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  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 G.A.Ponsonby

The BBC trades on its reputation like no other organisation.  It's this reputation for fairness and accuracy that ensures its news broadcasts carry weight, not just here in the UK, but internationally.

People trust the BBC like no other broadcast news outlet.  Indeed so deep runs that trust that in the UK the public allows itself to be coerced into funding the corporation through the TV licence, a tax costing each household £145.50 each year.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
"Independence will be good for Scotland, and it will be good for England," says an open letter penned by English Scots for Yes. The missive, launched at a low-key press conference at the CCA in Glasgow yesterday morning, went on to say that "yes voters in Scotland have no bitterness or resentment towards people in England."

Around 400,000 English-born people have come to live in Scotland since 1980s. In June, some of those founded English Scots for Yes to encourage their compatriots to vote for independence and to counter accusations that nationalists are inherently anti-English.

  By Professor Alex Kemp and Linda Stephen, University of Aberdeen
 
The current political debate has generated much heat surrounding the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.  This piece attempts to shed light on the subject. 
 
The long term future of the industry depends on a combination of (1) the volume of the ultimate resources, including future discoveries, (2) the costs of exploiting these resources, and (3) Government policies (which can incentivise or retard exploration and developments).  An understanding of all of these is necessary to come to informed judgements about the long term potential. 

  By G.A.Ponsonby

In March this year Newsnet Scotland published an article which challenged the widely held belief that the BBC's reporting of the independence referendum could be trusted to be fair and balanced.

The article contained six of the worst examples of BBC political reporting in relation to Scotland and indicated a political agenda was at work.  Now, five months after its publication and three weeks before the referendum, we publish the second installment.

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