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Why did nobody question Brown when he made his wor

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby Who would have thought it eh?  The promises made by Gordon Brown in the final days o...

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There's a host of post indyref questions needing a

By Derek Bateman I’m a ferment of conflicting emotions…part of me wants to switch off altogether and stop t...

Commentary | Wednesday, 1 October 2014 | Comments

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Let's turn Brown's petition back on him

  By G.A.Ponsonby  So the cat is out of the bag.  The 'Clunking Fist' had no authority to make any ...

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No parties on the brink of failure

By Newsnet Scotland reporter The credibility of the Better Together parties on Scottish constitutional change faces severe questioning, as the deadline for change draws ever-closer. After a week of let-downs in Westminster, including calls for the work of the Smith Commission to be kicked into touch until after the UK general election, there are signs of a deeming divide between ... Read More

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Glasgow sets standard on climate change

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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

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Glasgow University has had to perform a U-turn after a dispute with the Scottish PR industry over the conditions it placed on the tendering process for a contract to manage an international fundraising campaign. The conditions stipulated that the firms competing for the contract should have a turnover of more than £10 million. As no Scottish PR firms fall within this category the tendering process effectively discriminated against firms headquartered in Scotland.

In a kintra sae rich in watter as Scotland, we kin tak whit we hae fur grantit.  But athort the warld, hit is estimatit at mair nor 1.1 bullion fowk is in want o access ti clein drinkin watter.  

San Antonio Ojital is a native fermtoun in the toun o Papantla in the Mexican state o Veracruz.  Hit hauds aroun 350 indwallers in 54 faimlies. The fermtoun haes been out o contack wi the warld syne the ainerlie road at jynes hit ti the rest o the province wis cut aff bi an archaeological pairk.  Rin bi the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) the Ciudad del Trueno,'ceitie o thunner', pairk lerns veisitors about the acheivements o the Papayuco Totonac fowk, the auncestors o the modren fowk o San Antonio Ojital.

by Mark Irvine

As regular readers know - COSLA is a members' club for Scotland's 32 local councils - see post dated 18 March 2011.

Yet COSLA is not covered by the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - despite being funded almost completely by public money raised via its member councils.

The work of COSLA is overseen by a team of 'senior' councillors - a President and four Vice-Presidents who are also councillors in their own local council areas.


by Paul Kavanagh

Dear Westminster,

There was a time when you wooed me.  Once you promised me the delights of India and the magic of Hong Kong, but these days all you do is sit on the sofa with your American pal playing war games.  You've squandered all our money on expensive toys and presents for your mates in the City.  Now you tell me you're cutting the housekeeping money but you're still buying two aircraft carriers, only there are no planes to put on them.  You even had the cheek to tell me you were doing me a favour by letting me assemble the airfix kits.  And don't start me on those bloody submarines.

by Kenneth Roy

It was as long ago as February last year when the Scottish Review first set alarm bells ringing about the financial condition of one of the main partners in the Blawarthill development.  We produced hard, specific evidence about the underlying problems of Southern Cross Healthcare, and revealed that the company was seeking the help of a crisis management consultancy.  It should have been enough to make NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde pause and reflect before plunging headlong into a project whose chances of coming to fruition were diminishing as sharply as Southern Cross's share price.  It should have been enough.  But it wasn't.  We put all the information we had gathered in the hands of the then head of the NHS in Scotland in the hope that, even at such an advanced stage, with the missives for the land transaction about to be signed, the deal would be postponed pending a full review of its viability.

In advance of today's UK budget announcement prominent SNP politician Kenny MacAskill will issue a last minute appeal to the Chancellor to deliver a fair fuel package.

by Rona Mackay

The plight of thousands of children across Scotland currently trapped in temporary accommodation is the focus of a new fundraising campaign launched today by Shelter and Shelter Scotland which aims to raise £135,000.

‘Sheltering Hands’ tells the stories of families who have lost their homes and the devastating impact it’s had on their children’s lives.  Funds raised will support the housing and homelessness charity’s vital advice and support work.

by Kenneth Roy

In the closing weeks of 2009, I was asked if SR would become involved in the campaign to save St Margaret of Scotland Hospice. Of the campaign I knew nothing; of the hospice itself, the barest fragment of an anecdote. I was about to learn a great deal more.

All I had ever heard of St Margaret's was a sad, amusing little story told by Murray Ritchie. A former colleague spent his last weeks in the hospice. Early one afternoon, a nurse came to his bed and asked if there was anything he would like. 'Yes,' Bob replied, 'I would like a glass of dry white wine'. Murray spoke well of the care our dying friend received there. He was not alone. The Care Commission has consistently rated St Margaret's 'excellent' in every department.

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