The SNP’s Richard Lochhead will today (Tuesday) set out the opportunities offered by independence for Scotland’s farmers – and contrast the gains of Yes with Westminster’s record of abject failure for Scotland’s agricultural sector.

On a visit to a farm in New Luce Mr Lochhead will take questions from undecided farmers – and will highlight the strength of Scotland’s food and drink sector as well as the failures of successive Westminster governments which have let down the industry.

A newly published report, by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, comparing Scotland and Norways experience since the discovery of North Sea Oil, has highlighted the mismanagement of the resource in the UK and the opportunities with independence.
The UK and Norway both began extracting oil and gas from the North Sea in the early 1970’s.  While both countries are amongst the largest oil producers in Europe, there are some interesting differences in their approach and economic performance:

Edinburgh based publishers Luath Press are holding a week-long festival of politics, showcasing some of Scotland’s best writers and thinkers on the referendum.

Set in the Quaker Meeting House, there have already been nine informative, debate-filled events discussing everything from the prospect of a written constitution in an independent Scotland to the entrenched ‘miserabilist’ outlook in Scottish literature and film.

Independent MSP John Finnie to speak in Glasgow as Scottish Socialist Party steps up intensity of campaign for Independence with local public meetings.

The SSP has decided to step up the intensity of its contribution to the campaign for a Yes vote with a new round of public meetings in the west of Scotland.
The first of this series in Glasgow is in Scotstoun Primary school, Duncan Avenue, on Thursday 21st August at 7.30pm.

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is urging voters in the Tranent area to take part in a question and answer session with Patrick Harvie MSP.


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