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Westminster follows Holyrood on troll law
19 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
THE UK Government is following in the footsteps of its Scottish counterpart with plans to toughen penalties for internet trolls.

Civil service to showcase new equal parent leave for fathers
19 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
ALL civil service employees of both sexes will be offered equal parental pay and support from next year, Nick Clegg will announce this week.

Barroso warns the Tories on Europe
19 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
THE outgoing president of the European Commission will today warn David Cameron he could make a "historic mistake" by alienating eastern European countries as he attempts to renegotiate the UK's links with Brussels.

£350m Treasury 'claw-back'
19 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
THE Treasury has clawed back almost £350 million from Scotland in 15 years in housing benefits saved by greater spending on social housing north of the Border, according to the SNP.

Cameron faces Tory revolt on arrest warrant
17 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron has been given a fresh warning he faces a damaging Tory revolt unless he backs down over plans for Britain to opt back in to the controversial European arrest warrant.

Foreign Secretary claims plans for vote on Europe are 'lighting a fire'
17 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
CONSERVATIVE proposals for an in/out referendum on EU membership are "lighting a fire" under the 28-member organisation, Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, has boasted to MPs.

Sex abuse cover-up inquiry call by MPs
17 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
AN urgent investigation into whether public officials sought to cover up the extent of the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal has been called for by MPs.

Income tax shortfall hits UK's deficit
16 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
A SQUEEZE on wage growth helped blow a £25 billion hole in income tax receipts for the last financial year compared with expectations at the time the Coalition came to power, the government's budget watchdog said today.

Clegg tells Cameron not to cheat people
16 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron will be "cheating the British people" if he takes advantage of wrangling over the format of election-time debates to wriggle out of TV clashes, Nick Clegg has said.

Peer in minimum wage row misses key debate in Lords
16 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
LABOUR protested in the Lords over the absence of Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud from a debate on the Government's social justice strategy.

Government sets its child poverty goal
16 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
THE government has set a target of less than 7 per cent of children living in persistent poverty by 2020, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said.

Poll shows support for Labour
16 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
LABOUR is on track to seize enough seats from the Conservatives to become the largest party in Westminster after next year's general ­election, according to polling by Lord Ashcroft.

'One last go' vows Cameron to secure EU deal
16 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
DAVID Cameron has said he will have one last go at negotiating a better deal for Britain in Europe.

Freud clings on to job after claiming disabled workers 'not worth' wage
15 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
LORD Freud is clinging onto his job as a Welfare Minister after making an abject apology for remarks in which he suggested some disabled people were "not worth" the minimum wage.

Red Ed draws blood with a cudgel up his sleeve
15 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
IT should have been so easy.


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Indonesia hails ?people?s president? Joko Widodo
20 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

JOKO WIDODO completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace yesterday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power.



US paying social security to Nazi war criminals
20 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

DOZENS of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in US social security benefits after being forced out of the United States, according to an investigation.



Blow for Abe?s pro-women agenda as ministers resign
20 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

JAPAN’S trade and justice
ministers resigned yesterday after allegations that they
misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.



The Scotsman Cartoon: Carrier bag tax
20 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

Legislation meaning shoppers must pay for carrier bags was introduced yesterday.



Peter Jones: How Union works eludes all parties
20 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

Smith’s Commission faces a daunting task when no party seems to understand UK’s economic system, writes Peter Jones



Andrew Whitaker: SNP needs more than momentum
20 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

THE SNP’s 2015 general election prospects are already being talked up, with the party tipped to make sweeping gains from Labour in what some commentators have suggested could be the biggest ever breakthrough by the nationalists at Westminster.



Leaders: Dream scenario is making school safer
20 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

Schools should be places where hopes and dreams are born and the means to achieve them passed on to tomorrow’s generation in secure surroundings, providing a rewarding experience not just for pupils, but also for the teachers. Regrettably, that is not the case for far too many teachers.



Comment: teenage vote must remain after indyref
20 Oct 2014 at 12:41pm

THE referendum boasted the highest turnout in a vote since universal suffrage was granted.

Glasgow, a blip in democracy’s triumph, still recorded 75%, 10% higher than in the 2010 general election.



Faslane protesters target Alistair Carmichael?s office
20 Oct 2014 at 10:59am

ANTI-NUCLEAR protesters attempted to occupy the offices of the Secretary of State for Scotland today - only to discover he was on holiday.



Music fans left cold by Mike Read?s pro-Ukip song
20 Oct 2014 at 9:48am

FORMER Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has defended his Ukip Calypso as “simply a bit of fun” after some listeners took offence at his mock Caribbean accent.



SNP in ?strong position? ahead of UK election
20 Oct 2014 at 7:59am

THE SNP is in a “strong position” ahead of next year’s Westminster election, the party’s business convener Derek Mackay has claimed.



Cameron: Benefit reforms will create jobs
20 Oct 2014 at 6:37am

DAVID Cameron has said that the UK government’s controversial shake-up of benefits and welfare has delivered savings to help create jobs and boost the economy.



Cable backs Barroso doubt on UK immigration plan
20 Oct 2014 at 6:24am

LIBERAL Democrat ministers in David Cameron’s government have backed the claim from outgoing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso that plans for an “arbitrary” cap on the number of migrants coming to the UK from the rest of the EU would be illegal.



Unite: Leave NHS out of transatlantic trade deal
20 Oct 2014 at 1:16am

OPPONENTS of a trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States have accused the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats of being “isolated” in supporting the proposal.



Barroso warns UK cap on EU migrants is illegal
19 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

DAVID Cameron’s plans for an “arbitrary” cap on the number of migrants coming to the UK from the rest of the EU would be illegal, the outgoing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has warned.




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This is your country, No voters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Oct 2014 at 6:51am
Preserved for posterity in case of sudden vanishing, but also because we just couldn’t face writing another post about “The Vow” today. This is a real thing that you can buy on Amazon and iTunes. If you chose to be British last month, this is what “British” means in 2014. Enjoy it.

Le tricoteur
by Chris Cairns
19 Oct 2014 at 1:00pm

A good start
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2014 at 8:52am
From a blog post by Hopi Sen, former head of campaigns at the Labour Party. Scotland is one of the more dramatic areas of Labour decline (it’s now the party’s second-worst “region”), but it’s far from alone. Fewer than 80% of Labour’s 2010 general election supporters now say they’ll vote Labour in 2015. The party is shedding […]

Professor Curtice, saviour of Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2014 at 5:59am
There’s a rather curious piece in today’s Sunday Times by the UK’s only known living psephologist, the estimable Prof. John Curtice of Strathclyde University. In it he rather blows his cover of impartiality by framing his comments as an anti-SNP warning, but nevertheless raises an interesting point, while adding to the enormous pressure on the […]

Scottish Labour by numbers
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2014 at 10:32am
This is how many Scottish Labour M/SPs turn out to save their own cushy jobs: And this is how many turned out today to campaign for a living wage for workers. We’ll leave it at that.

The man with no plan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2014 at 7:31am
The Guardian today carries an article by Gordon Brown, which echoes the content of his speech to the House Of Commons on Thursday. We’ve read it over and over again trying to make any sort of coherent sense out of it, but we’ve drawn a blank. The mighty architect of “The Vow” appears to have […]

A fair assessment
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Oct 2014 at 10:09am
Mark Steel in the Independent, 16 October 2014: “Maybe one way they can reverse this is to try a more forthright approach, and to start with they could say: ‘If the Scottish are so daft as to believe our vow, maybe that proves they?re not fit to run their own country anyway, the idiots.'” Craig […]

Where it matters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Oct 2014 at 4:02am
The Evening Standard, 16 October 2014: “George Osborne was today named the most influential person in London as the Chancellor topped the Evening Standard?s The 1000 power list, with Mayor Boris Johnson in second place. The Evening Standard panel decided Mr Osborne is London?s most influential person because of his willingness to invest in the […]

The shattering of The Vow
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Oct 2014 at 9:21am
We didn’t notice this piece in Scotland on Sunday three weekends ago, because we were on holiday and, well, it was in Scotland on Sunday. But it seems odd that nobody (including SoS) has picked up on its ramifications at the time or since, because if it’s true then it would officially and conclusively mark […]

The pooling and the sharing
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Oct 2014 at 5:06am
Gordon Brown is expected to be up on his hind legs again in the Commons today – a second appearance in a week that’ll almost certainly be the mainly-absent opposition backbencher’s busiest period of activity in Parliament since the 2010 election. He’ll be inexplicably getting time to lay out his views on devolution again, despite having absolutely no […]


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Accountants warn over new tax powers
20 Oct 2014 at 12:00pm
Devolving further tax powers to Scotland will be "more complex than many might anticipate", Scotland's accountancy body says.


Report shows rise in child poverty
20 Oct 2014 at 7:11am
The number of children in Scotland living in poverty has risen over the last year but remains lower than in many parts of the UK, a report says.


Rise in weapons found in prisons
18 Oct 2014 at 6:04pm
The number of weapons confiscated in Scottish prisons has almost doubled in a year, new figures show.


Rally marks Challenge Poverty Week
18 Oct 2014 at 9:05am
Trades unionists and anti-poverty campaigners lead a rally in Glasgow's George Square as the culmination of Challenge Poverty Week.


Clashes continue over Scottish powers
17 Oct 2014 at 6:12pm
Scottish and UK ministers continue to argue over more Scottish Parliament powers, exactly one month on from the independence referendum.


Government wins £3.2m gritting case
17 Oct 2014 at 8:34am
The Scottish government wins in court against a gritting business which had claimed it had breached EU competition laws.


UK trafficking strategy agreed
17 Oct 2014 at 8:18am
Top prosecutors from across the UK and Ireland pledge to work together to tackle human trafficking, described by one as "the slavery of our times".


Asghar daughter in Number 10 plea
17 Oct 2014 at 11:13am
The daughter of an Edinburgh man who is on death row in Pakistan meets with the Foreign Office and presents a petition signed by 70,000 people.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
9 Oct 2014 at 11:13am
Finance Secretary John Swinney gives a statement on the 2015-16 budget.


VIDEO: Brown: 'Constitutional crisis in the making'
16 Oct 2014 at 12:20pm
Gordon Brown says there is "a constitutional crisis in the making" after David Cameron's move on English votes for English laws.


VIDEO: Devolution deadlines a 'good thing'
16 Oct 2014 at 7:36am
Lord Smith speaks about the importance of deadlines for the commission looking at Scottish devolution.


VIDEO: Sturgeon: 'Enormous privilege' to lead SNP
15 Oct 2014 at 5:47am
Nicola Sturgeon says it will be "an enormous privilege" to succeed Alex Salmond as SNP leader and Scottish first minister.


VIDEO: The West Lothian question - and why it matters
14 Oct 2014 at 1:16am
Is it fair that Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs get to vote on laws that only apply in England?


Scots referendum: One town, one month on
20 Oct 2014 at 6:47pm
How do people in a Scottish town that voted Yes feel now?


Where now for independence supporters?
18 Oct 2014 at 6:06pm
Where now for those who voted for Scots independence?


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No parties on the brink of failure
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Oct 2014 at 2:39pm

By Newsnet Scotland reporter

The credibility of the Better Together parties on Scottish constitutional change faces severe questioning, as the deadline for change draws ever-closer.

After a week of let-downs in Westminster, including calls for the work of the Smith Commission to be kicked into touch until after the UK general election, there are signs of a deeming divide between the three No parties, and even within Labour itself.



Why did nobody question Brown when he made his worthless pledge?
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
15 Oct 2014 at 3:36am

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby

Who would have thought it eh?  The promises made by Gordon Brown in the final days of the referendum campaign were not worth the airtime they were given.

It's almost hard to believe given the final result, but the Yes campaign had just taken the lead in the opinion polls ? two surveys, one by Yougov and a private poll carried out by the No campaign pointed to a Yes victory on the 18th.



Farage TV move infuriates parties
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Oct 2014 at 8:30am

By a Newsnet Reporter
 
UK broadcasting laws on election coverage are in chaos following a decision to include UKIP leader Nigel Farage within a series of planned "leadership debates" involving BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 before next year's UK General Election.
 
The broadcasters' apparent decision to include the leader of a party with just one MP has already attracted widespread criticism outside Westminster, as larger parties in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland protest the move.



Salmond demands Treasury 'leak' probe
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
11 Oct 2014 at 6:59pm

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
First Minister Alex Salmond has demanded a formal investigation into the RBS affair involving BBC News at the height of the Scottish referendum campaign last month.
 
Mr Salmond wants a probe into allegations that the Treasury disclosed market-sensitive information about the bank's position on independence.



All-party "devo" meeting delayed
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Oct 2014 at 5:39pm

  By Newsnet Scotland Reporter

 

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the unelected peer with the task of delivering greater democracy to Scotland, has delayed all-party talks on the devolution settlement until October 22.

 

His decision emerged as the Scottish National Party lodged its proposals for "Devo Max", alongside the five other main parties and a welter of submissions from civic organisations and members of the public.



Glasgow sets standard on climate change
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
8 Oct 2014 at 11:34am

By A Newsnet Reporter

Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to promise to pull its investments out of industries engaged in using fossil fuel, a major step forward for the green movement.

The decision, subject to ratification that the financial impact on the university is "acceptable", affects university investments in major oil companies such as Shell, BP and Chevron. It was hailed by Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES).



Integrity of Referendum Vote Must Be Transparent
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Oct 2014 at 6:25pm

By Mark McNaught

I?m not one that easily gives in to conspiracy theories, but there are too many questions regarding the validity of the ?no? vote for it to be accepted at face value.

While this article goes into the allegations with more forensic accuracy than I will, the integrity of the vote and the process is paramount to Scots accepting their status within the UK, especially in light of the implosion of the promises made before the vote, going back to war in Iraq, and announcing fracking in Scotland?s central belt immediately after the vote.



Longannet under threat in Grid costs wrangle
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Oct 2014 at 4:27pm

By Newsnet Reporter

Scotland's major coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife faces uncertainty after its operator decided to abstain from bidding to feed the UK National Grid when licenses are renewed in 2018.

ScottishPower disclosed that it does not intend to bid to supply power into the Grid from Longannet, because of the massive charge differential faced by the Fife coal-fired plant compared to power stations in England.



Newsnet Scotland ? A Continuing Story
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
29 Sep 2014 at 2:15pm

  By Online Ed
 
I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It was winter 2006 and I had been off work with a dreadful bout of flu.
 
I had just discovered something called the internet existed and found myself on a forum which discussed Scottish politics.  The theme always seemed to be independence and the SNP.



Cross-party ?Vow? has Promised Secure Autonomy and Sovereignty for Scotland, ...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
28 Sep 2014 at 7:11am

By Mark McNaught

The cross-party ?vow? made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ?yes? vote may have been effective in securing a ?no? in the referendum.  However, it could conceivably go down in history in securing de-facto independence for Scotland, if Scots hold Westminster?s and Holyrood?s feet to the fire.

It is important to focus on the specific promise to make the Scottish parliament ?permanent?, and what that means constitutionally.




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Sturgeon trump card is not in any doubt
by Peter A Bell
27 Sep 2014 at 9:43am
HISTORY is written by the winners, according to the old truism.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Magnus Gardham neatly sums up the two different stories of the referendum depending on which side of the argument you are on. What he fails to note is that the Yes story is based on facts and reasonable supposit...



Five Million Questions - Bought and Sold, or Hype in Bold? Newspaper Framing ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 12:31pm

The following findings are published by Dr David Patrick who is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working at the University of the Free State (South Africa). He was awarded his PhD (History) in 2013 from the University of Sheffield, for his thesis, "Framing Disinterest: Anglo-American Pre...



Our man on the scene
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:26am

There's been a lot of talk on Twitter and Facebook of irregularities at the referendum counts, leading to accusations that the referendum was somehow fixed, culminating in a petition to have the pr...



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Election watchdog calls in police over claims about No camp access to postal ...
by Peter A Bell
25 Sep 2014 at 10:28am

POLICE have been called in to ­investigate allegations Better Together agents breached election law by viewing postal votes to discover how well the No campaign was doing in the weeks before the referendum poll closed.

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The Scottish National Party Is Now On The Brink Of Political Obliteration
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 8:16am

The SNP must reinvent itself after referendum loss.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Had to laugh at the headline. And the article itself was just about as hilarious. I'm not sure who told Thomas Hirst he could be a political analyst, but they grievously deceived the fool.



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The best of friends
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:23am

We’ve known and documented for some time now that Scottish Labour’s attitude towards “foreigners” is, well, let’s be super-generous and say “ambiguous”. But this photo from nine days ago made even us take a sharp breath.

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MOVING ON
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:16am

The last few days have been just about the most traumatic, exhilarating and emotionally draining I have ever known in my political life. Yet, I still feel invigorated, hopeful and optimistic about ...

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Call to boycott ?firms who scared Scotland?
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:09am

POLITICAL leaders from both sides of the referendum debate joined in a pledge of unity for a common purpose as part of a reconciliation service at St Giles’ Cathedral.

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Darling accuses Salmond of losing the plot
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 6:02am

SPEAKING at the Labour conference, Darling claimed the First Minister's suggestion that there could be a parliamentary route to independence was "dangerous".
Peter A Bell's insight:

Darling and Lamont appear to be competing to see which of them can be the most vacuous and hypocritical. Darling seem...



Labour's battle in a divided city
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 5:46am

All eight constituencies backed the SNP's Yes campaign in a move which has bolstered their hopes of taking the city, a long-term Labour stronghold, next year.

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Better Together Campaign Chief: We Would Have Struggled To Win Without "Scare...
by Peter A Bell
23 Sep 2014 at 3:02am

He said the campaign’s own research showed negative tactics worked

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Labour will look to reach out to Scottish Yes voters
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:40am

Labour are going to focus on reaching out to disillusioned traditional Labour supporters who voted Yes in the Scottish referendum. Three of the four local authorities where a majority supported ind...
Peter A Bell's insight:

Those "senior Scottish Labour figures" are a bit late listening to people'...



Tory MPs turn crackpot and adopt crackpot BNP policy on English Parliament
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 9:01am

(not satire - it's the Tories!) The biggest supporters of an English parliament used to be the far-right skinheads of the neo-nazi British National Party and the equally crackpot English Democrats....

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Why the Salmond magic is in need of a revisionist take
by Peter A Bell
22 Sep 2014 at 8:46am
Displayed in the main reception room of Bute House is Sir James Gunn's painting of the former Secretary of State for Scotland, Thomas Johnston.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Do you think maybe David Torrance is seriously pissed off at being excluded from Alex Salmond's resignation press conference? This ...



The going of Alex Salmond | Snowblog | Snowblog
by Peter A Bell
21 Sep 2014 at 3:15pm

We might have been sitting in an undertaker’s waiting room. Something was afoot. You could have cut the air with a knife.



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Labour MP Jim Murphy rules out challenging Johann Lamont for Scottish party l...
by Andy Philip
19 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
MURPHY insisted he wants to be part of a Labour government at Westminster after next year's general election rather than take on Nicola Sturgeon at Holyrood.


Mail Opinion: Alarm bells are ringing for Scottish Labour
by Mail Opinion
19 Oct 2014 at 5:20am
MAIL OPINION on ex-First Minister Jack McConnell's warning that Scottish Labour must rediscover its purpose.


Owen Jones: Scottish Labour face existential crisis.. they can stand up for w...
by Owen Jones
19 Oct 2014 at 4:59am
WRITING in today's Sunday Mail politics expert OWEN JONES warns the Labour party in Scotland face terminal decline unless it returns to its roots.


Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont forced into unity call: We have a way to...
by Mark Aitken
19 Oct 2014 at 3:37am
THE under-fire Labour leader spoke out on the challenges facing the party after former First Minister Lord McConnell warned the party had lost its way .


Jackie Bird: We'll have come a long way when it doesn't matter if our First M...
by Jackie Bird
18 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
JACKIE discusses Nicola Sturgeon's election and says, in the 21st century, women are done no great service by shouting from the rooftop every time they achieve something out of the ordinary.


Lord McConnell: Labour must rediscover it's purpose & vision for Scotland
by dailyrecord
18 Oct 2014 at 4:41am
IN a strongly worded interview the former first minister McConnell described the state of the party in Scotland as "very sad for Labour but more importantly it's very sad for those we represent".


Beyonce, Prince, Rod, Gaga and.. Sturgeon as Nicola joins rock stars by packi...
by Sally Hind
18 Oct 2014 at 12:00am
FIRST Minister-in-waiting puts some of showbiz?s biggest names to shame by selling 20,000 seats in record time for some of Scotland?s biggest venues.


Lord Advocate to open talks with prosecution chiefs on tackling human traffic...
by dailyrecord
17 Oct 2014 at 5:38am
DIRECTORS of public prosecutions for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland have been invited to Holyrood to discuss how best to detect and prosecute human trafficking cases.


Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael tells the House of Commons that more p...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Oct 2014 at 4:46pm
THE Lib-Dem MP insists the pro-Union parties will honour their vow to the people of Scotland and will deliver on their promises within the agreed timetable.


Committee of MPs to question politicians and academics on how devolution coul...
by dailyrecord
16 Oct 2014 at 4:09am
COMMITTEE chair Graham Allen said they were travelling to Edinburgh "to take evidence on the future of the UK devolution settlement after the referendum".


Torcuil Crichton: Labour has to up its tax offer for devolution or risk falli...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Oct 2014 at 1:46am
TORCUIL believes Labour Party can't afford to be seen to be offering the smallest amount of revenue raising powers to Holyrood out of Westminster parties.


Record View: Lord Freud must go over disgusting remarks
by Record View
16 Oct 2014 at 1:38am
RECORD VIEW condemns comments made by Welfare Minister Lord Freud that suggest disabled people who have problems finding are not worth the minimum wage.


First Minister in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon to go on tour across Scotland to ra...
by Andy Philip
16 Oct 2014 at 12:00am
TENS of thousands of new recruits to the party will get the chance to hear their incoming leader's plans at six events including a 12,000-capacity gig at The Hydro.


There are no similarities between Nicola Sturgeon and Margaret Thatcher, says...
by dailyrecord
15 Oct 2014 at 8:34am
ANGUS Robertson insisted Sturgeon will be leading Scotland's most popular party whereas the former Tory leader destroyed her party in her country.


Tory minister accuses Yes protesters of 'intimidatory behaviour' in lead up t...
by dailyrecord
15 Oct 2014 at 8:25am
SCOTLAND Minister David Mundell claimed the referendum result may have been different if Yes campaigners had spent less time protesting about biased coverage.


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BBC Scotlandshire is proud to present a new film, commissioned by us from the...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Oct 2014 at 12:32pm
BBC Scotlandshire is proud to present a new film, commissioned by us from the team which brought you the #PatronisingBTLady, Fibber and Kantz plc, and which shows how far our beloved region has come in just a single month.


Patronising BT Lady II: You'll have had your serial
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The Scottish Nationalistic Party's plans for a new Deputy Leader were last ni...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Oct 2014 at 3:12pm
The Scottish Nationalistic Party's plans for a new Deputy Leader were last night thrown into chaos when North British Labour leader Lady JoJo Lalamont highlighted the lack of any fish-related surnames among the candidates.


The missionary positions of the three stooges fighting to be Wee Nippy Swee...

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, an...
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Oct 2014 at 7:54am
?The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.?

? George Orwell, Animal Farm




Over recent days, senior members of the Scottish Labour and Scottish Conserva...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Oct 2014 at 1:59pm
Over recent days, senior members of the Scottish Labour and Scottish Conservative parties have been holding secret talks concerning their 2015 election strategy, which could lead to the merger of the two parties, BBC Scotlandshire has learned


Scottish Labour and Conservatives parties to form even ...

The Bastirts!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Oct 2014 at 1:48pm
The Bastirts!




Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing e...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Sep 2014 at 11:39am
Over the course of just a few short days, in what must be seen as a ringing endorsement of the Better Together campaign, almost every aspect of life in Scotlandshire has shown a rapid improvement.


Britain blooms as Scotlandshire is unquestionably Better Together
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Since last Fr...

Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Sep 2014 at 2:05pm
Fevered speculation in Royal Household over "purring" Queen.


George Galloway revealed to be the Queen?
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She's a very doggy person.She never purrs

Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Sep 2014 at 1:09pm
Splittist party gains members after dictatorial leader slinks away.


Entryism threat faces SNP and other splittist parties
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I was turned down for being insufficiently fawning to Alecsammin

It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 5:40pm
It looks like full time is fast approaching for Jim and his team...




Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Sep 2014 at 9:58am
Straws in the wind? or Straw has wind?


Jack Straw : 'Make the Union indissoluble'
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
SLAB We are always right. In our world, everything is happy and nice, and everybody loves us.

EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Sep 2014 at 2:46pm
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Scotlandshire hacks into THAT phone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron


Gordy & Dave: Twa cheeks o the same skelpit erse
bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The following is a transcript of a telephone conversation between Gordon Brown and David Cameron, which was recorded early o...

In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfis...
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 9:24pm
In the spirit of modern neo-liberalism and the control of the media by selfish corporate bastirts, BBC Scotlandshire is currently engaged in negotiations with a number of dubious financial backers, in order to continue our gainful employment.

As England begins to self-destruct over English Votes...

Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.
by BBC Scotlandshire
19 Sep 2014 at 12:37am
Scotland? Nah! Scotlandshire.



Well. That's it.
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Bugger!

Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Sep 2014 at 10:36am
Why wait to hear the referendum results? See the Dateline Scotland Referendum Special NOW!!


Dateline Scotland: Referendum Special

It's the eighteenth of september, twenty fourteen, the time is nine fifty eight, it's two minutes till the polls close on the most historic vote in the histo...

It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.
by BBC Scotlandshire
17 Sep 2014 at 6:08pm
It's Decision Day people, and we pose the question that only you can answer.


DECISION TIME
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
Between 7am and 10pm Scotland is a sovereign country. It's people alone choose their future.


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communication - power


The Stigma Politics of British Nationalism
by bellacaledonia
20 Oct 2014 at 3:03pm
On the day that Farage does a deal with a far-right, racist Holocaust-denier to save UKIP’s EU funding, Stewart McDonald looks at what’s behind his latest statements. ?KEEP HIV POSITIVE MIGRANTS OUT OF BRITAIN, SAYS FARAGE?. That is the headline that... Read More ›


Second Thoughts On, and My Letter to, the Smith Commission
by bellacaledonia
20 Oct 2014 at 7:21am
By Peter Arnott The closer I can bring myself to look at any party proposed devolution package, the more blithering, unstable and unlikely they all look. They will either be insulting to a large proportion of the Scottish electorate or... Read More ›


Facing Forwards
by bellacaledonia
19 Oct 2014 at 9:42am
By Mike Small Continuity Yes is a powerful movement but we need to move into new spaces with new ideas and a new focus. We said Yes. They said No. They won. No amount of rigged votes, dodgy ballots, lies,... Read More ›


14 Lessons from the Scottish Referendum
by bellacaledonia
18 Oct 2014 at 11:42am
By Adam Ramsay and Peter McColl 1) People care The concept of apathy has always been offensive: it implies that people don’t care about their neighbours, their families, or even themselves. No. The problem is that people are alienated from... Read More ›


Supporting Social Cohesion and Communities in Scotland
by bellacaledonia
18 Oct 2014 at 7:57am
Dear Lord Smith and the Smith Commission, That Scotland be granted substantial control of its own taxation and spending in general terms is not overly controversial, but in particular the settlement needs to include control of energy policy and revenues.... Read More ›


Scottish Left Project ? The People Demand
by bellacaledonia
18 Oct 2014 at 6:20am
Jonathan Shafi on the opportunities for a new citizens’ politics. See The People Demand here. Tens of thousands of ordinary people became active in politics during the long independence campaign. A record number registered to vote, seeing the possibilities and the... Read More ›


Lord Smith, Home Rule and Broadcasting
by bellacaledonia
18 Oct 2014 at 3:22am
By Richard Lewis We heard a lot of talk during the referendum campaign that somehow the artistic well being of this country would be under threat from independence. Indeed, the phrase used in one article (Alan Massie writing in the... Read More ›


Scotland: Victory Next Time!
by bellacaledonia
17 Oct 2014 at 3:01pm
A beautifully lucid Tariq Ali talk on what just happened to Scotland bringing 50 years of experience to the post-referendum political autopsy…. Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Scotland, Tariq Ali


Beijing Kalachakra
by bellacaledonia
17 Oct 2014 at 12:55pm
More post-indy smooth sounds from The Barrastinian … Beijing Kalachakra by The Barrastinian on Mixcloud Filed under: Music Tagged: smooth sounds

The House of Evel by Greg Moodie
by bellacaledonia
17 Oct 2014 at 11:21am
Now in a 2nd imprintFiled under: Commentary


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Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Where now for independence supporters? - BBC News
20 Oct 2014 at 3:17am

BBC News

Where now for independence supporters?
BBC News
On 19 September, hundreds of thousands of Scots woke up disappointed after the country voted to reject independence. Many had devoted months and years of their lives to the "Yes" cause. How did it feel to be on the losing side? And where do th...


Scotland's Independence Campaign So Isn't Over. - Forbes
20 Sep 2014 at 10:47am

Forbes

Scotland's Independence Campaign So Isn't Over.
Forbes
Politicians in Westminster, panicked by the threat of a vote for independence, promised before the referendum that they would devolve more powers oto Scotland if it stayed in the union. In other words, even if the Scots voted 'no' they wo...


Scottish Independence - Hope Over Fear - Huffington Post UK
17 Oct 2014 at 11:57am

Huffington Post UK

Scottish Independence - Hope Over Fear
Huffington Post UK
The number 45, means more to me now than it has done since those hazy days of million selling vinyl records, for I am one of the 45% who voted yes in the recent referendum on Scottish Independence. In so many ways, politics...


Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence - Telegraph....
15 Oct 2014 at 11:42am

Telegraph.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon: I will easily live to see Scottish independence
Telegraph.co.uk
But she said that would only happen when a majority of Scots vote for independence, before pledging: ?I will be First Minister for all of Scotland, not just for SNP supporters, not just for those who vot...


Labour will boycott talks on English votes for English laws - The Independent
15 Oct 2014 at 1:02am

The Independent

Labour will boycott talks on English votes for English laws
The Independent
Labour accused the Prime Minister, who called for discussions on extra powers for English MPs hours after Scotland rejected independence, of attempting a ?closed-shop stitch-up? designed to entrench the Torie...


Scottish Independence Rally Draws Thousands To Glasgow's George Square ... - ...
13 Oct 2014 at 5:47am

Huffington Post UK

Scottish Independence Rally Draws Thousands To Glasgow's George Square ...
Huffington Post UK
Thousands of people flocked to the centre of Glasgow for a rally in support of Scottish independence on Sunday. The Hope Over Fear event, organised by the socialist campaign for an indepe...


The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad - FiveThirtyEight
19 Sep 2014 at 7:41am

The Scotland Independence Polls Were Pretty Bad
FiveThirtyEight
Furthermore, many polls of the Scottish independence referendum were Internet-based, and some of those polls did not use probability sampling, historically the bedrock for demographic weighting. A YouGov poll earlier this month, for ex...


Scotland could still declare independence ? even without referendum, says Ale...
21 Sep 2014 at 7:51pm

The Independent

Scotland could still declare independence ? even without referendum, says Alex ...
The Independent
The Scottish First Minister, who has said he is standing down after voters failed to back independence last week, said a referendum was the ?best route? to statehood, but added that the...


Scotland Seeks to Restore Harmony After Independence Vote Divides Nation - Wa...
21 Sep 2014 at 9:22pm

Wall Street Journal

Scotland Seeks to Restore Harmony After Independence Vote Divides Nation
Wall Street Journal
Police stand guard as Scottish independence supporters clash with pro-union campaigners at a Friday reconciliation rally in Glasgow, a day after the referendum. Zuma Press. GLASGOW, Scotl...


Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal But Not Twins [ANALYSIS] - ValueWalk
19 Oct 2014 at 12:45am

Alaska Highway News

Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal But Not Twins [ANALYSIS]
ValueWalk
Scotland and Catalonia are brothers in arms. Independence movement leaders communicate regularly. On September 18, when Scotland voted on uncoupling from the United Kingdom Catalans were there. When Catalonia vo...



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SNP - Google News
Google News

New Online Search Tool from LGC Provides Fast Access to SNP Genotyping ... - ...
20 Oct 2014 at 6:24pm

New Online Search Tool from LGC Provides Fast Access to SNP Genotyping ...
SelectScience.net (press release)
Over the past 10 years, research in LGC's service laboratories has validated KASP Genotyping Assays that target hundreds of thousands of SNPs and other genetic variations that can cause, or ...


Andrew Whitaker: SNP needs more than momentum - Scotsman
20 Oct 2014 at 4:01pm

Scotsman

Andrew Whitaker: SNP needs more than momentum
Scotsman
To look at the SNP, with a new and popular leader designate in Nicola Sturgeon as well as healthy opinion poll leads over Labour, it is hard to believe this is a party that has just lost the battle for independence by a margin bigger th...


?So why are Ukip being allowed to participate but not any of the other minori...
20 Oct 2014 at 2:12pm

InQuire Live

?So why are Ukip being allowed to participate but not any of the other minority ...
InQuire Live
The most historic and dramatic political event in the past 4 years has not been Ukip's victories but the independence referendum in Scotland, something the SNP played a crucial role in. Addi...


In George Square - London Review of Books (subscription) (blog)
20 Oct 2014 at 1:31pm

In George Square
London Review of Books (subscription) (blog)
The SNP has more than tripled in size, to over 84,000 members. Alex Salmond has pledged to 'hold unionists feet to the fire' over the infamous 'vow' for more devolution. Next month the Radical Independence Campaign will hold a conference...


SNP Crosses Critical Technical Indicator - Forbes
20 Oct 2014 at 11:05am

Forbes

SNP Crosses Critical Technical Indicator
Forbes
In trading on Monday, shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. Inc (NYSE: SNP) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $84.1136 per share. We define oversold territory using the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which is a tec...


North Ayrshire Council reveal plans to webcast meetings - Ardrossan and Saltc...
20 Oct 2014 at 10:10am

North Ayrshire Council reveal plans to webcast meetings
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
Both the SNP and Labour group leaders are in favour of the move. Council leader Willie Gibson said: ?I am very excited about this new development in widening democracy. ?This should be warmly welcomed and it will...


Conservatives Pull Ahead Of Labour in Scotland, SNP Surge - Town Hall
20 Oct 2014 at 8:37am

Conservatives Pull Ahead Of Labour in Scotland, SNP Surge
Town Hall
The Conservatives have pulled ahead of Labour in Scotland according to a poll by YouGov. The survey puts the Conservatives on 20 percent, Labour on 19 percent with the Liberal Democrats on 9 percent and 'others' including the Scott...


Stock Runners: Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO ... - S...
20 Oct 2014 at 8:36am

Stock Runners: Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO ...
Street Newswire (registration)
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP) has received a consensus recommendation of ?Hold? from the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the stock. On last trading day China Petrole...


SNP confident of 'strong position' - The Courier
20 Oct 2014 at 8:08am

The Courier

SNP confident of 'strong position'
The Courier
"With a strong team of SNP MPs elected next year we will be in a good position to hold the Westminster parties to account on their 'vow' of extensive new powers for Scotland - and to get the powers we need to make Scotland a fairer, more pro...


SNP in 'strong position' ahead of UK election - Scotsman
20 Oct 2014 at 8:04am

Scotsman

SNP in 'strong position' ahead of UK election
Scotsman
?With a strong team of SNP MPs elected next year we will be in a good position to hold the Westminster parties to account on their 'vow' of extensive new powers for Scotland - and to get the powers we need to make Scotland a fairer, mor...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

Where now for independence supporters? - BBC News
20 Oct 2014 at 3:17am

Research Magazine

Where now for independence supporters?
BBC News
And where do they go from here? In the days before Scotland voted in the referendum, the country was alive with political activity. In streets in the major cities, "Yes" and "No" campaigners gathered to rally their supporters and get ...


How do people in Motherwell feel one month after Scottish referendum result? ...
20 Oct 2014 at 7:02pm

BBC News

How do people in Motherwell feel one month after Scottish referendum result?
BBC News
The majority of people in Motherwell who voted in last month's referendum supported an independent Scotland. A month after the vote that rejected independence, what is the feeling on the streets of the Nor...


After the Scotland referendum: What happens next - CBC.ca
19 Sep 2014 at 2:44pm

CBC.ca

After the Scotland referendum: What happens next
CBC.ca
In the waning days before Thursday's historic referendum, worried leaders in Westminster offered the prospect of devolving more powers to Scotland in a bid to keep the 307-year-old union together. But promises made in the heat of a campa...


Scotland's referendum - The Economist (blog)
19 Sep 2014 at 11:16am

The Economist (blog)

Scotland's referendum
The Economist (blog)
THE defeat of nationalism in Scotland can be put down to any number of interventions. Gordon Brown, who delivered some storming speeches late in the campaign, will be celebrated as the union's saviour. Few are likely to credit the polit...


Scottish Police Investigate Referendum Fraud After 'Hundreds of Uncounted Yes...
2 Oct 2014 at 12:23pm

Newsweek

Scottish Police Investigate Referendum Fraud After 'Hundreds of Uncounted Yes ...
Newsweek
Scottish police are investigating a case of electoral fraud in last month's independence referendum after a video emerged online today of a man claiming to have found a bag of ?hundreds? of voting bal...


Scottish housing market fell for first time due to referendum - Aberdeen Pres...
15 Oct 2014 at 1:35am

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Scottish housing market fell for first time due to referendum
Aberdeen Press and Journal
House prices in Scotland fell for the first time in a year in August as the looming independence referendum hindered activity in the property market, according to a new report. The ave...


Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It - TIME
21 Sep 2014 at 2:42pm

TIME

Scotland Faces Challenge of Putting Referendum Behind It
TIME
Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front pro-union activists in Glasgow's Pro-independence supporters' Scottish flag seen in front of pro-union activists in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland, on Sept. 17, 2014, on ...


The Scottish Referendum And Unity - Cross Rhythms
20 Oct 2014 at 7:42am

The Scottish Referendum And Unity
Cross Rhythms
As I write this article, Great Britain is in the cusp of historic change. By the time it is published, the people of Scotland will have made their decision. Will we be a "United Kingdom" or an independent Scotland? Either way Scotland is receiving mor...


Scotland's referendum result - The Economist (blog)
20 Sep 2014 at 4:53am

Scotland's referendum result
The Economist (blog)
Salmond was naïve on 2 counts I think there was too much lack of definitive direction of an independent Scotland, not entirely the fault of Scotland but what highlighted the undertones of what was wrong with what they were leaving or what they ...

an...


Scottish Referendum Debate Rages On As Alex Salmond Threatens 'Revenge' - Huf...
14 Oct 2014 at 2:58pm

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Scottish Referendum Debate Rages On As Alex Salmond Threatens 'Revenge'
Huffington Post UK
"The Prime Minister started the process of reneging on the commitment when he came out of Downing Street hours after the referendum and said that progress in Scotland should be in ta...



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Sit Bo-Bo Sit. Good Dog.
20 Oct 2014 at 3:59pm
Which TV programme ended with this clip. Black lab with a Frisby?

Bugging the life out of me.

It Seems That Scotland Did Invent Pretty Much Everything
20 Oct 2014 at 1:06am
We all know about TV, the telephone, penicillin, the US Navy, etc, etc.

But now it seems we inven...

I'm Not A Pedant...
19 Oct 2014 at 5:29pm

...I'm a perfectionist.

 



Bison Grass Vodka
19 Oct 2014 at 3:48pm

So, we went for a traditional Polish Ruby Murray on Wednesday night in an establishment just acro...



"an Out Of Touch, Unelected Bureaucrat"
19 Oct 2014 at 12:15pm
is what the Tories are calling the president of the EC, Jose Manuel Barrossa, after he said the U...

From Tomorrow
19 Oct 2014 at 8:47am

At least 5p charge on ALL single-use bags from retailers.

 

Money will be donated by the retailer...



Edinburgh Hogmanay
19 Oct 2014 at 7:07am

Anyone been in recent years and is it worth it? I was last there in the mid 90's before tix were ...



Ted Christopher Gig - Scone 25Th October
19 Oct 2014 at 4:45am

We have Ted Christopher playing at the wheel inn in Scone on Saturday night.

Everyone is welcome ...



Kilted Golf Day Perthshire Sat 25Th Oct
19 Oct 2014 at 4:43am

 

anyone up for this?



A New Pub That Satays Open Until Everyone Is Blloptered
18 Oct 2014 at 8:22pm

Right, ot's here in didsbury but you can stay as late as your money doess,,, obviously  I just sp...




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Guardian Scottish Independence blog

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

MPs debate further devolution after the Scottish referendum: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Oct 2014 at 11:25am

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including MPs debating fu...



Alistair Carmichael's statement on Scottish devolution: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including Jeremy Hunts statement on Ebol...



Scotland after the independence referendum: week in review
by Libby Brooks
26 Sep 2014 at 12:12pm

Vow wobbles, an energised electorate, first-time voters reflect and the beginnings of a new polit...



Nicola Sturgeon parks independence and opts for devolution: five reasons why ...
by Severin Carrell
25 Sep 2014 at 11:31am

Nicola Sturgeon has signalled the SNP has sidelined its historic quest for independence after it ...



Nicola Sturgeon faces cuts and hard choices as domestic realities bite at Hol...
by Severin Carrell
24 Sep 2014 at 12:39pm

The debates and wrangles over the Scottish parliaments tax and welfare powers will dominate Nicol...



Scottish independence referendum: grief at the Glasgow Skeptics
by Libby Brooks
23 Sep 2014 at 2:44pm

A packed discussion about where next after last weeks referendum inevitably ends up picking over ...



Labour conference & Scottish independence referendum aftermath: Row over brok...
by Andrew Sparrow
21 Sep 2014 at 11:53am
Milibands interview with Andrew Marr - Summary
Salmonds interviews - SummaryLunchtime summary
After...

Gordon Brown tells Scots: let us be a nation, united again - as it happened
by Ben Quinn
20 Sep 2014 at 9:18am
Gordon Brown sets out his ideas for Scotlands futureAlex Salmond to step down as first minister
Vi...

Alex Salmond to resign as first minister after Scotland rejects independence ...
by Claire Phipps, Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh, and Peter Walker in London
19 Sep 2014 at 12:46pm

Rolling coverage as Scotlands longest-serving first minister says he will step down following no ...




What next for the UK after Scotland votes against independence? - podcast debate
by Presented by Jonathan Freedland and produced by Peter Sale and Jason Phipps
19 Sep 2014 at 5:02am
Jonathan Freedland presents a special discussion exploring the impact of Scotland's independence ...

Scottish independence referendum: Scotland votes no - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow, Claire Phipps and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
19 Sep 2014 at 1:49am

Rolling coverage of the results of the Scottish independence referendum, with reaction and analys...



Scottish independence referendum: Alex Salmond addresses final campaign rally...
by Andrew Sparrow and Paul Owen in Edinburgh
17 Sep 2014 at 5:04pm

Rolling coverage of all the developments in the last day of campaigning before tomorrows Scottish...



Scottish independence referendum: Ed Miliband disrupted by yes campaigners - ...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm
Cameron/Miliband/Cleggs vow - Summary and analysisAlex Salmonds BBC Radio Scotland interview - Su...

Scotlands referendum has spurred a dash for devo but localism is no panacea ...
by Polly Toynbee
16 Sep 2014 at 12:00am

England is so grotesquely unequal that more devolution could be a disaster for deprived regions

Th...



Scottish referendum: Cameron returns to Scotland - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Sep 2014 at 3:05pm
Salmonds press conference - Summary
Lunchtime summaryCamerons speech - My snap verdictAfternoon su...


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

The politics of language
by James Kelly
20 Oct 2014 at 11:54am
My jaw just dropped to the floor watching the BBC News channel - there was a headline along the l...

Explain yourself, Professor Curtice, for I fear there is a rather massive con...
by James Kelly
20 Oct 2014 at 8:51am
I don't pay the Murdoch levy, so I was interested to see an extract from a Sunday Times article o...

Are we even closer to the UKIP nightmare scenario than we realise?
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2014 at 6:53pm
If you thought that the days were over when the chances of predicting our political future hinged...

SNP notch up astonishing 17% lead in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
17 Oct 2014 at 8:50am
I'm in a mad rush this afternoon, but I thought I'd give you a lightning-quick Poll of Polls upda...

OK, London broadcasters, so tell us : just what WOULD be enough for a Jock pa...
by James Kelly
14 Oct 2014 at 8:04pm
Of the many reprehensible things about the broadcasters' proposal to ban the SNP and Plaid Cymru ...

A democratic outrage : the broadcasters plan to totally exclude the SNP and P...
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2014 at 5:28am
After the debacle of the rigged 2010 leaders' debates (which not only saw the SNP and Plaid Cymru...

SNP soar to 41% in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
11 Oct 2014 at 2:45pm
We'll soon see what the Sunday YouGov poll brings, but as of this moment, it remains the case tha...

What does UKIP's breakthrough mean for Scotland?
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2014 at 11:35am
Oddly enough, I didn't see Ruth Davidson tweeting the words "Well done, Clacks!" this time.  The ...

Now is the time to act (again) : make your own submission to the Smith Commis...
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2014 at 4:35pm
Well, it's only a few weeks since we all took a few minutes out of our time to vote for the indep...

Is it just me, or do you get the impression Neil Lovatt didn't like the last ...
by James Kelly
8 Oct 2014 at 5:41am
This little spectacle has been going on for the best part of 24 hours now...

"Ahhh nothing like a ...

Poll of Polls update, and a response to "Alligator Man"
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2014 at 7:56am
Since the last Poll of Polls update, there have been four new Scottish subsamples published, all ...

Scot Goes Pop fundraiser breaks through £5000 barrier
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 4:04pm
A million, billion, zillion thanks to the 171 people who have donated so far to the second Scot G...

The proper capital city of a proper country
by James Kelly
5 Oct 2014 at 5:25am
Back in June, I went to Cramond Island for the first time since I was a very young child.  While ...

Lies, lies, lies : the evidence that the No campaign won by deceiving voters ...
by James Kelly
3 Oct 2014 at 6:24pm
Before the referendum, Gordon Brown solemnly promised that a No vote would lead automatically to ...

Pondering a Panelbase puzzler
by James Kelly
3 Oct 2014 at 5:20am
As Scottish Skier has been repeatedly cautioning us, it's difficult to have a lot of confidence i...


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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

Residents of Patna; Regarding Duneskin
20 Oct 2014 at 7:17pm

Hello residents of Patna (if any are around here!), I have a little request to make if it's entir...



Bitter Together - Fracking & Iraqing
20 Oct 2014 at 5:18pm
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Spotted this on Facebook
20 Oct 2014 at 4:43pm
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Scottish redditers: what are feelings/opinions on the results of the indepenc...
20 Oct 2014 at 4:39pm

so, I finally had a chance to look at the actual numbers of the independence vote and was just wo...



Most certainly a long shot, but is anyone here studying costume design (postg...
20 Oct 2014 at 11:10am

Hello, r/scotland. This is a weird long shot, but I'm about to graduate from University, and am l...



Kier wins £57m Scottish school projects
20 Oct 2014 at 11:09am
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Decline of political ideological debate in Scotland
20 Oct 2014 at 9:37am

With the SNP going from strength to strength; becoming the 3rd biggest party in the UK, there's a...



Scottish Labour call in experts used against BNP to tackle SNP. | Sunday Post
20 Oct 2014 at 8:48am
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Looking for saturday tickets for the enchanted forest in pitlochry!
20 Oct 2014 at 8:15am

Turns out we've made a mistake when we ordered tickets months ago and we're missing two adult tic...



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20 Oct 2014 at 5:30am
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20 Oct 2014 at 4:59am
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Lesley Riddoch: Parties must say what they want - The Scotsman
20 Oct 2014 at 3:57am
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Barroso delivers embarrassing EU rebuke to Cameron | Scottish National Party
20 Oct 2014 at 3:35am
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Devo Hee-Haw: Labour?s submission to the Smith Commission fails to impress - ...
20 Oct 2014 at 2:43am
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20 Oct 2014 at 2:35am
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Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Nicola Sturgeon: Not my job to prove how different I am to Alex Salmond
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
19 Oct 2014 at 1:33pm
Incoming SNP leader has welcomed 60,000 new members and rising making it the UKs third-largest party

Among the many challenges facing Scotlands incoming first minister Nicola Sturgeon, there is on...



Scotland needs you to finish the job, Gordon Brown | @guardianletters
by Guardian Staff
19 Oct 2014 at 1:26pm

It has generally been acknowledged that Gordon Brown (Comment, 18 October) brought new energy and passion to the no campaign in the final weeks before the referendum. He also persuaded the three pa...



Nicola Sturgeons ascent to the SNP throne is perfectly timed | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
18 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm
The new leader of the SNP has the perfect opportunity to shape the post-referendum political landscape

I suppose well all just have to live with the epithet by which Scotland is now known throughout...



MPs debate further devolution after the Scottish referendum: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Oct 2014 at 11:25am

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments as they happen, including MPs debating further devolution to Scotland and the English votes for English laws (EVEL) issue

5.25pm BST

There wi...



Tory reform plans are lethal cocktail that could break up UK - Gordon Brown
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
14 Oct 2014 at 11:21am

Former PM says devolving income tax to Scotland while bringing in English votes for English laws would be lethal for constitution

Gordon Brown has claimed the Tories plan to devolve all income tax p...



Labour to boycott stitch-up on English votes for English laws
by Nicholas Watt and Rowena Mason
14 Oct 2014 at 7:20am
Party refuses William Hagues invitation to contribute to committee on consequences of no vote in Scottish referendum

Britains main political parties are heading for a pre-election clash over the int...



Post-Scotland vote, a grand convention on devolution is needed - politicians ...
by Simon Jenkins
14 Oct 2014 at 3:58am
Ministers pledged the moon to Scotland but cant and wont deliver with the English question muddying the waters

Tuesdays live blog: MPs debate further devolution

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when...



Scotland could get revenge for broken referendum promises, says Salmond
by Rowena Mason, political correspondent
14 Oct 2014 at 3:53am
First minister says a huge gap has opened between what was promised by Westminster leaders and command paper

Live blog: Tuesdays Commons debate on devolution

Alex Salmond says Scotland could exact re...



William Hague sets timetable for debate on English votes for English laws
by Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
13 Oct 2014 at 1:43pm
Commons leader says MPs will have vote on issue by end of December if main parties fail to reach agreement

William Hague is to intensify moves towards introducing so-called English votes for English...



Alistair Carmichael's statement on Scottish devolution: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm

Rolling coverage of all the days political developments, including Jeremy Hunts statement on Ebola, publication of the command paper on Scotland and reaction to the plan for TV election leaders deb...



Thousands rally in Barcelona against Catalonian independence
by AFP in Barcelona
12 Oct 2014 at 1:52pm
Around 40,000 people wave Spanish and Catalan flags a month before proposed vote on Catalonian secession

Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday, Spains national day, to oppose moves to...



David Cameron playing fast and loose with constitution, says Gordon Brown
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
12 Oct 2014 at 6:25am
Former PM says Conservative plans to hand 100% of income tax-raising powers to Scottish parliament are gift to separatists

David Cameron is playing fast and loose with the UK constitution, the forme...



Gordon Brown calls on Scottish parties to back revenue plan
by Press Association
12 Oct 2014 at 2:46am
Scottish Labour party wants Holyrood to raise 54% of its own revenue, quadrupling from £4bn to £18bn in 2016

Gordon Brown has urged Holyroods unionist parties to unite around his plan to make the Sc...



Why AC/DCs Angus and Malcolm Young make us all Better Together
by Kevin McKenna
11 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotland has passed up a chance to heal the wounds of the referendum in voting not to recognise the achievements of the Young brothers

The political elite is unremitting in its efforts to convince u...



Scottish government calls for maximum devolution
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
10 Oct 2014 at 1:02pm
Post-referendum proposals submitted to Smith commission stop just short of what would have been achieved by independence

The Scottish government has called for maximum devolution within the UK, incl...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

How now Brown?s vow
by weegingerdug
18 Oct 2014 at 6:27pm
The road to Hell, blog posts, and post-referendum vows is paved with good intentions. Or at least that holds true for two items on the list, whether there were ever any good intentions in the vow i...

Newton?s law of Y-fronts
by weegingerdug
13 Oct 2014 at 7:35pm
When I’m not wondering why I have a waffle iron, and am still unclear on what a waffle iron is, never mind wondering why there’s one in the cupboard, I’ve been on the phone to utilities companies, ...

Oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea
by weegingerdug
9 Oct 2014 at 11:13pm
I’m now at the “oh God why did I ever think this was a good idea” stage in the house flitting process, and am sitting here surrounded by packing cases and piles of assorted stuff all over the floor...

Garden gnomes and koalas
by weegingerdug
6 Oct 2014 at 8:19am
I was going to blog something about the Lib Dem conference which was held in Glasgow this weekend, but what’s the point? Does anyone actually give a toss what Vince Cable thinks? Even the rest of t...

Labour, wonga puppets, and the moral high ground
by weegingerdug
3 Oct 2014 at 4:50am
So it’s a final farewell to the poll tax. Well, I say “farewell”, when “consigned to the bin where it always belonged” is more appropriate. The Scottish Government has announced that local authorit...

Upstaged by an autocue
by weegingerdug
1 Oct 2014 at 7:41pm
I’ve been watching parts of the Tory party conference. Not much of it, as the human body is only so strong and watching the entire proceedings would take at least four packets of immodium and a bal...

The nectar is mince
by weegingerdug
30 Sep 2014 at 8:16pm
Ruth Davidson, who’s abseiling all over the Tory party conference in Birmingham this week enjoying her fifteen minutes of relevance, has made the startling claim that the Conservatives might consid...

Ten days after
by weegingerdug
29 Sep 2014 at 10:22am
A guest post by William Duguid Call off the search party, I?m still here. It?s just taken me a bit longer to return to blogging than I expected. It?s not that I?ve been lying disconsolately in bed,...

Being irrelevant
by weegingerdug
28 Sep 2014 at 8:20am
Yeah! We’re irrelevant again. So we had this wee referendum thingy and Scotland scared the shiters out of the Westminster establishment – which was a lot of fun – and the UK media and political cla...

An open letter to Magrit Curran
by weegingerdug
22 Sep 2014 at 1:46pm
I wasn’t going to blog anything today, but I read in the Scotsman that Magrit Curran is to head a British Labour party commission which plans to visit the 10 areas of former British Labour support ...


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by Guest Blog
14 Oct 2014 at 9:00am
A guest post today from Andrew McFadyen on the future of the Labour Party: here’s the Labour for Scotland statement.  September 18th was a misty, murky morning in Edinburgh. Beneath the haar that r...

This is England
by Dom
12 Oct 2014 at 1:28pm
Those who squeezed in to the Scottish Green conference this weekend were greeted by thought-provoking image on the front of their delegate packs ? an inverted map of the UK with Scotland in the mid...

The Two Faces of Democracy
by Guest Blog
8 Oct 2014 at 8:37am
Today’s guest post is from Duncan Thorp, who?s previously written for us about social enterprise and hate in politics. Thanks Duncan! We?re living in exciting times, Scotland has changed for the be...

Two weeks, two votes, two very different journeys
by Dom
30 Sep 2014 at 12:09pm
The day before the referendum on Scottish independence I took the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow, the Bathgate and Airdrie way, through the central belt. With a Danish TV crew in tow we rolled pas...

A modest riposte
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 8:31am
Esteemed traitor Peat Worrier wrote today about the SNPs new mission: “the greatest autonomy possible within the Union.” based on another key phrase which was heavily used during the campaign: “Abs...

Polling day
by Aidan
25 Sep 2014 at 7:00am
Like the French Revolution it’s a bit early to say what the referendum result means. The next steps need to be open, inclusive and fast but more of that in another post. In this I thought I’d talk ...

What it is and what it isn?t
by James
23 Sep 2014 at 6:56am
First things first. We lost. We know how and why we lost, too. There was a solid base of natural No voters for them to build on, and their demographics have been well analysed in the aftermath. Man...

Some thoughts on the 45
by Guest Blog
22 Sep 2014 at 1:25pm
A quick guest post from Sarah Beattie-Smith, an activist with the Scottish Greens. Thanks Sarah! More post-indyref analysis to come. I get it. I get why you might want to hold on to the fact that y...

Forget governance, Scotland is more of a nation than ever.
by Dom
19 Sep 2014 at 10:12am
In the end it was a fairly even match, but not a question of right and wrong. The results meant tears for some in my living room, but by the end of this afternoon there were two emails in my inbox ...

A natural majority for Yes
by James
17 Sep 2014 at 7:02am
It’s a phrase I believe Nicola coined last year, and I admit I was sceptical about it. There’s rarely a natural majority for anything, even a binary choice like independence. But I’ve come to agree...


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