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  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 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.

By Mark McNaught

I’m not one that easily gives in to conspiracy theories, but there are too many questions regarding the validity of the ‘no’ vote for it to be accepted at face value.

While this article goes into the allegations with more forensic accuracy than I will, the integrity of the vote and the process is paramount to Scots accepting their status within the UK, especially in light of the implosion of the promises made before the vote, going back to war in Iraq, and announcing fracking in Scotland’s central belt immediately after the vote.

  By Online Ed
 
I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It was winter 2006 and I had been off work with a dreadful bout of flu.
 
I had just discovered something called the internet existed and found myself on a forum which discussed Scottish politics.  The theme always seemed to be independence and the SNP.

  The Drum's Angela Haggerty took a look at Scotland's alternative media days before the independence referendum.
 
Amongst those who took part was Newsnet Scotland's editor Lynda Williamson.

By A Newsnet Reporter

Glasgow University has become the first in the UK to promise to pull its investments out of industries engaged in using fossil fuel, a major step forward for the green movement.

The decision, subject to ratification that the financial impact on the university is "acceptable", affects university investments in major oil companies such as Shell, BP and Chevron. It was hailed by Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES).

By Newsnet Reporter

Scotland's major coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife faces uncertainty after its operator decided to abstain from bidding to feed the UK National Grid when licenses are renewed in 2018.

ScottishPower disclosed that it does not intend to bid to supply power into the Grid from Longannet, because of the massive charge differential faced by the Fife coal-fired plant compared to power stations in England.

By Mark McNaught

The cross-party ‘vow’ made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ‘yes’ vote may have been effective in securing a ‘no’ in the referendum.  However, it could conceivably go down in history in securing de-facto independence for Scotland, if Scots hold Westminster’s and Holyrood’s feet to the fire.

It is important to focus on the specific promise to make the Scottish parliament ‘permanent’, and what that means constitutionally.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Those were the words of Jackie Bird on September 9th, a mere 9 days before the independence referendum.
 
One day earlier Gordon Brown had surprised everyone by promising even more powers than was previously on offer should Scots vote No.  The former Labour leader described the prize as 'Home Rule' and announced a timetable within which legislation would be drawn up.

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