1 October 2014
Here is a fun game you can all play. Take David Cameron's speech today - and project its key offer forward to a time in which income tax has been devolved to Scotland.
The Scottish government will bring in new laws to stop councils pursuing people for historic poll tax debts, the first minister announces.
A Chinese man is left with serious injures including stab wounds after a suspected hate crime in the West Pilton area of Edinburgh.
A West Dunbartonshire couple are left traumatised after being confronted by two armed men in their Balloch home.
The UK government rejects a call by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to halt the introduction of universal credit in Scotland.
Police arrest a 29-year-old man over the death last week of John McFarlane who was attacked near his home in Bishopbriggs.
MSPs debate the Food (Scotland) Bill for the first time.
Margaret Hood: So, all those who came out of hiding are going to be exempt from their debts? How about the rest of us get a refund then? Why on earth should Alex Salmond protect these people? The law-abiding citizens are being punished yet again, we have to pay for all the tax dodgers!
K Morrison: Why, when everyone else has paid, should the bad debtors not pay? We struggled but found a way to keep our bills paid. It's nothing more than stealing from the public purse.
Tom McInally: I find it incredible that the first minister is planning to scrap the collection of non-payment by certain individuals. Surely this is against everything he stands for? Where is the fairness in the democracy when individuals decide they don't want to pay their share and have no retribution against them?
Mike Ashley has almost doubled his shareholding in Rangers to a 9% stake in the Scottish Championship club.
The Newcastle owner already has the naming rights over Ibrox stadium and his retail company, Sports Direct, has a deal in place to sell the club's shirts.
Ashley is now the second largest shareholder at Rangers, behind investment firm Laxey Partners who have a 16% stake.
The Scottish FA has rules in place which forbid any individual having more than a 10% stake in any two British clubs at the same time - and some fans' groups have already threatened to boycott Ashley's stores, should he take control.
BBC Sport also understands that Ashley could now call for an Extraordinary General Meeting to force a shake-up of the Ibrox club's board.
Kelli Ferris, 40, who has a medical condition, was last seen on Castle Street, near the sheriff court, on the evening of Wednesday 10 September.
It is thought she may have got a number 13 or 15 bus on Union Street.
Wieslaw Koziolek, 49, was a Polish national who had been living in the Torry area of the city.
Officers were called to a flat in the Balnagask Avenue area of Torry shortly after 14:00 on Monday.
Seasonal bylaws banning unauthorised camping and alcohol were introduced to parts of east Loch Lomond in 2011.
The park's board now want to bring in bylaws at two more areas in response to littering and anti-social behaviour.
The proposals will be put before the park's board next week ahead of a public consultation.
The bylaws, which would make it an offence to camp outside authorised sites without a permit or to cause damage to the area or wildlife, would be accompanied by investment in new facilities
Police in Edinburgh have cordoned off an area around the Royal Bank of Scotland in Tolcross after an armed robbery.
The area around Home Street has been closed off. Officers are in attendance.
Two men who were among 13 people held by police during a march by the Green Brigade group of Celtic fans have been given one year football banning orders.
Nicholas Diplacito, from Lanark, and Mark Glancy, from Glasgow, were arrested during the unofficial march in the Gallowgate area in March last year.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard they behaved in a threatening manner and struggled with police officers.
Diplacito must also carry out 135 hours of unpaid work. Glancy was fined £630. Almost 200 officers were deployed to the march which took place before Celtic played Aberdeen.
HMS Edinburgh has been put on sale after Edinburgh City Council decided that preserving it as a tourist attraction would be too expensive.
A report commissioned by the council found that the financial costs of the attraction were too great.
The ship has been listed for sale, along with HMS York and HMS Gloucester, on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) website.
A campaign to save the vessel was unsuccessful.
Davey Wands. Methil: The poll tax was unfair in 1990, and it's still unfair in 2014. I paid it, but I think it's very unfair and reeks of Toryism to chase a 25-year-old debt.
Anon: I want a rebate too. Why should those who don't pay always get off with it?
Michael Duignan: A Red Admiral butterfly enjoying the sunshine in Paisley today.
Andrew, Aberdeen: Good decision. Councils should move on instead of pursuing ancient debt on a tax that was abolished due to being unfair. Resources better spent pursuing more recent debt and on current priorities.
Angus, Caithness: If u can afford to pay your way, but don't, u should lose voting privileges the same as other criminals.
Craig, Cumbernauld: If everyone stuck together when Margaret Thatcher was forcing the poll tax upon us then no one would have had to pay it. Well done the people who fought the poll tax, we need to stop lying down to these Tory punishments. Scotland the Brave, what a joke.
Ken, Kirkcaldy: If the debtor has been located then add the poll tax arrears to their current council tax bill. Recovery and fair.
The 37-year-old restaurant worker suffered multiple injuries including stab wounds when he was assaulted by three men in the West Pilton area on Wednesday.
The man is in a "serious" condition in hospital.
One man was detained in connection with the attack and police are following a positive line of inquiry in relation to the other suspects.
Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande are the first performers to be announced for the MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow.
The music awards will be hosted in the city's SSE Hydro on 9 November.
Michael: Is it just me or does Andy Murray play better when his mum is away? (Doing Strictly).
Moe McCann: Good for Alex Salmond. It may not be cost effective to try to recover ancient debt. It was unfair then and much more so now.
Bill Docherty, Peterculter: Well done Alex for applying common sense on poll tax. Tories on the right wing backlash against the Scots already. You can't take blood out of a stone and, like any potential long-term debt, once it's gone it's gone.
The Scottish government will being in new laws to stop councils pursuing people for historic poll tax debts.
First Minister Alex Salmond announced the move after it emerged local authorities were using the electoral register to chase outstanding bills.
The poll tax, or community charge, was introduced to Scotland in April 1989 and replaced by council tax in 1993.
Mr Salmond told MSPs it was misguided for councils to use current records to chase debts from decades ago.
Referencing Nicola Sturgeon's letter, First Minister Alex Salmond says the roll=out of universal credit "undermines unionist powers vow to devolve further welfare powers".
FM announced at FM questions at Holyrood that poll tax debts are to be scrapped by Scottish government.
Sixth seed Andy Murray has breezed past Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-2 6-2, in an hour and 19 minutes, to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open.
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson asks what the Scottish government will do to protect NHS funding in Scotland?
The first minister repeats that health funding will continue to rise, and alleges that the Conservatives's "lack of care towards the health service staff" in England has led to the prospect of a strike.
First Minister Alex Salmond says that the expanded electoral roll, as result of the independence referendum, should not be used to collect outstanding poll tax debts.
It is believed that some voters disappeared from the electoral register to avoid paying the tax in the late 1980s.
"After 25 years it's about time that the poll tax was dead and buried in Scotland," says Mr Salmond.
A West Dunbartonshire couple endured a "traumatic" experience after being confronted by two armed men in their Balloch home.
The 56-year-old woman answered the door of her home in Buchanan Avenue on Tuesday evening and saw a man who appeared to have a firearm.
The man and his accomplice forced their way inside before struggling with the woman's 63-year-old husband.
The couple were uninjured before the suspects fled empty handed.
First minister's questions is under way at Holyrood. You can follow live text coverage here.
Shelley Waugh, Dundee: Taken while driving to Skye this week, Eilean Donan Castle looked picture postcard perfect in the warm autumn sunshine.
Going to talk about parental leave, kids drinking and driving, and the "sharing economy". Anyone used these "sharing" websites?
The Beattie Show gets under way at 12:00, you can listen live here.
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A centre for children's literature inspired by Peter Pan is one of several projects awarded grants by the funding body Creative Scotland.
The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust aims to turn the house in Dumfries that JM Barrie claimed was the inspiration for his story, into a centre for children's literature and storytelling.
The £687,000 award will help the trust develop its plans.
With the dust having settled on Europe's Ryder Cup win at Gleneagles, attention turns to who will succeed outgoing captain Paul McGinley.
BBC Scotland's Tom English donned his plus fours before delving into the thorny issue of the captain's contest, noting that Darren Clarke is the white-hot favourite.
"In racing parlance - a language that the golfer will understand given his fondness for the sport - [Clarke] is coming into the final furlongs still on the bridle while his nearest rival, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, is under the whip," writes the bold Tom.
Read the rest of his thoughts here.
Petrochemical firm Ineos has agreed to buy the power plant which supplies its Grangemouth industrial site.
The gas-fired heat and power plant, which already supplies the Ineos refinery in the Forth Valley town, is being bought from Finnish energy company Fortum for £54m.
Ineos is currently building a new £300m ethane gas import and storage facility at Grangemouth.
The firm behind plans for the largest wind farm on Lewis has ended its interest.
GDF blamed delays in laying a subsea cable needed to carry electricity generated on the isles to the mainland, and rising costs.
The French energy giant was to invest in the planned 39-turbine scheme on Lewis's Eisgein Estate.
Alistair, Howwood, Renfrewshire: Guid on the Big Yin! My mum bravely coped with Parkinson's for the last 12 years of a full life. Like many of her generation they gave a grand example of coping in diversity. The Parkinson's Society was a help but she, like Billy and Margo, found that inner strength necessary for all who are afflicted with the disease.
The European Court of Justice said workers should receive regular overtime, commission and bonus payments during paid leave.
Until now, only basic pay was part of the holiday entitlement.
CBI Scotland's Andrew Palmer said the cost to employers could run into billions of pounds.
"In Scotland and across the UK we could see job losses, we could see major infrastructure projects come to a stop, we could see the loss of overtime and really it stops confidence in Scotland and in the UK," he warned.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila has defended his criticism of the fitness levels of the squad he inherited from Neil Lennon in the summer.
The Norwegian contends that if the players don't want to be "24-hour athletes" they should find work outside of football.
Deila used Cristiano Ronaldo as an example of how fit his players should be, and Andy Murray, with Deila insisting that there's no way the Scottish tennis star eats chips.
Read the rest of the sporting headlines in our round-up here.
The UK government has rejected a call from the deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to halt the implementation of universal credit while the Smith Commission considers what new powers should be devolved to Holyrood.
In a letter to the prime minister, Ms Sturgeon argued that pressing ahead with the new system could make it harder to give the Scottish Parliament control of housing benefit, which both the Conservatives and Labour are proposing.
Downing Street has confirmed receipt of the letter. But a UK government spokesman said they do not want to pre-empt the work of the commission and, until it has reported, government business will continue as planned.
Training schedule ahead of this weekend's Great Scottish Run? Check. Suitable running shoes in anticipation of pounding Glasgow's streets? Check. Sorted out a venue for post-race meal? Check.
Bert in Fife: Have the advocates against armed police got nothing better to do than whinge on about the very people who put their neck on the line almost every day of the week to protect the public?
Davie Rose, Grantown: What a waste of money, changing the holsters to "hide" the guns and batons. I have nothing to worry about the police having arms.
Gordon: We wouldn't dictate to a surgeon who was going to save our life so we shouldn't dictate to officers who protect our lives. If we do, we have no right of complaint when something goes wrong.
Specialist armed police officers in Scotland will in future only be deployed to firearms incidents or where there is a threat to life.
Speaking on Good Morning Scotland, Labour MSP Graeme Pearson, a former senior police officer, said it was a positive move.
"It is to be welcomed, it creates a safer environment in our communities," he added
"To try to suggest that Scotland was quite happy to see officers routinely armed and wandering about our communities is a complete mismatch with public opinion.
"I welcome the fact that the chief constable has realised the realities of policing in Scotland and has made the right decision."
The Enchanted Forest, a sound and light show, is returning for its 12th year.
The annual event was first held in October 2002 near Dunkeld, but has been based in Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry since 2005.
This year's show - titled Elemental - will run from 3 to 26 October.
Prepare to be dazzled by the preview pictures of the spectacle here.
Anon: Police should not be carrying guns because they are too trigger happy when handling speed guns.
Liz: The Scottish Police Authority hasn't advertised their evidence-gathering exercise very well. How many people in Scotland know anything about it? And filling in an online questionnaire isn't acceptable, the questions are always skewed to get the answers the organisation wants. It's definitely not democracy.
Police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the death of John McFarlane in Bishopbriggs.
Mr McFarlane, 28, was seriously injured after being attacked near his home in the town's Auchinairn Road at about 22:35 last Thursday.
The arrested man is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday.
tweets: M9 heading into Edinburgh - very slow from Linlithgow to J2 Philpstoun - low sun glare is the problem here.
On this day in 1947 the paddle steamer Waverley was launched from A. & J. Inglis's yard on the Clyde. The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.
She was in danger of being decommissioned in the early 70s, but in 1974 she was bought by enthusiasts from the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.
Today in 1854 the pioneer of modern urban sociology, Patrick Geddes, was born in Ballater.
Along with Adam Ferguson, Geddes founded modern sociology and urban planning.
Margaret, Glasgow: I welcome the u-turn on guns on the street but, to be honest, I also think that Mr MacAskill brought them in on the quiet so that they'd be there in case of riots and other problems at the referendum.
Economic development agency Scottish Enterprise is putting £450,000 into an international fund which supports renewable energy projects.
The fund, worth about £5.5m, aims to back ocean-related schemes like wave and tidal technology.
Countries including the UK, Spain, France and Ireland will be able to apply for cash when the fund opens on 23 October.
Heather, Edinburgh: You've heard of the saying 'I don't tell you how to do your job'. Police, nurses, firefighters do a great job. If anybody has a right to say whether police carry guns, it's them. They are on the frontline and should decide.
John: The present chief constable should remember that the police are supposed to serve the public and that Scotland is not a police state.
"Hands Up, I Surrender" is the headline in the Daily Record above a photo of Police Scotland's chief constable Sir Stephen House after yesterday's announcement on armed police patrols.
Both The Herald and The Scotsman describe the decision that armed officers will no longer be deployed on routine patrols as a "U-turn".
The prime minister's promise to cut tax for millions of families if the Tories are re-elected is the main lead for the Scottish Daily Mail.
Read the rest of our newspaper round-up here.
John in Fortingall: Please be careful how you describe this change. There will not be fewer armed police officers on duty. They will still be on armed patrols. It is just that they will not be attending routine calls, even if they are the closest resource. They will be reserved for specialist armed incident and threat to life duties only.
John, East Kilbride: Why is it always said police on the streets? Where? In their cars is more likely, not like the old days.
Campaigners have hailed a decision by police to overturn the policy of some officers carrying guns in public. We're asking: how much influence should the public have over the police?
And, at the start of a 22 night sell-out tour of Scotland, Billy Connolly has made light of his health problems. What is it like living with Parkinson's disease?
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Four Scottish universities have climbed up the Times Higher Education world rankings, despite the UK coming under pressure from overseas competition.
However, Dundee University dropped out of the top 200.
In first place overall was the California Institute of Technology in the US, holding on to the top spot for the fourth year running.
Glasgow was 94th and St Andrews 111th. They had shared 117th on the rankings last year.
Aberdeen university was ranked 178th, up from 188.
Douglas Sinclair tweets: Red sky in the morning in the island paradise of Orkney.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appealed for major UK welfare reform to be put on hold in Scotland.
She has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking for a delay until plans for new powers at the Scottish parliament are considered.
Universal credit is replacing six benefits and tax credits for working-age people with a single payment.
It is being phased in across the UK by 2017 and is already available to some claimants in Inverness.
Lord Smith's commission has been set up to seek agreement on a further devolution of powers to Holyrood.
Good morning, Kirsteen here. Mostly dry today during daylight hours, with some brightness & sunshine. S/W winds will strengthen along the west coast... reaching severe gale-force across the Western Isles, Skye & n/w coast. Gusts of up to 65mph. Rain will spread from the west later, too.
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