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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 ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 | Comments

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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 ...

Commentary | Monday, 29 September 2014 | Comments

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There's a host of post indyref questions needing answered

By Derek Bateman I’m a ferment of conflicting emotions…part of me wants to switch off altogether and stop thinking about the bloody mess that we could have left behind…I’m sick of the manipulation that the Unionist machine regards as politics as normal…I’m determined to be optimistic that from a triumphant democratic process we can rescue something viable and e... 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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By Ashley Husband Powton

We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place. If the complete abolition of private schools in Scotland appears unlikely at present, however, the removal of their charitable status is a moral necessity.

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
So was that it?  Was Ed Miliband’s stiff, arrogant and highly contentious appeal to Labour voters the ultimate weapon in Better Together’s armoury?  If so, it was a blunderbuss that backfired spectacularly.
 
Earlier this week, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson surprised viewers by suggesting that David Cameron might find re-election difficult -- a move clearly designed to persuade Scottish voters that Labour might still be in with a shout.

By Jeane Freeman

I GREW up supporting the Labour Party.  For a time, I was a Labour member and for four privileged years I worked for the party when it was in government at Holyrood.  What drew me to Labour politics were the values of social justice, fairness and equality.

And it is my continued belief in those values that leads me to support independence now, in 2014.

By Mark McNaught
 
After 2 years of largely ignoring or laughing off the referendum, the City of London is finally waking up to the fact that the Scots will vote for independence. After all, who wouldn’t choose economic freedom? As with all things financial, they have no misty-eyed illusions of Scottish or British nationalism. They are looking at a bottom line, and Westminster’s bottom has suffered self-inflicted sodomy.

By Alan Bissett

WE are going into the last ten days of the long campaign for Scottish independence and things are now very exciting indeed.

The latest poll, from the No- friendly YouGov, places Yes at 51 per cent and No at 49 per cent, a massive swing of 12 per cent in just one month, making victory for Yes very much possible.  Even Better Together cheerleaders the Daily Mail are describing the result of as being 'on a knife edge'.

By Peter Geoghegan

"We're looking for the cairn." The woman behind the counter in the Cadbury's outlet store in the Gretna Gateway shopping centre looks slightly bemused.  All around her, piled precariously high, are clear plastic bags filled to bursting with 'Roses' chocolates and mini-Wispas. "Any 2 for £6" declare signs in red dotted across the shop.

  By Alex Mooney
 
There is something deep in the human psyche that takes joy from mocking the little things in life.  City folk do it to town folk who do it to village folk.  Big football clubs' fans do it to smaller clubs' fans. 
 
The tall do it to the small.  Even big countries do it to tiny countries.  At its worst, it's cruel.  At its best, it's patronising.  But this superiority complex is always wrong.

By George Kerevan

WITH barely two weeks to go before the independence referendum, the Yes campaign has finally acquired momentum.
 
The latest string of polls suggest it will take only a modest three-point swing to put the two sides on even keel – no wonder David Cameron says he is nervous. The political mood feels very similar to the final weeks of the 2011 Holyrood election, when the optimism exuded by the SNP campaign caught the nation’s imagination.

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