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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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Has Lamont kept the best till last?

She kept the best to the last, did Johann. It is the only statement she’s made in three years that reads like a leader’s, writes Derek Bateman. It is direct, blisteringly honest, nails the problem and lumps it into the perpetrators’ lap as she heads off. Where was all this forthright opinion and robust analysis while in of... 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 Russell Bruce

Listen to Alex Salmond speaking to business leaders at the Vision for Scotland Conference in Edinburgh on 6th August.  It is vital there is no doubt what the position of the Scottish Government is going into the negotiations following a Yes vote. 

The First Minister explains the pros and cons of the other options considered by the Fiscal Commission.

  By Lesley Riddoch

STV's "Scotland Decides" TV debate was a big disappointment for Yes supporters – there's no denying it.  Alex Salmond was off form and curiously slow on his feet.  By contrast the normally soporific Alistair Darling acted like a man possessed. Each man performed against type – and against hype.

SNP supporters expected their leader to simply switch on the vice-like control of proceedings he demonstrates every week in Holyrood – even though this was a debate between equals not a First Minister's showcase.

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.

  In January this year a study by a Scottish academic caused a sensation when it revealed anti-independence bias existed in early evening news programmes broadcast in Scotland.
 
The study by Professor John Robertson resulted in BBC Scotland management appearing in front of a Holyrood Committee to explain the findings.

By Pam Currie

“Oh, I don’t know what to think…” … “What if…” … “We’ll never manage it…” Sound familiar? It does to me. In recent months I’ve been the length and breadth of my local area, South Ayrshire, talking to voters on street stalls, doorsteps and in village halls.

  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.

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