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


News in Brief

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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The Divine Right to Rule: Power and the Scots

by Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, March 12th 2011

Scotland likes to see itself as a land of passion, romance and rebellion: a disputatious society where no one is allowed to get too big for their boots: a permanent ‘diverse assembly’ in Robert Crawford’s telling phrase.

At the same time the Scots have displayed a curious attitude towards power, who has it, how they exercise it, and what it means. One could characterise it as an indifference, but it slips over into something much stronger: acquiescence.

by Jolene Cargill

Health Minister Shona Robison has promised to look into setting a minimum standard for a treatment that can transform the lives of patients with diabetes if the SNP is re-elected.

Responding to patient concerns about the lack of insulin pumps available on the NHS, Robison admitted more needed to be done to end the postcode lottery of pumps, which can lower the risk of complications in patients with type one diabetes.

Atlantis mibbie no funn efter aa is no sae dramatic a heidlyne as some anent this storie, but hit's a muckil wey neirer the truith nor some ye'll see in the media this weik.  Ther monie fowk at haes sayed thae ken whaur the leigendarie ceitie o Atlantis is.  Some trews at Atlantis wis in Crete, an wis destroyed bi a volcanic erupcioun, ithers at hit ligs aneith the Yles o Scillie aff Cornwall, yit ithers - at mibbie lykes thair whigmaleiries -  trews it wis in Peru or wis a steid whaur aliens frae anither plenit byded.

by G.A.Ponsonby

As if the earthquake and resulting tsunami wasn’t enough, the people of Japan are facing a new catastrophe in the shape of a nuclear meltdown at the Dai-ichi nuclear plant in the province of Fukushima. The plant lies 40 kilometres south of the hard-hit city of Sendai.

The plant has suffered a third explosion at the number 2 reactor and two fires in reactor number 4 which has resulted in the international severity level being raised from level four to level six.

by David Malone

Japan is now facing two meltdowns.  Nuclear and market/yen.  Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say it is facing one and causing the other.

The news from the reactors at Fukushima is contradictory and would be comic if it wasn't horrific.  What we do know is that the French are advising their citizens to leave Tokyo and planes are being sent to get them.  We also know that earlier today, the European Energy Commissioner, Guenther Oettinger said,

by David Malone

While the world watches the fine results of building nuclear reactors almost upon a fault line, in one of the world's seismically most active areas, but not thinking it necessary to build them to withstand the most severe event - while we all absorb the wisdom and forethought of that - events in Bahrain are getting less notice than they deserve.

Bahrain is like Saudi, its far larger neighbour, an absolute monarchy and one divided from many of its people not only by accumulated wealth and jealously hoarded power, but by religious conviction.  Like Saudi, Bahrain has a deep Sunni/Shiite divide.

by Siôn Rees Williams

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasurable experience of representing my home nation on foreign soil.  Not only that, I came away from the experience elated at being part of the winning team.  But before my good friends the Scots lynch me, I can tell you I am not the same S. Williams who ran amuck in Murrayfield on 12 February.  No, my activity was far more cerebral, and in fact took place in the same week and the same place as where the men in kilts invaded for their encounter with the team of the cockerel.  Yes, I had come as the Welsh Cultural and Linguistic Ambassador to the 29th edition of Expolangues.

A report publisht yistreen bi the Scots Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) consortium, an fundit bi the Scots Government, gies evidence at Scotland cud heid the warld in carbon capture technologie, an create ower 13,000 jobs in the industrie in Scotland in the neist twal yeir.  Bi the wey o the report, Scotland is weill-pit tae mak yuis o hits airts an expairience in the yle an gas industrie fur tae become a warld leider in the new technologie.

Carbon capture technologie is a wey o reddin out an grippin haud o the pairticles of carbon funn in the reik frae yle, coll and gas pouer staciouns.  Bi takin the carbon out o the reik, ther nae carbon emissiouns inti the atmosphere, makin fossil eldins carbon neutral.  But the muckil problem wi the technologie, up ti nou, haes bene whit tae dae wi the carbon efter hit's bene catchit.  


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