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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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Lamont quits, let us bid farewell

  Johann Lamont is to stand down as leader of the Labour Party in Scotland after a lacklustre referendum campaign and amid claims of London interference". Derek Bateman reflects on the crisis facing Labour and argues that Lamont's biggest mistake was taking on the leadership job in the first ... 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 Martin Kelly
 
Yesterday afternoon [Wednesday] at 15:15 an email popped into the generic inbox at Newsnet Scotland.  It was from Energy Voice – one of many outlets Newsnet Scotland subscribes to.
 
It was odd, as their usual daily email had arrived hours earlier – what was this?

By Derek Bateman
 
I’m flitting from meeting-to-show from interview-to-talk from Glasgow-to-Edinburgh and back this week and have something on every day and sometimes two things…I’m rescheduling because of overlap.
 
And on top of all that I’ve just heard from Ian Wood that there’s only 35 years of oil left…35 years! What are we going to do? And according to John Birt we won’t be able to watch Strictly while the oil dwindles…excuse me while I reach for the Kleenex.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
The question of Scotland’s ‘missing million’ has been a recurring one during the referendum campaign. According to the Electoral Commission Scotland, turnout at the 2011 Holyrood elections was 989,540 lower than the 1992 general election. So, where have all these erstwhile voters gone?

  By Martin Kelly
 
An oil field, described as one of the biggest untapped resources in the North Sea, is set to produce oil until 2050, it has emerged.
 
The Bentley Field, which is due to be drilled by Xcite Energy, has up to 777 million barrels of oil reserves, the company has revealed.

A new book by former First Minister Henry McLeish
 
The future of the Union and Scotland are big issues and we should not underestimate the significance of our date with destiny, and equally important, what happens after that.
 

  By Jim Cuthbert and Margaret Cuthbert
 
When the Treasury produced a major report in May claiming that every Scot would be £1,400 better off under the union, this received wall-to-wall coverage in the media.  But was it in any way accurate? This is what we set out to examine in a report published by "Options for Scotland" on 14th August, (available on our website www.cuthbert1.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk ).

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's coming down to two clear issues in the race for the independence referendum.  The question is of course which of the two, NHS or Currency, chimes more with the electorate.
 
For the pro-Union Better Together campaign the dominant issue is currency, or rather a currency union.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC trades on its reputation like no other organisation.  It's this reputation for fairness and accuracy that ensures its news broadcasts carry weight, not just here in the UK, but internationally.
 
People trust the BBC like no other broadcast news outlet.  Indeed so deep runs that trust that in the UK the public allows itself to be coerced into funding the corporation through the TV licence, a tax costing each household £145.50 each year.

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