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Miliband seeks US link dividends

By George Kerevan It is a rite of passage that aspirant British prime ministers seek an audience with the incumbent ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | Comments

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The purpose of the heart

By Paul KavanaghWe’re told the independence campaign is a battle between head and heart, at least a lot of f...

Commentary | Monday, 21 July 2014 | Comments

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The BBC? Stick it up your Juncker!

  By G.A.Ponsonby  Jean-Claude Juncker is a name that few in Scotland will have heard of prior to the start ...

Commentary | Saturday, 19 July 2014 | Comments

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SNP calls on BBC to address 'serious concerns' after report questions news coverage

  By Martin Kelly The SNP has called on the BBC to set out detailed plans for it intends to address issues raised in a new report published by the Audience Council Scotland. According to the report, BBC Scotland needs a "thorough reassessment" of its news output with viewers north of the border questioning the broadcaster's impartiality over its covering of the ... Read More

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Glasgow benefiting from Scottish Government infrastructure spending

Glasgow is set to be a key centre for bio-medical science as the new facilities under construction at the Southern ... Read More

Indy supporters donate thousands for Foodbank after Yes Cyclist's 500 mile marathon

A Glasgow Foodbank will benefit from the generosity of Yes supporters after they donated thousand of pounds to a crowdfunding appeal. The ... Read More

Sillars and Scottish Socialists to outline case for independence

With many people yet to decide which way to vote in the referendum, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars is ... Read More

Labour for Independence to host national event in Edinburgh

Labour for Independence have announced their latest event as part of a national tour which will be held in Edinburgh this ... Read More

Palestinian Archbishop to be given warm welcome at Edinburgh Airport

His Eminence Archbishop Atallah Hanna will arrive in Edinburgh tonight to begin a week-long Scottish tour.  The Archbishop of Sebastia from ... Read More

MSP accuses Westminster of lack of transparency over possible HMRC office closures

SNP MSP Margaret Burgess has demanded transparency as HMRC’s consultation on planned office closures is kept away from public scrutiny. HMRC ... Read More

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by Kenneth Roy

Among its many curiosities, the national entitlement card for young people in Scotland has succeeded in turning language on its head. In the lexicon of official Scotland, the word 'voluntary' no longer means what it says. It now means 'compulsory' or 'compulsory in effect'.

When we first looked at this card for 12 to 25 year olds, we claimed that a national ID scheme was being introduced at the school gate. Our basis for this claim was the new policy of Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy, and other schools in Perth and Kinross, to make the production of the card obligatory for pupils wishing to enter the school building. We said – it seemed a fair enough deduction – that, in order to gain access to their own education, pupils were being required to hold one of these cards whether they liked it or not. If this is not 'compulsory', what is?

Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee has claimed that there are "too many unresolved issues" surrounding the conviction of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, the man convicted of planting the bomb that downed Pan Am 103.
 
The committee agreed to allow a petition, lodged by the campaign group Justice For Megrahi (JFM), calling for an inquiry into the conviction.  The petition attracted the support of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, as well as Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

by James Maxwell

Fintan O’Toole’s superb polemic Ship of Fools, a savage assault on the cynical, incompetent elite which has driven Ireland’s once booming economy to the point of ruin, contains a passage of particular significance for followers of politics in Scotland:

“Fianna Fáil existed as a machine for the gaining and holding of political power”, it reads.  “It was in general inimical to political ideas that could be spelled out in detail or tested against reality.  If ideas had to be worn at all, they could be easily discarded.”

This is just as accurate a description of Scottish Labour as it is of Ireland’s now former party of government.

by Thomas Paterson, Gold Made Simple News

After the tales of silver shortages over the past few weeks – the Canadian Mint reporting that “silver is becoming very difficult to source” – and the ongoing silver backwardation, is it now the turn of gold supply to become tight?

News out of Egypt over the weekend is that it has just banned all gold exports for at least the next four months.  The purpose of the ban is to try an attempt members from the former regime stealing any of the people’s gold on the way out of the door.

Remember that when Tunisia fell Ben Ali’s wife was sent to their central bank and picked up 1.5 tonnes of the people’s gold (about 1/3 of all the nation's gold) and flew it out of the country on on a private jet – note they didn’t waste any time on picking up fiat currency, they wanted things that were real and tangible, they wanted gold.

by Alex Porter, Economy Editor

'Black Wednesday' was the day the British Conservative party lost its overwhelming advantage over the Labour party in terms of economic credibility.  John Major's government was forced to withdraw the pound sterling from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) on 16 September 1992 after they were unable to keep sterling above its agreed lower limit.  George Soros, Quantum Fund founder, the most high profile of the currency market investors, made over US$1 billion profit by short selling sterling.  The cost to the UK Treasury was later revealed in 2005 under the Freedom of Information Act to be £3.3 billion

by G.A.Ponsonby

A research consultancy which last year produced a report challenging the SNP's claims for minimum pricing for alcohol has produced another report, this time claiming Scotland’s renewable sector is ‘costing jobs’ and might fail without ‘UK subsidies’.

The new report called Worth the Candle? is from Verso Economics, a Kirkaldy based research and consultancy company headed by Richard Marsh and Ruth Brown.  A new study carried out by the firm claims to have found evidence that more jobs are lost than are created in Scotland's green energy sector, 1.1 lost to every 1 created.

by G.A.Ponsonby

Scotland’s local authority umbrella group Cosla has poured cold water on suggestions that a deal may be struck between councils and the Scottish government to ensure no compulsory redundancies for public sector workers next year.

Initial reports yesterday suggested that a deal was close and required only the support of the Scottish TUC.  The reports claimed that Scottish councils had signed up to a framework agreement aimed at preventing compulsory job losses in the public sector.  The agreement was said to have been endorsed by council leaders on Friday.

On 27th March, the last Sunday of the month, the ten yearly national census will take place.  Collecting accurate and up to date statistical information about every aspect of Scottish life allows government organisations to plan and fund services accurately, as the census will tell them vital information such as how many elderly people there are, or where there is an increase in number of young people.

For a number of decades, the census has included a question about the ability to speak or understand Gaelic.  The census figures for the Gaelic language have been vital in ensuring that efforts to revive and maintain the language are effectively targeted.  This year, for the very first time, the census will also include a similar question asking about the ability to speak or understand the Lowland Scots language.  As we've often reminded Newsnet Scotland readers, the British government officially recognises Scots as a distinct language requiring protection under the terms of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

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