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Be warned: the General Election campaign begins today.
18 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
JUST when you thought it was safe to tuck into the mince pies confident the political ups and downs of referendum year were over, today is officially the start of the 2015 General Election campaign.

Coalition admits crisis facing North Sea oil and gas industry deeply worrying
18 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
THE crisis facing the North Sea oil and gas industry, with predictions of tens of thousands of job losses generated by the slump in the oil price, is "deeply worrying," a senior member of the Cabinet has admitted.

Ukip matched Tory spending in run-up to Euro poll.
17 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
UKIP matched the Conservatives almost pound for pound in this year's European election campaign spending and paid out nearly three times as much as Labour, official records show.

Fall in UK unemployment to below 2m and rising wages are "important moment" f...
17 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has insisted the fall in UK unemployment to below two million and the return to rising wages above inflation represent "an important moment for our country" as he warned Scottish voters not to vote SNP at the General Election because the Nationalists would do a deal to help Labour into power.

Claims of murder, mutilation by UK troops in Iraq thrown out as 'baseless lie...
17 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
ALLEGATIONS of murder, mutilation and torture made against British soldiers, including Scottish troops, by Iraqi detainees were "deliberate lies", a five-year public inquiry has finally ruled.

Sketch: Dave goads Ed over Labour MPs looking forward to a Silent Night.
17 Dec 2014 at 1:40pm
THE season of goodwill bypasses the old gasworks by the Thames; political point-scoring at Westminster doesn't take a holiday.

Cameron: I feel sorry for Labour
17 Dec 2014 at 6:40am
David Cameron has said he feels "sorry" for Labour MPs for whom Christmas would be a "silent night" in his latest Commons clash with Ed Miliband.

Labour calls for immediate scrapping of bedroom tax in Commons vote.
16 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
LABOUR will today seek to put the Conservatives and their Liberal Democrat Coalition partners on the spot in a Commons vote, that will call for the immediate abolition of the bedroom tax.

Hague defends Cameron's decision on EVEL, insisting it has not boosted SNP su...
16 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
WILLIAM Hague has signalled that the Conservatives could seek to force an early vote on banning Scottish MPs from so-called England only laws before the next General Election.

Hague hints at early Commons vote on English Vote for English Laws.
16 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
ENGLISH MPs would have the power to kick out UK Government Bills under plans announced by William Hague to tackle the "crucial" issue of English votes for English laws(EVEL).

Four EVEL options.
16 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
The UK Government paper presents four options for English Votes for England Laws; three from the Conservatives and one from the Liberal Democrats.

Labour and Conservatives lock horns on cutting the deficit.
15 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
A war of words has broken out over deficit reduction with Labour and the Conservatives accusing each other of shifting position on the key General Election battleground.

No scrapping of Trident renewal, no deal on propping up minority Labour Gover...
15 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
Trident will be a central issue in the General Election campaign in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has indicated, making clear that Labour's agreement not to renew the nuclear weapons system would be a pre-condition of any SNP deal to prop up a minority Miliband Government.

Sturgeon demands SNP has a place in pre-election leaders' debates.
15 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has not ruled out the possibility that the SNP could take legal action to try to ensure the party, now the UK's third largest, gets a place in the important party leaders' debates on TV in the run-up to the General Election.

Clegg accuses Salmond of grandiose vanity in wanting to return to Westminster
15 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
ALEX Salmond has been accused by Nick Clegg of "grandiose vanity" and interested not with voters' concerns but just "strutting his stuff" about the Westminster stage, in a highly personal attack on the former First Minister.


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Scotland set to benefit from £775m in EU funding
19 Dec 2014 at 1:16am

Scotland is to benefit from almost 1 billion euro (£790 million) in European funding over the next six years, the Scottish Government has announced.



Alex Salmond hints at Labour vote deal
19 Dec 2014 at 12:56am

ALEX Salmond has hinted that the SNP would be prepared to set aside the convention that its MPs do not vote on laws that only affect England in order to support a minority Labour government at Westminster, according to a report.



43% of drivers back zero drink drive limit
18 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

NEARLY half of UK motorists back a “zero tolerance” drink drive limit, according to a poll published today by road safety charity Brake.



Renewables account for 32% of Scottish electricity
18 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

THE amount of clean power made in Scotland has matched that produced from fossil fuels for the first time, in a record year for renewables, ­according to the latest figures.



What crisis? Putin bid to ease fears over economy
18 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin has insisted Russia will weather its worst economic storm since the financial crash of 1998, which has seen the value of the rouble plummet by 45 per cent and Russians scramble to buy dollars and imported goods.



The Scotsman cartoon: Oil industry ?crisis?
18 Dec 2014 at 6:00pm

The UK’s oil industry is “close to collapse” but the falling oil price could have a net benefit to the UK economy, according to experts.



John McTernan: Pakistan is not alone
18 Dec 2014 at 4:15pm

In the aftermath of the primary school bombing, we should remember Britain has a special responsibility to the country and its people, writes John McTernan



Andrew Whitaker: Murphy?s similarity to Tony Blair
18 Dec 2014 at 4:15pm

JIM Murphy’s detractors have been quick to label the new Scottish Labour leader as a “Blairite” and an ultra supporter of the ideas of “New Labour” that so came to dominate UK politics from the mid-1990s onwards.



Joyce McMillan: Is Jim Murphy the Right man?
18 Dec 2014 at 4:15pm

The new Scottish Labour leader is talking the talk, but can he walk the walk on social democracy, asks Joyce McMillan



Leaders: Threats to free speech are cause for disquiet
18 Dec 2014 at 4:15pm

WHAT started out as Hollywood satire on a North Korean dictator has turned out to be no laughing matter whatsoever. Instead, what has unfolded is a threat to deploy terror in a bid to deny freedom of expression.



Final roles in Labour shadow cabinet announced
18 Dec 2014 at 10:58am

SCOTTISH Labour Leader Jim Murphy unveiled the final round of changes to the party’s frontbench team as his shadow cabinet met for the first time today.



Trident rethink not needed, says Defence Secretary
18 Dec 2014 at 9:43am

THE Defence Secretary said “now is not the time to start rethinking” the UK’s nuclear deterrent, on his first visit to the Clyde naval base where it is stationed.



New tax powers for Scotland ?unworkable? warns IFS
18 Dec 2014 at 7:36am

FLAGSHIP plans to hand sweeping new tax powers to Scotland could be “fraught with practical difficulties” and would be “unworkable” in some key areas, a leading think tank has warned.



Nicola Sturgeon Twitter followers rocket in 2014
18 Dec 2014 at 7:00am

NICOLA Sturgeon’s followers on Twitter have more than tripled this year, according to a social network monitor.



FMQs: Dugdale calls for oil jobs plan from SNP
18 Dec 2014 at 6:34am

SCOTTISH Labour’s new deputy leader Kezia Dugdale said Scotland’s oil industry was in “crisis” as she demanded an emergency plan from the SNP government to save jobs during her debut leading for her party at First Minister’s questions.




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A Christmas bonus
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2014 at 4:30pm
Hang on a minute. We just got yet another begging email from Labour. Those vacancies sound familiar. The amount, not so much. £87,500? Because alert readers will remember that yesterday we drew your attention to some vacancies the party was advertising, and super-alert readers will recall that they included the 10 assistant organiser posts mentioned here. […]

The tipping point
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2014 at 12:45pm
The argument that seat projections based on current opinion polling give the SNP (based on uniform swing) a wildly unrealistic number of seats seem at first glance to be compelling. More than two dozen current Labour seats have five-figure majorities, and several are higher than 20,000. Taken individually every single one represents a mammoth task, and […]

Running terrified
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Dec 2014 at 6:23am
The egos of the SNP’s tiny band of six Westminster MPs must be swelling by the day. For weeks we’ve been recording Labour’s standard, decades-old mantra of how Scots mustn’t vote SNP or the Tories will get in. In today’s Herald, meanwhile, no less a figure than the Prime Minister warns that if we vote SNP, […]

The preposterous truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2014 at 10:51am
BBC News, 12 September 2014: “Better Together, which is campaigning for a No campaign, dismissed Mr Farage’s call for the Queen to intervene as ‘absolutely preposterous’.” The Guardian, 17 December 2014: “Senior figures in Whitehall and Downing Street became so fearful that the Scottish independence referendum could lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom […]

12 eggs, 1 basket
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Dec 2014 at 6:22am
An alert reader pointed us to the Labour “situations vacant” page: Let’s do the sums on that. We’ll assume the latter roles (“until one month after the next General Election”) are going to last for five months by the time the positions are filled. That means we have to divide the salaries by 5/12. So the total […]

Start as you mean to go on
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Dec 2014 at 3:38am
When Jim Murphy spoke on last night’s Scotland Tonight, he’d been the “leader” of Scottish Labour for approximately 60 hours. Here’s how he’s going to play it. Let’s quickly examine those statements, shall we? Murphy’s claim that Scottish Labour has “about 20,000″ members is the one that leaps out immediately. By our calculations the true […]

You only sing when you?re winning
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2014 at 8:41am
An intriguing extract from the weekend’s YouGov poll for The Sun: It’s not the biggest vote of confidence, is it? There are a couple of interesting aspects to the findings, but we’ll have to rearrange two of the columns into numerical order in order to fully appreciate what’s going on. Regardless of whether you agree with […]

The man who should know
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Dec 2014 at 3:07am
The Times, 14 December 2014: “Scottish Labour has an ‘intellectual deficit’ because it is filled with ‘time-servers’ given seats to keep them quiet, according to Paul Sinclair, who served alongside Johann Lamont, the Scottish Labour leader, and at the heart of the ‘no’ campaign against Scottish independence. In an excoriating attack on the moribund state […]

Inching towards the truth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Dec 2014 at 7:15am
We remain perplexed, readers, by the apparent total lack of interest in the mainstream Scottish media about how many members the Scottish Labour “party” has. Membership levels are a topical subject in the light of the extraordinary explosion in SNP and Green membership after the referendum, and with a general election just months away in which […]

But seriously
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Dec 2014 at 8:16am
We suppose we should offer a few thoughts on this, then. And we don’t mean Kezia Dugdale’s freakishly gigantic hands. (1) Murphy lost the trade-union members vote to Neil Findlay (51% to 40%), but convincingly won both Parliamentarians (67% to 20%) and ordinary members (60% to 44%). We’re wary of reading too much into that – […]


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Minister in maternity leave first
19 Dec 2014 at 12:13am
Scotland's children's minister becomes the first member of the Holyrood government to take maternity leave.


New tax powers 'may not be fair'
18 Dec 2014 at 11:01am
The cross-party agreement on devolving more tax powers to Holyrood may not be feasible or fair, it has been claimed.


North Sea oil sector near 'collapse'
18 Dec 2014 at 8:40am
The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".


Tories call for house tax change
18 Dec 2014 at 6:28am
The Scottish Conservatives say the "eye-watering" new tax rate for people buying homes between £250,000 and £500,000 should be halved.


Sturgeon's Twitter followers treble
18 Dec 2014 at 5:48am
Nicola Sturgeon's followers on Twitter have more than trebled this year, according to a social network monitor.


Finance sector still 'uncertain'
18 Dec 2014 at 2:43am
A senior figure in the finance sector warns that firms could move their legal HQ out of Scotland due to continued uncertainty over independence.


Historical abuse inquiry announced
17 Dec 2014 at 10:25am
The Scottish government announces a statutory public inquiry into the historical abuse of children in care.


Watchdog notes council improvements
18 Dec 2014 at 12:16am
A council that was heavily criticised for not tackling major failings has finally made improvements, a watchdog says.


Council to reduce gritter fleet
18 Dec 2014 at 10:10am
Highland Council is reduce its number of gritters as part of a modernisation of the fleet which will help it save £600,000.


Warning over radiation station cuts
18 Dec 2014 at 1:40am
Scotland could lose the ability to respond quickly to nuclear emergencies if staffing is cut at a monitoring station, it has been claimed.


Tax agency 'on track' despite concern
17 Dec 2014 at 7:16am
The head of Scotland's new tax collection agency says it is "on track" to be fully up-and-running on time, despite concerns from auditors.


Scots NHS staff 'feel more positive'
17 Dec 2014 at 10:10am
NHS staff in Scotland are feeling more positive about the health service than they were a year ago, according to an annual survey.


Police chief backs body cameras
17 Dec 2014 at 12:11pm
Officers wearing body cameras could help improve the quality of evidence when cases are brought to court, including in domestic abuse cases.


Fishermen criticise 'ramshackle' ban
17 Dec 2014 at 12:46pm
The Scottish Fishermen's Federation criticise a ban on discarding unwanted fish into the sea as being "without a sensible legal platform".


Scots jobless total falls by 11,000
17 Dec 2014 at 8:36am
Scotland's jobless total fell by 11,000 between August and October to stand at 156,000, according to official figures.


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BBC Radio Scotland reshuffle 'response to indyref'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:56pm

By Thomas Connolly

BBC Radio Scotland has revealed a significant programming reshuffle, supposedly in response to the independence referendum, during which its news and current affairs department faced severe criticism.

Radio Scotland head Jeff Zycinski has unveiled a three-hour daily morning show, to be presented by broadcasting stalwart Kaye Adams four days a week with the fifth day to be chaired by ex rugby player John Beattie.

To be launched in March, The new Adams show will supposedly have a strong "news and current affairs" angle, including phone-ins, debates and interviews. It is not known which BBC department will produce the programme.



Fishing talks deliver key gains for Scottish fleet
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
16 Dec 2014 at 4:33pm

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

Crunch European Union fishing talks ended in Brussels last night with a couple of key wins for the Scottish lobby which had pressed for measures to take some pressure off the industry.

Scottish Fishing Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP said the outcome would bring relief as the industry prepares to cope with the implications of ongoing measures to cut "discards", the controversial practice of returning the "wrong" catch dead into the sea.



Treasury officials praised for 'No' campaign work
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Dec 2014 at 6:54pm

By Thomas Connolly

 

The civil service team behind the UK government's anti-Yes campaign in the Scottish referendum have been patted on the back for a splendid job by their peers.

 

The Treasury's "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" - little known during the referendum campaign - has been given the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.

 

According to a glowing review in the magazine, Civil Service World, the senior team "was tasked with producing analysis in the lead-up to the Scottish referendum of how both, Scotland and the rest of the UK, benefit from being part of one country".



Welcome to the fray Mr Murphy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
13 Dec 2014 at 6:15am

By Derek Bateman

Be lucky is the most common piece of advice in politics. (Richard Nixon preferred: Never pass up a chance to go to the men?s room). And being lucky in your opponent is the best advice of all. Think of Tony Blair?s adversaries?John Major, William Hague, Michael Howard, Iain Duncan Smith. When the cast changes to Brown versus Cameron, the game changes too.

So with Salmond confronting McConnell, Gray and Lamont. How lucky is that? Well, from today Nicola? Sturgeon?s luck turned. In Jim Murphy she has a full-size problem with the capacity to disconcert and derail, if not handled carefully.



Hounded out for revealing torture in the 'war on terror'
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
12 Dec 2014 at 7:22pm

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

A former top diplomat has told the inside story of how he was hounded out of the British Foreign Office after raising concerns of torture linked to the US led and UK supported "war on terror".

Craig Murray, the UK's former ambassador to Uzbekistan, reported to London that Uzbeki secret police were torturing Al Quaeda suspects in 2002 and 2003 at the chest of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), with the knowledge of its British equivalent, MI6.

In an exclusive interview with Bateman Broadcasting's Derek Bateman, Mr Murray believes that his complaint was communicated directly to the then Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, but ignored.



Why Britain shares America's torture shame
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
10 Dec 2014 at 2:26pm

Commentary by Derek Bateman

If America?s torture regime was shameful, as even their allies claim, how much of that shame is shared by the UK?

From the handwringing and teeth-sucking there is a cloud of hypocrisy rising from those who prefer not to interfere in the United States? actions and, if necessary, will participate in it, but then pretend ignorance.

At every level the orchestrated state torture of individuals, illegal and unconstitutional, is massaged by the guilty into self-serving convenience. So the President can shake his head at the anti-American morality of it all while simultaneously offering pardon to the culpable and the CIA can say of its barbarism  the ?programme had shortcomings?.



Salmond still manages to shake up his critics
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
7 Dec 2014 at 1:53pm

Analysis by Thomas Connolly

Whatever your opinion of Alex Salmond - and there are few people with no opinion - his every move continues to fascinate supporters and critics alike.

The former First Minister confirmed the worst-kept secret in Scottish politics earlier today when he told supporters at a SNP rally in Ellon that he intends to stand as the SNP candidate for the Westminster seat of Gordon in the UK General Election next May.



Labour figure predicts 'damage limitation' strategy
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Dec 2014 at 10:35am

By Newsnet Scotland Reporter

The new Scottish Labour leader faces two "damage limitation" elections at UK and Scottish levels until a hoped-for recovery in fortunes at the end of the decade, according to former leading party figure Steven Purcell.

Purcell, Glasgow City Council leader until his abrupt exit from politics in 2010, believes that the "anointed" leader - Jim Murphy MP - will see his party lose Westminster seats in next year's UK General Election, followed by a third SNP victory in Holyrood in 2016.



'How The BBC Stole The Referendum' - book
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
6 Dec 2014 at 3:53am

How The BBC Stole The Referendum is a book currently being written by GA Ponsonby, founder of Newsnet Scotland.

Ponsonby, a fierce and consistent critic of the BBC's role during the referendum campaign, has pulled together his critique of the corporation, and the influence he believes it had on the final vote. It is a view shared by many Yes campaigners.

Here Newsnet Scotland reproduces a late draft of the opening chapter. Its author is raising funds to publish the book by April 2015: in time of the UK general election, where the BBC's coverage will be under intense scrutiny once again. Details are at the bottom of the page.



'Austerity has failed' - SNP
by contact@newsnetscotland.com (Online Editor)
3 Dec 2014 at 9:49am

By a Newsnet Scotland Reporter

George Osborne's Autumn Statement demonstrates that the UK Government's austerity measures have failed since 2014, according to SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie MP.

After the election in 2010 the Tories promised that debt would begin to fall as a share of GDP by 2014/15: that the current account should be in balance by 2015/16 and that public sector net borrowing would fall to £20 billion in the same year.




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

A heartfelt plea to the imaginary Scotsmen in Dan Hodges' head - please stop ...
by James Kelly
17 Dec 2014 at 7:38pm
I still haven't got around to doing my Top of the Pops list of the stupidest things said by union...

SNP hold 17% lead in new Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
17 Dec 2014 at 10:57am
There's still no sign at all that the elusive "Murphy honeymoon" is having any effect whatever on...

More damning evidence that the independence referendum was not fairly conduct...
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2014 at 9:19pm
One of the favourite tactics of the No campaign as the referendum approached was to portray their...

Despair for Jim Murphy as early straws in the wind suggest his coronation has...
by James Kelly
16 Dec 2014 at 2:15am

Jackanory Jim's investiture as the High Priest of Patriotism was, according to his most devoted a...



Is David Maddox at it again?
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2014 at 7:35pm
There's a short piece in the Scotsman by David Maddox which attempts to weave a narrative of (and...

Perhaps we should give Treasury civil servant Mario Pisani something to cry a...
by James Kelly
15 Dec 2014 at 11:43am
You've probably already seen it on Newsnet Scotland, but this is nothing short of astonishing.  A...

Misery for Murphy as sparkling SNP seize sizeable Scottish Parliament lead in...
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14 Dec 2014 at 9:58am
I've only got a couple of minutes to spare before I pop out for the rest of the day, but I though...

Will Jackanory Jim even lead Scottish Labour into the 2016 Holyrood election?
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13 Dec 2014 at 6:58pm
The newly-installed "leader" of Labour's branch office in Scotland made clear during the campaign...

Scotland swings decisively behind the SNP and independence in amazing new You...
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12 Dec 2014 at 5:19pm
The headline results from a new full-scale Scottish poll from YouGov have been released by the Su...

How are the SNP faring on the transfer market?
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12 Dec 2014 at 1:04pm

Craig Murray suggested the other day that I should take a look at how people who vote for unionis...



Tories tormented as super SNP secure staggering swing in cracking Kintyre con...
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11 Dec 2014 at 9:02pm
Is the South Kintyre by-election result an early tremor, presaging the earthquake to come next Ma...

It's time for Glaswegians to stop alienating themselves from their own lingui...
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11 Dec 2014 at 1:10pm

I've always felt (or have felt for some time anyway) that supporters of independence can't afford...



Then raise the scarlet standard high...
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2014 at 9:32am
I have a new article at the International Business Times, pondering whether a post-election Labou...

And make that a hat-trick - yet again, the SNP and Plaid are just 1% behind t...
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9 Dec 2014 at 1:27am
Today's Britain-wide YouGov poll is the third out of the last four to put the SNP and Plaid Cymru...

Piffle pertaining to Populus
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8 Dec 2014 at 12:30am
Even if it wasn't for my past history at Political Betting, I would have sighed heavily at the la...


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SNP councillor sparks outrage after claiming £6.45 in expenses to attend a co...
by dailyrecord
18 Dec 2014 at 7:36am
ALASTAIR Cranston charged taxpayers £6.45 for the 17-mile return trip to the funeral of fellow wa...


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has tripled her Twitter followers this year
by dailyrecord
18 Dec 2014 at 5:40am
ACCORDING to a social network monitor, Sturgeon has increased her followers from 34,516 at the st...


Lib Dem MPs accused of treachery as they vote with Tories to keep controversi...
by Torcuil Crichton
18 Dec 2014 at 3:28am
A LABOUR motion to abolish the penalty for people on housing benefit if they have a spare room wa...


Hellish homeless hostel exposed by Daily Record is condemned as worse than 'S...
by John Ferguson
17 Dec 2014 at 1:33pm
THE Bellgrove Hotel in Glasgow's east end was described as having conditions "worse than a prison...


Independence campaigners' fury at claim that Queen's intervention in referend...
by David Clegg
17 Dec 2014 at 11:57am
PRO-INDEPENDENCE campaigners were furious over claims yesterday that the Queen's intervention in ...


David Cameron's bid to strip Scottish MPs of Westminster voting rights brande...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Dec 2014 at 2:58am
LABOUR's Jimmy Hood slammed the plans as William Hague presented options to MPs in response to in...


Queen was asked to make a rare public intervention in a bid to prevent Scots ...
by Paul O'Hare
17 Dec 2014 at 1:32am
BRITAIN'S most senior civil servant drafted a carefully worded statement in support of the Union ...


Record View: Patient delays for life-saving cancer treatments are lasting sha...
by Record View
16 Dec 2014 at 4:13pm
TOO many people have waited too long to get vital treatment says the RECORD VIEW, and failure to ...


Joan McAlpine: Even Jim Murphy can't shake off the Scottish Labour cringe
by Joan McAlpine
16 Dec 2014 at 4:00pm
TAKING a closer look at the word 'cringe', JOAN tackles Jim Murphy taking up the Labour leadershi...


Labour attack SNP on appalling cancer treatment record with eight health boar...
by Vivienne Aitken
16 Dec 2014 at 12:07pm
FOR the eighth quarter in a row, health boards have failed to meet the standard for treating pati...


Nicola Sturgeon appears in Christmas message encouraging Scots to be kind to ...
by Andy Philip
16 Dec 2014 at 10:57am
THE video, based on the Hugh Grant hit movie Love Actually, carries the message to be kind to the...


New Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy hands top jobs to his leadership rivals...
by Andy Philip
16 Dec 2014 at 7:43am
MURPHY made Neil Findlay his fair work, skills and training spokesman, and put Sarah Boyack in ch...


Alistair Darling warned David Cameron on morning of referendum result NOT to ...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Dec 2014 at 6:53am
THE frantic 5am call from the leader of the Better Together campaign was ignored by the Tory Prim...


Record View: Scottish unity is only way forward
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16 Dec 2014 at 1:48am
FOLLOWING Alex Salmond's rant about the Smith Commission RECORD VIEW says Scots will tire of him ...


Alex Salmond accused of being a 'backseat driver' by dictating SNP policy wee...
by Andy Philip
16 Dec 2014 at 1:46am
THE former first minister demanded Westminster hand Scotland all powers short of foreign affairs ...


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That's the BBC Scotlandshire spirit Jim. BBC Scotlandshire will run relentl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Dec 2014 at 10:40pm
That's the BBC Scotlandshire spirit Jim.

BBC Scotlandshire will run relentless *cough* "stories...

Oor Jim won. Least said about us fixing it, best mended.
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Dec 2014 at 4:50am
Oor Jim won.

Least said about us fixing it, best mended.

Arch anarchist organisation to demonstrate against the spoof BBC across on th...
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10 Dec 2014 at 5:48am
Arch anarchist organisation to demonstrate against the spoof BBC across on the other side of the ...

As the national state broadcaster and propagandist of Scotlandshire we take g...
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Dec 2014 at 2:28am
As the national state broadcaster and propagandist of Scotlandshire we take great pride in repres...

BUSINESS NEWS: Today we give a UK minister a right of reply to those who woul...
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5 Dec 2014 at 1:04pm
BUSINESS NEWS:
Today we give a UK minister a right of reply to those who would decry the process ...

Our latest new road sign design. Making the best of a very bad thing.
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5 Dec 2014 at 12:11pm
Our latest new road sign design. Making the best of a very bad thing.




BREAKING: A source close to Gordon Brown MP has exclusively revealed to BBC S...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2014 at 3:08pm
BREAKING:
A source close to Gordon Brown MP has exclusively revealed to BBC Scotlandshire that th...

Taking advantage of our newly devolved powers, we are proud to have developed...
by BBC Scotlandshire
4 Dec 2014 at 2:24pm
Taking advantage of our newly devolved powers, we are proud to have developed another helpful roa...

EXCLUSIVE: The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown...
by BBC Scotlandshire
2 Dec 2014 at 4:09pm
EXCLUSIVE:

The end of the world was narrowly averted today when Gordon Brown almost pressed the ...

Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 Nov 2014 at 12:10pm
Now the BBC has the power to design Scottish road signs, we have embarked on a series of improvem...

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29 Nov 2014 at 12:11pm



Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Anna...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 Nov 2014 at 12:08pm
Smith report was "secretly doctored" at the last minute by mild-mannered Annabel Goldie.


Annabel G...

Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to ha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
28 Nov 2014 at 1:06pm
Plans to give Holyrood complete control of taxation and spending appear to have been struck out o...

The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
27 Nov 2014 at 5:49am
The Smith Commission Report is out today with earth-shattering ramifications for the real true st...

"Vooote for me! Vooote for me! 3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."
by BBC Scotlandshire
26 Nov 2014 at 1:41pm
"Vooote for me! Vooote for me!
3, 2, 1, you're back in the room."





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independence - autonomy - self-determination


Mibbes Aye Mibbes Naw ? No Voters Reflect
by bellacaledonia
18 Dec 2014 at 9:49am
A selection of shorter pieces in our #noway series. Dave Cullen First of all, I think it is an ex...


Murphy?s Law
by bellacaledonia
18 Dec 2014 at 5:56am
Robin McAlpine on the changing media and the problems it poses for Scottish Labour’s new man. On ...


The Liberty Tree
by bellacaledonia
18 Dec 2014 at 5:18am
Kenny McAskill reviews The Liberty Tree ? The Stirring Story of Thomas Muir And Scotland?s First ...


The Thirled Way
by bellacaledonia
16 Dec 2014 at 9:57am
By Alistair Davidson So, Jim Murphy has found the answer to Scottish Nationalism: a “commitment t...


Barra ? ishhm
by bellacaledonia
16 Dec 2014 at 9:51am
If you’ve heard one too many crappy Crimbo tunes then put this on, turn out the lights and drone ...


Just say No #noway
by bellacaledonia
16 Dec 2014 at 5:48am
By James Boatman I am not a No voter as I live in England but I have followed the debate closely ...


Double Standards. No voters speak #noway
by bellacaledonia
16 Dec 2014 at 5:37am
By Nigel Calvert In response to your request from No voters about how we think and feel now. A li...


Why I Voted No
by bellacaledonia
16 Dec 2014 at 5:09am
John Mackinnon in the first of our series inviting No voters to reflect on their vote and its out...

Jim Murphy ? the wrong answer to the wrong question
by bellacaledonia
14 Dec 2014 at 9:18am
by Steven Griffiths, Scottish CND In the last couple of weeks several events; some small, some in...


It?s Scotland?s Waves
by bellacaledonia
13 Dec 2014 at 5:01am
According to a study by the Crown Estate Energy and Infrastructure Portfolio Scotland has the pot...


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

Call for Queen's censure over Scotland independence remark - Aberdeen Press a...
18 Dec 2014 at 2:04am

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Call for Queen's censure over Scotland independence remark
Aberdeen Pres...


SNP rejects inquiry into independence oil predictions - Telegraph.co.uk
17 Dec 2014 at 12:13pm

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP rejects inquiry into independence oil predictions
Telegraph.co.uk
The interventi...


New Scottish independence poll puts Yes at 52% - Scotsman
13 Dec 2014 at 7:24am

Scotsman

New Scottish independence poll puts Yes at 52%
Scotsman
Labour, who today announced Jim Mur...


Ex-Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond seeks return to UK Parliament - ...
7 Dec 2014 at 7:16am

Globalnews.ca

Ex-Scottish independence leader Alex Salmond seeks return to UK Parliament
Globalnews...


Scottish independence: £50000 on monitoring media - Scotsman
11 Dec 2014 at 10:12am

Scotsman

Scottish independence: £50000 on monitoring media
Scotsman
Travelling on two wheels appears...


'Storm is coming!' Hundreds demand independence at Scottish Parliament ... - RT
1 Dec 2014 at 7:07am

RT

'Storm is coming!' Hundreds demand independence at Scottish Parliament ...
RT
Hundreds of people ...


Scottish independence referendum organisers praised - Scotsman
16 Dec 2014 at 6:45am

Scotsman

Scottish independence referendum organisers praised
Scotsman
John McCormick, Electoral Comm...


Punk rock legend John Lydon insists Scottish independence is a rotten idea - ...
7 Dec 2014 at 3:53am

Scottish Daily Record

Punk rock legend John Lydon insists Scottish independence is a rotten idea
Sc...


Scottish independence referendum ranked among Facebook's most popular ... - S...
9 Dec 2014 at 9:39am

Scotland Now

Scottish independence referendum ranked among Facebook's most popular ...
Scotland Now...


Tories and Ukip to Win General Election While Brexit and Scottish Independenc...
21 Nov 2014 at 11:59pm

International Business Times UK

Tories and Ukip to Win General Election While Brexit and Scottish ...



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SNP - Google News
SNP - Google News
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Salmond hints at Labour vote deal - Herald Scotland
19 Dec 2014 at 1:51am

Salmond hints at Labour vote deal
Herald Scotland
Such an arrangement, which could see SNP MPs reth...


Garvie rules out question over councillor's expenses - Peeblesshire News
19 Dec 2014 at 1:39am

Garvie rules out question over councillor's expenses
Peeblesshire News
The controversy surrounds Al...


Alex Salmond hints SNP MPs could start voting on English laws - stv.tv
19 Dec 2014 at 1:31am

stv.tv

Alex Salmond hints SNP MPs could start voting on English laws
stv.tv
Alex Salmond has hinted ...


Alex Salmond hints at Labour vote deal - Scotsman
19 Dec 2014 at 1:01am

Scotsman

Alex Salmond hints at Labour vote deal
Scotsman
?That's an opportunity to have delivered to...


Scottish children's minister begins maternity leave - BBC News
19 Dec 2014 at 12:16am

Scottish children's minister begins maternity leave
BBC News
Scotland's children's minister has bec...


Holyrood Week - Glasgow Evening Times
18 Dec 2014 at 11:09pm

Holyrood Week
Glasgow Evening Times
There is no truth in the rumour that he delayed his final decis...


FM questions fairness of Tory tax plan - Herald Scotland
18 Dec 2014 at 7:09pm

FM questions fairness of Tory tax plan
Herald Scotland
Under the party's plans, tax would be paid o...


SNP councillor hails ?victory? for environmentalists - Cumbernauld Media
18 Dec 2014 at 5:10pm

SNP councillor hails ?victory? for environmentalists
Cumbernauld Media
Talking to Cumbernauld Media...


SNP ministers accused of burying heads in sand - The Times (subscription)
18 Dec 2014 at 6:17pm

SNP ministers accused of burying heads in sand
The Times (subscription)
SNP ministers failed to see...


Suspended councillor faces expenses investigation after trying to claim milea...
18 Dec 2014 at 6:17pm

Suspended councillor faces expenses investigation after trying to claim mileage ...
Herald Scotlan...



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

Judges backing for prisoners referendum voting human rights claim - stv.tv
17 Dec 2014 at 3:51pm

stv.tv

Judges backing for prisoners referendum voting human rights claim
stv.tv
Two prisoners servin...


Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum - Huffington Post
27 Nov 2014 at 5:40am

Money Marketing

Scots To Get New Powers After Failed Independence Referendum
Huffington Post
LONDON ...


Scottish independence referendum ranked in Google's top 10 most talked-about ...
16 Dec 2014 at 6:05pm

Scotland Now

Scottish independence referendum ranked in Google's top 10 most talked-about ...
Scotl...


Scottish independence referendum organisers praised - Scotsman
16 Dec 2014 at 6:45am

Scotsman

Scottish independence referendum organisers praised
Scotsman
The commission also found that...


Scottish property prices bounce back after dip due to referendum vote - Prope...
17 Dec 2014 at 1:43am

Select Property

Scottish property prices bounce back after dip due to referendum vote
Property Wire...


Sir Tom Hunter: No need for another referendum for 15 years - Herald Scotland
16 Dec 2014 at 6:16pm

Herald Scotland

Sir Tom Hunter: No need for another referendum for 15 years
Herald Scotland
He added...


SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum - Huffington Post UK
23 Nov 2014 at 3:59am

SNP Warned To Stop 'Manoeuvring' For Second Referendum
Huffington Post UK
"Her commitment to people...


Nats, wha hae - The Economist
12 Dec 2014 at 1:40pm

Herald Scotland

Nats, wha hae
The Economist
?WE'RE supposed to have lost the referendum but look at ...


10 reasons why the Scottish referendum was the most talked about thing on ......
9 Dec 2014 at 4:43pm

Irish Examiner

10 reasons why the Scottish referendum was the most talked about thing on ...
Irish ...


Scottish independence referendum ranked among Facebook's most popular ... - S...
9 Dec 2014 at 9:39am

Scotland Now

Scottish independence referendum ranked among Facebook's most popular ...
Scotland Now...



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Anything Goes

The Fall
18 Dec 2014 at 4:59pm

Has anyone been watching it?

 

Not convinced that it's finished with that ending.



East Kilbride Is A Total Manky Shithole These Days
18 Dec 2014 at 12:37pm

For donkeys years I've been coming to this fuckin hellhole for work but travelling into the centr...



Teenage Millionairess
18 Dec 2014 at 10:09am

Anybody else watch this on BBC Scotland last night?  She is rough as a badgers erse but thought s...



Inquiry Into Historic Child Abuse
18 Dec 2014 at 7:59am

now police are investigating three alleged  murders as part of the allegations against a paedophi...



Ebay: Huge Bundle Of Underground Metal Rarities
18 Dec 2014 at 1:58am
So I'm selling a whole bunch of old demos, promos and other rarities, including stuff by Evile, D...

Tactical Voting For Westminster
17 Dec 2014 at 3:57pm
I have noticed on my news feed that a lot of people will be voting tactically in the westminster ...

Electoral Commission Report - Referendum
17 Dec 2014 at 1:52pm

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/179812/Scottish-independence-re...



Glasgow Police Arrest Santa
17 Dec 2014 at 7:27am

A guy in a Santa suit got on to the statue of wellington, Fire Brigade had to get him down, last ...



Old Stadium Pics
17 Dec 2014 at 6:19am

Here is a good one of Pittodrie, the main stand hasnt changed much

 

Anyone want to post others?...



Selling A Property - Costs Involved
17 Dec 2014 at 4:45am

Before I go and see a financial adviser - thought I'd see if the TAMB has anyone who might be abl...




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

How Farage and Salmond ? but not Miliband ? ran Cameron ragged
by John Crace
18 Dec 2014 at 1:31pm
John Crace?s review of the year: from sorry apology to solemn vow, 2014 was not a vintage year of political accomplishment

Politicians rarely find it easy to say sorry but, in April, culture secreta...



Do Scottish 16- and 17-year-olds want to vote?
by Martin Boon
18 Dec 2014 at 4:39am

What do young Scots make of allowing 16-and17-year-olds to vote? ICM?s Martin Boon explains what the Electoral Commission survey tells us

Now that the Scottish independence referendum has set the p...



We must heed calls for self-rule, or the union is doomed | Simon Jenkins
by Simon Jenkins
17 Dec 2014 at 2:56pm

The UK is stumbling chaotically down the path to disintegration, guided by an inept Westminster

It?s not fair, cries every child. ?Life?s not fair,? retorts every parent. Both sides then wrestle wit...



English devolution: better to get it right than get it quickly | Michael White
by Michael White
17 Dec 2014 at 6:32am
Is David Cameron sleepwalking into a breakup of the United Kingdom for the sake of tactical party advantage?

States go wrong when statesmen make avoidable mistakes. Southern backwoodsmen tried to br...



Scottish independence: Queen was asked to intervene amid yes vote fears
by Nicholas Watt, Patrick Wintour and Severin Carrell
16 Dec 2014 at 3:23pm
Amid No 10 meltdown, cabinet secretary and monarch?s private secretary crafted words that voters should ?think very carefully?

? The long read: insiders reveal the full story of how the union was wo...

The real story of the Scottish referendum: the final days of the fight for in...
by Severin Carrell, Nicholas Watt and Patrick Wintour
16 Dec 2014 at 3:17pm

As the vote neared, Britain?s breakup seemed a real possibility. In the second part of their series, based on extensive interviews with key players, Severin Carrell, Nicholas Watt and Patrick Winto...



Scottish Labour reshuffle sees allies and rivals alike on Holyrood front bench
by Severin Carrell
16 Dec 2014 at 12:55pm
Gender-balanced cabinet with strong education and finance posts indicate plans to strongly attack SNP

New Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has put close allies and his rivals for the leadership int...



The real story of the Scottish referendum: Britain on the brink | Severin Car...
by Severin Carrell, Nicholas Watt and Patrick Wintour
15 Dec 2014 at 3:03pm

It was the most seismic political event for a generation. In the first of a two-part series, based on extensive interviews, Severin Carrell, Nicholas Watt and Patrick Wintour tell the behind-the-sc...



Alistair Darling?s 5am plea to PM ignored after Scottish no vote
by Nicholas Watt, Severin Carrell and Patrick Wintour
15 Dec 2014 at 3:03pm

Ex-chancellor warned David Cameron that plans to restrict Scottish MPs? voting rights would throw lifeline to SNP

? The full story: a behind-the-scenes account of the Scottish referendum

David Camero...



It?s not just Labour that needs Jim Murphy to succeed in Scotland | Michael W...
by Michael White
15 Dec 2014 at 5:58am
Labour needs strong confident leadership in Scotland but Nicola Sturgeon needs an effective opposition too

A few days short of the winter solstice, Jim Murphy starts his first week as Labour?s leade...



Under-18s to be given vote in Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
15 Dec 2014 at 4:14am

New powers could be fast-tracked in wake of all-party deal to allow its introduction before May 2016 Scottish elections

David Cameron is expected to hand new powers to the Scottish parliament to all...



Jim Murphy seeks clause four rewrite to stop Labour decline in Scotland
by Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
14 Dec 2014 at 6:04pm
New Scottish Labour leader seeks to ?put the needs of Scotland first? as Scottish National party widens lead

Jim Murphy is to press Scottish Labour to rewrite clause four of its constitution to emph...



The Guardian view on Jim Murphy: Scottish Labour?s new leader faces a huge ta...
by Editorial
14 Dec 2014 at 1:30pm
Whether he was their choice or not, the Labour party in Scotland must unite behind their new leader

The Scottish Labour party has given itself a chance. But no more than that. By electing Jim Murphy...



Jim Murphy named as new leader of Scottish Labour party - video
by Guardian Staff
13 Dec 2014 at 10:29am
MP Jim Murphy is announced as the next leader of the Scottish Labour party after winning 55.8% of the vote. The former Scotland secretary played a big role in the No campaign in the lead-up to the ...

Jim Murphy elected as Scottish Labour leader - as it happened
by Libby Brooks
13 Dec 2014 at 8:12am

Full coverage of the results and reaction as the ballot for Scottish Labour?s next leader and deputy leader were announced in Glasgow

1.51pm GMT

That?s it for our live blog from Glasgow today. Than...




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Scotland - all things Scotland, Scottish and Scot here.

In a few months me and some friends will be moving to Glasgow from the states...
18 Dec 2014 at 10:12pm
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The real story of the Scottish referendum: Britain on the brink
18 Dec 2014 at 7:31pm
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Scotland by Sea | Writer and photographer Ruth Carruthers tells us about Scot...
18 Dec 2014 at 6:58pm
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Alistair Darling MP on EVEL and Smith
18 Dec 2014 at 6:38pm
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This is the tripe the liberals are putting out in Gordon.
18 Dec 2014 at 4:46pm
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Murphy's Law
18 Dec 2014 at 3:46pm
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Highland Council starts cuts meeting with Merry Xmas sing-a-long
18 Dec 2014 at 12:28pm
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Teaser Trailer for THE SOUND OF YOUNG SCOTLAND - 2 documentaries covering the...
18 Dec 2014 at 11:35am
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Any tips for calling a ceilidh?
18 Dec 2014 at 10:09am

As the token Scottish guy at my work I've been asked to call a ceilidh for our Xmas party, and I was wondering if there's any good websites or tips for me as it'll be my first time.

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The UKIP Christmas Dinner Argument Simulator
18 Dec 2014 at 9:33am
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'Ice pancakes' found floating on the River Dee
18 Dec 2014 at 9:31am
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Sturgeon backs calls for inquiry into Scots and UK part in CIA flights
18 Dec 2014 at 9:27am
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First Minister's Questions - Scottish Parliament: 18th December 2014
18 Dec 2014 at 9:10am
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North Sea oil sector near 'collapse'
18 Dec 2014 at 4:29am
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We must heed calls for self-rule, or the union is doomed | Simon Jenkins | Co...
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Better Nation
Work as if you live in the early days of a

The Smith Revolution
by Guest Blog
8 Dec 2014 at 7:48am
Another guest post from our pal Duncan Thorp on the Smith Commission report. Thanks Duncan! Lenin, Guevara, Khomeini, Robespierre, Smith. Well not quite, but change of some kind is coming, it trans...

The Black Dog on My Shoulder
by Malc
7 Dec 2014 at 8:44am
A fair few people found Malc‘s last blogpost about depression pretty helpful. Here’s a wee followup. Thanks Malc! Five weeks ago I decided to write about my battle with depression in this article. ...

Sweden?s far right a glimpse of UKIP?s potential
by Dom
3 Dec 2014 at 12:44am
At half past four yesterday afternoon Mattias Karlsson, the temporary leader of Sweden’s far right Sweden Democrats, caused a political shockwave as he revealed to the press that he and his colleag...

10 pictures that will make you realise how amazing Edinburgh is.
by Dom
21 Nov 2014 at 6:48am
Someone?s day started badly this morning. Outside my flat on the street was the footprint of a trainer in dog shite, the thinnest of a progression from the corner where the offending pile sat. As t...

Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed.
by Dom
18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...

November Holyrood voting intention
by James
18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...

The personality battle ? leadership contests in a post-referendum Scotland
by Guest Blog
12 Nov 2014 at 7:51am
A guest today from Mark Diffley, Director of Ipsos Mori Scotland. Thanks Mark! In the fevered political climate six months before a general election, the ability of party leaders to appeal to voter...

Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates
by James
11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...

Faraway, so close!
by Dom
8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...

Scoring the Labour candidates
by James
2 Nov 2014 at 9:54am
It’s time for a bit of science on the Labour leadership. Or at least an entirely subjective game of Top Trumps. If I’ve missed anything out, do let me know. All scores are out of 10. Issues Sarah B...


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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Thinking very carefully
by weegingerdug
17 Dec 2014 at 9:50pm
I’m plastered in potions and lotions in an attempt to get my psoriasis under control, but I’m not sure which is scabbier, psoriasis or the union. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but there’s a cur...

Running down Shettleston Road naked with a red rose up my bum
by weegingerdug
13 Dec 2014 at 1:23pm
I’ve come over all Labour party this week, scabby, lazy, and only interested in my own comfort.  I’ve got an excuse – my psoriasis has flared up again – but the Labour party’s condition is terminal...

Alicsammin?s part in Alan Cochrane?s downfall
by weegingerdug
6 Dec 2014 at 9:01pm
How many Alan Cochranes does it take to screw in a lightbulb?  He doesn’t have to, he just holds up the bulb and the world revolves around him.  Alan has a very high conceit of himself, and indeed ...

Wullie Rennie?s letter to Santa
by weegingerdug
4 Dec 2014 at 12:15pm
Just three months after the referendum, and for much of the Scottish political class and their media hingers oan it’s back to business as usual. This consists of finding things to accuse the SNP of...

iScot launches today
by weegingerdug
2 Dec 2014 at 9:34am
A new digital magazine and video news platform has launched today, iScot is open for business. iScot is an independent news service which aims to hold the establishment to account and to promote Sc...

Resetting Gordie Broon
by weegingerdug
1 Dec 2014 at 6:04am
Gordie Broon doesn’t want Scotland to obsess about constitutional change. In this instance we can be certain that Scotland’s very own political Walter Mitty knows what he’s talking about because if...

Eyewash and plastic spades
by weegingerdug
28 Nov 2014 at 7:08am
You’ve been promised something revolutionary and ground-breaking which is going to change the way you look at the world. This very special present has been placed in a huge box wrapped up in pretty...

Back from London
by weegingerdug
26 Nov 2014 at 5:58am
So I go away for a few days, and have a great time apart from a rampant allergy to my daughters’ cats, and all sorts of things happen in my absence. Gordon Brown announces that he’s standing down a...

The Scots tung
by weegingerdug
21 Nov 2014 at 2:51pm
The Scots tung: how to support it without tying up the Yes movement. A guest post by a Clear Contrair Spirit One of the insinuations heard (admittedly, mostly from English-based media) during the r...

Portillo moments on steroids
by weegingerdug
17 Nov 2014 at 6:52pm
So that’s it then, the end of an era. Alicsammin has bowed out as leader of the SNP. But it’s not the last we’ll be seeing of him, he’s going to be a thorn in the flesh of the Westminster parties f...


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