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On the strange death of Labour in Scotland

Things have changed dramatically in Scotland. Our political map has altered completely. The Nationalist landslide has carried nearly all before it, winning in areas it never thought possible. Labour have been pushed back to a few isolated pockets, overwhelmed even in its former West of Scotland heartland.
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Facts reveal how England took power here

Facts reveal how England took power here | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
THE assertion by Scottish Labour that Scots willingly chose to join the UK is wrong on every level.
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Alex Salmond's separatists have a head start

Alex Salmond's separatists have a head start | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
The campaign for Scotland to remain within the UK has some catching up to do.
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Scottish Independence: Why The Better Together Campaign Might Fail

Scottish Independence: Why The Better Together Campaign Might Fail | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

The launch of the "Better Together" campaign to reject outright Scottish independence has come at an interesting moment.

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Stronger Scotland, better Union

Stronger Scotland, better Union | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
There is fear at the heart of Labour politics: of being too Scottish, of embracing identity, of stealing the SNP’s clothes, of having a vision for Scotland and of giving the constitutional question the importance it deserves. The net effect? A hesitant, unconfident party not ready to put Scotland first.
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Poll: 71% trust Scottish Government

Poll: 71% trust Scottish Government | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Almost four times as many people trust Alex Salmond's administration to act in Scotland's best interests than trust David Cameron's UK Government to do so, according to a survey.

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Appeal for end to 'silly season' with 'No' launch

Appeal for end to 'silly season' with 'No' launch | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

Speaking ahead of the launch of the official ‘No’ Campaign, SNP Referendum Campaign Director Angus Robertson appealed for an end to the ‘scaremongering silly season’ on Scotland’s constitutional future.

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SNP pledge Scottish air force as Russian deterrent

SNP pledge Scottish air force as Russian deterrent | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND will have its own fleet of fighter jets if it breaks away from the rest of the United Kingdom, the SNP said last night.
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‘No’ campaign launches with law fear

‘No’ campaign launches with law fear | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND would be thrown into legal limbo if voters are not given a straight referendum choice on independence or the status quo, Union supporters have warned ahead of their official campaign launch tomorrow.
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Joyce McMillan: Dalai Lama issue clouds independence debate

Joyce McMillan: Dalai Lama issue clouds independence debate | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
NICOLA Sturgeon and the SNP need to show their politics can make a separate Scotland a better place, says Joyce McMillan...
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Scotland’s economic future: Business will ‘thrive’ regardless of independence

Business likes certainty. It wants to operate in an environment where it can take the kind of decisions which will have lasting effects. Thus far however, few business leaders have offered an opinion on the question of Scottish independence. Some even see it as something they shouldn’t comment on – at least not yet. There are other, more important issues, on their agendas with the crisis in the Eurozone topping their list of concerns.


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Labour misrepresenting facts says SNP as Dugdale apprentice claim aired at Westminster

Labour misrepresenting facts says SNP as Dugdale apprentice claim aired at Westminster | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
SNP MP Pete Wishart has accused the Labour party of deliberately misrepresenting the facts as misguided attacks over the Scottish Government's modern apprenticeship scheme were repeated during Scottish Questions at Westminster yesterday.
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Welfare changes could cost Scottish families millions

Welfare changes could cost Scottish families millions | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Changes to welfare payments could cost families in Scotland hundreds of millions of pounds, the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee will hear today.
It is also claimed that the changes will put at risk efforts to improve social housing and...
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A leader who only follows

A leader who only follows | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
WHEN Ed Miliband prefers to promote the ugly side of Little England instead of offering policies to help hard-hit Britons and vulnerable immigrants alike, Labour is in trouble.
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Better to go our own way than to be bitter together

Better to go our own way than to be bitter together | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

Regional variations in welfare benefits, the suggestion made by the Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday, was a bolt from the blue.Pensions will be next, no doubt.

And the people whose already paltry income will be cut will not have a say.

It will be imposed on them by the Department of Work and Pensions in London because our Parliament in Scotland is not allowed a say on pensions and benefits.

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Cameron's 'better together' boomerang

Cameron's 'better together' boomerang | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

David Cameron has undermined the launch of the Labour/Tory No campaign today, as he set out Welfare reform proposals that would see benefit cuts for people because they live in Scotland.

The Prime Minister's intervention comes as an IPSOS Mori poll shows 67% of people want the Scottish Government to take control of welfare and benefits.

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SDS chief executive hits back at modern apprenticeship critics

SDS chief executive hits back at modern apprenticeship critics | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Chief Executive Damien Yeates has defended his organisation and the Modern Apprenticeship scheme it administers, saying that those critical of the way the programme was being administered “totally misunderstood” its purpose.
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Anglo-Scot 'sterlingzone' must cut both ways: EU official

Anglo-Scot 'sterlingzone' must cut both ways: EU official | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

England would need to grant Scotland oversight powers over London budgets and taxes if an independence referendum leads to a new "sterlingzone" currency union, a top eurozone official said.

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What has happened to Scottish Labour and how can it shape its future?

Scottish politics were once seemingly filled with certainty – we were Labour, socialist, collectivist, and didn’t like those nasty Tories.

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Holyrood: Power closer to home

HOLYROOD is just as influential as Westminster in the eyes of the public for the first time since devolution, a survey published today reveals.
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Alexander claims: yes to independence could mean mortgage rise

Alexander claims: yes to independence could mean mortgage rise | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

On the eve of the launch of the pro-Union Better Together campaign, Alexander said a newly independent Scotland faced paying more to finance its national debt on the international bond markets than the UK, and suggested these higher costs could "pass through" into mortgages.

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Stand-up Lamont takes wise crack at stand-in Sturgeon

Stand-up Lamont takes wise crack at stand-in Sturgeon | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

With the First Minister off in California watching cartoons, it fell to Nicola Sturgeon to hold the Holyrood fort.

Whether she could also hold her own was another matter.

Johann Lamont had been working on her jokes. This is a lot more fun than working on policies, but where Labour is concerned the distinction isn't always clear.

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Labour MP Douglas Alexander and Scotsman columnist Gerry Hassan debate Scotland, nationalism and the left

Labour MP Douglas Alexander and Scotsman columnist Gerry Hassan debate Scotland, nationalism and the left | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Can there be a politics that embraces both equality and identity?
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SNP must 'grasp thistle' of a written constitution before referendum

SNP must 'grasp thistle' of a written constitution before referendum | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
The SNP should start work on a constitution for an independent Scotland before the referendum or risk a shambles, says the chairman of the Constitutional Commission pressure group...
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Robin McAlpine: Flaw in the popular front

Robin McAlpine: Flaw in the popular front | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
LINGUISTICS offer a crucial clue to the difference between the popular and the populist in politics, writes Robin McAlpine, and awareness of such is crucially important...
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