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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 ...

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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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. ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 16 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 still give the Unionists a small lead but the direction of travel is unmistakeably from ‘No’ to ‘YES’.  With such momentum likely to continue, the British Unionists now know they are facing defeat in the real poll on September 18th.It ... Read More

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By Bob Duncan

National Collective cartoonist Greg Moodie has embarked on what he describes as a 'drinking' tour' of independence websites, with a different major site hosting one of his works each Saturday.

In the past few weeks, Greg has stopped off for a wee dram at both Bella Caledonia and BBC Scotlandshire. This week it is the turn of Newsnet Scotland to host a little number inspired by the extraordinarily high profile of UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
She spoke those words at the independence rally in Edinburgh in September 2012.  I never met Margo MacDonald, but like others who have sent well wishes to her family and expressed their own sadness at her passing, I felt as though I did.
 
I called our editor on Friday afternoon when I heard the news.  I expected Lynda to have already heard.  The gasp on the other end of the phone told me she hadn't.  Oh no! was the immediate response followed by a lengthy silence.

By George Kerevan
 
DURING his ill-starred 2010 election campaign, Gordon Brown made the controversial pledge to “create British jobs for British workers”. Of course, his proposal was illegal under European Union rules, but then Brown did not actually intend to do anything about it. His use of language worthy of the BNP was a classic political “dog whistle” – an emotive phrase intended to lodge in the subconscious of a key electoral group.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
St George's Day is most commonly associated with England, but the feast of the fabled dragon is a big deal in Catalonia, too.  Every April 23, Catalans exchange books, flowers and other gifts on the dia dels enamorats (lovers' day).
 
But on April 23, 2015, Catalans could be doing something very different on St George's day – making a unilateral declaration of independence.

  By Derek Bateman
 
It gets frustrating for people like me to have to deal constantly with dreary economic unknowns when the referendum is about our national coming together to release our latent talent and about rewriting our democracy. (Let me write that again from a more positive outlook…oh joy, another doom-laden report comes out telling us the problems we'll confront if we dare vote Yes). Still amounts to the same thing, doesn't it?

By Isobel Lindsay

The anonymous Cabinet Minister who said they would probably negotiate a currency union with Scotland especially if they could get to keep Trident on the Clyde, let slip one of the big unionist nightmares – they could lose their big-power virility symbol.

This is one of the great moral and international issues at stake in the Referendum campaign.

By Derek Bateman

There's no escaping the irony. The people who accuse nationalists of abuse have turned to vilification in place of argument. There's always going to be a background of jibe and accusation and it's a key part of what we call debate, although it is dismissed as contemptible by the pious who nevertheless find space in their condemnation for the odd dismissive barb themselves.

Personally, I enjoy it. My rule of thumb is not to write anything I wouldn't say to someone's face and that mostly gets me by, allowing tart, sour and borderline hurtful comments while making sure I could justify them if challenged.

By Derek Bateman
 
Another bombardment of tough love is already skyward and heading our way this week as the independence-haters – what else can they be with such irrational, self-harming persistence – seek to hammer home their orchestrated line on no currency sharing. (I get images of Osborne astride a descending bomb like the major in Dr Strangelove)

It would have been arm-round-the-shoulder week, like the boozy wincher, angling for a stolen kiss, no doubt turning nasty on rejection. Instead, through their own ineptitude, they are obliged to bludgeon us with ever more shrill insistence that they meant it all along.

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