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Analysis by Maurice Smith


At the height of the independence campaign, as Gordon Brown paced the stage during his carefully-choreographed interventions, my attention was drawn to the faces of the party loyalists who had been co-opted into the act.


They sat behind him, dutifully holding their “No Thanks” placards and seemingly engrossed while the Great Man burped and farted through a familiar litany of rhetorical threat and constitutional half-promise.


Each intervention was billed as a major one, of course. Here was the Saviour of the Union, called in at the 11th hour to seize Scotland back from the jaws of narrow nationalism.


A desperate Westminster establishment had projected the Bat-sign over Gotham,  and there was mighty Brownman ready to leap from his den in faraway Fife, where he took his rest from saving the world.

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By Phil Mac Giolla Bhain

Shareholder pressure has forced one of Scotland’s sporting institutions – Celtic Football Club – to back down partly in a two year battle over the “Living Wage”.

Club chairman Ian Bankier signalled a change of heart at the opening of its annual general meeting when he announced that 180 permanent staff currently on the minimum wage can expect their pay to improve to the “living wage” level of £7.85 an hour.

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  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Alistair Darling has announced he will step down as an MP at next year's UK general Election.

In an interview in the Financial Times, the Labour MP who represents Edinburgh South West, spoke of his "frustration" that the party had not used the recent referendum result as a springboard.

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By Roberto Maranzano

The Scottish Government has been accused of sponsoring a pro-Buddhism charitable organisation that works with former drug addicts.

Questions are being asked within the drug rehabilitation world as to why grant aid is paying for the promotion of the eastern religion, and particularly to vulnerable people.

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By a Newsnet reporter

Nicola Sturgeon today set out proposals aimed at preventing Britain from leaving the EU unless all four constituent parts of the UK vote to do so.

Setting out plans for a so-called 'quadruple lock' on EU membership, the First Minister in waiting called on pro-Union parties to back her plan.

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  By G.A.Ponsonby 
 
Concerns have been raised that scares similar to those which peppered the independence referendum campaign are being deployed against Devo Max.
 
Yesterday a new 'think tank' warned that extending devolution to give the Scottish parliament full fiscal autonomy (FFA) would leave a £5bn shortfall in the Scottish budget.

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By Gillian Martin

Eight of us Indy Quines went to the Women For Independent meeting in Perth on Saturday. We were eight amongst 1,000 women who had come from all over Scotland to discuss where we go next. Controversially (to some) our meeting was closed and no media were allowed in excepting one journalist from the Sunday Herald and a cameraman from Indyref TV who was there in the first five minutes only to take a couple of general views of the packed St Matthew's church.

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