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The challenges facing Scottish housing

By Chris Cunningham Housing is devolved isn’t it?  That’s clear then, the Smith Commission won’t have much impact on it? Wrong! The Scottish ...

Commentary | Thursday, 30 October 2014 | Comments

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Viewpoint: Red and White Poppery

In the 100years since the First World War it appears the causes for which this tremendous loss of life - ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 28 October 2014 | Comments

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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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Yes supporters should welcome a Murphy leadership

  Commentary by Hugh Kerr There must have been some interesting discussion at the "gala" Labour dinner in Glasgow this week, and the placement of guests certainly must have been tricky! Still, since all the seats are being paid for no doubt by wealthy business sponsors, maybe it won't be such a ... 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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  News analysis by Derek Bateman

Wasn’t it graphic proof of Britain’s Ruritanian political system that when an interlocutor was required to orchestrate inter-party talks on greater democracy, they chose an unelected Lord with a velvet robe edged with ermine – that is, the pelt of a dead stoat.
 
Welcome to Britain…Robert Smith is one of those who clearly prostrates himself at the feet of privilege and patronage. Why else would a sane and successful man make such a public fool of himself? What self-respecting, democratic Scot would call himself Lord?

  By George Kerevan
 
On Monday night I attended my first SNP branch meeting since the referendum. It was held in the local Miners Welfare hall where, once upon a time, I used to attend Labour Party functions when I was a Labour town councillor. We had to move the branch meeting to the Miners Welfare because over 900 new members have signed up locally since last month.

Commentary by G.A.Ponsonby

Who would have thought it eh?  The promises made by Gordon Brown in the final days of the referendum campaign were not worth the airtime they were given.

It's almost hard to believe given the final result, but the Yes campaign had just taken the lead in the opinion polls – two surveys, one by Yougov and a private poll carried out by the No campaign pointed to a Yes victory on the 18th.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
First Minister Alex Salmond has demanded a formal investigation into the RBS affair involving BBC News at the height of the Scottish referendum campaign last month.
 
Mr Salmond wants a probe into allegations that the Treasury disclosed market-sensitive information about the bank's position on independence.

  Commentary by Derek Bateman
 
Ruth Davidson will be deputy first minister alongside Nicola Sturgeon in less than two year’s time. And, yes, that does mean there will be an SNP-Conservative coalition government running Scotland.
 
Where will that leave all you left-wing, social-solidarity Yes voters, eh?

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 deepening divide between the three No parties, and even within Labour itself.

By a Newsnet Reporter
 
UK broadcasting laws on election coverage are in chaos following a decision to include UKIP leader Nigel Farage within a series of planned "leadership debates" involving BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 before next year's UK General Election.
 
The broadcasters' apparent decision to include the leader of a party with just one MP has already attracted widespread criticism outside Westminster, as larger parties in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland protest the move.

  By Newsnet Scotland Reporter

 

Lord Smith of Kelvin, the unelected peer with the task of delivering greater democracy to Scotland, has delayed all-party talks on the devolution settlement until October 22.

 

His decision emerged as the Scottish National Party lodged its proposals for "Devo Max", alongside the five other main parties and a welter of submissions from civic organisations and members of the public.

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