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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 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 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 John McAllion

The timing of the independence referendum was always going to cause major problems for the No camp.  For more than four years Scotland has suffered under a government it did not elect and from policies for which there is no popular support.

The bitter experience of a British Cabinet stuffed with millionaires waging class war against working people inevitably makes Westminster government a hard sell to the vast majority of Scots.

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