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A new Scotland ... A new media

By G.A.PonsonbyOn Sunday I went along to an event in Glasgow organised by the Common Weal.  It was ostensibly a...

Commentary | Saturday, 12 July 2014 | Comments

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Labour Pains

By Derek Bateman The agony of the real Labour voter…trapped in an odious campaign funded by a rich man’s club of ...

Commentary | Friday, 11 July 2014 | Comments

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A shift in political power

By George Kerevan  On Sunday, I met hundreds of people who think politics is fun and can change the world ...

Commentary | Thursday, 10 July 2014 | Comments

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A new Scotland ... A new media

By G.A.PonsonbyOn Sunday I went along to an event in Glasgow organised by the Common Weal.  It was ostensibly a Yes supporting event but there were discussions and performances that wandered into other related areas.One such was the media.  Head of the Common Weal, Robin McAlpine, gave an impassioned speech about the need for a Yes vote.  He also g... Read More

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Yes campaigners star in Vote Yes video

Stars of the grassroots campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum are featuring in a new Yes Scotland ... Read More

500 miles in 5 days to raise cash for Yes

Yes campaigner Mark Coburn has today set off on a marathon cycle ride around Scotland in a fundraising effort for ... Read More

Embarrassment for Labour as welfare claims undermined by own policies

Labour’s paper on welfare has been fatally undermined by their own policies today – which would see people in Scotland ... Read More

The hills are alive with the sight of YES

  Anyone who knows Richard O'Neill, Bill Fraser, Mark Wilson and Kevin Barclay also know they are dedicated supporters of ... Read More

Rough Justice present a feature length documentary on the referendum

A feature length documentary film, entitled Scotland Yet, which explores the Scottish independence movement will premiere at the Cameo Cinema, ... Read More

Celebrate a common future for Scotland

The Festival of the Common Weal on 6th of July in the Arches, Glasgow, is all set-up to be a ... Read More

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By Derek Bateman
 
The agony of the real Labour voter…trapped in an odious campaign funded by a rich man’s club of Tory donors and yet impotent and unable to speak up. Month after month of humiliation as pro-Trident Jim Murphy champions their cause, the Clyde shipyard workers are turned into traitors, and bankers, aristocrats, landowners and millionaire bosses pay their bills. Meanwhile their real option of Devo Max is first removed from the ballot and then castrated by their own party as an act of expediency.

By Mark McNaught

Living in France detached from the daily slugfest of the ‘Scottish’ media, attending the recent BBC protest in Glasgow really hit home the degree to which the media landscape has been so dominated by the BBC, the London-based newspapers, and commercial corporate colossus media.

By Russell Bruce
 
Most of us feel reasonably comfortable if a bit squeezed.  We hear a lot about inequality, fuel poverty, cuts to the benefits of the disabled, the rise of foodbanks.  But how much do we really think about whether our society could be fairer?
 
With the independence referendum we have an opportunity to re-examine what it is to be part of Britain and how British we may or may not feel and how that links with our Scottish identity.

  By Ken Ferguson

Of course the truth is that the UK is run by a parliament elected on undemocratic voting system which guarantees that, whoever wins, policies remain big business and banker friendly with only mild differences in tone between the so called mainstream parties.

It was against this reality that, in the latest foray north of the border by a Westminster “Big Beast” Miliband’s “vision” of a No-voting Scotland at the heart of a supposedly renewed and progressive UK had, as one respected commentator said “the impact of a blancmange hitting concrete”.

By George Kerevan
 
On Sunday, I met hundreds of people who think politics is fun and can change the world for the better. It was quite a shock. Hardly any of them wore smart suits or were looking for a parliamentary career. There were lots of women as well as men, and children as well adults. And lots and lots of folk under 30. Was this truly a political gathering?

By Tim Morgan
 
One day this year this Australian was looking for sign language videos and by chance I came across one by sign4scotland YouTube channel – suddenly I was exposed to the Scottish independence debate and I was hooked.

The more I read, the more I realised that the obvious choice was for Scotland to become independent.

By Ena McLean

ENA McLEAN is a veteran socialist, a warm, lively woman in her seventies who lives in Knightswood, Glasgow. She rejoined the SSP last year. She was due to speak at a recent SSP public meeting in Knightswood on the socialist case for independence, but was ill on the day and couldn’t deliver her speech. But Ena is keen to share her thoughts so here is the speech she would have delivered.

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
I had a dream last night.
 
The Rev. Martin Luther King first spoke those words in Detroit – two months before he addressed a quarter of a million people at the March for Liberty in Washington, 1963.  What has that famous, soaring speech got to do with the relatively humdrum realities of the Scottish independence campaign? Bear with me.

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