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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Creative Scotland still facing arts funding decisi

By Hugh Kerr Creative Scotland the troubled body responsible for distributing around £100 million of our money to fund the arts ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 12 November 2014 | Comments

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A Catalan view of that 'illegal' referendum

By Xavier Solano Catalans have voted, and have done so in defiance of the Spanish Government and the Constitutional Court that ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 11 November 2014 | Comments

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Celtic partly concede to pressure to pay the "Living Wage"

By Phil Mac Giolla Bhain Shareholder pressure has forced one of Scotland’s sporting institutions – Celtic Football Club – to back down partly in a two year battle over the “Living Wage”. Club chairman Ian Bankier signalled a change of heart at the opening of its annual general meeting when he announced that 180 permanent staff currently on the minimum wage can ... 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 Hugh Kerr

Creative Scotland the troubled body responsible for distributing around £100 million of our money to fund the arts has managed to create a stushie over its first funding budget since it was relaunched.

In particular it has caused major comment by cutting the budget entirely of Scottish Youth Theatre, which was responsible for the beginnings of many great theatrical careers in Scotland.

  Special report from Peter Geoghegan, Barcelona
At midnight on Saturday, a huge digital clock on the wall of an apartment block in Plaça Sant Jaume square, in Barcelona, flipped to 00:00:00.
"Fem un pais nou" ("Make a New Country") said a sign next to the timer.  Red and yellow Catalan flags were draped across the adjacent balconies.  The day of Catalonia's poll on independence had arrived.

  Analysis  By G.A.Ponsonby

Jim Murphy says he will repeal the anti-sectarianism legislation if he becomes First Minister.  Scottish Labour's saviour in waiting has vowed to "scrap the Football Act right away." if Labour wins the 2016 Scottish election.

Murphy's announcement was reported in a manner that suggested it was a novel policy statement from the Labour MP.  It was splashed on the front pages of both The Herald and Scotsman.

Comment by Iain Robertson

There should be a red, white and blue Cerberus statue outside the parliament buildings in London, with three laughing heads depicting the band of merry millionaires running the UK’s establishment democracy.

By Xavier Solano

Catalans have voted, and have done so in defiance of the Spanish Government and the Constitutional Court that declared this consultation illegal. It is remarkable that 40,000 volunteers and over 2.3 million people defied the Court’s suspension, especially taking into account that it was known that Spain’s public prosecutor would investigate whether anyone breached the suspension.

By a Newsnet Reporter

The row over Scottish representation at European Union fisheries talks intensified tonight as First Minister Alex Salmond continued to press the UK Government for an explanation of the decision to draft in a Tory peer to lead its delegation in Brussels.

The Scottish government was incensed when it chose the inexperienced Lord de Mauley to stand in for UK Environment Secretary Liz Truss, who cannot attend the talks.

  By A  Newsnet Reporter

Latest polling suggests that the SNP’s grip on Scottish politics has continued to tighten since the independence referendum.

The poll, conducted for STV by Ipsos MORI, shows that SNP support in the constituency vote in the Scottish elections stands at a record-setting 57 per cent – 34 points ahead of Labour.

Reform Scotland, a loose cross-party think tank which has long pushed for Devo Max, launched its latest proposals at Our Dynamic Earth on Monday.

Hugh Kerr was there to find out more...


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