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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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Labour has to get behind home rule

  By George Kerevan  On Monday night I attended my first SNP branch meeting since the referendum. It was held ...

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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...

Commentary | Wednesday, 15 October 2014 | Comments

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Lamont quits, let us bid farewell

  Johann Lamont is to stand down as leader of the Labour Party in Scotland after a lacklustre referendum campaign and amid claims of London interference". Derek Bateman reflects on the crisis facing Labour and argues that Lamont's biggest mistake was taking on the leadership job in the first ... 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

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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Newsnet Scotland has some more good news for our readers. This week we launch our new Blog section. Every day we will choose an entry from a list of contributors and post it to our new Blog section.

Today we kick off with a special for our readers: A blogger's response to the budget. Budget Blogs includes budget reviews by Kate Higgins, Mark Irvine, Pate Kane, Stephen Noon and Ian Fraser.

We hope you enjoy the new section and we would appreciate your thoughts and ideas on how we could develop it.

Stuart Cameron of Borders Rugby TV looks at the state of the current rugby season and offers up a possible solution.

by Stuart Cameron

When the season started in Mid August things ran like clockwork.  We had 11 weeks of unbroken rugby and not a drop of rain.  Spectators and players were enjoying rugby played in wonderful conditions.  It couldn’t possibly last, and it didn’t!  Winter came early and scuppered everything.  There was doom and gloom as matches were postponed and by early January there was a huge backlog.  The Border League fixtures were ripped up and there were serious concerns that the league wouldn’t be completed, particularly as winter had only just begun!  In the end a catastrophe was avoided as the four or five weeks of snow stopped and never re-appeared.  Luckily standby dates were available and the season was able to be completed.  Phew!  It was a close call but we just about got there.

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.


The news wis announced yestreen o the sad daith o screen starn Elizabeth Taylor.  The actress losst hur lang fecht agin multiple halth problems and deed o congestive hert failure in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Bi the wey o hur publicist Sally Morrison, Miss Taylor haed hur fower bairns bi hur side whan she deed.


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.

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