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The referendum is over but the energy persists

  By Lesley Riddoch  It’s understandable Yes campaigners feel gutted, stunned and angry after the events of the last 48 ...

Commentary | Saturday, 20 September 2014 | Comments

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The tide goes out

  By Paul Kavanagh  We stand on the shore of the sea loch, and watch the tide go out. Now ...

Commentary | Friday, 19 September 2014 | Comments

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The Real Referendum Division

By G.A.Ponsonby In the lead up to the independence referendum, a national newspaper gave its front page over to c...

Commentary | Thursday, 18 September 2014 | Comments

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The referendum is over but the energy persists

  By Lesley Riddoch  It’s understandable Yes campaigners feel gutted, stunned and angry after the events of the last 48 hours.  55% of Scots voted No – and were immediately rewarded for their loyalty by being put to the back of the constitutional queue so Ed Miliband and David Cameron could play political games in the ... Read More

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SSP referendum meeting halted after pro-Union protestors berate locals

  By a Newsnet reporter  A public event to discuss the referendum, arranged by the Scottish Socialist Party, has had to ... Read More

Greens across Europe show support for Yes vote

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum, will today (16 Sep) show the ... Read More

Darlings for Yes

Alistair Darling's plea to Scots to vote No has been given a giant thumbs down - by his own namesakes.  Another ... Read More

More than 100 Labour supporters sign open letter calling for a Yes vote to build a fairer Scotland

More than 100 Labour party members past and present have signed an open letter urging a Yes vote on Thursday ... Read More

Independent Scotland will have a successful and secure banking sector, says former Lloyds risk manag

A former risk manager for Lloyds Banking Group today hit back at No campaign scaremongering, stressing  that a Yes vote ... Read More

Generation Yes and National Collective set out to win the grandparent vote

Two of the Yes movement's most active groups, Generation Yes and National Collective, have joined forces to urge their grandparents ... Read More

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  By Peter Geoghegan
 
The question of Scotland’s ‘missing million’ has been a recurring one during the referendum campaign. According to the Electoral Commission Scotland, turnout at the 2011 Holyrood elections was 989,540 lower than the 1992 general election. So, where have all these erstwhile voters gone?

  By Martin Kelly
 
An oil field, described as one of the biggest untapped resources in the North Sea, is set to produce oil until 2050, it has emerged.
 
The Bentley Field, which is due to be drilled by Xcite Energy, has up to 777 million barrels of oil reserves, the company has revealed.

Arguably, No doesn't have a campaign at all, just a series of commercial relationships with media outlets and one very long smear.  It remains the world's first manifesto for mass-inertia.  The world's shortest political programme, that can be distilled into four tiny hopelessly limiting letters: 'UK:OK'
 
But what does Yes have?

By John Finnie MSP

In 2006 George Monbiot wrote a fascinating article on Dounreay, the Nuclear Power Plant near Thurso in Caithness. He states, “In 1954 the nuclear industry, shielded from public scrutiny by the Official Secrets Act, behaved as if it were based on an uninhabited planet”. The cold war and the prospect of electricity too cheap to meter seemed to justify almost any kind of corner-cutting.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It's coming down to two clear issues in the race for the independence referendum.  The question is of course which of the two, NHS or Currency, chimes more with the electorate.
 
For the pro-Union Better Together campaign the dominant issue is currency, or rather a currency union.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The BBC trades on its reputation like no other organisation.  It's this reputation for fairness and accuracy that ensures its news broadcasts carry weight, not just here in the UK, but internationally.
 
People trust the BBC like no other broadcast news outlet.  Indeed so deep runs that trust that in the UK the public allows itself to be coerced into funding the corporation through the TV licence, a tax costing each household £145.50 each year.

By George Kerevan
 
WHY are Labour and Conservative politicians so set on rejecting a currency union with an independent Scotland? Sure, there are technical issues regarding how such an arrangement would be managed. But the vehemence of the rejection of the notion is both surprising and personal.
 
For Instance, Ed Balls says he will refuse to serve as Labour’s Chancellor of the Exchequer if a currency union is created. I understand Nye Bevan resigning from the Labour government in 1951 after the introduction of NHS prescription charges.

By Mark McNaught

In late July in Barcelona, I had the pleasure of participating in a round table discussion over Catalonia's constitutional future.  The other participants were very curious about the status of the 'yes' campaign in Scotland, and whether the corporate polls were correct in predicting a 'no' vote.

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