Why Britain shares America's torture shame

Commentary by Derek Bateman If America’s torture regime was shameful, as even their allies claim, how much of that shame is ...

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A Big Boy Did It …

Commentary By GA Ponsonby The National is set for an indefinite print run.  The first daily newspaper to back ...

Commentary | Saturday, 29 November 2014 | Comments

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All hail the Stupid Party

By Derek Bateman The chorus of whines is alive in the shires of England, and in Scotland the sound of deflating ...

Commentary | Thursday, 27 November 2014 | Comments

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Row deepens over Treasury civil servants' indyref role

By Thomas Connolly The row over the highly-charged role of the Treasury's specially created referendum unit - first revealed by Newsnet Scotland - has deepened following the revelation that the chairman of a House of Commons Select Committee may probe comments attributed to a leading team member. Mario Pisani was quoted by the leading trade journal Civil Service World as welcoming his ... Read More

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Glasgow sets standard on climate change

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Scottish Greens welcome 3000 new members

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SNP membership surge means party could overtake UK Lib Dems

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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

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Darlings for Yes

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Commentary by Hugh Kerr

Jim Murphy launched his leadership campaign on Saturday morning in the somehow appropriately named King Khalid Building of the Surgeons' Hall, Edinburgh.

Older readers will remember King Khalid was the King of Saudi Arabia, responsible for the biggest-ever arms deal between the UK and any foreign government. It was a deal which British Aerospace gained by extensive bribery of Saudi officials.

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby

So, if Jim Murphy is the favourite to lead the Labour Party in Scotland.  He’s a shoe-in if the media is to be believed.

That may be so, but has Jim got what it takes to bring the warring factions together, or is his reputation as a big-hitter more a product of a fawning Scottish media taken in by the illusion it helped cultivate?

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 SNP leader was forthright in accepting the referendum result and pledging her commitment to working with everyone, Yes and No alike.

In the 100years since the First World War it appears the causes for which this tremendous loss of life - prejudice, ignorance and the need to be "right" and on the "right side" - are still alive and well to-day, believes Peter Thomson.

One example is the "White" poppy which people purchase to demonstrate how PC and anti-war they are, ignoring that emblem of British Imperialism which is the "Red" Poppy.

  Commentary by Hugh Kerr

There must have been some interesting discussion at the "gala" Labour dinner in Glasgow this week, and the placement of guests certainly must have been tricky!

Still, since all the seats are being paid for no doubt by wealthy business sponsors, maybe it won't be such a problem!


By Chris Cunningham

Housing is devolved isn’t it?  That’s clear then, the Smith Commission won’t have much impact on it?


The Scottish Parliament is currently responsible for about 40% of housing within Scotland.  Primarily this is around the regulation and supply of social housing, regulation (to the extent there is any) in the private rented sector and some aspects of encouraging owner occupation eg help for first time buyers.

By a Newsnet reporter

Nicola Sturgeon today set out proposals aimed at preventing Britain from leaving the EU unless all four constituent parts of the UK vote to do so.

Setting out plans for a so-called 'quadruple lock' on EU membership, the First Minister in waiting called on pro-Union parties to back her plan.

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 be.


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