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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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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, in one of his first acts as chancellor, Brown abolished tax relief on advance corporation tax (ACT). Unfortunately, this technical move penalised pension funds, robbing £5 billion from their annual income, and producing a £100bn loss in value. True, Mr ... Read More

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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

Wind farm classroom to revolve around education

SCHOOL children from across Scotland would enjoy hands-on lessons about rural life and renewable energy, if a classroom on the ... Read More

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  By Mark McNaught
 
I have never lived for a long period of time in the UK, so I hadn't appreciated the current depth of BBC mendacity.  Living much of my life in the US, I became addicted to Monty Python and Fawlty Towers, my parents watched Masterpiece Theater, and assumed all of the BBC was that good.  We didn't get Jimmy Savile.
 
Living in France and following the Scottish independence referendum, I am often blocked from viewing BBC videos because I am not a fee payer.  Those which I can view are mostly snippets of speeches with biased commentary.

  By Derek Bateman
 
You can tell by the response that it's true.  Low-level leaks without credibility don't draw joint statements of denial like that of Osborne and Alexander.  Inconsequential briefings don't attract instant rebuttals from Number 10.
 
They have been caught, bang to rights, telling giant lies to the British people and it's now a mad scramble to recover in case the truth takes hold.  And, of course, it has taken root.  Every Scot now knows that the men who run Britain will look him/her in the eye and lie to their face.

  By David Ferguson
 
"The Commission has no intention of beginning to speculate about different scenarios relating to the upcoming referendum in Scotland and their possible implications."
 
These are not the words of that chap who writes for the Telegraph – Mr Alan Cochrane. They are not the words of some BBC Scotland hack with a degree in Sociology of Batman and Underwater Bagpiping from the University of Ecclefechan.

  By Professor John Robertson

Fairness in February? BBC and ITV Coverage of the Scottish Referendum Campaign in February 2014 in the period around the BBC's complaints about Phase 1 of the research and giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee.

The 'Phase 1' survey of TV coverage of the referendum campaigns, reported in January 2014, 'Fairness in the First Year', covered the period from 17th September 2012 to 18th September 2013 including every weekday evening (6-7pm) broadcast by BBC 1, Reporting Scotland, ITV and STV, and shorter weekend broadcasts in that period.

The Dowager Duchess of Hamilton has pledged to campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, declaring: "It's what Scotland needs and it"s what my husband would have wanted."
 
The duchess, who prefers to be known plainly as Kay, knows that some people will be surprised that a member of one of Scotland's leading aristocratic families supports Yes, but says a desire for an independent Scotland transcends any position or political allegiance.

  At the turn of the year Newsnet Scotland published the results of an academic study into the referendum coverage broadcast on early evening TV news programmes.  The study found that news items were favouring the No campaign over the Yes campaign by a ratio of three to two.

STV and BBC Scotland were found to be equally at fault, but both rejected the study findings.

  By George Kerevan
 
THE independence debate is resolving into a battle over who owns the soul of Scottish social democracy – SNP or Labour?
 
Both parties claim a passion for social justice, but Labour denies the SNP can be simultaneously nationalist and progressive.

Nationalists, on the other hand, see independence as the best guarantee of equality and an alternative to being shackled to a City-dominated Union in which the welfare state is being dismantled. Who is right?

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC trades on its reputation like no other organisation.  It's this reputation for fairness and accuracy that ensures its news broadcasts carry weight, not just here in the UK, but internationally.
 
People trust the BBC like no other broadcast news outlet.  Indeed so deep runs that trust that in the UK the public allows itself to be coerced into funding the corporation through the TV licence, a tax costing each household £145.50 each year.

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