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The Freemasonry of the Media

By Derek Bateman  For 45 years I have been a 'Member of Her Majesty's Press' and have now become a ...

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Unionist parties failing to coordinate and think t

By Mark McNaught The greatest sin in politics is when you believe your own propaganda.  On the eve of t...

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What is Labour's 'Plan B' to halt ConDem cuts?

  By John McAllionThe timing of the independence referendum was always going to cause major problems for the No camp.  ...

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Cameron to visit Glasgow as No campaign struggles in wake of TV debate

  By a Newsnet reporter Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit Glasgow tomorrow in a bid to bolster the anti-independence campaign in the wake of the TV debate that saw Alistair Darling struggle against First Minister Alex Salmond.The Conservative leader will be the main speaker at a dinner event to be held in Glasgow by pro-Union lobbying organisation the ... Read More

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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

New Report shows Independence opportunity for oil and gas

A newly published report, by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, comparing Scotland and Norways experience since the discovery of North Sea ... Read More

Political Events Held All Week at Scotland’s ReferendumFest 2014

Edinburgh based publishers Luath Press are holding a week-long festival of politics, showcasing some of Scotland’s best writers and thinkers ... Read More

John Finnie to speak at SSP Independence meeting in Scotstoun

Independent MSP John Finnie to speak in Glasgow as Scottish Socialist Party steps up intensity of campaign for Independence with ... Read More

Patrick Harvie and Dennis Canavan take Yes message to Tranent

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is urging voters in the ... Read More

Support for SSP grows on wave of Pro-Yes optimism

THE Scottish Socialist Party has re-launched its Falkirk branch - the latest of many new branches across Scotland - as ... Read More

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  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I'm enjoying the Commonwealth Games.  Like most who have taken in the fantastic atmosphere in Glasgow and watched the competitors on TV, I am wallowing in the goodwill and great natured competition.
 
Team Scotland is 'punching above its weight', an ironic counter to the oft repeated Unionist slogan.

By Derek Bateman
 
I was in an international city at a world class facility expertly run with smart connections today to see a major sporting event. It didn’t seem like Glasgow but it was and when I stepped off the train at Dalmarnock, I thought I was in Berlin or Copenhagen, not the east end of the city.

About three years ago I turned up there on a rainy Thursday with a BBC film crew to show the rotting tenements and grubby streets that would be swept away for the Games.

By Paul Kavanagh
 
Despite claims from the Naw camp that it’s in the bag for the Union, I’m not thinking about what I’ll do with myself if there’s a No vote. In no small part because it’s not in the bag for the Union at all – for reasons which were explained in yesterday’s blog post.
 
I don’t believe it’s in the bag for Yes either, which is not a bad thing – the worst thing any campaigner can do just now is to take a result for granted.

By Derek Bateman

Are you panicking? Getting desperate yet? There seems to be a line from the No fantasists that it’s in the bag and the whole of Yes is frantically searching for a game-changer. Or is that itself just an example of desperation from a campaign which is hated by its own people and which has brought British politics lower than ever before?

  By George Kerevan
 
Will you quit Scotland if the referendum vote on 18 September does not go the way you want it to? Certainly, I’ve “had the conversation” with quite a few folk over the past two years, so the subject is clearly under discussion, if only after a few drams.
 
Now, thanks to a new poll from the Panelbase organisation, we have some idea of the number of refuseniks. As many as 700,000 of us – that’s fully one in six – say they will depart Scotland if Alex Salmond is triumphant.

By Stephanie Pride
 
AS the bombs continue to fall on Gaza and the death toll mounts, support for the besieged Palestinians is spreading throughout all sections of society, not least among faith-based groups in Scotland.
 
Following the visit of Archbishop Theodosis of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, also known by his own name, Atallah Hanna, the Church of Scotland has come as close as it ever has to joining the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.  But you wouldn't know it from the newspapers.

By Colm Ó Broin
 
Despite the many predictions made during the Scottish independence debate nobody really knows what the future holds if there’s a ‘Yes’ vote on September 18th.
 
Both sides have argued their cases resolutely. However, a useful rule of thumb in judging each side in a debate are the number of ludicrous claims they resort to – generally the more ridiculous the claims the weaker the underlying argument is.

  The Yes campaign should be commended for maintaining a strong sense of positivity and vision in its quest to persuade Scots to vote Yes in September.
 
Activists have helped engage the undecided voters with thousands of events the length and breadth of Scotland, they field questions and provide answers.

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