"The UK Defence Minister Nick Harvey - a Liberal Democrat - last week told a committee of Parliament that the Clyde was the only suitable site for Trident. Why not the Thames, centre of such fervent scenes of British patriotism oh so recently?
Surely the crowds who belted out Rule Britannia would be more than honoured to host these deadly symbols of state firepower."
ALEX Salmond was accused of “double standards” yesterday over his efforts to woo Rupert Murdoch. Labour raised further questions about the First Minister’s links with Murdoch following claims the media mogul lobbied Tony Blair to wage war in Iraq.
AN independent Scotland that ran into financial difficulty might have to be bailed out by the rest of the UK, one of Britain's top economists has suggested.
Alternatively, Robert Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge University, also suggested a prosperous independent nation would not need outside help and would be a valuable trading partner for the rest of the UK.
ALEX Salmond insisted there was no “quid pro quo” over his backing for News Corp’s BSkyB takeover bid, as he told the Leveson inquiry he had supported the deal because it was good for jobs, not to boost his election chances.
It is hardly a slogan to have them running to the barricades. In fact, it is difficult to imagine anything less inspirational than: “What do we want? A greater degree of fiscal responsibility within the security of the existing Union. When do we want it? Over the course of the next parliamentary term.”
Yet, devo-max – or devo-plus, or indy-lite or fiscal accountability or whatever – is actually what most Scots want. They want the Scottish government to have more control over Scottish affairs but are wary of going the whole way to independence.
THE shadow home secretary – tipped as a future Labour leader – asked the SNP to start detailing how Scotland’s borders would be protected under independence after telling how she was born in Inverness.
Nick Pickles is Director of civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch. Follow Nick on Twitter. Today the Home Office will finally announce its plans to monitor the internet use of every British citizen.
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