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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 Colin Fox

There are now six months to go until the independence referendum and if you thought the events of the last few weeks were intense you have seen nothing yet. As the contest enters the final straight the opinion polls still have the No side in front, albeit with a lead that has shrunk considerably.

The question on every Yes supporter's lips therefore is how are we to secure that illusive majority? There are many outstanding factors that can shape the outcome of September's vote.

By Mark McNaught
 
When I was growing up in the United States, every classroom was adorned with an American flag, and we were obliged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of every school day.  We were taught what amazing patriots George Washington and the founding fathers were, and they were venerated to a cult-like degree.
 
Even though I gradually learned the non-fairy-tale version of America's founding, it is clear that the way Americans perceive themselves is heavily influenced by the version of history they learn, for better or for worse.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
A century ago, the constitutional future of Scotland seemed irrevocably bound up with that of Ireland. In 1912, Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith – a proponent of 'Home Rule all round' – introduced the Government of Ireland Bill, soon followed by a similar devolution settlement for Scotland.
 
The rest, of course, is history. The Great War put paid to both Scotland and Ireland's hopes of devolved government. By the time the conflict was over, Ireland was on the cusp of independence, and Scottish Home Rule had slipped (or, depending on your reading, was pushed) off the political agenda.

  By George Kerevan
 
GORDON Brown is that rare animal in politics: a card-carrying intellectual who likes ideas. I say this as a compliment. Unlike the Tories, Labour has always attracted the big brains. The list is almost endless: think Harold Wilson, Denis Healey, John Mackintosh, Richard Crossman or Anthony Crosland.

Curiously, most of this bunch hid their intellectual brilliance behind a façade of thuggish pragmatism. This is explained partly because Stalinist Labour distrusts middle- class intellectuals as being unreliable elements in the class war.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
BBC Scotland bosses answered questions this week, an unusual event from a broadcaster whose standard response to queries from licence payers in Scotland is usually to tell the complainant to bugger off.
 
These questions though were posed, not by members of the public, but by MSPs from Holyrood’s Culture and Education Committee.

The UK’s most northerly regions have suffered over the last century from the decline in primary industries such as coalmining and shipbuilding, but their long coastline and blustery climate are forging new employment opportunities in the fast growing renewable energy sector. 

Amazingly, the proportion of electricity generated from renewables in Scotland reached a record two fifths of total Scottish electricity usage in 2012.  The country’s target is to achieve 100% of electricity consumption being produced by renewables by 2020 and, by next year, it should be about half way towards this figure.

  By David Torrance
 
Two windows in a flat facing the Edinburgh International Conference Centre had been put to creative use. 'TORY SCUM BACK TO YOUR CASTLES YOU SPOILT LITTLE BRATS,' screamed the one on the left, while that alongside added: 'NO TO FOOD BANKS. EAT THE RICH. YUMMY.'
 
This caused a degree of amusement among delegates at the Scottish Conservative Party conference, but then I guess it was supposed to. It was also well targeted, for quite a few Scottish Tories do actually live in castles, so-called knights of the shire that once dominated the party in the 1950s and '60s.

  By G.A.Ponsonby

It's the annual report that, when written of, compels the author to clarify he or she is not referring to the blue clad Glasgow based football team.
 
GERS is back in the news, and the colour is not blue but red.  Scotland's finances that is.  The latest Government Expenditure for Scotland Report showed Scotland in deficit for the first time in five years.

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