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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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Labour imposed 'Bedroom Tax Gagging Order' in Scotland

By Martin Kelly Pressure has increased on the Labour Party after a national newspaper revealed that its UK leadership actively prevented the Scottish party from criticising the Bedroom Tax for a full year.According to the Guardian newspaper, Ed Miliband barred Johann Lamont from speaking out against the Bedroom Tax while he pondered what Labour's policy on it should b... 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 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 Alex Mooney
 
There is something deep in the human psyche that takes joy from mocking the little things in life.  City folk do it to town folk who do it to village folk.  Big football clubs' fans do it to smaller clubs' fans. 
 
The tall do it to the small.  Even big countries do it to tiny countries.  At its worst, it's cruel.  At its best, it's patronising.  But this superiority complex is always wrong.

By George Kerevan

WITH barely two weeks to go before the independence referendum, the Yes campaign has finally acquired momentum.
 
The latest string of polls suggest it will take only a modest three-point swing to put the two sides on even keel – no wonder David Cameron says he is nervous. The political mood feels very similar to the final weeks of the 2011 Holyrood election, when the optimism exuded by the SNP campaign caught the nation’s imagination.

  By Professor Alex Kemp and Linda Stephen, University of Aberdeen
 
The current political debate has generated much heat surrounding the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.  This piece attempts to shed light on the subject. 
 
The long term future of the industry depends on a combination of (1) the volume of the ultimate resources, including future discoveries, (2) the costs of exploiting these resources, and (3) Government policies (which can incentivise or retard exploration and developments).  An understanding of all of these is necessary to come to informed judgements about the long term potential. 

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.

By Mark McNaught
 
After 2 years of largely ignoring or laughing off the referendum, the City of London is finally waking up to the fact that the Scots will vote for independence. After all, who wouldn’t choose economic freedom? As with all things financial, they have no misty-eyed illusions of Scottish or British nationalism. They are looking at a bottom line, and Westminster’s bottom has suffered self-inflicted sodomy.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
"Independence will be good for Scotland, and it will be good for England," says an open letter penned by English Scots for Yes. The missive, launched at a low-key press conference at the CCA in Glasgow yesterday morning, went on to say that "yes voters in Scotland have no bitterness or resentment towards people in England."

Around 400,000 English-born people have come to live in Scotland since 1980s. In June, some of those founded English Scots for Yes to encourage their compatriots to vote for independence and to counter accusations that nationalists are inherently anti-English.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out in support of Yes.  Recent figures show that alone amongst a sea of pro-Union slippage, its sales have increased.
 
However that short excursion into the newsagents stopped abruptly today when I read the headline of a newspaper I purchased religiously every day for years.

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