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Analysis: this election is a balancing act like none before
26 Apr 2015 at 6:11pm
ED Miliband's decision to rule out any kind of formal pact with the SNP makes it easier to see how a minority Labour government would seek to operate after May 7.

Miliband rules out any formal pact with Nationalists as Tories question legit...
26 Apr 2015 at 6:10pm
ED Miliband has ruled out any kind of formal deal with the SNP in a move that would leave a minority Labour government facing a daily balancing act to implement key parts of its programme.

Key issues: welfare
26 Apr 2015 at 6:10pm
The division between the parties on welfare is one of the key areas of division between the parties.

Nicola Sturgeon through the eyes of Londoners
24 Apr 2015 at 6:30pm
NICOLA Sturgeon would make a great prime minister and introduce a deal more feminine fairness into Britain.

Brown appeals to Scots' patriotism in a bid to revive Labour's failing campaign
24 Apr 2015 at 6:16pm
GORDON Brown will today make an impassioned appeal to voters' sense of patriotism as he attempts to fire up Scottish Labour's failing election campaign.

Nicola Sturgeon and fashion: "a neat dress and really killer heels have becom...
24 Apr 2015 at 6:16pm
Readers of a certain vintage will forever associate the phrase "thatdress" with the eye-poppingly skimpy Versace creation Liz Hurley wore to the Four Weddings And A Funeral premiere in 1994.

DUP BACKS WELLS OVER ABUSE COMMENTS
24 Apr 2015 at 1:50pm
The Democratic Unionists are standing by Health Minister Jim Wells amid mounting calls for him to resign over controversial remarks about gay marriage and child abuse.

First Manifesto for England set to stoke up more claims of English Nationalis...
23 Apr 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron is set to stoke up more claims of English Nationalism against the Conservatives today when he unveils the first ever Tory manifesto for England, which could herald an English income tax by March 2016.

SNP accused of anti-austerity posturing after IFS says belt-tightening in Sco...
23 Apr 2015 at 6:11pm
THE SNP has been accused of "anti-austerity posturing" after a leading independent think-tank calculated that the Nationalists' plans would see a longer period of belt-tightening for Scotland compared to those of the main UK parties.

Constituency profile - Edinburgh South West
23 Apr 2015 at 6:10pm
WE'RE in a beer garden in Colinton Village, a few doors from where the Tories used to have a parliamentary office, and SNP candidate Joanna Cherry is fielding questions about how unlikely it seems that she could be taking her party from a poor fourth place five years ago to victory next month.

FMQs Sketch: For whom the troll tweets
23 Apr 2015 at 10:20am

Poll boosts Cameron as Ukip trails in third behind Labour in its key Tory-hel...
22 Apr 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has received a poll boost with a snapshot showing that, in 10 Tory-held seats being targeted by Ukip, Nigel Farage's party is trailing in third place behind Labour.

Key issues: The EU
22 Apr 2015 at 6:10pm
It may not be the election issue that animates Scottish voters most.

Miliband accuses Cameron of trying to stir up English hatred of the Scots
22 Apr 2015 at 2:45pm
ED Miliband has accused David Cameron of playing the English Nationalist card by attempting to "stir up English hatred of the Scots".

Cameron admits people question his passion because of his innate smoothness
22 Apr 2015 at 1:50pm
DAVID Cameron has admitted that voters might question his passion for his job because he is too smooth.


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Secret dossier ?lays bare SNP push for indyref?
26 Apr 2015 at 6:00pm

NATIONALISTS sent to Westminster would use their election as MPs to agitate for a second referendum, private SNP documents and speeches made by candidates show.



Lord McConnell warns of ?tragedy? if Labour lose
26 Apr 2015 at 6:00pm

FORMER first minister Jack McConnell has said it would be a “tragedy” if more Labour MPs are not returned on 7 May, as he dismissed the SNP surge as a “protest movement”.



David Torrance: Why Miliband?s stance has hardened
26 Apr 2015 at 6:00pm

IN recent weeks Labour’s rhetoric about prospective deals with the SNP has noticeably hardened.



?Cannabis gangs behind grow your own boom?
26 Apr 2015 at 6:00pm

COMPANIES selling equipment for cultivating plants without soil and with artificial light have revealed a huge sales boost due to the continued growth of the ­“urban homegrown market”.



Kazakhstan: The election with only one result
26 Apr 2015 at 6:00pm

VOTERS in Kazakhstan turned out in high numbers at polling stations yesterday for a presidential election guaranteed to overwhelmingly reconfirm the incumbent, who has ruled over the former Soviet republic for more than 25 years.



Royal Navy sets sail for Med migrant crisis
26 Apr 2015 at 6:00pm

A ROYAL Navy flagship set sail for Libya yesterday to join efforts to ease the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.



Ruth Davidson rules out deal with SNP at Holyrood
26 Apr 2015 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH Tory leader Ruth Davidson has “absolutely” ruled out supporting an SNP government in Edinburgh if the Nationalists fail to win a majority in next year’s Holyrood election.



Leaders: Deal or no deal not recipe for stability
26 Apr 2015 at 4:15pm

Just ten days to go before the country goes to the polls and the row between Labour and the SNP on a post-election “deal or no deal” between the two has intensified.



Lesley Riddoch: We are not all in this together
26 Apr 2015 at 4:15pm

The run-up to the election has exposed a rotten Westminster fixated on short-term gain – but at what cost, asks Lesley Riddoch



Brian Monteith: Nicola Sturgeon?s financial mirage
26 Apr 2015 at 4:15pm

The SNP has created a financial mirage for the sole purpose of beating up the Tories and Labour, writes Brian Monteith



Ed Miliband ?will change his tune? on SNP deal
26 Apr 2015 at 11:21am

ED MILIBAND will “change his tune” about ruling out a deal with the SNP when the results of the General Election are in, Nicola Sturgeon has predicted.



SNP the party for young Scots, says Martin Compston
26 Apr 2015 at 7:13am

THE SNP is the only party that can be trusted to stand up for Scotland’s young people, actor Martin Compston declared.



Voters against SNP UK role, according to new poll
26 Apr 2015 at 6:28am

A SUBSTANTIAL number of English voters would rather see the United Kingdom break up than accept a Scottish nationalist role in the Westminster government, according to a new poll.



Miliband: ?I am not interested in deals with SNP?
26 Apr 2015 at 4:44am

ED Miliband has decisively ruled out any kind of deal between Labour and the SNP if there is a hung parliament after next week’s General Election.



Sturgeon?s gender agenda hit by 24 men at the top
25 Apr 2015 at 5:45pm

NICOLA Sturgeon came under fire last night over her pledge to ensure gender equality in Scotland’s public sector after it emerged that a flagship body set up by the SNP to deliver major building projects has no women serving on the boards of its five “hub companies”.




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Scottish independence, plus jokes.

The party that cried ?Wolf!?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Apr 2015 at 9:10am
There’s a fascinating detail in the latest Panelbase/Sunday Times surveyof Scottish public opinion, which shows a further 2.5% swing to the SNP compared to the same company’s last poll earlier this month. Those are some remarkable figures, but they tell a much wider story. Because as we’ve noted previously, the fact of the matter is […]

The wild weekend
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Apr 2015 at 5:38am
Saturday: Saturday night (hic!): Sunday morning: We’re not going to link to them. You could write them yourselves by now. All we’ll say is that next weekend is the last one before the election. Brace yourselves.  

Labour then and Labour now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Apr 2015 at 7:03am
Scotland on Sunday, 21 March this year: “Ed Miliband will go on the offensive against the SNP on a visit to Scotland tomorrow as Labour prepares to unveil a dossier of evidence to show that Nationalist MPs supported the Tories 70 per cent of the time during the last two Labour governments. Discussions are also […]

Ironic juxtaposition
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Apr 2015 at 5:00am

The ugly stepchild
by Chris Cairns
24 Apr 2015 at 7:13pm

We?ve said it before
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2015 at 5:36pm
And we’ll say it again.

When is a FACT not a FACT?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2015 at 9:39am
Remember this, readers? Turns out it wasn’t THAT kind of “fact”. You know, the true kind. So that’s okay, then. It might have SOUNDED like Scottish Labour were telling people that it was “a simple fact that the single biggest party gets to form a government”, but what they meant by those words was “has […]

The end of excuses
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2015 at 7:09am
You might not think it, readers, but even after all this time we’re still capable of a certain degree of innocent, naive trust in Scottish journalism. When Nicola Sturgeon didn’t just issue a boilerplate condemnation at FMQs yesterday afterludicrously overblown allegations of Twitter “trolling” by an SNP candidate, but went on the counter-attack over Labour’s […]

A serious case of hypocrisy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2015 at 1:22pm
A few days ago, a constituency poll by Tory peer Lord Ashcroft found that the SNP were leading narrowly in Edinburgh South–a seatin which they secured a paltry7.7% of the vote in the 2010 general election. Keep that fact in mind, readers. Today the Edinburgh Evening News (EEN) published an article by David Maddox, a […]

The blind eyes
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2015 at 11:00am
Earlier today we highlighted some of the social-media charm of Labour blogger and BBC pundit Ian Smart, after the Scottish branch office deputy leader Kezia Dugdale demanded that the First Minister should take a more pro-active role in policing the comments of party members on Twitter and Facebook. Mr Smart’s history of incredibly abusive and […]


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Campaigns step up with 10 days to go
26 Apr 2015 at 8:20pm
Scotland's political parties are continuing to appeal for votes as the general election campaign period enters its final full week.


Sturgeon: Miliband 'will change tune'
26 Apr 2015 at 10:00am
Nicola Sturgeon says Ed Miliband "will have to change his tune" on 8 May after saying Labour would not do a deal with the SNP.


Row over second referendum warning
25 Apr 2015 at 11:25am
Labour and the SNP clash on the issue of a second independence referendum as general election campaigning continues in Scotland.


Campaigning continues in Scotland
26 Apr 2015 at 12:37pm
Scotland's political parties continue to put their key messages to voters ahead of the general election.


Clegg: No 'unstable' coalition deals
25 Apr 2015 at 11:31am
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says he would not join any coalition government after the election that was "held hostage" by UKIP or the SNP.


PM sets out 'English votes' timetable
24 Apr 2015 at 10:17am
Proposals for "English votes for English laws" would be in place for the first Budget of a Conservative government, David Cameron is to say.


Funeral for former MSP Tom McCabe
24 Apr 2015 at 9:27am
Senior figures from Scottish politics attend a funeral service for former Labour MSP and minister Tom McCabe who died last week.


Scottish TUSC launches manifesto
24 Apr 2015 at 2:44pm
The Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition launches its UK election manifesto with a call for a 10 an hour minimum wage.


Scots parties campaign ahead of vote
24 Apr 2015 at 7:35am
Scotland's main political parties hit the campaign trail, with less than two weeks until the UK election.


Labour candidate gets 'death threat'
24 Apr 2015 at 3:15pm
A senior Scottish Labour politician has had a death threat left on his answering machine, the party says.


New law 'should not ban buying sex'
24 Apr 2015 at 4:20am
MSPs back a proposed law on human trafficking but say the buying of sex should not be criminalised as part of the new legislation.


Labour election candidate suspended
24 Apr 2015 at 10:28am
Scottish Labour suspends a general election candidate after he appears in court charged with drink-driving.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
23 Apr 2015 at 7:12am
Think tank analysis of party manifestos dominates early exchanges at Holyrood's FMQs.


VIDEO: Miliband rules out deal with SNP
26 Apr 2015 at 4:47am
Labour's Ed Miliband rules out any deal with the SNP if no party wins an overall majority at the election.


VIDEO: Labour SNP government 'alarming'
26 Apr 2015 at 4:43am
Boris Johnson, has said that voters would find it "deeply alarming" if Labour did a post election deal with the SNP.


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

Miliband attempts the Harold Wilson strategy - but without Wilson's winning hand
by James Kelly
26 Apr 2015 at 11:47am
To the best of my knowledge, today marks the first time that Ed Miliband has explicitly "ruled ou...

SHE IS DANGEROUS!!!!!!
by James Kelly
26 Apr 2015 at 9:58am
In light of the intervention of multi-millionaire Tory peer Andrew Lloyd Webber in the election c...


Pivotal Panelbase poll pushes SNP to record-breaking 21% lead
by James Kelly
25 Apr 2015 at 6:56pm
I think I spoke too soon a few days ago when I observed that full-scale Scottish polls were comin...

The Ian Smart thing, that Ian Smart does
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2015 at 2:09am

I've just been catching up with First Minister's Questions from yesterday, and I thought it was f...



How will SNP supporters in the rest of the UK vote?
by James Kelly
22 Apr 2015 at 7:08pm
I know there are some readers of this blog who are either members or supporters of the SNP, but w...

Nicola's story
by James Kelly
21 Apr 2015 at 7:51am

Yesterday the International Business Times asked me to write a profile of Nicola Sturgeon.  I thi...



Enthralling YouGov poll sees SNP maintain massive 24% lead
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2015 at 4:02pm
The frequency of Scottish polling seems to be increasing markedly as we approach election day - Y...

Astounding Ashcroft polls put SNP ahead in two Edinburgh constituencies
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2015 at 10:06am
When the third batch of Scottish constituency polls was released by Ashcroft last Friday, there w...

I don't know how to love Jim, what to do, how to move Jim
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2015 at 3:47pm

Today has brought the bombshell revelation from Paul Hutcheon of the Sunday Herald that Jim Murph...



Britain-wide YouGov poll confirms Nicola Sturgeon defeated Miliband in the BB...
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2015 at 6:51am
Today's Britain-wide YouGov poll is the first to have been entirely conducted since the BBC leade...

Can you predict what Labour's excuse is going to be?
by James Kelly
18 Apr 2015 at 8:49am
When I took part in the recording of Derek Bateman's podcast the other day (you can listen to it ...

Astonishing new set of Ashcroft polls : Labour head for wipeout, as Jim Murph...
by James Kelly
17 Apr 2015 at 10:13am

A new batch of Ashcroft constituency polls is out this afternoon, with the most eye-catching resu...



Do the mainstream media truly not "get it", or are they deliberately trying t...
by James Kelly
17 Apr 2015 at 8:40am
I'm not sure how widespread this is, but certainly if you'd read either the Guardian or the BBC w...

Scottish viewers say Nicola Sturgeon won the BBC debate by a crushing 68% to ...
by James Kelly
16 Apr 2015 at 4:59pm
Who do you think 'won' the debate? (Survation, respondents in Scotland only) :

Nicola Sturgeon 67....

Super Sturgeon claims 31% backing in BRITAIN-WIDE post-debate poll from Surva...
by James Kelly
16 Apr 2015 at 4:26pm
[UPDATE, 11pm : The Survation datasets are now out, and show that viewers in Scotland think Nicol...


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Bigoted language shame of would-be SNP MP
26 Apr 2015 at 7:19am

Apparently express articles are banned on here - but SNP candidate for Argyll and Bute Brendan O'...



In Scotland, an epic political journey is under way, its destination as yet u...
27 Apr 2015 at 2:37am
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Len McCluskey says prime minister Ed Miliband would work with SNP
27 Apr 2015 at 2:11am
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The End of Britain as We Know It?
26 Apr 2015 at 11:48pm
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Cameron admits the United Kingdom is a terrible idea
26 Apr 2015 at 11:43pm
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Former Labour Candidate Joins SNP
26 Apr 2015 at 11:43pm
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Alex Salmond: Economics is about human beings ... something the IFS doesn't u...
26 Apr 2015 at 11:11pm
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Rupert Murdoch says Scottish self rule inevitable 'in next few years'
26 Apr 2015 at 7:52pm
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Conservative party is losing our support over Scotland, warns DUP
26 Apr 2015 at 5:40pm
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chokka blog: Full Fiscal Autonomy in 700 Words
26 Apr 2015 at 5:00pm
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Iain Macwhirter : The big threat to the union? The Tories
26 Apr 2015 at 4:56pm
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Nicola Sturgeon challenged to 'come clean' on referendum plans
26 Apr 2015 at 3:57pm
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Scottish Tory supporters...how are you voting?
26 Apr 2015 at 3:21pm

PS: I'd like this thread to be a safe space for holders of an underrepresented (and unfortunately...



Crime on the rise in Bearsden?
26 Apr 2015 at 3:15pm
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No limits for SNP as campaigner kayaks to island with leaflets
26 Apr 2015 at 3:07pm
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Record View: When Harry Leslie Smith talks we should all listen
by Record View
27 Apr 2015 at 12:00am
RECORD VIEW says poverty doesn't respect border, which is why Harry pleads for Labour voters acro...


92-year-old poverty campaigner Harry Leslie Smith: Voting SNP won't end auste...
by dailyrecord
27 Apr 2015 at 12:00am
WRITING for the Daily Record the socialist campaigner who survived the Great Depression and World...


Martin Compston joined by glamorous fiancee Tianna Chanel Flynn as he helped ...
by Anna Burnside
26 Apr 2015 at 5:39pm
AMERICAN television star Tianna looked on as Martin helped Nicola Sturgeon promote the party's po...


Ed Miliband rules out any kind of deal with SNP.. but Nicola Sturgeon claims ...
by Torcuil Crichton
26 Apr 2015 at 4:11pm
THE Labour leader went further than ruling out a coalition with the Nationalists - claiming he wo...


Ed Miliband: Scotland faces choice between second referendum with SNP or Labo...
by Ed Miliband
26 Apr 2015 at 4:09pm
THE Labour leaders speaks out on the choices facing Scotland - a second referendum with the SNP o...


Hypocrite: SNP candidate who taunted elderly voters on Twitter previously ple...
by Alan McEwan
26 Apr 2015 at 11:38am
NEIL Hay, who was unmasked last week as a "cybernat" troll, came under fire after it emerged he b...


General Election 2015: SNP surge continues as Labour fail to make up ground o...
by dailyrecord
26 Apr 2015 at 7:17am
WITH the election under two weeks away a new poll released today suggests Labour have been unable...


'Don't silence the pipes': Fury as Boris Johnson BANS bagpipes from streets o...
by Stephen Houston
26 Apr 2015 at 4:47am
NEW rules introduced by Boris and his Greater London Authority mean buskers cannot play the pipes...


General Election 2015: Polls sing a sunset song for Lib Dems in north east co...
by Mark Aitken
26 Apr 2015 at 3:37am
THE Liberal Democrats look set to be swept aside by the SNP in the north-east of the country.


General Election 2015: Nick Clegg tipped to beat Nicola Sturgeon to role of k...
by Rob Reid
26 Apr 2015 at 12:00am
LEADING constitutional expert says Lib Dems will freeze out SNP if it comes to power play.


Sunday Mail opinion: Take two leaders - one good, one rotten, and neither are...
by Mail Opinion
26 Apr 2015 at 12:00am
DAVID Cameron has hit a new low with his demonisation of the SNP says SUNDAY MAIL OPINION.


General Election 2015: Youngest candidate says Labour are in a panic as parti...
by Mark Aitken
26 Apr 2015 at 12:00am
THE SNP's Mhairi Black went toe to toe with ex-PM Gordon Brown as she fought to oust shadow forei...


Gerry Hassan: The bitterness between Labour and the SNP is epic - why don't t...
by Gerry Hassan
25 Apr 2015 at 6:01pm
THIS watershed election is about who will best represent Scotland's interests in Westminster reck...


John Niven: Politically confused pop stars are finding that 'delete' button c...
by John Niven
25 Apr 2015 at 6:01pm
TWEET and delete buffoonery is reaching a climax as pop and politics collide reckons JOHN NIVEN.


Ulster parties' pacts highlight the dangers of tactical voting says political...
by dailyrecord
25 Apr 2015 at 6:01pm
POLLSTERS YouGov say tactical voting in Scotland may have significant effect on Britian's future.


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BREAKING NEWS: Tory Home Secretary Theresa May claims election of SNP MPs wou...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Apr 2015 at 11:19am
BREAKING NEWS: Tory Home Secretary Theresa May claims election of SNP MPs would be worst constitu...

GA Ponsonby's book is now shipping. Visit the website and order yourself a co...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Apr 2015 at 10:22am
GA Ponsonby's book is now shipping. Visit the website and order yourself a copy of the book that ...

EXCLUSIVE: The Labour Party in Scotland have announced they are to set up a n...
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Apr 2015 at 3:39pm
EXCLUSIVE: The Labour Party in Scotland have announced they are to set up a new committee to inve...

Please like this page and visit the website where you can read the first two ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Apr 2015 at 12:32pm
Please like this page and visit the website where you can read the first two chapters and preorde...

BREAKING: The BBC would like to apologise to viewers following this morning's...
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19 Apr 2015 at 3:22pm
BREAKING: The BBC would like to apologise to viewers following this morning's edition of the Dail...

CAMPAIGN NEWS The Liberal Democrats' election campaign ground to a halt yeste...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Apr 2015 at 4:49am
CAMPAIGN NEWS
The Liberal Democrats' election campaign ground to a halt yesterday when the party'...

EXCLUSIVE: The following is a transcript of an interview by Anne Drumar with ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Apr 2015 at 10:30am
EXCLUSIVE: The following is a transcript of an interview by Anne Drumar with Scottish Labour's du...

Who would want the life of a labour MP? In this genuine election leaflet, Joh...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Apr 2015 at 12:24pm
Who would want the life of a labour MP? In this genuine election leaflet, John Robertson complain...

BREAKING NEWS: An internal inquiry has been initiated to discover the person ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Apr 2015 at 6:31am
BREAKING NEWS: An internal inquiry has been initiated to discover the person responsible for the ...

BREAKING NEWS: The estimated size of an oil find near Gatwick Airport has bee...
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9 Apr 2015 at 3:45pm
BREAKING NEWS: The estimated size of an oil find near Gatwick Airport has been upgraded to 100 bi...

BREAKING NEWS: Digital enhancement of a photograph of Scottish Secretary Alis...
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6 Apr 2015 at 12:00pm
BREAKING NEWS: Digital enhancement of a photograph of Scottish Secretary Alisdair Carmichael has ...

The BBC apologises for this captioning error. It should, of course, have read...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Apr 2015 at 8:06am
The BBC apologises for this captioning error. It should, of course, have read "HARDON COLLIDER RE...

BBC Scotlandshire would like to wish all of our viewers, and most particularl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Apr 2015 at 6:39am
BBC Scotlandshire would like to wish all of our viewers, and most particularly those who are SLab...

BREAKING NEWS: Scottish Labour leader Jim Morphy has denied a newspaper's cla...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Apr 2015 at 8:20am
BREAKING NEWS: Scottish Labour leader Jim Morphy has denied a newspaper's claim he told a German ...

GAME REVIEW: As we approach the General Election in May, Dundee games develop...
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3 Apr 2015 at 11:00am
GAME REVIEW:
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Westminster Eats Itself
by bellacaledonia
24 Apr 2015 at 10:05am
Greg Moodie on the recent interventions of desperate Westminster politicians.


Food Independence and Dependence: Social Supermarkets and Food Banks
by bellacaledonia
24 Apr 2015 at 8:54am
By D.J. MacLennan How must it feel to have to rely on food banks to feed yourself and your family...


Is Die Linke a Syriza of the North?
by bellacaledonia
24 Apr 2015 at 6:08am
The German left are now rallying behind Tsipras. It is an alliance that might shape the future of...


The Phoney Economics of ?balancing the books?
by bellacaledonia
23 Apr 2015 at 5:38am
?Then leave Complaints: Fools only strive To make a Great and Honest Hive. T?enjoy the world?s Co...


Somewhere Over the Rainbow
by bellacaledonia
23 Apr 2015 at 5:11am
By Mark Smith When the tornado drops Dorothy?s house in Oz, her front door swings open and reveal...


Boris and the Scarlett Sisterhood
by bellacaledonia
22 Apr 2015 at 10:49am
By Mike Small ‘Boris and the Scarlett Sisterhood’ may sound like a late 80s goth-band from Waltha...


Get a SHIFT On
by bellacaledonia
22 Apr 2015 at 8:47am
By Cal McGregor Poetry has long had a special place in Scottish culture. Anywhere that can hold T...


Major Mayhem
by bellacaledonia
21 Apr 2015 at 4:43pm
By Mike Small Lord John Major today briefly displaced Gordon Brown’s position as the ‘Man to Step...


The Slow Fuse or the Quick Fuse
by bellacaledonia
21 Apr 2015 at 7:52am
By Peter Arnott Take a step back from the Apotheosis of Everywoman that is the Nicola Sturgeon ph...


Land, Lords and Tenants
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21 Apr 2015 at 5:27am
By Billy Noland It?s the start of February, I?ve got loads of hazels left, beech nuts and venison...


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Election 2015: Row over second independence referendum warning
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Rupert Murdoch: Independence for Scotland feels inevitable - The National
26 Apr 2015 at 6:55pm

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SNP Bounces Back From Scottish Independence Defeat - Wall Street Journal
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SNP Bounces Back From Scottish Independence Defeat
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Scottish independence: a dream deferred - Financial Times
10 Apr 2015 at 12:40pm

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Scottish independence: a dream deferred
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George Osborne: Scottish independence has been 'settled' - The National
5 Apr 2015 at 6:11pm

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George Osborne: Scottish independence has been 'settled'
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Pro-independence rally did not have permission from Glasgow Council - Herald ...
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Pro-independence rally did not have permission from Glasgow Council
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Nicola Sturgeon jeered in TV debate after suggesting Scotland will hold ... -...
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'Outlander' Stars Talk Scotland Independence - Wall Street Journal
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'Outlander' Stars Talk Scotland Independence
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27 Apr 2015 at 3:01am

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SNP hit back at Theresa May comments - Holyrood.com
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SNP hit back at Theresa May comments
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The SNP has hit back after Theresa May claimed a ...


Election 2015: Northern Ireland health minister Jim Wells resigns over 'anti-...
27 Apr 2015 at 3:00am

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Election 2015: Northern Ireland health minister Jim Wells resigns over 'anti-gay ...
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Miliband tax break for new buyers - Newmarket Journal
27 Apr 2015 at 2:55am

Newmarket Journal

Miliband tax break for new buyers
Newmarket Journal
In one of the most controversi...


The Potential UK Coalition Governments - Palatinate
27 Apr 2015 at 2:40am

Palatinate

The Potential UK Coalition Governments
Palatinate
Ironically, this talk is more from the ...


Election 2015: Ed Miliband plans to woo first-time buyers with stamp duty ple...
27 Apr 2015 at 2:37am

International Business Times UK

Election 2015: Ed Miliband plans to woo first-time buyers with sta...


Marcliffe owner Stewart Spence backs SNP candidate for General Election - Abe...
27 Apr 2015 at 2:34am

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Marcliffe owner Stewart Spence backs SNP candidate for General Election...


Cameron hits back at his critics as Miliband rules out SNP deal - Belfast Tel...
27 Apr 2015 at 2:27am

Belfast Telegraph

Cameron hits back at his critics as Miliband rules out SNP deal
Belfast Telegraph...


Boris blasts Ed: 'He'll do more damage to this country than he did to his bro...
27 Apr 2015 at 2:19am

Express.co.uk

Boris blasts Ed: 'He'll do more damage to this country than he did to his brother'
Ex...


Boris Johnson clashes with Ed Miliband live on BBC's Andrew Marr Show - Eveni...
27 Apr 2015 at 2:04am

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Boris Johnson clashes with Ed Miliband live on BBC's Andrew Marr Show
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Ed Miliband: Scotland faces choice between second referendum with SNP or ... ...
26 Apr 2015 at 4:24pm

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Referendum Reshapes Scottish Political Terrain - New York Times
18 Apr 2015 at 12:35am

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Referendum Reshapes Scottish Political Terrain
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Election 2015: Sturgeon says only 'material change' could spark Scots referen...
8 Apr 2015 at 5:52pm

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Election 2015: Sturgeon says only 'material change' could spark Scots referendum
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Tories:'EVEL'plans differ from referendum comments - SNP (press release)
24 Apr 2015 at 9:07am

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Tories:'EVEL'plans differ from referendum comments
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David Came...


Nicola Sturgeon Says Leaving The EU Could Justify A Second Scottish ... - Huf...
21 Apr 2015 at 7:21am

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Nicola Sturgeon Says Leaving The EU Could Justify A Second Scottish ...
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Why do women in Scotland vote? Because the referendum taught us that politics...
20 Apr 2015 at 3:52am

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Why do women in Scotland vote? Because the referendum taught us that politics ...
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Nicola Sturgeon jeered in TV debate after suggesting Scotland will hold ... -...
8 Apr 2015 at 4:24am

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Nicola Sturgeon jeered in TV debate after suggesting Scotland will hold ...
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Sturgeon Refuses To Rule Out Second Scottish Independence Referendum In ... -...
19 Apr 2015 at 12:28pm

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Sturgeon Refuses To Rule Out Second Scottish Independence Referendum In ...
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Reasoned debate is the first casualty in post-referendum Scotland - Irish Times
3 Apr 2015 at 3:39am

Irish Times

Reasoned debate is the first casualty in post-referendum Scotland
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For now, p...


Kezia Dugdale: The last thing Scotland needs is another independence ... - Sc...
19 Apr 2015 at 3:42pm

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Kezia Dugdale: The last thing Scotland needs is another independence ...
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Massive Support For Snp Visible
26 Apr 2015 at 3:58pm
Just back from city centre glasgow, snp cars, window displays and general support for SNP.

Also g...

Letters From Labour
26 Apr 2015 at 8:57am

Hot on the heels of my personal letter from Gordon Brown last week, yesterday I received one from...



Union Jack Enters The Fray
26 Apr 2015 at 4:03am

McConnell quoted in the Sunday Post say that that SNP surge is nothing but a 'protest movement' a...



Snp Candidate If A Raving Bigot
26 Apr 2015 at 3:58am

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/572...ould-be-SNP-MP

A SNP parliamentary candidate was last nig...

Diane Abbot
26 Apr 2015 at 3:44am
Looks like someone in the labour party has been talking some sense on twitter. Diana abbot posted...

Ian Smart At The Bevvy Again
25 Apr 2015 at 4:43pm
Ian Smart‏@ianssmart

Still waiting for a single cybernat to admit that supporting Hitler was a m...



Gallipoli Campaign Centenary
25 Apr 2015 at 3:00pm

8 month slaughter of common wealth soilders remembered today.

 

Winston Churchill's plan to invad...



How Can Anyone Trust Cameron Now?
25 Apr 2015 at 8:34am

Doesn't even know what football team he supports!

According to the BBC:

 

David Cameron has been ...



Today Is Anzac Day
25 Apr 2015 at 4:34am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=471-ucVd7o0

 

 

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Poisonous
24 Apr 2015 at 5:48pm

Absolutely sick of the constant references to SNP being poisonous , toxic etc here in Englandshir...




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No one who backs the UK can deny the legitimacy of the SNP | Nigel Dodds
by Nigel Dodds
26 Apr 2015 at 4:30pm

I disgree with Nicola Sturgeon, but the Tories? English votes for English laws plan is a constitutional mess

The general election is exciting in Scotland and Scotland is exciting the rest of the cou...



Conservative party is losing our support over Scotland, warns DUP
by Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent
26 Apr 2015 at 4:30pm

Exclusive: Nigel Dodds says English votes for English laws would abuse Commons, and warns against fuelling ?nationalist paranoia?

David Cameron risks forfeiting the support of the Democratic Unionis...



Analysing the logic of a vote for the Labour party | Letters
by Letters
26 Apr 2015 at 1:38pm

Owen Jones seems to be unaware of the history of the party he urges everyone to vote for (The difference between Miliband and Cameron is a woman called Sue, 22 April). In the late 19th century ther...



In Scotland, an epic political journey is under way, its destination as yet u...
by Neal Ascherson
25 Apr 2015 at 6:03pm
Social change has contributed to the erosion of Labour?s traditional powerbase. But Nicola Sturgeon has a hard task ahead negotiating her country?s future

The SNP canvassers are baffled. ?We don?t u...



Why are the Tories so paranoid about the SNP? | David Steel
by David Steel
25 Apr 2015 at 3:40pm

Casting Nicola Sturgeon?s party as a political bogeyman is nonsensical and politically illiterate

The current obsession of the Tories with the SNP has its dangers. By holding them out as some kind o...



?Disgraceful? Tory attacks on the SNP are endangering union, say top Lib Dems
by Toby Helm Political editor
25 Apr 2015 at 3:02pm

Attempts to woo Ukip voters by demonising Scottish nationalists will backfire, say Danny Alexander and David Steel

Tory attempts to paint the SNP as a divisive force that would drain resources from ...



Gordon Brown warns over 'chaos and constitutional crisis' of voting SNP
by Press Association
25 Apr 2015 at 8:24am

Former Labour prime minister says Nicola Sturgeon?s party want to force another referendum on Scottish independence

Gordon Brown has warned that the Scottish nationalists want SNP MPs in Westminster...



Nicola Sturgeon used to be a ?historical fiction geek?. But not any more | Ia...
by Ian Jack
25 Apr 2015 at 2:00am

The SNP leader has brushed up her reading list, and why not? Leaders who love books are a reason to rejoice

To borrow a turn of phrase from this newspaper?s Saturday quiz, what links the following? ...



To keep Scotland, Britain must embrace the separatists | Jonathan Freedland
by Jonathan Freedland
24 Apr 2015 at 1:50pm
It?s a paradox: if the unionist parties refuse to work with the SNP, the union will in effect be dead

Just as actors call Macbeth the Scottish play, so historians will for ever think of 2015 as the ...



Election 2015 morning briefing: Tories to offer treats for English voters
by Peter Walker
24 Apr 2015 at 1:34am

Conservatives attempt to energise core support and head off Ukip threat as Ed Miliband switches focus to attack David Cameron?s ?small-minded? foreign policy

After days of focus on Scotland, and par...



Election 2015 live: Gordon Brown - the SNP are not offering a penny more than...
by Andrew Sparrow, Nadia Khomami and Mark Smith
23 Apr 2015 at 4:13pm
Survation poll gives Conservatives four point lead
Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman found guilty of ?corrupt practices?IFS says Labour would only need ?small cuts? to hit borrowing targetsOsborne s...

Gordon Brown: Cameron risks UK unity by whipping up anti-Scottish feeling
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
23 Apr 2015 at 3:04pm

Former prime minister accuses Conservative leader of retreating into English nationalism with attacks on possible Labour-SNP deal

Gordon Brown has accused David Cameron of risking the unity of Great...



Tory election ?war games? under way to reach 284 seats for minority rule
by Patrick Wintour Political editor
23 Apr 2015 at 1:24pm

Analysis: Conservative officials involved in post-election scenario planning try to figure out critical number of seats needed to try to form government

War gaming is already under way on the number...




Three-minute election: Why are the Tories stirring English nationalism? ? video
by Jonathan Freedland and Polly Toynbee
23 Apr 2015 at 6:32am
On St George's day, columnists Jonathan Freedland and Polly Toynbee discuss the Conservatives' warnings over a minority Labour government propped up by the SNP. Is the Tories' attempt to pull back ...

The triumph of Nicola Sturgeon | Ian Jack
by Ian Jack
23 Apr 2015 at 12:00am

The ?most dangerous woman in Britain? has become its most popular politician. Does her rise mark the emergence of a new Scotland?

When Nicola Sturgeon took the stage on 28 March before 3,000 devotee...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The obituaries from Elderslie
by weegingerdug
25 Apr 2015 at 2:51pm
So there’s this politician who is constantly intervening for the first time in the election campaign. Yes, it’s Gordie Broon again, only this time he’s not saving the wuld or even the banks, he’s n...

The rationality of rage
by weegingerdug
24 Apr 2015 at 5:30am
There’s an article in today’s Guardian in which assorted Labour party figures bewail the supposedly irrational rage that their candidates encounter on the doorstep in Scotland. The public is so ang...

Explaining the funny
by weegingerdug
23 Apr 2015 at 9:57am
When you have to explain a joke, the funny dies. Which makes this blog post an exposition of death. Yesterday a wee joke made by Alicsammin a week or so back was examined from every possible angle....

Being Scottish on purpose
by weegingerdug
21 Apr 2015 at 4:05pm
John Major’s really upset. No really. He’s pure dead raging. There’s going to be mayhem in May. The last Tory PM before this one gave a speech today, and people all over the country said, “Who? Oh,...

Dear Martin
by weegingerdug
20 Apr 2015 at 9:18am
Dear Martin, Thank you very much for your lovely letter which was sent out in a mail shot from the Labour party. Oh look, I said to myself, a letter from that guy who plays the hobbit in the movies...

Schrodinger?s Labour
by weegingerdug
19 Apr 2015 at 11:16am
We’re in that period before Christmas when the prezzies have already been wrapped up in an Ashcroft poll and put under the tree. Have we got that Murph E Coyote doll we asked for? The one that runs...

Jim Murphy, still big in Japan
by weegingerdug
17 Apr 2015 at 8:48am
We’re surrounded by morons. It’s official, it’s in the newspapers and on the telly. Or rather, it is the newspapers and the telly. They’re morons, idiots, fools, balloons, numpties, muppets, clowns...

Please tell me this is the last one
by weegingerdug
16 Apr 2015 at 3:36pm
Oh God, I don’t want to sit through this. There are navels to be defluffed, and wet paint that needs to be stared at. This debate is going to be very similar to the last one in at least one major r...

Toad hall and the tenants? buy out
by weegingerdug
16 Apr 2015 at 6:16am
The Lib Dems and UKIP launched their manifestos on Wednesday, and nobody in Scotland gave a toss. Nigel Farage is still a bawbag who blames everything on immigrants, and no one agrees with Nick – w...

The silence of the bams
by weegingerdug
14 Apr 2015 at 4:04pm
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha … and breathe … hahahahahahahahaha. That’s been me for the past day and a half. The Murph E Coyote has looked down past his frantically spinning paws and has seen t...


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