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The Freemasonry of the Media

By Derek Bateman  For 45 years I have been a 'Member of Her Majesty's Press' and have now become a ...

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Unionist parties failing to coordinate and think t

By Mark McNaught The greatest sin in politics is when you believe your own propaganda.  On the eve of t...

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What is Labour's 'Plan B' to halt ConDem cuts?

  By John McAllionThe timing of the independence referendum was always going to cause major problems for the No camp.  ...

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SNP statements contradict BBC reporter's NHS claims

  By a Newsnet reporter  A BBC Scotland reporter who was recently accused of having used bogus figures in order to criticise the Scottish NHS, has attempted to use NHS statistics in order to cast doubt on the effectiveness of the SNP's referendum campaign. Eleanor Bradford told viewers of Reporting Scotland that newly published figures for the Scottish NHS were not what the ... Read More

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Lochhead spells out five key Yes gains for Scotland's farmers

The SNP’s Richard Lochhead will today (Tuesday) set out the opportunities offered by independence for Scotland’s farmers – and contrast ... Read More

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

John Finnie to speak at SSP Independence meeting in Scotstoun

Independent MSP John Finnie to speak in Glasgow as Scottish Socialist Party steps up intensity of campaign for Independence with ... Read More

Patrick Harvie and Dennis Canavan take Yes message to Tranent

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is urging voters in the ... Read More

Support for SSP grows on wave of Pro-Yes optimism

THE Scottish Socialist Party has re-launched its Falkirk branch - the latest of many new branches across Scotland - as ... Read More

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By Mark McNaught

In late July in Barcelona, I had the pleasure of participating in a round table discussion over Catalonia's constitutional future.  The other participants were very curious about the status of the 'yes' campaign in Scotland, and whether the corporate polls were correct in predicting a 'no' vote.

  Why Did The BBC Ignore The Evidence On Improvements In The Sector asks the Professor of Childhood Inclusion at the University of Edinburgh

By John M. Davis 
 
This article is a response to a BBC report on early years provision on the 8th of August. 

In contrast to the BBC report the article illustrates the great improvements that have been a/brhieved in the sector and outlines the positive, progressive and open approach to change taken by Childhood Practitioners who lead early years and out of school provision. 

  By Russell Bruce

Listen to Alex Salmond speaking to business leaders at the Vision for Scotland Conference in Edinburgh on 6th August.  It is vital there is no doubt what the position of the Scottish Government is going into the negotiations following a Yes vote. 

The First Minister explains the pros and cons of the other options considered by the Fiscal Commission.

  By Lesley Riddoch

STV's "Scotland Decides" TV debate was a big disappointment for Yes supporters – there's no denying it.  Alex Salmond was off form and curiously slow on his feet.  By contrast the normally soporific Alistair Darling acted like a man possessed. Each man performed against type – and against hype.

SNP supporters expected their leader to simply switch on the vice-like control of proceedings he demonstrates every week in Holyrood – even though this was a debate between equals not a First Minister's showcase.

  By Peter Geoghegan
 
Last Tuesday night, I watched, along with most of Scotland, two besuited, middle-aged men argue with each other on national television for the best part of two hours. In the main it was pretty unedifying stuff.
 
Alastair Darling refused to accept that Scotland could function as an independent country; Alex Salmond made the frankly bizarre decision to waste valuable minutes asking facile questions about 'Project Fear' scare stories. The crowd booed and cheered on cue. All in all there was little – if anything – to differentiate this from the 'Punch and Judy' politics that nationalists have, rightly, chastised Westminster for.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
'The Freedom of the Press'.  It's a statement that's wheeled out whenever newspapers fear a curb on their more nefarious practices might be on the way.
 
Without freedom, says the fourth estate, we wouldn't be able to pursue those in power, we wouldn't be able to expose corruption.

  In January this year a study by a Scottish academic caused a sensation when it revealed anti-independence bias existed in early evening news programmes broadcast in Scotland.
 
The study by Professor John Robertson resulted in BBC Scotland management appearing in front of a Holyrood Committee to explain the findings.

By Pam Currie

“Oh, I don’t know what to think…” … “What if…” … “We’ll never manage it…” Sound familiar? It does to me. In recent months I’ve been the length and breadth of my local area, South Ayrshire, talking to voters on street stalls, doorsteps and in village halls.

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