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Coalition hails milestone as GDP returns to pre-crash level
25 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
BULLISH Coalition ministers have hailed the latest GDP figures, which show the economy is back to where it was before the 2008 financial crash, as a major milestone and a "big day for Britain".

Ed Miliband confronts his image issues at launch of labour's summer campaign
25 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
ED Miliband has confronted his image problem head-on, insisting his politics of substance would win over David Cameron's politics of style.

So is the economy really back where it was six years ago? Not quite
25 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
SO, did the earth move for you?

Cameron is all over the place
25 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Prime Minister fell prey to a mistake politicians have made down the ages - messing up their geography.

Ministerial red boxes get chauffeur service
25 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
A GOVERNMENT department used chauffeur-driven cars more than 150 times to transport boxes of documents for ministers.

UK GDP on course to outpace its rivals
24 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
The UK is on course to outpace the world's major advanced economies this year after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its GDP forecast for a fourth time in a row to 3.2 per cent.

Russia brands possible sanctions illegal
24 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
RUSSIA has begun a fightback against the West, saying it was not responsible for arming the Ukrainian separatists blamed for downing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 and that any economic sanctions against it would be "illegal, unreasonable and counter-productive".

Selina decides not to stand for Tories
24 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
FORMER broadcaster Selina Scott has decided not to stand as a Tory candidate for her local seat.

Miliband spells out election warning as he starts bid to win over voters
24 Jul 2014 at 9:02pm
LABOUR will effectively warn 'old Tories, old danger' as the party kicks off its last summer campaign before the next General Election.

Cameron: Donation not from Putin crony
23 Jul 2014 at 9:04pm
DAVID Cameron has rejected calls for the Tories to hand back a £160,000 donation to the Conservatives from the wife of a former member of Vladimir Putin's government.

MPs warn arms are still going to Russia
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
ARMS and other dual-use military equipment worth tens of millions of pounds are still being exported from Britain to Russia, MPs have warned, despite fears Moscow has been arming the separatist rebels in Ukraine.

Labour in pledge for diversity
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
LABOUR promised action to boost the number of women and ethnic minority officials in the upper echelons of the Civil Service, accusing the Government of having "lost sight of the diversity agenda".

Immediate overhaul needed in disabled benefits scheme test
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
FLAWS in the benefit system for people with disabilities and health conditions are so "grave" that they cannot be solved simply by rebranding eligibility tests and appointing a new private sector contractor to conduct them, a parliamentary report has said.

Victims still owed in Equitable Life scandal
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
PAYMENTS totalling £972.9 million have now been made to victims of the Equitable Life scandal but 160,000 policyholders who are due a payout still need to be tracked down, the Government has said.

Lords Leader turns down £36,000 to raise pay to full Cabinet salary
22 Jul 2014 at 9:03pm
BARONESS Stowell of Beeston is to forego a £36,000 Tory HQ top-up to her salary after angry protests following David Cameron's reshuffle last week when the role of Leader of the House of Lords was downgraded to a part-time member of the Cabinet.


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Comment: A song to inspire and unite nations
25 Jul 2014 at 6:02pm

THE Commonwealth Games opening ceremony had, for each of us, high points as well as, er, less distinguished moments. If ever there was a game of two halves this was it, and fortunately it all came together in extra time.



Officers remanded over alleged anti-Erdogan plot
25 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

EIGHT police officers were remanded in custody by a Turkish court yesterday pending a possible trial over accusations they spied on prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle.



Referendum round-up: Glasgow 2014 | Farming | NATO
25 Jul 2014 at 11:46am

CATCH up on the latest news, opinion, video and analysis on Scottish independence from Scotland and beyond in this daily round-up from our dedicated referendum website.



Independence: Darling warns of ?Yes? camp tricks
25 Jul 2014 at 7:17am

“INCREASINGLY desperate” Scottish nationalists will pull any trick they can when Holyrood returns to business for its unprecedented summer session after the Commonwealth Games, according to Better Together leader Alistair Darling.



£769m building boost a legacy of Glasgow 2014
24 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

MORE than £769 million has been invested in Scottish construction contracts linked to the Commonwealth Games, according to a business analyst.



The Scotsman cartoon: Scottie dogs cause a stir
24 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

THE Scottie dogs which took part in the athletes’ parade stole the show at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.



John McTernan: None bigger than Gordon Brown
24 Jul 2014 at 4:00pm

In the last-ditch fight against separation, John McTernan argues that the former PM should lead the charge for Scottish Labour



Referendum round-up: Prisoner votes | Glasgow 2014
24 Jul 2014 at 12:08pm

CATCH up on the latest news, opinion, video and analysis on Scottish independence from Scotland and beyond in this daily round-up from our dedicated referendum website.



UK Culture Secretary hails Art School?s resilience
24 Jul 2014 at 11:34am

THE UK Culture Secretary has hailed the resilience of Glasgow School of Art staff and students on a visit to the fire-damaged building.



Independence: Row over Glasgow 2014 Red Arrows
24 Jul 2014 at 10:40am

PROPOSALS for the Red Arrows to release smoke in the blue-and-white colours of Scotland’s Saltire at last night’s opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow were ditched in favour of their traditional red, white and blue.



MacAskill ?washing his hands? over armed police
24 Jul 2014 at 7:29am

JUSTICE secretary Kenny ­MacAskill has been accused of “washing his hands” over armed police on Scotland’s streets after claims that he dodged calls to discuss the matter in parliament.



Independence: Murderers lose court battle for vote
24 Jul 2014 at 6:15am

TWO Scottish prisoners have lost a legal battle to get a vote in the independence referendum.



Glasgow 2014: Barrowman?s Games gay kiss praised
24 Jul 2014 at 4:43am

THE GAY kiss in the 2014 Games opening ceremony has been hailed as a snub to homophobia in Commonwealth countries which criminalise homosexuality.



Scottish Defence League?s Festival march vetoed
23 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

AN APPLICATION from the Scottish Defence League (SDL) to hold a parade in the Scottish capital during the Edinburgh Festival has been rejected by council officials.



Militants accused of sabotaging MH17 evidence
23 Jul 2014 at 6:00pm

REBELS blamed for the downing of Flight MH17 have been accused of sabotaging the investigation into the disaster by scattering parts of other planes at the crash site.




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Don?t you forget about me
by Chris Cairns
26 Jul 2014 at 6:02am

The unlikeliest places
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2014 at 12:09am
Investors Chronicle (part of the Financial Times group), 25 July 2014: “In the 12 months since we recommended EnQuest (ENQ) as a speculative buy option, the share price of the North Sea independent has oscillated within a relatively narrow range (-11p/+16p) either side of the current share price of 132p. The relative stability (or stagnation) […]

A useful idiot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jul 2014 at 12:14pm
Alert readers will doubtless have noticed that a post yesterday was disrupted by a series of strident and increasingly ill-tempered comments by a particular user, themed around their insistence that a central bank is a prerequisite of EU membership, and therefore Scotland wouldn’t be eligible if it was using Sterling as its currency OUTSIDE of […]

The non-political Games
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jul 2014 at 4:40am
For at least a year now long-suffering newspaper readers have had to endure dire warnings from Unionist politicians about the dastardly Nats turning the Commonwealth Games into some sort of evil referendum propaganda campaign. (It was, of course, absolutely fine to continually invoke the “Olympic spirit” in 2012 and beyond as a reason Scots should vote […]

Box office gold
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2014 at 4:35pm
We suspect this isn’t one of the ones Mr Darling gets paid £10,000 for. Still, only putting out 12 seats is one way to guarantee a “standing room only” crowd.

Infrequently Asked Questions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2014 at 4:37am
The Wee Blue Book is extremely close to finished now, readers. We’re just buffing the corners. But we thought you might like to get a head start on one bit of it. As well as trying to answer all the reasonable and sensible questions that undecided or No voters might have of the Yes side, […]

Commonwealth Games begin
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2014 at 3:59pm
Scotland enjoys the opening ceremony.

The BBC, home of the facts
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2014 at 5:27am
There’s an article on the BBC website today with the self-explanatory title of “Scottish independence: How would the UK fare without Scotland?” On the left is what it said yesterday (that losing Scotland would be bad for the UK). On the right is what it says today (that losing Scotland would be good for the UK). […]

Another proud Scot
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2014 at 2:05am
Can be seen in today’s Scotsman – ironically in a comment located below a story headlined “Independence: Salmond pledges politics-free Games”. Below it is a torrent of anti-SNP abuse, including the suggestion that Alex Salmond should be dropped out of a helicopter without a parachute. We’re sure, of course, that the No campaign will rush to […]

Positivity overload
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2014 at 1:21pm


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Exam reform delayed by schools
24 Jul 2014 at 6:44pm
Dozens of schools across Scotland are delaying the introduction of new Highers in popular school subjects, according to BBC Scotland research.


Councillor breached code of conduct
25 Jul 2014 at 5:38am
A councillor in the Borders is found to have broken a code of conduct by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.


'No question' over Red Arrows smoke
25 Jul 2014 at 9:41am
The UK defence secretary says there was "no question" the Red Arrows would change the colour of smoke trails at the Games opening ceremony,


Killers fail to overturn voting ban
24 Jul 2014 at 1:22pm
The UK Supreme Court dismisses a bid to overturn the ban on convicted prisoners being able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.


Marine protected areas to be set up
24 Jul 2014 at 6:53am
A network of 30 marine protected areas is to be established around Scotland's coastline to protect marine species and their habitats.


Leaders hail Glasgow 2014 legacy
23 Jul 2014 at 10:51am
The Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond have been focusing on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.


Orange Order 'pro-UK' march approved
23 Jul 2014 at 4:29am
The Orange Order is given permission to hold a pro-Union march in Edinburgh five days before the Scottish independence referendum.


Subsidy deal 'will cut energy bills'
23 Jul 2014 at 5:36am
North of Scotland consumers will benefit from a deal to spread the subsidy costs of providing electricity to the Shetlands across Great Britain, the UK government says.


VIDEO: Shona Robison answers your questions
11 Jul 2014 at 10:47am
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, answers your questions on the Scottish independence referendum.


VIDEO: Your questions: John Curtice
30 Jun 2014 at 9:15am
Prof John Curtice answers your questions on the polls and the state of the campaigns in the independence debate.


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


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


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


AUDIO: Swinney warns of cash cuts in a no vote
27 Nov 2013 at 6:01am
Finance Secretary John Swinney warns of cuts to public funding from the UK parties if Scots vote 'no' to independence.


VIDEO: Salmond: 'Future is in Scotland's hands'
26 Nov 2013 at 4:47am
First Minister Alex Salmond says "Scotland's future is in Scotland's hands" as he outlines the Scottish government's case for independence.


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The Nightmare after No
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
20 Jun 2014 at 12:09pm

  The Yes campaign should be commended for maintaining a strong sense of positivity and vision in its quest to persuade Scots to vote Yes in September.
 
Activists have helped engage the undecided voters with thousands of events the length and breadth of Scotland, they field questions and provide answers.



Miliband seeks US link dividends
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Jul 2014 at 1:30am

By George Kerevan

It is a rite of passage that aspirant British prime ministers seek an audience with the incumbent of the White House. The aim is twofold: to show British voters they are ?important? enough to be received by the leader of the free world. And secondly, to reaffirm the so-called ?special relationship? that is supposed to exist between the UK and the United States.



The purpose of the heart
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
21 Jul 2014 at 5:14am

By Paul Kavanagh

We?re told the independence campaign is a battle between head and heart, at least a lot of folk in the papers and on telly seem to think so.

Usually, it has to be said, it?s those of a Nawish persuasion who see themselves on a self appointed mission to blind the bravehearts with a facsimile of logic.



The Yes Angel - Julie Webster talks about Maryhill Foodbank and Yes Cyclist M...
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
19 Jul 2014 at 7:21am

  It's one of the most inspiring stories of the whole independence campaign and has resulted in over four thousand pounds being raised by Yes supporters for a Glasgow Foodbank.
 
The brainchild of Yes Cyclist Mark Coburn, an appeal initially set up to pay for offices for some local Yes groups soon surpassed its total.



Mind the midges, mind your language, mind your feet
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Lynda Williamson)
3 Jul 2014 at 12:52pm

By John Finnie MSP

Regardless of location, whether our densely populated urban areas or the ultimate ?low density? housing of the Highlands and Islands, it?s vital we maximise participation in our historic constitutional debate.  Whilst the message ?vote Yes - build a socially just Scotland? will be the same across the country, there?s no doubt that the delivery techniques will vary.



The BBC? Stick it up your Juncker!
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
18 Jul 2014 at 7:27pm

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Jean-Claude Juncker is a name that few in Scotland will have heard of prior to the start of this week.  Previously, any mention of 'Jean-Claude' would have elicited the response 'Van Damme?' from most people... well some.

This week though that changed when BBC Scotland got tangled up in a web of its own making as it sought to make a cheap bit of political capital from an innocuous speech from the man who replaced Jose Manuel Barroso.



Salmond v Darling - Game-Changer or Two Hour Turn-Off
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Jul 2014 at 3:24pm

  By David Torrance
 
The era of televised debates began back in 1960 when more than 60 million voters in the United States tuned in to watch the first-ever ?Great Debate? between the two candidates vying for the White House, Republican vice-president Richard Nixon and Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy.
 
Appearing at a television studio in Chicago, Illinois, the first of four debates centred on domestic issues.



Time to show doubters the future
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
17 Jul 2014 at 12:52am

By George Kerevan
 
THE leader comment in Scotland On Sunday was fair and to the point: ?An increasing number of Scots believe the promises, made by the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour parties, of more powers after a No vote ? the Yes campaign continues to struggle with a lack of focus ? post-Commonwealth Games, Alex Salmond will need a clear, compelling message that shifts polls.?



Juncker?s hammer blow
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Jul 2014 at 5:32pm

By Paul Kavanagh
 
On Tuesday the UK media and the No campaign got all excited when EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said that he was not in favour of enlargement of the EU for the next five years or so. Suddenly they?ve got a new blow for Alicsammin from the man who just the other week said that he would accept the result of the Scottish referendum whichever way it went.



The Referendum: Why a Yes vote is a vote for progress, ambition and hope
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
14 Jul 2014 at 4:59pm

By Scott Donaldson

I was born in 1972 and, when I was growing up, the world was a very different place to the world of today. Of course, many things were exactly as they are now: we drove cars, we had electricity, we watched television and we used telephones. Yet, it was a far more limited world in terms of the technology we had, the information we had access to and the political choices that were on offer.




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Are You Sitting Comfortably?
by Peter A Bell
26 Jul 2014 at 7:22am

Are you panicking? Getting desperate yet? There seems to be a line from the No fantasists that it’s in the bag and the whole of Yes is frantically searching for a game-changer. Or is that itself ju...


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fazzledown: Another Union Dividend.
by Peter A Bell
26 Jul 2014 at 7:08am

First of all, I don't think any one wouldn't be moved by Ross Murdoch getting his gold medal - scooped in the 200m breast stroke which I am given to understand is a swimming thing. The favourite - Michael Jamieson - looked gutted, but that was more than off-set by the look on the winner's face.



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The unlikeliest places
by Peter A Bell
26 Jul 2014 at 5:23am
Investors Chronicle (part of the Financial Times group), 25 July 2014: "In the 12 months since we recommended EnQuest (ENQ) as a speculative buy option, the share price of the North Sea independent...


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Episode 8: An Audience with Patrick Harvie
by Peter A Bell
26 Jul 2014 at 5:07am

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP took centre stage in this week’s Bateman podcast, explaining the thinking behind his advocacy of a Yes vote in the referendum.



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A useful idiot
by Peter A Bell
26 Jul 2014 at 4:45am

Alert readers will doubtless have noticed that a post yesterday was disrupted by a series of strident and increasingly ill-tempered comments by a particular user, themed around their insistence tha...


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Crowdsourcing the Constitution - Lessons from Iceland
by Peter A Bell
26 Jul 2014 at 4:38am

Back in June we brought Smári McCarthy to speak about post-Yes constitutional options and learnings from Iceland. If you missed his talk here's the full length of it. Special thanks to Andrew Crow ...


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Return of Donorgate: Westminster works for the few | Scottish National Party
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25 Jul 2014 at 9:38am



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Yes vote is ?the key to tackling poverty? | Yes Scotland
by Peter A Bell
25 Jul 2014 at 9:34am




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Independence is the only sure way to deal with the ever-growing gap between Scotland’s rich and poor, two leading figures in the Yes campaign will say today.




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Yes Songs - Citizen Smart
by Peter A Bell
25 Jul 2014 at 9:18am

Yes Songs is my best shot at putting the case for Scottish Independence in song. A good song can at times put things better than the best of speeches or articles, But certainly, song is another way...




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No campaign donor is accused over firm avoiding tax
by Peter A Bell
25 Jul 2014 at 8:13am

A COMPANY whose chief executive is a significant donor to the Better Together campaign has been accused of avoiding paying billions of pounds in tax.


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The list of dubious and downright disreputable organisations and individuals backing the anti-independence mob should be enou...



Independence: Darling warns of ?Yes? camp tricks
by Peter A Bell
25 Jul 2014 at 7:54am

“INCREASINGLY desperate” Scottish nationalists will pull any trick they can when Holyrood returns to business for its unprecedented summer session after the Commonwealth Games, according to Better Together leader Alistair Darling.


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The Commonwealth Games may boost the yes vote for Scottish independence
by Peter A Bell
25 Jul 2014 at 7:27am

Alan Bissett: The visibility of Scotland on TV, plus sporting success, could well give us the confidence to vote yes in the referendum



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Independence: Murderers lose court battle for vote
by Peter A Bell
25 Jul 2014 at 7:04am

TWO Scottish prisoners have lost a legal battle to get a vote in the independence referendum.


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Red Arrows smoke sparks row
by Peter A Bell
25 Jul 2014 at 7:00am
A ROW has erupted amid claims the Defence Secretary slapped down proposals for the Red Arrows to trail smoke in the blue and white colours of the Saltire during the Commonwealth Games' opening ceremony.


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The non-political Games
by Peter A Bell
25 Jul 2014 at 6:41am

For at least a year now long-suffering newspaper readers have had to endure dire warnings from Unionist politicians about the dastardly Nats turning the Commonwealth Games into some sort of evil re...


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Downturn cost UK economy £240 billion since 2008 despite recovery returning c...
by Graham Hiscott
26 Jul 2014 at 7:28am
GEORGE Osborne said we had hit a "major milestone" in increasing the value of the British economy to be larger than at its peak in 2008, but the IPPR think tank say the UK has fallen behind.


Scottish independence could cost our economy £8billion and risk thousands of ...
by dailyrecord
26 Jul 2014 at 6:57am
BETTER Together leader Darling says an independent Scotland could lose thousands of jobs after a Strathclyde University study showed 247,000 Scottish jobs were dependent on cross-border trade.


Tory minister Esther McVey urges kids to be their own boss.. despite racking ...
by James Lyons
25 Jul 2014 at 4:00am
THE Employment Minister was plunged into the red after being forced to borrow tens of thousands of pounds to bail out a firm she set up before becoming an MP.


Independence referendum: Ed Miliband's wife joins Scots Labour leaders to bac...
by David Clegg
25 Jul 2014 at 2:33am
THE Labour leader's wife Justine, who normally keeps a low profile, visited the Highland Spring factory in Perthshire to join the drive for a No vote.


UK Defence Secretary blocked Red Arrows from trailing colours of the Saltire ...
by David Clegg
24 Jul 2014 at 3:39pm
SCOTS-BORN Michael Fallon veto-ed a longstanding plan for the famous planes to trail blue and white smoke at Wednesday night?s opening ceremony.


Joan McAlpine: How Labour, Lib Dems and Tories are using lies, damned lies an...
by Joan McAlpine
23 Jul 2014 at 3:31am
JOAN says before we get hooked by the Big Lie, let's take a look at who's peddling it.


Glasgow 2014: First Minister Alex Salmond vows Commonwealth event will boost ...
by Paul O'Hare
23 Jul 2014 at 3:09am
SCOTTISH political leaders come together to back sporting showcase for the world.


Douglas Alexander gives exclusive insight into US President's views on Scotti...
by Douglas Alexander
23 Jul 2014 at 1:42am
SHADOW Foreign Secretary says Barack Obama - friend of Scotland and UK - believes we are better together.


Scottish independence: Barack Obama warns Scots 'if it ain't broke don't fix ...
by David Clegg
22 Jul 2014 at 6:01pm
THE US president, who rocked the independence debate last month, gave a further explanation of why he believes Scotland should continue to work together with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Scotland should show solidarity with Wales by voting Yes in referendum, says ...
by David Clegg
22 Jul 2014 at 1:43pm
LEANNE Wood said an independent Scotland would be "a beacon of social justice" to counter the "spiteful right-wing rule" of the UK Government.


Countries of the Commonwealth have nothing to fear from independence says Fir...
by dailyrecord
22 Jul 2014 at 8:11am
ALEX Salmond said most of the 71 countries and territories involved had already gone through the same process.


Film legend Sir Roger Moore neatly swerves questions over independence issue ...
by dailyrecord
22 Jul 2014 at 8:06am
FORMER Bond star was appearing as Unicef goodwill ambassador at Games 2014 briefing in the city.


First Minister urged to condemn homophobia in some Commonwealth nations ahead...
by dailyrecord
22 Jul 2014 at 6:48am
A HUMAN rights organisation has appealed to Alex Salmond to express concern at the "persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex people in 42 of the 53 Commonwealth member states".


Ann McKechin: Royal Mail sell off by Tories shortchanged the British taxpayer
by Ann McKechin
22 Jul 2014 at 6:25am
ANN MCKECHIN gives her view that the public purse lost out on £1.4bn over the sale of Royal Mail thanks to the Conservative Government.


Politics graduate Meghan Gallacher on voting Conservative and why she has set...
by Jennifer Hyland
21 Jul 2014 at 2:52am
DESPITE coming from the staunch Labour area of Hoyltown 22-year-old Meghan says she is proud to vote Conservative and support the Better Together campaign.


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Better Together has today proposed a new regional anthem for Scotlandshire th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
25 Jul 2014 at 9:17am
Better Together has today proposed a new regional anthem for Scotlandshire that will be introduced after the vile Natz are crushed in the forthcoming splittist referendum.

The new anthem has been composed and written by Lord Barrowman of Naetalent, the world famous entertainment legend and NO su...

The shame of Scotlandshire revealed by our team of undercover investigators. ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
24 Jul 2014 at 5:08am
The shame of Scotlandshire revealed by our team of undercover investigators.

Yes, Team Scotlandshire singing Flower of Scotland before they make their entrance at last night's Commonwealth Games.

Will the Natz stop at nothing to politicise the games?


Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony - Team Scotla...

BBC Scotlandshire finds itself having to point out that BBC Scotlandshire's A...
by BBC Scotlandshire
22 Jul 2014 at 6:25am
BBC Scotlandshire finds itself having to point out that BBC Scotlandshire's Audience Council has never been happier with our coverage of the splittist referendum.

Any criticism being highlighted in the splittist press is aimed squarely at the spoof BBC on the opposite bank of the Clyde.

Remem...

BREAKING NEWS: Senior figures in the Liberal Democratic party have today anno...
by BBC Scotlandshire
20 Jul 2014 at 2:59pm
BREAKING NEWS: Senior figures in the Liberal Democratic party have today announced a U-turn on their policy of opposition to Independence and have apologised to the people of Scotlandshire for their previous stance.


Liberal Democrats to apologise after U-turn on Separation
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Nigel is a passionate Highlander. He likes current affairs. He follows politi...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 4:57pm
Nigel is a passionate Highlander. He likes current affairs. He follows politics. He cares deeply about the outcome of the referendum. As good luck would have it, he discovers that Britain's flagship current affairs show is coming to his home town.


Nigel's Big Day Out
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True Unionists will be very confused watching tonight's World Cup Final. Th...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 2:06pm
True Unionists will be very confused watching tonight's World Cup Final.

The Krauts or the Argies?

We've had to kick both of them into touch with our military might.

Would have been so much easier if England had only got through to the final - like they are entitled to.

Anyone help us out...

John Mcternan: the least successful Status Quo-er ever?
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jul 2014 at 12:27pm
John Mcternan: the least successful Status Quo-er ever?




Alex Salmond's plans for the sundering of Great Britain were dealt a fatal se...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jul 2014 at 4:08pm
Alex Salmond's plans for the sundering of Great Britain were dealt a fatal setback today as it was revealed that members of UKOK were behind the design of the new uniforms for the opening ceremony Commonwealth Games.


Blow for Salmond as UKOK admit designing Commonwealth Games kit
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Dreaming of how things might have been... damned Seps!
by BBC Scotlandshire
11 Jul 2014 at 2:33am
Dreaming of how things might have been... damned Seps!




BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the hap...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
BBC Scotlandshire is delighted to run a caption competition following the happy news from Edinburgh Zoo that Tian Tian's has conceived, with fingers crossed that it turns into a full blown pregnancy.

Please leave your competition entry in the comments.

1st prize: "Gie me a doin" date with the...

Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest war...
by BBC Scotlandshire
6 Jul 2014 at 3:13pm
Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the Royal Navy's newest warship is to be donated to Glasgow City Council.



Cameron donates HRH Queen Elizabeth to Glasgow City Council
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
The vessel herself serves no conceivable military purpose in the 21st century, as we ca...

EXCLUSIVE NEWS The only Scottish UKIP MEP is under mounting pressure to resig...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jul 2014 at 3:30pm
EXCLUSIVE NEWS
The only Scottish UKIP MEP is under mounting pressure to resign following the revelation that he may have fathered a secret love child in the 70's.


UKIP MEP may have nationalist love child
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BBC Scotlandshire - All the news we want you to see. Bringing you ludic...

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by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jul 2014 at 5:18am



SCARY HEALTHCARE NEWS Scottish Labour’s health spokesperson has today warned ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Jul 2014 at 3:39pm
SCARY HEALTHCARE NEWS
Scottish Labour?s health spokesperson has today warned that separation from the protective umbrella of the United Kingdom will see the reintroduction of nit nurses in schools north of the border and may result in draconian border quarantine measures to prevent Scotlandshire ...

Never mind your freedom, Jock, choose the freebie!
by BBC Scotlandshire
3 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
Never mind your freedom, Jock, choose the freebie!





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It's time to get above ourselves


Common Sense, Scottish Thought and Current Politics
by bellacaledonia
26 Jul 2014 at 3:19am
All movements need to connect themselves to their past. Richard Gunn connects the threads of Scotland’s radical history with today’s independence movement. In an interview held in 2010, Bella Calledonia reminds John Holloway of his earlier involvement with the Edinburgh-based... Read More ›


Glasgow 2014: The Sri Lankan Elephant in the Room
by bellacaledonia
25 Jul 2014 at 10:42am
By Rebecca Rajah Off with a bang of a gay kiss and some illegal cycling, the 20th Commonwealth Games are now underway in Glasgow. The Games are intended to ‘unite the commonwealth through sport’, championing the shared values of member... Read More ›


Crowdsourcing the Constitution ? Lessons from Iceland
by bellacaledonia
25 Jul 2014 at 10:24am
Back in June we brought Smári McCarthy to speak about post-Yes constitutional options and learnings from Iceland. If you missed his talk here’s the full length of it. Special thanks to Andrew Crow @EventVideo for help with this… Filed under: International... Read More ›


Songs for Scotland ? a festival of voices exalting the power of Yes
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 11:31am
On 3rd September Bella Caledonia hosts Songs for Scotland ? a festival of proud, relevant voices exalting the power of Yes. A gig that beats with the heart of the indy movement, in tandem with a one-off album of aspirational songs . S


JD Twitch Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony rejected mix (Caribbean section)
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 11:25am
  Part of the ‘what could have been’ debate about how you would have done the Glasgow opening… This is quite a mix from Keith McIvor aka JD Twitch (Optimo) which was rejected late-on and replaced with something less interesting.... Read More ›

Commonwealth Calendar of Independence
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 8:09am
Sick of unionist commentary and attempts to hijack the games? Try this handy Commonwealth calendar of independence. With thanks to Colm Gallagher ?@blissapp [click to embiggen it] Filed under: Arts & Culture Tagged: Colm Gallagher, Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow, Scotland


Art and the Future
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 5:50am
A great reply here from Murdo Macdonald to Jonathon Jones piece ‘Why Scotland should follow its art and vote no to independence’ This is a difficult piece to which to respond because of its premise. I?ve no idea what the... Read More ›


Festival of Cliché
by bellacaledonia
24 Jul 2014 at 4:33am
The whole country is divided like never before. Households are split. Relationships bitterly at peril. No, not the indyref but the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Maybe we should have blown up the Red Road flats after all? Was it a... Read More ›


Leanne Wood Interview
by bellacaledonia
23 Jul 2014 at 6:07pm
Leanne Wood AM has been the leader of Plaid Cymru since 2012. She took the time to speak to Bella about the state of the Welsh independence movement, the importance of Scotland beyond its borders and her concerns as an... Read More ›


You Do Not Exist
by bellacaledonia
23 Jul 2014 at 8:21am
By Mike Small You know they are scared now, don’t you? Deeply unsettled. Despite endless proclamations of “I’m a proud Scot but …” the reality of a deep-seated cultural self-hatred is seeping out. Self-hatred amongst the Love Bombs. As the... Read More ›


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Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh - BBC News
25 Jul 2014 at 12:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh
BBC News
Recent opinion polls suggest people in Catalonia are evenly divided over independence. Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, a columnist for Spanish newspaper El Pais, says people are keeping an eye on Scotland. He says: "Whether they v...


Scottish independence could cost our economy £8billion and risk thousands of ...
26 Jul 2014 at 6:58am

Scotsman

Scottish independence could cost our economy £8billion and risk thousands of ...
Scottish Daily Record
INDEPENDENCE could cost Scotland's economy £8 billion and jeopardise thousands of jobs, according to the pro-union Better Together campaign. Leader Alistair Darling said businesses in Scot...


Scottish Independence: Scotland Swimmer Daniel Wallace Shouts 'Freedom ... - ...
26 Jul 2014 at 12:09pm

International Business Times UK

Scottish Independence: Scotland Swimmer Daniel Wallace Shouts 'Freedom ...
International Business Times UK
Scotland swimming gold medalist Daniel Wallace became the first home nation athlete competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to indicate his decision regar...


A vote for Scotland's independence could reverberate through NATO - Los Angel...
24 Jul 2014 at 7:34pm

A vote for Scotland's independence could reverberate through NATO
Los Angeles Times
The pro-independence leaders of the ruling Scottish National Party have pledged to terminate arrangements, dating from the 1960s, for basing British ballistic missile submarines and their nuclear warheads at Faslane...


Scottish independence: How would the UK fare without Scotland? - BBC News
23 Jul 2014 at 12:20am

Scottish independence: How would the UK fare without Scotland?
BBC News
Modelling the result of the 2010 general election minus Scotland's 59 Westminster seats would have seen David Cameron secure a modest but workable majority of 21. Labour would lose their 41 seats north of the border, while the ...


Politicized Games Before Scots' Independence Vote - ABC News
23 Jul 2014 at 1:59pm

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Politicized Games Before Scots' Independence Vote
ABC News
The once-in-a-generation chance to change the course of a nation's history comes in less than two months, when Scots will vote in their first independence referendum in 35 years. There is little time to waste f...


Scottish Independence: A view from America - The Drum
26 Jul 2014 at 5:21am

Scottish Independence: A view from America
The Drum
To list but two: Carl Bildt, the former Prime Minister of Sweden, sees the prospect of Scots independence as a possible beginning of ?Balkanisation of Europe? (a particularly evocative phrase in the year marking the one hundredth anniversary of Wo...


Jim Naughtie's essays on Scottish independence go on and on - Telegraph.co.uk
25 Jul 2014 at 1:29am

Telegraph.co.uk

Jim Naughtie's essays on Scottish independence go on and on
Telegraph.co.uk
Mandrake hesitates to say another word about Jim Naughtie's essays on Scottish independence ? goodness knows, stultifyingly too many have been spoken already by the man himself ? but a BBC spokesman informs m...


Scottish independence: Sir Menzies Campbell answers your questions - BBC News
26 Jul 2014 at 9:06am

BBC News

Scottish independence: Sir Menzies Campbell answers your questions
BBC News
Sir Menzies Campbell, Liberal Democrat MP for North East Fife, answered your questions on the Scottish independence referendum. BBC Scotland's Isabel Fraser asked the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, who also...


Scottish Independence Is Inevitable - New York Times
18 Jul 2014 at 6:03pm

New York Times

Scottish Independence Is Inevitable
New York Times
LONDON ? ONE thing is certain: Whatever the outcome, this referendum campaign is changing Scotland irrevocably. Whether the Scots vote yes or no to independence on Sept. 18, their sense of what is possible for this small nation will h...



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SNP: 'Huge potential' of food and drink sector after Yes vote - stv.tv
26 Jul 2014 at 10:38am

stv.tv

SNP: 'Huge potential' of food and drink sector after Yes vote
stv.tv
Farmers have delivered a vote of no confidence in Westminster after a poll showed that 100% of respondents believe that the role of DEFRA Secretary is "so ineffectual that it doesn't matter who takes up the post", the SNP sa...


Yes will release Scotland's food & drink potnetial - SNP (press release)
26 Jul 2014 at 7:40am

Yes will release Scotland's food & drink potnetial
SNP (press release)
As the Saturday of this year's Border Union Show gets underway the SNP has said that the huge potential of Scotland's food and drink sector will be released with independence. This comes as Scotland's farmers have delivered a vo...


FARMERS DISCUSSING INDEPENDENCE - Daily Mail
26 Jul 2014 at 9:48am

FARMERS DISCUSSING INDEPENDENCE
Daily Mail
A farmers gathering in the Scottish borders is "buzzing with discussion" about the independence referendum, according to Environment Secretary Paul Wheelhouse. The SNP has highlighted "the huge potential of Scotland's food and drink sector" under ...

and mo...


Scottish National Party slams £500k gift to No camp - Belfast Telegraph
26 Jul 2014 at 8:59am

Belfast Telegraph

Scottish National Party slams £500k gift to No camp
Belfast Telegraph
SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said: "It is simply unbelievable that the No campaign is happy to accept donations from people like Ian Taylor." A Better Together Spokesman said: "These comments from the S...


Without Britain Glasgow is on the ropes - The Commentator
26 Jul 2014 at 7:04am

Without Britain Glasgow is on the ropes
The Commentator
Glasgow's status as a vigorous service-based economy is strongly bound up with the preservation of the Union. The SNP has emotive bluster. But it can't answer, and doesn't understand, the real needs of a city whose fortunes, literally, are tie...


Nationalists desperate, claims MP - Belfast Telegraph
25 Jul 2014 at 11:47pm

Belfast Telegraph

Nationalists desperate, claims MP
Belfast Telegraph
The SNP voted to change Holyrood's recess dates to sit in August before the referendum "purdah" period begins, giving the Scottish Government the opportunity to announce new policies and initiatives ahead of the period of silence....


'Short, but critical time' for Yes and No campaigners to state their case - H...
25 Jul 2014 at 9:09pm

'Short, but critical time' for Yes and No campaigners to state their case
Herald Scotland
The SNP voted to change Holyrood's recess dates to sit in August before the referendum 'purdah' period begins, giving the Scottish Government the opportunity to announce new policies and initiatives ahead of t...


SNP urges Better Together campaign to return Vitol donations - Financial Times
25 Jul 2014 at 4:49pm

SNP urges Better Together campaign to return Vitol donations
Financial Times
The SNP call followed an Independent newspaper report that said Vitol had been able to minimise its tax payments with the blessing of UK tax authorities, paying an average of just 10.5 per cent tax on global profits of $15...


SNP hits out over Taylor donation - The Courier
25 Jul 2014 at 3:16pm

The Courier

SNP hits out over Taylor donation
The Courier
SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said: "It is simply unbelievable that the No campaign is happy to accept donations from people like Ian Taylor - and in light of these further revelations Alistair Darling can't dodge this issue any more...


SNP calls on Better Together to return £500000 campaign donation - stv.tv
25 Jul 2014 at 2:21pm

stv.tv

SNP calls on Better Together to return £500000 campaign donation
stv.tv
The SNP has called on Better Together to return a £500,000 donation following reports that donor Ian Taylor's company is in negotiations with a Russian oil firm. Mr Taylor, chief executive of the oil trading firm Vitol, g...



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Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh - BBC News
25 Jul 2014 at 12:20pm

BBC News

Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh
BBC News
Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, a columnist for Spanish newspaper El Pais, says people are keeping an eye on Scotland. He says: "Whether they vote yes or no doesn't really matter - the fact a referendum has been granted and is goi...


Independence referendum: Barack Obama warns Scots 'if it ain't broke don't fi...
23 Jul 2014 at 3:25am

Scotland Now

Independence referendum: Barack Obama warns Scots 'if it ain't broke don't fix ...
Scotland Now
And in another a bombshell referendum intervention, Obama said the UK should remain united and strong. And now he has given a further explanation of why he believes Scotland should continue t...


Scotland referendum: Pile of stone starts in Cumbria - BBC News
22 Jul 2014 at 3:18am

BBC News

Scotland referendum: Pile of stone starts in Cumbria
BBC News
The "Auld Acquaintance" cairn, which organisers hope will be made up of 200 tonnes of stone, aims to highlight friendship between all countries of the UK ahead of September's referendum. It also hopes to persuade Scotland to rema...


Scottish Independence Is Inevitable - New York Times
18 Jul 2014 at 6:03pm

New York Times

Scottish Independence Is Inevitable
New York Times
Reporting on Scottish politics through wind and rain for almost 40 years, I have covered three referendums on self-government. The first, in 1979, offered a modest elected assembly: A slim majority of voters approved it, but the turno...


Scotland referendum: Firms invited to move HQs to Wales - BBC News
22 Jul 2014 at 1:49am

BBC News

Scotland referendum: Firms invited to move HQs to Wales
BBC News
A business group is writing to leading Scottish companies urging them to move their companies to Cardiff if the country votes for independence. Cardiff Business Council's move comes ahead of the vote on 18 September to decide ...


Celine Cooper: Europe looms large in Scotland's referendum campaign - Montrea...
20 Jul 2014 at 4:40pm

Montreal Gazette

Celine Cooper: Europe looms large in Scotland's referendum campaign
Montreal Gazette
There is less than 10 weeks to go until the Scotland referendum on independence. On Sept. 18, Scots will decide whether to end their 307-year-old union with the United Kingdom. Voters will be asked ...


Independence referendum: Ed Miliband's wife joins Scots Labour leaders to ......
25 Jul 2014 at 2:45am

Scottish Daily Record

Independence referendum: Ed Miliband's wife joins Scots Labour leaders to ...
Scottish Daily Record
JUSTINE Miliband made a rare solo public appearance yesterday as she joined the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK. In a sign of how seriously Labour leader Ed Miliband is takin...


Will the Scottish referendum be the 'elephant in the stadium' at Commonwealth...
21 Jul 2014 at 11:36am

The Independent

Will the Scottish referendum be the 'elephant in the stadium' at Commonwealth ...
The Independent
For the next fortnight, leaders on either side of the Scottish independence debate will desperately try to avoid being seen to make political capital out of the sporting spectacle unfold...


'Little Scotland': Corby rejects independence in mock referendum - BBC News
13 Jul 2014 at 2:12am

BBC News

'Little Scotland': Corby rejects independence in mock referendum
BBC News
Hundreds in the Northamptonshire town are of Scottish descent, their relatives moving there in the 1930s to work in the iron and steel industries. Organiser Mark Pengelly said the vote was "a bit of fun". The actual S...


Prisoners challenge independence referendum voting ban at Supreme Court - stv.tv
24 Jul 2014 at 5:16pm

stv.tv

Prisoners challenge independence referendum voting ban at Supreme Court
stv.tv
Two prisoners serving life sentences who say rules which bar them from voting in the Scottish independence referendum breach their human rights are having their challenge heard by the UK's highest court. The Suprem...



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Cyclyist Drove At Me
25 Jul 2014 at 6:29pm

See,

 

My missus and daughter right bikes but, in drink, a twat rode up my back passage(!!!) near...



Always Nice To Watch The Welsh Imploding
25 Jul 2014 at 5:13pm
Bottle merchants that they are.

So far
Two athletes both big medal chances, failed drug tests
One...

Well Done Daniel Wallace
25 Jul 2014 at 3:56pm

Wow, thats more like it, wins gold and tells the world what its dedicated to.

 

https://vine.co/v...



National Anthem
25 Jul 2014 at 10:56am

Just been watching the medal ceremony for Fachie and McLean in the cycling. Its been the same as ...



Commonwealth Games Conspiracy
25 Jul 2014 at 9:18am
I'm based in Perth, Australia and thought I would replay back some of the "Scottish stuff" from t...

List Your Mps Who Are Bona Fide Lunatics
25 Jul 2014 at 7:50am

I'm not talking about the ones we hate who are contemptible, venal and whose views we abhor (Marg...



Property Purchase In The Usa
25 Jul 2014 at 7:35am

Anyone on here bought a property in the states? Am looking for some guidance.

Please PM me with d...



Commonwealth Games Experiences
25 Jul 2014 at 4:47am
Glasgow is brilliant at the moment. The weather is helping and all the outside areas of pubs and...

Commonwealth Games - Politics Matters
24 Jul 2014 at 1:17pm

To help keep politics out of other threads on Commonwealth Games...

 

(The thread takes its cue f...



Charity Single For Scotland's Foodbanks
24 Jul 2014 at 11:21am




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Scottish independence blog | The Guardian
Latest news and comment on Scottish independence blog from the Guardian

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

Another handful of highlights from the campaign this week

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



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

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

Regular read...



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

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



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

Campaign bites: politics coming of age in the yes movement

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



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

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



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

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



Alex Salmond accuses David Cameron of playing "European roulette" with Scotla...
by Libby Brooks
7 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm

First minister says that only a yes vote can secure a voice for Scotland in Europe, while the Sco...



Scottish independence referendum weekly: from West Lothian to Irn Bru
by Libby Brooks
4 Jul 2014 at 5:52am

Another week of campaigning across Scotland takes in undecided voters, confusing polls and a big ...



Scottish independence referendum campaign trail with Jim Murphy
by Libby Brooks
1 Jul 2014 at 12:33pm

Campaign bites: in Falkirk with the Irn Bru drinker and home rule advocate on his 100 Towns in 10...



Scottish independence referendum campaign: the weekly review
by Libby Brooks
27 Jun 2014 at 3:19am

A stooshie about TV debates, Gordon Brown again, and Elijah Wood mis-speaks in favour of indepen...



Yes and no campaigns accused of 'puerile' trench warfare over TV debates
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 12:57pm

The competing independence campaigns are trading blows over two rival offers from the BBC and STV...



STV faces collapse of Salmond versus Darling battle, after Better Together wa...
by Severin Carrell
25 Jun 2014 at 1:39am

Plans by STV to stage the first televised contest of the referendum campaign between Alex Salmond...



STV smokes Salmond out on an independence debate with Darling
by Severin Carrell
23 Jun 2014 at 12:18pm

The channel 3 broadcaster STV has won the first minister's agreement to face the former chancello...



Scottish independence campaign: mass canvass in Glagow's Gorbals
by Libby Brooks
22 Jun 2014 at 2:30pm

Campaign bites: the Radical Independence Campaign takes to the streets across Scotland

It takes a ...



Scottish independence referendum this week: partisan pugs and yes tattoos
by Libby Brooks
20 Jun 2014 at 5:30am

The draft constitution, more currency and a wild idea about Glasgow: highlights from another seve...




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

A wild suggestion : why not crowdfund the handing out of free saltires for th...
by James Kelly
25 Jul 2014 at 4:54pm
I don't know if anyone has definitively solved the mystery of who was responsible for handing out...


Come On In, Scotland! (Or 'My trip to the Commonwealth Games opening ceremon...
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2014 at 10:04pm
So, yes, I'm just back from Celtic Park.  I hadn't been planning to go to the opening ceremony un...

Wisdom on Wednesday : Knowledge is power, in more ways than one...
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"An independent Scotland could now expect to have massive surpluses both on its budget and on its...

I wouldn't have thought this was possible, but I've just lost even more respe...
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2014 at 9:33pm
There's been a perception for quite some time that, in broad brush terms, and perhaps because of ...

Is this the best put-down of the campaign so far?
by James Kelly
21 Jul 2014 at 9:39pm
Jonathan Jones (in his "On Art" Guardian blog) : Scotland's art is doing brilliantly as an inflec...

A-list, at last
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2014 at 10:30pm
You might remember that a few months ago, the ex-fascist Daily Mail newspaper started running a s...

TNS-BMRB poll : 'Undecided leaners' are breaking for Yes
by James Kelly
18 Jul 2014 at 9:57am
As I pointed out a few days ago that the rounding in the ICM poll had flattered No slightly, I sh...

Pro-independence campaign make spectacular breakthrough in new poll from trad...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2014 at 5:36pm
TNS-BMRB have on average been the third most No-friendly out of the six BPC-affiliated firms.  Th...


Remember the day Eddie Izzard campaigned with Elaine C Smith under a 'Scotlan...
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2014 at 11:59am
There are already doctored photos doing the rounds on Twitter of the Z-list celebrities from the ...

Wisdom on Wednesday : A question that's been asked for a very long time...
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2014 at 5:00am
"I have long said to myself, what are the advantages Scotland reaps from this so called Union, th...

Take my money, Rory, take my house, my car, anything - but FOR THE LOVE OF GO...
by James Kelly
15 Jul 2014 at 10:11pm
You've probably heard by now that the unspoofable Tory MP Rory Stewart is using crowdfunding in a...

Book Club Bonanza
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2014 at 7:55pm
I know we all love our anecdotes about finding Yes voters in unexpected places, so I thought you ...

ICM poll is better for Yes on the unrounded numbers
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2014 at 10:04am
It's uncanny how often this has happened with ICM - to be fair it's just coincidence/bad luck, bu...

Huffington Post's credibility on referendum reporting lies in tatters after b...
by James Kelly
13 Jul 2014 at 9:19am
Just a very quick post, because I'm almost lost for words. This is the way Huffington Post UK ha...

Is that it?! ICM poll the No campaign have been crowing about all evening sh...
by James Kelly
12 Jul 2014 at 6:09pm
This month's ICM poll has just been released, and shows only margin of error changes.  The headli...


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Former Labour defence minister backs a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
17 Jul 2014 at 7:33am

Former Labour defence minister Peter Kilfoyle has backed a Yes vote in the Scottish independence ...



Another myth debunked - No campaign?s latest claims on set-up costs ?bizarrel...
by Peter Dempsie
23 Jun 2014 at 5:29am
Scotland will be ?set fair? for independence after some limited work to establish a new departmen...

Yes vote is ?the key to tackling poverty?
by Peter Dempsie
25 Jul 2014 at 4:13am

Independence is the only sure way to deal with the ever-growing gap between Scotland?s rich and p...



Yes Scotland endorsed by Pride Glasgow Chief Executive
by Sean Lafferty
24 Jul 2014 at 4:06am

Hot on the heels of Scotland?s biggest LGBT event, Pride Glasgow?s Chief Executive has given his ...



Edinburgh?s first female Lord Provost declares for Yes
by Peter Dempsie
22 Jul 2014 at 7:48am

The first woman to be Lord Provost of Scotland?s capital has urged her former Labour Party collea...



Welsh support for Yes welcomed by independence campaign
by Sean Lafferty
22 Jul 2014 at 2:44am
Ahead of an address in Glasgow by the leader of Plaid Cymru today, Yes Scotland has said that a Y...

Independence ? the business opportunity of a lifetime for Scotland?s small bu...
by Angus Millar
21 Jul 2014 at 8:55am

Scotland is an incredibly wealthy nation ? one of the top 20 richest countries in the world, acco...



Edinburgh Festival Fringe goes #indyref
by Peter Dempsie
21 Jul 2014 at 6:41am
If you had any concerns that there would be nothing of interest at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe ...

Scotland?s shipyards have a bright future ? after a Yes vote
by Peter Dempsie
21 Jul 2014 at 5:02am

Veterans of the Upper Clyde Shipyards work-in of the early seventies have declared their support ...



A Yes vote is the chance of a lifetime for Labour voters, says Sturgeon
by Peter Dempsie
21 Jul 2014 at 4:36am
Ahead of a question and answer session at a public meeting tonight, the Yes campaign is urging La...

Welcome for view that Yes could be 'very positive' for Scotland's health
by Peter Dempsie
20 Jul 2014 at 9:27am

NHS for Yes today welcomed the view of former Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns that independ...



Ending austerity with a Yes can support 30,000 jobs and stronger public services
by Angus Millar
20 Jul 2014 at 2:47am

Ending Westminster?s austerity agenda with a Yes vote would help support up to 30,000 jobs, new f...



Val McDermid and Richard Holloway add to growing support for Yes
by Sean Lafferty
19 Jul 2014 at 7:50am

More prominent figures have given their backing for a Yes vote in September?s referendum.
 
Theolog...



'You don't have to choose between voting Yes and voting Labour; you can do both'
by Sean Lafferty
18 Jul 2014 at 12:11pm

He?s used to being back stage during the performances of many of Scotland?s best known comedians,...



Poll of polls shows Yes continues to close the gap as independence vote draws...
by Sean Lafferty
18 Jul 2014 at 9:45am

The voting swing required for independence to win the day on September 18 has plunged from 13 to ...




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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Addiction
25 Jul 2014 at 7:09pm
Should Unionism in Scotland be getting classed as an addiction?

Ask a unionist why they still bac...

I have decided to vote.....
25 Jul 2014 at 5:08pm

No.

 

But let me explain.

 

I am not against the idea off full independence, but I find the idea ...



One show
23 Jul 2014 at 1:57pm
Did anyone watch this tonight? The interview with David Cameron was fcuking embarrassing 'if you ...

Scottish Sports
23 Jul 2014 at 2:54am
I see the Sports minister has said she expects Scottish Athletes still to be funded by UK sport a...

Rate the Campaigns...
22 Jul 2014 at 6:19am
So far.

I apologise if I've missed this elsewhere, if I have feel free to merge. If anyone else i...

Ad Lib
21 Jul 2014 at 3:40pm

If the next GE is a hung parliament with Labour as the largest party, would Clegg ask for another...



Shipyard workers for Yes
21 Jul 2014 at 1:13pm

I see that more of Jimmy Reid's old comrades have not let Johan Lamont's assurances of meltdown s...



Cybernatwatch....
21 Jul 2014 at 9:49am

Any P&B'rs made the list? Or the "Useful links" for that matter?

 

http://www.cybernatwatch.com/t...



Passionate Rock Song for Independence
21 Jul 2014 at 8:51am

Greetings!

I'm brand new here and would like to introduce myself.

I'm a scottish musician who liv...



Health
21 Jul 2014 at 8:46am

The NHS seems to be the new battle ground and one that Yes seems to be winning.

 

I guess the No ...



The consequences of voting No.
18 Jul 2014 at 1:35pm

Every No voter should read this and just have a think:

 

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/07/17/...



More spin from the right wing media..
18 Jul 2014 at 12:37pm
Good old DM:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2695244/What-boo-English-athletes-ask-advice-...

Prediction
17 Jul 2014 at 5:16am
Just over two months to go, how will the referendum go? Just a bit of fun...

43% yes/57% no.

Screwballs for independence
16 Jul 2014 at 6:20pm

Not a serious thread but I found this pretty funny

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Jacobi...



If you have a vote...
16 Jul 2014 at 11:56am

...use it.

 

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The Commonwealth Games may boost the yes vote for Scottish independence | Ala...
by Alan Bissett
25 Jul 2014 at 7:02am
The visibility of Scotland on TV, plus sporting success, could well give us the confidence to vote yes in the referendum

Scotland is buzzing. The triple whammy of the Commonwealth Games, the Edinbur...




Scottish prisoners refused right to vote in referendum by supreme court
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
24 Jul 2014 at 11:02am
Court dismisses attempt by Leslie Moohan and Andrew Gillon, serving life sentences for murder, to overturn voting ban

An attempt by two prisoners to overturn a ban on inmates voting in the Scottish ...



Russian ambassador gives press conference: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
24 Jul 2014 at 10:42am

Lunchtime summary
Russian ambassador's press conference - Summary
Afternoon summary

4.30pm BST

Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to the UK, has said that sanctions against Russia will t...




Prisoners fight ban on voting in Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
24 Jul 2014 at 4:38am
Two men serving life for murder claim exclusion from September's poll violates their human rights

Two prisoners are to ask the supreme court to overturn a ban on inmates voting in Scotland's indepen...




David Cameron considers basing himself in Scotland before referendum
by Patrick Wintour, political editor
23 Jul 2014 at 1:42pm
Lib Dems oppose idea of prime minister spending up to two weeks in Scotland, claiming he could damage the no campaign

David Cameron is considering basing himself in Scotland for much of the last two...



David Cameron's speech in Glasgow: Politics live blog
by Andrew Sparrow
23 Jul 2014 at 10:13am

Lunchtime summary
Cameron's speech and Q&A - Summary

4.13pm BST

David Cameron has said that politicians should champion foreign investment, not be embarrassed about it. In a very pro-business spe...



How would Robert Burns vote in the Scottish referendum? | Chris Bambery
by Chris Bambery
23 Jul 2014 at 12:00am
The real Robert Burns was a radical and instinct would align him with a new and emerging Scottish identity

Robert Burns image graces many a tin of shortbread and not a few bottles of whisky. Hes har...




Glasgow puts 'city deal' before Scottish independence | Peter Hetherington
by Peter Hetherington
22 Jul 2014 at 7:00am
Buoyed by the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow is emphasising its strong links with other UK cities and a £500m investment from Westminster

Largely below the political radar, Scotland's premier city has ...



Why Welsh should be taught in British schools | Ellie Mae OHagan
by Ellie Mae O'Hagan
22 Jul 2014 at 2:00am
Regardless of what happens in the Scottish independence referendum, its time to end the English domination of Wales and Scotland

Last weekend I took part in a festival called Gwyl Arall in my home i...




Britishness, brutishness and why many Scots want out of the UK | @guardianlet...
by Guardian Staff
21 Jul 2014 at 2:31pm

I'm surprised that someone of the intellect and depth of Madeleine Bunting should play the "British" card in this way (My British identity is in Scotland's hands now, 21 July). Regardless of how th...




Scottish independence: MP's cairn campaign aims to pile up the no vote
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
21 Jul 2014 at 10:58am
Rory Stewart hopes picnickers will travel to field near Gretna, in Scotland's conservative border region, to support the union

Relationships, says Rory Stewart, the Conservative MP for Penrith and t...




Why Scotland should follow its art and vote no to independence
by Jonathan Jones
21 Jul 2014 at 7:41am
Nationalism is a cultural black hole it is so much better to be both Scottish and British, as Scotland's vibrant art scene proves

As Scotland prepares to decide if its future belongs inside or outs...




My British identity is in Scotland's hands now | Madeleine Bunting
by Madeleine Bunting
21 Jul 2014 at 1:00am
The independence vote is rightly nothing to do with the English but I hope the Scottish vote no. Britishness is too important

Most of the time during my four-week journey through the Hebrides I've b...




The Essay: Homage to Caledonia; Back to Charm School; Don't Make Me Laugh ra...
by Euan Ferguson
19 Jul 2014 at 6:05pm
AL Kennedy's series of essays and a documentary about Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games spoke volumes about Scotland and Scottishness

The writer Alison Kennedy was the pitch-perfect accompaniment a...




As a nation and family, we are now a house divided
by Kevin McKenna
19 Jul 2014 at 10:05am
The curse of the referendum has visited my house. It seems we're split right down the middle of the debate

In Scotland it's a curse many families have had to endure stoically while maintaining a sto...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A dia da Patria ? Galiza says YES to Scotland
by weegingerdug
25 Jul 2014 at 2:44pm
Gathering in central Santiago de Compostela to celebrate O Dia Da Patria (the Galician national day), many Galicians wanted to express their support for a Yes vote in September and an independent S...

Smoke and mirrors
by weegingerdug
25 Jul 2014 at 7:31am
Scottish colours are political, British colours in the exact same context are not political, it’s official – or more accurately, officious. The private company organising the opening ceremony had p...

The reluctant anorak
by weegingerdug
24 Jul 2014 at 2:48pm
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) I don’t really do politics.  I don’t particularly trust politicians either and I don’t consider politics a game to be played like some or a career path to a l...

Kailyaird kitsch on acid
by weegingerdug
23 Jul 2014 at 4:55pm
It’s the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, whoop de bloody doo. Many of the residents here in the East End of Glasgow have been left feeling like someone’s holding a party and a lavish banquet in our liv...

A night out in Santiago
by weegingerdug
23 Jul 2014 at 3:14pm
Here’s a wee video sent by Jon Scullard, a Scots expat living in Santiago de Compostela the capital of Galicia – the country which is probably Scotland’s best friend in the entire world.  The video...

The status quo
by weegingerdug
23 Jul 2014 at 6:18am
A guest post by Christopher Carnie To change a Government, we vote.  But how do we change how we are governed? Between 1936 and 1939 Spain changed how it was governed using the traditional method; ...

The one who cannot be mentioned
by weegingerdug
22 Jul 2014 at 7:48am
The One Who Cannot Be Mentioned has mentioned the independence referendum. It’s not that I don’t want Tony Blair to come back, I do, preferably in handcuffs. But he’s come back minus the handcuffs ...

Labour for Indy videos
by weegingerdug
21 Jul 2014 at 8:00pm
Many thanks to Tim Fraser-Granados for permission to publish these videos here.  Labour for Indy supporters talk about why they want a Yes vote in September. 1. Gary Wilson, former organiser for Be...

Oh look, there?s a unicorn
by weegingerdug
21 Jul 2014 at 10:17am
A guest post by Maggie Craig I?ve known since the date of the referendum was announced that I?m going to vote yes. Faced with the question, “Should Scotland be an independent country?” there is no ...

Westminster lottery
by weegingerdug
20 Jul 2014 at 7:14pm


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Better Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exclusive: June Holyrood poll by Survation
by James
12 Jun 2014 at 3:35am
It’s time for month four of our rolling sequence of polls, conducted as usual by Survation, in partnership with the Daily Record and Dundee University’s 5 Million Questions. The May figures are her...

Resistance is inevitable
by Dom
8 Jun 2014 at 10:22am
We?re into the final 100 days of the referendum (an insignificant milestone given prominence by the nice round number), and things are starting to get hot. National Collective are about to give Cal...

Some different ideas to go with your referendum: Scotland 44
by Dom
1 Jun 2014 at 7:25am
Better Nation does not have a publishing arm, and despite ideas of a Better Nation film being mooted over some drinks last year the realities of living a normal life bit. I have not however, been s...


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