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Labour vow on revoking energy firm licences
20 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
A LABOUR government would give a new energy regulator the power to revoke energy companies' licences to help protect the interests of the public, the party has announced.

Government told to pay defence firm more than £220m
18 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Government is to pay out more than £220 million to a US defence firm after a tribunal found it had unlawfully terminated a contract to provide the controversial eBorders programme.

Galbraith: 'A great surgeon, statesman and family man'
18 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown has led tributes to his former colleague Sam Galbraith, thought to have been the world's longest-surviving lung transplant recipient, who has died aged 68.

Cameron in vow to put family at centre of policy
17 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
ALL government policies will have to pass a "family friendly" test under plans being set out by David Cameron.

Scots still struggling to pay bills
16 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
SCOTS' average earnings will not return to their pre-recession level until 2016 at the earliest, new analysis has revealed.

Unspun: The Politics Diary
15 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
Any old excuse

Blueprint for councils revamp given welcome
14 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
PROPOSALS to overhaul local government, create more councils and hand them major powers have been hailed by campaigners as a crucial milestone in reinventing Scottish democracy.

Ban brings new markets for mackerel
14 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
NEW markets for Scottish mackerel exports in Asia and west Africa are to be explored in response to Russia's food export ban.

LibDems will raise allowance to £12,500
14 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
The Liberal Democrats have promised to raise the income tax personal allowance to at least £12,500 in manifesto plans for next year's General Election.

Starting up business set to be made easier
14 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm
Entrepreneurs will be given greater freedom to start up a business from their home as part of new measures announced by the Westminster Government.

Camley's Cartoon: on radical proposals to create 100 Scottish councils
14 Aug 2014 at 2:39am
PLANS for the most radical overhaul of Scottish local government in decades, which could triple the number of councils and equip them with major tax-raising powers, have been unveiled.

Radical proposals to create 100 Scottish councils
14 Aug 2014 at 12:45am
PLANS for the most radical overhaul of Scottish local government in decades, which could triple the number of councils and equip them with major tax-raising powers, have been unveiled.

Changes could be on the way for workers
14 Aug 2014 at 12:44am
A NEW industrial relations body made up of trade unions and employers is among 30 recommendations of a major report on improving workplace relations and productivity.

UK will take part in bid to rescue refugees in Iraq
14 Aug 2014 at 12:44am
THE UK will be involved in a US-led plan to rescue thousands of refugees who are stuck on a mountain in Iraq after they fled the terrorist group Islamic State.

Holyrood defies European court on inmate votes
12 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
MINISTERS at Holyrood have backed their Westminster counterparts following a European Court of Human Rights ruling that it was wrong to deny Scottish prisoners the right to vote.


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?Sterlingisation? better than UK currency union
20 Aug 2014 at 6:16pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: USING the pound without the support of a central bank in an independent Scotland is a better option than remaining in the UK, an economic think-tank has said.



Jeremy Paxman: Independence like marriage break-up
20 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has compared the possible separation of Scotland and England to the marriage break-up of friends.



Edinburgh Festival?s world class status ?at risk?
20 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

THE world-leading status of Edinburgh’s festivals is threatened by the prospect of a squeeze on public funding in the next few years, MSPs have been warned.



The Scotsman cartoon: TV in an independent Scotland
20 Aug 2014 at 6:00pm

THE shadow Scottish secretary warned that Television viewers in an independent Scotland would have to pay out more for their licence fees or watch lower-quality programmes.



Leader: World must stand tall against barbarism
20 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm

ATROCITIES against civilians have always been weapons of war.



Leader: Queensferry Crossing on course
20 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm

THE supports are in place, and work on the roadway that will soon span the waters of the River Forth is well under way. The Queensferry Crossing, destined to become a Scottish landmark, is progressing well.



Tom Peterkin: Is Salmond Plan B good for Scotland?
20 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPDENDENCE: Is the emerging Plan B a good or bad prospect for an independent Scotland, asks Tom Peterkin.



Bill Jamieson: Scotland?s public spending future
20 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Scotland faces difficult choices over what public services it would like and what it can actually afford, writes Bill Jamieson



Scottish independence: Yes vote risks foreign aid
20 Aug 2014 at 1:14pm

HUNDREDS of civil service jobs in international development would be lost to Scotland after a Yes vote with a weakening of the effort to tackle global poverty and deeps cuts in aid to poorer nations, MSPs were told.



Scottish independence: SNP exaggerated oil reserve
20 Aug 2014 at 11:39am

ONE of Scotland’s leading North Sea businessmen, Sir Ian Wood, has warned against independence, claiming Alex Salmond’s government has exaggerated oil reserves by up to 60 per cent.



£1bn Glasgow economic city deal signed
20 Aug 2014 at 11:38am

A £1 BILLION-PLUS deal for Glasgow which could create tens of thousands of jobs for Scotland’s largest city has been formally signed.



YouTube will take down James Foley beheading video
20 Aug 2014 at 11:13am

YOUTUBE is taking action to remove any video of James Foley’s murder on its site and close accounts belonging to terrorist organisations, it said today.



Scotland ?won?t lose? EU rights after Yes vote
20 Aug 2014 at 10:34am

AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND won’t be cut off from the rights and obligations of EU membership for “any period of time” after a Yes vote, a new report has today found.



Hunt for UK jihadist after journalist execution
20 Aug 2014 at 8:40am

ISLAMIC militants who beheaded an American journalist made fresh threats last night to kill a second hostage unless president Barack Obama orders an end to air strikes in Iraq.



Scottish independence: Salmond Plan B demand
20 Aug 2014 at 8:16am

ALEX Salmond last night faced renewed demands to outline his currency Plan B after his key economic adviser admitted that his Plan A could be a non-starter.




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The other one?s got bells on
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm
An alert reader drew our attention to a piece in the Telegraph on Monday. “The pro-UK Better Together campaign said it plans to ?turn majority support into a majority vote? by contacting every household at least three times over the next month and every undecided voter at least four times. Up to a million postal […]

How Scotland will be robbed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Aug 2014 at 6:59am
As we’ve already noted this morning, today’s newspapers “reveal” something this site told you nine months ago – that a No vote in the independence referendum will see Scotland punished with a massive cut to its budget. But some voters still don’t really know what the “Barnett Formula” is or how it works, so it […]

A little origami swan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Aug 2014 at 5:57am
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Here comes the love
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Aug 2014 at 6:33pm
The Telegraph: “If independence is rejected, large majorities of voters south of the Border support cutting Scottish public spending to the UK average and banning Scottish MPs from voting on English-only laws at Westminster. By a [...] large margin of 56 per cent to 12 per cent, the English said Scottish public spending should be […]

More lying nationalists
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Aug 2014 at 2:10pm
Remember, readers, saying the Scottish NHS is in danger from Westminster attacks on the English one is just a despicable and outrageous Nat scare story. Alistair Darling and Alistair Carmichael wouldn’t lie to you, after all.

The ultimate Britishness fail
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Aug 2014 at 6:59am
The Times of London (to give it its full title) has been the newspaper of record for the British establishment for 226 years. It was practically the only facet of British life that survived in the dystopian future of George Orwell’s “1984″. Even though it’s now owned by an Australian/American, the brand remains one of […]

Paying attention for thickos
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Aug 2014 at 3:49am
Folks, we seriously sometimes think we’re the only people covering Scottish politics who can actually read. Here’s a page from the Scottish Sun this morning: The paper, last seen struggling to subtract 4 from 5, makes a big and rather huffy point about this apparently being “the first time” that the First Minister has “admitted” […]

Not stopped: Hama time
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Aug 2014 at 1:18pm
Earlier today we highlighted some rather ugly tweets (and retweets) from the No campaign’s latest “grassroots” star, Yvonne Hama of Airdrie, who’s apparently a big fan of the BNP’s Nick Griffin and the idea of hanging Catholics from trees. Within hours of the revelations her Twitter accounts had all been deleted and her blog on […]

Wee Blue Update
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Aug 2014 at 12:08pm
Help. We’ve been absolutely swamped in demand for The Wee Blue Book. (We’re not ignoring emails, just using them to put together a database for distribution.) We’ve used the proceeds of our mindbogglingly successful fundraiser to get 250,000 copies thundering through the print presses as we speak, but an order that size takes quite a […]

Fool you twice, shame on you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Aug 2014 at 6:30am
Perhaps the most notorious injustice ever committed by the UK government against Scotland (with the possible exception of the infamous “40% rule” in the 1979 devolution referendum in which the dead were counted as No votes) was the suppression for 30 years of the McCrone Report, which revealed how wealthy an independent Scotland would have […]


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Think tank recommends keeping pound
20 Aug 2014 at 6:07pm
An independent Scotland should use the pound without the UK's permission, says a report from the Adam Smith Institute.


MSPs tackle police firearms policy
20 Aug 2014 at 6:09pm
The Scottish parliament's Justice Committee is to look at the routine arming of specialist police officers.


Warning issued over oil predictions
20 Aug 2014 at 1:04pm
A leading oil industry figure says the Scottish government's predictions for North Sea oil recovery are up to 60% too high.


Minister criticised over NHS letter
20 Aug 2014 at 12:34pm
Scotland's Health Secretary Alex Neil has been criticised for sending a letter to NHS staff saying pensions post-Yes would be "affordable and fair".


Farmers' leaders split on referendum
20 Aug 2014 at 7:53am
Former presidents of Scotland's farmers' union are divided over the Scottish independence referendum.


Independence 'would devastate BBC'
20 Aug 2014 at 4:07am
Scottish independence would see the BBC broken up with "devastating" consequences for broadcasting in Scotland, according to pro-Union figures.


DWP defends staff referendum advice
20 Aug 2014 at 8:56am
A Whitehall department denies advising its staff to vote "No" in the Scottish independence referendum.


New rules to tackle hill tracks
20 Aug 2014 at 9:12am
New rules on the construction of hill tracks will be introduced later this year, says the Scottish government.


Charity calls for free care probe
19 Aug 2014 at 6:59pm
A cancer charity has called for an urgent investigation to find out how many terminally ill people are wrongly charged for personal care.


Union attacks blacklist compensation
20 Aug 2014 at 4:58am
Union describes an offer of compensation for blacklisted construction workers as "grossly inadequate".


MSPs pass tax collection bill
20 Aug 2014 at 7:52am
The Scottish Parliament passes a bill to create Scotland's first tax collection system for 300 years.


Investors needed to save shipbuilder
19 Aug 2014 at 10:59am
New investors may need to found within days if the financially-stricken Ferguson Shipbuilder in Port Glasgow is to be saved, MSPs are told.


Blogger appears in No campaign video
19 Aug 2014 at 6:31am
A blogger accused of expressing "unacceptable" views on Twitter appears in a Better Together campaign video.


Swinney clarifies currency comments
19 Aug 2014 at 11:41am
Scotland's Finance Secretary says he did not intend to give the impression the Bank of England was involved in currency union negotiations.


Minister calls on MSPs to back NHS
19 Aug 2014 at 11:05am
Health Secretary Alex Neil calls on MSPs to back a proposal to enshrine the NHS in the constitution of an independent Scotland.


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The 'Missing Million' ... most will say Yes
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Aug 2014 at 9:55am

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
The question of Scotland?s ?missing million? has been a recurring one during the referendum campaign. According to the Electoral Commission Scotland, turnout at the 2011 Holyrood elections was 989,540 lower than the 1992 general election. So, where have all these erstwhile voters gone?



Will it be a Yes For NHS or Currency No Thanks?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Aug 2014 at 4:13pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's coming down to two clear issues in the race for the independence referendum.  The question is of course which of the two, NHS or Currency, chimes more with the electorate.
 
For the pro-Union Better Together campaign the dominant issue is currency, or rather a currency union.



Huge North Sea oil find enough to produce for over thirty five years
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Aug 2014 at 1:46pm

  By Martin Kelly
 
An oil field, described as one of the biggest untapped resources in the North Sea, is set to produce oil until 2050, it has emerged.
 
The Bentley Field, which is due to be drilled by Xcite Energy, has up to 777 million barrels of oil reserves, the company has revealed.



The Dirty Dozen - The case against BBC Scotland: Part 1
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Mar 2014 at 5:26pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC trades on its reputation like no other organisation.  It's this reputation for fairness and accuracy that ensures its news broadcasts carry weight, not just here in the UK, but internationally.
 
People trust the BBC like no other broadcast news outlet.  Indeed so deep runs that trust that in the UK the public allows itself to be coerced into funding the corporation through the TV licence, a tax costing each household £145.50 each year.



What does the Yes campaign have that No doesn?t?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Aug 2014 at 6:09pm

Arguably, No doesn't have a campaign at all, just a series of commercial relationships with media outlets and one very long smear.  It remains the world's first manifesto for mass-inertia.  The world's shortest political programme, that can be distilled into four tiny hopelessly limiting letters: 'UK:OK'
 
But what does Yes have?



A currency union would save the rest of the UK from Ed Balls
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Aug 2014 at 1:43pm

By George Kerevan
 
WHY are Labour and Conservative politicians so set on rejecting a currency union with an independent Scotland? Sure, there are technical issues regarding how such an arrangement would be managed. But the vehemence of the rejection of the notion is both surprising and personal.
 
For Instance, Ed Balls says he will refuse to serve as Labour?s Chancellor of the Exchequer if a currency union is created. I understand Nye Bevan resigning from the Labour government in 1951 after the introduction of NHS prescription charges.



Oppose the plan to move nuclear waste by sea
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
1 Aug 2014 at 4:25pm

By John Finnie MSP

In 2006 George Monbiot wrote a fascinating article on Dounreay, the Nuclear Power Plant near Thurso in Caithness. He states, ?In 1954 the nuclear industry, shielded from public scrutiny by the Official Secrets Act, behaved as if it were based on an uninhabited planet?. The cold war and the prospect of electricity too cheap to meter seemed to justify almost any kind of corner-cutting.



Catalonia in Scotland's Independence Slipstream
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Aug 2014 at 12:24pm

By Mark McNaught

In late July in Barcelona, I had the pleasure of participating in a round table discussion over Catalonia's constitutional future.  The other participants were very curious about the status of the 'yes' campaign in Scotland, and whether the corporate polls were correct in predicting a 'no' vote.



Scotland's Two Referendums
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Aug 2014 at 2:59pm

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Last Tuesday night, I watched, along with most of Scotland, two besuited, middle-aged men argue with each other on national television for the best part of two hours. In the main it was pretty unedifying stuff.
 
Alastair Darling refused to accept that Scotland could function as an independent country; Alex Salmond made the frankly bizarre decision to waste valuable minutes asking facile questions about 'Project Fear' scare stories. The crowd booed and cheered on cue. All in all there was little ? if anything ? to differentiate this from the 'Punch and Judy' politics that nationalists have, rightly, chastised Westminster for.



Childcare Is Already A Game Changer
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Aug 2014 at 2:18pm

  Why Did The BBC Ignore The Evidence On Improvements In The Sector asks the Professor of Childhood Inclusion at the University of Edinburgh

By John M. Davis 
 
This article is a response to a BBC report on early years provision on the 8th of August. 

In contrast to the BBC report the article illustrates the great improvements that have been a/brhieved in the sector and outlines the positive, progressive and open approach to change taken by Childhood Practitioners who lead early years and out of school provision. 




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Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: Mr. C. Thanks For The Prompt Reply.
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 12:03pm

Honestly, I didn’t expect it quite so quickly, but then, the truth will out, because the truth does have a nasty habit of bobbing to the surface.



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Salmond currency expert: UK may not share pound
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 11:25am

THE expert behind Alex Salmond's currency plan has admitted the UK might not agree to share the pound in a formal monetary union with an independent Scotland.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Once again Magnus Gardham manages to come up with a "revelation" that has actually been common knowledge all along. ...



Scottish independence ?opportunity? to protect NHS
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 10:03am

HEALTH secretary Alex Neil has insisted a Yes vote next month is a “golden opportunity” to protect the NHS from privatisation.
Peter A Bell's insight:

British Labour caught in the dilemma of its own duplicity. They want to attack their Tory rivals in England by condemning what is being done to the ...



No Bigots, Racists or Fascists in our Referendum Campaign - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 9:45am

My Vlog on the unforgivable decision to knowingly allow bigot , racist and fascist, Yvonne Hanna to appear in Better Together's first official referendum bro...

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VIDEO: Ministers respond to local and national issues during Q&A in Arbroath
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 9:43am

VIDEO: Ministers respond to local and national issues during Q&A in Arbroath

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Control
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 7:48am

The Scottish NHS is not, by any means, fully controlled by Holyrood. And nor are any of the other areas it has 'control' over.

It is the duty manager of the shop to Westminster's board of directo...



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How Scotland will be robbed
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 7:41am

As we've already noted, today's newspapers "reveal" something this site told you nine months ago - that a No vote in the independence referendum will see Scotland punished with a massive cut to its...

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Dateline Scotland: Episode 4 - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 7:24am

This week's headlines: Technological breakthrough allows us to look into a post referendum future; a terrifying hostage situation on board Scottish Labour's ...

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Scottish referendum: shared values matter more than where the border lies
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 6:59am
Polly Toynbee: The Tories have not won an election for 22 years – this is no time to be giving up on a British social democratic future
Peter A Bell's insight:

Polly Toynbee was doing rather well as she avoided the facile errors and woeful ignorance that characterises most of the output of the metr...



Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan: Whiteford: YES Vote is One Opportunit...
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 5:37am

Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford has urged undecided voters to take the opportunity of independence to secure the future of the NHS as a free and open health service – and to consider the implications a No vote would have for Scotland’s future funding.



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Scots Actor Graham McTavish explains why he believes on Sept 18 Scotland will...
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 5:19am

Scots Actor Graham McTavish explains why he believes on Sept 18 Scotland will #VoteYes   in the #indyref  



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One month to go - one opportunity to protect the NHS and build a better Scotl...
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 5:09am

The opportunity Scotland has on September 18 to protect our NHS, free us of nuclear weapons and build a better and fairer country is too good to miss, Yes Scotland Chief Executive Blair Jenkins said today.



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Canon Kenyon Wright: A No vote dooms us all
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 4:57am

This is the latest in a weekly series of indyref essays in which influential figures explore ideas related to the Scottish independence referendum

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Leading nursing trade unionists back Yes to protect our NHS | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 4:30am

A number of leading nursing trade unionists in Lothian today declared their support for a Yes vote as the one opportunity to protect the NHS in Scotland.



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Defence and Foreign Policy in an Independent Scotland
by Peter A Bell
20 Aug 2014 at 4:21am

In 1985 Thatcher signed off theAl-Yamamah arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia worth an estimated £20 billion. In 2008 JosephStiglitz published details of the worlds first 3 Trillion Dollar W...

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Independence referendum: Dwindling North Sea oil supplies would hit Scotland ...
by Charlie Gall
20 Aug 2014 at 11:12am
THE oil tycoon, who says he does not support the Yes or No campaigns, believes the SNP have greatly overestimated the amount of oil left under the North Sea.


Scots warned they'll have to pay more for a TV licence if they want quality p...
by dailyrecord
20 Aug 2014 at 7:46am
SHADOW Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran claims the SNP's plans for a Scottish Broadcasting Service will either lead to higher costs or poorer content.


Poverty in Scotland has more than doubled in 30 years - despite the economy d...
by Keith McLeod
20 Aug 2014 at 7:23am
AND close to one million people - almost a fifth of the population - are in inadequate housing, while more than 250,000 adults and children are not properly fed.


Joan McAlpine: Privatisation is killing the NHS in England and only a Yes vot...
by dailyrecord
20 Aug 2014 at 5:07am
JOAN says the destruction of the NHS down south will inevitably undermine health care in Scotland unless we take charge of it ourselves.


Desperate Salmond playing on fears of old, sick and vulnerable.. it's a low b...
by Andy Burnham
20 Aug 2014 at 2:14am
IF Salmond seriously cared about the NHS, he would be explaining how he could possibly afford to fund it properly after a Yes vote.


Almost £100m of public money used to treat patients outside NHS despite Alex ...
by Andy Philip
19 Aug 2014 at 9:00pm
FIGURES released to the Daily Record show that since the First Minister's pledge, NHS spending on private care has soared - leading to huge profits for care firms such as Bupa.


Children's welfare campaigner Anne Houston says Independence is ONLY hope for...
by dailyrecord
19 Aug 2014 at 6:55pm
FORMER Children 1st chief exec Anne Houston says welfare cuts and austerity measures by the Government have pushed her to supporting the Yes campaign.


Independence referendum: Alex Salmond's currency chief admits Scotland may ha...
by David Clegg
19 Aug 2014 at 3:45pm
CRAWFORD Beveridge, who advises on fiscal policy, admitted it was "possible" the rest of the UK would refuse to share sterling with a separate Scottish state.


John Swinney sets record straight after claiming Scottish Government were inv...
by Andy Philip
19 Aug 2014 at 3:33pm
THE Finance Secretary conceded he didn't mean to give the impression that the Scottish Government had been negotiating a currency union with the Bank of England.


Alex Salmond puts NHS at the top of his referendum agenda as he visits town s...
by David Clegg
19 Aug 2014 at 5:32am
AS the First Minister visited Arbroath he ramped up efforts to convince Scots the best way to protect the health service is to vote Yes.


Friends and family pay tribute to brain surgeon turned Labour MP Sam Galbrait...
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Aug 2014 at 9:00pm
THE Labour MP, who is believed to be one of the world's longest surviving lung transplant patients, died in Glasgow's Western General Hospital of an infection "which proved impossible to overcome".


David Clegg: Alex Salmond presiding over campaign that is characterised by sc...
by David Clegg
18 Aug 2014 at 1:11pm
AS Yes Scotland warn a No vote will mean the collapse of the NHS and the end of free education DAVID insists evidence to back up these claims is difficult to come by.


Former Scottish Education Minister Sam Galbraith dies, aged 68
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Aug 2014 at 10:44am
THE Labour stalwart, a former MP and one of the founding members of the Scottish parliament, was one of the UK?s longest surviving lung transplant patients.


Independence support grows with exactly a month to go before referendum
by dailyrecord
18 Aug 2014 at 2:46am
A NEW YouGov poll shows support for a Yes vote has grown from 39 per cent to 43 per cent although the No camp maintained a 14-point lead.


Record View: Currency gamble is risky business for Salmond
by Record View
18 Aug 2014 at 2:31am
RECORD VIEW warns Alex Salmond is doing nothing to convince the undecideds in the independence debate with his refusal to come up with a plan B to currency union.


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All voters should sign the "Declaration of Hampstead" The new call for unity....
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2014 at 4:22pm
All voters should sign the "Declaration of Hampstead" The new call for unity. Listen and learn from 16 year old Jodie Carson from Ayr.


Sign up to the Declaration of Hampstead
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U-KOK officials were forced to issue an apology today, as fury erupted over i...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2014 at 11:25am
U-KOK officials were forced to issue an apology today, as fury erupted over images depicting Alistair Darling with former Führer Adolph Hitler, which were posted on a Better Together website.


U-KOK say sorry for Hitler/Darling photographs
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Naturally, Alistair had no idea t...

Dateline Scotland slammed for outrageous "premier news hub" claim. Specially...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Aug 2014 at 6:33am
Dateline Scotland slammed for outrageous "premier news hub" claim.

Specially commissioned by BBC Scotlandshire (honest!).


Dateline Scotland: Episode 4

This week's headlines: Technological breakthrough allows us to look into a post referendum future; a terrifying hostage situation on board Scottish...

We provide the low-brow alternative to BBC2's "Mind Games".
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2014 at 2:46pm
We provide the low-brow alternative to BBC2's "Mind Games".


Yes vote will lead to mass incontinence within Scotland
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When people are scared enough, they'll do anything to avoid gettin' a doin'.

In the wake of the highly successful Better Together! No Bloody Thanks! U-KOK...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Aug 2014 at 3:06am
In the wake of the highly successful Better Together! No Bloody Thanks! U-KOK! broadcaster last night, Yes Scotlandshire has released their feeble effort at a public information film to inform the separation referendum.


its shite being Scottish!

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U-KOK continues to demonstrate it's calm and balanced treatment of the splitt...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Aug 2014 at 1:35pm
U-KOK continues to demonstrate it's calm and balanced treatment of the splittist debate - without a single sign of bigotry.


Deal with the Devil - Scots satanic plot uncovered
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Darling Could Scotlandshire be a prosperous Satanist Country? It is stronger within the inconceiv...

BBC Scotlandshire exposes the vile side of Alexsammin's nationalism. This C...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Aug 2014 at 12:18pm
BBC Scotlandshire exposes the vile side of Alexsammin's nationalism.

This Cybernat attempts to intimidate Scotlandshire voters on how they should think about the separation referendum question.

Jackie Baillie MSP was kind enough to tell us how she felt watching this video: "MONSTERED!"





As Australia considers whether to become part of England, we report the respo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Aug 2014 at 4:29pm
As Australia considers whether to become part of England, we report the response in Oz, and have a new poll on when their new MPs should join Westminster.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/792-outrage-in-oz.html


Outrage in Oz
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We are unsure how much cr...

On legal advice, BBC Scotlandshire have undertaken a management review to equ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Aug 2014 at 8:04am
On legal advice, BBC Scotlandshire have undertaken a management review to equalise scare stories and fear raising between the two campaigns.


BBC Scotlandshire to be 'Fairly Scary'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire is to strive even more earnestly to provide balanced coverage of both the ...

Our friends from the "other side" flock to give us their support!
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Aug 2014 at 8:38am
Our friends from the "other side" flock to give us their support!


New occult group supports the Union
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Those voicing their support for Scotlandshire voting No Bloody Thanks! include such luminaries as Alexander the Great, Queen Cleopatra, Geronimo, Gandhi, Elvis Presley an...

U-KOK plan to boost voters' income - by paying them to vote No.
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Aug 2014 at 1:04pm
U-KOK plan to boost voters' income - by paying them to vote No.


Has U-KOK got enough cash to buy enough people to win?
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Among those who could actually be arsed to vote, the Yes vote had increased

Lots of love raining down on us from London! It's like a monsoon.
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Aug 2014 at 2:18pm
Lots of love raining down on us from London! It's like a monsoon.


Whisper it - Britain would be nothing without Scotland
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
More love bombing! Thanks, Daily Mail.

Alecsammin further humiliated on sterling, as a leaked film is released. Watc...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Aug 2014 at 1:31pm
Alecsammin further humiliated on sterling, as a leaked film is released. Watch - and laugh!


See Salmond Stumble and Stutter over Sterling
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The Currency Union wasn't Alecsammin's own idea at all!

Dateline Scotland Edition 3 now available. Specially commissioned by BBC Sc...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Aug 2014 at 7:17am
Dateline Scotland Edition 3 now available.

Specially commissioned by BBC Scotlandshire (honest!).


Dateline Scotland: Episode 3

This week's headlines: Ruth Davidson in FMQs advert shocker, the official Alex Salmond fan club enters the referendum debate, and Better Together's new press...

BREAKING NEWS! - Johann breaks cover! Our exclusive report on her speech to a...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Aug 2014 at 2:07pm
BREAKING NEWS! - Johann breaks cover! Our exclusive report on her speech to a mass audience.


Johann Lamont says Separation would bring a 'wave of lost territory' to Labour
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Sadly, on this occasion, Johann Lamont WAS available for comment.


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Defence and Foreign Policy in an Independent Scotland
by bellacaledonia
20 Aug 2014 at 1:22am
In 1985 Thatcher signed off theAl-Yamamah arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia worth an estimated £20 billion. In 2008 JosephStiglitz published details of the worlds first 3 Trillion Dollar War, Iraq. Today Britain is being led back into the... Read More ›


Press Conference: RIC canvassing evidence shows No campaign have lost working...
by bellacaledonia
19 Aug 2014 at 9:12am
The Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) revealed today(1) (Tuesday) the evidence of their canvassing in working class communities across Scotland, and argue that ?the results show the No campaign isn’t just losing working class communities in Scotland, but has definitively lost them.?... Read Mor...


Theme for the Early Days of a Better Nation
by bellacaledonia
19 Aug 2014 at 3:07am
Here’s a preview of our ‘Songs for Scotland’ album and concert with THEME FOR THE EARLY DAYS OF A BETTER NATION with Jackie McGuckian by Matt Seattle. Buy your tickets and album HERE.  Tickets are being sent out in the... Read More ›


News Release: RIC reveal detailed results from 100 of their canvasses
by bellacaledonia
19 Aug 2014 at 2:27am
RIC reveal detailed results from 100 of their canvasses targeting working class communities, totalling 16,000 canvass returns, a sample much larger than any polling company has produced to date.   The results will be announced as part of the daily... Read More ›


Chan eil ach Bu chòir a? toirt cothrom airson Alba ùr
by bellacaledonia
18 Aug 2014 at 10:01am
San alt Gàidhlig seo, tha Art MacCarmaig a’ bruidhinn air na dòchasan aige airson Alba san àm ri teachd, mun a’ phàirt chudthromach a tha e a’ cluich san Iomairt Yes air Ghàidhealtachd, agus mun an amharas a th’ aige... Read More ›

Independent Film Makers Release Indyref Film Online
by bellacaledonia
18 Aug 2014 at 5:04am
Scotland Yet, a film about independence, has been released online in an effort to shift the focus of the referendum away from party politics. Rough Justice Films, an Edinburgh based film company, has opted to make the feature available for... Read More ›


The People We Could Be
by bellacaledonia
17 Aug 2014 at 4:50pm
By Alex Bell What is the state we are in? We have two official versions ? an old nationalist tale of identity, history and sentiment from the Brits and a half-formed promise of something better from the Scottish Government. Neither... Read More ›


Iraq, Oil and the Blair Ego
by bellacaledonia
17 Aug 2014 at 3:48pm
By Mike Small Are we going back to Iraq? For how long this time? What for? To clear up the mess created by Tony Blair’s regime? It’s time to reclaim our discredited foreign policy shambles. The low-level madness of British Foreign... Read More ›


Of Literature, Art, Canons and Constitutions
by bellacaledonia
17 Aug 2014 at 1:15pm
Bella Caledonia introduces a visually stunning new work by Scottish artist Helen MacAlister/Eilidh Nic Alasdair, based on Alan Riach?s ?open canon? of Scottish literature. “It?s a drawing. It?s one piece made up of 6 sheets. The basis of it, in... Read More ›


Mum, What was the Indyref Like?
by bellacaledonia
17 Aug 2014 at 6:46am
Scott Hames looks ahead to a conference that looks back at what we are in the midst of, if you follow? If Scotland August 23 -24 history, politics , literature   After years of looking forward, we grow weary of... Read More ›


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Scottish independence referendum: the essential guide - Telegraph.co.uk
20 Aug 2014 at 12:03pm

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence referendum: the essential guide
Telegraph.co.uk
A fierce debate between the yes and no campaigns is under way. Yes campaigners argue that Scotland's economy would flourish with independence and the Scottish Government would have full control over social policy. ...


Scottish independence: How would 'Yes' vote affect Northern Ireland? - BBC News
20 Aug 2014 at 8:58am

BBC News

Scottish independence: How would 'Yes' vote affect Northern Ireland?
BBC News
Scotland and Northern Ireland have a long history of cultural ties and economic links. But if Scotland votes "Yes" to independence in September, how would people in Northern Ireland feel and how might it affect po...


Scottish Independence: Scots Ponder Secession Question in Referendum - Wall S...
19 Aug 2014 at 9:15am

Wall Street Journal

Scottish Independence: Scots Ponder Secession Question in Referendum
Wall Street Journal
18 that could sound the final bell on the union, unionists and secessionists have been sparring over who can offer Scots the brightest economic future. Polls show that just over a third of Sc...


Scottish independence: UK department denies advising staff to vote 'No' - BBC...
20 Aug 2014 at 4:41am

BBC News

Scottish independence: UK department denies advising staff to vote 'No'
BBC News
A Whitehall department has denied advising its staff to vote "No" in the Scottish independence referendum. A memo issued to employees at the Department for Work and Pensions was described by unions as "badly wo...


British PM Brands Scottish Independence Claims 'Desperate' as Polls Narrow - ...
19 Aug 2014 at 12:50pm

Newsweek

British PM Brands Scottish Independence Claims 'Desperate' as Polls Narrow
Newsweek
Alex Salmond's 'Yes' campaign has been trailing the campaign against Scottish independence consistently, counting in support at 38% for independence and 51% according to the latest instalment of a YouGov pol...


Scottish independence: Is Cornwall more like Scotland than England? - BBC News
19 Aug 2014 at 11:50am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Is Cornwall more like Scotland than England?
BBC News
Cornwall is about as far away from Scotland as it is possible to get by land in the UK and has a vibrant nationalist identity. But does it share more with Scotland than England? And does it have a greater interest ...


Clan Turnbull again at odds with Tony Abbott, this time over Scottish ... - S...
20 Aug 2014 at 1:11pm

Clan Turnbull again at odds with Tony Abbott, this time over Scottish ...
Sydney Morning Herald
... at least in legend, from a wild act of courage that saved the life of the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, only a year after Bruce had led his forces to victory over the English at the Battle of Bann...


Exclusive: Scottish independence ? Sir Ian Wood breaks his silence - Energy V...
20 Aug 2014 at 9:48am

Scotsman

Exclusive: Scottish independence ? Sir Ian Wood breaks his silence
Energy Voice
A leading light of the energy industry today revealed he fears for Scotland's future if it votes for independence and warned it would have just 15 years left before depleting North Sea oil reserves began to hit ...


Scottish independence referendum: the latest poll tracker - Telegraph.co.uk
20 Aug 2014 at 6:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence referendum: the latest poll tracker
Telegraph.co.uk
If the 'don't knows' are removed from the data, the statistics show that 59 per cent of people wanted to reject independence compared with 41 per cent who were in favour of it in February 2013. In a poll-of-pol...


'Entirely possible' Scotland won't share pound after independence, Alex ... -...
20 Aug 2014 at 4:21am

Telegraph.co.uk

'Entirely possible' Scotland won't share pound after independence, Alex ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Asked how long sterlingisation could be used as a "transition" currency, Mr Beveridge said other countries have done so for between six months and 50 years, raising fears Scotland could lose t...



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UK will cave in on sterling pact, claims SNP expert - Herald Scotland
20 Aug 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

UK will cave in on sterling pact, claims SNP expert
Herald Scotland
The SNP's Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie said: "There is perhaps no economist in the world that is more respected than Professor Stiglitz and so his comments today are a stark reminder to the No camp that the exper...


Socialist believes Scots want change beyond SNP's vision - Irish Times
20 Aug 2014 at 7:02pm

Irish Times

Socialist believes Scots want change beyond SNP's vision
Irish Times
For now, Fox, the national convenor of the SSP, tolerates the SNP's dominance, but nurses the belief that everything will change if Scots vote for independence when they go to the polls on September 18th. In the 1980s, ...


SNP 'hypocrites' try to woo NHS staff after complaining about DWP memo - Expr...
20 Aug 2014 at 6:42pm

Express.co.uk

SNP 'hypocrites' try to woo NHS staff after complaining about DWP memo
Express.co.uk
THE SNP were branded hypocrites yesterday after it emerged Health Secretary Alex Neil has written to all 170,000 NHS staff in Scotland extolling independence. By: Paul Gilbride. Published: Thu, August ...


Alex Salmond hit by oil bombshell as Sir Ian Wood predicts shortages in 15 ye...
20 Aug 2014 at 6:42pm

Express.co.uk

Alex Salmond hit by oil bombshell as Sir Ian Wood predicts shortages in 15 years
Express.co.uk
Sir Ian Wood revealed that he feared for Scotland's future if voters back independence and claimed that the SNP had over-estimated the amount of oil that is left by up to 60 per cent. The ret...


Fishing interests - Scotsman
20 Aug 2014 at 6:08pm

Fishing interests
Scotsman
The SNP is only a part of the wider independence movement in Scotland. No Scottish Government, of whatever party, would be likely to disregard Scottish fishing interests in the way UK Governments have done. I believe an independent Scotland within the ...



Scottish independence: SNP exaggerated oil reserve - Scotsman
20 Aug 2014 at 6:03pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP exaggerated oil reserve
Scotsman
Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: ?In common with other independent forecasts, Sir Ian's analysis shows that the Scottish Government's oil projections are over optimistic and wrong.? However, the SNP energ...


Salmond's oil sums 'do not add up' - The Times (subscription)
20 Aug 2014 at 4:59pm

The Times (subscription)

Salmond's oil sums 'do not add up'
The Times (subscription)
Sir Ian Wood, the UK's pre-eminent oil tycoon, has delivered a devastating assessment of the economics of Scottish independence, warning that diminishing reserves would ?seriously hit? a separate state's jobs and pu...


SNP accused of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60% - The Guardian
20 Aug 2014 at 1:53pm

The Guardian

SNP accused of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%
The Guardian
Alex Salmond's predictions about about the strength of Scotland's economy under independence have come under scrutiny. Photograph: Ken Jack/Demotix/Corbis. Sir Ian Wood, the most influential figure in the Scott...


SNP's North Sea oil predictions 60% too high warns industry figure - Descrier
20 Aug 2014 at 12:53pm

Descrier

SNP's North Sea oil predictions 60% too high warns industry figure
Descrier
The Scottish government's predictions for North Sea oil recovery are up to 60% too high according to a leading oil industry figure. A recent white paper produced by the Scottish government claims that 24 billion bar...


SNP 'hypocrisy' slammed in memo row - The Courier
20 Aug 2014 at 12:09pm

The Courier

SNP 'hypocrisy' slammed in memo row
The Courier
But pro-union campaigners accused the SNP leader of "turning hypocrisy into an art form" after his Health Secretary Alex Neil wrote to NHS workers in a bid to reassure them about pension arrangements after a Yes vote. Mr Neil told health wo...



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Scottish Independence: Scots Ponder Secession Question in Referendum - Wall S...
19 Aug 2014 at 9:15am

Wall Street Journal

Scottish Independence: Scots Ponder Secession Question in Referendum
Wall Street Journal
Ahead of a referendum Sept. 18 that could sound the final bell on the union, unionists and secessionists have been sparring over who can offer Scots the brightest economic future. Polls show ...


English say Scots will pay a heavy price for referendum - Herald Scotland
19 Aug 2014 at 9:09pm

Herald Scotland

English say Scots will pay a heavy price for referendum
Herald Scotland
Commenting on the research, Professor Charlie Jeffery, of the University of Edinburgh, said: "It is striking how tough people in England are on Scotland whatever the referendum outcome. "There appears to be littl...


Scottish independence: UK department denies advising staff to vote 'No' - BBC...
20 Aug 2014 at 4:41am

BBC News

Scottish independence: UK department denies advising staff to vote 'No'
BBC News
A Whitehall department has denied advising its staff to vote "No" in the Scottish independence referendum. A memo issued to employees at the Department for Work and Pensions was described by unions as "badly wo...


Independence referendum: Dwindling North Sea oil supplies would hit Scotland ...
20 Aug 2014 at 11:20am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Dwindling North Sea oil supplies would hit Scotland ...
Scottish Daily Record
BILLIONAIRE Scots oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood has spoken of his fears for Scotland's future if it votes for independence. He warned an independent Scotland would have just 15 year...


Scottish independence: Former farmers' union leaders split on referendum - BB...
20 Aug 2014 at 8:03am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Former farmers' union leaders split on referendum
BBC News
Six former presidents of NFU Scotland have argued that being part of the Union gives Scottish farmers access to the UK market and EU subsidies. Meanwhile, four former presidents have backed independence, claim...


Scottish independence: Government department denies using memo to tell staff ...
20 Aug 2014 at 9:40am

The Independent

Scottish independence: Government department denies using memo to tell staff ...
The Independent
The BBC reported the memo said: "It is important that, as civil servants, we understand why the Scottish independence referendum is different from elections such as a UK general election ...


Scottish independence: NHS becomes referendum battleground - BBC News
16 Aug 2014 at 6:11pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: NHS becomes referendum battleground
BBC News
The Scottish government claimed that "wholesale privatisation" of the NHS in England threatened Scottish funding. A UK government spokesman denied this, saying Scotland's NHS was totally devolved and all policy and spending...


British PM Brands Scottish Independence Claims 'Desperate' as Polls Narrow - ...
19 Aug 2014 at 12:50pm

Newsweek

British PM Brands Scottish Independence Claims 'Desperate' as Polls Narrow
Newsweek
The first referendum debate, broadcast on Scottish television almost a fortnight ago indicated Salmond had failed to convince viewers the Yes campaign was a better choice than the Better Together campaign, l...


Scotland brave to break away: Orange's Scots following referendum closely - C...
20 Aug 2014 at 3:52pm

Scotland brave to break away: Orange's Scots following referendum closely
Central Western Daily
THEY may be a long way from their country of birth, but three Scottish-born Orange residents are closely following the developments as Scotland edges closer to a referendum vote on September 18 to split ...


Everything you need to know about the Scottish independence referendum in ......
20 Aug 2014 at 4:04am

Everything you need to know about the Scottish independence referendum in ...
Politics.co.uk
Scottish independence never figured very prominently in the campaign or in SNP election leaflets, but the scale of his win was so large Westminster felt it needed to respect the result and hold a referendum...



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20 Aug 2014 at 9:31am

So this popped up on facebook and i felt compelled to share, seen my share of crazy russian dash ...



Anyone Work In Post Office?
20 Aug 2014 at 7:10am
Just incase there is anyone not seeing the wee blue book thread.

Does anyone know roughly what i...

Ice Bucket Challenge
20 Aug 2014 at 6:44am

After being nominated at the weekend to do this I went ahead. How many other Tambers have been as...



Beheaded Journo James Foley
20 Aug 2014 at 6:28am

... he was beheaded  - would he be less dead with a 9mm in the back of the head?

 

The beheading ...



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20 Aug 2014 at 4:11am

Went with a member to the one down in Leith on Friday night.  Was absolutely fantastic, huge rang...



English Voters Want Cuts To Scottish Spending
20 Aug 2014 at 3:30am

Number of newspapers have coverage of a poll of voters in England re the independence debate. 

A...



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20 Aug 2014 at 3:28am

I installed this last evening, with Mashup. It was fairly easy to install, however, I'm finding i...



The Consequences Of Voting No
20 Aug 2014 at 1:52am

We have set out the positive case for independence now I think it is time to hit hard with the co...



Jack Perry
19 Aug 2014 at 5:23pm

Kvnt!!!!!

 

That is all. 



Trusting The British State
19 Aug 2014 at 3:42pm

Perhaps I'm being paranoid, but one word keeps popping in to my head - Glenrothes.

 

So, should p...




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Scottish independence referendum: Alistair Darling accused of defending NHS cuts
by Libby Brooks
19 Aug 2014 at 1:44pm

Contradictory assessments of Better Together leaders claim that spending on health service has in...



Scottish independence referendum week in review: pandas, the pound, and an un...
by Libby Brooks
15 Aug 2014 at 5:14am

The First Minister references Moulin Rouge, while the Better Together campaign begs for the donat...



Alex Salmond v Alistair Darling: the debate for Scotland
by Ben Quinn and Paul Owen
5 Aug 2014 at 5:32pm

ICM/Guardian poll identifies Alistair Darling as winner of the Scottish Independence debate
Salm...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: trains, teacakes and telly
by Libby Brooks
1 Aug 2014 at 3:34am

Your hand-picked selection of news, commentary and funny stuff

Weve been a bit quiet this week, wh...



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...




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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 : You don't help others by passing up your own golden chance
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2014 at 5:00am
"If Scotland votes No, how could I ever look a working-class English person in the eye? We blew ...

YouGov poll is even better for Yes among definite voters
by James Kelly
19 Aug 2014 at 2:49am

The YouGov datasets were released yesterday afternoon, and as in the last poll from the firm, the...



Yes vote surges to record high in astonishing poll from the No-friendly polls...
by James Kelly
18 Aug 2014 at 2:16am

New YouGov poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 38% (+3)
No 51% (-4)

With Don't Know...



"Best YouGov poll for Yes" about to be published
by James Kelly
17 Aug 2014 at 5:11pm

Thanks to Denise for pointing me in the direction of Kevin Pringle's tweet, revealing that YouGov...



Panicked No campaign "need game-changer" as Yes juggernaut rolls on in two ne...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 11:16pm

We finally have an end to the mystery...

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Panelbase :

Yes ...



Reading the runes for tonight's polls
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 3:23pm

I've just arrived in Brussels, and I've barely had a chance to catch breath, but this is how I se...



"Darling win" proves to be myth as Yes vote surges to 48% in sensational Pane...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 10:12am

New Panelbase poll :

Yes 48%
No 52%

More to follow...



Testing, testing, one, two, three, four...
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2014 at 9:38am

I'm sitting in Dover Pier, waiting to catch a ferry (you probably would have guessed that), and a...



Pro-independence campaign stand on brink of victory in new study after 'undec...
by James Kelly
15 Aug 2014 at 7:50am
A new study (as opposed to a conventional poll) conducted by the Economic and Social Research Cou...

Can we believe the polls (or the pollsters)?
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2014 at 7:54pm
A guest post by Scott Hamilton

In the referendum campaign we are being presented with polling data...

BREAKING : Have the BBC decided to involve No-friendly pollster Ipsos-Mori in...
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2014 at 3:17pm
I've just received this very disturbing email -

"Was just phoned by Ipsos Mori asking for the view...

There's just one thing I don't understand, Professor
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2014 at 12:18pm
See if you can reconcile two statements from Professor John Curtice, made within the same blogpos...

No lead slumps by 3% among women in new female-only Survation poll
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2014 at 5:49pm
A rather odd new referendum poll from Survation is out, conducted among women only, who of course...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Calling a spade a spade
by James Kelly
13 Aug 2014 at 5:00am
"As an imperialist class-based state the UK is poorly equipped to meet the divergent needs of its...

Yes vote soars to yet another record high among definite voters in new poll f...
by James Kelly
12 Aug 2014 at 6:08pm
It's been a bruising few days for Blair McDougall and the other Abominable No-Men, as their hopes...


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SNP accused of exaggerating North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
20 Aug 2014 at 1:27pm
Oil tycoon Sir Ian Woods says reserves will decline sharply within 15 years, raising questions about future Scottish economy

Sir Ian Wood, the most influential figure in the Scottish oil industry, h...



Why Scottish yes vote could be great for England | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
20 Aug 2014 at 12:49pm

There are two good reasons for Scotland voting for independence, and one for it voting against (Polly Toynbee, Shared values matter more than where the border lies, 19 August). England needs indepe...



Orkney and Shetland islanders already winning Scotlands independence debate
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
20 Aug 2014 at 9:44am
Scotlands oil and fish-rich northern isles have a powerful symbolic hold for Scots, giving them political leverage with both yes and no camps that belies their size

Orkneys farmers are a phlegmatic ...



Yes or no, things could get nasty after the Scottish referendum | Martin Kettle
by Martin Kettle
20 Aug 2014 at 6:50am
Despite what politicians want us to believe, the English may not be inclined to reward Scots if they vote to keep the union

Despite occasional narrowings of the lead in some polls, it remains more l...



Scottish independence: English voters oppose shared pound
by Ami Sedghi
20 Aug 2014 at 5:46am

More than half of English voters oppose sharing the pound with an independent Scotland, according to a survey while 37% believe that the two countries will drift apart even if Scotland votes no

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English voters want Scottish spending cut after no vote, survey shows
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
20 Aug 2014 at 2:45am
Future of England Survey 2014 reveals attitudes hardening whichever way Scotland votes in September referendum

English voters oppose sharing the pound with an independent Scotland, want public spend...




Salmond's chief economic adviser says Scotland could renege on UK debt
by Severin Carrell
19 Aug 2014 at 2:10pm
Crawford Beveridge says an independent Scotland could comfortably use sterling without a formal deal

Alex Salmond's chief economic adviser has insisted that Scotland has several viable options for i...



Scottish independence would have a devastating impact on the BBC | John Birt
by John Birt
19 Aug 2014 at 11:33am
A yes vote would leave the new public broadcaster on both sides of the border reeling from budget cuts

The UK is an extraordinary crucible of ideas, learning and creativity. We can celebrate differe...




Lord Birt says Scotland would lose many BBC services after yes vote
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
19 Aug 2014 at 11:33am
Former director general rubbishes claims independent nation would receive same TV, radio and online output

Lord Birt, a former director general of the BBC, has warned that the corporation would be f...



Scottish referendum: shared values matter more than where the border lies | P...
by Polly Toynbee
19 Aug 2014 at 12:00am
The Tories have not won an election for 22 years this is no time to be giving up on a British social democratic future

Every time I cross the border, that unmarked line above the Tweed seems more si...




David Cameron dismisses 'desperate' Alex Salmond's NHS claims
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
18 Aug 2014 at 3:07pm
PM says warning on NHS funds 'doesn't stack up' and only the first minister has the power to change health service in Scotland

David Cameron has dismissed Alex Salmond as a "desperate man" making a ...




Clydesdale Bank warns against Scottish independence
by Press Association
18 Aug 2014 at 8:52am
The owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks is the latest business to warn of the risks of a yes vote in the referendum

The owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks has become the latest business to ...




Scottish independence: how would it affect university research funding?
by Adrian Bird and Bryan MacGregor
18 Aug 2014 at 1:00am
Two senior academics debate whether independence would be good or bad for research funding in Scotland

Why Scottish universities must remain neutral in the independence debate

The referendum on Scot...



Ali Smith, Phill Jupitus and Roger Scruton: Edinburgh international book fest...
by Marta Bausells
17 Aug 2014 at 2:57pm

From poetry to provocation, on film and in person, catch up with the highlights of a packed and wide-ranging weekend

Welcome to our round-up of the last three days at the Edinburgh international boo...




Alex Salmond puts focus on NHS as poll shows pro-independence gain
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
17 Aug 2014 at 8:37am
No campaign leads by 55% to 45% excluding undecideds, and first minister accused of scaremongering over healthcare

The future of the health service is set to be the key battleground in the Scottish ...




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Proud like a Yes swan
by weegingerdug
19 Aug 2014 at 7:31am
I saw a Better Together referendum broadcast on the BBC last night. It was full of proud and patriotic Scots proudly telling us how proudly proud they were to be proud and patriotic Scots. We’ve go...

The dug you can trust
by weegingerdug
18 Aug 2014 at 11:34am
It’s another great debate next Monday, the totes unbiased and completely neutral Beeb version whoo-hoo. But we can all save ourselves the bother – Alistair is going to bang on about the currency an...

Free cradle to grave healthcare in NHS Scotland or the Great British NHS Sell...
by weegingerdug
17 Aug 2014 at 11:37am
A guest post by Dr Nancy Burge Did you know that in England the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 made the most fundamental change to the English NHS in since its inception by removing the UK gove...

Changing the world with a Yes cake in Shettleston
by weegingerdug
16 Aug 2014 at 7:36pm
The dug and me, well mainly the dug but I got to tag along too, had a great time on Friday evening meeting the enthusiastic and committed volunteers at Yes Shettleston in the East End of Glasgow.  ...

All over the world ? it?s a YES!
by weegingerdug
16 Aug 2014 at 3:48pm
So who cares what a right wing Australian Prime Minister with chronic foot in mouth disease has to say after being briefed by a UK Conservative cabinet minister, people all over the world have been...

Wee Ginger Care Needs ? a thank you
by weegingerdug
15 Aug 2014 at 11:00am
Not much in the way of an update today, so apologies to everyone who was looking for words about the independence referendum. I’m off to a meeting of Yes Shettleston this evening, they’re having a ...

The audacity of Yes
by weegingerdug
14 Aug 2014 at 1:01pm
I went to church last night but I was among the converted they were preaching to, which was a novel experience for me. Canon Peter McBride of St Thomas church in Riddrie had organised a debate on t...

Make a video with Solidarity with Scotland
by weegingerdug
14 Aug 2014 at 6:16am
Solidarity with Scotland are planning a wee video to show Scots that we have love and support from all around the world. And if you live in furren pairts, they want your help. Take a short video of...

From inequality to enlightenment
by weegingerdug
13 Aug 2014 at 4:18pm
A guest post by Steve Asaneilean On September 18th we will all have our own reasons for voting Yes. That?s as it should be. There is no over-arching ideology at work here. There is no unitary path ...

Shy bunnies
by weegingerdug
12 Aug 2014 at 5:37pm
Are you shy and retiring, a wee bit of a wall-flower?   When your best pal asks you if her outfit makes her bum look big do you cower in fear like a straight man?  When watching Eurovision do you r...


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Some thoughts on nationalism and the messages of No
by James
16 Aug 2014 at 10:53am
Maybe blogging less is a symptom of tweeting more. I don’t know. But I wrote a few things on “popular microblogging site twitter dot com” yesterday evening and was very kindly encouraged to gather ...

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...


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