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  By Derek Bateman  I’m a ferment of conflicting emotions…part of me wants to switch off altogether and stop thinking ...

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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 ...

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There's a host of post indyref questions needing answered

  By Derek Bateman  I’m a ferment of conflicting emotions…part of me wants to switch off altogether and stop thinking about the bloody mess that we could have left behind…I’m sick of the manipulation that the Unionist machine regards as politics as normal…I’m determined to be optimistic that from a triumphant democratic process we can rescue something viable and even ... Read More

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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

More than 100 Labour supporters sign open letter calling for a Yes vote to build a fairer Scotland

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By Alex Mooney
 
All recent polls show the undecided will be the decisive factor in the outcome of the Scotland referendum - and you have to sympathise with the plight of those still sitting on the fence.
 
The poor folks have been bombarded from both sides with figures, claims, counter-claims and a barrage of words and hot air on the subject - leaving them more confused than ever.

By G.A.Ponsonby

Well Glasgow 2014 is over and what a show it was.  The closing ceremony was the icing on the cake with Burns’ Aye Fond Kiss beautifully sung as the Commonwealth flag was lowered.

There were highs and lows, moments of great drama mixed and moments of humour.  Dougie McLean brought it all to an end with a wonderful rendition of Caledonia … and followed it up with a tearful Auld Lang Syne, with help from Lulu and Kylie.


We first published this article on the 12th October 2012 just after plans to commemorate the start of World War 1 were announced. I thought then, as I do now, that it was one of the most powerful articles I had ever read.

It seems then entirely fitting on the eve of the commemoration ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral to re-publish it and I make no apologies for doing so. Special thanks and respect to Sean for giving his consent.

Lynda Williamson, editor


By Sean McPartlin

Alan Bennett famously wrote: “History? It’s just one fuckin thing after another!”. He was right, of course, but the older I get, the more I come to realise that its weight lies far more on individuals than on nations.

  By Pat Kane

There are parts of Scotland where the past, the present and the future gets rolled up in one.  I’m often to be found in and about Spiers Wharf in Glasgow.  The productive might of the 19th century is all around you.  What are now designer residences used to be grain and sugar mills, or admin offices for the Clyde and Forth Canal.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Govan has been good to Jim Sillars, and his late wife, Margo MacDonald. Back in 1973, Margo sensationally won a by-election on the banks of the Clyde for the SNP, catapulting the 30-year-old with the flowing blonde locks into the glare of the UK media spotlight. Fifteen years later, Jim repeated the trick. 
 

By Jonathon Shafi

The UK is now so far down the path of privatisation and austerity, that deviating from it will take a movement on the scale of the Chartists to turn back the tide. Twenty per cent of young people are unemployed, and today they are told they must work until 70 before receiving a pension.

By Mark McNaught
 
The imbroglios over the which national colours of smoke should be precisely spewed from the tailpipes of British warplanes flying over the commonwealth Games, the removal of a spectator who flew a 'yes' saltire at a swimming event, the banning of 'yes' campaign buttons from events, and the distribution of double Scotland/UK flags are indicative of a larger more durable aspect of the British State: its prolonged propaganda campaign to airbrush Scotland from one side of the Treaty of Union and maintain that Scots are not worthy of sovereignty as a people.

This week's offering has totally contrasting voices and outlooks dealing with entirely separate subjects but linked inevitably by political change.  I've been after Andy Wightman for a while because he was the first voice I ever heard talking sanely about who owns Scotland.
 
I lived as a boy in the Borders where there was and to a degree still is a reverence for the aristocrat and the landowning classes. 'It's aye been', as they will tell you.

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