Yes means more than being a 'Proud Scot'

By Paul Kavanagh Despite claims from the Naw camp that it’s in the bag for the Union, I’m not thinking about ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Comments

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Irish lessons for Scottish Independence

By Colm Ó Broin  Despite the many predictions made during the Scottish independence debate nobody really knows what the future ...

Commentary | Sunday, 27 July 2014 | Comments

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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

By Derek Bateman Are you panicking? Getting desperate yet? There seems to be a line from the No fantasists that ...

Commentary | Sunday, 27 July 2014 | Comments

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Carmichael threatens to tighten Westminster's grip if Scots vote No

  By a Newsnet reporter  Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said that the UK Government's priority in the event of a No vote would be to strengthen its presence in Scotland. Speaking to the Herald newspaper, the Lib Dem MP said that Scots would need to be reminded that they were governed by Westminster and not just ... Read More


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Westminster 'Gung-Ho' approach to Fracking criticised

  There is a clear contrast between Westminster’s "gung-ho" approach to Fracking, and the evidence-based, consensual approach being pursued by ... Read More

William McIvanney and Frank Skinner voice support for a Yes vote

William McIvanney, one of Scotland's most celebrated literary talents, and top English comedian Frank Skinner, have each voiced their support ... Read More

Yes Scotland endorsed by Pride Glasgow Chief Executive

Hot on the heels of Scotland’s biggest LGBT event, Pride Glasgow’s Chief Executive has given his backing for a Yes ... Read More

Glasgow benefiting from Scottish Government infrastructure spending

Glasgow is set to be a key centre for bio-medical science as the new facilities under construction at the Southern ... Read More

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

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Scottish Secretary of State Michael Moore has admitted that his recent letter that led to the furore over the so called ‘tartan tax’ was sent as a result of John Swinney’s Scottish budget statement and in anticipation of the Scottish elections in 2011.

Speaking on The Politics Show Scotland Mr Moore also revealed that the problems with the IT system used by HMRC - needed should the tax ever have been used - were known to him for some time and also to Labour Ministers in the last UK government.

The SNP have described the package of new powers to be given to Scotland by the UK Coalition government as “Calman Minus” after it emerged that two tax powers initially expected to be handed over will remain reserved to Westminster.

The UK PM David Cameron will this week sign off a new Scotland Bill which will see income tax powers being transferred to Holyrood.  Other powers, including the laws on air guns and the speed limit, will also be handed over.

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.

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.

by Andrew H. McMorrin (Drew1314) - A retired banker



by Andrew H. McMorrin (Drew1314) - A retired banker



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.


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