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Trident will be gone from Scotland after a Yes vot

By Mark McNaught  I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the meetings between UK defence ...

Commentary | Thursday, 24 April 2014 | Comments

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Making a Difference

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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Under pressure BBC to suspend CBI membership, but not until May 30th

  By G.A.Ponsonby  The BBC has announced it will suspend its membership of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) almost a week after the lobbying group announced it had registered as an official backer of the anti-independence campaign. In a statement issued this evening, the BBC said the move was made in order to protect the broadcaster's neutrality and had been ... Read More

News in Brief

FM announces study into north-to-south HSR link

Scotland will not wait until independence day to strengthen Scotland’s relationship with the north of England and celebrate ‘the ties ... Read More

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

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  This is our fourth installment of the Duggy Dug series of animated cartoons aimed at bringing a bit of colour and humour to the independence debate.  In this episode we see Duggy explain just why Scotland will remain a member of the European Union after independence, contrary to claims from those who would suggest otherwise.

As Duggy makes clear, Scotland is already a member of the EU and a Yes vote will simply allow us to continue that membership and become a member in our own right.  Claims that Spain will block Scotland's membership are similarly dealt with by wee Duggy and his Barcelona friend Pep.

By James Scott

There is a hauntingly familiar ring to the No campaign's attempts to recruit business leaders to forecast woe and destruction after a Yes vote for Scottish independence.

I, for one, have been through it all before.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Jose Manuel Barroso, Bob Dudley and David Nish - three men who have dominated recent media coverage of the independence referendum.  They are the heads of the European Commission, BP and Standard Life respectively.
 
Vaclav Klaus, Joelle Garriaud-Maylam, Michael O'Leary and Willie Walsh – four people who haven't featured quite as much, indeed if at all in some cases.

By Stephanie Pride

Concerned communities in Falkirk are fighting back against plans by unconventional energy giant Dart to turn the district into the UK's first commercial coalbed methane site.

Although initial plans are for just 22 new wells, the company owns a licence block that covers 367 square kilometres of central Scotland which could yield up to 600 billion cubic feet of the gas, it boasts.

  We're officially into the last 200 days of the referendum campaign, so it's time to let our readers know where we are and what we plan as we move forward to the referendum itself.

This time last year the site was attracting around 80,000 unique visitors each month.  In the space of twelve months we have increased our readership by an impressive 60,000 and are now on course to reach over 150,000 unique visitors in March - the first six days of this month has witnessed over 38,000 unique visitors.

By Derek Bateman
 
What a shock today to Google the name of Ailsa McKay and to find she had died in the last 24 hours. I wanted to get in touch about an interview with her and didn’t realise she was so poorly. Such a grounded and committed woman to lose at any time but with Scotland in political turmoil her presence was like a rock. My condolences go to her family.

By Derek Bateman
 
The First Minister says we won’t be foreigners if we are independent. Speak for yourself, Mr Salmond. Who wants to be part of a country that deliberately legislates for poverty, wrecks lives, campaigns for the wealthy and closes its doors to Scotland?
 
If it means severing our links with the austerity merchants of London, I demand to be foreign. If it means no more illegal wars, I scream that I am from a foreign land. And if it brings social justice instead of embedded inequality, then call me Johnny Foreigner. I will be foreign to the Little Englanders and proud of it too.

By John McAllion

'Better Together' campaigners were triumphant as Britain's three party establishment ruled out a currency union with a post-independent Scotland.

The co-ordinated announcement by Tory, Lib Dem and Labour spokespeople was intended to be a game changer that would cause undecided voters to flock into the No camp and scupper any prospect of a Yes majority in the referendum.

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