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Miliband seeks US link dividends

By George Kerevan It is a rite of passage that aspirant British prime ministers seek an audience with the incumbent ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | Comments

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The purpose of the heart

By Paul KavanaghWe’re told the independence campaign is a battle between head and heart, at least a lot of f...

Commentary | Monday, 21 July 2014 | Comments

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The BBC? Stick it up your Juncker!

  By G.A.Ponsonby  Jean-Claude Juncker is a name that few in Scotland will have heard of prior to the start ...

Commentary | Saturday, 19 July 2014 | Comments

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Anger at No campaign supporter's Commonwealth Games Malaysia slur

By a Newsnet reporter A leading supporter of the pro-Union Better Together campaign has caused outrage after posting an offensive tweet about the Malaysian airline tragedy during the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Lawyer Ian Smart [pictured] claimed that First Minister Alex Salmond’s speech, in which he spoke of the victims of the Malaysian airline tragedy, w... Read More

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Glasgow benefiting from Scottish Government infrastructure spending

Glasgow is set to be a key centre for bio-medical science as the new facilities under construction at the Southern ... Read More

Indy supporters donate thousands for Foodbank after Yes Cyclist's 500 mile marathon

A Glasgow Foodbank will benefit from the generosity of Yes supporters after they donated thousand of pounds to a crowdfunding appeal. The ... Read More

Sillars and Scottish Socialists to outline case for independence

With many people yet to decide which way to vote in the referendum, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars is ... Read More

Labour for Independence to host national event in Edinburgh

Labour for Independence have announced their latest event as part of a national tour which will be held in Edinburgh this ... Read More

Palestinian Archbishop to be given warm welcome at Edinburgh Airport

His Eminence Archbishop Atallah Hanna will arrive in Edinburgh tonight to begin a week-long Scottish tour.  The Archbishop of Sebastia from ... Read More

MSP accuses Westminster of lack of transparency over possible HMRC office closures

SNP MSP Margaret Burgess has demanded transparency as HMRC’s consultation on planned office closures is kept away from public scrutiny. HMRC ... Read More

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By Mark McNaught

Living in France detached from the daily slugfest of the ‘Scottish’ media, attending the recent BBC protest in Glasgow really hit home the degree to which the media landscape has been so dominated by the BBC, the London-based newspapers, and commercial corporate colossus media.

By Russell Bruce
 
Most of us feel reasonably comfortable if a bit squeezed.  We hear a lot about inequality, fuel poverty, cuts to the benefits of the disabled, the rise of foodbanks.  But how much do we really think about whether our society could be fairer?
 
With the independence referendum we have an opportunity to re-examine what it is to be part of Britain and how British we may or may not feel and how that links with our Scottish identity.

  By Ken Ferguson

Of course the truth is that the UK is run by a parliament elected on undemocratic voting system which guarantees that, whoever wins, policies remain big business and banker friendly with only mild differences in tone between the so called mainstream parties.

It was against this reality that, in the latest foray north of the border by a Westminster “Big Beast” Miliband’s “vision” of a No-voting Scotland at the heart of a supposedly renewed and progressive UK had, as one respected commentator said “the impact of a blancmange hitting concrete”.

  By Paul Kavanagh
 
How do you respond to blithering idiocy without descending into idiocy yourself? It's a difficult question, and one which is regularly posed to independence supporters.

Anger at the shit-stirring proclivities of mainstream journalists itself becomes murphed into the 'abuse' of poor Unionist commentators who have a god-given right to spew lying bile in a crude and transparent attempt to mislead and misdirect, and it becomes a tale of evil bullying nationalists and not a tale of a journalist who traduces his profession.

By Tim Morgan
 
One day this year this Australian was looking for sign language videos and by chance I came across one by sign4scotland YouTube channel – suddenly I was exposed to the Scottish independence debate and I was hooked.

The more I read, the more I realised that the obvious choice was for Scotland to become independent.

By Ena McLean

ENA McLEAN is a veteran socialist, a warm, lively woman in her seventies who lives in Knightswood, Glasgow. She rejoined the SSP last year. She was due to speak at a recent SSP public meeting in Knightswood on the socialist case for independence, but was ill on the day and couldn’t deliver her speech. But Ena is keen to share her thoughts so here is the speech she would have delivered.

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
I had a dream last night.
 
The Rev. Martin Luther King first spoke those words in Detroit – two months before he addressed a quarter of a million people at the March for Liberty in Washington, 1963.  What has that famous, soaring speech got to do with the relatively humdrum realities of the Scottish independence campaign? Bear with me.

  By James Kelly
 
YouGov have been on the warpath over the last couple of days.  Nothing unusual in that, you might think - all of the polling firms that have been active in the referendum campaign so far have naturally been keen to defend their reputations, their methodologies and their results against any criticism.  
 

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