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Nato told to boost presence in Baltic to deter Russia attack
30 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
NATO needs to move missile launchers, ammunition, trucks and other mobile military equipment to the Baltic states to help deter an attack from Russia in light of the continuing Ukraine crisis, MPs have warned.

More relief aid for Gaza as Cameron laments loss of life
30 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
THE Prime Minister has announced an extra £3 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza, while the Scottish Government is giving £500,000 to help provide water, food and medical assistance to those affected by the conflict.

Balls in attack over 'dismal' Tory record on the economy
29 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
WORKING people cannot afford another five years of Conservative economics, Ed Balls will insist today, as he reveals research showing that by next year workers will have seen the biggest fall in average earnings for more than 140 years.

Labour's £33m tops political donations
29 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
LABOUR topped the league for political donations in 2013, raking in almost £8million more than the Tories, while the UK Independence Party doubled its income.

Cameron calls for Gaza ceasefire as ex-diplomat wants Hamas in talks
29 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
DAVID Cameron has called for an "unconditional, immediate, humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza to bring a halt to more than three weeks of violence that has killed about 1,100 Palestinians and 55 Israelis.

Cameron embroiled in storm over claims Fallon called writer a 'slut'
28 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
David Cameron has become embroiled in the row over claims a Conservative cabinet minister called a female writer a "slut".

Sri Lankan president will stay away from war commemoration service
28 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
The controversial president of Sri Lanka, whose government faces ­allegations of war crimes, will not attend the Commonwealth's official First World War commemoration service in Glasgow next week.

Immigration rules tightened as PM battles threat of Ukip
28 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
David Cameron is to unveil a new crackdown on immigration as the Conservatives continue to fight off the growing threat of Ukip ahead of next year's General Election.

Barrowman's Glasgow kiss ushers in new era of commitment to equality
28 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
JOHN Barrowman's world-famous "Glasgow kiss" with a man at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games is to leave a legacy of a stronger, wider commitment to equality, the Scottish Government has pledged.

Labour leader: Give public a voice in Commons
27 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
ED Miliband has proposed a Public Question Time in which members of the public would have a regular chance to grill the Prime Minister in an attempt to bridge the "miles-wide" gulf between Britain's political class and voters.

Strip Russia of the World Cup, says deputy PM Clegg
27 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
RUSSIA should be stripped of the 2018 World Cup tournament if it continues its "belligerent behaviour" in the wake of the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

Miliband calls for extended ceasefire in Gaza
27 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
AN extended ceasefire is needed between Hamas and Israeli, Ed Miliband has insisted, as his Labour colleague, Lord Prescott, denounced the scale of the bombing in Gaza as "brutally disproportionate and grossly indiscriminate".

Legal Affairs Minister vows to act after failing to declare shares
26 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
THE SNP's Legal Affairs Minister is facing an investigation by Scotland's ethics watchdog after failing to declare a shareholding in a left-wing publishing company she helped found.

Holyrood sells Nazi row writer's book
26 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
THE pro-Union views of a blogger who questions whether the Nazis used gas chambers to murder Jews during the Holocaust are being sold in the Scottish Parliament's gift shop.

Coalition hails milestone as GDP returns to pre-crash level
25 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
BULLISH Coalition ministers have hailed the latest GDP figures, which show the economy is back to where it was before the 2008 financial crash, as a major milestone and a "big day for Britain".


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?Remembrance must mark conscientious objectors?
31 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

THE former army chaplain in charge of Scotland’s Great War commemorations has acknowledged the “sacrifice” made by conscientious objectors.



Gaza: US rebukes Israel over ?unacceptable? attack
31 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

US officials last night said that the shelling of a United Nations shelter in Gaza is “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible”.



The Scotsman cartoon: Warm weather hits energy firm
31 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

BRITISH Gas profits fell by a quarter in the first half of the year, owner Centrica reported yesterday as it came under renewed pressure over household bills.



Joyce McMillan: Israeli play must get Fringe show
31 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

A cultural boycott compromises the Festival’s reputation for championing freedom of speech, writes Joyce McMillan



Leaders: Energy firms shouldn?t be complacent
31 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

British Gas owner Centrica may be hoping a fall in profits at British Gas and talk of a £90 “average” reduction in customer bills this year will work to cool public anger over relentless above-inflation rises in energy charges. But the news is unlikely to turn down the political heat under the Big Six suppliers.



John McTernan: We always knew Ed Balls was bright
31 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

In Opposition, the shadow chancellor’s reputation as master of his brief has positively soared, says John McTernan



Referendum round-up: Opinion polls | Missiles
31 Jul 2014 at 12:12pm

CATCH up on today’s news, opinion and analysis on the Scottish independence debate from Scotland and around the world in this round-up from our dedicated referendum website.



Chris Grayling defends Tory donation tennis match
31 Jul 2014 at 6:26am

A TENNIS match involving David Cameron and Boris Johnson in return for a £160,000 donation to the Conservatives will go ahead, Chris Grayling said today, as he claimed Tory donors do not buy policy.



Jim Murphy: EU issue a real mouthful for islanders
31 Jul 2014 at 5:46am

‘WHAT will happen with the pound if we become independent?’ was the question I was asked the other morning. It’s a familiar question but this time asked in an unfamiliar accent, for the man was a young Latvian shell fish worker posing his query in an emerging Hebridean twang.



Independence vote ?too close to call? claim
31 Jul 2014 at 5:25am

THE result of the Scottish independence referendum is “still too close to call”, according to an academic’s study of the polling data ahead of September’s vote.



Independence: Yes can boost firms? world presence
31 Jul 2014 at 4:34am

SCOTTISH companies will be able to boost their presence on the world stage with a Yes vote, according to the Finance Secretary.



GP tells MSPs he signed up for assisted suicide
30 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

A GP has revealed he and his wife have made arrangements with lawyers to take their own lives under proposed assisted suicide laws if they become terminally ill.



Gaza: Israeli performers axe Edinburgh Fringe show
30 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

AN ISRAELI arts company has been forced to axe its entire run of performances at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe after facing an angry protest before its first show in the city.



Left stages WWI Remembrance of the working man
30 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

A SIX-HOUR vigil for the one million Commonwealth soldiers who died during the First World War is to be held tomorrow by a left-wing think-tank as an alternative to the official commemoration events.



Catalan leader pushes on with independence vote
30 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

The leader of Spain’s economically powerful Catalonia region held firm in a meeting with the Spanish prime minister yesterday, saying he will push ahead with an independence referendum in November despite the government vowing to stop it.




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A respectable scumbag
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jul 2014 at 3:54pm
This man is still regularly invited on TV by both the BBC and STV as a serious pundit. Were anyone to still be unsure of the fact that different rules of behaviour apply to Unionists and Yes supporters, we invite them to consider the evidence. Take a second and imagine we’d said any of that, […]

A strangely familiar ring
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jul 2014 at 6:00am
This is Andy Burnham, Labour’s shadow health secretary, earlier this week: “‘Commissioners have been ordered to put all services out to the market, NHS spending on private and other providers has gone through the £10bn barrier for the first time. When did the British public ever give their consent for this? It is indefensible for […]

Missing: one plot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Jul 2014 at 4:12am
We can only assume the No campaign and media are in a growing panic about the imminent TV showdown between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling or something. Even by the high previous standards of insanity from the UK side of the referendum debate, this week has seen something of a disintegration in sanity. Apart from […]

Bang on schedule
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jul 2014 at 10:37am
We did tell you this was coming: The poll in question can actually be found on Daily Record sister site Scotland Now, so we’re not entirely sure why the Scotsman is plugging it for them. But if you’d like to see the hilariously loaded and leading questions that delivered the result in question, just pop […]

The day tomorrow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jul 2014 at 6:02am

Sometimes you miss the obvious
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Jul 2014 at 1:00am
Readers have had a small handful of replies in response to our “Infrequently Asked Questions” post of last week. (Have you written to your MP/MSP yet? WHY NOT?) They’ve mostly been pretty rubbish, as you’d probably expect. But while pondering them, a thought suddenly came to us out of the blue, in that irritating “Why on Earth didn’t […]

The formerly bonnie banks
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm
There’s been a small furore this week over fracking, and the possibility that the UK government could grant licences for drilling in some of Scotland’s most beautiful locations, including – astonishingly – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. But in fairness, we can’t say that we weren’t warned.

Easy does it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2014 at 10:47am
There’s a remarkable story on the BBC website today. Torn between the referendum campaign and the 2015 UK election campaign, Labour’s health spokesman Andy Burnham has finally admitted in public that yes, NHS England IS being privatised. But it’s what he wants done about it that made us double-take. “Mr Burnham has written to the boss […]

When you?re happy and you know it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jul 2014 at 5:58am
Alert readers will of course remember a few short weeks ago in April, when “Better Together” attracted much great hoopla in the press for its relaunched, “more positive” campaign strategy which would dazzle Scots with the feelgood benefits of the Union. We thought it’d be worth checking in and seeing how that was going. Remember, […]

Younger leopard, same spots
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm
Our “Better Together” mole has just leaked us this exclusive extract from a new cinema advert with a re-imaged Alistair Darling listing the consequences of a Yes vote. It’s really from the 1981 Labour conference, of course. But it’s fascinating to note that while the No camp leader’s politics may have softened somewhat over the intervening 33 years, his […]


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New school closure rules take effect
31 Jul 2014 at 6:31pm
New rules on school closures designed to ensure greater transparency and accurate information come into force across Scotland.


Swinney says 'Yes' better for firms
31 Jul 2014 at 2:34am
Scottish companies will be able to boost their presence on the world stage under independence, Scotland's finance secretary says.


Experts call for new Scottish towns
31 Jul 2014 at 5:26am
Scotland may need up to eight new towns to help avert a potential housing crisis, a special commission says.


Nutini's 'questions' on independence
30 Jul 2014 at 11:04pm
Paolo Nutini tells Newsbeat he knows "where his heart is" on independence issue but still wants questions answered.


Scottish funding for Gaza relief
30 Jul 2014 at 4:13pm
The Scottish government promises £500,000 of funding for water food and shelter in Gaza.


More older Scots will live alone
30 Jul 2014 at 7:03am
The number of older people living alone in Scotland will increase over the next 25 years, according to the latest official projections.


Firms 'not making Yes vote plans'
30 Jul 2014 at 2:50am
More than eight out of 10 businesses in Scotland have not planned for a vote for independence, says a survey by financial services group KPMG.


Early cancer detection rate rises
29 Jul 2014 at 6:01am
The number of cancers detected at the earliest possible stage has risen in Scotland, according to new figures.


VIDEO: Shona Robison answers your questions
11 Jul 2014 at 10:47am
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, answers your questions on the Scottish independence referendum.


VIDEO: Your questions: John Curtice
30 Jun 2014 at 9:15am
Prof John Curtice answers your questions on the polls and the state of the campaigns in the independence debate.


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


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


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


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


VIDEO: Salmond: 'Future is in Scotland's hands'
26 Nov 2013 at 4:47am
First Minister Alex Salmond says "Scotland's future is in Scotland's hands" as he outlines the Scottish government's case for independence.


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Just how politics-free are the Glasgow Games?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Jul 2014 at 5:29pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I'm enjoying the Commonwealth Games.  Like most who have taken in the fantastic atmosphere in Glasgow and watched the competitors on TV, I am wallowing in the goodwill and great natured competition.
 
Team Scotland is 'punching above its weight', an ironic counter to the oft repeated Unionist slogan.



No way are we a nation of quitters
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Jul 2014 at 12:55am

  By George Kerevan
 
Will you quit Scotland if the referendum vote on 18 September does not go the way you want it to? Certainly, I?ve ?had the conversation? with quite a few folk over the past two years, so the subject is clearly under discussion, if only after a few drams.
 
Now, thanks to a new poll from the Panelbase organisation, we have some idea of the number of refuseniks. As many as 700,000 of us ? that?s fully one in six ? say they will depart Scotland if Alex Salmond is triumphant.



We Are World Class
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Jul 2014 at 4:58pm

By Derek Bateman
 
I was in an international city at a world class facility expertly run with smart connections today to see a major sporting event. It didn?t seem like Glasgow but it was and when I stepped off the train at Dalmarnock, I thought I was in Berlin or Copenhagen, not the east end of the city.

About three years ago I turned up there on a rainy Thursday with a BBC film crew to show the rotting tenements and grubby streets that would be swept away for the Games.



Support for Gaza in Scotland
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Jul 2014 at 9:51am

By Stephanie Pride
 
AS the bombs continue to fall on Gaza and the death toll mounts, support for the besieged Palestinians is spreading throughout all sections of society, not least among faith-based groups in Scotland.
 
Following the visit of Archbishop Theodosis of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, also known by his own name, Atallah Hanna, the Church of Scotland has come as close as it ever has to joining the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.  But you wouldn't know it from the newspapers.



Yes means more than being a 'Proud Scot'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Jul 2014 at 3:29am

By Paul Kavanagh
 
Despite claims from the Naw camp that it?s in the bag for the Union, I?m not thinking about what I?ll do with myself if there?s a No vote. In no small part because it?s not in the bag for the Union at all ? for reasons which were explained in yesterday?s blog post.
 
I don?t believe it?s in the bag for Yes either, which is not a bad thing ? the worst thing any campaigner can do just now is to take a result for granted.



Irish lessons for Scottish Independence
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Jul 2014 at 4:51pm

By Colm Ó Broin
 
Despite the many predictions made during the Scottish independence debate nobody really knows what the future holds if there?s a ?Yes? vote on September 18th.
 
Both sides have argued their cases resolutely. However, a useful rule of thumb in judging each side in a debate are the number of ludicrous claims they resort to ? generally the more ridiculous the claims the weaker the underlying argument is.



Are You Sitting Comfortably?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
27 Jul 2014 at 4:50am

By Derek Bateman

Are you panicking? Getting desperate yet? There seems to be a line from the No fantasists that it?s in the bag and the whole of Yes is frantically searching for a game-changer. Or is that itself just an example of desperation from a campaign which is hated by its own people and which has brought British politics lower than ever before?



The Nightmare after No
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Jun 2014 at 12:09pm

  The Yes campaign should be commended for maintaining a strong sense of positivity and vision in its quest to persuade Scots to vote Yes in September.
 
Activists have helped engage the undecided voters with thousands of events the length and breadth of Scotland, they field questions and provide answers.



Miliband seeks US link dividends
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Jul 2014 at 1:30am

By George Kerevan

It is a rite of passage that aspirant British prime ministers seek an audience with the incumbent of the White House. The aim is twofold: to show British voters they are ?important? enough to be received by the leader of the free world. And secondly, to reaffirm the so-called ?special relationship? that is supposed to exist between the UK and the United States.



The purpose of the heart
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
21 Jul 2014 at 5:14am

By Paul Kavanagh

We?re told the independence campaign is a battle between head and heart, at least a lot of folk in the papers and on telly seem to think so.

Usually, it has to be said, it?s those of a Nawish persuasion who see themselves on a self appointed mission to blind the bravehearts with a facsimile of logic.




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Standard Life not seeking London headquarters move
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 5:30pm

STANDARD Life has denied reports that it is looking to purchase a flagship headquarters in London.


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Songs for Scotland
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 5:21pm

This to share and download everywhere, with special thanks to Mike Gunn ... [go here to buy your tickets or support the project]


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Lib Dems: conference in event of No vote would heal indyref wounds
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 5:06pm

A conference to bring political leaders together in the event of a No vote on independence would heal divisions caused by the referendum, according to the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.


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There is bitter irony in British nationalists such as Willie Rennie talking ab...



A respectable scumbag
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 4:11pm

This man is still regularly invited on TV by both the BBC and STV as a serious pundit. Were anyone to be unsure of the fact that different rules apply to Unionists and Yes supporters, we invite the...


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Surely Ian Smart must be a leading contender for the title of the most det...



Cancer charity chief ?optimistic? on independence
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 3:16pm

A SENIOR cancer charity fundraiser has said he is “very optimistic” for the future of the sector if Scotland votes for independence.


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With so many people, from all walks of life, optimistic or excited by the prospect of independence it is increasingly difficult to understand ...



Independence vote ?too close to call? claim
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 3:07pm

THE result of the Scottish independence referendum is “still too close to call”, according to an academic’s study of the polling data ahead of September’s vote.



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Just how politics-free are the Glasgow Games?
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 2:58pm

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Unchaining the heart
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 2:10pm
There's a common Unionist argument, most often espoused by those who fondly believe they're supporting a progressive politics, that Scotland is not any more left wing than the rest of the UK. We've...


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UK Government slammed after secret nuclear deal exposed
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 2:04pm

The Scottish National Party has slammed the UK Government for committing to a secret decade-long agreement with the United States on nuclear weapons.



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Fans told to remove ?Yes? badges at Glasgow Green
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 1:50pm

COMMONWEALTH Games fans attending Glasgow Green have hit out at officials who told them to remove their Yes badges.


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This just strikes me as wrong-headed pettiness. The referendum, despite the best efforts of British nationalists to turn it into some kind of nasty inter-ethni...



Independence: 84% of firms ?have no plan for Yes?
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 1:30pm

MORE than eight out of ten businesses in Scotland do not yet have plans in place to deal with the result of the referendum if the country votes for independence, a new survey has revealed.


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New report claims Yes vote could hit stocks
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 1:19pm

Scottish independence could have significant consequences for the value of stocks across a broad range of industries, a report from market analysts has found.


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"A Yes vote in support of Scottish independence on September 18 could have a modestly negative impact on the UK stoc...



Bolt dismisses Glasgow comment claim as ?nonsense?
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 1:09pm

THE world’s fastest man yesterday issued a swift rebuttal of claims he had made disparaging remarks about Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, describing the reports as “lies”.


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A Public Press: Reclaiming the Media
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 12:49pm

With Edward Snowden in exile, and Andy Coulson in Belmarsh and in the heat of the referendum debate it seems an ideal time to look again at the problems of freedom of expression, privacy and media ...


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Alex Salmond accused of a 'huge deception' over his plans for a currency unio...
by Peter A Bell
31 Jul 2014 at 12:41pm

TWO leading figures from the banking industry have hit out at Scotland's First Minister following his insistence that Westminster will agree to a deal for pound.


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Women?s Minister Jo Swinson tries to explain why none of Nick Clegg?s girls m...
by Annie Brown
31 Jul 2014 at 2:20am
SWINSON didn?t make the cut during the last Cabinet reshuffle, which saw the rise of Tories such as Esther McVey, but really, she insists, she couldn?t be happier.


Scottish independence could have significant consequences for the value of st...
by dailyrecord
30 Jul 2014 at 8:14am
COMPANIES such as RBS, Lloyds, BAE Systems and Diageo are among those who could experience an "adverse reaction" to a Yes vote, it states.


Patrick Harvie: Assisted Suicide Bill consultation chance for respectful scru...
by Patrick Harvie
30 Jul 2014 at 7:38am
PATRICK HARVIE says such an important topic must be discussed with  respect and empathy.


Ann McKechin: Being a Glasgow 2014 Clydesider and part of the Commonwealth Ga...
by Ann McKechin
30 Jul 2014 at 7:37am
ANN McKECHIN recounts her experience of being one of the thousands of volunteers making Glasgow's Games possible.


Humza Yousaf: Glasgow is showing its heart for Commonwealth Games
by Humza Yousaf
30 Jul 2014 at 7:36am
HUMZA YOUSAF says that the people of the city, not just the athletes, are the stars of the Games thanks to their generosity.


Alex Salmond accused of a 'huge deception' over his plans for a currency unio...
by dailyrecord
30 Jul 2014 at 5:41am
TWO leading figures from the banking industry have hit out at Scotland's First Minister following his insistence that Westminster will agree to a deal for pound.


Joan McAlpine: Industrial scale tosh from George Osborne
by Joan McAlpine
30 Jul 2014 at 3:49am
JOAN McALPINE urges Scots vote Yes and back the Scottish Government's plan to transform the economy by focusing on the manufacturing industry.


Independence referendum: My maw and paw have gone from naw to aye
by John Ferguson
30 Jul 2014 at 2:28am
MSYP Terri Smith, 19, has been going around schools, colleges and youth clubs helping people her own age get to grips with the issues as part of the Aye Naw Mibbe project.


Daily Record campaign to get Scotland's missing million voters into indy poll...
by Gary Cruden
30 Jul 2014 at 2:14am
WE are trying to encourage the missing million to secure their vote and have their say on the future of our country.


Glasgow 2014: Team Scotland fan removed from the swimming in Glasgow for havi...
by dailyrecord
29 Jul 2014 at 2:06am
IS this you? The Daily Record would like to hear from the woman escorted from her seat by police for displaying a "political" symbol at the event in Tollcross.


Alistair Carmichael: Independence vote is far too important to shun.. that's ...
by dailyrecord
29 Jul 2014 at 1:37am
SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael says no matter what side of the debate you are on it's crucial voters have their voice heard when Scotland goes to the polls on September 18.


Scotland's missing million: We help young voters get signed up for independen...
by Sally Hind
29 Jul 2014 at 12:36am
OUR Have Your Say 2014 campaign was launched yesterday and we hit the streets to find some of the estimated one million eligible voters who are either not on the electoral roll or not expected to turn up at the polls.


Revealed: Scots would rather hear Ed Miliband give them directions on sat nav...
by Sarah Vesty
28 Jul 2014 at 3:00am
RESEARCHERS found that 36 per cent of those polled said First Minister's voice would drive them mad.


Record View: When it comes to Scotland's future.. it is too important not to ...
by Record View
28 Jul 2014 at 2:26am
Don't miss this opportunity which will never come again says RECORD VIEW


Scotland's future is in the balance.. but one in four risk not being able to ...
by John Ferguson
28 Jul 2014 at 2:19am
A SHOCKING one in four Scots are ineligible to vote and won't be able to make their views known in the independence referendum, we can reveal.


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30 Jul 2014 at 7:09am
Our new hard hitting news and current affairs show.

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Dateline Scotland: Episode 1

This week's headlines: Jesus Christ backs the Better Together campaign; Vote No Borders moves for UK to form union with France; and pitch invasion delays Gla...

BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE Chairchoob has spoken with a man who knows a guy...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Jul 2014 at 6:13am
BBC SCOTLANDSHIRE EXCLUSIVE

Chairchoob has spoken with a man who knows a guy that met his mucker down the pub, where someone alleged they overheard Usain Bolt saying: "Scotlandshire is pure shit! London is the dog's bollocks."

Rory Stewart is the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border. He passionate...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jul 2014 at 12:49pm
Rory Stewart is the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border.
He passionately wishes Scotland to stay within his (and our) beloved Union and is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to achieve his dreams.



The Incredible Story of Rory the Tory
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Earlier this year, Rory m...

BBC Scotlandshire would like to honour the success of Team Scotlandshire at t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Jul 2014 at 6:15am
BBC Scotlandshire would like to honour the success of Team Scotlandshire at the Commonwealth Games.

Even the spoof media has managed to come onboard the real "Games" in a last ditch effort to save our glorious Empire from being torn apart.

We present to you the endearing image of the Games.




Better Together has today proposed a new regional anthem for Scotlandshire th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Jul 2014 at 9:17am
Better Together has today proposed a new regional anthem for Scotlandshire that will be introduced after the vile Natz are crushed in the forthcoming splittist referendum.

The new anthem has been composed and written by Lord Barrowman of Naetalent, the world famous entertainment legend and NO su...

The shame of Scotlandshire revealed by our team of undercover investigators. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jul 2014 at 5:08am
The shame of Scotlandshire revealed by our team of undercover investigators.

Yes, Team Scotlandshire singing Flower of Scotland before they make their entrance at last night's Commonwealth Games.

Will the Natz stop at nothing to politicise the games?


Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony - Team Scotla...

BBC Scotlandshire finds itself having to point out that BBC Scotlandshire's A...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jul 2014 at 6:25am
BBC Scotlandshire finds itself having to point out that BBC Scotlandshire's Audience Council has never been happier with our coverage of the splittist referendum.

Any criticism being highlighted in the splittist press is aimed squarely at the spoof BBC on the opposite bank of the Clyde.

Remem...

BREAKING NEWS: Senior figures in the Liberal Democratic party have today anno...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jul 2014 at 2:59pm
BREAKING NEWS: Senior figures in the Liberal Democratic party have today announced a U-turn on their policy of opposition to Independence and have apologised to the people of Scotlandshire for their previous stance.


Liberal Democrats to apologise after U-turn on Separation
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co....

Nigel is a passionate Highlander. He likes current affairs. He follows politi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 4:57pm
Nigel is a passionate Highlander. He likes current affairs. He follows politics. He cares deeply about the outcome of the referendum. As good luck would have it, he discovers that Britain's flagship current affairs show is coming to his home town.


Nigel's Big Day Out
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
I a...

True Unionists will be very confused watching tonight's World Cup Final. Th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 2:06pm
True Unionists will be very confused watching tonight's World Cup Final.

The Krauts or the Argies?

We've had to kick both of them into touch with our military might.

Would have been so much easier if England had only got through to the final - like they are entitled to.

Anyone help us out...

John Mcternan: the least successful Status Quo-er ever?
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 12:27pm
John Mcternan: the least successful Status Quo-er ever?




Alex Salmond's plans for the sundering of Great Britain were dealt a fatal se...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jul 2014 at 4:08pm
Alex Salmond's plans for the sundering of Great Britain were dealt a fatal setback today as it was revealed that members of UKOK were behind the design of the new uniforms for the opening ceremony Commonwealth Games.


Blow for Salmond as UKOK admit designing Commonwealth Games kit
www.bbc.scotlandsh...

Dreaming of how things might have been... damned Seps!
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jul 2014 at 2:33am
Dreaming of how things might have been... damned Seps!




BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the hap...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the happy news from Edinburgh Zoo that Tian Tian's has conceived, with fingers crossed that it turns into a full blown pregnancy.

Please leave your competition entry in the comments.

1st prize: "Gie me a doin" date with the...

Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest war...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Jul 2014 at 3:13pm
Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest warship is to be donated to Glasgow City Council.



Cameron donates HRH Queen Elizabeth to Glasgow City Council
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The vessel herself serves no conceivable military purpose in the 21st century, as we ca...


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it's time to get above ourselves


Songs for Scotland
by bellacaledonia
31 Jul 2014 at 4:47pm
This to share and download everywhere, with special thanks to Mike Gunn … [go here to buy your tickets or support the project] Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Mike Gunn, Songs for Scotland


A Public Press: Reclaiming the Media
by bellacaledonia
31 Jul 2014 at 11:19am
With Edward Snowden in exile, and Andy Coulson in Belmarsh and in the heat of the referendum debate it seems an ideal time to look again at the problems of freedom of expression, privacy and media control. In an extraordinary... Read More ›


Use Your Loaf
by bellacaledonia
31 Jul 2014 at 7:25am
By Stewart Bremner Picture it, if you will. I am standing in a short shop queue waiting my turn to be served, when a man runs past me at full tilt, dropping something as he goes. I tend not to... Read More ›


Yes to a Richer Future
by bellacaledonia
31 Jul 2014 at 4:13am
By Billy Kay I will vote Yes on 18 September because I am a Scot and want my wonderful multi-ethnic, multilingual mongrel nation to draw on its rampant egalitarian traditions and create a country which the world will regard as... Read More ›


Yes Fife Yes
by bellacaledonia
31 Jul 2014 at 3:23am
It’s a big Yes from Fife as a series of activities kick-off and the campaign gears-up to a whole new level. Supposedly Labour heartlands, Fife is turning to Yes fast. Here’s an outline of some of the activities and events coming... Read More ›


The Times (in Scotland) v the World?s Fastest Man
by bellacaledonia
30 Jul 2014 at 10:35am
By Mike Small All is Spin. Never mind the bollocks about ‘keeping politics away from sport’ everything is political: from the England teams Union Jack helmets to insisting a democracy movement is a ‘protest’ – to the Queen rolling up... Read More ›


Dateline Exclusive
by bellacaledonia
30 Jul 2014 at 7:55am
This breaking news just in from BBC Scotlandshire, from their studios in Lanararkshire … Filed under: Media Tagged: BBC Scotlandshire


The Wood, the Shelf and the Black, Black Oil: or, how to manage an Intelligen...
by bellacaledonia
29 Jul 2014 at 10:33am
By John S Warren George Osborne would be well-advised to concentrate on reducing the dangerously high level of sovereign risk currently facing the British economy instead of over-promoting a shallow recovery built on sand, or worrying about the hypothetical problems... Read More ›


It?s Not About about the Money Money Money
by bellacaledonia
29 Jul 2014 at 6:11am
By Duncan Muir With all the claims and counter-claims firing back and forth in the referendum debate, it?s no wonder that some folk can?t make up their minds. When Holyrood puts forward one position it is then contested by Westminster... Read More ›


Back to Bowie?s
by bellacaledonia
28 Jul 2014 at 10:18am
Despite the best intentions of some, the referendum is going to be the all consuming backdrop to this years Edinburgh Festival. But as well as infiltrating every bar room conversation and every stand up show, and even having managed to... Read More ›


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scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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Scottish independence vote is too close to call - Washington Post (blog)
30 Jul 2014 at 11:29am

Scotsman

Scottish independence vote is too close to call
Washington Post (blog)
On 18th September, Scottish residents will go to the polls to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country. Despite a great deal of column inches and political debate the outcome of the independence refer...


Scottish independence: No campaign up 57 to 43 according to latest poll of po...
31 Jul 2014 at 1:00pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: No campaign up 57 to 43 according to latest poll of polls
The Independent
No issue matters more to Scots than whether they think independence would be economically beneficial for Scotland. Prof Curtice said: ?Unfortunately for Mr Salmond at the moment pessimist...


Shell shrugs off Scottish independence concerns - Herald Scotland
31 Jul 2014 at 5:26am

Shell shrugs off Scottish independence concerns
Herald Scotland
There is of course uncertainty that would flow from a Scottish independence outcome but then having said that we would of course deal with Scottish independence in the way that we would have to. I don't think there is in that sense any...


Scottish independence could kill off major rocket range, Jim Murphy says - Te...
31 Jul 2014 at 11:01am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence could kill off major rocket range, Jim Murphy says
Telegraph.co.uk
Mr Murphy, who is attempting to discuss independence in 100 Scottish towns in 100 days, used a visit to the Outer Hebrides to link the vote to the Uist rocket range. The site, which is used to te...


Scottish Independence Yes Vote Would Make 17% Of People Consider Leaving ... ...
29 Jul 2014 at 7:02am

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence Yes Vote Would Make 17% Of People Consider Leaving ...
Huffington Post UK
"With the powers of independence we can do much more to help people find work in Scotland - and to reach the top of their chosen career in their own country. Independence m...


Could Scottish independence realign Ireland, North and South? - Irish Times (...
31 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm

Could Scottish independence realign Ireland, North and South?
Irish Times (blog)
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond visits the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow, to meet the cast of Now's The Hour, a show performed by first-time voters aged 16 and 17 about their attitudes towards the forthcomin...


Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh - BBC News
24 Jul 2014 at 5:21am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh
BBC News
Recent opinion polls suggest people in Catalonia are evenly divided over independence. Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, a columnist for Spanish newspaper El Pais, says people are keeping an eye on Scotland. He says: "Whether they v...


Alex Salmond to have final say in Scottish independence TV debate - Belfast T...
31 Jul 2014 at 8:32am

Belfast Telegraph

Alex Salmond to have final say in Scottish independence TV debate
Belfast Telegraph
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond will have the first and last word on Scottish independence in the landmark televised debate with Better Together leader Alistair Darling, broadcaster STV has ann...


Could the Scottish independence referendum change Australia's flag? - ABC Online
28 Jul 2014 at 10:59pm

Could the Scottish independence referendum change Australia's flag?
ABC Online
If Scotland votes for independence it is possible, but unlikely, that the Union Jack will change, according to the Flag Institute. It is even less likely that Australia would be asked to alter the Union Jack on our flag....


A vote for Scotland's independence could reverberate through NATO - Los Angel...
24 Jul 2014 at 7:34pm

A vote for Scotland's independence could reverberate through NATO
Los Angeles Times
The pro-independence leaders of the ruling Scottish National Party have pledged to terminate arrangements, dating from the 1960s, for basing British ballistic missile submarines and their nuclear warheads at Faslane...



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Now Gary is warned off seeing sick father in Scotland: Fears SNP could allow ...
31 Jul 2014 at 7:49pm

Daily Mail

Now Gary is warned off seeing sick father in Scotland: Fears SNP could allow ...
Daily Mail
Karen Todner and Edward Fitzgerald QC said he should only do so if the SNP-run administration declares categorically that it will abide by the refusal to allow extradition by Theresa May. The Ameri...


Scottish pensioners 'worse off' - shropshirestar.com
31 Jul 2014 at 7:32pm

Scottish pensioners 'worse off'
shropshirestar.com
Some 50,000 Scottish pensioners have lost benefits since 2010 with a cut of £90 million to savings credit, House of Commons research distributed by the SNP shows. The Scottish Government has pledged a guaranteed pension of £160 a week from 2016-17,...


Scottish pensioners 'worse off' since UK government benefit cuts - stv.tv
31 Jul 2014 at 6:08pm

stv.tv

Scottish pensioners 'worse off' since UK government benefit cuts
stv.tv
Thousands of hard-saving Scottish pensioners are worse off since the Tory-led government started cutting benefits, according to the SNP. Some 50,000 Scottish pensioners have lost benefits since 2010 with a cut of £90m to ...


Market Report, "Global Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping and .....
31 Jul 2014 at 10:01am

Market Report, "Global Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Genotyping and ...
DigitalJournal.com
Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/31/2014 -- Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) genotyping is the screening and analysis of genetic variations of SNPs in the genome of various species. SNPs are commonly p...


CombiMatrix's SNP-Based Miscarriage Analysis Test Granted Conditional ... - V...
31 Jul 2014 at 7:13am

CombiMatrix's SNP-Based Miscarriage Analysis Test Granted Conditional ...
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)
IRVINE, Calif., July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX), a molecular diagnostics company performing DNA-based testing services for developmental disord...


MSP argues indy comments - The Galloway Gazette
31 Jul 2014 at 5:59am

MSP argues indy comments
The Galloway Gazette
MSP Alex Fergusson has refuted recent health and farming claims by SNP minister Dr Aileen McLeod. In articles recently printed in The Gazette, the SNP MSP firstly raised claimed the NHS would be saved by independence in September. But now Mr ...



It is unionists, not nationalists, who are obsessed with identity - New State...
31 Jul 2014 at 5:06am

New Statesman

It is unionists, not nationalists, who are obsessed with identity
New Statesman
It's a not a phrase you hear very often anymore, but in decades past the SNP was sometimes referred to, pejoratively, as the ?White Heather Club wing? of Scottish politics. As Ian Jack explained in the Guar...


BRIEF-SNP reports 51% H1 revenue increase - Reuters
31 Jul 2014 at 2:23am

BRIEF-SNP reports 51% H1 revenue increase
Reuters
July 31 (Reuters) - SNP Schneider Neureither & Partner AG : * Says clear H1 revenue increase of 51.0% to EUR 15.5 million * Says H1 positive operating cash flow of EUR 1.3 million * Says confirms growth forecast for 2014 * Says H1 earnings after tax...


Brian Monteith: Why the Scottish nationalists are resorting to political brib...
31 Jul 2014 at 12:42am

Brian Monteith: Why the Scottish nationalists are resorting to political bribery
Conservative Home
There are some straws in the wind that the nationalist campaign is beginning to panic as time runs out before the September referendum. Having published a White Paper at the end of last November, at g...


MacNeil counters Better Together Range 'scaremongering' - Island News & Adver...
30 Jul 2014 at 7:05pm

Island News & Advertiser

MacNeil counters Better Together Range 'scaremongering'
Island News & Advertiser
Isles SNP MP Angus MacNeil has hit out at claims by Jim Murphy MP during his visit to Uist that the Hebrides Range would not survive a UK break-up. Mr MacNeil said: ?This is not the first time J...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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Scottish independence vote is too close to call - Washington Post (blog)
30 Jul 2014 at 11:29am

Scotland Now

Scottish independence vote is too close to call
Washington Post (blog)
On 18th September, Scottish residents will go to the polls to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country. Despite a great deal of column inches and political debate the outcome of the independence r...


Foreign Correspondent: Scotland's independence referendum could end 300 ... -...
29 Jul 2014 at 2:06am

stv.tv

Foreign Correspondent: Scotland's independence referendum could end 300 ...
ABC Online
As Glasgow basks in the glory of a Commonwealth Games that so far has gone off almost without a hitch, the real game in Scotland is arguably still to come. In less than two months, Scots will vote in a refe...


Scottish independence: No campaign up 57 to 43 according to latest poll of po...
31 Jul 2014 at 1:00pm

The Independent

Scottish independence: No campaign up 57 to 43 according to latest poll of polls
The Independent
After a pause for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the referendum battle will burst back into life next Tuesday, when Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister, goes head-to-head in a muc...


Scottish Independence Is Inevitable - New York Times
18 Jul 2014 at 6:03pm

New York Times

Scottish Independence Is Inevitable
New York Times
Reporting on Scottish politics through wind and rain for almost 40 years, I have covered three referendums on self-government. The first, in 1979, offered a modest elected assembly: A slim majority of voters approved it, but the turno...


Celine Cooper: Europe looms large in Scotland's referendum campaign - Montrea...
20 Jul 2014 at 4:40pm

Montreal Gazette

Celine Cooper: Europe looms large in Scotland's referendum campaign
Montreal Gazette
There is less than 10 weeks to go until the Scotland referendum on independence. On Sept. 18, Scots will decide whether to end their 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom. Voters will be asked ...


Could the Scottish independence referendum change Australia's flag? - ABC Online
28 Jul 2014 at 10:59pm

Could the Scottish independence referendum change Australia's flag?
ABC Online
Scotland goes to the polls on September 18 to vote in a referendum on whether to become an independent country. The flag of the United Kingdom is made up of the flags of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Flag I...


Scotland referendum: Pile of stone starts in Cumbria - BBC News
22 Jul 2014 at 3:18am

BBC News

Scotland referendum: Pile of stone starts in Cumbria
BBC News
The "Auld Acquaintance" cairn, which organisers hope will be made up of 200 tonnes of stone, aims to highlight friendship between all countries of the UK ahead of September's referendum. It also hopes to persuade Scotland to rema...


STV referendum debate: Alex Salmond vs Alistair Darling on independence - stv.tv
30 Jul 2014 at 12:31pm

STV referendum debate: Alex Salmond vs Alistair Darling on independence
stv.tv
The first details of STV's live referendum debate have been revealed with the order of speaking decided by a series of coin tosses. Representatives from both sides of the campaign met at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotla...


Glasgow hosting politically-charged Commonwealth Games as Scots ... - Fox News
23 Jul 2014 at 2:05pm

Fox News

Glasgow hosting politically-charged Commonwealth Games as Scots ...
Fox News
The once-in-a-generation chance to change the course of a nation's history comes in less than two months, when Scots will vote in their first independence referendum in 35 years. There is little time to waste for S...


Details of STV referendum debate between Salmond and Darling revealed - stv.tv
30 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm

Belfast Telegraph

Details of STV referendum debate between Salmond and Darling revealed
stv.tv
The first details of STV's live referendum debate have been revealed with the order of speaking decided by a series of coin tosses. Representatives from both sides of the campaign met at the Royal Conserva...



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Edinburgh Festival
31 Jul 2014 at 5:28pm
I'm still enjoying Commonwealth Games but need to plan a weekend over to Edinburgh. Do any of th...

Ian Smart On Twitter
31 Jul 2014 at 3:48pm
Ian Smart‏@ianssmart

So, two black English lassies cheered all the way round Hampden. I suspect ...



What The Flipping Flip?
31 Jul 2014 at 1:17pm

 



Thetimes: A Bit S***?
31 Jul 2014 at 1:06pm

Does anyone have a record of what the headline on The Times was yesterday, about Usain Bolt?

 

Fr...



Ryder Cup Options?
31 Jul 2014 at 3:09am

Right, my Old Man (poor OAP  ) has ditched Sky Sports but being a Golf Nut he is desperate to wa...



Good Hotels
30 Jul 2014 at 6:18pm

Any idea of decent Scottish hotel break for missus' birthday treat....2 nights?



Looking Back From 2024
30 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

"From the vantage point of 2024, the referendum’s yes vote can be seen as the beginning of an unr...



Referendum Results
30 Jul 2014 at 1:37pm
Will the results of the referendum be announced on the 18th? Thinking of applying for late liscan...

Dateline Scotland News
30 Jul 2014 at 6:16am

Is it really that far from the truth?

 

A great laugh and I expect more going by the episode 1 ti...




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The Guardian
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Latest news and comment on Scottish independence blog from the Guardian

Scottish independence referendum weekly review: from cairns to Cymru
by Libby Brooks
25 Jul 2014 at 4:43am

Another handful of highlights from the campaign this week

This weekly round-up is brought to you f...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: the campaign belongs to Fred...
by Libby Brooks
18 Jul 2014 at 4:04am

Weekly round-up including Let's Stay Together, Jean-Claude Juncker and Murphy the dog

Regular read...



Alex Salmond tries to woo Liverpool - with help from a Labour heavyweight
by Helen Pidd northern editor
18 Jul 2014 at 2:51am

The Scottish first minister took a trip on the Mersey ferry with a new supporter, former defence ...



Scottish independence referendum: the Common Weal Festival and Yestival
by Libby Brooks
13 Jul 2014 at 10:59am

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

For a retired raver such as myself, the...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: from the Team Scotland kit t...
by Libby Brooks
11 Jul 2014 at 5:42am

Your weekly round-up, including campaign donations, a new pensions report, the date for the TV de...



Scottish independence referendum campaigners' donations published
by Libby Brooks
8 Jul 2014 at 12:06pm

Both camps trade insults as the Electoral Commission publishes its first report on donations to r...



Alex Salmond accuses David Cameron of playing "European roulette" with Scotla...
by Libby Brooks
7 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm

First minister says that only a yes vote can secure a voice for Scotland in Europe, while the Sco...



Scottish independence referendum weekly: from West Lothian to Irn Bru
by Libby Brooks
4 Jul 2014 at 5:52am

Another week of campaigning across Scotland takes in undecided voters, confusing polls and a big ...



Scottish independence referendum campaign trail with Jim Murphy
by Libby Brooks
1 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm

Campaign bites: in Falkirk with the Irn Bru drinker and home rule advocate on his 100 Towns in 10...



Scottish independence referendum campaign: the weekly review
by Libby Brooks
27 Jun 2014 at 3:19am

A stooshie about TV debates, Gordon Brown again, and Elijah Wood mis-speaks in favour of indepen...



Yes and no campaigns accused of 'puerile' trench warfare over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm

The competing independence campaigns are trading blows over two rival offers from the BBC and STV...



STV faces collapse of Salmond versus Darling battle, after Better Together wa...
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 1:39am

Plans by STV to stage the first televised contest of the referendum campaign between Alex Salmond...



STV smokes Salmond out on an independence debate with Darling
by Severin Carrell
23 Jun 2014 at 12:18pm

The channel 3 broadcaster STV has won the first minister's agreement to face the former chancello...



Scottish independence campaign: mass canvass in Glagow's Gorbals
by Libby Brooks
22 Jun 2014 at 2:30pm

Campaign bites: the Radical Independence Campaign takes to the streets across Scotland

It takes a ...



Scottish independence referendum this week: partisan pugs and yes tattoos
by Libby Brooks
20 Jun 2014 at 5:30am

The draft constitution, more currency and a wild idea about Glasgow: highlights from another seve...




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

Wisdom on Wednesday : The housemates up for eviction this year are...
by James Kelly
30 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"A Yes for independence, Michelle Mone leaves. A No for independence, I leave. Vote wan of us o...

A Commonwealth Games FAQ, brought to you by George Orwell
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2014 at 5:34pm
Q.  Can I bring the flag of a political cause or of a non-competing nation to the venue?

A.  Absol...


The Gaelic musical that likes to say Yes
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2014 at 12:30pm
Ah, the Commonwealth Games.  Is this the greatest show that the far north of "the Middleland" has...

Here's why the No campaign should be worried about the British Election Study...
by James Kelly
29 Jul 2014 at 10:18am
Over the last day or two, you might have seen the referendum data from May/June published by the ...

Panelbase announce huge methodological changes - the new poll is not directly...
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2014 at 5:30pm
Well, this is a bit startling.  It turns out that the exchange/argument/debate a number of us had...

New Panelbase poll shows Yes vote up on last directly comparable poll
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2014 at 5:21pm
A new Panelbase poll has finally been released - I'm not sure yet whether it's the one that we he...

A wild suggestion : why not crowdfund the handing out of free saltires for th...
by James Kelly
25 Jul 2014 at 4:54pm
I don't know if anyone has definitively solved the mystery of who was responsible for handing out...


Come On In, Scotland! (Or 'My trip to the Commonwealth Games opening ceremon...
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2014 at 10:04pm
So, yes, I'm just back from Celtic Park.  I hadn't been planning to go to the opening ceremony un...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Knowledge is power, in more ways than one...
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"An independent Scotland could now expect to have massive surpluses both on its budget and on its...

I wouldn't have thought this was possible, but I've just lost even more respe...
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2014 at 9:33pm
There's been a perception for quite some time that, in broad brush terms, and perhaps because of ...

Is this the best put-down of the campaign so far?
by James Kelly
21 Jul 2014 at 9:39pm
Jonathan Jones (in his "On Art" Guardian blog) : Scotland's art is doing brilliantly as an inflec...

A-list, at last
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2014 at 10:30pm
You might remember that a few months ago, the ex-fascist Daily Mail newspaper started running a s...

TNS-BMRB poll : 'Undecided leaners' are breaking for Yes
by James Kelly
18 Jul 2014 at 9:57am
As I pointed out a few days ago that the rounding in the ICM poll had flattered No slightly, I sh...

Pro-independence campaign make spectacular breakthrough in new poll from trad...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2014 at 5:36pm
TNS-BMRB have on average been the third most No-friendly out of the six BPC-affiliated firms.  Th...


Remember the day Eddie Izzard campaigned with Elaine C Smith under a 'Scotlan...
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2014 at 11:59am
There are already doctored photos doing the rounds on Twitter of the Z-list celebrities from the ...


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Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Former Labour defence minister backs a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
17 Jul 2014 at 7:33am

Former Labour defence minister Peter Kilfoyle has backed a Yes vote in the Scottish independence ...



Another myth debunked - No campaign?s latest claims on set-up costs ?bizarrel...
by Peter Dempsie
23 Jun 2014 at 5:29am
Scotland will be ?set fair? for independence after some limited work to establish a new departmen...

Canavan appeals to Scotland's 'missing million' - make sure you vote to prote...
by Sean Lafferty
31 Jul 2014 at 7:45am

Yes Scotland's chairman, Dennis Canavan, today called on unregistered voters - the so-called 'mis...



A Yes means real gains for Scotland?s people ? but it?s our NHS that will see...
by Angus Millar
30 Jul 2014 at 6:23am
A Yes vote has so much to offer the people in Scotland ? the great financial and social benefits ...

50 mums call for Yes vote for fairer Scotland
by Sean Lafferty
30 Jul 2014 at 4:48am

With 50 days to go until the referendum in September, 50 Yes-supporting mums have signed an open ...



Scotland's fishing industry will thrive with a Yes vote
by Sean Lafferty
29 Jul 2014 at 7:35am

A Yes vote in September?s independence referendum will mean that Scotland?s vital fishing industr...



A Yes means a joined up energy policy
by Stuart McDonald
29 Jul 2014 at 6:52am

Independence means joined up energy policy.  Just now energy policy is reserved to Westminster ? ...



NHS for Yes responds to Andy Burnham privatisation speech
by Sean Lafferty
29 Jul 2014 at 6:46am

Founder member of NHS for Yes Dr Willie Wilson said: ?This speech from Andy Burnham is confirmati...



What do young people have to gain from a Yes vote?
by Peter Dempsie
28 Jul 2014 at 9:55am

By Fearghas Kelly

On September 18, young people in Scotland will be given the opportunity to creat...



Carmichael undermines claims of more powers for Scottish Parliament
by Peter Dempsie
28 Jul 2014 at 5:16am
Commenting on a report in the Herald newspaper where Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael indic...

William McIvanney and Frank Skinner voice support for a Yes vote
by Sean Lafferty
27 Jul 2014 at 5:57am

William McIvanney, one of Scotland's most celebrated literary talents, and top English comedian F...



Support for Yes is solid - a swing of just four points will put Yes ahead
by Sean Lafferty
27 Jul 2014 at 4:29am

Commenting on the latest Panelbase poll for The Sunday Times and independent radio Heart, Yes Sco...



River City star moving back to Scotland to join campaign for independence
by Sean Lafferty
27 Jul 2014 at 3:46am

Scots soap actor Adam Robertson has taken a dramatic, life-changing decision to ensure he plays a...



Yes vote is ?the key to tackling poverty?
by Peter Dempsie
25 Jul 2014 at 4:13am

Independence is the only sure way to deal with the ever-growing gap between Scotland?s rich and p...



Yes Scotland endorsed by Pride Glasgow Chief Executive
by Sean Lafferty
24 Jul 2014 at 4:06am

Hot on the heels of Scotland?s biggest LGBT event, Pride Glasgow?s Chief Executive has given his ...




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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Referendum result prediction game
30 Jul 2014 at 8:30pm

Right, this may be the first thread in this sub-forum which isn't about our opinions on the debat...



20 unionist answers to debunk
30 Jul 2014 at 11:09am

Anybody want to take a shot at this?

 

 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hilarywardle/people-explain-why-...



More MSM bias - Dateline Scotland
30 Jul 2014 at 5:59am

f**k sake.

 



FAO committed yes voters
30 Jul 2014 at 5:45am

Hi folks, hope you're all well

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a bit of a question for you this morning. Why ...



Police Scotland for No.....
29 Jul 2014 at 5:24am

....or just laying down the law?

 

 

 

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/glasgow-2014-te...



Is this the kind of man..
28 Jul 2014 at 12:57pm

.. you want in charge of your country's defence?

 

Yet another reason to get these p***ks to f**k...



Note for all Students
27 Jul 2014 at 4:22pm
The referendum is taking place in September, which for many of you will be during Freshers Week a...

Returning home to vote
27 Jul 2014 at 12:47pm

Actor Adam Robertson who plays Doc Dan Hunter in River City, has revealed he is moving his family...



Addiction
25 Jul 2014 at 7:09pm
Should Unionism in Scotland be getting classed as an addiction?

Ask a unionist why they still bac...

I have decided to vote.....
25 Jul 2014 at 5:08pm

No.

 

But let me explain.

 

I am not against the idea off full independence, but I find the idea ...



One show
23 Jul 2014 at 1:57pm
Did anyone watch this tonight? The interview with David Cameron was fcuking embarrassing 'if you ...

Scottish Sports
23 Jul 2014 at 2:54am
I see the Sports minister has said she expects Scottish Athletes still to be funded by UK sport a...

Rate the Campaigns...
22 Jul 2014 at 6:19am
So far.

I apologise if I've missed this elsewhere, if I have feel free to merge. If anyone else i...

Ad Lib
21 Jul 2014 at 3:40pm

If the next GE is a hung parliament with Labour as the largest party, would Clegg ask for another...



Shipyard workers for Yes
21 Jul 2014 at 1:13pm

I see that more of Jimmy Reid's old comrades have not let Johan Lamont's assurances of meltdown s...




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Scottish independence: Remember 2014, the last golden summer of the old Britain
by Martin Kettle
30 Jul 2014 at 1:39pm
From the vantage point of 2024, the referendums yes vote can be seen as the beginning of an unravelling, and a terrible waste of time

Looking back from 2024 at that last golden summer of the old Bri...




The Stuarts: is it still possible to make a 'British' TV programme on the his...
by Mark Lawson
30 Jul 2014 at 6:47am
The BBC's three-part documentary risks causing further tension under the heat of the referendum debate

A three-part documentary that starts on Wednesday The Stuarts (8pm, BBC2) looks, on the surfa...



The Scottish independence debate should be about more than yes or no | Fraser...
by Fraser MacDonald
29 Jul 2014 at 5:56am
The attacks by both sides are descending into idiocy. Post-referendum, everyone must find the grace to work together

It used to be fun and, to be fair, it often still is. There are still moments of ...



Scottish referendum: oh, to belong to this clamjamfry of yes voters | Bill Pa...
by Bill Paterson
28 Jul 2014 at 12:57pm

Celebrity supporters of independence are lauded as freedom fighters. Those in the no camp face years of isolation perhaps thats why theyre so muted

Imagine, heaven forbid, that youre a celebrity. Y...




Boost for Scottish independence as undecided voters switch to yes camp
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
28 Jul 2014 at 12:16pm
A quarter of voters who were undeclared in March have since said they will be voting yes, survey finds

Support for Scottish independence is being boosted as increasing numbers of previously undecide...



Scottish women wont be silenced in the referendum debate | Kate Higgins
by Kate Higgins
28 Jul 2014 at 6:26am
Both camps in Scotlands fight for independence have finally woken up to what we knew all along: womens votes will be key

There was the woman who travelled from Tarbert to Tighnabruaich by ferry for ...




Scottish ministers urged to reverse student grant cuts as debts soar
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
28 Jul 2014 at 1:30am
Analysis of Student Loan Company figures shows overall student debt rising far more sharply in Scotland than elsewhere in UK

Scottish ministers are being urged to reverse cuts in student grants afte...




Commonwealth Games feel like a home games for seven home nations
by Esther Addley
27 Jul 2014 at 10:18am
Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey fans cheer on local heroes as Glasgow welcomes seven teams from British Isles

Peter Kennaugh won gold for Great Britain at the London Olympics in the cycling team pu...




Scotland's GDP per head £2,300 higher than UK as whole, says SNP
by Press Association
27 Jul 2014 at 4:40am
Party says new analysis of OECD figures show an independent Scotland would be 14th richest country in the economic bloc

Scottish wealth per head is more than £2,300 higher than in UK as a whole and ...



The Commonwealth Games may boost the yes vote for Scottish independence | Ala...
by Alan Bissett
25 Jul 2014 at 7:02am
The visibility of Scotland on TV, plus sporting success, could well give us the confidence to vote yes in the referendum

Scotland is buzzing. The triple whammy of the Commonwealth Games, the Edinbur...




Scottish prisoners refused right to vote in referendum by supreme court
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
24 Jul 2014 at 11:02am
Court dismisses attempt by Leslie Moohan and Andrew Gillon, serving life sentences for murder, to overturn voting ban

An attempt by two prisoners to overturn a ban on inmates voting in the Scottish ...



Russian ambassador gives press conference: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
24 Jul 2014 at 10:42am

Lunchtime summary
Russian ambassador's press conference - Summary
Afternoon summary

4.30pm BST

Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to the UK, has said that sanctions against Russia will t...




Prisoners fight ban on voting in Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
24 Jul 2014 at 4:38am
Two men serving life for murder claim exclusion from September's poll violates their human rights

Two prisoners are to ask the supreme court to overturn a ban on inmates voting in Scotland's indepen...




David Cameron considers basing himself in Scotland before referendum
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
23 Jul 2014 at 1:42pm
Lib Dems oppose idea of prime minister spending up to two weeks in Scotland, claiming he could damage the no campaign

David Cameron is considering basing himself in Scotland for much of the last two...



David Cameron's speech in Glasgow: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
23 Jul 2014 at 10:13am

Lunchtime summary
Cameron's speech and Q&A - Summary

4.13pm BST

David Cameron has said that politicians should champion foreign investment, not be embarrassed about it. In a very pro-business spe...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Back to the future with Marty Kettle
by weegingerdug
31 Jul 2014 at 2:32pm
The Guardian’s Martin Kettle has been making use of his steam powered time machine Delorean to voyage into the future and look back at the independence referendum from the vantage point of 2024, us...

Unchaining the heart
by weegingerdug
30 Jul 2014 at 1:45pm
There’s a common Unionist argument, most often espoused by those who fondly believe they’re supporting a progressive politics, that Scotland is not any more left wing than the rest of the UK. We’ve...

The crumbling wall
by weegingerdug
29 Jul 2014 at 1:35pm
Many years ago when I was a student, I taught English in Finland for the summer. I travelled there by train via the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, taking advantage of the student Eurorai...

Bateman Broadcasting: An interview with Lauren Reid (Wee Orange Lamb)
by weegingerdug
28 Jul 2014 at 7:47pm
http://batemanbroadcasting.com/features-referendum-journeys-lauren-reid/ Click on the link to listen to Lauren’s interview with Bateman Broadcasting. Or click here to download the podcast.
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No bad
by weegingerdug
27 Jul 2014 at 9:09pm
Despite claims from the Naw camp that it’s in the bag for the Union, I’m not thinking about what I’ll do with myself if there’s a No vote. In no small part because it’s not in the bag for the Union...

Windae polls and weegie-weighting
by weegingerdug
26 Jul 2014 at 6:42pm
It’s been a hectic day. The other half is still in hospital. Today the nurse on the rehab ward phoned to say his health has taken a bit of a turn for the worse, and he’s been moved back to the acut...

25 de Xullo 2014 ? Solidarity with Scotland in Santiago de Compostela
by weegingerdug
26 Jul 2014 at 3:50pm
Many thanks to Jon Scullard for the video.

A dia da Patria ? Galiza says YES to Scotland
by weegingerdug
25 Jul 2014 at 2:44pm
Gathering in central Santiago de Compostela to celebrate O Dia Da Patria (the Galician national day), many Galicians wanted to express their support for a Yes vote in September and an independent S...

Smoke and mirrors
by weegingerdug
25 Jul 2014 at 7:31am
Scottish colours are political, British colours in the exact same context are not political, it’s official – or more accurately, officious. The private company organising the opening ceremony had p...

The reluctant anorak
by weegingerdug
24 Jul 2014 at 2:48pm
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) I don’t really do politics.  I don’t particularly trust politicians either and I don’t consider politics a game to be played like some or a career path to a l...


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

From the river to the sea: on the desperate need for a just peace in the Midd...
by Guest Blog
17 Jul 2014 at 10:44am
Thanks to April Cumming for today’s guest post on the situation in Gaza. The images playing across the screens of the world today and over the previous week are nothing new; children are rushed to ...

So, what?s the big idea?
by Guest Blog
14 Jul 2014 at 7:11am
A guest post today from about the principle of democracy from Duncan Thorp, who has previously blogged for us about social enterprise. Thanks Duncan! It’s kind of reassuring that regardless of the ...

Exclusive: July Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
11 Jul 2014 at 2:38am
It’s month five for our rolling sequence of Survation polls, conducted as always in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The June results are here, and the...

Taxi for Lamont
by Guest Blog
4 Jul 2014 at 5:42am
Thanks to an anonymous (but definitely Labour) Labour person for today’s insidery guest post. The precarious situation of Johann Lamont Leading Scottish Labour in this session was never going to be...

Our Islands Our Future
by Guest Blog
27 Jun 2014 at 6:43am
Thanks to Neil Gray for today’s guest post. Neil is an Orcadian, who for the last six years has worked in the Scottish Parliament for Alex Neil MSP. He is also active in the Yes campaign in West Lo...

Yes Together: Robin McAlpine, Wings Over Scotland, and the progressive whitew...
by Guest Blog
24 Jun 2014 at 4:20am
Thanks very much to @pastachips for today’s fierce guest post. The transmisogyny of Stuart Campbell, aka author of pro-independence blog Wings Over Scotland, has been pretty devastatingly documente...

Turning 3 missed targets into an opportunity
by Guest Blog
23 Jun 2014 at 5:50am
Thanks to Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland, who has previously blogged for us on similar things, for today’s guest post on Scotland’s climate targets. On 10 June, to no great surprise...

Exclusive: June Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
12 Jun 2014 at 3:35am
It’s time for month four of our rolling sequence of polls, conducted as usual by Survation, in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The May figures are her...

Resistance is inevitable
by Dom
8 Jun 2014 at 10:22am
We?re into the final 100 days of the referendum (an insignificant milestone given prominence by the nice round number), and things are starting to get hot. National Collective are about to give Cal...

Some different ideas to go with your referendum: Scotland 44
by Dom
1 Jun 2014 at 7:25am
Better Nation does not have a publishing arm, and despite ideas of a Better Nation film being mooted over some drinks last year the realities of living a normal life bit. I have not however, been s...


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