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Viewpoint: Red and White Poppery

In the 100years since the First World War it appears the causes for which this tremendous loss of life - ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 28 October 2014 | Comments

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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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News - Scotland and International

Referendum changed Scotland forever - Sturgeon

First Minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon MSP has started to set out her vision of a future Scotland and the task she faces when she takes over from Alex Salmond next month. Sturgeon made the first of six planned keynote speeches at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange tonight. Newsnet Scotland is reproducing key extracts to accompany our earlier report of her EU referendum initiative. The new ... 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 Peter Geoghegan
 
On Saturday, I took the 10am train from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh.  Almost as soon as we pulled out of the station the tinny sound of flute band music on mobile phones began.  A woman near the end of the corridor had a Union flag on her lap.
 
Across the aisle from me sat four burly men.  They were all drinking cans of Stella.  The youngest had a soft, babyish face and wore an Orange t-shirt with a Rangers crest framed by the motto "we are the people" in ornate font.

By Jean Urquhart MSP and John Finnie MSP

The referendum has seen the greatest explosion of political engagement in our lifetimes.  People in Britain are generally told that it’s best if we let our betters make the decisions for us, but now Scots have our own future in our own hands, and we are proving more than up to the task.

This needn’t be a flash in the pan. If we vote Yes, real democracy, driven by ordinary people, could be the norm.

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
Can Gordon Brown's new timetable for more devolution coax wavering voters back to the No camp before next Thursday?
 
It's certainly true that Devo Max would have won the referendum hands down two years ago.  But Devo Max isn't what Gordon Brown is offering now and two years has proved to be a small eternity in Scottish politics.

  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 an Usdaw member, reporting from her union branch debate

Exactly a week before the Referendum, I attended what I think is the only branch of Usdaw in the whole of Scotland to have a well advertised, democratic debate of union members between Yes and No, with speakers for each side, and a full, fair debate where members' questions and concerns were answered.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
The referendum has divided Scotland.  It has been bitter and nasty.  Turned friends into enemies, lovers into fighters.
 
Whatever happens next week Scotland will be a more fractured place for all this unnecessary talk about frivolous things such as politics, and economics, and the future.

  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."

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