Yes means more than being a 'Proud Scot'

By Paul Kavanagh Despite claims from the Naw camp that it’s in the bag for the Union, I’m not thinking about ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Comments

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Irish lessons for Scottish Independence

By Colm Ó Broin  Despite the many predictions made during the Scottish independence debate nobody really knows what the future ...

Commentary | Sunday, 27 July 2014 | Comments

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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

By Derek Bateman Are you panicking? Getting desperate yet? There seems to be a line from the No fantasists that ...

Commentary | Sunday, 27 July 2014 | Comments

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Carmichael threatens to tighten Westminster's grip if Scots vote No

  By a Newsnet reporter  Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said that the UK Government's priority in the event of a No vote would be to strengthen its presence in Scotland. Speaking to the Herald newspaper, the Lib Dem MP said that Scots would need to be reminded that they were governed by Westminster and not just ... Read More


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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

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

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By Mark McNaught
If there there any lingering doubt, then disclosures over the past months have obliterated the pretension that Scotland is an equal partner within the Union, and that the UK is ‘Better Together’.
It is now clear that Westminster views Scotland as a mere colony to exploit, is contemptuous of Scots, insults their intelligence, and has erected monumental lies to keep Scots cowering with fear from seeking self-determination. 

  By G.A.Ponsonby

Newsnet Scotland ran a story this week that should have been on the front page of every newspaper in Scotland.

The exclusive, although it wasn't billed as such, revealed that the National Union of Journalists in Scotland were locked in a battle with the BBC over the broadcaster's membership of the CBI.

  By George Kerevan
I’ve heard of many reasons for a No vote in the independence referendum, but my favourite of the moment is the notion that Scotland would face a meltdown of its taxation system.
Or at least that is one interpretation of yesterday’s paper from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (Icas) on how tax matters will be handled post-independence.

SSP national co-spokesperson Colin Fox was invited to the Oxford Union last week to debate the motion 'This House Believes Scotland Should Be An Independent Country'. Opposing him were Labour MP Anne McGuire, Lord Jim Wallace and the businessman John Dunsmore. This was his speech.

Mr President I rise to support the motion and would like to thank the Oxford Union for inviting me. I understand the debate this evening will 'follow the British Parliamentary style.

By Ken Ferguson

Two years into their relentlessly negative campaign – codenamed, in best Biggles style, as Operation Fear – early signs of a change of tone if not message are emerging from the bowels of Better Together.

Indeed those self same bowels are becoming increasingly uneasy as the gap between Yes and No narrows and the contrast grows between the genuinely mass nature of the Scotland-wide Yes campaign and the cunningly concealed No campaign ground-level activity.

By John McAllion

During Scottish Labour's recent Perth conference, a succession of speakers sought to convince us that a socially just Scotland could only happen inside a Labour Britain.

They promised a “race to the top” in which Scotland and the rest of the UK would fight together to build a people's economy. They explained that social justice could only prevail over capitalist exploitation after the Coalition Government had been consigned to the dustbin of history.

By Derek Bateman
Some interesting transformations this weekend. The revelation undergone by David Martin MEP contradicts the last two and a half years of denial of the reality of Scotland’s place in the EU. The other is the emergence of journalist David Torrance as a Unionist commentator rather than an impartial observer, the basis on which all his previous work had been based.

  Before retiring, John Jappy was a senior civil servant in the Inland Revenue, working for the Accountant & Controller General's Branch based at Somerset House in London.  His duties involved liaising closely with Treasury officials to prepare accounts and financial information for UK government ministers.

In the video below he reveals the truth of the extent to which Westminster has deceived Scots over their contribution to the UK economy.


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