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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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There's a host of post indyref questions needing a

By Derek Bateman I’m a ferment of conflicting emotions…part of me wants to switch off altogether and stop t...

Commentary | Wednesday, 1 October 2014 | Comments

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Let's turn Brown's petition back on him

  By G.A.Ponsonby  So the cat is out of the bag.  The 'Clunking Fist' had no authority to make any ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 | Comments

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No parties on the brink of failure

By Newsnet Scotland reporter The credibility of the Better Together parties on Scottish constitutional change faces severe questioning, as the deadline for change draws ever-closer. After a week of let-downs in Westminster, including calls for the work of the Smith Commission to be kicked into touch until after the UK general election, there are signs of a deeming divide between ... 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 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.

By George Kerevan
 
WHY are Labour and Conservative politicians so set on rejecting a currency union with an independent Scotland? Sure, there are technical issues regarding how such an arrangement would be managed. But the vehemence of the rejection of the notion is both surprising and personal.
 
For Instance, Ed Balls says he will refuse to serve as Labour’s Chancellor of the Exchequer if a currency union is created. I understand Nye Bevan resigning from the Labour government in 1951 after the introduction of NHS prescription charges.

  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.

Arguably, No doesn't have a campaign at all, just a series of commercial relationships with media outlets and one very long smear.  It remains the world's first manifesto for mass-inertia.  The world's shortest political programme, that can be distilled into four tiny hopelessly limiting letters: 'UK:OK'
 
But what does Yes have?

By John Finnie MSP

In 2006 George Monbiot wrote a fascinating article on Dounreay, the Nuclear Power Plant near Thurso in Caithness. He states, “In 1954 the nuclear industry, shielded from public scrutiny by the Official Secrets Act, behaved as if it were based on an uninhabited planet”. The cold war and the prospect of electricity too cheap to meter seemed to justify almost any kind of corner-cutting.

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