being stretched to breaking point by ongoing staff shortages, a union warns.


Peer sorry for 'Auschwitz' comment
28 Jan 2015 at 9:18am
Ex-Plaid Cymru leader Lord Wigley apologises after comparing the Trident base in Scotland to Auschwitz concentration camp.


Energy taskforce holds first meeting
28 Jan 2015 at 1:28pm
A new taskforce set up to support jobs in the Scottish energy sector meets for the first time to discuss opportunities for hundreds of people facing redundancy.


Scottish powers 'too centralised'
28 Jan 2015 at 9:57am
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander warns Scotland could be one of the most centralised countries in the world.


More funding for female offenders
28 Jan 2015 at 11:03am
Projects to tackle female offending in Scotland will get £1.5m in extra funding, the justice secretary announces.


Administration outlines budget goals
28 Jan 2015 at 4:29am
Scottish Borders Council's administration outlines draft budget proposals which will see council tax frozen for the eighth successive year.


Ministers intervene in castle buyout
28 Jan 2015 at 11:20am
The Scottish government steps in to try and help a troubled community buyout of the Castle Toward estate in Argyll.


SNP: RAF safety work 'a shambles'
28 Jan 2015 at 11:32am
The Ministry of Defence comes under renewed fire over its efforts to install safety equipment on RAF jets.


Lord Gill proposes new Energy Court
28 Jan 2015 at 10:30am
Senior judge is determined to avoid the mistakes of the 1960s oil and gas boom which left Scots law behind


Figures reveal surveillance use
27 Jan 2015 at 6:37pm
Scottish councils used covert surveillance on hundreds of occasions over the last three years, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.


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COUNTDOWN TO NEWSNET.SCOT RE-LAUNCH
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 3:19pm

By the Editors

Newsnet Scotland is to be re-launched on a new web platform within the next 24 hours.

One of Scotland's foremost alternative news sites, Newsnet Scotland repeatedly broke new and vital stories during the independence referendum campaign.

Now the site is merging with the current affairs' podcast site Batemanbroadcasting.com to create a new home for new journalism in Scotland.

We intend to broaden Newsnet to cover Scottish news and current affairs, as well as Scottish politics.

We believe our readers and listeners want to access independent, high quality journalism and comment.

Newsnet will continue to lead on Scottish politics - especially with the UK general election next May and the Scottish Parliamentary election in 2016 looming.

But we shall also reflect on issues that matter in Scotland. We plan to include "Citizen" journalism, features and other elements which will be rolled out as quickly as possible.

We shall also provide space for readers to post comments and exchange views.

All of this takes time, and money. We shall be seeking subscriptions as well as other financial support in order to maintain the site and to pay for the everyday running costs of Newsnet Scotland.

Much more will be announced during the weeks ahead. Earlier today, co-editor Derek Bateman explained a little more here.

Meanwhile please take some practical steps to ensure you continue to enjoy Newsnet Scotland:

Regular visitors should set their browsers to the Web address www.newsnet.scot in order to access the new site directly.

Other addresses such as newsnetscotland.scot and newsnetscotland.com will re-direct to the new "umbrella address". All changes will take place during Monday, December 29.

www.newsnet.scot



Open letter to thon quine in Lundun
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Dec 2014 at 2:25pm

Commentary: Blogger Russell Bruce responds to Her Majesty's Christmas broadcast...

 

 

Dear Quine,

 

Speeches are funny things and it is easy to get things wrong - just as I am not sure how to address you. I will be honest. I am a bit of a soft republican. So for me you are not the most important issue.

 

I hope that provides some little assurance, rather than offence of which none intended. Monarchy just seems out of place in the modern world, but then Scotland has been a monarchy in full and in part for 1,000 years. That sort of track record is good for tourism so probably explains a wee bit of my ambivalence on the subject.



Dumped SNP hopeful complains about procedure
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Dec 2014 at 6:50am

By Derek Bateman

The former diplomat Craig Murray has claimed the SNP is authoritarian after being rejected as a prospective candidate.

The Yes blogger, who was interviewed on Bateman Broadcasting two weeks ago, was rejected from the approved list of candidates after taking part in hustings for the Falkirk seat where he was seen as a frontrunner. He has been approached by other constituencies to stand for the SNP.



The gleeful messengers of Scottish oil doom
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:13pm

Analysis by Mike Danson

Oil is important to the global, UK and Scottish economies, driving the system, traded across the world and also a prime cause of climate change.

It should be no surprise therefore that prices and production are influenced by more than simple forces of supply and demand.

Not for the first time since 1970, the current manipulation of the world market is clearly evident with significant exploitation of shale deposits, the political consequences of the troubles in Ukraine and several other factors being identified as the causes of the recent falls in oil prices.



How The BBC Stole The Referendum - Chapter 2
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Dec 2014 at 3:57pm

How The BBC Stole The Referendum is a book currently being written by GA Ponsonby, founder of Newsnet Scotland.

Ponsonby, a fierce and consistent critic of the BBC's role during the referendum campaign, has pulled together his critique of the corporation, and the influence he believes it had on the final vote. It is a view shared by many Yes campaigners.

Here Newsnet Scotland reproduces a late draft of the second chapter [Click here to read chapter 1]. Its author is raising funds to publish the book by April 2015: in time of the UK general election, where the BBC's coverage will be under intense scrutiny once again. Details are at the bottom of the page.



Murphy 'consensus' doctrine falls at first hurdle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
21 Dec 2014 at 9:59am

By Thomas Connolly

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's conversion to consensus politics appears to be stuck in first gear after just a week in charge.

The performance of his deputy, Kezia Dugdale MSP, in trying to pin responsiblity for the woes of the oil sector on the SNP at First Minister's Questions last week, suggested that Labour cannot shake itself out of the position of "opposition for opposition's sake" at Holyrood.



Row deepens over Treasury civil servants' indyref role
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Dec 2014 at 2:08pm

By Thomas Connolly

The row over the highly-charged role of the Treasury's specially created referendum unit - first revealed by Newsnet Scotland - has deepened following the revelation that the chairman of a House of Commons Select Committee may probe comments attributed to a leading team member.

Mario Pisani was quoted by the leading trade journal Civil Service World as welcoming his team's involvement in a political campaign, namely the independence referendum.

The deputy director of the Treasury, and a former speech writer to ex-Chancellor and Better Together campaign figurehead Alistair Darling MP, Pisani made several controversial remarks at a ceremony where he and the rest of the department's  "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" received the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.



BBC Radio Scotland reshuffle 'response to indyref'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:56pm

By Thomas Connolly

BBC Radio Scotland has revealed a significant programming reshuffle, supposedly in response to the independence referendum, during which its news and current affairs department faced severe criticism.

Radio Scotland head Jeff Zycinski has unveiled a three-hour daily morning show, to be presented by broadcasting stalwart Kaye Adams four days a week with the fifth day to be chaired by ex rugby player John Beattie.

To be launched in March, The new Adams show will supposedly have a strong "news and current affairs" angle, including phone-ins, debates and interviews. It is not known which BBC department will produce the programme.



Fishing talks deliver key gains for Scottish fleet
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:33pm

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

Crunch European Union fishing talks ended in Brussels last night with a couple of key wins for the Scottish lobby which had pressed for measures to take some pressure off the industry.

Scottish Fishing Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP said the outcome would bring relief as the industry prepares to cope with the implications of ongoing measures to cut "discards", the controversial practice of returning the "wrong" catch dead into the sea.



Treasury officials praised for 'No' campaign work
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Dec 2014 at 6:54pm

Exclusive by Thomas Connolly

 

The civil service team behind the UK government's anti-Yes campaign in the Scottish referendum have been patted on the back for a splendid job by their peers.

 

The Treasury's "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" - little known during the referendum campaign - has been given the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.

 

According to a glowing review in the magazine, Civil Service World, the senior team "was tasked with producing analysis in the lead-up to the Scottish referendum of how both, Scotland and the rest of the UK, benefit from being part of one country".




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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.

Alex Salmond's love of Blighty, and why nobody would notice if Ed Miliband wa...
by James Kelly
28 Jan 2015 at 10:05am

You might be interested to know that the International Business Times have done an interview with...



The media again claim that a deal has been "ruled out" when no such thing has...
by James Kelly
27 Jan 2015 at 8:38am
On this occasion, the mainstream media do at least have an alibi for their grossly misleading cla...

Sizzling Syriza surge to historic Hellenic haul
by James Kelly
25 Jan 2015 at 5:24pm

I think the last time I mentioned Syriza on this blog was during the Greek election three years a...



The cost of spurning an electoral pact?
by James Kelly
25 Jan 2015 at 7:54am

I was asked today whether it would be possible, even very speculatively, to estimate what the ele...



Devo Watershipped Down
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2015 at 10:08am

Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times a...



The BBC website misleads readers on the Ofcom "major party" proposals for a s...
by James Kelly
23 Jan 2015 at 7:32am
Iain Watson, writing on the BBC website about the revised proposals for leaders' debates -

"And it...

SNP vote surges by 11% in Kirkcaldy East by-election
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2015 at 9:23pm
I gather that the editor of a political website called Electoral Gambling (or some such title) mu...

The SNP genie is out of the bottle on the TV leaders' debates
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2015 at 3:48pm

It really is profoundly depressing to realise that the only reason the broadcasters were ever goi...



SNP lead by 21.5% in latest Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
22 Jan 2015 at 8:56am
It's becoming increasingly hard to blog about opinion polls when I'm on the move, because the dat...

The point of no return? Earth-shaking TELEPHONE poll from Ipsos-Mori gives t...
by James Kelly
21 Jan 2015 at 8:00am
It's hard to believe, but Ipsos-Mori have almost exactly replicated the result of their full-scal...

A quick query
by James Kelly
21 Jan 2015 at 7:42am

I'm on a bus at the moment, and will be out all day, so I just thought I'd take this opportunity ...



If you thought there was something fishy about the latest Panelbase poll, you...
by James Kelly
20 Jan 2015 at 1:31am
Many of you will recall that the famous YouGov poll on the penultimate weekend was not in fact th...

And the ever-reliable George Eaton keeps the comedy coming
by James Kelly
19 Jan 2015 at 9:06am
Now I can perfectly understand how Labour-leaning journalists might spin the Panelbase poll as mo...

SNP lead by 20% in stupefying Survation survey
by James Kelly
18 Jan 2015 at 4:47pm
Well, Labour supporters and assorted right-wing friends were able to enjoy the exotic sensation o...

SNP lead by 10% in first full-scale Scottish poll of general election year
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2015 at 4:29pm

Tonight sees the publication of the first full-scale Scottish poll of 2015, which has been conduc...




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Ed Miliband backs Scots Labour leader Jim Murphy's plan to use mansion tax to...
by Andy Philip
29 Jan 2015 at 9:15am
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband has flown to Glasgow for a show of solidarity with Jim Murphy and backe...


X-Men and Bourne Supremacy actor Brian Cox quits Labour and joins SNP
by Mark McLaughlin
29 Jan 2015 at 7:15am
THE actor has attacked the "empty rhetoric of leading members of the party" and said they no long...


Torcuil Crichton: Play-Doh politics can't shape fracking policies
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Jan 2015 at 5:51am
FRACKING is vital for one of Scotland's biggest businesses. When job losses threaten, parties mig...


Danny Alexander splurges £2m tax payer cash on Nessie in desperate bid to sec...
by David Clegg
29 Jan 2015 at 5:36am
LIB DEM treasury secretary Danny Alexander has revealed plans for millions of pounds of investmen...


Top Scots politicians tweet jokes about skipping work to watch Andy Murray play
by David Clegg
29 Jan 2015 at 4:39am
NICOLA Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale have joked on Twitter that they would rather be ...


Record View: The Lib Dems are sunk, but it's not sinking in
by Record View
29 Jan 2015 at 3:54am
THE Lib Dems might be making promises-a-plenty in a bid to boost their highland votes, but even t...


Nicola Sturgeon will lead SNP talks with Westminster parties if general elect...
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Jan 2015 at 5:12pm
THE First Minister insisted she, not Alex Salmond, would be directly involved in any post-electio...


Scottish Government put fracking applications on hold until full public consu...
by dailyrecord
28 Jan 2015 at 5:05pm
ENERGY Minister Fergus Ewing's announcement was cautiously welcomed by environment campaigners bu...


Ex-Plaid Cymru leader issues apology after comparing Trident to Auschwitz Naz...
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Jan 2015 at 12:20pm
LORD Wigley sparked outrage after making the crass comparison when asked about the employment boo...


'Page three has had its day': Nicola Sturgeon condemns publication of topless...
by Record Reporter
28 Jan 2015 at 12:12pm
SPEAKING in London, the First Minister added her voice to the growing clamour for the Sun's tople...


The Sun backs the Tories over five full pages (but curiously its "Sunifesto? ...
by Record Reporter
27 Jan 2015 at 12:58pm
THE paper usually comes out for Tories in the past down south but appears to want readers in Scot...


Meet Nigel Farage? I'd rather take my own eyes out with a spoon.. he gives me...
by dailyrecord
27 Jan 2015 at 11:26am
THERE'S not a word I can think of to describe how angry I'd be to see Farage in the House of Comm...


Ed Balls rules out Labour election deal with SNP: 'We?re fighting hard for a ...
by Torcuil Crichton
27 Jan 2015 at 9:32am
THE shadow chancellor categorically ruled out a post-election arrangement between Labour and the ...


100 days to go: As the countdown begins until the general election our Westmi...
by Record Reporter
27 Jan 2015 at 1:43am
WHO will the Conservatives turn to if there's another hung parliament? Could Labour win an outrig...


Record View: Scottish Government right to slam the door on new jail for women
by Record View
26 Jan 2015 at 4:00pm
RECORD VIEW discusses Justice Secretary Michael Matheson's decision to scrap plans to build a £75...


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EXCLUSIVE: In his latest and most astonishing policy U-turn, Labour's Branch ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jan 2015 at 10:25am
EXCLUSIVE: In his latest and most astonishing policy U-turn, Labour's Branch Manager in Scotlands...

BREAKING: The Devo Mini is coming to Scotlandshire. (Once we get it onto the ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jan 2015 at 6:49am
BREAKING: The Devo Mini is coming to Scotlandshire. (Once we get it onto the truck.) Sadly, the i...

The BBC would like to say thanks to our many loyal viewers, as we today have ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Jan 2015 at 5:15pm
The BBC would like to say thanks to our many loyal viewers, as we today have over 8000 followers ...

BREAKING: A senior Labour MP has today stormed out of the BBC Scotlandshire h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jan 2015 at 5:20am
BREAKING: A senior Labour MP has today stormed out of the BBC Scotlandshire headquarters when tou...

BREAKING: It has now been confirmed that the suspected outbreak of Humerus Cl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2015 at 12:42pm
BREAKING: It has now been confirmed that the suspected outbreak of Humerus Clivo Virus (shoulder ...

Today's cartoon.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jan 2015 at 8:44am
Today's cartoon.




BREAKING: The most senior civil servant at the Treasury last night defended h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jan 2015 at 11:44am
BREAKING:
The most senior civil servant at the Treasury last night defended his decision publicly...

BREAKING: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been left reeling by the revelat...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2015 at 12:41pm
BREAKING:
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been left reeling by the revelation that 'Angry Salm...

Note to @ScottishLabour MPs. Don't be a MASSIVE DICK. #CancelTridentRenewal
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Jan 2015 at 6:58am
Note to @ScottishLabour MPs. Don't be a MASSIVE DICK. #CancelTridentRenewal




BREAKING: From the Highlands and Islands of Lordaeran in the North, to the i...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Jan 2015 at 2:34pm
BREAKING:

From the Highlands and Islands of Lordaeran in the North, to the industrial centre of ...

Our latest cartoon.
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Jan 2015 at 12:02pm
Our latest cartoon.




BREAKING: A cocaine dealer was caught on a drugs run with his infant daughter...
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Jan 2015 at 11:04am
BREAKING:
A cocaine dealer was caught on a drugs run with his infant daughter in the car, a court...

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14 Jan 2015 at 5:57am
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Tonight's cartoon. Don't forget to vote for us in the Bella Caledonia #IndyR...
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12 Jan 2015 at 2:21pm
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BREAKING: Labour in Scotlandshire's deputy Dugdale has warned viewers not to ...
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12 Jan 2015 at 10:24am
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From the Province of the Cat #35 ? The Haggis addresses The Human
by bellacaledonia
29 Jan 2015 at 2:30am
by George Gunn The current and on-going spats between Scottish film producers and Creative Scotla...


Friends of the Airth
by bellacaledonia
28 Jan 2015 at 10:24am
By Mike Small Victory is sweet. We need to complete the nailing process but basically Fracking is...


On grief and independence, part 2
by bellacaledonia
28 Jan 2015 at 7:30am
by Andrew Eaton-Lewis It is just over a year since my dad died. In theory I should now be in the ...


Scotland Needs Power to Create Energy
by bellacaledonia
27 Jan 2015 at 6:04am
In the second part of his energy review Philip Johnstone explores the areas of energy policy Scot...


Beyond Petroleum
by bellacaledonia
27 Jan 2015 at 3:55am
Back in 2000 BP launched its shiney new ‘Beyond Petroleum’ PR. It was always a giant sham. Now Sc...


A Common Programme
by bellacaledonia
25 Jan 2015 at 3:34pm
By Mike Small & Justin Kenrick Somewhere between ‘Things can only get better’ (D:Ream, 1997) and ...


Pivotal Failure in Cameron?s Proposals on Smith
by bellacaledonia
25 Jan 2015 at 1:58pm
By Jim and Margaret Cuthbert On Wednesday 21st January, the current Westminster Government publis...


I Want What You Want
by bellacaledonia
24 Jan 2015 at 1:58pm
By Lesley Docksey When I first became engaged in the debate about independence for Scotland it wa...


Burns Nicht
by bellacaledonia
24 Jan 2015 at 11:58am
By Daibhidh Rothach “Well, I know he wrote something about pomp and ceremony being bad, but how a...


Toddler Terrorists
by bellacaledonia
23 Jan 2015 at 1:38pm
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Real Democracy Denied by Our Governments: A Letter to the Scottish ... - Cent...
27 Jan 2015 at 7:39pm

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Real Democracy Denied by Our Governments: A Letter to the Sco...


Lessons from Scotland's independence battle - Socialist Worker Online
20 Jan 2015 at 2:40pm

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Lessons from Scotland's independence battle
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In a ref...


Resurgent Scottish nationalists tilt at Labour for Westminster glory - Reuter...
27 Jan 2015 at 5:55am

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Resurgent Scottish nationalists tilt at Labour for Westminster glory
Reuters UK
If the SN...


Scottish independence material set for museum expo - Scotsman
10 Jan 2015 at 6:19pm

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Scottish independence material set for museum expo
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Pop-up Yesbar expansion across Scotland planned for general election - STV Du...
29 Jan 2015 at 3:15am

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Pop-up Yesbar expansion across Scotland planned for general election
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The pro-i...


#MyFutureScotland Labour Campaign Mercilessly Hijacked By Scottish ... - Huff...
17 Jan 2015 at 4:48pm

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Across Sc...


Cost of Scottish independence referendum to exceed £16m - Herald Scotland
31 Dec 2014 at 3:09pm

Cost of Scottish independence referendum to exceed £16m
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Statistics from the Cabinet...


Secret US files reveal Washington's interest in Scottish referendum ? report ...
5 Jan 2015 at 6:18am

RT

Secret US files reveal Washington's interest in Scottish referendum ? report
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The Scottish Sund...


Daily catch-up: in opposition to Scottish independence, and in defence of Chi...
22 Jan 2015 at 3:10am

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Daily catch-up: in opposition to Scottish independence, and in defence of Chilcot
T...


North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un 'set to open a new restaurant in SCOTLAND' -...
12 Jan 2015 at 12:55am

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Scots scoff at Miliband over bill pledge - Press TV
29 Jan 2015 at 1:21pm

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Scots scoff at Miliband over bill pledge
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Business faces up to 'surreal' mix of UK coalition risks - Financial Times
29 Jan 2015 at 12:56pm

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Business faces up to 'surreal' mix of UK coalition risks
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Ed Miliband refuses to rule out coalition deal with SNP - The Independent
29 Jan 2015 at 12:34pm

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Ed Miliband refuses to rule out coalition deal with SNP
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Although Lab...


Ed Miliband gives Scottish Labour full backing to make own decisions - The Gu...
29 Jan 2015 at 12:15pm

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Ed Miliband gives Scottish Labour full backing to make own decisions
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Ed Mi...


Five things you need to know today - The Edinburgh Reporter
29 Jan 2015 at 11:53am

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Five things you need to know today
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?The SNP and Labour...


Jim Murphy: the Scottish Nationalists are 'sluggish, lethargic and off the pa...
29 Jan 2015 at 11:47am

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Jim Murphy: the Scottish Nationalists are 'sluggish, lethargic and off the pace'
Te...


Actor Cox leaves Labour for SNP - Belfast Telegraph
29 Jan 2015 at 11:44am

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Actor Cox leaves Labour for SNP
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Tens of thousands of Scots joine...


General Election 2015: Nicola Sturgeon 'Unenthusiastic' About SNP-Labour ... ...
29 Jan 2015 at 11:38am

General Election 2015: Nicola Sturgeon 'Unenthusiastic' About SNP-Labour ...
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A s...


Actor Brian Cox announces he's left Labour for the SNP - Deadline News
29 Jan 2015 at 11:30am

Actor Brian Cox announces he's left Labour for the SNP
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SNP: Chilcot delays cannot continue - SNP (press release)
29 Jan 2015 at 11:30am

SNP: Chilcot delays cannot continue
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25 Jan 2015 at 6:02pm

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Scotland and its fractious politics ret...


Why the Treasury backed the 'No' vote in the Scottish referendum: its top ......
20 Jan 2015 at 3:50am

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Resurgent Scottish nationalists tilt at Labour for Westminster glory - Reuter...
27 Jan 2015 at 5:55am

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Resurgent Scottish nationalists tilt at Labour for Westminster glory
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Though Sc...


Creative Scotland chief: BBC must "look at itself" in light of referendum cov...
20 Jan 2015 at 10:09am

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Secret US files reveal Washington's interest in Scottish referendum ? report ...
5 Jan 2015 at 6:18am

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Secret US files reveal Washington's interest in Scottish referendum ? report
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UK unveils federalism bill that will boost Scotland's powers - The Globe and ...
22 Jan 2015 at 6:08am

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UK unveils federalism bill that will boost Scotland's powers
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Favourites to win Spanish elections back Scottish-style referendum for Catalo...
27 Jan 2015 at 11:23am

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Favourites to win Spanish elections back Scottish-style referendum for Catalonia
He...


Cost of Scottish independence referendum to exceed £16m - Herald Scotland
31 Dec 2014 at 3:09pm

Cost of Scottish independence referendum to exceed £16m
Herald Scotland
In 2013 in an impact assess...


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19 Jan 2015 at 9:46am

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Scottish independence: Post-referendum activity of young to be studied by RGU
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Peter Geoghegan's The People's Referendum reviewed by Aidan Kerr - stv.tv
20 Jan 2015 at 6:21am

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Indians On Perth Rd, Dundee
29 Jan 2015 at 11:12am
Going out for a few beers in Dundee next few weeks.

Will be heading up Perth Road / Nethergate. ...

Ed Millibland Thinks We're Buttoned Up The Back
29 Jan 2015 at 4:36am

Despite that grand self appointed statesman Gordon Brown telling us in the event of a NO vote we ...



Churchill - A Farewell
28 Jan 2015 at 3:34pm

Anyone watching this ?

 

A very interesting programme.

 

A very interesting character was Churchi...



Scottish Constituency Polling Thread
28 Jan 2015 at 9:40am

Ashcroft are holding constituency polling for Scottish seats.

 

@LordAshcroft: My my these Scotti...



'coloured People'
28 Jan 2015 at 5:54am

I see Benedict Cumbersnatch has had to apologise for using the term 'coloured' when talking about...



Racism
27 Jan 2015 at 4:45pm
Serious question. When did " coloured" become non-pc ? How are we to know what's OK and not? Who ...

Holocaust Memorial And Learning Centre
27 Jan 2015 at 4:26pm

Government to grant 50 million for this following recommendation from the cross party Holocaust C...



Kindle Bargains - Scottish Football
27 Jan 2015 at 4:24pm
Couple of Kindle bargains tonight, Scottish football legends of years gone by

Davie Cooper, Davi...

Ian Brown Taught To Masturbate By Fred The Weatherman
27 Jan 2015 at 12:48pm

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/live-stone-roses-singer-ian-5044004



Katy Clark And Group Of Hanger Ons.
27 Jan 2015 at 12:21pm
Call for Labour to change their evil ways. Oh Katy

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Scotland?s political leaders set aside FMQs for tennis
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
29 Jan 2015 at 5:49am
First minister Nicola Sturgeon joked that she would open up her office to watch Andy Murray?s Australian Open semi-final

The all-female leadership of the three largest parties in the Scottish parlia...



Ed Miliband gives Scottish Labour full backing to make own decisions
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
29 Jan 2015 at 7:51am
Miliband gives Jim Murphy full backing after previous leader accused her Westminster colleagues of treating Scottish Labour like a branch office

Ed Miliband has stressed that the new Scottish Labour...



Actor Brian Cox quits Labour party to join SNP
by Press Association
29 Jan 2015 at 6:23am
In a letter to Labour?s general secretary, the Bourne Supremacy star wrote of the ?disillusionment? many Scots feel for the party

The X-Men and Bourne Supremacy actor Brian Cox has quit the Labour p...



Scotland advised not to take North Sea oil for granted
by Press Association
24 Jan 2015 at 4:29am
Sir Ian Wood says SNP should focus on improving Scotland and shelve independence plans for the foreseeable future

The North Sea oil industry is winding down and politicians and workers must start pl...




Steve Bell on the leader debates ? cartoon
by Steve Bell
22 Jan 2015 at 2:48pm
Continue reading...

SNP will fight Westminster veto over welfare changes, says Nicola Sturgeon
by Nicholas Watt and Libby Brooks
22 Jan 2015 at 1:12pm

First minister hits back as David Cameron pledges to prevent SNP from taking part in English-only votes

David Cameron has broken his ?vow? to the Scottish people

A fresh constitutional settlement to ...



David Cameron has broken his ?vow? to the Scottish people | Nicola Sturgeon
by Nicola Sturgeon
22 Jan 2015 at 12:41pm
A Westminster veto on our welfare policy is an unacceptable dilution of the Smith commission package

David Cameron, in his visit to Scotland today, claimed that the pre-referendum ?vow? to Scotland ...



Nicola Sturgeon: draft bill ?waters down? Smith commission promises
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Jan 2015 at 6:38am

Scotland?s first minister says proposed legislation, announced by Danny Alexander, gives veto to UK ministers in key areas

Nicola Sturgeon has called draft legislation on new powers for the Scottish...



Scottish National party ?mavericks? aim to tap into energy of yes campaign
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Jan 2015 at 1:00am
Feminist blogger and bar owner among SNP election hopefuls after rules change opens door to ?non-political politicians?

A breast cancer surgeon, a feminist blogger and the owner of a Glasgow bar tha...



David Cameron visits Scotland for first time since Scottish referendum
by Nicholas Watt and Libby Brooks
21 Jan 2015 at 6:05pm

Downing Street confirms that PM plans to diminish role of Scottish MPs as poll suggests SNP could hold balance of power after election

David Cameron makes his first visit to Scotland on Thursday sin...



The Guardian view on the SNP at Westminster: Nicola Sturgeon flexes growing m...
by Editorial
21 Jan 2015 at 1:30pm
The SNP has never been above Westminster powerplay. But it could soon have more leverage than ever before ? and the first minister will not shrink from using it

Scottish nationalists are not Irish R...



Scottish government revises property tax after UK stamp duty changes
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
21 Jan 2015 at 11:51am
SNP accused of falling into line with Tory tax cuts after review of new land and building transaction levy

The Scottish government has been accused of falling into line with Tory tax cuts after the ...



Poll shows SNP could win all but four Scottish seats in general election
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
21 Jan 2015 at 11:01am
Labour MPs in Scotland would be reduced from 41 to four while Lib Dems and Tories projected to lose all their seats

A new poll suggests the SNP will almost completely wipe out Labour in Scotland in ...



George Osborne to introduce tax cuts for oil and gas industry in the budget
by Frances Perraudin
20 Jan 2015 at 12:51pm
Chancellor says fall in oil prices demonstrates benefits of United Kingdom and would have left an independent Scotland more vulnerable

George Osborne has said that he will introduce further tax cuts...



Child abuse inquiry panel questioned by MPs ? as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
20 Jan 2015 at 12:02pm

Rolling coverage of all the day?s political developments as they happen, including George Osborne being questioned by the Commons Treasury committee about Scotland getting more tax powers

Osborne at...


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On The Election Campaign Trail With Alex Salmond: ?I?m The Bogeyman Of The Br...
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UK should consider ban on Mein Kampf, says Scottish Labour MP
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SNP announces indefinite fracking ban in Scotland
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BBC News - Aberdeen bank worker to pay back £1 from stolen £120,000
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Loch Ness monster to star in new Scottish tourism campaign
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29 Jan 2015 at 7:32am
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29 Jan 2015 at 6:25am
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What's the chances of me getting my car from Clydebank to East Kilbride today?
29 Jan 2015 at 5:28am

Not sure how the snow is there..

Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask but there's no other sub I could think of that'd answer. Maybe /r/AskUk but that'll be a bunch or English guys saying "I do...



Miliband in Scots 'Home Rule' pledge
29 Jan 2015 at 4:26am
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British Values, Scottish Values: What's the Difference?
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John Grierson, the first recording of rap from Scottish filmmaker? "Night Mai...
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Labour think young, male and working class Scots are daft
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A rash prediction
by James
30 Dec 2014 at 7:12am
There aren’t many certainties around the UK General Election due in May, so everyone says. As the proportion of voters backing Labour or the Tories, even under First Past The Post, dwindles, the ma...

The Smith Revolution
by Guest Blog
8 Dec 2014 at 7:48am
Another guest post from our pal Duncan Thorp on the Smith Commission report. Thanks Duncan! Lenin, Guevara, Khomeini, Robespierre, Smith. Well not quite, but change of some kind is coming, it trans...

The Black Dog on My Shoulder
by Malc
7 Dec 2014 at 8:44am
A fair few people found Malc‘s last blogpost about depression pretty helpful. Here’s a wee followup. Thanks Malc! Five weeks ago I decided to write about my battle with depression in this article. ...

Sweden?s far right a glimpse of UKIP?s potential
by Dom
3 Dec 2014 at 12:44am
At half past four yesterday afternoon Mattias Karlsson, the temporary leader of Sweden’s far right Sweden Democrats, caused a political shockwave as he revealed to the press that he and his colleag...

10 pictures that will make you realise how amazing Edinburgh is.
by Dom
21 Nov 2014 at 6:48am
Someone?s day started badly this morning. Outside my flat on the street was the footprint of a trainer in dog shite, the thinnest of a progression from the corner where the offending pile sat. As t...

Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed.
by Dom
18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...

November Holyrood voting intention
by James
18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered political climate six months before a general election, the ability of party leaders to appeal to voter...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...


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Magrit fracks with the truth
by weegingerdug
27 Jan 2015 at 8:59pm
Magrit Curran, my lovely MP, has a tangential relationship to truth, reality, and indeed her electorate. On Monday the fragrant one – she reeks of hypocrisy and stinks of the rot of a socialism tha...

A diminishing pile of beans
by weegingerdug
23 Jan 2015 at 9:54am
It’s been one of those weeks.  I’ve not been very well, but am slowly getting better thanks to some nasty medicine.  This is more than can be said for the ailing Labour party in Scotland, which on ...

New edition of iScot now available
by weegingerdug
20 Jan 2015 at 9:22pm
The new edition of Scotland’s best current affairs and features magazine has hit the press, or at least hit the interwebbies.  The January-February edition is now online, featuring an article by yo...

Whoops there go my neurones
by weegingerdug
16 Jan 2015 at 8:19pm
I went to visit a friend last night, who insisted that she had to watch her favourite telly show – Celebrity Big Brother. Katie Hopkins is in it, taking refuge from that part of the Scottish popula...

Vote Dug
by weegingerdug
12 Jan 2015 at 8:39pm
Voting is now open in Bella Caledonia’s indyref awards, because we didn’t win the actual indyref, they thought it would be a good idea to cheer us up with an awards ceremony. Thankfully this hasn’t...

Mortuary SLAB
by weegingerdug
11 Jan 2015 at 11:01am
I’ve given up – my plans to write about something other than the flustercluck which passes for the Smugurph’s leadership of the Labour party in Scotland have foundered upon the McTernan Rocks, a di...

Skanktimonious sock puppets and the Smugurph bounce
by weegingerdug
4 Jan 2015 at 4:30pm
It’s not easy being Saint Dougie the Diminutive, all those party colleagues and Guardian writers looking at you expecting a miracle, and all you’ve got is a box of party tricks that are as transpar...

Giving up bad habits
by weegingerdug
26 Dec 2014 at 1:03pm
This article first appeared in the first edition of iScot – Scotland’s new news, politics and features magazine.  If you’ve not subscribed yet, do so now!  I’ll be writing for them regularly – beca...

Mr Hi Jumpy and the high jump
by weegingerdug
22 Dec 2014 at 8:02pm
Jim Murphy has been raising the profile of the Labour party this week, at least according to an interview in the Guardian, a newspaper which sells only a handful of copies in Scotland, most of whic...

Thinking very carefully
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2014 at 9:50pm
I’m plastered in potions and lotions in an attempt to get my psoriasis under control, but I’m not sure which is scabbier, psoriasis or the union. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but there’s a cur...


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