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NATO is 65 Years old

  By Russell Bruce  'Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves' Abraham Lincoln - quoted on ...

Commentary | Friday, 18 April 2014 | Comments

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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 ...

Commentary | Thursday, 17 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 ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 | Comments

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STV latest to leave CBI over organisation's referendum stance

  By a Newsnet reporter  Scottish broadcaster STV has become the latest high profile organisation to ditch the CBI after the business lobbying group delared its official backing for the No campaign. In a statement issued on Saturday, STV said the London based group's decision to officially register as a supporter of Better Together left them with "no choice" but to ... Read More

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Wind farm classroom to revolve around education

SCHOOL children from across Scotland would enjoy hands-on lessons about rural life and renewable energy, if a classroom on the ... Read More

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

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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 when I read the Guardian with mounting disbelief, I realised I was off chasing someone else’s hare again.
 
Here is a key sentence from Martin Kettle’s column‘Nationalist opinion could become more militant if the talks become bogged down. Even acts of violence are not inconceivable in certain circumstances or places…’

  By David Torrance

One of the dominant themes of last weekend's SNP conference were continuing attempts to woo Labour voters. On Friday Nicola Sturgeon urged them to 'reclaim' their party by voting 'yes' in September and the following day Alex Salmond stressed that independence wasn't about him or the SNP.

This strategy is as old as Salmond's leadership of the party (he made a similar point after becoming convener in 1990), but actually dates back to the late 1970s.

By Mark McNaught

The Scottish government will set out an interim written constitution at the end of the current parliamentary session at the end of June, with plans for a constitutional convention to be held after full independence in March 2016 to finalise the constitution for generations to come.

For those of us who have been advocating a written constitution, this is extremely gratifying, and is as it should be.

By Chris Rumbles

There will have been many people rolling their eyes last week at the latest contribution (if one can call it that) to the referendum debate.  For Scottish football aficionados, however, Lord Robertson's talk of 'cataclysmic' consequences would have been eerily reminiscent of the events of 2012.

It was in June 2012 that Rangers Football Club's liquidation was confirmed after months spent in administration; the result of years of financial mismanagement and wrongdoing.

JOHN Smith, Labour leader and prime minister who never was, died 20 years ago next month, on 12 May, 1994. Like his political hero Hugh Gaitskell, Labour’s other lost leader, Smith’s demise at the comparatively early age of 55 was sudden, unexpected and shocking.
 
His departure from the political scene produced a rare wave of genuine sympathy from political opponents, as well as from friends and supporters. More significant still, the gap he left in Labour’s hierarchy would have a profound effect on the future of British politics and so on many lives, in Britain and in the Middle East.

By Ashley Husband Powton
 
Eleanor Roosevelt stated that 'Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people'. Throughout his myopic article, Professor Colin Kidd, respected expert in his field, vocal public supporter of the no-campaign and purveyor of his own grandiose important relationships with both current and ex Labour party (Prime) ministers, reduces the independence campaign to an argument more fitting of a cheap tabloid newspaper. 
 

  By Dave Taylor
 
This weekend pro-Union campaign group Better Together released details of a survey they commissioned from respected pollster Yougov.  YouGov regularly produces the lowest levels of support for independence in their polls, whilst competitor and no less respected pollster Panelbase often has the highest.
 
The Better Together survey followed a series of polls by Panelbase showing support for Yes amongst decided voters at 47%, six behind its rival. 

  By Peter Geoghegan

‘The one thing we learn from history, is that we learn nothing from history.’ Hegel’s quip might be a witty line, but when it comes to the referendum the occasional dip into the annals can often prove illuminating – if only to show mistakes of the past in a new light.

Take the 1895 general election, when a Conservative-Liberal Unionist government was returned to power in Westminster. Shortly afterwards, Gerald Balfour, the new Chief Secretary for Ireland, summarised the government’s Irish policy as ‘killing home rule with kindness’.

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