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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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Stephen Maxwell

Since last May's General Election most surveys of voting intentions for next year's Scottish Parliament elections have given the Labour Party a clear lead over the SNP.

Even Scottish Labour's most ardent champions would not attribute their advantage to a stream of compelling new policies or to their leader’s easy dominance of the Scottish debate....

Gerry Hassan

Open Democracy, September 9th 2010
The SNP minority government under Alex Salmond has finally accepted political arithmetic and retreated on its promise to hold an independence referendum before the May 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.



With BBC Scotland and just about every other Scottish media outlet more or less anointing Iain Gray as First Minister designate, following Alec Salmond's decision to drop the proposed Independence referendum from the forthcoming Parliamentary session.  There seems to be a resigned inevitability that the SNP have no chance of forming the next Scottish government and that supporters of Independence had better just accept that the Tartan Overlord seems to favour a gradual, gradual approach to Independence and soon Labour will be back in charge leading us all to a socialist-lite Utopia.

MSP Michael Matheson - a member of the Scottish Parliament's Health Committee - has called on the Liberal Democrats' health spokesperson, Ross Finnie, to apologise for falsely claiming an alcohol addiction specialist had rejected a 45p minimum price for alcohol.

The SNP MSP pointed out that The Courier newspaper has reported that the specialist, Dr Peter Rice of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has in fact given the SNP’s 45p minimum price per unit “a hearty welcome”.

First Minister Alex Salmond, currently in Bilbao seeking to strengthen Scotland's economic and energy links with the Basque Country, has announced a massive inward investment by Spanish energy giant Iberdrola.

The Spanish power giant, who also owns ScottishPower, is to invest £3 billion by way of spend in Scottish businesses over the next two years.  Since 2007, Iberdrola has invested £2.7 billion in UK businesses, a substantial part of this in Scotland.

The goal of providing new opportunities to develop talent, ideas and the creative economy moved a step closer today as the Scottish Government’s Culture Minister commissioned proposals for funding Scottish digital network plans that aim to transform broadcasting services in Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop has asked former chair of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission (SBC) Blair Jenkins to lead an independent panel of experts which will investigate options for establishing and funding a new Scottish digital network providing public service broadcasting.

It was the Holyrood Unionists pet project, forced through by them in 2007 despite opposition from the then fledgling SNP Government.

However, over three years later the Edinburgh Trams project looks set to become an albatross around the capital’s neck and the Labour and Conservative parties appear to be running for cover as costs on the project spiral out of control.

Newly published research into gangs and knife carrying has suggested that Labour’s proposed automatic jail sentence for anyone caught carrying a knife will have little effect on violent crime amongst youths.

The results of the research, published by the Scottish Government, suggested people who carry knives rarely use them and that they are instead sparingly deployed as a ‘deterrent’ to warn off would-be attackers.


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