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Lamont in attack on SNP policies
16 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
LABOUR leader Johann Lamont has claimed Alex Salmond acts in the interests of big business bosses rather than their workers.

Gordon Brown 'to remain MP'
16 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
Gordon Brown's office has insisted he has no plans to stand down as MP, but stopped short of saying he would fight the next General Election.

'Russia has pushed Ukraine to brink'
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
RUSSIA has deliberately pushed Ukraine "to the brink" in recent days and increased the risk of violent confrontation, William Hague has warned.

MP raises questions over role of aide
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
SIR Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, has been asked by Edinburgh East MP Sheila Gilmore to investigate whether or not Nick Clegg's aide Ryan Coetzee has broken the Whitehall code of conduct for special advisers.

Party 'knew nothing of Smith child abuse'
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has again insisted the Liberal Democrats had no knowledge of the child abuse scandal involving the party's former MP Sir Cyril Smith.

Farage hits back at allowances claim
15 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has claimed he is the victim of a "politically motivated" campaign against him and his party after a row over his European Union allowances.

Wage figures awaited as fall in inflation welcomed by Coalition
15 Apr 2014 at 9:02pm
CONSERVATIVE and Liberal Democrat headquarters will be keenly watching out for the latest wage figures today to see whether or not pay is now outstripping inflation, which has fallen for the sixth consecutive month to 1.6%.

Ukip leader 'no danger' to UK
14 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
ALMOST half of voters do not believe UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage is a "danger to Britain", according to a new poll.

Vaz calls for CPS sex cases investigation
14 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
A COMMITTEE of MPs has called for an investigation into the way prosecutors handle high-profile cases involving alleged sex offences following the acquittal of ex-Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans on a string of charges.

£7.5bn fuel duty freeze boost predicted
14 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
ABANDONING fuel duty rises would boost the UK economy by as much as £7.5 billion or £300 per household in the next 20 years, according to Treasury analysis.

Factfile What Scotland will have
13 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
The Ministry of Defence says by 2020 Scotland will have:

MP defends colleagues over sleaze
13 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
MPs are "paragons of virtue" compared to politicians in other countries, a senior Conservative has insisted.

Call for public sector revolution
13 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
EVENTS such as the Mid Staffs hospital scandal could be repeated unless there is a revolution in the way the public sector is run, a Commons committee has warned.

Prospect of peer returning to key party role
13 Apr 2014 at 9:03pm
LORD Rennard might still have a future with the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, the Energy Secretary, has suggested.

Nationalists pay MacDonald tribute by applause
11 Apr 2014 at 9:04pm
MARGO MacDonald, the veteran MSP who died last week, was given a heartfelt minute's applause at the SNP conference.


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The Scotsman cartoon: Message in a bottle found
17 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

A message in a bottle written by a schoolboy in the 1960s was discovered just yards from where he dropped it on the Kirkcudbright coastline.



Joyce McMillan: Is the No camp killing the Union?
17 Apr 2014 at 4:00pm

In September, Better Together may pay the price for its lack of vision about Scotland’s future, writes Joyce McMillan



John McTernan: Cameron?s Christian evangelism
17 Apr 2014 at 4:00pm

The PM’s claim that Britain is a Christian country will not attract Labour-leaning Hindus and Muslims to the Tories, writes John McTernan



Leaders: Confusion in Putin?s double standards
17 Apr 2014 at 4:00pm

GOOD news came last night from the four-way summit in Geneva to calm mounting tensions over the crisis in Ukraine. A deal on de-escalation, with the removal of “illegal” forces, was exactly what was needed to reduce tension in the region. But fears remain.



Ukraine: Deal reached to relieve rising tensions
17 Apr 2014 at 2:29pm

TOP diplomats have agreed to take immediate steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine, Russia’s foreign minister says.



Over 1500 people sign Margo?s Law petition
17 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

More than 1500 people have signed a petition backing the late Margo MacDonald’s proposal to introduce assisted dying in Scotland.



Ex-MSP Bill Walker loses abuse conviction appeal
17 Apr 2014 at 12:50am

FORMER MSP Bill Walker has lost a bid to overturn one of his convictions for domestic abuse against a former wife.



Better Together?s ?positive? new advert drive
16 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

The pro-union Better Together campaign has launched a “powerful, positive” case for rejecting independence as it steps up its referendum campaign with a new advertising drive.



Starbucks agrees to pay more tax in the UK
16 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Starbucks has said it will pay more tax in the UK as it moves its European headquarters from the Netherlands following a row over avoidance.



Scotsman cartoon: Average pay rises
16 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

Average pay rises have outstripped CPI inflation for the first time in four years, official figures showed today.



Leaders: Vision needed to improve Glasgow?s health
16 Apr 2014 at 3:52pm

IT IS a statistic that forces you to read it twice, just in case you misunderstood the first time. But no, even on second reading it carries the same shocking message: Of all the boys born between 2010 and 2012 in a ­Glasgow maternity hospital, one in four will die before their 65th birthday.



Tom Peterkin: Alan Bissett?s satire thrills SNP
16 Apr 2014 at 3:52pm

Before last weekend’s SNP conference, the last time I had been to the theatre was to see a musical adaptation of Neil Munro’s Para Handy Tales. Needless to say, it was “chust sublime”. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the sneak preview of the new Alan Bissett play performed before Alex Salmond’s speech in Aberdeen on Saturday.



Independent Scotland ?should have own currency?
16 Apr 2014 at 6:34am

LABOUR leader Johann Lamont has said that the “only logical place to go” for a currency option in an independent Scotland would be to have a separate Scottish currency. in a speech to the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).



Grangemouth dispute ?cost Scots economy £65m?
16 Apr 2014 at 4:55am

THE bitter dispute at the Grangemouth industrial plant last year cost the Scottish economy an estimated £65 million, new figures indicate.



Scottish independence: Salmond would back tax cuts
15 Apr 2014 at 6:00pm

ALEX Salmond backed tax cuts for big business in an independent Scotland, but failed to guarantee a living wage for all ­workers, as he addressed the Scottish Trades Union Congress yesterday.




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The good old days
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2014 at 6:16pm
Andrew Rawnsley in the Observer, 8 April 2007: “With fewer than 30 days until the elections, Labour is displaying its nerves by sounding increasingly hysterical about the prospect of an SNP government. When they did their rather grim double-act in Glasgow, the Prime Minister and Chancellor came laden with apocalyptic predictions about the consequences of […]

The flexibility of words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2014 at 7:40am
This is the new “positive” campaign poster from “Better Together”: There’s a lie in the picture, but it’s probably not the one you think. Because while it seems at first glance like a heinous and crass falsehood, the line about “MORE POWERS FOR SCOTLAND GUARANTEED” is, when looked at from a certain direction, perfectly true. […]

An embarrassment to journalism
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2014 at 3:51am
The Scottish media displays such a remarkable uniformity of thought when it comes to the independence debate that you’d think it’d be the easiest thing in the world for them to at least all get their story straight when they launch a smear campaign against a prominent Yes figure. That, however, would presuppose that they […]

Apocalypse Naw
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Apr 2014 at 4:28pm
We were going to take the night off until we read this drivel. Gah. And if we’re being honest, we were just too pleased with the pun. It seems that Unionist journalists writing doom-laden “We might actually lose Scotchland!” columns is the fashion du jour with UK newspapers at the moment. Barely a day goes […]

Votes of No confidence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Apr 2014 at 11:00am
“Sod it”, we thought, “let’s compile a list after all“. Clearly we’re not impartial judges of how the No campaign is being conducted. To assess its performance with any degree of fairness, we must instead take the widest possible sample of opinion from those on its own side. Here goes, then. The ‘No’ Campaign Has […]

Keep watching the skies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Apr 2014 at 5:59am
Remember, readers, how last year “Better Together” tried to ridicule the fact that we’d put a satirical line about “space monsters” into one of the questions in our first Panelbase poll? Remember how it was the most absurd, stupid thing imaginable? That was the UK Secretary of State for Defence, yesterday. Just a few days […]

A genuine mystery
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Apr 2014 at 4:38am
We honestly don’t understand how anyone with electricity in their house or a newsagent anywhere within a 30-mile radius can possibly come to say things like this: “[Independence]†is a view not shared by IT teacher Elaine Coates, originally from Glasgow but now in Tettenhall. The mother of three has lived in England for 30 years […]

A period of silence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Apr 2014 at 4:36pm
We’ve just been watching the latest of the BBC’s big independence referendum debates, and we’d like the hour of our life we wasted back, please. It wasn’t as though it was the worst we’ve seen by a long chalk. It was, if nothing else, relatively even-tempered, helped by some firm moderation by James Cook. Lesley […]

Quoted for truth #49
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Apr 2014 at 12:09pm
Matthew Norman in the Independent, 15 April 2014: “In the entire global history of the political campaign, has any been more misconceived, wretchedly executed and potentially self-defeating than the one designed to keep Scotland within the United Kingdom? Until proof is found of a Eugene Terre?Blanche run for mayor of Soweto on the Apartheid Now […]

Something fishy
by Douglas Daniel
15 Apr 2014 at 8:21am
The chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Bertie Armstrong, was reported in yesterday’s Press & Journal as saying that a vote for independence would leave Scotland with a weaker voice in the EU, as it would only have seven votes in the Council of EU Ministers, compared to the UK’s 29 votes. (Which it […]


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Bill Walker loses conviction appeal
17 Apr 2014 at 7:38am
Ex-MSP Bill Walker loses a bid to overturn his convictions for assaulting a former wife during a catalogue of domestic abuse.


More funding for green energy scheme
17 Apr 2014 at 1:40pm
The Scottish government announces £4m of extra funding for a scheme which helps Scottish households generate their own green energy.


Scotland 'has worst mobile coverage'
17 Apr 2014 at 8:10am
The Federation of Small Businesses says Scotland has the worst mobile coverage in the UK and calls for planning laws to be relaxed to improve it.


Economy back to pre-recession level
16 Apr 2014 at 6:17pm
Scotland's economic performance has returned to pre-recession levels, according to the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.


Scottish unemployment rises by 3,000
16 Apr 2014 at 4:35am
Unemployment in Scotland rose by 3,000 to 179,000 between December and February 2014, according to official figures.


Deal to avert Police Scotland strike
17 Apr 2014 at 2:13pm
A potential Police Scotland strike has been averted after the force offered additional leave and job security to disgruntled civilian staff.


Lamont 'common aims' appeal to unions
16 Apr 2014 at 8:56am
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont urges trade unions not to split along referendum lines and risk losing sight of common aims.


Tories call for education reform
16 Apr 2014 at 6:55am
The party say changes are needed to help children from poorer backgrounds get the marks they need to gain entry to higher education.


Growth in Scottish economy slows
16 Apr 2014 at 7:20am
The Scottish economy grew by 0.2% in the final three months of 2013, compared with growth of 0.7% in the UK as a whole.


Vote letters 'did not break rules'
15 Apr 2014 at 6:24pm
Claims that Aberdeen City Council broke the rules by including a pro-Better Together letter to council tax payers are thrown out by Audit Scotland.


Women 'sceptical' on independence
15 Apr 2014 at 5:04pm
Women are more sceptical about Scottish independence because they favour "head-over-heart" arguments and are better at spotting "bluff", it is claimed.


Carmichael promises more isles power
16 Apr 2014 at 2:25am
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael promises to deliver greater powers for the Northern and Western Isles.


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


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


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


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Get the Claymores out the Thatches?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Apr 2014 at 2:02am

By Derek Bateman

Damn! I?ve been trying to keep to my own agenda and not be side-tracked by others. But when I read the Guardian with mounting disbelief, I realised I was off chasing someone else?s hare again.

Here is a key sentence from Martin Kettle?s column? ?Nationalist opinion could become more militant if the talks become bogged down. Even acts of violence are not inconceivable in certain circumstances or places??



George Kerevan: A small risk for the greater good
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Apr 2014 at 12:58am

JOHN Smith, Labour leader and prime minister who never was, died 20 years ago next month, on 12 May, 1994. Like his political hero Hugh Gaitskell, Labour?s other lost leader, Smith?s demise at the comparatively early age of 55 was sudden, unexpected and shocking.

His departure from the political scene produced a rare wave of genuine sympathy from political opponents, as well as from friends and supporters. More significant still, the gap he left in Labour?s hierarchy would have a profound effect on the future of British politics and so on many lives, in Britain and in the Middle East.



This i(indy)Tune is for Labour ears
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Apr 2014 at 1:15pm

† By David Torrance

One of the dominant themes of last weekend's SNP conference were continuing attempts to woo Labour voters. On Friday Nicola Sturgeon urged them to 'reclaim' their party by voting 'yes' in September and the following day Alex Salmond stressed that independence wasn't about him or the SNP.

This strategy is as old as Salmond's leadership of the party (he made a similar point after becoming convener in 1990), but actually dates back to the late 1970s.



A response to Professor Colin Kidd's interview in the St Andrews student news...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Apr 2014 at 2:50pm

By Ashley Husband Powton

Eleanor Roosevelt stated that 'Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people'. Throughout his myopic article, Professor Colin Kidd, respected expert in his field, vocal public supporter of the no-campaign and purveyor of his own grandiose important relationships with both current and ex Labour party (Prime) ministers, reduces the independence campaign to an argument more fitting of a cheap tabloid newspaper.†



The Case for a Scottish Secular Republic
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 11:28am

By Mark McNaught

The Scottish government will set out an interim written constitution at the end of the current parliamentary session at the end of June, with plans for a constitutional convention to be held after full independence in March 2016 to finalise the constitution for generations to come.

For those of us who have been advocating a written constitution, this is extremely gratifying, and is as it should be.



Better Together ... or Oops for short
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 2:28pm

† By Dave Taylor

This weekend pro-Union campaign group Better Together released details of a survey they commissioned from respected pollster Yougov.† YouGov regularly produces the lowest levels of support for independence in their polls, whilst competitor and no less respected pollster Panelbase often has the highest.

The Better Together survey followed a series of polls by Panelbase showing support for Yes amongst decided voters at 47%, six behind its rival.†



Cataclysm and Armageddon ? Referendum lessons from Scottish football
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Apr 2014 at 3:50pm

By Chris Rumbles

There will have been many people rolling their eyes last week at the latest contribution (if one can call it that) to the referendum debate.† For Scottish football aficionados, however, Lord Robertson's talk of 'cataclysmic' consequences would have been eerily reminiscent of the events of 2012.

It was in June 2012 that Rangers Football Club's liquidation was confirmed after months spent in administration; the result of years of financial mismanagement and wrongdoing.



Uncertain Unionisms
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Apr 2014 at 3:29am

† By Peter Geoghegan

?The one thing we learn from history, is that we learn nothing from history.? Hegel?s quip might be a witty line, but when it comes to the referendum the occasional dip into the annals can often prove illuminating ? if only to show mistakes of the past in a new light.

Take the 1895 general election, when a Conservative-Liberal Unionist government was returned to power in Westminster. Shortly afterwards, Gerald Balfour, the new Chief Secretary for Ireland, summarised the government?s Irish policy as ?killing home rule with kindness?.



Cameron Backs Yes Vote
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Apr 2014 at 1:07am

By Derek Bateman

There is one option left to the No side as far as I can see and they won't take it. It is Reversion. They must rewind, undo, start again and admit everything that went before was a mistake.

They must apply the air brakes, screech to a halt, burn rubber and come to a juddering stop. Dead weight ? Darling, McDougall and co ? must be jettisoned and the whole Better Together convoy turned around and headed in the opposite direction.



What the papers say ? BBC Scotland will repeat
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Apr 2014 at 4:02pm

† By G.A.Ponsonby

Newspaper sales in Scotland are tumbling.† The Daily Record, Scottish Sun, the Scotsman and Herald are all suffering as readers move to the internet in their droves.

The new web based medium is fast replacing newsprint as the place to go for comment, analysis and news.† The web is playing a critical role in the independence referendum as a recent poll for online site Wings Over Scotland found.




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All News is Bad News
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 5:31pm

Official figures on unemployment for the period December 2013 to February 2014 just came out the other day.  It was certainly encouraging to see that the Scottish unemployment rate is 6.5 per cent, which is below the average of 6.9 per cent for the UK as a whole. Just as I type that it’s got me w...



A well-calibrated pro-Union battle plan that was blown clean out of the water
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 5:11pm
ON paper, it must have looked like a well-calibrated battle plan.

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The Courier Referendum Roadshow: We want to hear your views
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 4:35pm

The Courier Referendum Roadshow: We want to hear your views

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 67 - Margo MacDonald
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 3:37pm

A few months ago, after I'd interviewed a couple of MSPs (John Finnie and Jean Urquhart), I asked them and their assistants if they would be able to put me in touch with Margo MacDonald or her assi...

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Nationalism
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 2:30pm
By Robin McAlpine A simple guide for people who want to write about nationalism: Ethnic Nationalism: is the belief that the nation is based (wholly or in large part) on people from the same ethnic ...

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Independent Scotland ?should have own currency?
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 2:25pm

LABOUR leader Johann Lamont has said that the “only logical place to go” for a currency option in an independent Scotland would be to have a separate Scottish currency. in a speech to the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC).
Peter A Bell's insight:

Johann Lamont is, of course, a fool. And not jus...



The flexibility of words
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 11:28am

This is the new "positive" campaign poster from "Better Together": There's a lie in the picture, but it's probably not the one you think. Because while it seems at first glance like a heinous and c...

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Torrance Response
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 11:02am

Bella agreed to a right to reply for David Torrance to Alan Bissett's article 'Ethnic Cleanse'.


It seems my use of the word ‘ethnic’ in the context of a column exploring the balance between civic a...


Peter A Bell's insight:

David Torrance offers a mealy-mouthed rationalisation of his smear attempt....



Disappointing response from Johann Lamont regarding Trident
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 10:45am

The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament works for the abolition of all nuclear weapons in Britain as a step toward the global elimination of these weapons of mass destruction.

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Why the economic arguments against independence are wrong | Scots Politics
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 10:40am

Given the evidence showing just how viable an independent Scotland’s economy would be, where has the opposition come from? Does it hold any credibility?



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Brave creator urges Scots to back Yes vote
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 10:27am

The creator of Brave, the Disney Pixar animation set in Scotland, has backed independence - and said a sequel to the popular film is inevitable.

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I won't be shouted down by the people who call me scum
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 10:14am

Whatever decision is taken by the people of Scotland in September, it is an indisputable fact that it will not just affect those of us who live here. Others in the rest of these islands and beyond will have their lives changed as well. The whole foundation of the United Kingdom will be altered an...



Robertson hits back at critics of his independence warning
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 8:26am

Former Nato Secretary General Lord Robertson of Port Ellen has defiantly hit back at the critics of his outspoken remarks against independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:


Robertson just gets more and more ludicrous with every utterance that slips out of his warped wee head. The "Prepare To Meet Thy Do...



Missing Inaction
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 7:53am

Let me right at the outset define what I mean by alienation. It is the cry of men who feel themselves the victims of blind economic forces beyond their control. It’s the frustration of ordinary people excluded from the processes of decision-making. The feeling of despair and hopelessness that per...



Apocalypse Naw
by Peter A Bell
17 Apr 2014 at 7:26am

We were going to take the night off until we read this drivel. Gah. And if we're being honest, we were just too pleased with the pun. It seems that Unionist journalists writing doom-laden "We might...

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Humza Yousaf: In run up to Scottish independence referendum SNP are still hel...
by Humza Yousaf
17 Apr 2014 at 9:53am
HUMZA YOUSAF says that Holyrood still have their eyes on the ball when it comes to the day to day running of Scotland.


Shamed former MSP Bill Walker has appeal against domestic abuse conviction th...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 7:46am
WALKER was jailed for 12 months last September for a string of abuse against three former wives and his stepdaughter and today three appeal judges rejected his appeal against the conviction.


Wife beating former MSP Bill Walker attempts to have his conviction for domes...
by dailyrecord
17 Apr 2014 at 1:57am
WALKER was jailed for 12 months last September after being found guilty of 23 assaults and one breach of the peace which spanned decades.


Shadow chancellor Ed Balls in police probe after driving off following collis...
by Richard Hartley-Parkinson
16 Apr 2014 at 4:24am
The Labour MP later apologised to his constituent following the incident earlier this month stressing he did not know any damage had been caused to the black Peugeot 306.


Gap continues to narrow between voters on both sides of the referendum debate...
by dailyrecord
16 Apr 2014 at 3:11am
THE lead held by the Better Together campaign for a No vote in September has shrunk from 19% in September to 12% in the latest survey, according to pollsters TNS.


Record View: It's too soon to brag about recovery
by Record View
16 Apr 2014 at 2:43am
RECORD VIEW warns that there is a long way to go before Britain can claim to be on the road to recovery despite falling inflation and figures showing that wages have kept pace with the cost of living.


Joan McAlpine: My cut and keep guide to pensions it Scotland votes Yes to ind...
by Joan McAlpine
15 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
JOAN says the Scottish Parliament have done well for our older citizens - delivering free personal care and free transport - which is why we have nothing to fear from a Yes vote.


Scottish independence: Margaret Curran promises more childcare and better wag...
by Torcuil Crichton
15 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
THE Shadow Scots Secretary made five pledges for women as she insisted the best future for Scottish females is inside the United Kingdom.


I?ve seen food parcels handed out through Unicef but never thought it would h...
by Eddie Izzard
15 Apr 2014 at 4:20pm
How did our Britain get to be so hungry? Our country, where even after the Second World War, we still had the ambition to feed our poorest people


Nigel Farage defends EU handouts: UKIP leader says he'll spend how he likes
by Tom McTague
15 Apr 2014 at 4:19pm
The UKIP leader was highly critical during Westminster's expenses scandal, but will have some explaining to do after claims that some of his "general expenditure allowance" has been paid into his personal bank account.


Alex Salmond 'guarantees' shipbuilding industry will continue long-term in an...
by dailyrecord
15 Apr 2014 at 8:34am
THE First Minister told the Scottish Trades Union Congress today he believes the Royal Navy would continue to order ships from Scottish yards but added that the industry would also have to diversify.


Thousands of defence jobs will be at risk if Scotland votes for independence,...
by dailyrecord
15 Apr 2014 at 6:44am
THE Defence Secretary issued the direct warning to employees at a Glasgow-based firm that their future prosperity, and that of their families, would be put in jeopardy by a Yes vote in September.


Record View: Outlaw zero-hours contracts which treat workers with zero respect
by Record View
15 Apr 2014 at 5:21am
RECORD VIEW slams the practice of zero-hours contracts after a STUC survey revealed 85,000 Scots were employed on the unacceptable deals.


Union chief hits out after STUC stats show 85,000 Scots are employed on zero-...
by Mark McGivern
15 Apr 2014 at 5:02am
THE STUC believe the scale of the problem, which they have dubbed "bonded labour" is far worse than they previously estimated.


UK's shared defence forces provide the 'security and peace of mind' which und...
by Lindsey Archibald
15 Apr 2014 at 2:13am
THE Defence Secretary also says a Yes vote in September would also result in "long and protracted negotiations" over defence issues such as the Trident nuclear weapons at Faslane.


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Splittists make cheap bid for the drunken male chauvinist vote.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Apr 2014 at 2:05pm
Splittists make cheap bid for the drunken male chauvinist vote.


SNP promise Super-Beer and Uber-Boobs
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Our beer goggles are now firmly deployed to defend the Empire

Splittist rebels in Dublin have told the UK to "feck off", and refused to bui...
by BBC Scotlandshire
16 Apr 2014 at 2:39pm
Splittist rebels in Dublin have told the UK to "feck off", and refused to build 2,300 turbines to feed the English market.


fUK fU*Ked by Irish splittists, while Hammond has a bad trip
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Putin - showing the Scotch how a bullying big neighbour will crush them under our jackbo...

Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.
by BBC Scotlandshire
14 Apr 2014 at 4:04pm
Scotlandshire is too windy for windfarms says Tory idiot.


Too many windfarms built in windy places, claims Tory moron
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Tory MSPs in Scotlandshire are benefiting far more from renewable energy payments than their landed MP counterparts in England

Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution w...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Apr 2014 at 9:07am
Lord Robertson of Port, Malt and Shampers, the man who predicted devolution would be the end of independence, has now claimed that independence would be the end of HIM.


Robertson warns independence would be 'the end of my world as we know it'
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Robertson told a packed confe...

Splittist debate descends into violence.
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Apr 2014 at 1:10pm
Splittist debate descends into violence.


Natz politician in pub brawl
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Should the polls still deteriorate, UKOK will apologise for the damage done to Scotlandshire, and promise to be much nicer people in future

Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and emba...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Apr 2014 at 2:18pm
Our equality correspondent, Dick Sarbest, explores recent (pointless and embarrassing) attempts by women to enter the manly world of Scottish politics.


The monstrous regiment of women
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
We urge all men to watch the household accounts carefully until 11:59pm on Tuesday 15th ...

Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Apr 2014 at 10:28am
Glasgow Loyalist leader, Gordon Matheson, has threatened to destroy the city by planting explosive smoked sausages in buildings throughout the city.



Labour to blow up Glasgow
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Alicsammin wins the Grand National!

Rest in Peace.
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm
Rest in Peace.



We'll miss you Margo
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national broadcasters is entirely unfortunate.

Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Apr 2014 at 4:07pm
Turmoil in Barrhead as travellers subjected to vicious attacks.



Barrhead fellow-traveller in flight
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
A staff member reported that he had been horrified to arrive at work early in the morning and find a yes sticker on a board across the road from the office

A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Toget...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Apr 2014 at 2:30am
A charity football match between members of the Yes Scotland and Better Together referendum campaigns will be played in Stirling on Saturday 24th of June as part of the 2014 Armed forces day.


Indy campaign's call truce for charity football match
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The match, part of the wid...

"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Mar 2014 at 4:38pm
"No splitting among anti-splittists" say U-KOK.



Splits in UKOK denied
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. Any similarity to other terminally biased national broadcast...

(no title)
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Mar 2014 at 10:57am

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definit...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Mar 2014 at 12:24pm
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers the thrilling, exciting and definitely absolutely positive case for the Union.


The 'thrilling' case for the UK
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
According to the Lib Dem press office, Mr Clegg's speech was delivered to a packed house of over 25,000 delegates and w...

Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire ar...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 6:40pm
Among the range of recent polls, pretending that rebels against the Empire are gaining, Poultice concentrates on what matters.



Poultice ? BBC London thanks you for your polling responses
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Please vote in our new poll - we don't understand why Subway keeps appearing in Scot...

Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely...
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Mar 2014 at 3:04pm
Secretary of State for Portsmouth, Ally Carmichaelmoore, says he's completely sanguine about his missing organ.




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Power starts where you accept complicity


The Complete Idiot?s Guide to Nationalism
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 2:03pm
By Robin McAlpine A simple guide for people who want to write about nationalism: Ethnic Nationalism: is the belief that the nation is based (wholly or in large part) on people from the same ethnic background. For example ‘Serbs out’.... Read More ›


Torrance Response
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 8:13am
Bella agreed to a right to reply for David Torrance to Alan Bissett’s article ‘Ethnic Cleanse’. It seems my use of the word ?ethnic? in the context of a column exploring the balance between civic and non-civic Nationalism in Scotland... Read More ›

Making a Spectacle out of a Crisis: Glasgow?s New Housing Blitzkrieg
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 7:05am
By Neil Gray On 13th April Commonwealth Games 2014 organisers announced that they were dropping the demolition spectacle from the opening ceremony amid fears of ?safety and security?. At a certain level we should celebrate a semblance of ?people power?... Read More ›


Missing Inaction
by bellacaledonia
17 Apr 2014 at 5:24am
By Jonathan Shafi Let me right at the outset define what I mean by alienation. It is the cry of men who feel themselves the victims of blind economic forces beyond their control. It’s the frustration of ordinary people excluded... Read More ›


Unionism?s Credibility Gap
by bellacaledonia
16 Apr 2014 at 3:36pm
By John Warren The distinguished psephologist Professor John Curtice has suggested that we may expect the turnout for the Scottish Referendum on 18th September to be around 80% (78% according to the most recent polling evidence in February, 2014); this... Read More ›


?Ethnic? Cleanse
by bellacaledonia
16 Apr 2014 at 11:20am
By Alan Bissett According to the Herald journalist David Torrance he is an ?ethnic nationalist?. To the composer James Macmillan he is a ?Blood Scot nationalist? and ?motivated by hate?. To the Labour blogger Ian Smart he is ?anti-English? and... Read More ›


Team Scotland
by bellacaledonia
16 Apr 2014 at 1:21am
Who'll negotiate our future when we win? Who's in your Team Scotland?


Wake Up! The Nation is in Peril! Man the Soapbox!
by bellacaledonia
15 Apr 2014 at 6:59pm
The Daily Telegraph is like a Treasure Island of Stupidity. It’s the citadel of the British elite and the glorious mouthpiece of their sublime ignorance of what’s actually going on. Each read is a pleasure, after which you can have... Read More ›


Oil and Food
by bellacaledonia
15 Apr 2014 at 5:37pm
Over the past 30 years Scotland has produced more oil than Dubai and Abu Dhabi combined. Seems we struck oil and got foodbanks? Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Foodbanks, Oil


Chase Yirsel
by bellacaledonia
15 Apr 2014 at 3:20pm
This is the sound of the new Scotland this Spring, alive with questions and energy about what is an what is to be. It’s a brilliantly hard hitting EP chock with one-liners that takes Stanley Odd to new musical heights.... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns? - BBC News
17 Apr 2014 at 2:17am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns?
BBC News
And the two sides of the campaign - pro-Union Better Together and pro-independence Yes Scotland - are working hard to win voter support at the ballot box. But who runs them and what are they up to? Here, in 60-ish second...


Scottish independence would 'damage' Britain's defence - Telegraph.co.uk
15 Apr 2014 at 4:56am

The Independent

Scottish independence would 'damage' Britain's defence
Telegraph.co.uk
The Royal Navy has 16 ships and submarines and two Royal Marines Commando units based in Scotland. The SNP has promised to maintain all military bases in Scotland in the event of independence and has said they wou...


Battle over Scottish independence slightly tightens in new poll - Reuters UK
15 Apr 2014 at 6:11pm

CNBC.com

Battle over Scottish independence slightly tightens in new poll
Reuters UK
The latest poll by TNS showed 29 percent of Scots intended to vote "Yes" to independence in the September 18 referendum, up from 28 percent a month ago, while 41 percent planned to vote "No," down from 42 percent. Th...


Scottish independence: Carmichael promises more power for isles - BBC News
16 Apr 2014 at 7:00am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Carmichael promises more power for isles
BBC News
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has promised to deliver greater powers for the Northern and Western Isles. The Orkney and Shetland MP said government from Edinburgh had been "just as bad and just as dangerous" f...


US remains a wild card in Scottish independence vote - Washington Post
13 Apr 2014 at 3:05am

Washington Post

US remains a wild card in Scottish independence vote
Washington Post
LONDON ? With support growing for independence just months before Scots decide whether to break up with Britain, outsiders are weighing in with impassioned calls to keep the three-century-old union together. British...


Scottish independence: Yes vote 'risk to jobs' - BBC News
14 Apr 2014 at 9:18pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Yes vote 'risk to jobs'
BBC News
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has predicted that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk. Speaking to defence workers in Glasgow, he claimed the UK's shared defence forces provide benefits of scale. SNP defen...


Orkney TV referendum debate - BBC News
15 Apr 2014 at 4:05pm

Orkney TV referendum debate
BBC News
The latest in a series of BBC Scotland television debate, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, comes from Kirkwall in Orkney. On the panel: Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, Scottish Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance, Former ...



Scottish independence: Debt dump worth more than oil, says CPPR - BBC News
14 Apr 2014 at 10:56pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Debt dump worth more than oil, says CPPR
BBC News
Dumping a share of the UK's debt would be worth twice as much to an independent Scotland as North Sea oil, academics have said. It would improve the nation's fiscal balance from an otherwise poor outlook, the Glasgow U...


Scottish independence: What's the defence debate all about? - BBC News
14 Apr 2014 at 7:41am

BBC News

Scottish independence: What's the defence debate all about?
BBC News
Scottish independence: What's the defence debate all about? 13 April 2014 Last updated at 16:42 BST. What would happen to Trident on the Clyde, what kind of Army would an independent Scotland have and how much would it cos...


Scottish independence: Labour official backing Yes - Scotsman
14 Apr 2014 at 10:57am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Labour official backing Yes
Scotsman
SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon made a special appeal to Labour voters to back independence in her conference speech on Friday, amid a concerted push to make pro-independence group Yes Scotland more appealing to supporters of the...



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SNP 'conundrum' - Scotsman
17 Apr 2014 at 6:13pm

SNP 'conundrum'
Scotsman
As the SNP attempts to dupe voters into believing it will retain the pound in a currency union, the chairman of the Yes campaign himself is content to watch on in silence with every intention of vigorously opposing this policy in the event of a Yes vote. As for the ...

and m...


Scotland Tonight: The critical referendum battle for Labour votes - stv.tv
17 Apr 2014 at 2:58pm

Scotland Tonight: The critical referendum battle for Labour votes
stv.tv
However, the party has been overtaken as Scotland's largest by the SNP, leading Scotland Tonight to ask whether Labour and Better Together can hold onto their own supporters at the ballot box this September. Joining the discus...


Stanford Group Develops Single-Color Droplet Digital PCR Assays for CNV ... -...
17 Apr 2014 at 1:52pm

Stanford Group Develops Single-Color Droplet Digital PCR Assays for CNV ...
GenomeWeb
Scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Stanford Genome Technology Center have demonstrated proof of principle for performing high-sensitivity detection and quantification of DNA copy nu...


Letter: Britain is sleepwalking into the impending Scottish referendum - Mont...
17 Apr 2014 at 12:46pm

Letter: Britain is sleepwalking into the impending Scottish referendum
Montreal Gazette
The SNP (Scottish National Party) wants to run their own affairs but are happy to keep the pound, just like the PQ want to keep the Canadian dollar, and they don't want border controls to their new country. They...


The 'yes' campaign has its negative side too - The Times (subscription)
17 Apr 2014 at 12:27pm

The 'yes' campaign has its negative side too
The Times (subscription)
You can hardly open a newspaper these days without encountering another inquest into the supposed shortcomings of the campaign to keep Scotland a part of the UK. The SNP bandwagon rolls merrily forward and Better Together appears...


Humza Yousaf: In run up to Scottish independence referendum SNP are still ......
17 Apr 2014 at 10:02am

Humza Yousaf: In run up to Scottish independence referendum SNP are still ...
Scottish Daily Record
In the party's last conference before the referendum, there was of course much talk about the gains and benefits of independence, and tribute paid to the great stalwarts of the SNP and the independen...


The polls are narrowing, the nationalists are on the march and Scotland is di...
17 Apr 2014 at 5:07am

New Statesman

The polls are narrowing, the nationalists are on the march and Scotland is divided
New Statesman
The Scottish edition of the Sun, meanwhile, has backed the SNP at the last two Holyrood elections and I understand that a lively debate is being conducted at the paper's Glasgow HQ as to wh...


Report shows growing strength of Scottish economy - SNP (press release)
17 Apr 2014 at 5:05am

Report shows growing strength of Scottish economy
SNP (press release)
The SNP has welcomed a new report which shows the strength of Scotland's economy ? with increases in investment, economic activity and business optimism confirmed. The report by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce found that the ma...


Better Fisheries Sector Expected this Year - TheFishSite.com
17 Apr 2014 at 2:45am

TheFishSite.com

Better Fisheries Sector Expected this Year
TheFishSite.com
PERU - The Peruvian fishing industry suffered last year, recording significant losses. This year, however, the industry is expected to recover, according to the National Fisheries Society (SNP). "If the warm water does not ar...


Dundee councillor John Alexander hits back over call for resignation - Evenin...
17 Apr 2014 at 1:08am

Evening Telegraph

Dundee councillor John Alexander hits back over call for resignation
Evening Telegraph
SNP housing convener John Alexander has hit back at opposition housing spokesman Brian Gordon, after the Labour councillor condemned Alexander's stewardship. Cllr Gordon's comments came in respon...



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Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns? - BBC News
17 Apr 2014 at 2:17am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Who's behind the referendum campaigns?
BBC News
And the two sides of the campaign - pro-Union Better Together and pro-independence Yes Scotland - are working hard to win voter support at the ballot box. But who runs them and what are they up to? Here, in 60-ish second...


Humza Yousaf: In run up to Scottish independence referendum SNP are still ......
17 Apr 2014 at 10:02am

New Statesman

Humza Yousaf: In run up to Scottish independence referendum SNP are still ...
Scottish Daily Record
In the party's last conference before the referendum, there was of course much talk about the gains and benefits of independence, and tribute paid to the great stalwarts of the SNP and t...


Scottish referendum could lead to 'instability' in the North, says report - I...
16 Apr 2014 at 7:40pm

Scottish referendum could lead to 'instability' in the North, says report
Irish Times
A Government assessment of risks facing the State has warned that the looming referendum on Scotland's membership of the United Kingdom could lead to an ?element of instability? in Northern Ireland. Although there...


Battle over Scottish independence slightly tightens in new poll - Reuters UK
15 Apr 2014 at 6:11pm

CNBC.com

Battle over Scottish independence slightly tightens in new poll
Reuters UK
The latest poll by TNS showed 29 percent of Scots intended to vote "Yes" to independence in the September 18 referendum, up from 28 percent a month ago, while 41 percent planned to vote "No," down from 42 percent. Th...


Scotland Tonight: The critical referendum battle for Labour votes - stv.tv
17 Apr 2014 at 2:58pm

Scotland Tonight: The critical referendum battle for Labour votes
stv.tv
Tapping into this sizeable demographic has become a priority mission for the Yes Scotland campaign. And at the SNP conference, Nicola Sturgeon made a direct appeal to their rival party's disaffected voters. Labour leaders clai...


Orkney TV referendum debate - BBC News
15 Apr 2014 at 4:05pm

Orkney TV referendum debate
BBC News
The latest in a series of BBC Scotland television debate, ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, comes from Kirkwall in Orkney. On the panel: Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, Scottish Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance, Former ...



Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum? - BBC News
2 Apr 2014 at 8:14am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Do I get a vote in the referendum?
BBC News
For the first time in Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds will get to vote in the referendum. As long as you were born on 18 September 1998 or before, and live in Scotland, you can have your say on Scotland's future. For those of ...


After Crimea, will Scotland be next to vote on independence? - CNN
19 Mar 2014 at 12:17am

Radio 1

After Crimea, will Scotland be next to vote on independence?
CNN
Russian lawmakers have drawn a parallel between Scotland's vote and the referendum held in Ukraine's Crimea region Sunday. But any such comparison is disingenuous: The referendum in Scotland is being held with the consent of th...


Lamont: Scottish Referendum must not divide our movement - Morning Star Online
16 Apr 2014 at 6:04pm

BBC News

Lamont: Scottish Referendum must not divide our movement
Morning Star Online
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont urged the STUC in Dundee yesterday not to let the independence referendum "divide our movement or distract from our common purpose of creating a more just Scotland." Ms Lamont s...


OPINION: Forecast for Scottish Referendum Uncertain - RIA Novosti
16 Apr 2014 at 8:38am

OPINION: Forecast for Scottish Referendum Uncertain
RIA Novosti
GLASGOW, April 16 (RIA Novosti), Mark Hirst ? A combination of factors may affect the results of the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence, making an accurate prediction all but impossible, opinion pollster Mark Diffley of Ipsos...



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Anything Goes

Scottish Affairs Committee - 'separation For Scotland'
17 Apr 2014 at 6:33pm

Any insomniacs or others watching this on Parliament channel?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04...



How I Met Your Mother Final Series
17 Apr 2014 at 4:04pm
Anyone else watch this? It has been horrendous the whole series.

Get Off The Ladies Tee
17 Apr 2014 at 2:47pm

Greatest Tv Programme
17 Apr 2014 at 2:28pm
It's got to be Only Fools and Horses for me.

Miles apart from any other programme on telly. I can...

Tamb - Referendum Poll (V2)
17 Apr 2014 at 8:47am

Hi everyone,

 

You may remember that I ran an opinion poll on this site in September last year as...



See What Country Song Was #1 On The Day You Were Born
17 Apr 2014 at 8:33am
My song is -  Jerry Reed - She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft).    Country songs have some gre...

Lights Out In The Highlands
16 Apr 2014 at 4:21pm
An "incredibly severe fault" apparently.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland/top-stories/thous...

Johann Starting To Imagine Post-Indy Policy Priorities...
16 Apr 2014 at 1:46pm

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/independent-scotland-should-have-own-currency-1...



For Parents Of 4-11 Year Olds.
16 Apr 2014 at 11:17am
Stampylongnose - PRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!

Highers
16 Apr 2014 at 7:37am

Following on from FE's mention of KD Lang Davidson, I was wondering how many highers we all hold ...




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

Exclusive: latest Holyrood voting intention
by James
10 Apr 2014 at 6:22am
It’s month two of our joint project with the Daily Record, Dundee University’s 5 Million Question...

Ladies Who Launch ? Why a Yes victory may already be in the bag
by Jeff
8 Apr 2014 at 4:52am
A confident guest post today from a certain Jeff Breslin, formerly of this parish. Thanks Jeff! F...

Margo Macdonald: a very brief obituary
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 9:39am
The Scottish Parliament today lost one of its few true icons, the independent (former SNP) MSP Ma...

Independence is a process too
by James
4 Apr 2014 at 8:20am
One of the most interesting swing constituencies for the independence referendum is just one pers...

Let?s make a low carbon Scotland a high priority
by James
27 Mar 2014 at 6:02am
A guest post today from†Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy at WWF Scotland: thanks Sam! The UK Commit...

This wooden IKEA is how you sell reduction
by Dom
20 Mar 2014 at 9:04am
Being back in Sweden for the first time in a while, I?ve been able to watch Labour?s devolution p...

Fringe benefits of independence
by James
18 Mar 2014 at 6:10am
The worst reason for voting No to independence is because you don’t like Alex Salmond, and the wo...

Who do you not hate?
by James
17 Mar 2014 at 8:33am
In addition to the independence question and the Holyrood voting intention put as part of our fir...

New polling, specifically our new polling
by James
13 Mar 2014 at 3:48am
Three major Scottish institutions today join forces (well, two major Scottish institutions plus B...

Scottish Labour and the supposed self-evident truths of separation
by Guest Blog
7 Mar 2014 at 7:27am
We’re pleased to have a guest post today from dearly-missed erstwhile Better Nation editor and fo...


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

Dramatic TNS-BMRB poll shows pro-independence campaign closing the gap to the...
by James Kelly
15 Apr 2014 at 7:36pm

This is hugely significant, more so than any Panelbase or even ICM poll. TNS-BMRB are different b...



What Better Together would be saying about their YouGov poll if they had just...
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 9:56am
What Better Together actually said : This latest poll, which saw 1148 adults surveyed in Scotland...

Sagacity on Saturday : A Non-Sagacity Special
by James Kelly
12 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us."

Said by f...

Poll commissioned by anti-independence campaign backfires catastrophically, w...
by James Kelly
11 Apr 2014 at 1:50pm

One day, very very soon, we're going to start calling a brass neck a 'McDougall'. Just 24 hours a...



YouGov continues to cynically mislead its own respondents - but still finds a...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 12:15pm

Terribly mysterious thing, this - Blair McDougall has decided to ignore the results of a new poll...



Two new referendum polls put support for independence at the heady heights of...
by James Kelly
10 Apr 2014 at 6:45am
Well, that's the last time I take anything the Political Editor of the Daily Record says on Twitt...

Wisdom on Wednesday : The biggest 'known unknown' is that we know we're going...
by James Kelly
9 Apr 2014 at 5:00am
"I believe...that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if ...

More details from today's Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
6 Apr 2014 at 11:03am

Many thanks to Oldnat for pointing me in the direction of the datasets for today's Panelbase/Wing...



Panic stations for anti-independence campaign as Panelbase poll confirms swin...
by James Kelly
5 Apr 2014 at 5:03pm
When a polling organisation produces a poll showing something out of the ordinary, as Panelbase d...


Thoughts of Margo, plus a graph
by James Kelly
4 Apr 2014 at 6:08pm
I always feel at moments like this that I should be paying my own personal tribute, but there's n...

Concerns raised over Ipsos-Mori's methodology
by James Kelly
2 Apr 2014 at 7:16pm
An anonymous poster left this rather troubling comment on last night's post about polling accurac...

How much credibility do the polls have?
by James Kelly
1 Apr 2014 at 9:12pm
Over the last couple of days, I've been contacted by three different people asking for my thought...

Brit Nat Tomkins isn't quite the king of the castle
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 11:43pm
Not for the first time, Professor Adam Tomkins took part in a discussion on Newsnight Scotland la...

Celebrity 'love-bombing' campaign gets serious as Better Together unveils its...
by James Kelly
31 Mar 2014 at 6:07pm
Many thanks to occasional commenter Cordon Blah for sending me this utterly jaw-dropping article ...

Why did Alistair Carmichael tell a direct lie about the polls on today's Sund...
by James Kelly
30 Mar 2014 at 1:27pm

I'd heard that Alistair Carmichael made a questionable comment about the recent TNS-BMRB poll on ...




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Yes Scotland

Yes Scotland - Say Yes to an independent Scotland

Daily Digest: Yes to help our universities attract top talent and Expert expl...
by Stuart McDonald
17 Apr 2014 at 6:02am
?To summarise some very complex arguments, as a result of the coalition government?s decision to ...

David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland.
by Peter Dempsie
17 Apr 2014 at 3:10am
Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph states that - David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland.

Defence Secretary claimed that an independent Scotland would be open to attac...
by Peter Dempsie
16 Apr 2014 at 4:11pm
As The Sun comments ? ?there surely must come a point when those trying to save the UK realise th...

Green Yes ? ?Digital Rights Are Civil Rights?
by Stuart McDonald
16 Apr 2014 at 10:29am
?Digital Rights Are Civil Rights? is the latest policy proposals from the Green Yes campaign, hig...

Scottish foreign policy will see world through a more ?ethical lens?
by Sean Lafferty
16 Apr 2014 at 7:47am
An independent Scotland can ?mimic the soft power credentials? of other small nations to create a...

Soaring foodbank use ?the tip of the iceberg in terms of UK food poverty?
by Stuart McDonald
16 Apr 2014 at 7:39am
The Trussell Trust has given out over 900,000 emergency food parcels in the last year in the UK ?...

Overwhelming majority want more positive campaign from 'No' - poll
by Sean Lafferty
16 Apr 2014 at 7:29am
Yes Scotland published new findings from an opinion poll commissioned by the pro-independence cam...

The scandal that shames Britain
by Peter Dempsie
16 Apr 2014 at 6:13am

More than 900,000 people were given emergency food in the past year, an increase of 163 per cent ...



Trade Union Members talking at STUC in Dundee
by Peter Dempsie
15 Apr 2014 at 9:18am
Video of wsLVrLbqaaI Individual members of various trade unions talking about the role of Trade...

Busy time for Trade Unionists for Yes at STUC Congress
by Stuart McDonald
15 Apr 2014 at 5:22am
Our Trade Unionists for Yes enjoyed a busy first day at the STUC Congress in Dundee yesterday, an...

Daily Digest: David Cameron will resign if Scotland votes Yes
by Stuart McDonald
15 Apr 2014 at 5:01am
Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph states that ?David Cameron will resign if he loses Scotland. A P...

The MoD is failing Scotland
by Peter Dempsie
15 Apr 2014 at 3:23am
The politicians who tell us we aren't capable of running our own defence are the same politicians...

Top Labour official is backing independence
by Peter Dempsie
14 Apr 2014 at 11:06am
A senior Labour Party figure in Glasgow has declared his support for independence, citing the ?re...

Daily Digest: Westminster?s currency bluff has crumbled and ?Murkier and more...
by Peter Dempsie
14 Apr 2014 at 10:23am
Following on from last month?s currency confession by a senior UK government minister in the Guar...

"Independence would lead to the breakdown of western civilisation"
by Peter Dempsie
14 Apr 2014 at 3:25am
Better Together is truly scraping the barrel now


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Scottish Independence Debate
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UCAS
17 Apr 2014 at 4:46pm
I had an S4 pupil ask me what would happen with university applications in the event of a Yes vot...

Old devolution campaigns repeated
17 Apr 2014 at 8:53am

Just a thought, but if you look back at some of the dross we're being fed by Better Together, it ...



Aliens threaten an independent Scotland!
16 Apr 2014 at 12:51pm

Following hot on from the forces of darkness, the forces of the empire are now headed our way......



peace & prosperity
12 Apr 2014 at 2:38pm
what is the longest period of peace in scottish history?
what period encompasses the scottish enli...

So I finally found the elusive ATOS figures
11 Apr 2014 at 6:23pm

http://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/atos-is-pulling-out-of-its-contract/

...

Give voters ability to ‘sack’ MSPs - Sturgeon
10 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
http://m.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/give-voters-ability-to-sack-msps-sturgeon-1-33722...

Neutral Idea
9 Apr 2014 at 3:02pm

Many people on this forum may have read my posts and hopefully noticed I am an undecided voter.  ...



Euro elections
9 Apr 2014 at 4:51am

Looks like the SNP are going to top the poll by 10%+

 

 

 

Great news for the yes campaign



What if....
8 Apr 2014 at 3:47pm

it's a draw? Could we have a penalty shoot-out & who's going to take 'em.

 

Anyone care to name t...



Scottish independence will end civilisation as we know it
8 Apr 2014 at 2:27am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-26933998

 

Point and laugh



labour bring our the big guns
7 Apr 2014 at 7:10am
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/independence-referendum-labour-legends-drafted-3383905...

Those nasty nationalists
6 Apr 2014 at 7:29pm

Going around harassing peaceful political campaigners in the street.

 

 

Skip to 1:28 to shuffle...



Immigrants Only Poll
6 Apr 2014 at 10:13am

Being an immigrant myself, I moved up here 9 years ago.

 

I was wondering what other not born her...



Margo's deid
4 Apr 2014 at 9:06am

Staunch independence campaigner has sadly left us........

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla...



Just a Thought...
3 Apr 2014 at 6:11pm

Are you happy/comfortable with the following:

 

1. UK gov colluding with banks to leave us a lega...




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Games host Glasgow shown to have worst life expectancy in UK
by Caroline Davies
16 Apr 2014 at 1:13pm
Office for National Statistics finds just 75% of boys and 85% of girls in Scottish city can expect to reach their 65th birthday

As the countdown to the Commonwealth Games begins, figures reveal that...




Everything up for negotiation if Scots vote for independence, Hammond says
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
14 Apr 2014 at 6:01pm
Defence secretary appears to undermine no camp, saying: 'You can't go into any negotiation with things that are non-negotiable'

The campaign against Scottish independence has been thrown into confus...



Scottish referendum: yes, it could happen | Editorial
by Editorial
13 Apr 2014 at 5:01pm
Ever since Osborne went to Scotland and argued against a future currency union, it is the yes campaign that has prospered

As the vote in September nears, the argument about Scottish independence is ...




Alex Salmond brands anti-Scottish independence campaign 'miserable'
by Severin Carrell Scotland Correspondent
12 Apr 2014 at 11:43am
First minister tells SNP the pro-independence movement is instead a 'beacon of hope' for Scotland

Alex Salmond has attacked the campaign against Scottish independence as "the most miserable, negativ...




'Team Scotland': Salmond calls on Labour voters to back independence
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
12 Apr 2014 at 3:27am
SNP leader says a yes vote would not be a vote for him and could lead to a Labour government in Edinburgh

Alex Salmond has appealed to Scotland's voters to ignore him and the Scottish National party...



The future of Scotland's currency continues to divide opinion, polls show
by Leila Haddou
11 Apr 2014 at 9:37am

YouGov poll finds 53% of Britons outside Scotland oppose the country keeping the pound and believe it has no viable alternative to sterling should it vote for independence

As currency continues to d...




Scottish independence: no campaign's scare tactics backfiring, says Salmond
by Rowena Mason and Severin Carrell
11 Apr 2014 at 5:35am
First minister attacks 'apocalyptic' claims of risks to global security and says support for yes vote in referendum is rising

Alex Salmond has said attempts by UK ministers and a former Nato secreta...




Scotland likely to choose independence, foreign diplomats believe
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
10 Apr 2014 at 12:02pm
Sources in diplomatic corps in Edinburgh say tide of opinion has shifted, while opinion polls show increase in support for yes vote

Foreign diplomats believe Scotland is likely to vote for independe...




SNP conference: Alex Salmond can bask in the glow of a win-win scenario | Dav...
by David Torrance
10 Apr 2014 at 3:53am
The Scottish nationalists will emerge stronger from the referendum on independence regardless of the result

Earlier this week the Parti Québécois, which is to Canadian politics what the SNP is to th...




Ed Davey says an independent Scotland must fund its own energy projects
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
9 Apr 2014 at 2:55pm
Blow to Alex Salmond's 2020 renewables target as energy secretary rules out billions in UK energy subsidies upon yes vote

The energy secretary Ed Davey has rejected Scottish government calls for the...




Lord Robertson is trying to bully Scots into voting no in the referendum | Ow...
by Owen Jones
8 Apr 2014 at 2:35pm
The former defence secretary and Nato chief's claims that a Scottish break from the union will imperil the west are part of an anti-democratic campaign that is backfiring

If Scotland votes to break ...




Independent Scotland would face immediate £23bn debt thinktank
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
8 Apr 2014 at 2:03pm
Scottish government spokeswoman says NIESR analysis 'misunderstand how government debt works'

An independent Scotland would face an immediate debt repayment of £23bn to the UK Treasury, equivalent t...




Scottish independence would weaken UK's global status, says ex-Nato chief
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
8 Apr 2014 at 4:40am
Lord Robertson says yes vote would boost west's enemies and 'forces of darkness' and embolden dictators across the world

George Robertson, the formerly UK defence secretary and Nato chief, has claim...




I will vote no to independence because I love Scotland | Menzies Campbell
by Menzies Campbell
7 Apr 2014 at 3:00pm
Those who argue against independence have a duty to recognise that most Scots want their parliament to have more powers

It is the love that rarely speaks its name. For it is now unfashionable to tal...




Scottish nationalists are 'monstering' UK supporters, says Alistair Darling
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
6 Apr 2014 at 5:26am
Head of no campaign accuses pro-independence activists of shouting down those who disagree with them

Nationalist campaigners are bringing shame to Scotland by the way in which they "monster" support...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The Great British Mortality Race
by weegingerdug
16 Apr 2014 at 7:29pm
New statistics have shown that Glasgow continues to sit at the top of British league tables, the city’s residents have the shortest life expectancy in the UK. It’s about the only competition Scotla...

Rum, sodomy, and the lash
by weegingerdug
15 Apr 2014 at 8:15pm
It’s another of Project Fear’s carefully coordinated frightnights. It’s another drive-by Tory. This time it’s Tory Defence Minister Philip Hammond, again. Phil has come to Scotland to make a positi...

Hysterical history
by weegingerdug
14 Apr 2014 at 8:10pm
Rory Stewart’s unionist propaganda thinly disguised as a BBC history documentary has provoked the ire of SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell, who has attacked the BBC for yet another of its exercises in compul...

Project Fear?s gumsy midgie
by weegingerdug
13 Apr 2014 at 10:50pm
Another day, another scare story. Now we’re told (copyright Justine Greening the Tory International Development Secretary) that Scottish independence will rip the bread from the mouths of the poore...

Stuff to waste time on a Sunday
by weegingerdug
12 Apr 2014 at 9:08pm
Yesterday’s appeal for translation help for Solidarity with Scotland produced a fantastic response.† Huge thanks to everyone who offered to help or made suggestions.† It also produced an interestin...

Labouring the point of independence
by weegingerdug
12 Apr 2014 at 8:49pm
Alicsammin has made an appeal for Labour voters to remember something that Better Together and the Unionist media are desperate for them to forget – the referendum in September is not an election a...

Translators wanted for Solidarity with Scotland
by weegingerdug
11 Apr 2014 at 4:35pm
OK. I said I’d never ask for donations on this blog, but I’d like to be somewhat less hypocritical than Better Together and ask for a donation of sorts anyway. Not donations of money, but donations...

Diplomatic message
by weegingerdug
10 Apr 2014 at 9:06pm
Oh dear. People in Scotland don’t believe Project Fear’s currency threat. A series of economists don’t believe it, and have popped out of academia to challenge Better Together’s threat in erudite s...

Haud yer wheesht
by weegingerdug
10 Apr 2014 at 6:40am
Scotland isn’t allowed to have an opinion. Not according to Michael Fallon, the Tory energy secretary who acts as minder to Ed Davey in order to prevent any Lib Dem-ish sandal wearing in Westminste...

Project Fear goes green
by weegingerdug
9 Apr 2014 at 8:28am
What’s going on with Project Fear? It’s genuinely perplexing. Some aspects of the campaign so far have gone according to expectations – everyone expected the mainstream media to be universally bias...


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