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The Herald

Scottish Political News | Herald Scotland
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Majority oppose Iraq and Syria action
1 Sep 2014 at 9:04pm
MOST people in the UK are opposed to Britain becoming engaged in any type of military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, a new poll has found.

Tories lose another veteran as MP announces plan to quit
1 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
Conservative former minister Sir Tony Baldry has announced he is standing down at the general election.

Rallying cry at Ukip Scottish rally will be to 'stay together'
31 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE decision by Ukip to hold a rally in Glasgow a few days before Referendum Day has been seized on by the Yes camp as a political blow to their opponents.

Poll reveals youth apathy to politics
31 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
Almost half of young people in Britain are not engaged in politics, feel their voices are not being heard and do not believe politicians are addressing their needs, a new poll has found.

Miliband aims for gender equality with women making up half of his front benc...
31 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
Ed Miliband has said he wants half of Labour MPs to be women in the future and to achieve a 50-50 gender split on the party's front benches.

Labour MPs 'among those considering Ukip defection'
29 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
CLAIMS and counter- claims have swirled around Westminster that not only Conservative but also Labour MPs are considering defecting to Ukip after Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell jumped ship and joined the anti-EU party.

LibDems pledge to extend paternity leave
29 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Liberal Democrats have pledged to give fathers an extra four weeks' paternity leave under manifesto plans.

Rise in immigration despite government's plan
28 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
Further evidence of a surge in immigration to the UK from within the European Union (EU) has undermined the Government's bid to keep a lid on new arrivals to the country.

Scots may resign from Cabinet to join in negotiations in the event of a Yes vote
28 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
A RAFT of key ministers could leave David Cameron's government following a Yes vote - to campaign for the best deal for an independent Scotland.

Cameron condemns Russia's actions
28 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron has declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims to desire a peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine are "not credible" while tanks roll across the border.

Senior Tory claims Speaker could be unseated by his own party
27 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
THE threat to John Bercow's position as Commons Speaker has been underlined with the suggestion from a senior Tory that his own party could seek to unseat him at the General Election.

Juncker insists Cameron sends woman to EU
26 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron is coming under pressure from Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming President of the European Commission, to change tack and nominate a woman as Britain's top representative in Brussels.

Ukip's Farage will fight for Westminster seat at election
26 Aug 2014 at 9:03pm
UKIP leader Nigel Farage last night pledged to enlist an 'army' to fend off the Tories and Labour after he was selected to fight a Kent seat at the 2015 general election.

Boris Johnson announces he will seek to make Commons comeback
26 Aug 2014 at 10:31am
Boris Johnson has announced that he will seek to make a Commons comeback as MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip at the general election.

Clegg in India for talks on trade
25 Aug 2014 at 9:04pm
NICK Clegg and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi have held talks on trade, climate change and education.


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Indy ref poem imagines Scotland the morning after
2 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: The new “Poet Laureate for Edinburgh” has written her first poem, imagining Scotland waking up on 19 September, the day after the referendum.



Scottish independence: ?Scots welcome in Nato?
2 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would be welcomed into Nato even if it ditched Trident, says a former UK ambassador to the nuclear-based defence alliance.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Jim Murphy restarts campaign
2 Sep 2014 at 6:00pm

LABOUR MP Jim Murphy resumed his pro-union referendum campaign in Edinburgh city centre on Tuesday.



Scottish independence: Trident centre of TV debate
2 Sep 2014 at 5:20pm

RUTH Davidson last night launched a defence of the UK’s armed forces, saying she was proud that Britain “shouldered its burden” in the world.



Leaders: Scots must have say in civil liberties
2 Sep 2014 at 4:12pm

THE devolution settlement put together by Donald Dewar in a few short months after Labour’s general election victory in 1997 contained a number of potentially problematic ragged edges.



George Kerevan: Much made over national security
2 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

WITH barely two weeks to go before the independence referendum, the Yes campaign has finally acquired momentum.



Scottish independence: Highlanders stand proud
2 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

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



Stephen McGinty: On the road with Jim Murphy
2 Sep 2014 at 2:11pm

WHEN the police officer failed to adequately disarm the six foot yellow chicken, Margaret McIver got as mad as any self respecting 84-year-old can and still avoid departing in handcuffs.



Scottish independence: Lloyds ?would move? HQ
2 Sep 2014 at 12:51pm

LLOYDS Banking Group is considering having its registered office in London rather than Edinburgh should Scots vote for independence, according to banking industry sources.



Scottish independence round-up: New poll reaction
2 Sep 2014 at 12:01pm

CATCH up on the day in the Scottish independence debate, with this round-up of stories featured on our dedicated referendum microsite.



Scottish independence: Food and drink Yes ?boost?
2 Sep 2014 at 11:52am

SCOTLAND’S food and drink industry will be boosted by the global publicity generated by a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, Alex Salmond has said.



Scottish independence and border controls
2 Sep 2014 at 11:45am

HOW would movement in and out of Scotland be affected by Scottish independence? When would Scots need their passports to travel? We highlight some of the key issues around border control and travel in this explainer.



Scottish independence: Jim Murphy resumes campaign
2 Sep 2014 at 10:37am

LABOUR MP Jim Murphy claimed the “noisy tap of mob mentality” has been turned off as he made a return to the referendum campaign trail in Edinburgh city centre.



David Cameron?s anti-terror measures stumble
2 Sep 2014 at 10:04am

COALITION plans to counter the threat from British jihadists have been criticised as “vague” and potentially unenforceable.



MP?s new bill aims to curb irresponsible parking
2 Sep 2014 at 9:52am

A NEW bill to give the Scottish Parliament powers to crack down on pavement parking is to be introduced at Westminster on Friday by Edinburgh North and Leith Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz.




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Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

A thousand-word metaphor
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2014 at 4:00pm

Assessing the earthquake
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2014 at 12:28am
If anyone was still harbouring any doubts as to the significance of last night’s poll news, they would surely have been dispelled by this serious, thought-provoking and perceptive analysis on the BBC news channel’s “The Papers” roundup last night. Of course, the poll might be a rogue. It might just be a temporary bounce from […]

A surprising development
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 3:22pm
The rather sour Times leader linked in the tweet doesn’t actually specify the numbers, and the poll isn’t officially released yet as we write this, but we’d been hearing rumours of a Y47 N53 (excl. DKs) for a little while beforehand, so it looks like they were true. Less than a month ago, YG stood at Y39 […]

Bringing the smackdown
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
We thought this deserved a wider audience after the Herald’s appalling front-page lead scare story today by Michael Settle and Kate Devlin, channelling Jim Murphy MP: “SCOTTISH POLICE FEDERATION 5 Woodside Place, Glasgow, G3 7QF MEDIA RELEASE The Scottish Police Federation represents all police officers in the ranks of constable, sergeant, inspector and chief inspector, police […]

Brass neck polished again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 9:00am
The Daily Record, 27 Aug 2014: “[Gordon] Brown said SNP proposals to cut corporation tax would benefit large companies, including energy firms. ‘The biggest beneficiaries of the SNP’s tax policy are the shareholders and directors of the privatised energy companies in Scotland,” he said. ‘”When you look at the Scottish National Party policies, inequality and […]

A significant escalation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 6:24am
Last week, Yes voters only hated their families, not Scotland. This week it’s both. Can you feel the fear, readers?

New volatility blow for Salmond
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 4:46am
From today’s Financial Times: “Buyout groups Blackstone and Blue Water Energy are providing $500m to Siccar Point Energy, a new UK-focused oil company, in one of the largest ever private equity investments in North Sea oil. Investment in the UK North Sea reached a record level of £14.4bn last year, raising hopes that oil and gas production could […]

34 months later
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2014 at 12:06am
Wings Over Scotland officially launched on the 1st of November 2011, with a collection of posts imported from a personal blog. (The first original post didn’t appear until a week later.) It was meant just to be a small aggregator site of interesting stories from the newspapers with a short bit of commentary. That month we had […]

Not waving but drowning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2014 at 9:56am
So worn-down are we by the job of scrutinising Scotland’s exhaustingly terrible media for three years for you, our beloved readers, that we often can’t bring ourselves to watch current-affairs shows live any more, steeling ourselves to catch up with them on iPlayer only if people say there was something of particular note on them. […]

Down in the tuba station at midnight
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2014 at 9:02am
After all the unpleasantness of recent days we thought you might enjoy a bit of lighter viewing for a Sunday afternoon, so here’s an excellent short documentary about the Wings card game, “The Last Voter In Scotland”, which is padded out with background footage of a bloke called Greg something. We think he’s some sort […]


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


FM: Independence 'closer than ever'
2 Sep 2014 at 10:37am
Independence is "closer than it's ever been" claims First Minister Alex Salmond, as an opinion polling suggests gains for the "Yes" campaign.


Campaign donation figures released
2 Sep 2014 at 9:10am
More than £250,000 was donated in the last month to groups campaigning in the Scottish independence referendum.


Thousands in late rush to vote
2 Sep 2014 at 5:14am
Local registration centres say in recent days they have received tens of thousands of applications from people wanting to vote.


MP Jim Murphy resumes campaign tour
2 Sep 2014 at 5:35am
Labour MP Jim Murphy resumes his street tour of Scotland ahead of the independence referendum, following its suspension last week.


Referendum campaign focus on jobs
2 Sep 2014 at 9:39am
Both sides in the Scottish referendum debate focus on jobs, just a few weeks ahead of the vote on the nation's future.


Brown issues warning over UK debt
2 Sep 2014 at 12:42am
Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.


Referendum 'assault' video emerges
1 Sep 2014 at 3:20pm
A video emerges which appears to show a supporter of the United Kingdom kicking out at a female protestor.


Darling: Vote is 'test of judgement'
1 Sep 2014 at 9:14am
The referendum is a test of "judgement over patriotism", says the chairman of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling.


Deadline looms for vote registration
1 Sep 2014 at 8:33am
Both independence referendum campaigns have urged people to register to vote if they have not already done so.


Man denies assaulting MP Galloway
1 Sep 2014 at 9:48am
A 39-year-old man pleads not guilty to the religiously aggravated assault of MP George Galloway in a London street.


Council chief executive retiring
1 Sep 2014 at 5:07am
The chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council, Colin Mackenzie, announces his retirement from the post he has held since 2008.


Leaders set out immigration visions
31 Aug 2014 at 10:52am
Party leaders set out differing visions of Scotland's immigration policy, ahead of the independence referendum.


Campaigns focus on jobs and families
30 Aug 2014 at 7:17am
Alex Salmond talks of a "jobs gap" in Better Together's campaign while those backing the Union say independence would "cost families dear".


VIDEO: Alistair Darling on Reporting Scotland
14 Aug 2014 at 2:35pm
Chairman of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling MP speaks to Reporting Scotland presenter Sally Magnusson about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.


VIDEO: First Minister on Reporting Scotland
13 Aug 2014 at 2:07pm
First Minister Alex Salmond MSP speaks to Reporting Scotland presenter Jackie Bird about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence.


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Much made over national security
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Sep 2014 at 5:07pm

By George Kerevan

WITH barely two weeks to go before the independence referendum, the Yes campaign has finally acquired momentum.
 
The latest string of polls suggest it will take only a modest three-point swing to put the two sides on even keel ? no wonder David Cameron says he is nervous. The political mood feels very similar to the final weeks of the 2011 Holyrood election, when the optimism exuded by the SNP campaign caught the nation?s imagination.



Illuminating the Future Potential from the North Sea
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
2 Sep 2014 at 11:38am

  By Professor Alex Kemp and Linda Stephen, University of Aberdeen
 
The current political debate has generated much heat surrounding the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.  This piece attempts to shed light on the subject. 
 
The long term future of the industry depends on a combination of (1) the volume of the ultimate resources, including future discoveries, (2) the costs of exploiting these resources, and (3) Government policies (which can incentivise or retard exploration and developments).  An understanding of all of these is necessary to come to informed judgements about the long term potential. 



Why I will never buy the Herald again
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
1 Sep 2014 at 2:10pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out in support of Yes.  Recent figures show that alone amongst a sea of pro-Union slippage, its sales have increased.
 
However that short excursion into the newsagents stopped abruptly today when I read the headline of a newspaper I purchased religiously every day for years.



Scotland: The Day after ... In Europe
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
31 Aug 2014 at 3:35pm

By Mark McNaught
 
The resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, could very well bring a UKIP MP to Westminster. Others could follow before the 2015 UK elections.
 
This move has disastrous implications for David Cameron and his plans to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the European Union.



The Dirty Dozen - The case against BBC Scotland: Part 2
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Aug 2014 at 3:21pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby

In March this year Newsnet Scotland published an article which challenged the widely held belief that the BBC's reporting of the independence referendum could be trusted to be fair and balanced.

The article contained six of the worst examples of BBC political reporting in relation to Scotland and indicated a political agenda was at work.  Now, five months after its publication and three weeks before the referendum, we publish the second installment.



The meltdown of the No campaign ? The game that changed
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
30 Aug 2014 at 1:24am

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.  Barely a week ago we were being told that the second TV debate was Alex Salmond's last chance to save Yes.
 
The First Minister had put in a below par performance in the previous TV debate on STV and pundits were queuing up to tell anyone who would listen that Yes needed a game changer.  No were hammering away on the currency and demanding a Plan B.



Three Cheers for Us!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Aug 2014 at 3:38pm

By Derek Bateman
 
Can I drag you away from the sight of Gordon and Alistair acting like old mates to point you in the direction of the latest dire warnings of our imminent national demise should we join the world community as a sovereign state? (Doesn?t seeing the old comrades arm in arm bring back memories of the time they were in power together building up the British economy and securing prosperity for working class people?how did that all end?)



Is Alex Salmond?s heir apparent?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Aug 2014 at 12:02am

By George Kerevan
 
ALEX Salmond returned to ebullient form on Monday night, ?winning? the second televised debate with Alistair Darling hands down. That would not be news had the First Minister performed better during the earlier round, when Darling?s steady (if monotonously repetitious) fire seemed to non-plus the First Minister. It was like the captain of a great battleship being perplexed by the return fire from some pesky enemy frigate.



The TV debate ? From Inside the Beltway
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
26 Aug 2014 at 1:05pm

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Last night, outside Kelvingrove half a dozen men stood wrapped in Union flags. One carried a "no thanks" poster. A few feet away, a white and black "vote yes for Scotland" banner lay unfurled across the museum?s front steps. A girl, who looked no older than twenty, swung a saltire. She wore a t-shirt with 'Jacobite' on it.



The Freemasonry of the Media
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
24 Aug 2014 at 12:12pm

By Derek Bateman
 
For 45 years I have been a 'Member of Her Majesty's Press' and have now become a lifetime member of the National Union of Journalists.  I was never one of the top gun star performers in any of the places I worked but I was steady and occasionally inspired.

I didn't ever cut it as a news reporter because it requires an unflinching doggedness for i/brformation that I lacked.  I just didn't care enough about what passed for news most of the time because it was the 'here today, gone tomorrow' sludge that you still read in the papers today.




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Click here to support Fly me to Scotland by Will McLeod
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 12:42pm

Hi everyone, I'm Will McLeod, an independent journalist in Washington DC. I've covered a number of stories over the years, including reporting from Zucotti Park during the Occupy movement. My monday morning Netroots Radio spot went viral in Scotland. You can download the full podcast here: http.....

A Lot Of Scots Are Really Very Angry At Better Together's Latest Adverts
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 12:11pm

This morning, the Better Together campaign launched a new advertising campaign to convince Scottish voters to vote against independence in the upcoming referendum.

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Danny Alexander: iScotland would need Wonga style bond markets to pay for pub...
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 11:57am
An independent Scotland would require the "bond markets equivalent of Wonga" to pay for public services if it rejected a share of the UK national debt, Danny Alexander has claimed.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Do these British nationalist politicians never tire of running Scotland down? Have they learne...



The Proclaimers and others donate almost £170,000 in less than a month to Yes...
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 11:37am

The main pro-independence campaign has received almost £170,000 in donations in less than a month, including a cash boost from the Proclaimers.

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Aye Nominate
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 11:14am

It's dead simple. Take a short video of yourself giving your main reason for voting Yes, then nominate 5 people to do the same. Here's the link to the Twitter and Facebook pages. We'll post the bes...

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Posted Missing
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 11:08am
Just a couple of thoughts to calm my nerves…are we really that close? I was wondering about the No messaging after the disastrous PatronisingWoman – and her defenders like Margaret and Johann – and...

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Treasury Chief confirms the debt is the UK's | Scottish National Party
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 10:55am

SNP MP Stewart Hosie today welcomed the confirmation from Sir Nick MacPherson the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, that the UK Government stands by it’s earlier position that the UK Government is legally responsible for all the UK’s debts.



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Referendum 'assault' video emerges
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 10:51am

A video has emerged which appears to show a supporter of the United Kingdom kicking out at a female protester.



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A third of Labour voters already voting Yes | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 10:31am



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Bringing the smackdown
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 10:10am
We thought this deserved a wider audience after the Herald's appalling front-page lead scare story today by Michael Settle and Kate Devlin, channelling Jim Murphy MP: "SCOTTISH POLICE FEDERATION 5 ...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Unionist politicians and the British nationalist media get a serious rap o...



Warning of polling station clashes as tensions rise
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 10:05am

FEARS of "absolute carnage" outside polling stations on Referendum Day amid a growing atmosphere of intimidation have been raised by the No camp.


Peter A Bell's insight:

Unionists are desperately trying to provoke violence as a means of de-legitimising the referendum. All Yes voters should have sen...



It's NOT all about pounds and oil
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 9:56am

A special report by Asianomics, written by Scottish economist Jim Walker, lays out a powerful case for independence.? The full report is available in pdf format here.? A synopsis of the argument is laid out below.? It is NOT all about pounds and oil. It is time for Scots to take responsibility fo...

New poll: support for Yes is up eight points in a month
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 9:55am

Support for Scottish independence has risen eight points in a month, according to a new poll.

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Tommy Sheridan interview- freedom - YouTube
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 9:53am

The artist taxi driver

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Lallands Peat Worrier: Carebear Unionism
by Peter A Bell
2 Sep 2014 at 9:51am

This, give or take, was the sort of thing I was expecting Alistair Darling to say a week ago. Britain is a great country, a historic achievement - and it should be put away with a little dignity. I sat, waiting for Darling to find his lyricism, to remember a few verses of the auld sang that made ...


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Independent Scotland's use of pound without currency union not compatible wit...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2014 at 12:14pm
FORMER EU economics chief Olli Rehn claims Yes vote would mean Scotland would have to re-apply to join the union.


Sturgeon, Murphy, Goldie and Souter join panel for TV Referendum Debate tomorrow
by Paul English
2 Sep 2014 at 11:50am
Yes and No supporters will battle it out before live audience on BBC1.


Gordon Matheson: A Yes vote in independence referendum won't stop SNP giving ...
by Gordon Matheson
2 Sep 2014 at 11:14am
GORDON MATHESON gives his view that a Yes vote would see the SNP continue to give Glasgow less funding.


Patrick Harvie: Ice Bucket Challenge has shown political opponents can unite ...
by Patrick Harvie
2 Sep 2014 at 11:10am
PATRICK HARVIE shows his support for Better Together's Gordon Aikman's fightback against Motor Neurone Disease by taking the ice bucket challenge.


The Scottish Government was not consulted on new laws to counter terrorists s...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2014 at 9:40am
ALEX Salmond reveals he was informed only half an hour after last week's announcement of plans to tackle extremists.


Jim Murphy claims 'noisy tap of mob mentality' has been turned off as he make...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2014 at 9:02am
THE former Scottish Secretary temporarily suspended his pro-Union 100 Streets In 100 Days tour last week amid claims that the events were being targeted by Yes supporters in a co-ordinated campaign.


Alex Salmond hails new opinion poll on the Scottish independence referendum a...
by dailyrecord
2 Sep 2014 at 8:52am
THE First Minister was reacting to a YouGov poll which shows that support for a Yes vote has risen by eight points in a month.


Alex Salmond treated like a rock star as wellwishers flock to meet the First ...
by David Clegg
2 Sep 2014 at 6:18am
WELLWISHERS flocked to meet and greet Alex Salmond in Dundee, turning the First Minister's 5-minute walk back to his car into an impromptu 90-minute meet-and-greet with the locals in Dundee.


Former PM warns Scotland would become 'international outcast' if it reneges o...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 1:16pm
GORDON Brown's comments during a speech in Coatbridge follow renewed arguments over currency union.


No campaign in 'serial blunder mode' says First Minister claiming Yes campaig...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 11:58am
ALEX Salmond hit out at Better Together's latest ads which he says are 'patronising' and 'daft'.


Daily Record to be guest edited by Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling as both ...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 10:50am
The Daily Record has formed a momentous partnership with both the Better Together and Yes Scotland campaigns as both Alastair Darling and Alex Salmond will guest edit the paper.


Alistair Darling calls for zero tolerance of bullying and intimidation in ind...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 10:20am
MOVE follows turbulent week on campaign trail in which Alex Salmond and Labour MP Jim Murphy were involved in separate incidents of threatening behaviour.


Alex Salmond calls on 'the missing million' who've not yet registered to vote...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2014 at 4:23am
SCOTS have just 24 hours to register for the September 18 referendum, which is also open to 16 and 17-year-olds for the first time in a major a poll.


NOwhere to go: SNP draw up plans for the future amid fears Union vote could b...
by David Clegg
31 Aug 2014 at 6:01pm
THE SNP have showed signs they believe a Yes vote is beyond their grasp as senior civil service sources tell the Daily Record the nationalists are making plans for a No vote.


Kezia Dugdale: Yespests just can't accept that there are many people proudly ...
by Kezia Dugdale
31 Aug 2014 at 6:01pm
LABOUR MSP Kezia Dugdale says that the actions of Yes campaigners are pushing more people towards a No vote.


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Dramatic evidence of the demon Natz at their foulest!
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
Dramatic evidence of the demon Natz at their foulest!


Blow to Salmond as Natz vandals caught on camera
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Davie Mundell says that the shite wasn't bullshit, and he's an expert on that.

As Galloway's attacker turns out to be a NO supporter, Murphy falls foul of t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Sep 2014 at 12:56pm
As Galloway's attacker turns out to be a NO supporter, Murphy falls foul of the agents of the British state.


Betrayed! - CI5 minders turn on Britnat Labour MP
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish ...

UKIP "all fired up for the fight".
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2014 at 2:30pm
UKIP "all fired up for the fight".


Cameron, Milliband and Clegg get a kick in the Clactons!
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
In the Premiership Egg-hurling Division, the score remains locked at Murphy 1 - 1 Sillars

BREAKING NEWS: Nigel Farage to liven up the UKOK campaign in Glasgow.
by BBC Scotlandshire
31 Aug 2014 at 1:12pm
BREAKING NEWS:
Nigel Farage to liven up the UKOK campaign in Glasgow.




Our brave reporter investigates the IS threat from the inside.
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Aug 2014 at 2:41pm
Our brave reporter investigates the IS threat from the inside.


Independent Scotland- a dangerous rogue state on the edge of Europe
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludicrous, spurious and ill-conceived Scottish stories from Atlantic Quay. ...

Food fights break out across Scotlandshire as referendums split friendships.
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2014 at 5:58pm
Food fights break out across Scotlandshire as referendums split friendships.


Cameron calls of Scottish speaking tour after CBI chief pelts him with carrot puree
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The weans roon here hiv ta'en tae hingin roon politicians in the hope there'll be some free food flyin roon.

See how those nasty, nasty cruel people make fun of the afflicted? See this v...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Aug 2014 at 11:01am
See how those nasty, nasty cruel people make fun of the afflicted?
See this vicious Greg Moodie description of what happened to our heroine, as she encountered reality - and weep.
http://gregmoodie.com/patronising-bt-lady-is-released-into-the-wild/


Patronising BT Lady Is Released Into The Wild | G...

Hello? Anyone there? My damn phone doesn't seem to be working! Was it 'cos I ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2014 at 1:05pm
Hello? Anyone there? My damn phone doesn't seem to be working! Was it 'cos I voted Yes?


UK Minister in ?no phones if you vote yes? threat!
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The animated audience of 432, were told, Imagine not being able to call your Factor in Sutherland or your Ghillie on the Spey!

BBC Scotlandshire is proud to promote the very best in British values. Our ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Aug 2014 at 6:13am
BBC Scotlandshire is proud to promote the very best in British values.

Our Nobbled Prize-winning experts reckon this is a pure winner in the #indyref debate with at least half of the general public.

In fact, it was the BBC Scotlandshire team who first presented this line in campaigning to U-KO...

Dateline Scotland popped round for a nice cup of tea and a chat. Details of t...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Aug 2014 at 1:44pm
Dateline Scotland popped round for a nice cup of tea and a chat. Details of the discussions are confidential, but they certainly punch above their weight!

We agreed to give them a wee donation. However, they said they preferred money.

Here's Programme 5.


Dateline Scotland: Episode 5

This week's h...

We hacked into the private diary of one of the "volunteers" from the North of...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Aug 2014 at 1:05pm
We hacked into the private diary of one of the "volunteers" from the North of England who made the great journey North. Read his exciting adventure!


L-Team tour to Scotlandshire : The diary of a NO body
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Be enthralled by the experiences of Fladgett Entwhistle as he encount...

Have you got the Balls to take a tour to Scotlandshire? The L-Team will keep ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Aug 2014 at 12:13pm
Have you got the Balls to take a tour to Scotlandshire? The L-Team will keep you safe.


New Scotlandshire tours from the L-Team
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Tour members will be reallocted to the highest level package available - currently Plan FO (Scotlandshire).

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to the unprecedented turn out likely in the split...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Aug 2014 at 12:58pm
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to the unprecedented turn out likely in the splittist referendum, voting arrangements have been changed.
http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/index.php/city-news/804-chief-counting-officer-announces-dramatic-change-in-voting-arrangements.html


Chief Counting Officer announ...

Explained! Where did the missing 9 billion barrels of oil go?
by BBC Scotlandshire
23 Aug 2014 at 1:39pm
Explained! Where did the missing 9 billion barrels of oil go?


Oil tycoon admits to 'having addiction problem'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Wood - enjoying a rather fine 'Late Cretaceous vintage from the Clair Ridge, which had interesting overtones of pre-Palocean deformation'

As the date of destiny approaches, pensioners are warned that they are next o...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Aug 2014 at 4:14pm
As the date of destiny approaches, pensioners are warned that they are next on the menu.


Pensioners warned 'giant space spiders' would follow Yes vote
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
If weird, repulsive aliens are not already walking among us, how on Earth do you explain Danny Alexander?


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'May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears' - Nelson Mandela


The Audience is taking to the Stage
by bellacaledonia
2 Sep 2014 at 3:04pm
By Mike Small Increasingly desperate now, senior Unionist figures in Scotland are beginning to look like children on the beach digging a moat to stop the incoming tide. The older children know what’s happening, but the younger ones still believe if... Read More ›


Aye Nominate
by bellacaledonia
2 Sep 2014 at 11:05am
It’s dead simple. Take a short video of yourself giving your main reason for voting Yes, then nominate 5 people to do the same. Here’s the link to the Twitter and Facebook pages. We’ll post the best ones here. Come... Read More ›


Move Ouvre Darling
by bellacaledonia
1 Sep 2014 at 9:04am
Mike Small on Borgen, sleaze, and dolly mixture. On the eve of the final day for voter registration for the Scottish Independence Referendum, grassroots yes activists have argued that the huge success of their efforts to engage and re-engage the... Read More ›

Keep the peace and avoid potential flashpoints. The world?s media will be arr...
by bellacaledonia
1 Sep 2014 at 8:30am
by Kevin Williamson As our beautiful democratising Independence referendum swings into September and the last fortnight, and with the Yes campaign brimming full of the confidence that visible momentum inevitably brings with it, the best and worst of this campaign... Read More ›


Yes Fife in the Sun
by bellacaledonia
31 Aug 2014 at 4:00pm
Activists across Scotland continued to celebrate the movement for change all weekend with mass actions everywhere. As Paul Mason writes: “Something incredible is happening in Scotland. The little pin badges ? Yes or No ? that people wear are sparking open... Read More ›


Kevin Bridges on the Referendum
by bellacaledonia
31 Aug 2014 at 4:36am
Kevin Bridges turns his attention to the referendum with some key debating advice for Alex Salmond ...


Flying Blind ? MPs, Money and the Economy
by bellacaledonia
31 Aug 2014 at 4:18am
By Scott Egner A recent poll commissioned by London based money reform organisation Positive Money found that only 1 in 10 UK MPs actually understand that banks create money when they lend. In the Poll comprising one hundred MPs, when... Read More ›


Stiglitz enlightened challenge to Scottish Education
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 1:11pm
An exciting prospect is laid out... Scotland's imminent potential through education...


Beyond Personality Politics
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 12:59pm
Andrew Gardiner exerts us to go beyond the personalities involved in the referendum and see deeper issues. It is easy to see how personalities can influence voters in the run up to polling day. We are usually seeking to elect... Read More ›


Postcard from Quinhagak
by bellacaledonia
30 Aug 2014 at 8:56am
Kathleen Jamie on how the Yup’ik people are re-learning to appreciate and respect their own culture. Quinhagak is a village on the west coast of Alaska, where the Quanirtuuq river unbraids and enters the Bering Sea. I’ve been here 2... Read More ›


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Google News

Knock, Knock for Scottish Independence Ahead of Vote - Wall Street Journal
2 Sep 2014 at 11:13am

Wall Street Journal

Knock, Knock for Scottish Independence Ahead of Vote
Wall Street Journal
... of countries separating," she added, shutting the door. Mr. Leith and thousands of others across Scotland are going door-to-door in the evenings, trying to convince the undecided to vote for Scottish ind...


Scottish Independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap - Telegraph.co.uk
2 Sep 2014 at 3:15am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish Independence: Yes camp closes the poll gap
Telegraph.co.uk
Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said: ''This breakthrough poll shows that Yes has the big momentum - it's an all-time high for Yes support in a YouGov survey so far, and an eight-point swing from No t...


Scottish independence: Accusations of intimidation and violence fly in from ....
2 Sep 2014 at 9:15am

The Independent

Scottish independence: Accusations of intimidation and violence fly in from ...
The Independent
But in a sign of how heated the debate over Scottish independence has become, the victims of the assault outside the ground in Edinburgh were not the supporters of a rival club, but campai...


Scottish independence: Video emerges of referendum 'assault' - BBC News
2 Sep 2014 at 10:22am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Video emerges of referendum 'assault'
BBC News
An eyewitness told the Sunday Herald newspaper that an ambulance was called for the woman, but was later cancelled. Police Scotland initially said the event passed off peacefully, but subsequently revealed that a man had ...


Pro-independence Scots narrow gap to victory ahead of vote - poll - Reuters UK
2 Sep 2014 at 1:43am

Reuters UK

Pro-independence Scots narrow gap to victory ahead of vote - poll
Reuters UK
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Support for Scottish independence rose dramatically in August, a poll showed on Monday, leaving the "Yes" campaign just six points behind advocates of staying in the United Kingdom with 17 d...


Scottish independence is another financial crisis waiting to happen - The Wee...
1 Sep 2014 at 2:24pm

Scottish independence is another financial crisis waiting to happen
The Week Magazine
Some proponents of Scottish independence even fantasize that an independent Scotland ? fueled by oil wealth and the potential to become a global financial hub ? could become one of the richest countries in the wor...


YouGov poll finds rapid shift in favour of Scottish independence - Financial ...
2 Sep 2014 at 5:55am

YouGov poll finds rapid shift in favour of Scottish independence
Financial Times
Sterling fell sharply and UK borrowing costs rose on Tuesday after a poll showed Scottish voters were shifting rapidly towards support for independence. With less than three weeks to go to a referendum that could end t...


Scotland independence vote on a knife edge, poll shows - The Australian
1 Sep 2014 at 8:08pm

Scotland independence vote on a knife edge, poll shows
The Australian
The pro-independence vote among Liberal Democrat voters has also risen, doubling to 24 per cent. This comes after SNP ministers made a concerted effort to attract the centre-left vote with pledges of greater public spending in an...


Scottish independence: Gordon Brown issues warning over UK debt - BBC News
2 Sep 2014 at 12:02am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Gordon Brown issues warning over UK debt
BBC News
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has said an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt. In a speech in Coatbridge on Monday night, Mr Brown said refusing ...


Scottish Independence Odds Cut by Bookmakers as Poll Gap Narrows - Bloomberg
2 Sep 2014 at 5:48am

Scottish Independence Odds Cut by Bookmakers as Poll Gap Narrows
Bloomberg
The two largest British bookmakers cut the odds further for Scotland voting for independence as the gap in opinion polls narrowed. William Hill Plc (WMH) put the chances of a ?yes? vote at 11-4, meaning a bet of four pounds ...



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Campaigns appeal to voters in third Scottish Referendum debate - ITV News
2 Sep 2014 at 5:49pm

ITV News

Campaigns appeal to voters in third Scottish Referendum debate
ITV News
Campaigners on both sides of the Scottish independence question attempted to win the hearts and minds of voters on Tuesday evening in a live television debate. The format differed to the previous two debates, which pitt...


Motion S4M-10899.1: Stuart McMillan - SNP Government Oversees Privatisation ....
2 Sep 2014 at 5:42pm

Motion S4M-10899.1: Stuart McMillan - SNP Government Oversees Privatisation ...
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
As an amendment to motion S4M-10899 in the name of Neil Findlay (SNP Government Oversees Privatisation of Weight Management Services), leave out from "understands" to end and i...


Scottish independence: Trident centre of TV debate - Scotsman
2 Sep 2014 at 5:26pm

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Trident centre of TV debate
Scotsman
RUTH Davidson last night launched a defence of the UK's armed forces, saying she was proud that Britain ?shouldered its burden? in the world. The Scottish Conservative leader attacked the SNP's proposals to create a Scottish Defenc...


Yes and No campaigns clash in key debate on independence referendum - stv.tv
2 Sep 2014 at 4:58pm

stv.tv

Yes and No campaigns clash in key debate on independence referendum
stv.tv
Yes Scotland was represented by deputy first minister and SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Scottish Green Party co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP, and actress and Scottish Independence Convention chair Elaine C Smit...


Less heat, but more light from the latest independence debate - ITV News
2 Sep 2014 at 4:57pm

ITV News

Less heat, but more light from the latest independence debate
ITV News
Six participants. Nicola Sturgeon, SNP deputy First Minister first took on Labour MP Douglas Alexander. It was not shouty-pointy. It was very civilised in fact. And it got into some detail on Scottish funding - the famou...


Less heat, more light in independence debate - ITV News
2 Sep 2014 at 4:04pm

Less heat, more light in independence debate
ITV News
Six participants. Nicola Sturgeon, SNP deputy First Minister first took on Labour MP Douglas Alexander. It was not shouty-pointy. It was very civilised in fact. And it got into some detail on Scottish funding - the famous or perhaps not so famou...


Over 70 fish plants for DHC manufacture canned products - FIS
2 Sep 2014 at 2:20pm

FIS

Over 70 fish plants for DHC manufacture canned products
FIS
The SNP document also indicates that the plants that develop fishery products for indirect human consumption (IHC) total 171. Out of this total, 69.6 per cent are fishmeal production plants, 24.6 per cent are residual fishmeal plants an...


Sturgeon kicks off with NHS and nuclear weapons - ITV News
2 Sep 2014 at 2:14pm

ITV News

Sturgeon kicks off with NHS and nuclear weapons
ITV News
The deputy leaders of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, is kicking off the live debate with an opening statement on behalf of the Yes Scotland campaign. Nicola Sturgeon. "We are now just days from our chance to make history ... this debate ha...


Sturgeon, Murphy, Goldie and Souter join panel for TV Referendum Debate ... -...
2 Sep 2014 at 11:58am

Scottish Daily Record

Sturgeon, Murphy, Goldie and Souter join panel for TV Referendum Debate ...
Scottish Daily Record
SNP Deputy Leader Nicola Sturgeon, Labour MP Jim Murphy, businessman Brian Souter and former Scottish Tory Leader Annabel Goldie have been announced as the panel members on tomorro...


Scottish independence 'would boost rural broadband' - Cable.co.uk
2 Sep 2014 at 11:25am

Cable.co.uk

Scottish independence 'would boost rural broadband'
Cable.co.uk
On a visit to the Highlands town of Ullapool, the SNP's Education and Lifelong Learning Secretary Michael Russell outlined plans to improve connectivity outside of major urban centres by taking advantage of the powers that i...



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Scottish independence: Referendum race 'may have got tighter' - BBC News
2 Sep 2014 at 5:09pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum race 'may have got tighter'
BBC News
For the past three or four months or so, the referendum race has looked as though it was stalled. Although some pollsters consistently put the No side further ahead than did others, the running average of the last half d...


Scottish independence: Video emerges of referendum 'assault' - BBC News
2 Sep 2014 at 10:22am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Video emerges of referendum 'assault'
BBC News
An eyewitness told the Sunday Herald newspaper that an ambulance was called for the woman, but was later cancelled. Police Scotland initially said the event passed off peacefully, but subsequently revealed that a man had ...


Pound Dollar Rate and the Scotland Referendum: Indyref is Key Risk to GBP ......
2 Sep 2014 at 10:19am

Pound Sterling Live

Pound Dollar Rate and the Scotland Referendum: Indyref is Key Risk to GBP ...
Pound Sterling Live
"Our base case is that on September 18, Scotland votes against independence, particularly given the narrowing popularity of the 'yes' camp for independence. "Nonetheless, there will ...


Alex Salmond calls on people to register for independence referendum - stv.tv
1 Sep 2014 at 8:20am

Alex Salmond calls on people to register for independence referendum
stv.tv
First Minister Alex Salmond has called on "the missing million" who have not yet registered to vote to make sure they have their say in the independence referendum. Scots have until Tuesday to register for the September 18 ...


Scotland Independence referendum: Tanni Grey-Thompsons raises fears over ... ...
2 Sep 2014 at 11:14am

WalesOnline

Scotland Independence referendum: Tanni Grey-Thompsons raises fears over ...
WalesOnline
Wales' most successful Paralympian ever has raised fears a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum could throw progress made in British sport into uncertainty. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, ...


Scottish independence: Accusations of intimidation and violence fly in from ....
2 Sep 2014 at 9:15am

The Independent

Scottish independence: Accusations of intimidation and violence fly in from ...
The Independent
The attacks follow several unsavoury incidents that have taken place on the referendum campaign trail in the last week. Labour MP Jim Murphy suspended his speaking tour of Scotland after h...


Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened ... ...
1 Sep 2014 at 7:37am

The Independent

Scottish independence referendum: Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened ...
The Independent
Promoter Tommy Sheppard told The Scotsman that the gig will involve ?a small segment of Scotland's artistic and creative community are getting together to prepare to move up another gear in t...


Boston Ex-Pats Follow Scotland's Independence Referendum ? But Can't Vote - W...
1 Sep 2014 at 11:19pm

Boston Ex-Pats Follow Scotland's Independence Referendum ? But Can't Vote
WGBH NEWS
September 2 is the deadline for those living in Scotland to register to vote in the country's independence referendum. On September 18, just over 4 million people in Scotland will decide whether to stay in the Unite...


What does the Scottish referendum mean in the South East? - BBC News
2 Sep 2014 at 12:31am

BBC News

What does the Scottish referendum mean in the South East?
BBC News
Scots who no longer live there can't take part in the referendum but Stuart Harvey who has lived in Margate for the past 15 years has no doubt how he'd like to vote. He tells me: "I would vote Yes if I was up in Scotland - m...


Scotland's referendum endgame - The Economist
28 Aug 2014 at 12:24pm

The Economist

Scotland's referendum endgame
The Economist
RESEMBLING nothing so much as a pair of irritable golfers yelling at each other in the clubhouse bar, on August 25th the leaders of Scotland's pro- and anti-independence camps collided in the second of two televised debates. If passions are h...



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Anything Goes

Great Article
2 Sep 2014 at 4:46pm

George Monbiot on cracking form:

'Imagine the question posed the other way round. An independent...

Yes Today
2 Sep 2014 at 4:39pm

Couldn't find my old post so with the Germany game coming up and the vote only just over 2 weeks ...



Vespbar Is Glasgow Rebranded
2 Sep 2014 at 4:34pm



Danny Alexander Wonga
2 Sep 2014 at 3:12pm

What an odious little pratt.

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/danny-alexa...



Yes Or No Debate On Stv Now
2 Sep 2014 at 1:58pm

Couldn't see a thread on it so thought I'd mention it.

 

 



'indy Scotland Cannot Join Eu With Sterlingisation'
2 Sep 2014 at 1:55pm

Can't see this reported on the SKY News website, but they've just reported that some high heid yi...



The Proclaimers Have Donated To The Yes Cause
2 Sep 2014 at 1:09pm

They donated £5000, then they donated £5000 more. 

 

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-s...



Undecideds
2 Sep 2014 at 12:15pm

Some of these people really get on my tits. Fair enough if they think they have a difficult decis...



Daily Swing Towards Yes
2 Sep 2014 at 10:53am

Those YouGov polls revealed in the last month have shown an average of a 0.63% swing to the yes c...



Marine Boundary Post independence
2 Sep 2014 at 8:55am
With the Labour government changing the line of Scottish/English waters a few years ago (in favou...


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The Guardian
Scottish independence blog | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish independence referendum campaign
by Ben Quinn
2 Sep 2014 at 3:33pm

Follow rolling coverage of events as the the registration deadline looms and the latest poll show...



Scottish independence: 18 days to referendum - live
by Ben Quinn
1 Sep 2014 at 12:01pm

Full coverage of the Scottish independence referendum campaign as the deadline for voter registra...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: Alex Salmond eats a Mars bar ...
by Libby Brooks
29 Aug 2014 at 5:43am

Highlights from another week on the campaign trail: second TV debate, that #PatronisingBTLady adv...



Salmond v Darling: Scottish independence debate on the BBC - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
25 Aug 2014 at 6:16pm

Rolling coverage of Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling debating Scottish independence on the BBC, ...



Scottish independence referendum weekly review: from Arbroath to Edinburgh, v...
by Libby Brooks
22 Aug 2014 at 6:12am

A rash of declarations, the NHS, BBC and oil (again), the perspective from the islands and a mill...



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

Another handful of highlights from the campaign this week

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



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

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

Regular read...



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

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



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

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

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



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

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



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

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




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

Scotland stands on the brink of independence as Yes vote surges to 47% in his...
by James Kelly
1 Sep 2014 at 3:42pm
Well, it looks like we can stop wondering whether Alex Salmond's victory in the second TV debate ...

More poll drama tonight as YouGov look set to report yet another record high ...
by James Kelly
1 Sep 2014 at 3:03pm
The referendum polling drought will be abruptly broken at 10pm tonight, when new numbers from You...

Calm before the storm?
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2014 at 11:04pm
I'm mildly taken aback by the lack of polls this evening, partly because this referendum is rathe...

What if the 40% rule was applied to this referendum?
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2014 at 9:03am
A guest post by Ian Stuart Baird

The 1979 referendum on Scottish devolution was famously ?lost?, d...

Cammo Through the Looking Glass
by James Kelly
29 Aug 2014 at 9:27am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, ...

Yes campaign bounce back to all-time high in first post-debate poll from Surv...
by James Kelly
28 Aug 2014 at 4:06pm
Survation have won the race to conduct the first poll since Alex Salmond humbled Alistair Darling...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Choose your words carefully, because they may have to l...
by James Kelly
27 Aug 2014 at 5:00pm
"If we vote No, the sole message that London will hear is: do whatever you like to us, because we...

Separate rooms might have been better, Darling
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2014 at 11:20am
Just to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about the erro...

ICM poll confirms that a brilliant Alex Salmond stormed to a decisive win in ...
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2014 at 4:21pm
The results of ICM's instant post-debate poll are as follows :

As far as you are concerned which o...

"Isn't it hard not being independent? If you want to build something, you ca...
by James Kelly
25 Aug 2014 at 1:19pm
I don't know what it is about the London to Glasgow night bus, but every time I'm on it I seem to...

The Numbers Game
by James Kelly
23 Aug 2014 at 7:12am

A few days before I set off on my travels, I caught a train to a top secret location to take part...



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

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

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



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

New YouGov poll :

Should Scotland be an independent country?

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

With Don't Know...



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

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




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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Superfast computing to be piloted
2 Sep 2014 at 6:35pm
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Salmond?s independence folly: A Yes vote will damage more than just Scotland
2 Sep 2014 at 6:16pm
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Scottish independence: Lloyds ?would move? HQ
2 Sep 2014 at 6:07pm
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Interesting Poll at my kids school
2 Sep 2014 at 6:05pm

The other day my daughter (who is old enough to vote in this) was asked a series of questions on ...



Bullets points: ELI5 the largest Pro's and Con's for both Scotland and the UK...
2 Sep 2014 at 5:50pm

I've never created or posted on Reddit before, and I will not disclose my nationality or identity...



Isle of Man and Channel Islands are not part of UK but have sterling as curre...
2 Sep 2014 at 5:29pm

does anyone know why this wouldn't work for Scotland?

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Crowd-funded music radio station aimed at Yes voters launches.
2 Sep 2014 at 5:19pm
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For those thinking "best stay with the devil you know", just remember that Un...
2 Sep 2014 at 5:12pm
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Referendum Celebrations, Glasgow: Tips Needed
2 Sep 2014 at 5:06pm

I and a couple mates are heading North on the 19th to drink with the best of them toward whatever...



£6 BILLION OF CUTS!!1
2 Sep 2014 at 4:57pm

seems to be the rhetoric now that the egg mob thing has run out of steam.

What are the facts, and...



Patrick Harvie realizing that Russia is coming for us in case of unilateral d...
2 Sep 2014 at 4:57pm
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Yes or No?
2 Sep 2014 at 4:44pm
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So who won tonight's debate?
2 Sep 2014 at 4:40pm

I think it was pretty much a tie despite being a Yes Supporter, what do you think?

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Everything's better in Scot Land
2 Sep 2014 at 4:38pm
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Facepalm.... No wonder Sarwar is not allowed on the telly anymore
2 Sep 2014 at 4:25pm
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Independent Scotland could not join EU without central bank, expert says
by Severin Carrell and Katie Allen
2 Sep 2014 at 12:18pm
Former European commissioner for monetary union says plan to use pound without formal currency deal is 'simply not possible'

The former EU commissioner for monetary union said it would not be possib...



Scottish independence referendum campaign
by Ben Quinn
2 Sep 2014 at 3:33pm

Follow rolling coverage of events as the the registration deadline looms and the latest poll shows the yes-no gap closing

9.25pm BST

A former member of the Parachute regiment says that if Scotland ...




The Proclaimers donate £10,000 to Scotland's yes campaign
by Libby Brooks
2 Sep 2014 at 1:14pm
Singing brothers give cash to yes campaigners as figures show pro-union side has reached legal limit of £1.5m in contributions

Scotland's pro-independence activists received a funding boost of £10,0...



Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm | Ge...
by George Monbiot
2 Sep 2014 at 1:06pm
England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country?

Imagine the question posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide w...




Scottish independence vote threatens seamless healthcare on the border | Pete...
by Peter Hetherington
2 Sep 2014 at 9:00am
A yes vote may exacerbate the dislocated services that English NHS reforms are already causing some patients

When Brian Woodcock needs to visit a GP, he makes a four-mile trip from his home in North...




Scottish referendum: Alex Salmond's 'missing million' voters in dispute
by Severin Carrell and Libby Brooks
2 Sep 2014 at 8:53am
First minister believes 180,000 extra voters registered at weekend but new critical mass favouring independence doubted

Competing claims about levels of voter registration in Scotland have cast doub...



Scottish independence: the noes might have it, but for how long? | Peter Kellner
by Peter Kellner, for YouGov, part of the Guardian Comment Network
2 Sep 2014 at 8:24am
Alex Salmond has started to neutralise the fear factor of voting yes. I predict a second referendum if the no vote narrowly wins

For six months, Alex Salmond seemed to be heading for a heavy defeat....




Pound slides after latest Scottish independence poll
by Katie Allen
2 Sep 2014 at 7:26am
Currency markets get the jitters after poll shows support for yes vote has risen to 47% with referendum just over fortnight away

The pound has fallen in nervous trading after a poll showed record su...




Scottish independence could threaten free tuition for its students
by Dominic Smith
2 Sep 2014 at 4:10am
If Scotland were an independent member of the EU, it would be forced to re-think its fee arrangements

Read more: Scottish universities braced for brain drain if country votes for independence

The Sco...




Scottish independence: yes campaign gets poll boost
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
2 Sep 2014 at 3:49am
Yes Scotland claims breakthrough in runup to referendum with latest YouGov poll putting no campaign only six points ahead

Support for Scottish independence has risen by eight points in the last mont...



Ignore scare-mongering: independent Scotland will attract top researchers
by Ferdinand von Prondzynski
2 Sep 2014 at 1:00am
Fears that Scotland will lose leading academic researchers in the event of a Yes vote do not stand up to scrutiny

Two academics debate how Scottish independence would affect research funding

The Gua...




Medical research would be 'eroded and lost' by Scottish independence
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
1 Sep 2014 at 2:30pm
Experts fear independent Scotland would lose billions of pounds of UK funding as yes campaign says government would fill gap

More than 60 Scottish medical experts specialising in areas such as cance...




Scotland referendum sides told to keep campaigns civil and peaceful
by Libby Brooks
1 Sep 2014 at 1:10pm
Pleas from police chiefs and MPs follow number of flashpoints between yes and no activists across Scotland at weekend

Supporters of Scottish independence welcomed as a "breakthough" the latest poll...



Scottish independence: 18 days to referendum - live
by Ben Quinn
1 Sep 2014 at 12:01pm

Full coverage of the Scottish independence referendum campaign as the deadline for voter registration nears

Follow the latest news on Tuesdays live blog

5.57pm BST

Both sides in the referendum cam...



Aye art: alternative Scottish independence referendum posters in pictures
by Guardian Staff
1 Sep 2014 at 2:00am

We asked illustration students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee to come up with original artwork ahead of the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September. Will they s...




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Solidarity with Scotland from all over the world
by weegingerdug
2 Sep 2014 at 4:53pm
  Solidarity with Scotland has just released a new video – people all over the world demonstrating their support for independence and willing us to vote Yes, for ourselves, for them, and for a bett...

Bigger than fear
by weegingerdug
1 Sep 2014 at 9:56pm
I’ve been at the hospital most of the day. Andy’s having another crisis. They’re getting more frequent. He seems to have stabilised somewhat, but he’s on oxygen now and his swallowing difficulties ...

A letter from Aberdeenshire
by weegingerdug
1 Sep 2014 at 7:50am
A guest post by Jim McWilliam First of all let me set my stall out. I have been an advocate for Scottish Independence for as long as I can remember, perhaps it was because Alex Salmond was my MP wh...

A Welshman with a vote
by weegingerdug
31 Aug 2014 at 8:32am
A guest post by William Totterdell Dear Wee Dug, fellow ginger, My wife regularly reads me your blog or sends me a link to some great comments. I guess I am one of the silent ones, no Facebook, blo...

Egg fling flan
by weegingerdug
30 Aug 2014 at 4:47pm
I think I’ve finally got a handle on the No campaign. A No vote is all that stands between Scotland and a descent into grocery-based anarchy. Jim Murphy went out to give us the message, with the as...

A wee update
by weegingerdug
29 Aug 2014 at 11:18am
I spoke with Andy’s consultant today. There’s a wee bit of good news for a change. Or at least not bad news. Last weekend she wasn’t sure whether he’d survive the week, but over the course of this ...

In the limbo inbetween
by weegingerdug
28 Aug 2014 at 5:46pm
This is one of those personal posts. Andy’s postal ballot arrived in the post on Thursday, and I took it to the hospital for him to fill in. He’s very poorly now, with constant infections. The cons...

The message and the messenger
by weegingerdug
28 Aug 2014 at 6:37am
Scotland’s breakfast tables are still reeling from the gobsmacking arsery of Tuesday’s patronising Eat Your Cereal broadcast for Better Together and the hysterical Twitterfest of pisstakes that fol...

French EFA MEPs show Solidarity with Scotland
by weegingerdug
27 Aug 2014 at 3:17pm
The French members of the European Free Alliance, the political grouping to which the SNP belongs in the European Parliament, recently held a meeting in the Corsican city of Bastia where they voted...

Snap, crackle, pop
by weegingerdug
26 Aug 2014 at 8:05pm
And lo it was prophesied. On Tuesday St Dougie the Diminutive manifested his wee Holy Wulliness in the pages of the Guardian to preach the gospel of damage limitation. We still don’t know what curr...


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Could the ?Missing Million? Swing It to Yes?
by Aidan
2 Sep 2014 at 2:58am
Apologies to What Scotland Thinks for ripping off borrowing their title for this This post is not about the ‘missing million’ voters, who are largely Labour No voters who we spend a lot of our time...

From the inside, the referendum is almost too close to call
by Dom
21 Aug 2014 at 1:22pm
Working at a university I count the year from September to September. The last few days of August have the same timeless quality as the lull between Christmas and January. As the Scottish Parliamen...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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