Gimme A Break

By Derek Bateman  I’m flitting from meeting-to-show from interview-to-talk from Glasgow-to-Edinburgh and back this week and have something on every ...

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Whitehall bias and underperformance – another reas

  By Jim Cuthbert and Margaret Cuthbert  When the Treasury produced a major report in May claiming that every Scot ...

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Sir Ian Wood's oil intervention was political

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From the Upper Clyde to Independence

By Peter Geoghegan  Tam Brotherston knows a thing or two about political campaigns. Back in 1971, Brotherston was at the forefront of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders ‘work in’ that grabbed the world’s attention. But more than four decades after Jimmy Reid led the workers back into the shipyards, the former shop stweard is in no doubt that the biggest fight of ... Read More


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New Report shows Independence opportunity for oil and gas

A newly published report, by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, comparing Scotland and Norways experience since the discovery of North Sea ... Read More

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

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Councillor James Dornan has called on Glasgow’s Labour leader to stop his political posturing and start defending Glasgow’s teachers, police officers and council tax payers.

The Leader of the SNP Opposition was responding to comments over Glasgow’s budget settlement made in today's media by Labour group leader Gordon Matheson who replaced disgraced former high flyer Stephen Purcell.

This First Ministers Questions comes days after the chaos of Monday morning when Scotland’s central belt road network ground to a halt.

Newsnet Scotland, as is now traditional, will provide no analysis of the session.

However, given that Monday’s weather and resultant chaos dominated the session today we have, in addition to video recordings of the session, provided a collection of video and audio clips from Sunday 5th Dec and early Monday 06th Dec.

More startling revelations have emerged from Wikileaks over the UK/US government collaboration on the issue of the fate of the man known as the Lockerbie bomber – Abdelbaset Al Megrahi.

It has emerged that the previous Labour government agreed in 2008 to try to set up a channel of communication that would allow the US government to ‘apply pressure’ to the Scottish government on the matter of Al Megrahi.

by Mike Small

In yesterdays YouGov’s Scottish sample poll the Lib Dems are now trailing UKIP in Scotland. That’s quite a feat for Nick Clegg and Tavish Scott, the former feted as the ‘Politician of the Year’ across a fawning but not too inquisitve media only a few months ago. To quote the big man: ‘They went up like a rocket and came down like a stick.’

Where did it all go wrong ?

We thought they were trojans, turned out they were the borg. Resistance is futile, though here is admittedly little resistance on show. On raft after raft of policies they have caved in and are now complicit with the wholesale dismantling of the public realm gleefully led by the Tories.

So far so clear, but what to do if you voted LibDem last time and you now feel let down?

Scottish Liberal Democrat MPs have voted in favour of increases to tuition fees in England.

Of the nine Scottish Lib Dem Mps who took part in the vote in the House of Commons the majority opted to side with their Tory coalition colleagues.

Amongst those who voted for the Tory inspired proposal was Lib Dem Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore.  The MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk voted in favour of the controversial policy along with Scottish Lib Dem colleagues Danny Alexander, Alistair Carmichael, Malcolm Bruce and Jo Swinson.


Lib Dem MP Michael Crockart has resigned his position as Parliamentary Secretary to Michael Moore as a result of the coalition plans for an increase in tuition fees in England.

The MP for Edinburgh west explained that in his opinion the coalition policy will cause a rise to student debt that will seriously impact student choices.

by William K. Black, Benzinga

This column was prompted by Thomas Hoenig's December 1, 2010 op ed in the New York Times (“Too Big to Succeed”) warning that we must end banks that are “too big to fail.”

Mr. Hoenig is the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and I am a professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, so the reader may suspect that my profound agreement with much of his reasoning is the product of rooting for the home team. I have held the same views on this issue, however, for decades (and I only moved here four years ago).

  By a Newsnet reporter

In a sensational development US diplomatic cables, leaked to The Guardian newspaper by Wikileaks, show that the last Labour government fully supported the early release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

Megrahi was released in 2009, on grounds of compassion, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Britain feared "harsh and immediate" consequences, according to the leaked cables, if Megrahi were to die in a Scottish prison.  Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa.

"The Libyans have told HMG [Her Majesty's Government] flat out that there will be 'enormous repercussions' for the UK-Libya bilateral relationship if Megrahi's early release is not handled properly." wrote the London charge d'affaires Richard LeBaron in a cable to Washington in October 2008.


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