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By Mark McNaught The resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, ...

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New voters could hold indyref result in their hands as new poll shows Yes closing in

  The referendum is now so close that people who register in the final 24 hours before the deadline could determine the outcome of the vote, Yes Scotland Chief Executive, Blair Jenkins said today. Commenting as a major push to persuade as many people to register to vote as possible continued, Jenkins insisted that Yes was on track as the referendum ... Read More

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By G.A.Ponsonby

Well Glasgow 2014 is over and what a show it was.  The closing ceremony was the icing on the cake with Burns’ Aye Fond Kiss beautifully sung as the Commonwealth flag was lowered.

There were highs and lows, moments of great drama mixed and moments of humour.  Dougie McLean brought it all to an end with a wonderful rendition of Caledonia … and followed it up with a tearful Auld Lang Syne, with help from Lulu and Kylie.


We first published this article on the 12th October 2012 just after plans to commemorate the start of World War 1 were announced. I thought then, as I do now, that it was one of the most powerful articles I had ever read.

It seems then entirely fitting on the eve of the commemoration ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral to re-publish it and I make no apologies for doing so. Special thanks and respect to Sean for giving his consent.

Lynda Williamson, editor


By Sean McPartlin

Alan Bennett famously wrote: “History? It’s just one fuckin thing after another!”. He was right, of course, but the older I get, the more I come to realise that its weight lies far more on individuals than on nations.

  By Pat Kane

There are parts of Scotland where the past, the present and the future gets rolled up in one.  I’m often to be found in and about Spiers Wharf in Glasgow.  The productive might of the 19th century is all around you.  What are now designer residences used to be grain and sugar mills, or admin offices for the Clyde and Forth Canal.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
I'm enjoying the Commonwealth Games.  Like most who have taken in the fantastic atmosphere in Glasgow and watched the competitors on TV, I am wallowing in the goodwill and great natured competition.
 
Team Scotland is 'punching above its weight', an ironic counter to the oft repeated Unionist slogan.

By Jonathon Shafi

The UK is now so far down the path of privatisation and austerity, that deviating from it will take a movement on the scale of the Chartists to turn back the tide. Twenty per cent of young people are unemployed, and today they are told they must work until 70 before receiving a pension.

By Mark McNaught
 
The imbroglios over the which national colours of smoke should be precisely spewed from the tailpipes of British warplanes flying over the commonwealth Games, the removal of a spectator who flew a 'yes' saltire at a swimming event, the banning of 'yes' campaign buttons from events, and the distribution of double Scotland/UK flags are indicative of a larger more durable aspect of the British State: its prolonged propaganda campaign to airbrush Scotland from one side of the Treaty of Union and maintain that Scots are not worthy of sovereignty as a people.

This week's offering has totally contrasting voices and outlooks dealing with entirely separate subjects but linked inevitably by political change.  I've been after Andy Wightman for a while because he was the first voice I ever heard talking sanely about who owns Scotland.
 
I lived as a boy in the Borders where there was and to a degree still is a reverence for the aristocrat and the landowning classes. 'It's aye been', as they will tell you.

  By George Kerevan
 
Will you quit Scotland if the referendum vote on 18 September does not go the way you want it to? Certainly, I’ve “had the conversation” with quite a few folk over the past two years, so the subject is clearly under discussion, if only after a few drams.
 
Now, thanks to a new poll from the Panelbase organisation, we have some idea of the number of refuseniks. As many as 700,000 of us – that’s fully one in six – say they will depart Scotland if Alex Salmond is triumphant.

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