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By Derek Bateman I was girdin’ masel  for a hurl at Gordon Brown with no little distaste I have ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Comments

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Pension off Brown’s warnings

  By George Kerevan  IF HISTORY tells us anything it is don’t trust Gordon Brown with your pension. In 1997, ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Comments

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Twisting the truth on pensions

  By Stephen Noon  Gordon Brown is not a stupid man.  He knows that what he is saying today on ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 22 April 2014 | Comments

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Stirling Council ‘Armed Forces Day’ harmed Bannockburn Festival says event boss

  By a Newsnet reporter  A decision by a local authority to stage a military parade on the same day as the Bannockburn commemorations, damaged the medieval event, a Holyrood Committee has been told. Giving evidence in front of Holyrood’s Economy Energy and Tourism Committee, Peter Irvine said his company had been forced to scale back the Bannockburn festival after Stirling ... Read More

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FM announces study into north-to-south HSR link

Scotland will not wait until independence day to strengthen Scotland’s relationship with the north of England and celebrate ‘the ties ... Read More

Electoral Commission designates ‘Yes Scotland’ and ‘Better Together’ as lead indyref campaigners

‘Yes Scotland’ and ‘Better Together’ have today (23 April 2014) been designated by the Electoral Commission as the two lead ... Read More

Be part of bringing traditional music and song to life across Scotland this year

VENUES and musicians are invited to take part in the TMSA Homecoming 2014 Traditional Music and Song Sessions programme. Funded ... Read More

The Kelpies - an artistic phenomena

  Newsnet Scotland took a trip to the Helix Park in Falkirk to see the phenomema that are the Kelpies.  Below ... Read More

Alan Bissett - The lights are going on everywhere

Actor, author and poet Alan Bissett talks about British Nationalism and the independence debate. A Yes vote means the people have ... Read More

Yes-Flag appeal homes in on total

A crowdfunding appeal that will see ten thousand large Yes Saltire flags flown throughout Scotland this summer has reached over ... Read More

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  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Newspaper sales in Scotland are tumbling.  The Daily Record, Scottish Sun, the Scotsman and Herald are all suffering as readers move to the internet in their droves.
 
The new web based medium is fast replacing newsprint as the place to go for comment, analysis and news.  The web is playing a critical role in the independence referendum as a recent poll for online site Wings Over Scotland found.

  By Lesley Riddoch

Why are women still lagging behind men in support for Scottish independence?  At first the gender gap was ignored, now thousands of column inches have been written.

A small raft of explanations have been floated – chief amongst them the notion articulated by Professor John Curtice that women lack the hunter-gatherer instinct and tend to be home-makers not risk-takers. ScotCen Social Research Director, Rachel Ormston observes more men are “heart” nationalists who support Scottish independence as a matter of conviction than women who are more pragmatic, assessing and practical.

Looks like word has gone out around the Better Together network to report anything that can be sexed up into a cybernat scandal to feed to the media. Today’s story about a Labour MP having to hide his face in the street and undergoing threatening behaviour in his constituency office looks like a version of this tactic.

It is being conflated by Darling with criticisms of bosses telling their staff how to vote based on dodgy information to construct what the lawyers call a tissue of lies to defame the Yes movement.

  By Dave Taylor
 
The Panelbase poll for Wings Over Scotland confirms the reduction in the No lead that our poll showed 3 weeks ago. Indeed, it has the Yes vote a shade higher than our poll found.
 
Whilst it’s always nice to have your own poll results confirmed, the actual level of support for Yes and No isn’t guaranteed to reflect what these two Panelbase surveys show.

  By George Kerevan
 
SUPPOSE that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had gone missing over the Atlantic. Britain would be hard put to mount a search mission because its air and naval forces are now denuded. The RAF’s entire fleet of Nimrod maritime reconnaissance aircraft were withdrawn from service in 2011, as a crude economy measure by the Treasury.
 
Of course, we could put up a few Hercules transport planes with binoculars, plus the odd Royal Navy frigate with a helicopter. But any passengers floating in a rubber dingy in the Atlantic are going to have to rely on the Americans, Canadians and Norwegians (who have long-range Lockheed P-3 planes) to supply the backbone of any aerial search effort.

By G.A.Ponsonby

Alex Salmond is in the USA this week.  The First Minister is meeting businesses and giving speeches and interviews.  He's promoting Scottish business and culture and of course his visit coincides with the annual Scotland Week celebrations in the USA.

But Mr Salmond has struggled to grab the headlines over here.  One reason was a speech given by former Labour MP George Robertson.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Last Thursday, just as I woke, I turned on the radio to hear a news bulletin on Good Morning Scotland.  They were going through the newspaper headlines, and yes, there was an anti-independence story included in the review.
 
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre had produced a report into the SNP's revolutionary childcare proposals.  It was the front page headline in the Scotsman newspaper, and duly read out by the radio Scotland presenter.

By Bob Duncan

National Collective cartoonist Greg Moodie has embarked on what he describes as a 'drinking' tour' of independence websites, with a different major site hosting one of his works each Saturday.

In the past few weeks, Greg has stopped off for a wee dram at both Bella Caledonia and BBC Scotlandshire. This week it is the turn of Newsnet Scotland to host a little number inspired by the extraordinarily high profile of UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage.

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