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Increasingly desperate Unionists

  By Campbell Martin  The British Unionists are losing....and they know it.  Just over five-months from the Independence Referendum, most polls ...

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BBC Scotland’s political editor Brian Taylor has voiced his support for under fire Scotland Bill MSPs Wendy Alexander and David McLetchie.

Mr Taylor said the tactics employed by the Labour and Tory MSPs who subjected two respected academics to aggressive questioning at a committee hearing was “entirely legitimate”.

Mr Taylor was responding to the furore after Professors Drew Scott and Andrew Hughes-Hallett had complained about the treatment they received at the hands of the two Unionist MSPs as they attempted to give evidence to the Scottish parliament's Scotland Bill committee.  The academics complained to Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson and revealed that research papers had been acquired by the committee without permission and had “masqueraded” as evidence in order to attack their academic reputation.

by Gerry Hassan

The Scotsman, January 15th 2011

The curse of the European issue has been slowly re-emerging for the Tory led government after a period of relative quiet and calm.

Right-wing voices have stated that the European Union Bill with its Clause 18 defining parliamentary sovereignty is not clear and powerful enough to block the continued encroachment of Brussels into British public life.

One of the academics who appeared before a committee convened by Labour MSP Wendy Alexander has written a letter to Holyrood’s Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson after claiming the hearing was no more than an ‘ambush’.

The academic, Professor Drew Scott, also claims that research documents prepared by himself and colleague Professor Andrew Hughes-Hallett were obtained by the committee without their permission and presented as evidence during the session despite being unrelated to the remit of the committee.

by James Maxwell

Ed Miliband’s leadership poses more problems for Scottish Labour than it will solve.

For many, the election last September of Ed Miliband as Labour leader represented the return of the party to its social democratic roots.
During the four month leadership election contest he fought against his staunchly Blarite brother David, Miliband cast himself as the candidate best equipped to re-connect with those lower-middle and working-class voters who had abandoned Labour en masse over the course of its thirteen years in government.

The row over the treatment of two independent academics at the hands of Labour and Tory MSPs on a Holyrood parliamentary committee has escalated with the Tory MSP David McLetchie (pictured) defending the line of questioning and taunting the professors saying “If they can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen”.

The row centres around what professors Drew Scott and Andrew Hughes-Hallett described as an “ambush” by the Unionist dominated committee members as the academics tried to present specially prepared evidence relating to the Scotland Bill.

by Peter Thompson

Most of us were taught at school that Duncan Ceann Mòr was called that because his enemies thought he had a ‘big head’ rather than the Pictish / Scottish Gaelic translation of ‘head of heads’ which reflected the rotating kingship between the Picts and Scots in the early days of Dalriada.  That Duncan’s family went on to establish their line as righ or King of Scots has long been as sore point amongst my antecedents – The MacGregor’s – who have long claimed a right to the throne of a united Scotland under the same Pictish / Scottish agreement of the early days of Dalriada: a claim that has also meant that Duncan’s successors, especially those upstart Stewarts, have long ensured the reduction of MacGregor lands and power, and for over 100 years in the 17th and 18th centuries the proscription of their name!


Ed Miliband has admitted that the Labour party did not regulate the banks sufficiently and would have had to introduce cuts if re-elected in May’s general election.

The new Labour leader said that the UK economy had been left too exposed by Gordon Brown and the resultant deficit meant that cuts were inevitable.

Newsnet Scotland's Middle-East Reporter

Due to the current situation in Egypt Newsnet Scotland has removed the personal details of our reporter.

The muddy track snaked upwards through alleys of overhanging, illegally-built tenements and ended abruptly at iron barriers flanking a store selling portraits of the Virgin.  Plain-clothes security waved handheld scanners over visitors and their baggage.  Black-clad police, rail-thin and moustachioed to a man, shouldered clinking automatic weapons.


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