News Alex Salmond said his government believed that independence would lead to a new industrial strategy

An independent Scotland's ability to use tax powers, including a cut in corporation tax , would lead to a "jobs boom" and end Westminster's "one size fits all" economics policies, Scotland's First Minister has claimed.

France fullback Maxime Medard runs in his try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France

Scotland v France player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

Valiant Scotland narrowly miss out on win

Scotland 17 France 23

Album: The Earth Resounds, The Sixteen / Christophers / Dougan (Coro)

Flemish composers of the 15th and 16th centuries influenced music throughout the continent of Europe.

Coach Andy Robinson looks on as Mike Blair takes part in Scotland training

Blair is restored but it's Laidlaw moving to No 10

Remember the clamour for Blair to be installed at No 10?

Pender with his medals, including the four bestowed on him by the Soviets

Willie Pender: Veteran of the Arctic convoys in the Second World War

If ever there were unsung heroes, few can have been less recognised by successive British governments than the sailors of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy who participated in the Arctic convoys, carrying desperately needed supplies to Murmansk in 1941.

Trump to fund anti-wind farm campaign

US tycoon Donald Trump is to bankroll an anti-wind farm campaign in his fight against an off-shore development near his luxury golf resort.

Stuart Hogg: 'My granny’s granny was the sister of George Best’s great-grandfather'

Hogg ready to do his very Best for Scotland

Flying full-back related to football legend can make France drown sorrows

Scotland’s First Minister said the economic case for independence was 'absolutely clear'

PM steps up the rhetoric ahead of Salmond talks

David Cameron will today raise the rhetoric of the debate over Scotland's future by describing the UK as "precious" and promising to fight "head, heart and soul" to keep the union intact.

SSE reaches one gigawatt milestone for its onshore wind farms

As storms battered the country, the energy giant SSE yesterday said it had more than one gigawatt of onshore wind-farm capacity in operation for the first time, enough to power 800,000 homes for a year.

Book deal shows scribbler on the roof's lofty ambition

Once, you would have had to scale buildings to read his scribblings, hidden among slates and beams.

PFA Scotland urge SFA to intervene at Hearts

PFA Scotland have urged the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football Association to intervene over the continual non-payment of players' salaries at Hearts.

Anxiety pills being misused

A drug for epilepsy and anxiety is increasingly being misused as a substitute for illegal drugs.

Epilepsy drug misuse 'on the rise'

A drug for epilepsy and anxiety is increasingly being misused by young people in the UK, researchers say.

Girl X, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

The National Theatre of Scotland loves to dramatise an issue. Its most famous piece, Black Watch, was a direct response to the Iraq war. The problem with Girl X is that, while the issue is a meaty one, the drama gets lost.

Arcus buys Forth Ports for £760m

Forth Ports has accepted a £760m bid from Arcus, the infrastructure investor, ending a year-long pursuit of Britain's last listed ports group.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee