Get the Claymores out the Thatches…

By Derek Bateman  Damn! I’ve been trying to keep to my own agenda and not be side-tracked by others. But ...

Commentary | Thursday, 17 April 2014 | Comments

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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 ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Comments

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George Kerevan: A small risk for the greater good

JOHN Smith, Labour leader and prime minister who never was, died 20 years ago next month, on 12 May, 1994. ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Comments

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Confidence grows as Scottish investment hits six year high

  By Stefan Bienkowski  Scotland's economic recovery is well and truly underway with businesses reporting higher levels of confidence and optimism in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period twelve months ago. In its quarterly business survey published today, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce(SCC) stated that all sectors had reported back with higher levels of confidence ... Read More


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Power outage update

First Minister Alex Salmond chaired a further meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) this afternoon where he was ... Read More

Power restored after outage

Local communities in the north of Scotland hit by a power outage on Wednesday evening have had their electricity fully ... Read More

Academic pours scorn on Commons Committee report on education after Yes

Another No campaign attack has suffered a setback after a senior academic described claims on higher education as being based ... Read More

Countdown begins to best Games ever

With 100 days to go to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, at least 100 young people from across the ... Read More

Scottish Independence: Yes or No? - A new book by Alan Cochrane and George Kerevan

In September 2014, a referendum will be held in Scotland to decide whether or not the nation should become independent.  ... Read More

Millions of criminals’ cash to fund future football stars

Millions of pounds confiscated from criminals is to be invested in Scottish football for young people as part of the ... Read More

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  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.

By an USDAW shop steward

The Labour-dominated leadership of USDAW has stooped to a new low in their rush to impress the anti-independence Labour leadership, trampling on the democracy of the union in the process.

The Better Together alliance of Tories, LibDems and Labour are making much of the affiliation of the fourth-largest union in the UK. But the fanfares from the No camp can't drown out the rising voices of anger in the ranks of the union at how the whole decision was arrived at.

  By Dave Taylor
In Saturday's report on our poll we revealed that "voters in Scotland do not trust any of the three main UK parties to deliver their promises of more powers in the event of a No vote in September's independence referendum."
In Sunday's ICM poll, they confirmed our finding.  Only 39% of Scots think Holyrood would be given more powers in the event of a No vote.

  By Derek Bateman
In my lifetime, Liberals have been the middlemen of politics, the sensible centre ground offering reason and light in the heat and fury of tribal politics. They sought peace and concord and applied a moral principle. So I was re-reading something this week which could have been a Liberal Democrat mission statement.

This is what the Edinburgh Agreement says:

'The United Kingdom and Scottish Governments are committed…to working together on matters of mutual interest and to the principles of good communication and mutual respect. 

  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.

By Kenyon Wright
Dear Gordon,
Your 6 point plan for a new settlement between Westminster and Scotland marks a qualitative change in the debate, but it raises some questions for all who, like me, have yet to be fully convinced by either side.
It is of course a positive change from the "politics of fear" that have been so depressing, but there is a much more important way in which, if I understand you aright, you are saying things we are not hearing from anyone else.

  By George Kerevan

ON TUESDAY we got Labour's Mark III devolution plan – or Mark IV if you include the abortive 1979 version. My point is not to denigrate Labour's efforts. In fact, I think these latest fiscal proposals should be examined seriously and on merit. I merely observe that this is Labour's latest offering – which suggests dissention and irresolution in its ranks.

  By Martin Kelly
The independence referendum has been blown wide open with a new poll showing support for Yes now just five points behind that of No.
The poll, conducted by Panelbase, has revealed that support for independence is now sitting at 40%, its highest mark since campaigning began in earnest, with those against sitting at 45% and Undecided on 15%.


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