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A personal plea to the undecideds

By Sinclair Macleod  This is an unashamedly emotional post. On Tuesday 9th October 2007 our son, Calum, went to bed, ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Comments

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Vote Yes for a Scottish Political Enlightenment

  By Mark McNaught  "On the 18th between 7AM and 10PM, 15 hours, a wonderful thing happens to us. When ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Comments

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Vote No for Devo-Something … Sometime

  By Lesley Riddoch So the three Westminster leaders have come up with a Devo Something vow.  They really will bring ...

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Today is Referendum Day … What might History Show?

  By G.A.Ponsonby  The waiting is over and the day has arrived.  Most of us who vote today will have made up our minds some time ago. Some have never wavered whilst others have swithered, pondered perhaps even changed their view - Yes, No, Don’t ... Read More

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SSP referendum meeting halted after pro-Union protestors berate locals

  By a Newsnet reporter  A public event to discuss the referendum, arranged by the Scottish Socialist Party, has had to ... Read More

Greens across Europe show support for Yes vote

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum, will today (16 Sep) show the ... Read More

Darlings for Yes

Alistair Darling's plea to Scots to vote No has been given a giant thumbs down - by his own namesakes.  Another ... Read More

More than 100 Labour supporters sign open letter calling for a Yes vote to build a fairer Scotland

More than 100 Labour party members past and present have signed an open letter urging a Yes vote on Thursday ... Read More

Independent Scotland will have a successful and secure banking sector, says former Lloyds risk manag

A former risk manager for Lloyds Banking Group today hit back at No campaign scaremongering, stressing  that a Yes vote ... Read More

Generation Yes and National Collective set out to win the grandparent vote

Two of the Yes movement's most active groups, Generation Yes and National Collective, have joined forces to urge their grandparents ... Read More

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  By Lesley Riddoch
 
Can Gordon Brown's new timetable for more devolution coax wavering voters back to the No camp before next Thursday?
 
It's certainly true that Devo Max would have won the referendum hands down two years ago.  But Devo Max isn't what Gordon Brown is offering now and two years has proved to be a small eternity in Scottish politics.

  By Mark McNaught
 
When Newsnet Scotland availed me of the opportunity to write editorials two years ago, I was able to pursue an art form that I could only dream of living in the United States, especially in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

By Ashley Husband Powton

We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place. If the complete abolition of private schools in Scotland appears unlikely at present, however, the removal of their charitable status is a moral necessity.

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
So was that it?  Was Ed Miliband’s stiff, arrogant and highly contentious appeal to Labour voters the ultimate weapon in Better Together’s armoury?  If so, it was a blunderbuss that backfired spectacularly.
 
Earlier this week, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson surprised viewers by suggesting that David Cameron might find re-election difficult -- a move clearly designed to persuade Scottish voters that Labour might still be in with a shout.

  By George Kerevan
 
Since I was stood down by Channel 4 News to debate US economist Paul Krugman on Scottish independence and currency – with no explanation - I thought the readers of Newsnet Scotland might like to hear what I would have said.

  By Russell Bruce
 
On Sunday morning on the Andrew Marr show Chancellor George Osborne was pressed by Marr on currency arrangements in the event of a Yes vote.
 
Osborne was very, very clear: "Scotland would not be sharing the pound, as an independent country, with the rest of the United Kingdom."

By Alan Bissett

WE are going into the last ten days of the long campaign for Scottish independence and things are now very exciting indeed.

The latest poll, from the No- friendly YouGov, places Yes at 51 per cent and No at 49 per cent, a massive swing of 12 per cent in just one month, making victory for Yes very much possible.  Even Better Together cheerleaders the Daily Mail are describing the result of as being 'on a knife edge'.

By Peter Geoghegan

"We're looking for the cairn." The woman behind the counter in the Cadbury's outlet store in the Gretna Gateway shopping centre looks slightly bemused.  All around her, piled precariously high, are clear plastic bags filled to bursting with 'Roses' chocolates and mini-Wispas. "Any 2 for £6" declare signs in red dotted across the shop.

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