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By George KerevanWITH barely two weeks to go before the independence referendum, the Yes campaign has finally acquired momentum. The latest ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 | Comments

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Why I will never buy the Herald again

  By G.A.Ponsonby  I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out ...

Commentary | Monday, 1 September 2014 | Comments

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Scotland: The Day after ... In Europe

By Mark McNaught The resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, ...

Commentary | Sunday, 31 August 2014 | Comments

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UK responsible for all of the debt confirms Treasury Chief

  By Martin Kelly  The Permanent Secretary to the Treasury has confirmed that in the event of independence the rest of the United Kingdom will be liable for all of the UK's debt. Yesterday, Sir Nick Macpherson, was giving evidence in front of a House of Commons Select Committee when he was asked about the £1.2 trillion of debt the UK ... Read More

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Harvie says Scotland is ready now

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is hailing the vision laid ... Read More

Television debate will be 'Team Yes' versus 'Team Tory'

Previewing the next television referendum debate - a panel debate on Scottish Television on Tuesday, in which Yes will be ... Read More

Salmond: Yes vote will trigger global marketing campaign for Food & Drink sales

Alex Salmond will today pledge to work with the food and drink industry following a Yes vote to ensure they ... Read More

Yes will protect Scotland's EU membership as 100 Tory MPs vow EU exit

The threat to Scotland’s place in the European Union in the event of a No vote has been highlighted again ... Read More

Salmond: New voters' Hampden Roar will deliver success for Yes

Commenting on the surge in people across Scotland who have been signing up to the electoral roll to vote in ... Read More

A night for Scotland as stars take to the stage in bumper #VoteYes concert

A galaxy of Scotland's top talent is taking to the stage in the final push for a Yes vote in ... 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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