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Yes SSP: Rumours of our death have been greatly ex

By Colin Fox Yes Scotland and the Scottish Socialist Party have come a long way together since that famous launch ...

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Some thoughts on the Scottish Affairs Committee re

By Bryan D MacGregor and Murray Pittock  When a Committee of Westminster populated by the parties of the Union produces ...

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NATO is 65 Years old

  By Russell Bruce  'Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves' Abraham Lincoln - quoted on ...

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STV latest to leave CBI over organisation's referendum stance

  By a Newsnet reporter  Scottish broadcaster STV has become the latest high profile organisation to ditch the CBI after the business lobbying group delared its official backing for the No campaign. In a statement issued on Saturday, STV said the London based group's decision to officially register as a supporter of Better Together left them with "no choice" but to ... Read More

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Yes-Flag appeal homes in on total

A crowdfunding appeal that will see ten thousand large Yes Saltire flags flown throughout Scotland this summer has reached over ... Read More

Wind farm classroom to revolve around education

SCHOOL children from across Scotland would enjoy hands-on lessons about rural life and renewable energy, if a classroom on the ... Read More

Power outage update

First Minister Alex Salmond chaired a further meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) this afternoon where he was ... Read More

Power restored after outage

Local communities in the north of Scotland hit by a power outage on Wednesday evening have had their electricity fully ... Read More

Academic pours scorn on Commons Committee report on education after Yes

Another No campaign attack has suffered a setback after a senior academic described claims on higher education as being based ... Read More

Countdown begins to best Games ever

With 100 days to go to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, at least 100 young people from across the ... Read More

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  By Peter Geoghegan
 
A century ago, the constitutional future of Scotland seemed irrevocably bound up with that of Ireland. In 1912, Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith – a proponent of 'Home Rule all round' – introduced the Government of Ireland Bill, soon followed by a similar devolution settlement for Scotland.
 
The rest, of course, is history. The Great War put paid to both Scotland and Ireland's hopes of devolved government. By the time the conflict was over, Ireland was on the cusp of independence, and Scottish Home Rule had slipped (or, depending on your reading, was pushed) off the political agenda.

  By George Kerevan
 
GORDON Brown is that rare animal in politics: a card-carrying intellectual who likes ideas. I say this as a compliment. Unlike the Tories, Labour has always attracted the big brains. The list is almost endless: think Harold Wilson, Denis Healey, John Mackintosh, Richard Crossman or Anthony Crosland.

Curiously, most of this bunch hid their intellectual brilliance behind a façade of thuggish pragmatism. This is explained partly because Stalinist Labour distrusts middle- class intellectuals as being unreliable elements in the class war.

By Derek Bateman

How do you report a larger deficit in Scotland’s budget? Easy – you report that the income is down because oil is volatile and get someone from each side of the debate to state their case. In essence, that is it. It is the simple, formulaic process used to inform the public. But does it…inform?

Only if you think reporting a car crash amounts to saying two vehicles hit each other on the road.  If you are interested in why that happened and how it could be avoided in future, you are unlikely to learn from most broadcast news where the event itself is classed as ‘news’.

  By G.A.Ponsonby

This week the Scottish Parliament will look into a study carried out by an academic that suggested the news output of BBC Scotland was biased against independence.

Professor John Robertson's research suggested evening news output favoured the No campaign by a ratio of three to two, allowed more comment from pro-Union commentators and led with anti-independence stories more than pro-independence stories.

  By David Torrance
 
Two windows in a flat facing the Edinburgh International Conference Centre had been put to creative use. 'TORY SCUM BACK TO YOUR CASTLES YOU SPOILT LITTLE BRATS,' screamed the one on the left, while that alongside added: 'NO TO FOOD BANKS. EAT THE RICH. YUMMY.'
 
This caused a degree of amusement among delegates at the Scottish Conservative Party conference, but then I guess it was supposed to. It was also well targeted, for quite a few Scottish Tories do actually live in castles, so-called knights of the shire that once dominated the party in the 1950s and '60s.

  By G.A.Ponsonby

It's the annual report that, when written of, compels the author to clarify he or she is not referring to the blue clad Glasgow based football team.
 
GERS is back in the news, and the colour is not blue but red.  Scotland's finances that is.  The latest Government Expenditure for Scotland Report showed Scotland in deficit for the first time in five years.

By Colin Fox

There is a perfectly sensible debate to be had over what currency an independent Scotland should use but as usual the No side prefers to invent scare stories and deliver empty threats.  George Osborne's visit to Edinburgh's Point Hotel on 13 February to tell Scotland that “leaving the UK means leaving the pound” is a case in point.

By Derek Bateman

Wow! What a reaction…dozens of conversations and observations and some truly enlightening contributions full of fact and analysis. This is the place to be, I think. Even with all the assortment of emphasis and approach, it is clear we are all agreed that we are not being well served by BBC Scotland. That’s putting it mildly.

I know some responders are suggesting I am defending the BBC against claims of bias. I am not. I said at the outset that there was a general thrust in news and current affairs which doesn’t challenge enough and is too happy to accept a script which has Made in Britain stamped on it.

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