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By Derek Bateman  Damn! I’ve been trying to keep to my own agenda and not be side-tracked by others. But ...

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Increasingly desperate Unionists

  By Campbell Martin  The British Unionists are losing....and they know it.  Just over five-months from the Independence Referendum, most polls ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Comments

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George Kerevan: A small risk for the greater good

JOHN Smith, Labour leader and prime minister who never was, died 20 years ago next month, on 12 May, 1994. ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Comments

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Increasingly desperate Unionists

  By Campbell Martin  The British Unionists are losing....and they know it.  Just over five-months from the Independence Referendum, most polls still give the Unionists a small lead but the direction of travel is unmistakeably from ‘No’ to ‘YES’.  With such momentum likely to continue, the British Unionists now know they are facing defeat in the real poll on September 18th.It ... Read More

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Power restored after outage

Local communities in the north of Scotland hit by a power outage on Wednesday evening have had their electricity fully ... Read More

Academic pours scorn on Commons Committee report on education after Yes

Another No campaign attack has suffered a setback after a senior academic described claims on higher education as being based ... Read More

Countdown begins to best Games ever

With 100 days to go to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, at least 100 young people from across the ... Read More

Scottish Independence: Yes or No? - A new book by Alan Cochrane and George Kerevan

In September 2014, a referendum will be held in Scotland to decide whether or not the nation should become independent.  ... Read More

Millions of criminals’ cash to fund future football stars

Millions of pounds confiscated from criminals is to be invested in Scottish football for young people as part of the ... Read More

Scotland’s Electoral Future consultation launched

Maximising voter turnout at Scottish elections is the focus of a consultation launched today. The consultation paper “Scotland’s Electoral Future” asks ... Read More

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By David Scheffer
 
Recently, misleading presumptions about what international law requires and seeming indifference to the necessity of negotiations following a possible pro-independence vote in Scotland on September 18th have framed the referendum debate.  Politicians can always craft arguments around faulty presumptions and then make a dire outcome sound eminently plausible.  But the fate of Scotland cannot be so easily disposed of by the Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, the Chancellor the Exchequer.

By Derek Bateman

Getting poor people to register to vote to change their lives is now branded "hatred". Have Unionists lost all decency or just a little perspective? I don't care who goes into Easterhouse and the other sprawling estates outside Scotland's cosy middle circle of professionals, well-paid pensioners, business types and commentators, so long as it works.

Who lives their lives content that thousands of our fellow citizens live such dreary unrewarding lives that they have no motivation to engage with society? The answer is the selfish, the uncaring and the undemocratic.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
They were supposed to be cruising to victory.  Their tactics were basic yet effective, keep posing questions and keep highlighting concerns.
 
Even the revelation that insiders had christened their own scare tactics 'Project Fear' appeared not to harm Better Together as they continued twenty points clear, plodding towards the finish line and certain victory.

By Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser

It's been a good week for those of us campaigning as trade unionists for independence. Huge numbers of trade unionists have voted to support  Scottish independence after thorough, well-informed debate.

And even those union leaders who unceremoniously imposed their union's support for the anti-independence camp with no - or entirely sham - consultation of Scottish members, are now desperately scrambling to distance themselves from the toxic, Tory-funded Better Together campaign.

bell-fuckBy Paul T Kavanagh

We're doing things all wrong you know.  After spending the past 18 months or so sneering contemptuously, ignoring all positive arguments for independence, and belittling Scotland's chances of making it as an independent state, the Observer/Guardian has decided that Scots are not having the debate we're supposed to be having.

By a Newsnet reporter

On Saturday the Herald newspaper ran a story with a headline that read 'Blow for Yes as PCS union decides to stay neutral on indyref'.

The story revolved around the result of a vote taken by trade union PCS the outcome of which was that the union would adopt a neutral stance in the independence campaign.

By Colin Fox
 
Perhaps the key question the European elections pose in Scotland this summer is - will UKIP win a seat here?
 
While most commentators predict Farage's racists may top the poll in England (in 2009 UKIP got 13 MEP's elected and received more votes than Labour) they feel UKIP does not have the support to win a seat north of the border.

By Derek Bateman

The ToryLabourLibDem Troika, having delighted the Dependence Twitterati with their currency strike, have created a massive problem for themselves. They don't consult, they combine to say No – against all reason – they resist well-argued Scottish logic. So, if this is how they treat the Scots in an area where we share an asset, who can trust them to deliver increased powers?

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