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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 G.A.Ponsonby
 
Jean-Claude Juncker is a name that few in Scotland will have heard of prior to the start of this week.  Previously, any mention of 'Jean-Claude' would have elicited the response 'Van Damme?' from most people... well some.

This week though that changed when BBC Scotland got tangled up in a web of its own making as it sought to make a cheap bit of political capital from an innocuous speech from the man who replaced Jose Manuel Barroso.

By George Kerevan
 
THE leader comment in Scotland On Sunday was fair and to the point: “An increasing number of Scots believe the promises, made by the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour parties, of more powers after a No vote … the Yes campaign continues to struggle with a lack of focus … post-Commonwealth Games, Alex Salmond will need a clear, compelling message that shifts polls.”

By Scott Donaldson

I was born in 1972 and, when I was growing up, the world was a very different place to the world of today. Of course, many things were exactly as they are now: we drove cars, we had electricity, we watched television and we used telephones. Yet, it was a far more limited world in terms of the technology we had, the information we had access to and the political choices that were on offer.

  By Campbell Martin
 
One of the things I've always tried to get across is that the Bedroom Tax, benefits' sanctions, soaring unemployment, increasing poverty, widening inequality, low pay, zero-hours contracts, tolerance of tax avoidance and a whole range of other issues have not happened as the result of an evil spell cast by bad pixies.  All of the above have impacted on our lives because of decisions taken by politicians.

  By David Torrance
 
The era of televised debates began back in 1960 when more than 60 million voters in the United States tuned in to watch the first-ever ‘Great Debate’ between the two candidates vying for the White House, Republican vice-president Richard Nixon and Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy.
 
Appearing at a television studio in Chicago, Illinois, the first of four debates centred on domestic issues.

By Paul Kavanagh
 
On Tuesday the UK media and the No campaign got all excited when EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker said that he was not in favour of enlargement of the EU for the next five years or so. Suddenly they’ve got a new blow for Alicsammin from the man who just the other week said that he would accept the result of the Scottish referendum whichever way it went.

By Mark McNaught

While the revelations are decades too late, the disclosure of an elite paedophile ring potentially involving MP’s, ‘Lords’, entertainers, BBC employees and other members of the UK establishment may prove to be the knockout punch to any possibility of Scotland staying in the union.

Why would any Scot vote to remain part of a governing system in which such horrific crimes could be committed with impunity and legally covered up, by some of the most powerful political figures?

  By Martin Kelly

In March 2013 I wrote an article which looked at the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) and asked whether its forecasts on oil revenue were believeable.

Since the article was published, the body set up by George Osborne has revised its forecasts for the oil and gas sector downwards several times - the latest by a whopping twenty five per cent.

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