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By Derek Bateman  I’m flitting from meeting-to-show from interview-to-talk from Glasgow-to-Edinburgh and back this week and have something on every ...

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Whitehall bias and underperformance – another reas

  By Jim Cuthbert and Margaret Cuthbert  When the Treasury produced a major report in May claiming that every Scot ...

Commentary | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Comments

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Sir Ian Wood's oil intervention was political

  By Martin Kelly  Yesterday afternoon [Wednesday] at 15:15 an email popped into the generic inbox at Newsnet Scotland.  It was ...

Commentary | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Comments

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From the Upper Clyde to Independence

By Peter Geoghegan  Tam Brotherston knows a thing or two about political campaigns. Back in 1971, Brotherston was at the forefront of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders ‘work in’ that grabbed the world’s attention. But more than four decades after Jimmy Reid led the workers back into the shipyards, the former shop stweard is in no doubt that the biggest fight of ... Read More

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New Report shows Independence opportunity for oil and gas

A newly published report, by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, comparing Scotland and Norways experience since the discovery of North Sea ... Read More

Political Events Held All Week at Scotland’s ReferendumFest 2014

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

John Finnie to speak at SSP Independence meeting in Scotstoun

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

Patrick Harvie and Dennis Canavan take Yes message to Tranent

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is urging voters in the ... Read More

Support for SSP grows on wave of Pro-Yes optimism

THE Scottish Socialist Party has re-launched its Falkirk branch - the latest of many new branches across Scotland - as ... Read More

Scottish government says no to Whitehall fracking plans

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, is welcoming comments by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing ... Read More

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  In January this year a study by a Scottish academic caused a sensation when it revealed anti-independence bias existed in early evening news programmes broadcast in Scotland.
 
The study by Professor John Robertson resulted in BBC Scotland management appearing in front of a Holyrood Committee to explain the findings.

By Pam Currie

“Oh, I don’t know what to think…” … “What if…” … “We’ll never manage it…” Sound familiar? It does to me. In recent months I’ve been the length and breadth of my local area, South Ayrshire, talking to voters on street stalls, doorsteps and in village halls.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Govan has been good to Jim Sillars, and his late wife, Margo MacDonald. Back in 1973, Margo sensationally won a by-election on the banks of the Clyde for the SNP, catapulting the 30-year-old with the flowing blonde locks into the glare of the UK media spotlight. Fifteen years later, Jim repeated the trick. 
 

By Jonathon Shafi

The UK is now so far down the path of privatisation and austerity, that deviating from it will take a movement on the scale of the Chartists to turn back the tide. Twenty per cent of young people are unemployed, and today they are told they must work until 70 before receiving a pension.

  By Lesley Riddoch

STV's "Scotland Decides" TV debate was a big disappointment for Yes supporters – there's no denying it.  Alex Salmond was off form and curiously slow on his feet.  By contrast the normally soporific Alistair Darling acted like a man possessed. Each man performed against type – and against hype.

SNP supporters expected their leader to simply switch on the vice-like control of proceedings he demonstrates every week in Holyrood – even though this was a debate between equals not a First Minister's showcase.

By Alex Mooney
 
All recent polls show the undecided will be the decisive factor in the outcome of the Scotland referendum - and you have to sympathise with the plight of those still sitting on the fence.
 
The poor folks have been bombarded from both sides with figures, claims, counter-claims and a barrage of words and hot air on the subject - leaving them more confused than ever.

By G.A.Ponsonby

Well Glasgow 2014 is over and what a show it was.  The closing ceremony was the icing on the cake with Burns’ Aye Fond Kiss beautifully sung as the Commonwealth flag was lowered.

There were highs and lows, moments of great drama mixed and moments of humour.  Dougie McLean brought it all to an end with a wonderful rendition of Caledonia … and followed it up with a tearful Auld Lang Syne, with help from Lulu and Kylie.


We first published this article on the 12th October 2012 just after plans to commemorate the start of World War 1 were announced. I thought then, as I do now, that it was one of the most powerful articles I had ever read.

It seems then entirely fitting on the eve of the commemoration ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral to re-publish it and I make no apologies for doing so. Special thanks and respect to Sean for giving his consent.

Lynda Williamson, editor


By Sean McPartlin

Alan Bennett famously wrote: “History? It’s just one fuckin thing after another!”. He was right, of course, but the older I get, the more I come to realise that its weight lies far more on individuals than on nations.

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