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BBC Scotland holds its breath on Holyrood accounta

PQ Insider considers what the Smith Commission might say about Scottish broadcasting Here in BBC Scotland very close attention will be ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 26 November 2014 | Comments

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Surreal Scotland

By Derek Bateman Have we become Irish? I ask because there is such a hilariously contradictory mood around that it could ...

Commentary | Monday, 24 November 2014 | Comments

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Review: Sturgeon plays to a packed house at the Hy

By Robert Given I joined the SNP 24 years ago. I have carried the card ever since. I liked them when ...

Commentary | Sunday, 23 November 2014 | Comments

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Land reform finally tops the Holyrood agenda

By Andy Wightman   Nicola Sturgeon today announced the Scottish Government’s legislative programme for the remainder of this Parliament. It contains a proposal for a new Land Reform Bill as well as a Succession Bill and a review of the Council Tax. Announcements of further proposals are expected in the consultation paper to be published next week. After a decade of absence, it’s ... Read More

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Glasgow sets standard on climate change

By A Newsnet Reporter Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to promise to pull its i... Read More

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

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By a Newsnet Reporter


The row over Scottish representation at European Union fisheries talks intensified tonight as First Minister Alex Salmond continued to press the UK Government for an explanation of the decision to draft in a Tory peer to lead its delegation in Brussels.


The Scottish government was incensed when it chose the inexperienced Lord de Mauley to stand in for UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss, who cannot attend the talks.

  By A  Newsnet Reporter

Latest polling suggests that the SNP’s grip on Scottish politics has continued to tighten since the independence referendum.

The poll, conducted for STV by Ipsos MORI, shows that SNP support in the constituency vote in the Scottish elections stands at a record-setting 57 per cent – 34 points ahead of Labour.

Reform Scotland, a loose cross-party think tank which has long pushed for Devo Max, launched its latest proposals at Our Dynamic Earth on Monday.


Hugh Kerr was there to find out more...

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.

  Analysis  By G.A.Ponsonby

Jim Murphy says he will repeal the anti-sectarianism legislation if he becomes First Minister.  Scottish Labour's saviour in waiting has vowed to "scrap the Football Act right away." if Labour wins the 2016 Scottish election.

Murphy's announcement was reported in a manner that suggested it was a novel policy statement from the Labour MP.  It was splashed on the front pages of both The Herald and Scotsman.

Comment by Iain Robertson

There should be a red, white and blue Cerberus statue outside the parliament buildings in London, with three laughing heads depicting the band of merry millionaires running the UK’s establishment democracy.

By a Newsnet Reporter

 

Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond said today that Scottish Labour would continue to pay the price for working within the Better Together campaign, after significant opinion polls indicated the SNP in a significant lead for Scottish seats in the UK General Election.

 

Over many years, received wisdom has been that Scots tend to vote for UK parties at Westminster. But two polls show the SNP in big leads over Labour, as the latter grapples with the task of electing a new leader in Scotland.

By Derek Bateman

If there was one aspect of the referendum that turned off Labour people it was Better Together.

From the first grudging acceptance of Darling as chairman – a cold, middle class Edinburgh lawyer – to the backslapping and hugging with victorious Tories, the Union campaign set voters’ teeth on edge.

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