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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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Salmond v Darling - Game-Changer or Two Hour Turn-

  By David Torrance  The era of televised debates began back in 1960 when more than 60 million voters in ...

Commentary | Thursday, 17 July 2014 | Comments

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Anger at media refusal to correct Gordon Brown 'transplant & transfusion' misinformation

  By a Newsnet reporter  The Scottish media's refusal to correct false claims from Gordon Brown relating to blood transfusions and organ transplants in an independent Scotland, has caused anger amongst Yes supporters. On Monday several news outlets carried claims from the former Prime Minister after he said a Yes vote would put cross border cooperation on health at ... Read More

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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

Yes campaigners star in Vote Yes video

Stars of the grassroots campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum are featuring in a new Yes Scotland ... Read More

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POLITICS...
The latest Scottish opinion poll shows people across Scotland giving overwhelming backing to key SNP policies set out by John Swinney in last week’s Scottish budget.

The poll, carried out by Ipsos Mori last week, indicated that the SNP’s proposals over freezing the council tax, supporting the NHS, abolishing prescription charges and freezing pay for those earning over £21,000 had the support of the Scottish public.

GENERAL...
The First Minister today launched a weekend of events to celebrate St Andrew's Day in spectacular style by being piped onto the Edinburgh Castle esplanade by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers with 50 primary schoolchildren from Glasgow marching alongside.

Alex Salmond, children from Glasgow Royal High School's junior school and visiting tourists enjoyed a rousing performance by Scotland's hottest bagpiping supergroup before Mr Salmond officially invited everyone with a connection to Scotland to join in the celebrations for St Andrew's Day.

SPEAKERS CORNER...Gerry Hassan

Open Democracy, November 22nd 2010

Party politics and the wider art of politics are profoundly about tribes. Are you part of my tribe or the opposing tribe? How is my side or camp doing? Are we up or down: making the political debate, or in retreat and on the defensive?

At the same time we know our political tribes – Conservative, Lib Dem, Labour – are in major crisis leaving aside the disorientation they all feel as they come to terms with the reality of coalition government at Westminster. Yet, while tribalism is in crisis and decline outside of the narrow political village, it still shapes most of how our politics is done.

POLITICS...
Well, it didn’t take long for Michael Moore to realise the real purpose of the role he wanted abolished but now finds himself occupying with apparent relish.

Until last week the new Secretary of State for Scotland had what can only be described as a lacklustre start to his new Ministerial career.  The Fossil Fuel Levy fund, dangled before the Scottish electorate immediately after the forming of the Con Dem coalition, has been whisked back into the vault of the London bank account it languished in when Labour were the jailers, an open goal missed by Moore.

SPEAKERS CORNER...
If the case for university fees really stands up then the case holds for almost any public service. Isobel Lindsay argues that there is a much more important vision for the future of Scotland's universities.

Why are we continuing with free secondary education? Seven years of primary schooling are surely sufficient to ensure that pupils can read the Sun and the Daily Record, fill in their lottery tickets and do a bit of counting (but not enough to understand how much interest they are paying on their credit cards). Those who want to go on to secondary education are enhancing their career prospects and their future earnings potential. Many of their parents can well-afford to pay fees and, if they can’t, we can allow pupils to repay their fees when they are in employment.

 

  The use of public funds at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport by senior Labour councillors and officials – including for a trip to Manchester on the same day as the UEFA cup final - has been condemned by the Accounts Commission.

ECONOMY...
First Minister Alex Salmond has officially opened the new offices of wave energy developer Aquamarine Power as the company took a major step towards the commercialisation of their Oyster technology with the announcement of £11 million new investment in the company.

The new funds comprise £8 million from ABB, one of the world's leading power and automation technology companies, and £3m from Aquamarine Power's existing shareholders, which include SSE Venture Capital, the ventures unit of Scottish and Southern Energy.

ECONOMY...by Mike Small

 

As the vultures circle to try and encapsulate the Irish economic bailout as an excuse for doing nothing (expect a re-tread of ‘arc of insolvency’ gags) it’s worth reflecting on something Burdzeye View has written about: what’s an economy actually for?.

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