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  Commentary by Derek Bateman Ruth Davidson will be deputy first minister alongside Nicola Sturgeon in less than two year’s time. ...

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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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by Alex Porter, Economy Editor


So the latest measure to save the UK economy from collapse has been rolled out by the ConDem coalition government in London. Everything consumers buy - except most food products, prescription drugs, baby's clothing, passenger transport and books - will now be taxed by the UK treasury at 20 percent - a rise of 2.5 percent from 17.5 percent.

 

Labour’s leader in the Scottish parliament Iain Gray has come under increasing pressure to apologise for the “ethnic cleansing” remark he made that has caused a diplomatic row with Montenegro.

The SNP’s Angus Robertson has called on the Labour leader to apologise to the peoples of Montenegro and Scotland for what he claimed was an example of Mr Gray’s “international ignorance”.  Labour's East Lothian MSP linked the gaining of independence for Montenegro with ethnic cleansing, war crimes and world wars.


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’.

by Stephen Maxwell

The coalition Government's proposed Scotland Bill stands out for its sheer perversity. The Government's case for the Bill is that it will increase the accountability of the Scottish Parliament to the Scottish people. But its main component – giving the Scottish Parliament the power to set its own income tax rate balanced by a cut in the Treasury's annual block grant equivalent to 50% of the yield in Scotland from the going rate of UK income tax – will by itself neither increase nor decrease the level of the Parliament's accountability to its public.

 

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?

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