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

George Osborne under fire over claims of victory in EU rebate battle
26 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Chancellor George Osborne's claim to have halved a £1.7 billion EU surcharge in negotiations in Brussels last year is "not supported by the facts", a report has found.

Balls hits out at Chancellor's 'radio silence' on oil taxes
26 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm

Cameron and Clegg in pledge on 'landmark' new powers for Cardiff Assembly
26 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
New powers will be devolved to Wales under "landmark" plans being announced by David Cameron and Nick Clegg ahead of Sunday's St David's Day celebrations.

Cameron defends MPs ''second jobs' following cash for access allegations
25 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
David Cameron defended politicians' "second jobs" as a Labour bid to ban MPs from holding paid directorships or consultancies was defeated in the Commons in the wake of the Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw 'cash for access' allegations.

Osborne hails plan to devolve healthcare budget to Manchester
25 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Plans to devolve £6 billion a year of health spending to Greater Manchester will lead to closer integration between the NHS and social care and improve results for patients, George Osborne has claimed.

Balls to reject Sturgeon's call for extra £180bn in public spending
25 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is to reject First Minister Nicola Surgeon's call to change his party's economic plans and announce an extra £180billion in public spending during a visit to Scotland.

Cameron: I'm optimistic and fun
25 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
David Cameron has described himself as "optimistic and fun" as he made a pitch to win over women voters.

8 in 10 new jobs 'in low pay industries'
25 Feb 2015 at 6:05pm
More than eight in 10 jobs created in Scotland since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government came to power are in low pay industries, according to new figures.

Sketch: Who are you calling a crackpot?
25 Feb 2015 at 12:05pm
'Unparliamentary language' can hog the limelight, but its close cousin is often more interesting and illuminating.

The battle for Kensington
24 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Sir Malcolm's resignation ignites a battle for one of the most coveted Conservative seats at Westminster, Kensington.

Insurers warn over pension changes
24 Feb 2015 at 6:10pm
Crucial details of exactly how the Government's retirement savings revolution is set to work are still missing with less than six weeks to go before people are handed new freedoms over their pension pots, insurers are warning.

Rifkind: "Nobody pays me a salary, I have to earn my income'
23 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Five years after the original scandal, two more highly experienced politicians were secretly recorded by undercover reporters in a sting that has again led to allegations of 'cash for access' .

Rifkind under pressure over security role
23 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
Sir Malcolm Rifkind is under pressure to stand down from his key role scrutinising national security after becoming embroiled in allegations of 'cash for access'.

MPs 'make hundreds of thousands of pounds outside parliament'
23 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm
David Cameron rejected Labour's call for a cap on MPs' outside earnings and a ban on directorships and consultancies as it emerged that some MPs made hundreds of thousands of pounds last year.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind
23 Feb 2015 at 6:11pm


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Scotsman

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Nicola Sturgeon admits ?much more to do? as FM
27 Feb 2015 at 12:50am

The First Minister has said she is proud of her achievements in office but admits there is “much more to do” as she marks her 100th day in the role.



Business confidence in Scotland down - report
27 Feb 2015 at 12:50am

BUSINESS confidence in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level in more than two years, according to a report.



Probe into allegations RBS arm ?helped tax evaders?
26 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

ROYAL Bank of Scotland’s private banking arm Coutts is being investigated over allegations that its Swiss operation helped wealthy clients evade tax.



Cameron fails to hit target of big cut in migrants
26 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

DAVID Cameron has failed to deliver on his pledge to slash net migration to the tens of thousands before the general election, as the last batch of official figures before 7 May revealed another surge in arrivals.



Scotland Office to get £90k spin boss
26 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael is to recruit a new spin chief who will receive up to £90,000 as the department attempts to boost its profile with the public.



US-Israeli spat grows over Netanyahu plan
26 Feb 2015 at 6:00pm

The US and Israel escalated an increasingly public spat over Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican-engineered congressional speech next week, with the ­Israeli prime minister accusing world powers of rolling over to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.



Kenny Farquharson: Will SNP really be kingmaker?
26 Feb 2015 at 4:00pm

Despite their claims, the Nationalists are unlikely to play a part in creating the next Westminster government, argues Kenny Farquharson



Leaders: No end in sight for problems at RBS
26 Feb 2015 at 4:00pm

IF ANYONE believed the Royal Bank of Scotland was out of the woods and on the road to recovery, yesterday’s financial results will have put them right.



Joyce McMillan: Start local to rebuild democracy
26 Feb 2015 at 4:00pm

Without enough politicians to represent us, the onward march of development will go unchecked, writes Joyce McMillan



No appetite for Labour/ SNP coalition - Ed Balls
26 Feb 2015 at 11:49am

SHADOW Chancellor Ed Balls suggested that a Labour government in coalition with the SNP or Liberal Democrats would be “unpopular” and that there was no “enthusiasm” among the electorate for such a deal.



?Cash for access? row prompts review of MSPs
26 Feb 2015 at 9:04am

RULES on MSPs taking on paid directorships or consultancy work will be reviewed following Scottish Labour concerns about politics being swayed by private interests.



Teachers numbers to be protected in Scottish schools
26 Feb 2015 at 8:59am

Teachers numbers are to be protected in Scotland’s schools next year, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.



?Jihadi John? identified as ?London IT graduate?
26 Feb 2015 at 8:04am

THE terrorist known as “Jihadi John” has been unmasked as an IT graduate from a middle-class home in London who has been known to MI5 since 2009.



Stop and search ?over-prioritised?, say officers
26 Feb 2015 at 6:20am

OFFICERS feel the controversial policy of stop and search has been “disproportionately prioritised” over other police work, according to a report.



?No Scots fracking licences until powers devolved?
26 Feb 2015 at 2:40am

THE UK government has agreed not to issue further licences for fracking in Scotland until the powers over licencing are devolved to Holyrood.




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Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence, plus jokes.

Daily Record Spot The Truth Competition
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2015 at 4:00pm
Can you find the Daily Record’s prominent Smith Commission correction on the front page of its website today, readers? Take your time – it’s on there, we promise you. If you can’t find it, click the image for the solution.

The relative size of the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2015 at 12:34pm
Sometimes a picture can say a lot more than a thousand words. Below, to the left of the vertical red line on our graphic, you can see the prominence that the Daily Record gave to their lies about “The Vow” and the Smith Commission report, which were found to be false by the Independent Press […]

The Nurse Who Wasn?t An Actress
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2015 at 6:59am
Well, now, there’s a thing. ?I have been made out to be a hypocrite, like someone who represents myself to be something I?m not.” Probably just another coincidence, we imagine.

The plot stupids
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Feb 2015 at 5:06am
The comical furore about The Nurse Who Definitely Isn’t An Actress shows no signs of making sense any time soon. 24 hours and several demented pages of hysterical tabloid shrieking later, we’re still not sure whether a No activist and Labour supporter from Clackmannanshire is called Suzanne Duncan (as “Better Together” called her until at […]

The Record?s Revenge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Feb 2015 at 5:07pm
You can never accuse the Scottish media of being knowingly underhysterical. Tonight the Daily Record snuck out its semi-apology for telling the Scottish people the biggest lie we’ve seen on the front page of a newspaper since its parent the Mirror published fake pictures of soldiers urinating on Iraqi prisoners. You can tell they’re not […]

Thrown to the wolves
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Feb 2015 at 12:07pm
Before we start, let’s make this plain: we will NOT be submitting any sort of complaint to any healthcare body regarding what we’re about to discuss, and we ask readers not to either. When push comes to shove, we don’t want nurses losing their jobs. We just wish Scottish Labour felt the same way. Earlier today […]

This is Wednesday, tax is bad
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Feb 2015 at 9:40am
We’re starting to think that we could save ourselves an awful lot of trouble by only posting every other day. Obviously that’d reduce the workload in numerical terms, but also we could avoid the impossible task of having to keep track of Scottish Labour’s endless litany of U-turns, flip-flops and reverse ferrets on policy, which as […]

The Unrefuteables
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Feb 2015 at 4:55am
On the left below is part of a Scottish Labour election leaflet that’s currently being put through Scottish letterboxes, featuring an alleged quote from an alleged NHS Scotland nurse identified as “Suzanne” from Clackmannanshire. On the right is the CastingNow profile of an actress named only as “Suzanne” from Clackmannanshire, who describes herself by saying: “I’m […]

Unfortunate error proves contagious
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Feb 2015 at 6:47pm
The gift that keeps on giving. Mr McNeill still hasn’t publicly explained how he came to be telling Labour supporters to vote Tory and let the Conservatives gain four seats on Labour, but we assume his private reasons for his “Twitter mistake” must have been really really good to win over the “comrades” in such […]

The Vow remains an orphan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Feb 2015 at 12:40pm
Another letter from the government. Sounds a lot like the others. We’re starting to feel a bit sorry for “The Vow”. Nobody wants to accept responsibility for writing it. Nobody will even admit to having heard of it. Doesn’t ANYONE want the credit for saving the Union? The response above is total nonsense, of course. […]


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BBC Scotland

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

Call for new laws on legal highs
26 Feb 2015 at 8:43am
New legislation may be needed to tackle the problem of so-called legal highs, according to a report by a group of experts.


Councils agree not to cut teachers
26 Feb 2015 at 8:03am
All 32 councils in Scotland have now agreed not to cut the number of teachers, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces.


UK ministers halt Scottish fracking
26 Feb 2015 at 9:45am
The UK government says it has "agreed in principle" not to award any more fracking licences in Scotland.


Sturgeon backs Police Scotland chief
26 Feb 2015 at 8:31am
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has "full confidence" in police boss Sir Stephen House who has come under fire over stop-search figures.


EU-US trade deal text leaked to BBC
26 Feb 2015 at 9:51am
A leaked draft of what the European Union wants excluded from a new trade deal with the United States is obtained by the BBC.


Council job cut figures emerge
26 Feb 2015 at 9:19am
It emerges that 22 employees have been made redundant by Scottish Borders Council in this financial year.


Power station may close in a year
25 Feb 2015 at 12:49pm
Longannet power station faces the threat of closure within a year unless the cost of connecting it to the national grid is reduced, BBC Scotland understands.


Scots childcare spending 'to double'
25 Feb 2015 at 12:01pm
Spending on childcare in Scotland would double if the SNP win the next Holyrood election, the First Minister says.


Thousands of hospital beds blocked
25 Feb 2015 at 7:27am
Thousands of beds were blocked this winter by patients healthy enough to return home, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.


Cash boost for new wave energy body
25 Feb 2015 at 8:33am
The Scottish government awards £14.3m to Wave Energy Scotland to 'kick start' the new marine energy body.


Talks encourage offshore leaders
25 Feb 2015 at 10:52am
Leaders from the offshore oil and gas industry say they are ''encouraged'' after meeting Chancellor George Osborne to discuss the sector's future.


Council tax frozen for eighth year
24 Feb 2015 at 3:08pm
Households across Scotland will see a freeze in their council tax payments for the eighth year in a row, it is confirmed.


Leaflet to explain new Scots powers
25 Feb 2015 at 11:42am
Every household in Scotland is to receive a leaflet explaining what new powers might be handed to Holyrood.


'Cash for access' row MPs warned
25 Feb 2015 at 3:04am
Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw will 'cop it' if they have broken parliamentary rules in the "cash-for-access" claims, Commons Speaker John Bercow says.


Implants 'as dangerous as asbestos'
24 Feb 2015 at 8:28am
Vaginal mesh implants are as dangerous as asbestos, MSPs on Holyrood's petitions committee are told.


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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.

Murphy's comfort blanket melts away as SNP race to 16% lead in terrific TNS-B...
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2015 at 4:22pm
Although the last full-scale Scottish poll from TNS-BMRB was ludicrously misreported as showing a...

I've heard of the zealotry of a convert, but this is ridiculous
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2015 at 12:20pm
You might remember a chap called Alex Massie, who took part in a high-profile TV debate last year...

SNP extend lead to 20% in new Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
26 Feb 2015 at 12:39am
It hasn't been long since the last update of the Poll of Polls, but I think another one is probab...

Do the SNP have a genuine chance of beating Alistair Carmichael in Orkney & S...
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2015 at 9:46pm
As you may have heard, Danus Skene was unveiled as the SNP's candidate for Orkney & Shetland a fe...

Light a candle for Robert
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2015 at 2:06pm

I was tickled earlier to see the characteristically inventive line of defence that Scottish Labou...



SNP lead by 17% in new Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
24 Feb 2015 at 11:42am
Today's update of the Poll of Polls is based on one full-scale Scottish poll from Survation, plus...

Riddle of the Rifkind Rib-tickler
by James Kelly
23 Feb 2015 at 11:36pm
George Galloway, the Respect MP and former official spokesman for David Cameron's anti-independen...

This is how stupid Labour think you are - they want you to believe that a 1 i...
by James Kelly
22 Feb 2015 at 10:06am
You might remember that a few weeks ago, the Labour party lied through their teeth in an attempt ...

Nicola and the Amazing Technicolor Vow-Coat
by James Kelly
20 Feb 2015 at 4:26pm
In the light of Nicola Sturgeon urging SNP supporters to "chap every door" in Scotland before the...

Scottish voters pulverise Cameron's "it's over for a lifetime" arrogance even...
by James Kelly
19 Feb 2015 at 6:16pm
More details from last night's Survation poll have now emerged, and of particular interest are th...

Swashbuckling SNP seize 17.8% lead in splendid Survation survey
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2015 at 3:37pm
This month's full-scale Scottish poll from Survation has just been released...

Scottish voting int...

SNP lead by 21% in new Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
18 Feb 2015 at 12:31pm

Today's update of the Poll of Polls is based on ten Scottish subsamples from Britain-wide polls -...



Poll results : Flower of Scotland is your choice for an independent Scotland'...
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2015 at 7:42pm
Many thanks to the 507 people who voted in this blog's national anthem poll over the last 24 hour...

VOTE : Which of these songs should be the national anthem of an independent S...
by James Kelly
16 Feb 2015 at 8:12pm
As I said in a comment on the previous thread, the notion that there is some kind of doubt over w...

The Lib Dems' fondness for nuclear weapons makes them either stupid or illiberal
by James Kelly
16 Feb 2015 at 11:12am
Courtesy of the BBC iplayer, I've finally caught up with Alex Salmond's appearance on Any Questio...


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The rise and fall of Scottish Tomatoes
26 Feb 2015 at 4:51pm
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New TNS Poll for General Election
26 Feb 2015 at 4:16pm

SNP 46% (+5)

Labour 30% (-1)

Conservatives 14% (-2)

Greens 3% (-3)

Lib Dems 3% (-1)

UKIP 3% (+1)

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Ranting cybernat who posted hate messages about young NHS nurse is slapped do...
26 Feb 2015 at 3:25pm
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Musical instrument rental
26 Feb 2015 at 3:16pm

Does anyone have any experience with renting a musical instrument from a music store, academy or ...



Strengths and weaknesses of Police Scotland chief - The Scotsman
26 Feb 2015 at 1:49pm
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First Minister's Questions - Scottish Parliament: 26th February 2015
26 Feb 2015 at 10:47am
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Over 2000 people have signed a petition to lift a ban on a high fiving lollip...
26 Feb 2015 at 10:37am
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'Red Ed? He?s not left wing enough for us': Nicola Sturgeon on coalitions, Co...
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LOST SD CARD! Can anyone help identify the people in these photographs to ret...
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The Silent Crisis - Scotland has the worst local democracy of any country in ...
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Can anyone help identify my family crest?
26 Feb 2015 at 9:19am

I have an old, blurry photo of my Scottish family crest, but can't quite make out the markings on...



Man found with bomb-making equipment in leith
26 Feb 2015 at 8:46am
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First Minister Sturgeon backs Police Scotland boss Sir Stephen House
26 Feb 2015 at 8:44am
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Britain?s last elected communist: ?I was always rebellious?
26 Feb 2015 at 8:22am
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Lib Dem Voice: We need to be careful about the SNP and coalitions
26 Feb 2015 at 8:22am
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Record View: RBS are still shelling out massive bonuses to fatcats
by Record View
26 Feb 2015 at 5:28pm
THERE is no trickle down from the champagne glass pyramid inside RBS - and RECORD VIEW insists it...


Forget 100 day landmark.. Nicola Sturgeon has had 3000 days to sort our crisi...
by Andy Philip
26 Feb 2015 at 3:13pm
THE Scottish Labour deputy leader said the First Minister has had 3000 days in government to sort...


Ranting cybernats who posted hate messages about young NHS nurse are slapped ...
by Mark McGivern
26 Feb 2015 at 2:45pm
NICOLA Sturgeon said Suzanne Hunter was entitled to express her own views on the NHS - despite tr...


Disgraceful cybernats brand hard-working nurse a liar and an actress after sh...
by Mark McGivern
25 Feb 2015 at 3:13pm
HOSPITAL nurse Suzanne Hunter suffers outrageous online attack after pro-independence website Win...


Scottish Government's childcare spending will double to £880m over next parli...
by Record Reporter
25 Feb 2015 at 12:10pm
FIRST Minister wants to increase childcare provision from 475 hours a year for three and four-yea...


Greedy Malcolm Rifkind quits after cash for access 'error of judgement' ends ...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Feb 2015 at 6:45am
DESPITE announcing he was quitting as a Tory MP, Malcolm Rifkind still insists he has done nothin...


East Kilbride Labour councillors stay quiet over leaked emails about MP Micha...
by Louise Reilly
25 Feb 2015 at 4:57am
COUNCILLORS Susan Kerr and Gerry Convery stated in leaked emails that they would not campaign for...


Smith Commission correction
by dailyrecord
25 Feb 2015 at 4:17am
REPORT in Daily Record on Smith Commission published November 27 2014.


Disgraced Scots Tory Malcolm Rifkind claimed 5p for paper clips on MP's £67,0...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Feb 2015 at 1:23am
THE British taxpayers have forked out 49p for his pint of milk, 70p for sticky notes and 55p for ...


Joan McAlpine: MPs' principles have foundations of Straw
by Joan McAlpine
25 Feb 2015 at 12:00am
AS Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw continue to come under criticism JOAN says the scary thing is t...


John Swinney announces council tax freeze for the eighth year in a row
by Record Reporter
24 Feb 2015 at 2:54pm
THE Deputy First Minister announced the freeze of council tax payments insisting that it will be ...


Is this the most cringe-worthy political interview ever? Green Party leader N...
by Owen Bennett
24 Feb 2015 at 8:33am
LISTEN to the interview which might just have blown a hole in the Green Party's General Election ...


Crisis-hit North Sea oil industry reeling from £5billion loss in worst ever year
by David Clegg
24 Feb 2015 at 5:08am
THE true extend of the oil sector's suffering as the global price collapsed is detailed in a new ...


Sir Malcolm Rifkind says he's worth more than £67,000 MP's salary as he and J...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Feb 2015 at 4:32am
The two former foreign secretaries were filmed apparently offering services to a private company ...


Malcolm Rifkind QUITS: Senior Scots Tory to stand down as MP after cash for a...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Feb 2015 at 4:30am
HE also stepped down as chair of the powerful Commons Security and Intelligence committee after b...


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Bathist warlord threatens the security of the world!
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Feb 2015 at 3:45pm
Bathist warlord threatens the security of the world!


Power to the Bathist Insurgency!
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EXCLUSIVE: Scotlandshire must build new power stations if it wants to keep th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Feb 2015 at 11:14am
EXCLUSIVE: Scotlandshire must build new power stations if it wants to keep the lights on in the H...

EXCLUSIVE. Shamed MSPs get paid to ask questions. We name names and probe the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Feb 2015 at 1:01pm
EXCLUSIVE. Shamed MSPs get paid to ask questions. We name names and probe their murky goings-on.


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Queen and UKIP combine to humiliate anonymous Nat MSP from Aberdeen Donside.
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Feb 2015 at 1:43pm
Queen and UKIP combine to humiliate anonymous Nat MSP from Aberdeen Donside.


Blow for SNP as Queen...

Are Labour prospects based on sex? Our eager investigator, Withered Vine inve...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Feb 2015 at 2:04pm
Are Labour prospects based on sex? Our eager investigator, Withered Vine investigates.


Labour - 'W...

Evil SNP condemned for keeping the elderly alive to vote Tory.
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Feb 2015 at 1:19pm
Evil SNP condemned for keeping the elderly alive to vote Tory.


'Ruth-less' Tory vote holding up, s...

#CreepyJim Morphy says: I'm a lumberjack and I'm Oh-Kaaaaaaaaaaye
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Feb 2015 at 3:01pm
#CreepyJim Morphy says: I'm a lumberjack and I'm Oh-Kaaaaaaaaaaye




LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE CONFERENCE OF OUR IMPERIAL MASTERS
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Feb 2015 at 3:45am
LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE CONFERENCE OF OUR IMPERIAL MASTERS


Scottish Tory conference 2015
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EXCLUSIVE: Attention has been focussed this week on the vanishing support of ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Feb 2015 at 1:52pm
EXCLUSIVE: Attention has been focussed this week on the vanishing support of the Labour Party in ...

Our wee Jenny Marra took a terrible doin' today from that bully Shona Robison...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Feb 2015 at 11:59am
Our wee Jenny Marra took a terrible doin' today from that bully Shona Robison. But she found this...

From Scottish Militant Ninja Turtle Studios, creators of 'SLAB: Left 4 Dead',...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Feb 2015 at 11:36am
From Scottish Militant Ninja Turtle Studios, creators of 'SLAB: Left 4 Dead', comes Devolve, the ...

SHOCK NEWS! Scotlandshire to be 100% Tory by 2020.
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Feb 2015 at 2:04pm
SHOCK NEWS! Scotlandshire to be 100% Tory by 2020.


Daddy Dawgdale's shame
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BREAKING: Shares in a number of key Scottish healthcare companies have experi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Feb 2015 at 5:00pm
BREAKING: Shares in a number of key Scottish healthcare companies have experienced a sudden and r...

Turmoil among the Alexanders : Confusions over sex : Pink vans : Drink drivin...
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Feb 2015 at 8:05am
Turmoil among the Alexanders : Confusions over sex : Pink vans : Drink driving 16 year-olds at Ca...

Worried about Sony TVs listening to your conversations? Concerned about Israe...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Feb 2015 at 2:01pm
Worried about Sony TVs listening to your conversations? Concerned about Israeli snooping on the s...


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The Art of Satire with Greg Moodie
by bellacaledonia
26 Feb 2015 at 12:03pm
The Art of Satire in the Scottish Independence Referendum with Greg Moodie, brought to you by Pha...


A Message from the Dept for the Dereliction of Duty
by bellacaledonia
25 Feb 2015 at 11:05am
By Robin McAlpine This time of year brings two small joys ? the evenings are getting lighter and ...


Creating for Scotland
by bellacaledonia
25 Feb 2015 at 6:52am
By Phil Mac Giolla Bháin. All writing starts with an impulse. Last August I was on a plane to Gla...


Tax-Dodging is Theft
by bellacaledonia
25 Feb 2015 at 4:27am
UK Gold – Trailer and Soundtrack Think Britain’s a poor country in need of austerity cuts? Think ...


Walking Away: The Formation of British Foreign Policy
by bellacaledonia
24 Feb 2015 at 3:39am
Britain is to be led by Hammond and Rory Stewart to the leading-edge of a confrontation with Russ...


Silly Old Me
by bellacaledonia
23 Feb 2015 at 10:02am
By Mike Small After being stung in the latest Cash for Access ‘scandal’ at Westminster that’s bee...


#Filmpoem: Lochmill in Two Weathers by Kyra Clegg & Kathleen Jamie
by bellacaledonia
22 Feb 2015 at 3:00am
Described as a ?hidden gem? and an SSSI,  Lochmill is a small loch and ancient woodland near the ...


Sim City
by bellacaledonia
21 Feb 2015 at 4:51am
By Mike Small The tweet is simple: “EU’s signal to Greece is clear: Democratic will of people no ...


A Little Bit More Conversation
by bellacaledonia
21 Feb 2015 at 4:21am
By Alan Mackie So far we at Common Weal Fife have had three meetings, and three well attended mee...


How Corrupt is Britain?
by bellacaledonia
21 Feb 2015 at 3:35am
David Whyte – ‘How Corrupt is Britain?’ (Pluto, 2015) “Corruption reproduces and concentrates pow...


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Scotland and Independence

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Andrew Whitaker: Scottish independence take two - Scotsman
24 Feb 2015 at 4:03pm

Scotsman

Andrew Whitaker: Scottish independence take two
Scotsman
The carefully crafted line ? that ...


Union blues: Was the referendum a transformative moment for Scottish politics...
26 Feb 2015 at 5:18am

New Statesman

Union blues: Was the referendum a transformative moment for Scottish politics?
New St...


Scottish independence: when, not if -- how Westminster lost Scotland - Links ...
3 Feb 2015 at 6:49pm

Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Scottish independence: when, not if -- how Westmi...


Scottish independence: Vow had 'no impact' on vote - Scotsman
11 Feb 2015 at 5:47am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Vow had 'no impact' on vote
Scotsman
The study also showed that the ...


Scottish independence: 'No' groups outspent 'Yes' - Scotsman
3 Feb 2015 at 9:46am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'No' groups outspent 'Yes'
Scotsman
On the Yes side, Business for Sc...


Banks dust off plans for Scottish independence as SNP coalition forecast ... ...
5 Feb 2015 at 2:16am

CITY A.M.

Banks dust off plans for Scottish independence as SNP coalition forecast ...
CITY A.M.
Bri...


City Spy: Savvy Savvas Savouri tips Scottish independence rerun - Evening Sta...
13 Feb 2015 at 7:59am

Evening Standard

City Spy: Savvy Savvas Savouri tips Scottish independence rerun
Evening Standard
Ch...


Scottish Independence: 'No' voter fined for abuse - Edinburgh Evening News
5 Feb 2015 at 2:47am

Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Independence: 'No' voter fined for abuse
Edinburgh Evening News
The ...


English voters believe Labour-SNP coalition will destabilise Britain - Telegr...
30 Jan 2015 at 7:00am

Telegraph.co.uk

English voters believe Labour-SNP coalition will destabilise Britain
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Has the voice of Yes supporters quietened since the Scottish Independence ......
26 Feb 2015 at 11:47am

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Has the voice of Yes supporters quietened since the Scottish Independence ...
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Ed Balls plays down prospect of Labour deal with SNP - HITC
27 Feb 2015 at 12:58am

Ed Balls plays down prospect of Labour deal with SNP
HITC
Ed Balls has sought to quash speculation ...


Ed Balls: Sturgeon election demands are irrelevant - Telegraph.co.uk
27 Feb 2015 at 12:03am

Telegraph.co.uk

Ed Balls: Sturgeon election demands are irrelevant
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP appears o...


Closest race ever in Glasgow South - Glasgow Evening Times
26 Feb 2015 at 11:09pm

Closest race ever in Glasgow South
Glasgow Evening Times
This time he faces a real fight to keep it...


Balls delivers public spending warning - Glasgow Evening Times
26 Feb 2015 at 11:09pm

Balls delivers public spending warning
Glasgow Evening Times
He repeated the Labour election messag...


Dangers of the SNP - The Times (subscription)
26 Feb 2015 at 5:27pm

Dangers of the SNP
The Times (subscription)
It has galvanised the nationalist cause. Polls point to...


Balls refuses to discount chance of a Labour-SNP post-election deal - Herald ...
26 Feb 2015 at 7:09pm

Herald Scotland

Balls refuses to discount chance of a Labour-SNP post-election deal
Herald Scotland...


SNP sticking by waiting times law, despite health boards breaking it thousand...
26 Feb 2015 at 7:09pm

Herald Scotland

SNP sticking by waiting times law, despite health boards breaking it thousands ......


Sturgeon: I'll DOUBLE childcare spending if SNP win in 2016 - Express.co.uk
26 Feb 2015 at 6:45pm

Express.co.uk

Sturgeon: I'll DOUBLE childcare spending if SNP win in 2016
Express.co.uk
The SNP lead...


Labour opens door to a power-sharing pact with the SNP - The Times (subscript...
26 Feb 2015 at 4:15pm

The Times (subscription)

Labour opens door to a power-sharing pact with the SNP
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BBC criticised after debate meeting - Farming Life
26 Feb 2015 at 6:28pm

BBC criticised after debate meeting
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Andrew Whitaker: Scottish independence take two - Scotsman
24 Feb 2015 at 4:03pm

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Andrew Whitaker: Scottish independence take two
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Revealed: Daily Record poll shows majority of Scots want second independence ...
19 Feb 2015 at 5:06pm

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Revealed: Daily Record poll shows majority of Scots want second independence...


Scotland referendum: Better Together 'No' campaigners outspent pro ... - Scot...
3 Feb 2015 at 11:21am

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This Scottish Man Quit His Job To Vote Yes In The Referendum And Has Been ......
17 Feb 2015 at 7:18am

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This Scottish Man Quit His Job To Vote Yes In The Referendum And Has Been ...
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Analysis: James Corbett on the Scottish Conservatives after the referendum - ...
10 Feb 2015 at 8:55am

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Analysis: James Corbett on the Scottish Conservatives after the referendum
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Scotland: Politics transformed post-referendum - Green Left Weekly
7 Feb 2015 at 1:09am

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Scotland: Politics transformed post-referendum
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Commercial property deals surge in Scotland after referendum - Herald Scotland
11 Feb 2015 at 6:23pm

Commercial property deals surge in Scotland after referendum
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Nearly a third of the ...


Orange Order hired Auschwitz sceptic to work on referendum campaign - Herald ...
7 Feb 2015 at 6:31pm

Orange Order hired Auschwitz sceptic to work on referendum campaign
Herald Scotland
The Grand Orang...


Scotland Would Vote Yes To Independence If There Was A Referendum Today - Buz...
3 Feb 2015 at 1:16pm

Scotland Would Vote Yes To Independence If There Was A Referendum Today
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Scotland: A new world for Scottish politics after the referendum - Links Inte...
30 Jan 2015 at 1:03am

Scotland: A new world for Scottish politics after the referendum
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Edinburgh - Friday 13Th March
26 Feb 2015 at 4:32pm

Asked his a while ago but date confirmed now....I'm not familiar with Edinburgh and it's bestest ...



Linksfield Stadium Aberdeen
26 Feb 2015 at 4:03pm
Was trying to find old data for capacity on Linksfield ; but not much on Internet

Was used for ru...

Fancy A New Body?
26 Feb 2015 at 6:10am

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/fullbody-transplants-will-be-possible-within-two-yea...



Dashcams
26 Feb 2015 at 2:12am

I just invested in a dashcam. Obviously I'd like to pretend it was part of my commitment to safe ...



Sadness
26 Feb 2015 at 1:17am
I feel like a prisoner in my own life . Feel utterly hopeless

Madonna At The Brits
25 Feb 2015 at 4:06pm

Oooof sair yin!

 

 

Fair play to the old dear for carrying on (appropriate lyrics)...



Sir Cliff Richard May Be Losing His Knighthood
25 Feb 2015 at 4:02pm

Will Sir Cliff be going on a " summer holiday" at her majesties pleasure?

 

 



Cracking Kilt Chain From The Royal Mile Scottish Shop
25 Feb 2015 at 2:28pm

I purchased a cracking thistle style kilt chain form a shop near the top of the royal mile.

 

 I ...



Kids Drawings
25 Feb 2015 at 12:03pm
The bairn had to draw pictures to match each of his spelling words for his homework tonight.

Thi...

Gaelic Help.
25 Feb 2015 at 9:46am
I need a translation for "I did it my way" in Gaelic.

Any help would be much appreciated.


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Ed Balls plays down prospect of Labour deal with SNP
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
26 Feb 2015 at 12:31pm

Labour refuses to rule out post-election agreement but shadow chancellor says coalition governments are now very unpopular

Ed Balls has sought to quash speculation that Labour could strike a formal ...



How will Scotland?s social policy change with further devolution?
by Bernard Harris
25 Feb 2015 at 1:30am
There is nothing inherently English or Scottish (or Welsh or Northern Irish) about a desire for social justice. The same problems are seen throughout the UK

As we approach the next general election,...



The National?s Richard Walker: ?We can and will be critical of the SNP?
by Libby Brooks
22 Feb 2015 at 12:02pm

Editor of new daily newspaper and Sunday Herald on being radical and the challenges of covering independence

Richard Walker doesn?t do weary willingly. The 59-year-old, who has combined editing Scot...



Nicola Sturgeon says SNP should join pre-election civil service briefings
by Frances Perraudin
22 Feb 2015 at 10:04am

First minister of Scotland says opposition?s traditional invitation to policy talks should be extended to Scottish National party, indicating it could join UK coalition

The first minister of Scotlan...



SNP surge would please David Cameron, says Labour frontbencher
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
18 Feb 2015 at 6:01pm

Margaret Curran says Labour voters considering switching to Scottish nationalists represent PM?s best chance of staying in power

David Cameron will be ?secretly pleased? at the prospect of Labour lo...



Scottish Labour leader deletes YouTube video after getting NHS stats wrong
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
17 Feb 2015 at 8:35am

Jim Murphy deletes video and tweet after making false claims about cancelled hospital operations in Scotland based on misread figures

Jim Murphy has been forced to delete a YouTube video and tweet a...



Nicola Sturgeon urges tax cuts to aid ailing North Sea oil
by Press Association
16 Feb 2015 at 7:04pm

First minister calls for government action to help ensure future production of the estimated 24bn remaining barrels of North Sea oil

Calls for urgent tax changes that could spark a ?resurgence? in ...



Scottish councils claim government-imposed teacher freeze is illegal
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
15 Feb 2015 at 6:01pm

Ministers have threatened to withhold £51m in education funding unless teacher numbers maintained

Scottish councils have accused Nicola Sturgeon?s government of breaking the law after it threatened ...



The Guardian view on the new electoral landscape: the stakes could hardly be ...
by Editorial
12 Feb 2015 at 1:41pm
Nicola Sturgeon offers austerity lite, the DUP warns of the threat the SNP poses to the union, and Ukip wants a swift EU referendum

Slowly the contours of a political landscape that is made up not o...



Nicola Sturgeon attacks Westminster's 'morally unjustifiable' austerity policy
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
11 Feb 2015 at 11:34am

Scotland?s first minister says alternative approach could result in £180bn more extra being spent on public services by 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish government will help to halt ?the d...



Google search data 'could predict election results'
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
11 Feb 2015 at 8:19am

Economists say methodology that helped forecast Scottish referendum result could be used to predict general elections

Economists in Glasgow believe they can predict future election results using Goo...



SNP set to double its vote in general election, poll finds
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
9 Feb 2015 at 11:00pm

New TNS poll suggests the party?s lead over Scottish Labour has dropped to 10 points, still putting half of the latter?s 41 Westminster seats at risk

The Scottish National party is on course to doub...



Has Labour lost Glasgow? Jim Murphy's battle to woo back 'Glasgow Man'
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
9 Feb 2015 at 6:31am

After a century of Red Clydeside, Scotland?s biggest city turned its back on Labour to vote for independence, and polls are predicting huge swings to the SNP in the May election. But can the new le...



Scotland?s fast politics leave the parties in the slow lane | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
7 Feb 2015 at 11:05pm
The fervour of the referendum campaign seems to have signalled the death of conventional politics

Such is the scale of the catastrophe that may be about to engulf the Labour party in Scotland that c...



Many ?English issues? are Scottish ones too. That?s why the SNP?s MPs will vo...
by Nicola Sturgeon
7 Feb 2015 at 6:05pm
Scotland?s first minister says the aftermath of independence referendum is now driving the political debate across the UK

Scotland?s referendum last September was the most significant democratic eve...




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Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Vote SNP, get Dettol
by weegingerdug
26 Feb 2015 at 5:55pm
Ed Balls was in Edinburgh yesterday and together with Mr Hi Jumpy AKA Jim Smugurphy visited an engineering factory in Glasgow. The visit was mainly notable for its absence of anything of note, and ...

Big lies and wee lies
by weegingerdug
25 Feb 2015 at 8:58am
I got a Labour election leaflet through the door yesterday, it’s been popping through doors all over Scotland this week. It would appear that Jim Murphy’s Accounting Unit wants us to vote for them ...

Westminster?s Francie and Josie
by weegingerdug
23 Feb 2015 at 6:28am
Scotland had a wee visit on Friday from Davie the Pee Em, that’s his new official title because he’s dahn wiv da yoot. Being dahn wiv da yoot is also the same reason that Osborne got that new hairc...

Making Magrit sad
by weegingerdug
19 Feb 2015 at 8:38pm
She’s at it again, but with just two pay cheques between now and an ignominious end to her undistinguished career as an expenses claimant, you’ve got to expect the lovely Magrit Curran to keep open...

The coyote looks down
by weegingerdug
17 Feb 2015 at 9:44pm
There’s a country perched at the northern end of the island of Britain which is unnaturally blessed. You might even say it was blesséd with an accent and everything, because the diacritic makes it ...

A stair heid rammy with ma mammy
by weegingerdug
12 Feb 2015 at 6:59pm
I’ve not been too well this past week, loaded with a bad cold while at the same time I’ve started a new part time job because I’m still not working for your other national newspaper. Meanwhile I am...

Pole-axed by the polls
by weegingerdug
4 Feb 2015 at 8:10pm
The Tory peer Lord Ashcroft has released his long awaited polls of individual constituencies and shows that the new clearances are about to commence. Labour will be turfed out of the croft and left...

Vow Academy, the sequel
by weegingerdug
2 Feb 2015 at 9:38pm
There’s really no need for anyone to be confused about Labour’s stance on devolution, it’s really quite simple. During the early part of the referendum campaign Labour wasn’t going to offer Scotlan...

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 ...


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