By Derek Bateman
 
In my lifetime, Liberals have been the middlemen of politics, the sensible centre ground offering reason and light in the heat and fury of tribal politics. They sought peace and concord and applied a moral principle. So I was re-reading something this week which could have been a Liberal Democrat mission statement.

This is what the Edinburgh Agreement says:

'The United Kingdom and Scottish Governments are committed…to working together on matters of mutual interest and to the principles of good communication and mutual respect. 

By Dave Taylor
 
Inevitably, there is "churn" in any measure of public opinion on the independence referendum.  Some people will move from No or Yes to Undecided, and vice-versa.  It's even possible that some will move directly between Yes and No – though that seems less likely.
 
Elections/referendums are decided by where people end up, so the trend in opinion polls is what helps us to understand the public mood, and the sections of the population who are shifting their voting intention.

  In the 1997 budget, Chancellor Gordon Brown made an un-noticed technical change to the tax treatment of pension funds.  It was the ultimate victimless crime, creating barely a ripple and raising £5 Billion per annum of tax revenues from faceless pension funds & city fat cats. 

The only flaw in this cunning plan is that it turned out that it wasn't the fat cats whose money was being taxed, it was ours.

By Colin Fox

There are now six months to go until the independence referendum and if you thought the events of the last few weeks were intense you have seen nothing yet. As the contest enters the final straight the opinion polls still have the No side in front, albeit with a lead that has shrunk considerably.

The question on every Yes supporter's lips therefore is how are we to secure that illusive majority? There are many outstanding factors that can shape the outcome of September's vote.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
BBC Scotland bosses answered questions this week, an unusual event from a broadcaster whose standard response to queries from licence payers in Scotland is usually to tell the complainant to bugger off.
 
These questions though were posed, not by members of the public, but by MSPs from Holyrood’s Culture and Education Committee.

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