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Scottish Labour’s Iain Gray, has sparked an international row after accusing the peaceful European nation of Montenegro of being involved in “war crimes and ethnic cleansing” on its road to independence.

According to the Scottish Daily Express, the London based Embassy of Montenegro has now written to the East Lothian MSP accusing him of making “incorrect” claims and demanding an explanation.

The lengths the former UK Labour government went to in order to hide Scotland's oil wealth from Scots voters in the 70's and 80's has been described as "deceit and desperation" by SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie who has repeated calls for a Scottish oil fund.

New archive material has revealed evidence from secret Cabinet papers of a Foreign Office-inspired plot to undermine SNP claims in the 1970s that “It's Scotland's Oil”.

by Lindsay A. McGee


Well, not Hogmanay, but New Year's Day, depending what time you get to bed or floor/hedge/cell. In any case, what better way to ease yourself into 2011 than with a few DVDs and accompanying dog hairs to take the edge off?

As you might expect, Newsnet Scotland’s look back at 2010 might be slightly different from the retrospective view offered up by Scotland’s ‘Mainstream Media’.  Kenneth Roy has of course already questioned the suitability of the term ‘Mainstream Media’ when describing the Scottish newspaper industry given that it seems intent on running lemming like straight over the circulation cliff.

So, as we near the end of 2010 let’s have a look at some of the events and issues that made the news in Scotland – and let’s also remind ourselves of those stories that for whatever reason didn’t quite make it onto the pages and airwaves.

With 2010 over and our retrospective look now gathering dust along with the rest of the Scottish news from last year, what can we expect as we enter 2011 and what might prove to be a seminal year in Scotland’s long and controversial political history?

Last year ended with support for the Union and calls for independence running neck and neck.  At 44 per cent and 40 per cent respectively, the 16 per cent who have yet to make up their minds will be the focus for those making the argument.

The Director of the CBI in Scotland, Iain McMillan (pictured), has challenged the legitimacy of the National Conversation arguing that it has no equivalence to the Calman Commission on which he sat and that it proceeded “in defiance of the will of the Scottish Parliament”.

Mr McMillan was responding to the scathing criticism of his ‘New Year Message’ in which the well known critic of the SNP once again attacked the party claiming that it had ‘too many policies’.

The First Minister, in his New Year Message, has said that Scotland must seize the chance to create its own opportunities and determine its own future in 2011.

In a message that highlighted SNP achievements and the potential of the renewable sector Mr Salmond said that Scots would face a stark choice in 2011, either remain under London control or embrace the opportunities offered by 'Economic Independence'.

The FM delivered the message from Edinburgh, where thousands of revellers will be taking part in the capital's world famous Hogmanay celebrations this evening.

by Alex Porter, Economy Editor

Seasonal messages are popular with public figures. The President of the USA has a Christmas message. In the UK the Queen and in Scotland the First Minister both have seasonal messages and so apparently does Iain McMillan of CBI Scotland.

In his New Year message the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Scotland director says SNP Ministers have implemented "too many policies that are likely to hinder business and the economy and for which the Scottish Government deserves to be sharply criticised".


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