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A personal plea to the undecideds

By Sinclair Macleod  This is an unashamedly emotional post. On Tuesday 9th October 2007 our son, Calum, went to bed, ...

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Vote Yes for a Scottish Political Enlightenment

  By Mark McNaught  "On the 18th between 7AM and 10PM, 15 hours, a wonderful thing happens to us. When ...

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Vote No for Devo-Something … Sometime

  By Lesley Riddoch So the three Westminster leaders have come up with a Devo Something vow.  They really will bring ...

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First Minister letter to voters - "Let's Do This"

  "In these final hours of this historic campaign I want to speak directly to every person in this country who is weighing up the arguments they have heard. I have no doubt people in Scotland will look past the increasingly desperate and absurd scare stories being generated daily from Downing Street. ... Read More

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SSP referendum meeting halted after pro-Union protestors berate locals

  By a Newsnet reporter  A public event to discuss the referendum, arranged by the Scottish Socialist Party, has had to ... Read More

Greens across Europe show support for Yes vote

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum, will today (16 Sep) show the ... Read More

Darlings for Yes

Alistair Darling's plea to Scots to vote No has been given a giant thumbs down - by his own namesakes.  Another ... Read More

More than 100 Labour supporters sign open letter calling for a Yes vote to build a fairer Scotland

More than 100 Labour party members past and present have signed an open letter urging a Yes vote on Thursday ... Read More

Independent Scotland will have a successful and secure banking sector, says former Lloyds risk manag

A former risk manager for Lloyds Banking Group today hit back at No campaign scaremongering, stressing  that a Yes vote ... Read More

Generation Yes and National Collective set out to win the grandparent vote

Two of the Yes movement's most active groups, Generation Yes and National Collective, have joined forces to urge their grandparents ... Read More

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By Jeane Freeman

I GREW up supporting the Labour Party.  For a time, I was a Labour member and for four privileged years I worked for the party when it was in government at Holyrood.  What drew me to Labour politics were the values of social justice, fairness and equality.

And it is my continued belief in those values that leads me to support independence now, in 2014.

By Mark McNaught
 
After 2 years of largely ignoring or laughing off the referendum, the City of London is finally waking up to the fact that the Scots will vote for independence. After all, who wouldn’t choose economic freedom? As with all things financial, they have no misty-eyed illusions of Scottish or British nationalism. They are looking at a bottom line, and Westminster’s bottom has suffered self-inflicted sodomy.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
"Independence will be good for Scotland, and it will be good for England," says an open letter penned by English Scots for Yes. The missive, launched at a low-key press conference at the CCA in Glasgow yesterday morning, went on to say that "yes voters in Scotland have no bitterness or resentment towards people in England."

Around 400,000 English-born people have come to live in Scotland since 1980s. In June, some of those founded English Scots for Yes to encourage their compatriots to vote for independence and to counter accusations that nationalists are inherently anti-English.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out in support of Yes.  Recent figures show that alone amongst a sea of pro-Union slippage, its sales have increased.
 
However that short excursion into the newsagents stopped abruptly today when I read the headline of a newspaper I purchased religiously every day for years.

  By Alex Mooney
 
There is something deep in the human psyche that takes joy from mocking the little things in life.  City folk do it to town folk who do it to village folk.  Big football clubs' fans do it to smaller clubs' fans. 
 
The tall do it to the small.  Even big countries do it to tiny countries.  At its worst, it's cruel.  At its best, it's patronising.  But this superiority complex is always wrong.

By George Kerevan

WITH barely two weeks to go before the independence referendum, the Yes campaign has finally acquired momentum.
 
The latest string of polls suggest it will take only a modest three-point swing to put the two sides on even keel – no wonder David Cameron says he is nervous. The political mood feels very similar to the final weeks of the 2011 Holyrood election, when the optimism exuded by the SNP campaign caught the nation’s imagination.

  By Professor Alex Kemp and Linda Stephen, University of Aberdeen
 
The current political debate has generated much heat surrounding the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry.  This piece attempts to shed light on the subject. 
 
The long term future of the industry depends on a combination of (1) the volume of the ultimate resources, including future discoveries, (2) the costs of exploiting these resources, and (3) Government policies (which can incentivise or retard exploration and developments).  An understanding of all of these is necessary to come to informed judgements about the long term potential. 

By Mark McNaught
 
The resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, could very well bring a UKIP MP to Westminster. Others could follow before the 2015 UK elections.
 
This move has disastrous implications for David Cameron and his plans to renegotiate the terms of UK membership in the European Union.

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