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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Now comes the real test for Nicola Sturgeon and th

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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 be St Patrick’s Day. ‘Happy? Of course we’re happy. We lost our independence and our living standards are going backwards but isn’t the party grand?’ Makes you wonder just what we would be doing if we’d won the referendum… ‘Cabinet members ... 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

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.

Commentary by Hugh Kerr

Jim Murphy launched his leadership campaign on Saturday morning in the somehow appropriately named King Khalid Building of the Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh.

Older readers will remember King Khalid was the King of Saudi Arabia, responsible for the biggest-ever arms deal between the UK and any foreign government. It was a deal which British Aerospace gained by extensive bribery of Saudi officials.

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.

  Commentary by Hugh Kerr

There must have been some interesting discussion at the "gala" Labour dinner in Glasgow this week, and the placement of guests certainly must have been tricky!

Still, since all the seats are being paid for no doubt by wealthy business sponsors, maybe it won't be such a problem!



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