Newsnet Scotland … A Continuing Story

  By Online Ed  I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It ...

Commentary | Monday, 29 September 2014 | Comments

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Cross-party ‘Vow’ has Promised Secure Autonomy and

By Mark McNaught The cross-party ‘vow’ made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ‘yes’ vote may ...

Commentary | Sunday, 28 September 2014 | Comments

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'Let's call it Devo Max'

  By G.A.Ponsonby  Those were the words of Jackie Bird on September 9th, a mere 9 days before the independence ...

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Newsnet Scotland … A Continuing Story

  By Online Ed  I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It was winter 2006 and I had been off work with a dreadful bout of flu. I had just discovered something called the internet existed and found myself on a forum which discussed Scottish politics.  The theme always seemed to be independence and ... Read More


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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

More than 100 Labour supporters sign open letter calling for a Yes vote to build a fairer Scotland

More than 100 Labour party members past and present have signed an open letter urging a Yes vote on Thursday ... Read More

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Efter a camstairie kippil o weiks in the warld news, the Arab rebelliouns an the threesum yirdquake, tsunami an nuclear mishanter at haes cowpit Japan, oncomes in anither kintra malafoustert bi a yirdquake ower a yeir syne haes bene owerleukit.  In Haiti thae war haudin the furst presidential elecciouns syne the yirdquake o 2010 at sene mair nor 300,000 fowk loss thair lyfes.  Voters wis speirt tae pick atwein Mirlande Manigat, umquhyle furst ladie an senatour, a lang-staunin estaiblishment feigur in Haitian poleitics, an Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly, a weill-kent musician at haesnae hauden onie public office afore.

by James Aitken

Or should that be two independent nations, a combined independent nation and two thirds of a  province, a principality and two ancient kingdoms!

So another 6 Nations has come and gone.  There are in fact three separate competitions.  One for our senior men’s teams, one for our under 20’s and one for senior women’s team.  

Let’s start with the main event.   England were the best team in the championship.   Most wins, most tries and best points difference all reflect that.   They are not the finished article but are improving and may be there or thereabouts come the World Cup.

by Ben Borland

IT IS the best excuse for a party Britain has had for years, with millions getting ready to celebrate the marriage of Prince WilliamSEnS and Kate Middleton.

But in Scotland, there are just 13 Royal Wedding street parties planned with less than six weeks to go.

Despite a national holiday on April 29, only eight applications have been received by the City of Edinburgh Council, with one each in Glasgow, Fife, Moray, East Lothian and South Lanarkshire.

by Paul Kavanagh

This is the first in an occasional series looking at other nations around Europe and elsewhere in the world which, like Scotland, are not independent.

Galicia nestles in the corner of Spain immediately north of Portugal.  The wild and beautiful landscape of Galicia has little in common with the parched Mediterranean coasts which provide most Scottish people with their image of Iberia.  Galicia is green and lush and closely resembles the extreme southwest of Ireland in climate.

What an interesting month it has been right here on Newsnet Scotland.  I don’t think there has ever been such polarisation of opinion from any preceding article or series of articles before Newsnet started publishing its Scots language pieces.  What a fascinating and revealing set of responses these diverse articles are generating.  The content of the articles is being pretty much ignored, it seems that the medium is in fact far more important than the message, at least when the message is being conveyed in the Scots language.

Myths:  5. Public signs in Gaelic or Scots are a waste of money

Read myth 1, 2, 3, 4

by Paul Kavanagh

There are two common objections to street signs and information signs in minority languages in public places.  In Scotland these objections generally only surface in relation to Gaelic because Scots currently has little of this kind of public presence, but the arguments apply to Scots as much as to Gaelic.

It's often said that it is a waste of public money to translate place name signs and other information into a language whose speakers already speak English.  This argument is also used against providing government forms, documents and publications in lesser used languages.  The argument is that since all Gaelic and Scots speakers speak and read English,  Gaelic or Scots versions of public information signs and official documents are not necessary to ensure that speakers have access to information or services they would otherwise be denied.

A Glesga grannie haes bene tellt bi Glesga Counsil at she maun lee hur hame o 34 yeir fur tae mak wey fur athletes dwallins fur the Commonwalth Gemmes.  Mrs Margaret Jaconelli o Dalmarnock in the Eist Enn o Glesga haes lost a lang legal fecht wi the Counsil tae stey in hur ain hous, a twa bedruim flat.  Aa the ither houses in the close an in the streit is nou staunin tuim an is buirdit up, but Mrs Jaconelli is an awner-occupier an wull no be decantit bi the Counsil onless thae pey fair upmak.

WEEKEND ESSAY: What does Norway get out of its Oil Fund, if not More Strategic Infrastructure Investment?

by Mike Hudson

For the past generation Norway has supplied Europe and other regions with oil, taking payment in euros or dollars. It then sends nearly all this foreign exchange abroad, sequestering its oil-export receipts – which are in foreign currency – in the Oil Fund, to invest mainly in European and U.S. stocks and bonds. The fund now exceeds $500+ billion, second in the world to that of Abu Dhabi.[1]

What do Norwegians get out of these financial savings, besides a modest interest and dividend yield? The export surplus is said to be too large to spend more than a small fraction (a Procrustean 4 percent) at home without causing inflation. As an excuse for placing its export savings merely in the way that a middle-class family would do – buying an assortment of foreign stocks and bonds – the Oil Fund’s managers conjure up images of squandering spending on projects such as Dubai’s trophy skyscrapers and luxury real estate sinkholes.

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