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Reform your economies, PM tells European countries
23 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
EU member states must start deregulating their economies and reform their labour markets to boost growth and jobs, David Cameron has urged as he warned Britain was not "immune" to the impact of sluggish economic performance elsewhere in Europe.

Miliband lays down plans for migrant workers
23 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
ED Miliband has promised "clear, credible and concrete" reforms on immigration, placing them at the heart of a Labour government's programme in a new Immigration Bill to be published if they win victory at the 2015 General Election.

Homes shortfall needs 'radical' idea
23 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
THE Treasury is investigating whether ministers should build hundreds of thousands of new houses to ease a critical shortfall, after an order by Danny Alexander.

Expert warns that Evel move could lead to independence
23 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
A leading devolution expert has warned that Commons Leader William Hague's controversial push for "English votes for English laws" (Evel) could lead to Scottish independence.

Economy held back by poor deals for staff
22 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
Britain has too many poorly performing workplaces where employees are often badly treated, underpaid, overworked and ignored, a major report states today.

Catalonia keeps secession issue on the boil
22 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
Spain risks intensifying Catalonia's push for independence unless it negotiates over transferring more powers, according to the region's economy minister.

PM attacked for death row Scot transfer 'error'
22 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
The family of a mentally ill grandfather who was shot in prison in Pakistan while facing the death penalty have hit out at David Cameron.

PM to urge the EU to do more in Ebola fight
22 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
DAVID Cameron will today pressure his EU counterparts to pull their weight in the fight against Ebola and will set his face against a bid by the European Parliament to increase its budget next year by an extra £5bn.

An English gentleman loses his marbles
22 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
"I'm an English gentleman, I have the right to say my bit!"

Woolf urged to consider her position as head of abuse inquiry
21 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
FIONA Woolf is facing down calls to stand aside as chairwoman of the UK Government's historic child abuse inquiry after claims she was an Establishment figure with a "close association" to Lord Brittan, Home Secretary at the time of abuse claims in the 1980s.

Likelihood of further cuts due to rise in borrowing
21 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
GEORGE Osborne has suffered a blow with official figures showing a rise in UK Government borrowing that will make it harder for the Chancellor to produce any pre-election giveaways and raises the prospect of more spending cuts to meet the deficit-reduction target.

Clarke issues warning to Cameron over 'hysterical' stance on Europe
21 Oct 2014 at 9:03pm
KEN Clarke has warned David Cameron not to pander to "ignorance and bigotry" on Europe as he suggested some Tory MPs should join Ukip.

Clegg's manifesto plans leaked
21 Oct 2014 at 9:02pm
Nick Clegg is planning to promise tax cuts, free childcare and benefit curbs for foreign workers who cannot speak English at the general election, according to leaked documents.

Osborne under fresh fire after new figures show widening hole in public finances
21 Oct 2014 at 5:51am
George Osborne suffered a fresh blow today as the six-year squeeze on earnings growth was blamed for the latest official figures showing a widening hole in the public finances.

Blairite Scot for shadow cabinet
20 Oct 2014 at 9:04pm
ED Miliband has reshuffled some of his frontline team bringing in Blairite Scot Pat McFadden as the shadow minister for Europe.


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Police force who led Cliff Richard raid ?inept?
24 Oct 2014 at 6:42am

AN under-fire police force has been branded “inept” by a group of MPs over its handling of a highly-publicised raid on the home of pop star Sir Cliff Richard.



Tory Eurosceptics tell Cameron: don?t give EU cash
24 Oct 2014 at 6:04am

DAVID Cameron is facing calls to refuse to pay a £1.7 billion top-up payment demanded from Britain by the European Union.



Scotland set to cut drink-drive limit in December
24 Oct 2014 at 4:52am

A LOWER drink-drive limit is to be introduced on Scotland’s roads in time for Christmas.



Nationalist parties will be election ?kingmakers?
24 Oct 2014 at 4:45am

WELSH nationalist leader Leanne Wood insists her party, the SNP and the Greens could be kingmakers at the next general election.



Alex Salmond not ruling out Westminster return
24 Oct 2014 at 4:23am

ALEX Salmond has not ruled out running for a seat at Westminster in next year’s general election as he prepares to stand down as Scotland’s First Minister.



SNP apology call after North Sea oil discovery
23 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

A ROW broke out last night over the long-term viability of Scotland’s oil reserves as the discovery of a new oil field off the Aberdeen coast sparked fresh claims of “scaremongering” by the No camp during the independence campaign.



Cameron: Tories different from Ukip on immigration
23 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

DAVID Cameron has vowed the Conservatives will not echo Ukip’s “tone” on immigration as the party battles eurosceptics in a second by-election sparked by a Tory defector.



India?s new leader Modi steps up economic reform
23 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

India’s new prime minister has announced policies designed to kick-start Asia’s third-largest economy.



The Scotsman cartoon: David Cameron in Brussels
23 Oct 2014 at 6:00pm

The Prime Minister is in Brussels for European Council summit.



Joyce McMillan: Nationalism is not just for Scots
23 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

Westminster has embraced patriotic fervour to mask the problems it has failed to solve, writes Joyce McMillan



John McTernan: Turning referendum win into a defeat
23 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

The SNP’s dangerously delusional policies have been exposed. So why is Scottish Labour missing an open goal, asks John McTernan



Leaders: New North Sea oilfield welcome
23 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

News that oil giants BP and GDF Suez have announced the discovery of a new field in the UK Central North Sea is welcome news indeed.



Andrew Whitaker: Can SNP surge withstand failure?
23 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm

THE surge in SNP membership by 55,000 to 80,000 in the aftermath of the No vote appears to represent the biggest growth in the rank and file of a party since Tony Blair’s New Labour experienced a massive influx of new members in the mid-1990s.



Fairlie: independence must win over middle class
23 Oct 2014 at 1:59pm

FORMER SNP deputy leader Jim Fairlie has claimed that any future campaign for independence needs to set the idea of socialism to one side if it is to attract the support of Scotland’s middle classes.



Wendy Wood paintings up for auction in Edinburgh
23 Oct 2014 at 12:09pm

PAINTINGS by artist Wendy Wood, including a depiction of an incident in 1932 where she stormed Stirling Castle and replaced the Union Jack flag with a Lion Rampant, will be sold at auction.




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Trouble with numbers and words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Oct 2014 at 5:04am
From the Twitter account of the Aberdeen Conservative and Unionist Association last night, during the First Minister’s appearance on Question Time from Liverpool: Just a couple of things. It seems fairly reasonable to say that at worst, Alex Salmond “speaks for” either Yes supporters and/or SNP voters. (As the FM one could easily contend that he […]

An incredible achievement
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2014 at 12:15pm
From today’s Media Guardian: “Despite the huge interest and debate around the Scottish independence referendum, BBC Radio Scotland saw its figures fall for the third quarter of this year. The station had a weekly reach of 870,000 listeners between 23 June and 14 September (the period accounted for by these audience figures) ahead of the […]

Lord Smith And The Seven Magic Beans
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2014 at 8:00am
Today’s Herald carries a report from the initial meeting of the Smith Commission on “enhanced devolution” for the Scottish Parliament. The paper quotes from what seems to be a press release issued by the Commission, in which it explains that it thinks the people of Scotland are idiotic, drooling simpletons who’ll swallow anything. “The key […]

Closer than you think
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Oct 2014 at 5:27am
The Labour-friendly elements of the press made much play yesterday of an Ipsos MORI poll which showed an unusually high level of support in the UK for remaining in the EU (while ignoring one by YouGov that showed a majority in favour of leaving). But a piece in today’s Times throws the reality into sharp […]

The party of devolution
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2014 at 12:12pm
Johann Lamont, Scottish Labour conference, March 2014: “Scottish Labour is the party of devolution.” And here’s what that means seven months later, in terms of the submissions of the five Holyrood parties to the Smith Commission on devolved powers: Imagine if they WEREN’T the party of devolution, eh readers?

Tuesday night and Wednesday morning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2014 at 4:18am
The Scotsman’s lead story last night on the left, and the same page today: Scottish journalism, there. They say you should be careful what you wish for. Yesterday we highlighted the fact that the media seems unwilling to address the likely fiscal consequences to Scotland of the three Unionist parties’ devolution plans, all of which […]

Hearing a different question
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2014 at 10:00am
Margaret Curran on last night’s Scotland 2014: Well, we don’t think anyone can say she didn’t give a full and comprehensive answer on the subject of Scottish Labour’s membership figures there. We can’t explain why Sarah Smith (daughter of former Labour leader John Smith) said SNP/Green membership had “practically” trebled when in fact they’ve more than […]

Is that your final answer?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2014 at 6:59am
Here’s Nick Clegg in many of today’s papers: “Alex Salmond reminds me of a Japanese soldier found in the jungle 20 years after the war had finished, still ducking at every shadow, thinking the war was still on. At some point, you have to call it a day and accept that the people have spoken. […]

Rolling no news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Oct 2014 at 5:15am
This is a tough time to be writing analytically about Scottish politics, and for once we have a degree of empathy with our fellow journalists in the mainstream press. Very little worthy of discussion is actually happening, yet there are still pages to fill. Perhaps we should have taken a month off rather than two […]

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.


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Scotland to reduce drink-drive limit
24 Oct 2014 at 6:09am
The Scottish government announces plans to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas, making the limit lower than in England.


Salmond considers Westminster return
23 Oct 2014 at 5:06pm
Alex Salmond says he has not made up his mind whether or not to stand for a Westminster seat at the next general election.


Smith Commission in childcare talks
24 Oct 2014 at 5:25am
Lord Smith of Kelvin, who is examining proposals for more powers for Scotland, is to hold talks with childcare campaigners.


SNP wins Argyll and Bute by-election
24 Oct 2014 at 6:34am
The Scottish National Party wins the Oban North and Lorn by-election for Argyll and Bute Council.


Labour urged to go further on tax
23 Oct 2014 at 7:23pm
A left-wing think tank, whose members include two Labour MSPs, calls on the party to back full income tax powers for Scotland.


Public service worker attacks rise
24 Oct 2014 at 3:58am
Violence against public service workers in Scotland rose again last year to 37,052, more than 100 attacks every day.


Smith: First talks 'constructive'
22 Oct 2014 at 11:58am
The Smith Commission on more powers for the Scottish Parliament has held a "constructive" first meeting, its chairman says.


Stability 'returning to economy'
22 Oct 2014 at 6:26pm
The Scottish economy continued to grow in the last quarter but at a slower pace than the previous three months, according to a report.


SSE urges move to 'national pricing'
24 Oct 2014 at 4:44am
The boss of energy giant SSE urges UK ministers to consider adopting "national pricing" on supplier costs.


Sharp fall in youth unemployment
22 Oct 2014 at 10:22am
The number of young people unemployed in Scotland is at its lowest level for six years, according to official data.


Watchdog upholds patient complaints
23 Oct 2014 at 5:47am
The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman criticises Hairmyres Hospital and upholds other complaints including delays in cancer diagnoses.


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


VIDEO: Salmond ponders return to Westminster
24 Oct 2014 at 5:19am
Alex Salmond says he has not ruled out a return to Westminster to serve as an MP once he steps down as first minister.


VIDEO: Smith Commission makes 'a good start'
22 Oct 2014 at 11:43am
Lord Smith says the first meeting of the commission set-up to deliver further devolution to Scotland has made: "a good start".


VIDEO: Will PM stand by pre-referendum pledges?
22 Oct 2014 at 7:19am
David Cameron is asked about standing by pre-referendum pledges on more powers for the Scottish government.


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Of hare brained schemes and the SmithComm
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
23 Oct 2014 at 10:15am

  Commentary by Derek Bateman
 
Ruth Davidson will be deputy first minister alongside Nicola Sturgeon in less than two year?s time. And, yes, that does mean there will be an SNP-Conservative coalition government running Scotland.
 
Where will that leave all you left-wing, social-solidarity Yes voters, eh?



Labour has to get behind home rule
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
22 Oct 2014 at 1:33pm

  By George Kerevan
 
On Monday night I attended my first SNP branch meeting since the referendum. It was held in the local Miners Welfare hall where, once upon a time, I used to attend Labour Party functions when I was a Labour town councillor. We had to move the branch meeting to the Miners Welfare because over 900 new members have signed up locally since last month.



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 deepening 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.




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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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Torcuil Crichton: David Cameron is gambling with Britain's future by putting ...
by Torcuil Crichton
23 Oct 2014 at 1:32am
TORY leader is putting party before country by demanding the EU ditch free movement of labour as he will only end up damaging our whole economy.


It's put up and shut up time as Lord Smith warns parties at devolution commis...
by Torcuil Crichton
22 Oct 2014 at 4:47pm
CHAIRMAN of group charged with carving out new powers for Scotland tells politicians they must commit to working through him for the common good.


SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson backs fellow MP Stewart Hosie's bid to...
by dailyrecord
22 Oct 2014 at 7:26am
MR Hosie, who is the SNP treasury spokesman, is one of three candidates hoping to take over the position from Nicola Sturgeon.


Record View: Time to turn words into proper action
by Record View
21 Oct 2014 at 6:01pm
AFTER a two-year-long referendum campaign RECORD VIEW says it is time for the members of the Smith Commission to sit down and deliver more powers for Scotland.


Politicians told to put party differences aside in bid to work out consensus ...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Oct 2014 at 4:06pm
LORD Smith of Kelvin and the representatives from five Scottish parties are on a tight timetable to deliver the vow made by the pro-Union parties to deliver more powers for Scotland in the event of a No vote.


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".


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On the day Anniesland Labour tries to sack its Yes-voting chair, but can't lo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Oct 2014 at 11:09am
On the day Anniesland Labour tries to sack its Yes-voting chair, but can't locate enough No-voting members for a quorum, Mags Curran sets off on her tour to win the hearts of Yes-Voting Slab supporters.




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
www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk
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...


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Bella Caledonia



"The opposite of obedience isn't disobedience, it's independence" - Jay Griffiths.


On Pensions and Cocoa
by bellacaledonia
23 Oct 2014 at 3:18pm
A fall in real wages unprecedented since Dickens was a boy. Zero returns on savings. This is Britain in the 21st century. This is the triumph of the Union.


An Evening with Bella Caledonia
by bellacaledonia
23 Oct 2014 at 2:31pm
Come browse the best bookshop in Scotland and enjoy an Evening with Bella Caledonia … Saturday 25 October –  18th Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair 2014, at Out of the Blue, Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, People’s Republic of Leith 8... Read More ›


Too Much Oil for our Narrow Shoulders
by bellacaledonia
23 Oct 2014 at 1:13pm
BP, GDF Suez announce new North Sea oil discovery…    Filed under: Commentary Tagged: GDF Suez, North Sea Oil


Eurotrash
by bellacaledonia
23 Oct 2014 at 8:42am
By Mike Small We’re losing democracy. One by one the consequences of a No vote are coming home to roost with extraordinary predictability. The Smith Commission, pictured in the Scotsman squeezed into what looks like a small glass shed boasts... Read More ›


An Open Letter to the EU, U.S. and Israel: You Can Rescue the Rule of Law Fro...
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 3:23pm
Adomnán, the 9th Abbot of Iona, from the Lex Innocentium 1,317 years ago: "It is the same payment (fine for the crime) for someone who does the injury, and for the one who looks on and does not protect the victim with all his might".


The Tarpaulin Revolution
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 2:20pm
By Steve Rushton British democracy is locked down, for now. Police have placed barriers around Parliament Square opposite Westminster in an attempt to barricade Occupy Democracy protests. 15 peaceful citizens were arrested this morning. The occupation that began on Friday... Read More ›


Stewart Hosie calls for Yes Alliance
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 10:28am
  Exclusively to Bella Stewart Hosie calls for a Yes Alliance to contest the 2015 General Election. Hosie MP, candidate for the SNP Depute Leadership said today: ?I am certain that the best way to make sure Westminster delivers real... Read More ›


Indy Knitting?
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 9:45am
As part of our new Celebrating Yes series this is a story of sovereignty, women, media and knitting. Jessie McLaughlin reports. Knitting a Nation involved approximately 40 knitters, plus 4 members of the planning/working group. The project was followed by... Read More ›


Still Brave
by bellacaledonia
21 Oct 2014 at 8:11am
For those who missed it the first time – by popular demand – for £8 only (including postage) we have a limited number of Ciaran Murphy’s poster available as a celebration of the Yes movement or a momento of the... Read More ›


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 ›


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

The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ... ...
23 Oct 2014 at 10:37am

Herald Scotland

The North Sea Has A New Oil Field, Scottish Independence Campaigners Are ...
Huffington Post UK
A new oil field has been discovered in the North Sea, but Scottish independence campaigners are bitterly unimpressed with the news. BP and GDF Suez E&P UK said they had discovered the fiel...


Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time - The Indepe...
22 Oct 2014 at 1:54pm

The Independent

Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time
The Independent
This followed the promise organised by the former prime minister Gordon Brown, that rejection of independence would not mean ?no change? for Scotland. Further devolved powers, including greater levels of...


Sales take Scottish independence referendum hit - Scotsman
21 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Sales take Scottish independence referendum hit
Scotsman
Scottish retailers suffered their worst month on record in September as uncertainty caused by the independence referendum meant sales plunged 2.9 per cent year-on-year. Figures published today by the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) a...


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...


After Scottish independence vote, separatists say Britain reneging on pledges...
14 Oct 2014 at 10:07am

Reuters

After Scottish independence vote, separatists say Britain reneging on pledges
Reuters
After the 55-45 percent vote for staying in the union, Cameron said the issue of Scottish independence had been settled for a generation and promised more powers for Scotland as part of a rebalancing of pow...


Scotland's deputy first minister says Scottish independence is unstoppable - ...
5 Oct 2014 at 8:10am

BBC News

Scotland's deputy first minister says Scottish independence is unstoppable
BBC News
Scottish independence is a matter of "when, not if", according to Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon. She said more devolved powers promised by pro-UK parties would convince Scots they were abl...


Effects of Scotland's independence campaign felt on campus - Daily Californian
25 Sep 2014 at 1:53pm

Daily Californian

Effects of Scotland's independence campaign felt on campus
Daily Californian
On Sept. 18, the people of Scotland decided to reject secession from the United Kingdom by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. Had Scotland voted in favor of the split, the country would have been the wo...


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 - 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...


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...



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Alex Salmond Could Make Westminster Return - Sky News
24 Oct 2014 at 6:42am

Alex Salmond Could Make Westminster Return
Sky News
Mr Salmond, who will also leave his role as SNP party leader next month, was asked on BBC's Question Time programme if he would consider a bid to become an MP again. "Absolutely decisively I can tell you I haven't made up my mind," he said. "So yo...


Scotland: Glasgow SNP deputy leader suspended after reports of homophobia - P...
24 Oct 2014 at 6:40am

Scotland: Glasgow SNP deputy leader suspended after reports of homophobia
PinkNews.co.uk
The deputy leader of the SNP group on Scotland's largest council has been suspended after charges of homophobia. According to the Evening Times, Councillor Billy McAllister was charged with a ?homophobic breach...


Glasgow councillor Billy McAlister suspended from SNP after being charged wit...
24 Oct 2014 at 6:15am

Herald Scotland

Glasgow councillor Billy McAlister suspended from SNP after being charged with ...
Herald Scotland
Glasgow SNP's Billy McAllister has been charged with homophobic breach of the peace. He has been suspended from the SNP pending further investigations. A Glasgow SNP spokesman said: "Co...


SNP: by-election win reflects huge surge in support for party following indyr...
24 Oct 2014 at 6:09am

Herald Scotland

SNP: by-election win reflects huge surge in support for party following indyref
Herald Scotland
SNP Councillor Iain MacLean won the by-election for the ward of Argyll and Bute Council, the first vote to be held in Scotland since the indyref, after receiving 40.9% of the vote, a 16.3%...


Scotland's Alex Salmond Considers General Election 2015 Return - Internationa...
24 Oct 2014 at 6:08am

International Business Times UK

Scotland's Alex Salmond Considers General Election 2015 Return
International Business Times UK
Salmond served as a SNP MP between 1987 and 2010 for Banff and Buchan and said he will "continue to offer to serve" as MSP for Aberdeenshire East. "The answer to your questi...


Glasgow SNP deputy leader suspended after homophobic incident - Glasgow Eveni...
24 Oct 2014 at 6:05am

Glasgow SNP deputy leader suspended after homophobic incident
Glasgow Evening Times
A Glasgow SNP spokesman said: "Councillor McAllister has been suspended from the SNP group and as a member of the SNP until such times as due legal process has been completed." A police spokeswoman said: "I can conf...


Council by-election results from yesterday - Conservative Home
24 Oct 2014 at 6:01am

Conservative Home

Council by-election results from yesterday
Conservative Home
SNP 1090, Ind 629, Lab 530, C 415. (May 2012 ? Four seats Ind 807, SNP 707, Ind 421, SNP 410, Ind 361, C 332, Ind 222, Lib Dem 188, Ind 125, Ind 58. Elected: Ind 3, SNP 1. July 17 2014 by-election: SNP 595, Ind 548, Lab 5...


Concessions to non-payers - The Southern Reporter
24 Oct 2014 at 5:56am

Concessions to non-payers
The Southern Reporter
Many refused to pay the poll tax, although it was the law of the land. Those who did had to make up the shortfall in local authority funding. When some who registered to vote in the independence referendum found themselves being asked to pay overdue t...


John McLellan: Red alert for Labour - Edinburgh Evening News
24 Oct 2014 at 5:54am

John McLellan: Red alert for Labour
Edinburgh Evening News
It's the same pattern in Edinburgh North & Leith, where long-standing MP Mark Lazarowicz won nearly 18,000 votes last time compared to 16,000 for the Lib Dems and the SNP 4,500, but Shirley Anne Somerville scored more than 12,000 at the 201...


SNP candidate elected in Argyll and Bute - Aberdeen Press and Journal
24 Oct 2014 at 5:53am

SNP candidate elected in Argyll and Bute
Aberdeen Press and Journal
An SNP candidate has been elected to Argyll and Bute Council with a convincing majority. Iain Stewart MacLean will now serve the Oban North and Lorn Ward. The by-election, which took place on Thursday, was called following the sudd...



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scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
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How do people in Motherwell feel one month after Scottish referendum result? ...
22 Oct 2014 at 12:55pm

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...


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...


Sales take Scottish independence referendum hit - Scotsman
21 Oct 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotsman

Sales take Scottish independence referendum hit
Scotsman
?There can be little doubt that the engagement in the referendum debate and the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the contest cast a shadow over the spending of the Scottish consumer in the first half of the month and impacted th...


Call to rule out early Scottish independence referendum repeat - BBC News
4 Oct 2014 at 10:14pm

BBC News

Call to rule out early Scottish independence referendum repeat
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon should rule out a rapid second independence referendum, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has urged. Mr Carmichael was addressing the Liberal Democrat autumn conference in Glasgow. He called on Ms S...


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 ...


Scotland's referendum was no exercise in democracy for Quebec to follow - Nat...
23 Sep 2014 at 1:50pm

National Post

Scotland's referendum was no exercise in democracy for Quebec to follow
National Post
In the wake of the Scottish referendum, observers in this country have been hailing it as an exemplary exercise in democracy. And in some formalistic senses this is true: There seems to have been very...


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...


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 ...


Lessons from Scotland's referendum: a lower voting age - OurWindsor.ca
27 Sep 2014 at 7:05pm

National Post

Lessons from Scotland's referendum: a lower voting age
OurWindsor.ca
After spending a week in Scotland watching the referendum, some images have stayed with me, and many of the most enduring have young voters in them ? the 17-year-old No supporter taking time away from college studies ...


How Salmond won the referendum - Politics.co.uk
20 Oct 2014 at 4:24am

How Salmond won the referendum
Politics.co.uk
It was supposed to settle the question of Scottish independence for a generation. Instead, September's referendum has set in train a series of events that could yet lead to the breakup of the UK. The numbers only tell part of the story. In a hard ...

and...



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Drink Drive Limit To Be Lowered In Scotland
24 Oct 2014 at 3:17am

To 50 mg, similar to most of Europe

 


"I have today introduced legislation to lower the drink dri...



Tamb Facebook Page
23 Oct 2014 at 1:07pm
There are at least two, maybe 3 threads at the moment which could have caused such an outburst du...

Qt Worth Watching For A Change
23 Oct 2014 at 11:43am
.... I see oor Alex is going to be on it.

Anyone know the other panelists?

New Oil Find Announced
23 Oct 2014 at 11:06am
I really didn't see that one coming. Maximum rate - 5350 barrels per day.

Burdz Ye'd Love Tae...
23 Oct 2014 at 10:59am

Surprised no one else has started this on the new board? One of the all time great threads on the...



Update On The No Vote October 24Th 2014
23 Oct 2014 at 7:27am
Lloyds announce 9000 to go and they've found hunners more oil in the North Sea.

See details on th...

Alvin Stardust
23 Oct 2014 at 5:54am

Deid



The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
23 Oct 2014 at 1:59am
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit p...

Badger Demands
22 Oct 2014 at 4:17pm

Badgers demand cull of humans to stop ebola



Croatian Boxer K.o's Referee!
22 Oct 2014 at 3:23pm
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb6-Wp2Xhlc


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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 lady doth protest too much, methinks
by James Kelly
23 Oct 2014 at 11:08am
Just after the Clacton by-election, I posed a very bland question in a tweet : "What does UKIP's ...

Hosie Hosie Hoo Hah, I said Hoo Hah Hoo Hah Hosie
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2014 at 9:50am
I've just voted for Stewart Hosie in the SNP deputy leader election. I know that won't come as an...

Just when you thought Clegg couldn't blunder any further, he starts channelli...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2014 at 8:57am
I see that Nick Clegg has had a little moan about Alex Salmond wanting to "have another crack" at...

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...


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Scotland drink-drive limit to be reduced
24 Oct 2014 at 5:54am
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1 x Free Billy Connolly ticket for Friday evening (tonight) in Glasgow to go ...
24 Oct 2014 at 4:49am

Morning all.

I have a free ticket for the one and only Billy Connolly which I am unable to use my...



North Sea Oil Production Stats: Current Top 25 Producing Fields Versus Their ...
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Wings Over Scotland | An incredible achievement
24 Oct 2014 at 2:01am
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Doing some genealogical research.
24 Oct 2014 at 1:10am

I'm looking for any information on the Abercrombie/Abercromby Clan. Is there a subreddit or other...



Things one should know before going to Scotland
23 Oct 2014 at 9:53pm

Hello!

Apologies if this has already been posted. I've never been anywhere too far from home, sti...



The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn towards the EU's budget beca...
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I'm traveling to Scotland for about six months next summer and I need some he...
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I plan on renting a house or an apartment in a city for a month and then moving to a different ci...



Salmond considers Westminster return
23 Oct 2014 at 6:15pm
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First Minister on Question Time Tonight
23 Oct 2014 at 4:23pm

Alex Salmond is on Question time tonight along with:

UKIP's Louise Bours MEP

Labour's shadow ene...



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23 Oct 2014 at 3:47pm
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Moving to Scotland!
23 Oct 2014 at 3:31pm

Hey everyone; I'm from Brazil and am currently getting my Portuguese citizenship, but thinking on...



Smith Commission question
23 Oct 2014 at 12:18pm

How does Lord Smith comes up with his final recommendations? I know he's wanting consensus but ca...



Yet another petition telling Gordon Brown and the Daily Record to piss off.
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Enhanced Scottish devolution must not be conditional on devolution elsewhere
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
23 Oct 2014 at 4:35am
Smith commission cross-party talks described as constructive, though key differences over tax and spending remain

Further powers for Scotland must not be conditional on devolution elsewhere in the U...



In Scotland the old politics have crumbled, as they once did in Ireland | Mar...
by Martin Kettle
22 Oct 2014 at 2:38pm
In the recent referendum young voters opted for independence. As with Ireland in 1916, a new mood has taken hold and change seems inevitable

Sometimes a history book prompts one to reflect on the pa...



Cameron hails plan to fast-track devolution for English cities
by Helen Pidd, northern editor and Patrick Wintour, political editor
22 Oct 2014 at 12:43pm
Report from City Growth Commission says devo met could be achieved on same timetable as devolved powers for Scotland

The prime minister has welcomed an ambitious proposal to devolve power to UK city...



Scotlands main parties to discuss further devolution at Smith commission
by Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
22 Oct 2014 at 4:11am
SNP, Labour, Tories, Lib Dems and Greens have submitted individual proposals for extending further powers to Holyrood

The Smith commission, which was set up to fast-track further powers to Scotland ...



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...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A wee update about flitting and fags
by weegingerdug
23 Oct 2014 at 12:04pm
The fact I’m posting this ought to let you know that I’m back online again – whoo hoo. But this isn’t a post about the Smith Commission, the British Labour party, or any wit and wisdom about anythi...

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...


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

The wrong kind of policy on the lines
by James
22 Oct 2014 at 5:02am
The weekend before last, to my surprise, the Scottish Greens’ conference rejected a motion calling for free public transport. I don’t know why conference opposed it, but I know why I did, and why I...

Join the conversation
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 ...


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