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  By Derek Bateman  I was interviewing Sir Christopher Meyer some years back, the man who used to be our ...

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Yes vote must do more than put a kilt on neolibera

By John McAllion During his recent televised debate with Jim Sillars, George Galloway warned that an independent Scotland would be ...

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Yes SSP: Rumours of our death have been greatly ex

By Colin Fox Yes Scotland and the Scottish Socialist Party have come a long way together since that famous launch ...

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I’m a Scottish Internationalist

  By Derek Bateman  I was interviewing Sir Christopher Meyer some years back, the man who used to be our Ambassador in Washington. There was a row about how many British troops were being sent into some new conflict zone or other and people on the Left were asking why did we always comply with American requests for troops when ... Read More

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Alan Bissett - The lights are going on everywhere

Actor, author and poet Alan Bissett talks about British Nationalism and the independence debate. A Yes vote means the people have ... Read More

Yes-Flag appeal homes in on total

A crowdfunding appeal that will see ten thousand large Yes Saltire flags flown throughout Scotland this summer has reached over ... Read More

Wind farm classroom to revolve around education

SCHOOL children from across Scotland would enjoy hands-on lessons about rural life and renewable energy, if a classroom on the ... Read More

Power outage update

First Minister Alex Salmond chaired a further meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) this afternoon where he was ... Read More

Power restored after outage

Local communities in the north of Scotland hit by a power outage on Wednesday evening have had their electricity fully ... Read More

Academic pours scorn on Commons Committee report on education after Yes

Another No campaign attack has suffered a setback after a senior academic described claims on higher education as being based ... Read More

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By John McAllion

During his recent televised debate with Jim Sillars, George Galloway warned that an independent Scotland would be “no cold water Cuba”.  It was the only point during the debate that George's arguments connected to reality.

A Yes vote will herald the break-up of the British state and the birth of a new Scotland.  However, it is no guarantee that politics in the new Scotland will shift decisively to the left.

By Bryan D MacGregor and Murray Pittock
 
When a Committee of Westminster populated by the parties of the Union produces a report entitled ‘Referendum on Separation for Scotland: the impact on higher education, research and tuition fees’, the starting assumption of a reader should not be of an objective, evidence-based analysis. 

JOHN Smith, Labour leader and prime minister who never was, died 20 years ago next month, on 12 May, 1994. Like his political hero Hugh Gaitskell, Labour’s other lost leader, Smith’s demise at the comparatively early age of 55 was sudden, unexpected and shocking.
 
His departure from the political scene produced a rare wave of genuine sympathy from political opponents, as well as from friends and supporters. More significant still, the gap he left in Labour’s hierarchy would have a profound effect on the future of British politics and so on many lives, in Britain and in the Middle East.

By Ashley Husband Powton
 
Eleanor Roosevelt stated that 'Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people'. Throughout his myopic article, Professor Colin Kidd, respected expert in his field, vocal public supporter of the no-campaign and purveyor of his own grandiose important relationships with both current and ex Labour party (Prime) ministers, reduces the independence campaign to an argument more fitting of a cheap tabloid newspaper. 
 

By Colin Fox

Yes Scotland and the Scottish Socialist Party have come a long way together since that famous launch event in Edinburgh in May 2012.

Many 'wise' people had written the Scottish Socialist Party's political obituary back then referring to Scotland's 'post-SSP' political landscape. But then people have been writing off the SSP since we were founded 15 years ago.

By Derek Bateman
 
Damn! I’ve been trying to keep to my own agenda and not be side-tracked by others. But when I read the Guardian with mounting disbelief, I realised I was off chasing someone else’s hare again.
 
Here is a key sentence from Martin Kettle’s column‘Nationalist opinion could become more militant if the talks become bogged down. Even acts of violence are not inconceivable in certain circumstances or places…’

  By David Torrance

One of the dominant themes of last weekend's SNP conference were continuing attempts to woo Labour voters. On Friday Nicola Sturgeon urged them to 'reclaim' their party by voting 'yes' in September and the following day Alex Salmond stressed that independence wasn't about him or the SNP.

This strategy is as old as Salmond's leadership of the party (he made a similar point after becoming convener in 1990), but actually dates back to the late 1970s.

By Mark McNaught

The Scottish government will set out an interim written constitution at the end of the current parliamentary session at the end of June, with plans for a constitutional convention to be held after full independence in March 2016 to finalise the constitution for generations to come.

For those of us who have been advocating a written constitution, this is extremely gratifying, and is as it should be.

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