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Just how politics-free are the Glasgow Games?

  By G.A.Ponsonby  I'm enjoying the Commonwealth Games.  Like most who have taken in the fantastic atmosphere in Glasgow and ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | Comments

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No way are we a nation of quitters

  By George Kerevan  Will you quit Scotland if the referendum vote on 18 September does not go the way ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | Comments

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We Are World Class

By Derek Bateman  I was in an international city at a world class facility expertly run with smart connections today ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Comments

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Better Together deny being behind Commonwealth Games double-flag stunt

By a Newsnet reporter The anti-independence campaign group Better Together has denied being behind a stunt which has seen hundreds of pro-Union flags handed out by activists at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Controversy has raged after the double-sided flags were seen being handed out at several Games' venues around the c... Read More

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50 mums call for Yes vote for fairer Scotland

With 50 days to go until the referendum in September, 50 Yes-supporting mums have signed an open letter outlining why ... Read More

Westminster 'Gung-Ho' approach to Fracking criticised

There is a clear contrast between Westminster’s "gung-ho" approach to Fracking, and the evidence-based, consensual approach being pursued by t... Read More

William McIvanney and Frank Skinner voice support for a Yes vote

William McIvanney, one of Scotland's most celebrated literary talents, and top English comedian Frank Skinner, have each voiced their support ... Read More

Yes Scotland endorsed by Pride Glasgow Chief Executive

Hot on the heels of Scotland’s biggest LGBT event, Pride Glasgow’s Chief Executive has given his backing for a Yes ... Read More

Glasgow benefiting from Scottish Government infrastructure spending

Glasgow is set to be a key centre for bio-medical science as the new facilities under construction at the Southern ... Read More

Indy supporters donate thousands for Foodbank after Yes Cyclist's 500 mile marathon

A Glasgow Foodbank will benefit from the generosity of Yes supporters after they donated thousand of pounds to a crowdfunding appeal. The ... Read More

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By George Kerevan
 
How is the Iraq crisis affecting North Sea oil? Reminder: the UK Office for Budget Responsibility is using $100 a barrel as its reference for predicting the oil revenues until 2018-19.
 
So far, the markets haven’t been panicked by the capture of western Iraq by Sunni insurgents dominated by the Isis group. North Sea Brent crude jumped to a nine-month high of $115 a barrel on 19 June, after Isis seized control of Mosul.

By Craig Paterson

This Sunday, 22nd of June, the Radical Independence Campaign will hold a National Mass Canvass event.

Over 40 events will take place all across Scotland with the intention of speaking to as many people as possible and raise awareness of the benefits and possibilities a Yes vote can bring to Scotland, with the specific aim of reaching as many undecided voters as possible.

By Derek Bateman
 
W1A was the comedy based on the BBC in London. My old chums at BBC Scotland are clearly going for their own version – PQ – having screwed up their radio schedules to drop – yet another – popular programme and then replacing it by offering a contract to someone entirely unsuitable and then dropping her too.

That looks to me like making a big mistake first and then wheedling a way out. If this was Kezia’s idea to pull out, it doesn’t sound as if the BBC made herculean efforts to retain her. Put another way, it implies they’re happy to wash their hands of her, after realising too late that there’s, there’s…an election on.

By John Finnie MSP

The quest to find a comparator for our constitutional debate invariably leads commentators to Quebec. Whilst the 1995 vote was narrowly lost 49.42 per cent Yes and 50.58 per cent No, the verdict of psephologists on the 1980 referendum was that the defeat was “because a French-speaking politician (Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau) was able to return to his native land and appeal to his brethren.” Is such a turn of events likely with our debate?

By Derek Bateman
 
I fear there is an atmosphere being created in the media bubble which could have unforeseen consequences. The calculated smearing of Wings Over Scotland for example has developed into a witch-hunt, an idea given force by the reported attempt of Mike Dailly to compose a list of supporters for use by the mainstream media…whatever that means.

  The Wee Ginger Dug blog has rapidly become a favourite amongst independence supporters for its biting humour and snappy wit.  Updated almost daily, the blog provides an entertaining lift when the dream of Scottish independence comes under sustained attack from the negativity of the No campaign.

Paul Kavanagh, the ghost writer for the independence campaign's favourite Valencian mongrel, is also a long standing friend of Newsnet Scotland.

By Jonathon Shafi

On recent mass canvases in Glasgow we have found there to be a very large number of undecideds. Scanning social media reports its seems to be the case that there remains a high number don't knows in places all over Scotland As a result many have asked why this is the case. Are there any particular issues? Is there anything we can change about our messaging? And so on.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Better Together are in a mess.  As I write that sentence I have to double check to see what they are really called, are they still Better Together or are they No Thanks?
 
There have been so many rebrands and re-launches I’m not even sure any more.

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