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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 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 Dave Taylor
 
Inevitably, there is "churn" in any measure of public opinion on the independence referendum.  Some people will move from No or Yes to Undecided, and vice-versa.  It's even possible that some will move directly between Yes and No – though that seems less likely.
 
Elections/referendums are decided by where people end up, so the trend in opinion polls is what helps us to understand the public mood, and the sections of the population who are shifting their voting intention.

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%.

  In the 1997 budget, Chancellor Gordon Brown made an un-noticed technical change to the tax treatment of pension funds.  It was the ultimate victimless crime, creating barely a ripple and raising £5 Billion per annum of tax revenues from faceless pension funds & city fat cats. 

The only flaw in this cunning plan is that it turned out that it wasn't the fat cats whose money was being taxed, it was ours.

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