Open letter to thon quine in Lundun

Commentary: Blogger Russell Bruce responds to Her Majesty's Christmas broadcast...     Dear Quine,   Speeches are funny things and it is easy to get ...

Commentary | Sunday, 28 December 2014 | Comments

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How The BBC Stole The Referendum - Chapter 2

How The BBC Stole The Referendum is a book currently being written by GA Ponsonby, founder of Newsnet Scotland. Ponsonby, a fi...

Commentary | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 | Comments

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The gleeful messengers of Scottish oil doom

Analysis by Mike Danson Oil is important to the global, UK and Scottish economies, driving the system, traded across the world ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 | Comments

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By the Editors Newsnet Scotland is to be re-launched on a new web platform within the next 24 hours. One of Scotland's foremost alternative news sites, Newsnet Scotland repeatedly broke new and vital stories during the independence referendum campaign. Now the site is merging with the current affairs' podcast site Batemanbroadcasting.com to create a new home for new journalism in Scotland. We intend to ... Read More

News in Brief

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 a Newsnet Reporter

Journalists at BBC Scotland were hampered in their coverage of the independence referendum by poor management, budget cuts and London indifference, according to their union leader in Scotland.

In a devastating critique of what was going on within BBC Scotland headquarters at Pacific Quay, National Union of Journalists’ Scottish organiser Paul Holleran described how a series of decisions were taken with little or no consultation.

On the day of Alex Salmond's final First Minister's Questions at Holyrood, Derek Bateman considers his legacy.

What was the pinnacle? After 20 years in leadership and seven as First Minister, Alex Salmond would be entitled to reply that longevity was his ultimate achievement.

More correctly, he could point to consistency, the true hallmark of success and one that contrasts sharply with the ebb and flow of personalities among his many opponents.

By Xavier Solano

Catalans have voted, and have done so in defiance of the Spanish Government and the Constitutional Court that declared this consultation illegal. It is remarkable that 40,000 volunteers and over 2.3 million people defied the Court’s suspension, especially taking into account that it was known that Spain’s public prosecutor would investigate whether anyone breached the suspension.

By a Newsnet Reporter

The row over Scottish representation at European Union fisheries talks intensified tonight as First Minister Alex Salmond continued to press the UK Government for an explanation of the decision to draft in a Tory peer to lead its delegation in Brussels.

The Scottish government was incensed when it chose the inexperienced Lord de Mauley to stand in for UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss, who cannot attend the talks.

By a Newsnet reporter

Nicola Sturgeon MSP took on the Scottish National Party leadership today, alongside her newly-elected deputy Stewart Hosie MP, on the platform at the annual conference in Perth.

Mr Hosie's election surprised some, given that popular MSP Keith Brown had been tipped as the deputy leadership favourite in a three-way contest that included Angela Constance MSP.

By Hugh Kerr

Creative Scotland the troubled body responsible for distributing around £100 million of our money to fund the arts has managed to create a stushie over its first funding budget since it was relaunched.

In particular it has caused major comment by cutting the budget entirely of Scottish Youth Theatre, which was responsible for the beginnings of many great theatrical careers in Scotland.

  Special report from Peter Geoghegan, Barcelona
At midnight on Saturday, a huge digital clock on the wall of an apartment block in Plaça Sant Jaume square, in Barcelona, flipped to 00:00:00.
"Fem un pais nou" ("Make a New Country") said a sign next to the timer.  Red and yellow Catalan flags were draped across the adjacent balconies.  The day of Catalonia's poll on independence had arrived.

  Analysis  By G.A.Ponsonby

Jim Murphy says he will repeal the anti-sectarianism legislation if he becomes First Minister.  Scottish Labour's saviour in waiting has vowed to "scrap the Football Act right away." if Labour wins the 2016 Scottish election.

Murphy's announcement was reported in a manner that suggested it was a novel policy statement from the Labour MP.  It was splashed on the front pages of both The Herald and Scotsman.


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