The challenges facing Scottish housing

By Chris Cunningham Housing is devolved isn’t it?  That’s clear then, the Smith Commission won’t have much impact on it? Wrong! The Scottish ...

Commentary | Thursday, 30 October 2014 | Comments

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Viewpoint: Red and White Poppery

In the 100years since the First World War it appears the causes for which this tremendous loss of life - ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 28 October 2014 | Comments

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Of hare brained schemes and the SmithComm

  Commentary by Derek Bateman Ruth Davidson will be deputy first minister alongside Nicola Sturgeon in less than two year’s time. ...

Commentary | Thursday, 23 October 2014 | Comments

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Yes supporters should welcome a Murphy leadership

  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 ... 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 Paul Kavanagh

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, slightly smaller than Sicily.  It sits amongst a network of sealanes which have for thousands of years been amongst the busiest in the world.  Despite this, Sardinia owes its unique character to long isolation from the lands which border the Western Mediterranean.  For many hundreds of years, Sardinia was considered a wild world apart from civilised Europe or North Africa.

by Bob Cassells

I watched the entire Tottenham v. Milan game the other week: that’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back again.  Twenty two international and world class players playing the game with levels of skill light-years beyond the SPL ,and some way still farther off from the Scottish First Division, and yet I was left profoundly frustrated and bored witless.

by G.A.Ponsonby 

The UK coalition budget contained a secret subsidy for the nuclear industry, SNP MP Mike Weir has claimed.

Speaking after Wednesday’s Budget the SNP Energy Spokesman revealed that UK chancellor George Osborne’s plans contained an ‘underhand subsidy’ of £1.33 billion for the controversial industry as a result of the 'Carbon Floor Price' (CFP) which is a tax levied on industries who pollute.

Mr Osborne plans to introduce the CFP of £16 per tonne from 2013, rising to £30 a tonne by 2020.

by G.A.Ponsonby

As Labour lurch from U turn to U turn, leaderless (unless you count Ed Miliband) and with a manifesto in meltdown, the party in Scotland looks down and out.

The recent party conference in Glasgow was all but ignored by the Scottish media in a move that demonstrates that things are not right inside Scottish Labour HQ.  When the loyal supporters fail to cheer then there is something seriously wrong with the team.

The lack of coverage of Iain Gray’s showcase is further proof, if it were needed, that the leader of the Holyrood Labour group is now considered a liability – no publicity deemed preferable to over exposure.

The electric caur huz came a lang wey since ra days ae Sir Clive Sinclair an ra wee Sinclair C5.  Toutit at ra time as ra future in motorin, hit died a death.  But technology disnae stey stull, an times chynges.  Noo a new electric caur huz jist been pit oot oantae ra mercat.  Unlike ra auld Sinclair C5, at tae monie fowk wisnae nuhin mair 'an a glorified weans bogie, these yins is proper motors.

by Jolene Cargill

A growing number of parents in Scotland fear their children are becoming more violent as a result of gang culture, according to new research from a leading children’s charity.

Children 1st revealed that parents made three hundred and fifty calls to ask for help because they are scared of their children’s aggressive behaviour and the impact of violence in their communities.

A quarter of parents who called Parentline Scotland between June 2010 and March 2011 about violence were worried about local gangs.  The findings also revealed some parents had been physically assaulted by their children and suggested young people are behaving aggressively because they fear becoming a victim of crime.

The election of a new Scottish Government will take place in May.  A number of individuals and organisations have been meeting to promote the case for independence over the last few months.

These include the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the John Maclean Society and members of the 1820 Society, in conjunction with the Communist Party of Scotland.

The case for independence is a critical aspect of the coming election and the opportunity may not arise again in the immediate future.  All interested organisations and individuals are invited to hear the background of the setting up of the Union and the case for independence.

Professor Stephen Salter MBE, who in the 1970s designed and developed Salter's Duck, has won the inaugural Scottish Saltire Prize Medal for his role in the development of wave power.

Salter headed up the University of Edinburgh team that designed and developed Salter’s Duck wave energy converter in the 1970s. Now Professor Salter is an advisor to Aquamarine Power.


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