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The meltdown of the No campaign – The game that ch

  By G.A.Ponsonby  It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.  Barely a week ago we were being told that ...

Commentary | Saturday, 30 August 2014 | Comments

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Three Cheers for Us!

By Derek Bateman  Can I drag you away from the sight of Gordon and Alistair acting like old mates to ...

Commentary | Thursday, 28 August 2014 | Comments

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Is Alex Salmond’s heir apparent?

By George Kerevan ALEX Salmond returned to ebullient form on Monday night, “winning” the second televised debate with Alistair Darling hands ...

Commentary | Thursday, 28 August 2014 | Comments

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The Dirty Dozen - The case against BBC Scotland: Part 2

  By G.A.Ponsonby In March this year Newsnet Scotland published an article which challenged the widely held belief that the BBC's reporting of the independence referendum could be trusted to be fair and balanced.The article contained six of the worst examples of BBC political reporting in relation to Scotland and indicated a political agenda was at work.  Now, five months after its publication ... Read More

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Harvie and Finnie slate Alexander over indy ref claims

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is rubbishing the latest comments ... Read More

Boost for Yes as Orkney Islands Council Convenor pledges support

The backing of the Convener of Orkney Islands Council Steven Heddle has been welcomed as a significant boost to the ... Read More

Green's Alison Johnston says energy bill scare is "hot air"

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is dismissing the latest scare ... Read More

NHS for Yes call on Darling to answer key questions on NHS if No vote

Healthcare professionals teamed up with Health Secretary Alex Neil yesterday to jointly declare support for a Yes vote as the ... Read More

Orkney health chief backs Yes to protect NHS

Nicola Sturgeon’s island tour continued as she welcomed support for a Yes Vote from the Chairman of NHS Orkney today. John ... Read More

Lochhead spells out five key Yes gains for Scotland's farmers

The SNP’s Richard Lochhead will today (Tuesday) set out the opportunities offered by independence for Scotland’s farmers – and contrast ... Read More

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  By Lesley Riddoch

STV's "Scotland Decides" TV debate was a big disappointment for Yes supporters – there's no denying it.  Alex Salmond was off form and curiously slow on his feet.  By contrast the normally soporific Alistair Darling acted like a man possessed. Each man performed against type – and against hype.

SNP supporters expected their leader to simply switch on the vice-like control of proceedings he demonstrates every week in Holyrood – even though this was a debate between equals not a First Minister's showcase.

By Alex Mooney
 
All recent polls show the undecided will be the decisive factor in the outcome of the Scotland referendum - and you have to sympathise with the plight of those still sitting on the fence.
 
The poor folks have been bombarded from both sides with figures, claims, counter-claims and a barrage of words and hot air on the subject - leaving them more confused than ever.

By G.A.Ponsonby

Well Glasgow 2014 is over and what a show it was.  The closing ceremony was the icing on the cake with Burns’ Aye Fond Kiss beautifully sung as the Commonwealth flag was lowered.

There were highs and lows, moments of great drama mixed and moments of humour.  Dougie McLean brought it all to an end with a wonderful rendition of Caledonia … and followed it up with a tearful Auld Lang Syne, with help from Lulu and Kylie.


We first published this article on the 12th October 2012 just after plans to commemorate the start of World War 1 were announced. I thought then, as I do now, that it was one of the most powerful articles I had ever read.

It seems then entirely fitting on the eve of the commemoration ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral to re-publish it and I make no apologies for doing so. Special thanks and respect to Sean for giving his consent.

Lynda Williamson, editor


By Sean McPartlin

Alan Bennett famously wrote: “History? It’s just one fuckin thing after another!”. He was right, of course, but the older I get, the more I come to realise that its weight lies far more on individuals than on nations.

By Pam Currie

“Oh, I don’t know what to think…” … “What if…” … “We’ll never manage it…” Sound familiar? It does to me. In recent months I’ve been the length and breadth of my local area, South Ayrshire, talking to voters on street stalls, doorsteps and in village halls.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Govan has been good to Jim Sillars, and his late wife, Margo MacDonald. Back in 1973, Margo sensationally won a by-election on the banks of the Clyde for the SNP, catapulting the 30-year-old with the flowing blonde locks into the glare of the UK media spotlight. Fifteen years later, Jim repeated the trick. 
 

By Jonathon Shafi

The UK is now so far down the path of privatisation and austerity, that deviating from it will take a movement on the scale of the Chartists to turn back the tide. Twenty per cent of young people are unemployed, and today they are told they must work until 70 before receiving a pension.

By Mark McNaught
 
The imbroglios over the which national colours of smoke should be precisely spewed from the tailpipes of British warplanes flying over the commonwealth Games, the removal of a spectator who flew a 'yes' saltire at a swimming event, the banning of 'yes' campaign buttons from events, and the distribution of double Scotland/UK flags are indicative of a larger more durable aspect of the British State: its prolonged propaganda campaign to airbrush Scotland from one side of the Treaty of Union and maintain that Scots are not worthy of sovereignty as a people.

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