NATO is 65 Years old

  By Russell Bruce  'Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves' Abraham Lincoln - quoted on ...

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Get the Claymores out the Thatches…

By Derek Bateman  Damn! I’ve been trying to keep to my own agenda and not be side-tracked by others. But ...

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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 ...

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STV latest to leave CBI over organisation's referendum stance

  By a Newsnet reporter  Scottish broadcaster STV has become the latest high profile organisation to ditch the CBI after the business lobbying group delared its official backing for the No campaign. In a statement issued on Saturday, STV said the London based group's decision to officially register as a supporter of Better Together left them with "no choice" but to ... Read More

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Wind farm classroom to revolve around education

SCHOOL children from across Scotland would enjoy hands-on lessons about rural life and renewable energy, if a classroom on the ... Read More

Power outage update

First Minister Alex Salmond chaired a further meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) this afternoon where he was ... Read More

Power restored after outage

Local communities in the north of Scotland hit by a power outage on Wednesday evening have had their electricity fully ... Read More

Academic pours scorn on Commons Committee report on education after Yes

Another No campaign attack has suffered a setback after a senior academic described claims on higher education as being based ... Read More

Countdown begins to best Games ever

With 100 days to go to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, at least 100 young people from across the ... Read More

Scottish Independence: Yes or No? - A new book by Alan Cochrane and George Kerevan

In September 2014, a referendum will be held in Scotland to decide whether or not the nation should become independent.  ... Read More

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by Peter Thomson

Scotland hasnae got a king an’ she hasnae got a queen,
Hoo can there be a second Liz when the first yin’s never been?

First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed the announcement by world-leading wind energy company Gamesa of plans for an offshore technology research centre to be based in Glasgow.

The Spanish company's proposals to establish an Offshore Wind Technology Centre could create an initial 130 engineering jobs with prospects of a further 170 jobs.

By Ewen McPherson, aka Chiefy1724

If you remember, last time I wrote a brief piece for this site I was going on about how much time we seem to spend talking to ourselves.

We still talk to ourselves. However what I must say is that the quality as well as the quantity of submission and discourse on Newsnet Scotland has shown an immense improvement.

Newsnet Scotland is now developing a reputation as a source of unbiased opinion where those of a pro-independence mind will receive the same courtesies extended to those who do not share our views.

by Gerry Hassan

Open Democracy, January 19th 2010

Scottish politics is away to change and not change – with according to the most recent TNS-BMRC poll – Scotland getting itself into a frenzy of excitement at the anticipation of Iain Gray’s Scottish Labour returning to office (1).

The figures are worth highlighting: Labour is polling 49% of the constituency vote and 47% of the regional vote: enough to see it get an impressive 69 seats in the 129 seat Parliament and thus an overall majority.


The Labour party was left reeling yesterday following the shock resignation of Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson.  Mr Johnson announced his resignation from Ed Miliband's frontbench team, citing "personal" reasons and was immediately replaced by Ed Balls.

The loss of the second in command from his shadow cabinet is a severe blow to Ed Miliband who has faced mounting criticism from within his own party over his leadership style.

Unemployment has fallen and economic growth has increased in Scotland according to the latest official figures from the Scottish Government.

The fall of unemployment in Scotland is in contrast to a rise in unemployment across the rest of the UK.

Opposition party leaders at Holyrood have been left exposed and isolated after it emerged that Westminster plans to bring in minimum pricing for alcohol in England and Wales.

The news is an embarrassment to Holyrood’s Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem leaders after they joined forces in November last year in order to block the SNP’s minimum price policy.


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