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

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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...

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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 ...

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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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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 Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, February 26th 2011

Scottish Labour is a party with a great history, tradition and folklore.  This was a party once filled with radicals, firebrands, dreamers, agitators and orators – people who believed in a better world – not just as a vague concept, but a living alternative to the inequities of capitalism.

1980s Labour had its Indian Summer of Robin Cook, Gordon Brown, John Smith and Donald Dewar who combined idealism and pragmatism.  How come then it has ended up with Iain Gray?  Is its current state terminal or if the polls improve, can Scottish Labour once again prove the critics wrong?

We need politicians and political parties until we evolve a better form of politics, yet across the Western world parties are in retreat and crisis.  They are hollowed out and battered by market fundamentalism and global economic forces.

by Hazel Lewry

At the end of the day it’s what we’re all fighting and arguing about the world over.  The personal aspect for us is that Scotland should have the right to “reap her own harvest and ring her own till”.  Yet with the deep conservatism towards change so often displayed by the Scots voter the biggest question is perhaps how best to get there.

We also need to be clear that there is no real democratic right in the United Kingdom for its peoples: to get to vote every half decade or so and have no say whatsoever in between is what we’ve been trained to accept like performing seals, but it’s certainly not real democracy.  We vote, but there’s no way to make those we vote for keep their promises, and they know that.  This is not democracy but it is the system being copied in Scotland today.  Party political systems largely benefit parties, not people.

by Alex Porter


An opinion poll out today, commissioned by the Green party, shows that Labour in Scotland has taken a lead of 9% over the SNP.

The survey, undertaken by YouGov and with a sample size of over 1200 people, puts Labour on 41% on the constituency vote for Holyrood and the SNP on 32% with the Conservatives and Lib Dems on 15% and 8% respectively.

To read our 10 part series on the 'History of Scottish Languages' click: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Myth 2. Public signs in Scottish languages are nationalist propaganda

by Paul Kavanagh

There's a widespread Unionist myth that promoting Gaelic and Scots is politically motivated and aims to further the nationalist agenda, and that it's artificial and contrived.  What is actually most striking about Scottish nationalism is just how little the language issue figures in the political debate.  In other stateless European nations the language issue is often fundamental, in Scotland the debate largely revolves around economics.  Cultural factors, linguistic or otherwise, rarely get much of a look-in.

by G.A.Ponsonby

It brought shame on Westminster and has led to several Labour MPs being convicted of fraud.  It is of course the age old gravy train known as MPs' expenses.

Readers of Newsnet Scotland will be heartened to know that our intrepid researchers are continuing their forensic scrutiny of the Holyrood equivalent known to Scottish journalists as ‘the forbidden zone’ –  namely the MSPs' expenses database.

by Ben Borland

SIR DAVID MURRAY, one of Scotland’s best known Unionists, last night backed Alex Salmond for a second term as First Minister.

The former Rangers chairman supported the Conservatives in last year’s General Election and spoke out against the SNP in 2007 on behalf of Scottish business leaders.

But now he says Mr Salmond “makes a fine First Minister” and his “competent” record proves that he and his party deserve another four years.

The tycoon’s dramatic change of heart is a massive boost for the Nationalists and a further sign that public opinion is turning in the party’s favour ahead of May’s poll.

by Alex Porter, Economy Editor

Britian's GDP contracted by 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010 according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Scotland UK comparison


Although the same figures are not available specifically for Scotland, the UK numbers do nevertheless provide evidence of divergence between the Scottish and the UK economies.  The contraction in UK numbers takes place against a backdrop of falling Scottish unemployment and rising employment.

Recently enterprise minster Jim Mather, comparing job market statistics, alluded to the divergence of the two economies saying: "For three consecutive monthly labour market statistics releases, we have seen falling unemployment and rising employment in Scotland compared to rising unemployment and falling employment across the UK.

If the SNP government are given a second-term by the Scottish electorate at this year's Holyrood election the party promises to deliver 22,000 jobs across the renewable energy and low carbon industry in a variety of areas from wind turbine manufacturing to science and innovation.

At the same time Labour's Holyrood group leader Iain Gray has announced plans to set up Energy Scotland, a new quango tasked with driving forward Scotland as a world leader in the renewable energy sector with the potential to create over 60,000 new jobs, he said, over the next 10 years.

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