Get the Claymores out the Thatches…

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. ...

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Confidence grows as Scottish investment hits six year high

  By Stefan Bienkowski  Scotland's economic recovery is well and truly underway with businesses reporting higher levels of confidence and optimism in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period twelve months ago. In its quarterly business survey published today, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce(SCC) stated that all sectors had reported back with higher levels of confidence ... Read More


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Power outage update

First Minister Alex Salmond chaired a further meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) this afternoon where he was ... Read More

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

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By Derek Bateman

There is one option left to the No side as far as I can see and they won't take it. It is Reversion. They must rewind, undo, start again and admit everything that went before was a mistake.

They must apply the air brakes, screech to a halt, burn rubber and come to a juddering stop. Dead weight – Darling, McDougall and co – must be jettisoned and the whole Better Together convoy turned around and headed in the opposite direction.

  By George Kerevan
SUPPOSE that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had gone missing over the Atlantic. Britain would be hard put to mount a search mission because its air and naval forces are now denuded. The RAF’s entire fleet of Nimrod maritime reconnaissance aircraft were withdrawn from service in 2011, as a crude economy measure by the Treasury.
Of course, we could put up a few Hercules transport planes with binoculars, plus the odd Royal Navy frigate with a helicopter. But any passengers floating in a rubber dingy in the Atlantic are going to have to rely on the Americans, Canadians and Norwegians (who have long-range Lockheed P-3 planes) to supply the backbone of any aerial search effort.

By G.A.Ponsonby

Alex Salmond is in the USA this week.  The First Minister is meeting businesses and giving speeches and interviews.  He's promoting Scottish business and culture and of course his visit coincides with the annual Scotland Week celebrations in the USA.

But Mr Salmond has struggled to grab the headlines over here.  One reason was a speech given by former Labour MP George Robertson.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
Last Thursday, just as I woke, I turned on the radio to hear a news bulletin on Good Morning Scotland.  They were going through the newspaper headlines, and yes, there was an anti-independence story included in the review.
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre had produced a report into the SNP's revolutionary childcare proposals.  It was the front page headline in the Scotsman newspaper, and duly read out by the radio Scotland presenter.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
Newspaper sales in Scotland are tumbling.  The Daily Record, Scottish Sun, the Scotsman and Herald are all suffering as readers move to the internet in their droves.
The new web based medium is fast replacing newsprint as the place to go for comment, analysis and news.  The web is playing a critical role in the independence referendum as a recent poll for online site Wings Over Scotland found.

  By Lesley Riddoch

Why are women still lagging behind men in support for Scottish independence?  At first the gender gap was ignored, now thousands of column inches have been written.

A small raft of explanations have been floated – chief amongst them the notion articulated by Professor John Curtice that women lack the hunter-gatherer instinct and tend to be home-makers not risk-takers. ScotCen Social Research Director, Rachel Ormston observes more men are “heart” nationalists who support Scottish independence as a matter of conviction than women who are more pragmatic, assessing and practical.

Looks like word has gone out around the Better Together network to report anything that can be sexed up into a cybernat scandal to feed to the media. Today’s story about a Labour MP having to hide his face in the street and undergoing threatening behaviour in his constituency office looks like a version of this tactic.

It is being conflated by Darling with criticisms of bosses telling their staff how to vote based on dodgy information to construct what the lawyers call a tissue of lies to defame the Yes movement.

  By Dave Taylor
The Panelbase poll for Wings Over Scotland confirms the reduction in the No lead that our poll showed 3 weeks ago. Indeed, it has the Yes vote a shade higher than our poll found.
Whilst it’s always nice to have your own poll results confirmed, the actual level of support for Yes and No isn’t guaranteed to reflect what these two Panelbase surveys show.


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