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  By G.A.Ponsonby  I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out ...

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  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out in support of Yes.  Recent figures show that alone amongst a sea of pro-Union slippage, its sales have increased.
 
However that short excursion into the newsagents stopped abruptly today when I read the headline of a newspaper I purchased religiously every day for years.

  By G.A.Ponsonby

In March this year Newsnet Scotland published an article which challenged the widely held belief that the BBC's reporting of the independence referendum could be trusted to be fair and balanced.

The article contained six of the worst examples of BBC political reporting in relation to Scotland and indicated a political agenda was at work.  Now, five months after its publication and three weeks before the referendum, we publish the second installment.

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 resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, could very well bring a UKIP MP to Westminster. Others could follow before the 2015 UK elections.
 
This move has disastrous implications for David Cameron and his plans to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the European Union.

  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 Yes needed a game changer.  No were hammering away on the currency and demanding a Plan B.

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.

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