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Scottish independence can show the world a new mod

  By Pat Kane There are parts of Scotland where the past, the present and the future gets rolled up ...

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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 ...

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No way are we a nation of quitters

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Scottish independence can show the world a new model for the 21st century

  By Pat Kane There are parts of Scotland where the past, the present and the future gets rolled up in one.  I’m often to be found in and about Spiers Wharf in Glasgow.  The productive might of the 19th century is all around you.  What are now designer residences used to be grain and sugar mills, or admin offices ... Read More

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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.'

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 G.A.Ponsonby
 
Yesterday the world according to BBC Scotland turned upside down.  I tuned in to Good Morning Scotland to be regaled with the news that Scotland was set to deprive the north of England of jobs.
 
One of the poorest regions of the UK, said a concerned BBC reporter, stood to lose a significant number jobs due to a controversial policy being pursued by the SNP.

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