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Miliband seeks US link dividends

By George Kerevan It is a rite of passage that aspirant British prime ministers seek an audience with the incumbent ...

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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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Calls for Darling to hand back cash from tax-avoidance firm donor

  By Martin Kelly  The company, run by one of the biggest donors to the anti-independence campaign, has avoided paying tax on billions of pounds of profits, it has been reported. According to the Independent newspaper, oil trading giant Vitol – headed by Ian Taylor - has been allowed to avoid paying tax on its London operations - with the blessing ... Read More

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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

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

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By Derek Bateman
 
Yet another community gathering to debate the referendum and no one from the No campaign present.
 
It really is well named No Thanks. Four times the people in the Borders made polite requests for a Better Together guest to represent the Unionist case in West Linton, four times they were ignored and eventually turned down. The explanation, after the rudeness, was that they only send speakers to events they themselves organise.

By Derek Bateman
 
I fear there is an atmosphere being created in the media bubble which could have unforeseen consequences. The calculated smearing of Wings Over Scotland for example has developed into a witch-hunt, an idea given force by the reported attempt of Mike Dailly to compose a list of supporters for use by the mainstream media…whatever that means.

  The Wee Ginger Dug blog has rapidly become a favourite amongst independence supporters for its biting humour and snappy wit.  Updated almost daily, the blog provides an entertaining lift when the dream of Scottish independence comes under sustained attack from the negativity of the No campaign.

Paul Kavanagh, the ghost writer for the independence campaign's favourite Valencian mongrel, is also a long standing friend of Newsnet Scotland.

By Jonathon Shafi

On recent mass canvases in Glasgow we have found there to be a very large number of undecideds. Scanning social media reports its seems to be the case that there remains a high number don't knows in places all over Scotland As a result many have asked why this is the case. Are there any particular issues? Is there anything we can change about our messaging? And so on.

By George Kerevan
 
How is the Iraq crisis affecting North Sea oil? Reminder: the UK Office for Budget Responsibility is using $100 a barrel as its reference for predicting the oil revenues until 2018-19.
 
So far, the markets haven’t been panicked by the capture of western Iraq by Sunni insurgents dominated by the Isis group. North Sea Brent crude jumped to a nine-month high of $115 a barrel on 19 June, after Isis seized control of Mosul.

By Craig Paterson

This Sunday, 22nd of June, the Radical Independence Campaign will hold a National Mass Canvass event.

Over 40 events will take place all across Scotland with the intention of speaking to as many people as possible and raise awareness of the benefits and possibilities a Yes vote can bring to Scotland, with the specific aim of reaching as many undecided voters as possible.

By Derek Bateman
 
W1A was the comedy based on the BBC in London. My old chums at BBC Scotland are clearly going for their own version – PQ – having screwed up their radio schedules to drop – yet another – popular programme and then replacing it by offering a contract to someone entirely unsuitable and then dropping her too.

That looks to me like making a big mistake first and then wheedling a way out. If this was Kezia’s idea to pull out, it doesn’t sound as if the BBC made herculean efforts to retain her. Put another way, it implies they’re happy to wash their hands of her, after realising too late that there’s, there’s…an election on.

By John Finnie MSP

The quest to find a comparator for our constitutional debate invariably leads commentators to Quebec. Whilst the 1995 vote was narrowly lost 49.42 per cent Yes and 50.58 per cent No, the verdict of psephologists on the 1980 referendum was that the defeat was “because a French-speaking politician (Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau) was able to return to his native land and appeal to his brethren.” Is such a turn of events likely with our debate?

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