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Miliband seeks US link dividends

By George Kerevan It is a rite of passage that aspirant British prime ministers seek an audience with the incumbent ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | Comments

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The purpose of the heart

By Paul KavanaghWe’re told the independence campaign is a battle between head and heart, at least a lot of f...

Commentary | Monday, 21 July 2014 | Comments

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The BBC? Stick it up your Juncker!

  By G.A.Ponsonby  Jean-Claude Juncker is a name that few in Scotland will have heard of prior to the start ...

Commentary | Saturday, 19 July 2014 | Comments

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Anger at No campaign supporter's Commonwealth Games Malaysia slur

By a Newsnet reporter A leading supporter of the pro-Union Better Together campaign has caused outrage after posting an offensive tweet about the Malaysian airline tragedy during the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Lawyer Ian Smart [pictured] claimed that First Minister Alex Salmond’s speech, in which he spoke of the victims of the Malaysian airline tragedy, w... Read More

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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

Sillars and Scottish Socialists to outline case for independence

With many people yet to decide which way to vote in the referendum, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars is ... Read More

Labour for Independence to host national event in Edinburgh

Labour for Independence have announced their latest event as part of a national tour which will be held in Edinburgh this ... Read More

Palestinian Archbishop to be given warm welcome at Edinburgh Airport

His Eminence Archbishop Atallah Hanna will arrive in Edinburgh tonight to begin a week-long Scottish tour.  The Archbishop of Sebastia from ... Read More

MSP accuses Westminster of lack of transparency over possible HMRC office closures

SNP MSP Margaret Burgess has demanded transparency as HMRC’s consultation on planned office closures is kept away from public scrutiny. HMRC ... Read More

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  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.

By Derek Bateman

Some mixed emotions on seeing the images of crazed jihadists executing Iraqi police. The revulsion reminded me of old footage of the Nazis shooting civilians on the edge of the graves they themselves had been forced to dig. I don’t think anything hit me harder as graphic proof of the chilling reality of humans gone mad.

Then it contrasted with the weekend experience of watching our people, Scots, enacting ancient rites and ceremonies at Selkirk Common Riding commemorating the war dead and the defeat at Flodden 500 years ago with solemnity and dignity and not a trace of resentment, let alone violence.

Dear Joanne
 
We haven’t met but since we’re both writers, indeed both members of the same writers' association, I thought I’d drop you a line. We both live in Perthshire, you in a castle, me in a flat.
 
You used to work for Amnesty International; I used to be a member and still campaign on human rights. I’m sure we have lots of other things in common though my book sales, income and public profile are, well, let’s be kind and say a wee bitty less than yours.

  By G.A.Ponsonby

If Pat Lally has a daughter-in-law then she's probably hoping the brouhaha over Campbell Gunn's email blows over soon so that she can come out of hiding.

I've watched the latest media circus with a wry smile as yet another one of my end-of-year predictions comes true.

By Andrew Tickell

I coughed. I sputtered. I spat my Earl Gray down the wall. In awed silence, I goggled, caught between astonishment and incredulity.

Last night on the BBC's Scotland 2014 programme, Alistair Carmichael dumped a clanger.  Around four and a half minutes into the broadcast, the following exchange occurred between the host, Sarah Smith, and the Secretary of State for Scotland.

By Stephen Bowman
 
The Proclaimers have a pro-independence song called 'Cap in Hand', one small part of which neatly sums up what it is to be Scottish.  The line 'We boast – then we cower' captures the essence of a nation that spends half its time bragging about its distinctiveness and its achievements, and the rest of the time suffering from a crippling lack of self-confidence.

"Sure I've got 'Scotland Forever' tattooed on my backside, but we're too wee and too stupid to become independent.  Can't I just listen to the bagpipes and wax lyrical about how pretty the mountains are?  All this self-government stuff…"

By Hamish Scott
 
It is over 300 years since the Unionist campaign of the 1700s to bring about the Union between Scotland and England.  We now have a Unionist campaign in the 2010s to retain that Union in the coming independence referendum.  Scotland, England and the world, have all changed hugely in the intervening period. 
 
Yet despite that change, we might be forgiven for feeling a strong sense of déjà vu when comparing the current campaign to that of the 1700s, for both campaigns bear considerable similarities in both their circumstances and characteristics.

By Derek Bateman
 
Let's lay this nazi thing while the apologists squirm their way this way and that. When a politician is asked if the SNP is a civic nationalist movement, there is only one answer. It is this. 'Of course they are. They couldn’t have garnered 45 per cent of the popular vote in a mature democracy like Scotland and been elected to government if they were anything else.

We’re actually quite proud in Scotland that our debate is not ethnically based and has been conducted in civilised terms. Our nationalists only want political independence. I disagree with them.'

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