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By Derek Bateman  I’m flitting from meeting-to-show from interview-to-talk from Glasgow-to-Edinburgh and back this week and have something on every ...

Commentary | Friday, 22 August 2014 | Comments

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Whitehall bias and underperformance – another reas

  By Jim Cuthbert and Margaret Cuthbert  When the Treasury produced a major report in May claiming that every Scot ...

Commentary | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Comments

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Sir Ian Wood's oil intervention was political

  By Martin Kelly  Yesterday afternoon [Wednesday] at 15:15 an email popped into the generic inbox at Newsnet Scotland.  It was ...

Commentary | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Comments

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From the Upper Clyde to Independence

By Peter Geoghegan  Tam Brotherston knows a thing or two about political campaigns. Back in 1971, Brotherston was at the forefront of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders ‘work in’ that grabbed the world’s attention. But more than four decades after Jimmy Reid led the workers back into the shipyards, the former shop stweard is in no doubt that the biggest fight of ... Read More

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New Report shows Independence opportunity for oil and gas

A newly published report, by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, comparing Scotland and Norways experience since the discovery of North Sea ... Read More

Political Events Held All Week at Scotland’s ReferendumFest 2014

Edinburgh based publishers Luath Press are holding a week-long festival of politics, showcasing some of Scotland’s best writers and thinkers ... Read More

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Scottish government says no to Whitehall fracking plans

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  By Martin Kelly
 
Yesterday afternoon [Wednesday] at 15:15 an email popped into the generic inbox at Newsnet Scotland.  It was from Energy Voice – one of many outlets Newsnet Scotland subscribes to.
 
It was odd, as their usual daily email had arrived hours earlier – what was this?

By Derek Bateman
 
I’m flitting from meeting-to-show from interview-to-talk from Glasgow-to-Edinburgh and back this week and have something on every day and sometimes two things…I’m rescheduling because of overlap.
 
And on top of all that I’ve just heard from Ian Wood that there’s only 35 years of oil left…35 years! What are we going to do? And according to John Birt we won’t be able to watch Strictly while the oil dwindles…excuse me while I reach for the Kleenex.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
The question of Scotland’s ‘missing million’ has been a recurring one during the referendum campaign. According to the Electoral Commission Scotland, turnout at the 2011 Holyrood elections was 989,540 lower than the 1992 general election. So, where have all these erstwhile voters gone?

  By Martin Kelly
 
An oil field, described as one of the biggest untapped resources in the North Sea, is set to produce oil until 2050, it has emerged.
 
The Bentley Field, which is due to be drilled by Xcite Energy, has up to 777 million barrels of oil reserves, the company has revealed.

A new book by former First Minister Henry McLeish
 
The future of the Union and Scotland are big issues and we should not underestimate the significance of our date with destiny, and equally important, what happens after that.
 

  By Jim Cuthbert and Margaret Cuthbert
 
When the Treasury produced a major report in May claiming that every Scot would be £1,400 better off under the union, this received wall-to-wall coverage in the media.  But was it in any way accurate? This is what we set out to examine in a report published by "Options for Scotland" on 14th August, (available on our website www.cuthbert1.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk ).

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's coming down to two clear issues in the race for the independence referendum.  The question is of course which of the two, NHS or Currency, chimes more with the electorate.
 
For the pro-Union Better Together campaign the dominant issue is currency, or rather a currency union.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC trades on its reputation like no other organisation.  It's this reputation for fairness and accuracy that ensures its news broadcasts carry weight, not just here in the UK, but internationally.
 
People trust the BBC like no other broadcast news outlet.  Indeed so deep runs that trust that in the UK the public allows itself to be coerced into funding the corporation through the TV licence, a tax costing each household £145.50 each year.

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