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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 ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 22 October 2014 | Comments

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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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News - Scotland and International

Short-changing Scotland

News  analysis by Derek Bateman   Wasn’t it graphic proof of Britain’s Ruritanian political system that when an interlocutor was required to orchestrate inter-party talks on greater democracy, they chose an unelected Lord with a velvet robe edged with ermine – that is, the pelt of a dead stoat. Welcome to Britain…Robert Smith is one of those who clearly prostrates himself at... Read More

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Glasgow sets standard on climate change

By A Newsnet Reporter Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to promise to pull its i... Read More

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 George Kerevan
 
Since I was stood down by Channel 4 News to debate US economist Paul Krugman on Scottish independence and currency – with no explanation - I thought the readers of Newsnet Scotland might like to hear what I would have said.

  By Russell Bruce
 
On Sunday morning on the Andrew Marr show Chancellor George Osborne was pressed by Marr on currency arrangements in the event of a Yes vote.
 
Osborne was very, very clear: "Scotland would not be sharing the pound, as an independent country, with the rest of the United Kingdom."

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 Mark McNaught
 
When Newsnet Scotland availed me of the opportunity to write editorials two years ago, I was able to pursue an art form that I could only dream of living in the United States, especially in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

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.

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