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The meltdown of the No campaign – The game that ch

  By G.A.Ponsonby  It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.  Barely a week ago we were being told that ...

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Three Cheers for Us!

By Derek Bateman  Can I drag you away from the sight of Gordon and Alistair acting like old mates to ...

Commentary | Thursday, 28 August 2014 | Comments

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Is Alex Salmond’s heir apparent?

By George Kerevan ALEX Salmond returned to ebullient form on Monday night, “winning” the second televised debate with Alistair Darling hands ...

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The meltdown of the No campaign – The game that changed

  By G.A.Ponsonby  It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.  Barely a week ago we were being told that the second TV debate was Alex Salmond's last chance to save Yes. The First Minister had put in a below par performance in the previous TV debate on STV and pundits were queuing up to tell anyone who would listen that ... Read More

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Harvie and Finnie slate Alexander over indy ref claims

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is rubbishing the latest comments ... Read More

Boost for Yes as Orkney Islands Council Convenor pledges support

The backing of the Convener of Orkney Islands Council Steven Heddle has been welcomed as a significant boost to the ... Read More

Green's Alison Johnston says energy bill scare is "hot air"

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is dismissing the latest scare ... Read More

NHS for Yes call on Darling to answer key questions on NHS if No vote

Healthcare professionals teamed up with Health Secretary Alex Neil yesterday to jointly declare support for a Yes vote as the ... Read More

Orkney health chief backs Yes to protect NHS

Nicola Sturgeon’s island tour continued as she welcomed support for a Yes Vote from the Chairman of NHS Orkney today. John ... Read More

Lochhead spells out five key Yes gains for Scotland's farmers

The SNP’s Richard Lochhead will today (Tuesday) set out the opportunities offered by independence for Scotland’s farmers – and contrast ... Read More

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By Derek Bateman
 
Can I drag you away from the sight of Gordon and Alistair acting like old mates to point you in the direction of the latest dire warnings of our imminent national demise should we join the world community as a sovereign state? (Doesn’t seeing the old comrades arm in arm bring back memories of the time they were in power together building up the British economy and securing prosperity for working class people…how did that all end?)

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Last night, outside Kelvingrove half a dozen men stood wrapped in Union flags. One carried a "no thanks" poster. A few feet away, a white and black "vote yes for Scotland" banner lay unfurled across the museum’s front steps. A girl, who looked no older than twenty, swung a saltire. She wore a t-shirt with 'Jacobite' on it.

By Mark McNaught

The greatest sin in politics is when you believe your own propaganda.  On the eve of the second Darling/Salmond TV debate, Alistair Darling's former minion Ed Balls declared that Scotland joining the Euro was the 'least bad' currency option when Scots vote yes, thus precluding any use of the pound.

It is a sad commentary on the Westminster parties that the only thing they can agree on is how to threaten the Scots.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Tam Brotherston knows a thing or two about political campaigns. Back in 1971, Brotherston was at the forefront of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders ‘work in’ that grabbed the world’s attention. 

But more than four decades after Jimmy Reid led the workers back into the shipyards, the former shop stweard is in no doubt that the biggest fight of his life is going on right now.

By George Kerevan
 
ALEX Salmond returned to ebullient form on Monday night, “winning” the second televised debate with Alistair Darling hands down. That would not be news had the First Minister performed better during the earlier round, when Darling’s steady (if monotonously repetitious) fire seemed to non-plus the First Minister. It was like the captain of a great battleship being perplexed by the return fire from some pesky enemy frigate.

By Derek Bateman
 
For 45 years I have been a 'Member of Her Majesty's Press' and have now become a lifetime member of the National Union of Journalists.  I was never one of the top gun star performers in any of the places I worked but I was steady and occasionally inspired.

I didn't ever cut it as a news reporter because it requires an unflinching doggedness for i/brformation that I lacked.  I just didn't care enough about what passed for news most of the time because it was the 'here today, gone tomorrow' sludge that you still read in the papers today.

  By Stephen Coyle
 
Scotland is a nation with nothing to lose but its fear by voting 'Yes' in the independence referendum.  I would contend that given the Irish community's commitment to social justice, solidarity and a shared rich ancestral heritage with Scotland, we should be among the foremost advocates of independence.

  By Martin Kelly
 
Yesterday afternoon [Wednesday] at 15:15 an email popped into the generic inbox at Newsnet Scotland.  It was from Energy Voice – one of many outlets Newsnet Scotland subscribes to.
 
It was odd, as their usual daily email had arrived hours earlier – what was this?

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