Now comes the real test for Nicola Sturgeon and th

Commentary by Thomas Connolly Welcome to the start of the SNP’s UK general election campaign. With a new leader in ...

Commentary | Sunday, 16 November 2014 | Comments

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Creative Scotland still facing arts funding decisi

By Hugh Kerr Creative Scotland the troubled body responsible for distributing around £100 million of our money to fund the arts ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 12 November 2014 | Comments

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A Catalan view of that 'illegal' referendum

By Xavier Solano Catalans have voted, and have done so in defiance of the Spanish Government and the Constitutional Court that ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 11 November 2014 | Comments

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Celtic partly concede to pressure to pay the "Living Wage"

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 ... 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 David Malone

Are we all in this together?  Well only in the sense that in a drive-by shooting the killer, victim and gun are all in it together - just on different ends of it.  Same with our recovery.  We're all in it, but one man's efficiency saving, is another's unemployment.

Eurostat, the European agency which gathers and monitors economic data across the EU has just released a study on what it calls 'International Sourcing'.

by G.A.Ponsonby

Labour officials at Glasgow Council have come under fire after breaking the law by using a magazine funded by council taxpayers in order to mount a political attack on the Scottish government.

Council officials were forced to withdraw thousands of copies of the Glasgow Magazine after an article written by the chief of the ruling Labour group, Gordon Matheson, attacked the SNP.

The UK Fremmit Office haes gied out wyce tellin Breitish ceitizens bydin in or veisitin the Yemen tae lee belyve whan ther stull commercial flichts out o the kintra.  The FO haes statit hit haes gied the wyce "in light of the rapid deterioration in the security situation".  The sou Arabian state, the puirest kintra in the Arab warld, haes seen stramash an violence brek out efter protests agin the 32 yeir rule o President Ali Abdullah Saleh.  Feirs rins hie at protests efter services at the mosques the day, the Islamic hailie day, wull gar the unchancie seitiacion tae turn een waur.

by Paul Kavanagh

Scientists have warned of an outbreak of the potentially devastating profollia bacteria at John Smith House, Labour's Scottish headquarters in Glasgow.  According to researchers from the Edinburgh Epidemiological Joint Institute of Technology and Science, the bacterium has been incubating in storage cupboards in the building amongst abandoned piles of electoral materials rendered useless after fresh instructions were received from Labour HQ in London.  A chemical reaction between the ink in the glossy leaflets and years of tobacco smoke mixed with human sweat and fat from takeaway food creates the perfect breeding ground for the bug.

by Peter Thomson

And they are off! Is it just me or does it appear the Unionist parties are in increasing disarray with the Holyrood elections just around the corner?

The other weekend we had a round of spring party meetings (and whatever) and yet the real story appears to be an increasing divergence of opinion over Calman Minus within and amongst the Unionist parties themselves.

The Scottish Tories have laid down a challenge to Cameron.  The Torygraph sponsored meeting on Calman turned into a rout of the proposed Amendment Bill, lead by the ultra Thatcherite Lord Forsyth.  He described the bill as a “perfect storm of ill considered taxation, lending powers and business opportunities” and “the midwife of [Scottish] independence”.

by James Aitken, Law and Legal Affairs Editor

It has until recently been taken as read that there are three legal jurisdictions in the UK.  Scotland, which has a number of laws quite distinct from the other two, Northern Ireland which for the most part is similar to that of England and Wales, and England and Wales.  The law of England and Wales for the most part also applies to UK wide matters such as company and tax law.

Exclusive by Jolene Cargill

A letter sent to the heads of planning across Scotland urging them to be realistic about the level of affordable housing in new developments ignores the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, according to housing leaders in Scotland.

Chief Planning Officer James McKinnon wrote to the heads of all planning authorities on the 15 March asking them to be ‘realistic’ about the percentage of affordable housing agreed in new developments.

by G.A.Ponsonby

Perhaps the most pertinent comment from the first Leaders’ Debate was on Twitter.

“Bit of advice for Iain Gray: Don't click your name in the Trending Topics column. You won't like it one bit”.

The use of Twitter and other social media showing live comments during the debate provides the opportunity to react immediately to what has been said, not only to the official party commentators but also to members of the public.


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