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  By Online Ed  I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It ...

Commentary | Monday, 29 September 2014 | Comments

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Cross-party ‘Vow’ has Promised Secure Autonomy and

By Mark McNaught The cross-party ‘vow’ made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ‘yes’ vote may ...

Commentary | Sunday, 28 September 2014 | Comments

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'Let's call it Devo Max'

  By G.A.Ponsonby  Those were the words of Jackie Bird on September 9th, a mere 9 days before the independence ...

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Newsnet Scotland … A Continuing Story

  By Online Ed  I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It was winter 2006 and I had been off work with a dreadful bout of flu. I had just discovered something called the internet existed and found myself on a forum which discussed Scottish politics.  The theme always seemed to be independence and ... Read More

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Scottish Greens welcome 3000 new members

The Scottish Greens are thanking over 3,000 new members who have joined the party since the close of polls on ... Read More

SNP membership surge means party could overtake UK Lib Dems

The wave of democratic engagement resulting from the referendum is continuing, the SNP has said today, as 16,694 new members ... Read More

SSP referendum meeting halted after pro-Union protestors berate locals

  By a Newsnet reporter  A public event to discuss the referendum, arranged by the Scottish Socialist Party, has had to ... Read More

Greens across Europe show support for Yes vote

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum, will today (16 Sep) show the ... Read More

Darlings for Yes

Alistair Darling's plea to Scots to vote No has been given a giant thumbs down - by his own namesakes.  Another ... Read More

More than 100 Labour supporters sign open letter calling for a Yes vote to build a fairer Scotland

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By Mark McNaught

The cross-party ‘vow’ made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ‘yes’ vote may have been effective in securing a ‘no’ in the referendum.  However, it could conceivably go down in history in securing de-facto independence for Scotland, if Scots hold Westminster’s and Holyrood’s feet to the fire.

It is important to focus on the specific promise to make the Scottish parliament ‘permanent’, and what that means constitutionally.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Those were the words of Jackie Bird on September 9th, a mere 9 days before the independence referendum.
 
One day earlier Gordon Brown had surprised everyone by promising even more powers than was previously on offer should Scots vote No.  The former Labour leader described the prize as 'Home Rule' and announced a timetable within which legislation would be drawn up.

  By George Kerevan
 
REGARDLESS of how you voted, we can all agree on one thing: Britain had a near death experience last Thursday. The fascinating question is why the world’s financial markets felt so threatened by the prospect of Scottish independence. The peaceful secession of a mere 8 per cent of Britain’s citizens is hardly the stuff to trigger a run on sterling or a collapse in inward investment to the entire UK – predictions made during the referendum campaign.

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
It’s understandable Yes campaigners feel gutted, stunned and angry after the events of the last 48 hours.  55% of Scots voted No – and were immediately rewarded for their loyalty by being put to the back of the constitutional queue so Ed Miliband and David Cameron could play political games in the Commons.

  The Drum's Angela Haggerty took a look at Scotland's alternative media days before the independence referendum.
 
Amongst those who took part was Newsnet Scotland's editor Lynda Williamson.

By Alex Mooney
 
After the initial shock and desolation over Scotland refusing its independence, many on the Yes side roused to anger and lashed out over the weekend.
 
Social media exploded with a flurry of vengeful blogs and some ranted on Twitter as the blame game began.  Fingers were pointed at the No voters who 'betrayed their country'.  As a psychological release it might have been therapeutic but as a tactic it was senseless.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So Gordon has done it again.  The man who saved the world after the banking crisis has now donned his cape in order to save the Union.
 
Well, that’s the narrative the media and Labour would have us believe.

  By Mark McNaught
 
However catastrophic and heart-wrenching the ‘no’ decision was, even some in the Unionist parties have said that this should begin the path to a more federal UK.  ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, Scots overwhelmingly want more powers to govern themselves.  Remember ‘More Powers Guaranteed’?
 
The United Kingdom prides itself on its unwritten constitution being adaptable.  Surely it can adapt to Scotland having its own written constitution within the UK drafted and enacted by Scotland.

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