By Mark McNaught
 
The resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, could very well bring a UKIP MP to Westminster. Others could follow before the 2015 UK elections.
 
This move has disastrous implications for David Cameron and his plans to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the European Union.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.  Barely a week ago we were being told that the second TV debate was Alex Salmond's last chance to save Yes.
 
The First Minister had put in a below par performance in the previous TV debate on STV and pundits were queuing up to tell anyone who would listen that Yes needed a game changer.  No were hammering away on the currency and demanding a Plan B.

By Derek Bateman
 
Can I drag you away from the sight of Gordon and Alistair acting like old mates to point you in the direction of the latest dire warnings of our imminent national demise should we join the world community as a sovereign state? (Doesn’t seeing the old comrades arm in arm bring back memories of the time they were in power together building up the British economy and securing prosperity for working class people…how did that all end?)

By George Kerevan
 
ALEX Salmond returned to ebullient form on Monday night, “winning” the second televised debate with Alistair Darling hands down. That would not be news had the First Minister performed better during the earlier round, when Darling’s steady (if monotonously repetitious) fire seemed to non-plus the First Minister. It was like the captain of a great battleship being perplexed by the return fire from some pesky enemy frigate.

By Derek Bateman
 
For 45 years I have been a 'Member of Her Majesty's Press' and have now become a lifetime member of the National Union of Journalists.  I was never one of the top gun star performers in any of the places I worked but I was steady and occasionally inspired.

I didn't ever cut it as a news reporter because it requires an unflinching doggedness for i/brformation that I lacked.  I just didn't care enough about what passed for news most of the time because it was the 'here today, gone tomorrow' sludge that you still read in the papers today.

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