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  By G.A.PonsonbyOn Sunday I went along to an event in Glasgow organised by the Common Weal.  It was ostensibly ...

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Labour Pains

By Derek Bateman The agony of the real Labour voter…trapped in an odious campaign funded by a rich man’s club of ...

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A shift in political power

By George Kerevan  On Sunday, I met hundreds of people who think politics is fun and can change the world ...

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CBI emails were deleted says Electoral Commission as questions remain over cancelled registration

  By a Newsnet reporter  Communications between the Electoral Commission and the CBI that led to a meeting to discuss the independence referendum, have been deleted the electoral watchdog has told Newsnet Scotland. The emails were exchanged prior to a meeting in November which was set up by the commission after the electoral watchdog identified the CBI as a potential No ... Read More

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Yes campaigners star in Vote Yes video

Stars of the grassroots campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum are featuring in a new Yes Scotland ... Read More

500 miles in 5 days to raise cash for Yes

Yes campaigner Mark Coburn has today set off on a marathon cycle ride around Scotland in a fundraising effort for ... Read More

Embarrassment for Labour as welfare claims undermined by own policies

Labour’s paper on welfare has been fatally undermined by their own policies today – which would see people in Scotland ... Read More

The hills are alive with the sight of YES

  Anyone who knows Richard O'Neill, Bill Fraser, Mark Wilson and Kevin Barclay also know they are dedicated supporters of ... Read More

Rough Justice present a feature length documentary on the referendum

A feature length documentary film, entitled Scotland Yet, which explores the Scottish independence movement will premiere at the Cameo Cinema, ... Read More

Celebrate a common future for Scotland

The Festival of the Common Weal on 6th of July in the Arches, Glasgow, is all set-up to be a ... Read More

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By Hamish Scott
 
It is over 300 years since the Unionist campaign of the 1700s to bring about the Union between Scotland and England.  We now have a Unionist campaign in the 2010s to retain that Union in the coming independence referendum.  Scotland, England and the world, have all changed hugely in the intervening period. 
 
Yet despite that change, we might be forgiven for feeling a strong sense of déjà vu when comparing the current campaign to that of the 1700s, for both campaigns bear considerable similarities in both their circumstances and characteristics.

By Derek Bateman
 
Let's lay this nazi thing while the apologists squirm their way this way and that. When a politician is asked if the SNP is a civic nationalist movement, there is only one answer. It is this. 'Of course they are. They couldn’t have garnered 45 per cent of the popular vote in a mature democracy like Scotland and been elected to government if they were anything else.

We’re actually quite proud in Scotland that our debate is not ethnically based and has been conducted in civilised terms. Our nationalists only want political independence. I disagree with them.'

By George Kerevan
 
Michael Gove is the Scots born cabinet minister who finds himself in charge of schools in England.  But what was Gove like in his younger days.
 
Here George Kerevan takes an offbeat look at what classroom exchanges may have been like.

  By Mark McNaught
 
Despite the howitzer blasts from the unionist media, US President Barack Obama did not ‘intervene’ in the Scottish independence debate.  He was merely uttering anodyne diplospeak to offer tepid support for David Cameron with which he was holding a joint press conference, likely at Cameron’s behest.  He could not have done otherwise, and nothing more should be read into it than that.

  By G.A.Ponsonby

If Pat Lally has a daughter-in-law then she's probably hoping the brouhaha over Campbell Gunn's email blows over soon so that she can come out of hiding.

I've watched the latest media circus with a wry smile as yet another one of my end-of-year predictions comes true.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Yesterday the world according to BBC Scotland turned upside down.  I tuned in to Good Morning Scotland to be regaled with the news that Scotland was set to deprive the north of England of jobs.
 
One of the poorest regions of the UK, said a concerned BBC reporter, stood to lose a significant number jobs due to a controversial policy being pursued by the SNP.

  By Derek Bateman
 
I’m not buying the Clever Conspiracy line over Gordon Brown messing up the No strategy. He has mined key initiatives carefully crafted over the months which have had to be held together in the face of glaring inconsistency and sometimes ridicule. He has left the Better Together leadership facing awkward questions and created a fissure in the united front for Unionism.

  By Lesley Riddoch

Does it look as if a No vote has become a vote for Devo More?
 
The Conservatives surprised many by completing a hat trick of unionist parties proposing more powers for Holyrood if Scots vote No on September 18th.  Lord Strathclyde’s Commission boldly recommended Scots should have full control over income tax and Housing Benefit payments, a step further than Labour and just behind the Lib Dems’ plan to devolve most income tax along with Capital Gains and Inheritance Tax – if any of their Scottish MPs survive the next election, that is.

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