Will it be a Yes For NHS or Currency No Thanks?

  By G.A.Ponsonby  It's coming down to two clear issues in the race for the independence referendum.  The question is ...

Commentary | Monday, 18 August 2014 | Comments

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A currency union would save the rest of the UK fro

By George Kerevan  WHY are Labour and Conservative politicians so set on rejecting a currency union with an independent Scotland? ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 13 August 2014 | Comments

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Catalonia in Scotland's Independence Slipstream

By Mark McNaught In late July in Barcelona, I had the pleasure of participating in a round table d...

Commentary | Tuesday, 12 August 2014 | Comments

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Devolution alone cannot protect Scottish NHS from Tories says leading union

  By Martin Kelly  A leading trade union has warned that devolution alone cannot protect the Scottish NHS from the Conservative's privatisation agenda currently being implemented in the health service south of the border. Unison has said cutbacks to the English health service will eventually hit Scotland's own health ... Read More


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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

Scottish government says no to Whitehall fracking plans

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, is welcoming comments by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing ... Read More

Darling called on to distance himself from 'insulting' Food Bank comments

The SNP has called on No campaign head Alistair Darling to distance himself from what they said were heartless comments ... Read More

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Charities have backed calls from the SNP group on Glasgow Council for an investigation into the Labour run local authority’s decision on social care.

The calls come after concerns were raised over the impact of the council’s new policy of personalisation for social care which is part of an ongoing review of adult learning disability services.

Bailie David McDonald – SNP Spokesperson on Social Care – has written to the Social Work Inspection Agency to call for an independent investigation into the likely impact of the new policy.

A businessman frae Portsmouth in the sou wast o Ingland is facin a lang streitch in the jyle efter bein fun guiltie at Winchester Croun Court unner seiven counts o the Terrourism Act fur gaitherin an giein out witterins yuisfou tae terrourists.  Terrence Brown haed a wabsteid cryed the Anarchists Cookbook at tuik hits name frae an American counter-culture buik frae the 1970s.

Brown yuised his wabsteid tae sell CDs conteinin the text o the oreiginal buik, plus thousans pages mair o instrucciouns frae Al Qaeda an Muslim extremist wabsteids lik the "Mujahideen Pushions Buik".  CDs funn bi the polis in Browns hous heild chaipters cryed hou tae mak a letter bomb an hou tae intil a kintra illegallie as weill as instrucciouns on hou tae bigg improvysed explosive devyces.  The CD tellt readers hou tae mak detonatours, hou tae mak deidlie pushions an hou tae cairrie out assassinaciouns an aa.

by Mike Hudson

A speech given at the House of Literaturhus, Oslo, recently

I have been invited to visit Oslo to provide an international perspective on the management philosophy guiding Norway’s $500+ billion Oil Fund.  In particular, I’ve been asked to compare it to other sovereign wealth funds.  With regard to the nation’s economic development over the long run, how does Norway’s approach compare with those of China, Singapore and other countries that have accumulated enormous amounts in financial form?

bi John F. McDonnell

Egyptian stait televisioun reports at on Fryday o last weik the Shahedain ('Twa Mairtyrs') Coptic Christian kirk in the ceitie o Sol in Helwan province wis brunt til the grunn efter gilravages atwein Christians and Muslims.   Twa fowk wis slauchert throu the strouth, an monie mair wis hurtit.

The bangstrie brainyellt efter a feud atweish twa local faimlies, yae Christian the ither Muslim, ower a romantic relaciounshap atwein a Christian man an a Muslim wummin in the toun.  Coptic Christians maks up aroun 7,000 fowk out o the touns total populacioun o 50,000.

The touchline altercation between McCoist and Lennon, the orderings off, the bookings and the peripheral problems that follow a Rangers versus Celtic football match – the culprits have been found, it’s the SNP again.

Not content with being unable to control nature, a weakness that led to the resignation of Stewart Stevenson as Transport Minister, the Nat rabble have let the nation down yet again.

by Rona Mackay

The Scottish Government has proposed the so-called Scottish Digital Network as a possible provider of local TV services in Scotland.

The Scottish Digital Network was the main recommendation of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission, set up by First Minister, Alex Salmond, and which submitted its conclusions two-and-a-half years ago.  More recently, an expert panel commissioned by the Scottish Government's Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop recommended that the best way of funding such a service was from the TV licence fee.

by Gerry Hassan, the Scotsman, March 8th 2011

The last decade of Scotland has shown the limits of devolution and the power of the forces of caution and conservatism – despite our belief that we are radicals, rebels and challengers of orthodoxy.

There were several accounts of devolution, but the dominant, prevailing one was not about transforming Scottish society or a supposed ‘new politics’.  Instead, it was about legitimising the existing vested interests and forces of institutional Scotland.

There have been many positives in the last decade: the effortless establishment of the Parliament, its widespread acceptance, and many changes in society which make us a more liberal, tolerant nation.

by Alex Porter, Economy Editor

With concerns about rampant inflation around the corner some members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) have begun arguing for a rise in interest rates.  However, the replacement of Andrew Sentance, who recently voted for an increase in interest rates by 0.5%, by Ben Broadbent - a senior Goldman Sachs economist - will shore up the case for holding base rates at their historic low of 0.5%. The move raises worrying questions over the influence of the global banking elite over the UK Treasury.


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