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Surreal Scotland

By Derek Bateman Have we become Irish? I ask because there is such a hilariously contradictory mood around that it could ...

Commentary | Monday, 24 November 2014 | Comments

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Review: Sturgeon plays to a packed house at the Hy

By Robert Given I joined the SNP 24 years ago. I have carried the card ever since. I liked them when ...

Commentary | Sunday, 23 November 2014 | Comments

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Now comes the real test for Nicola Sturgeon and th

Commentary by Thomas Connolly Welcome to the start of the SNP’s UK general election campaign. With a new leader in ...

Commentary | Sunday, 16 November 2014 | Comments

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Surreal Scotland

By Derek Bateman Have we become Irish? I ask because there is such a hilariously contradictory mood around that it could be St Patrick’s Day. ‘Happy? Of course we’re happy. We lost our independence and our living standards are going backwards but isn’t the party grand?’ Makes you wonder just what we would be doing if we’d won the referendum… ‘Cabinet members ... 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 G.A.Ponsonby
 
So Gordon has done it again.  The man who saved the world after the banking crisis has now donned his cape in order to save the Union.
 
Well, that’s the narrative the media and Labour would have us believe.

  By Mark McNaught
 
However catastrophic and heart-wrenching the ‘no’ decision was, even some in the Unionist parties have said that this should begin the path to a more federal UK.  ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, Scots overwhelmingly want more powers to govern themselves.  Remember ‘More Powers Guaranteed’?
 
The United Kingdom prides itself on its unwritten constitution being adaptable.  Surely it can adapt to Scotland having its own written constitution within the UK drafted and enacted by Scotland.

By G.A.Ponsonby

In the lead up to the independence referendum, a national newspaper gave its front page over to claims from the Better Together campaign that there could be ‘carnage’ at polling stations.

The claim followed a significant closing of the gap as No saw its twenty or so point lead over Yes evaporate.

By Sinclair Macleod
 
This is an unashamedly emotional post. On Tuesday 9th October 2007 our son, Calum, went to bed, tired but happy.  He awoke at around three o’clock on the Wednesday morning with a severe headache, and by half past six he was on a ventilator in Yorkhill Hospital diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

Over the next day and a half the doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to save his life but on the Thursday afternoon we were told there was nothing they could do for him.

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
It’s understandable Yes campaigners feel gutted, stunned and angry after the events of the last 48 hours.  55% of Scots voted No – and were immediately rewarded for their loyalty by being put to the back of the constitutional queue so Ed Miliband and David Cameron could play political games in the Commons.

  By Paul Kavanagh
 
We stand on the shore of the sea loch, and watch the tide go out. Now is the time to shelter the flame of hope from the howling gale.

No has won through fear and threats of loss. But the dream is not dead, the dream still lives within the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands who refused to be bowed by fear,

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
So the three Westminster leaders have come up with a Devo Something vow.  They really will bring in constitutional change as long as Scotland votes No.  Really, really.
 
The offer – in a letter carried on the front of today's Daily Record – has been described as unprecedented -- and it is.  Unprecedented for its sheer brassneck and cynicism.

  By Mark McNaught
 
"On the 18th between 7AM and 10PM, 15 hours, a wonderful thing happens to us. When we pick up that wee bit of paper, we are sovereign, for the first time in the Scottish nations' history, with all the power required over our country, our ancestors didnae have the vote 300 odd years ago. We have it now. And that vote is powerful. If at 1 minute past 10, we voted no, we give it away, and virtually become a region of England. But if at 1 minute past 10, we have voted yes, all those powers we had in 15 hours, remain in Scotland forever."

Jim Sillars' final public meeting 15/09/2014

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