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Three Cheers for Us!

By Derek Bateman  Can I drag you away from the sight of Gordon and Alistair acting like old mates to ...

Commentary | Thursday, 28 August 2014 | Comments

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Is Alex Salmond’s heir apparent?

By George Kerevan ALEX Salmond returned to ebullient form on Monday night, “winning” the second televised debate with Alistair Darling hands ...

Commentary | Thursday, 28 August 2014 | Comments

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The Freemasonry of the Media

By Derek Bateman  For 45 years I have been a 'Member of Her Majesty's Press' and have now become a ...

Commentary | Sunday, 24 August 2014 | Comments

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Scotland’s choice clearer as No campaign fails job test says Salmond

  By a Newsnet reporter  First Minister Alex Salmond has said the failure this week of the No campaign to offer a single new job-creating power has become the defining moment of the independence referendum campaign. Mr Salmond said the ability to create more jobs here in Scotland is crucial, which is why so many people are waking up to the ... Read More

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Harvie and Finnie slate Alexander over indy ref claims

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is rubbishing the latest comments ... Read More

Boost for Yes as Orkney Islands Council Convenor pledges support

The backing of the Convener of Orkney Islands Council Steven Heddle has been welcomed as a significant boost to the ... Read More

Green's Alison Johnston says energy bill scare is "hot air"

Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party's campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is dismissing the latest scare ... Read More

NHS for Yes call on Darling to answer key questions on NHS if No vote

Healthcare professionals teamed up with Health Secretary Alex Neil yesterday to jointly declare support for a Yes vote as the ... Read More

Orkney health chief backs Yes to protect NHS

Nicola Sturgeon’s island tour continued as she welcomed support for a Yes Vote from the Chairman of NHS Orkney today. John ... Read More

Lochhead spells out five key Yes gains for Scotland's farmers

The SNP’s Richard Lochhead will today (Tuesday) set out the opportunities offered by independence for Scotland’s farmers – and contrast ... Read More

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By George Kerevan
 
On Sunday, I met hundreds of people who think politics is fun and can change the world for the better. It was quite a shock. Hardly any of them wore smart suits or were looking for a parliamentary career. There were lots of women as well as men, and children as well adults. And lots and lots of folk under 30. Was this truly a political gathering?

By Tim Morgan
 
One day this year this Australian was looking for sign language videos and by chance I came across one by sign4scotland YouTube channel – suddenly I was exposed to the Scottish independence debate and I was hooked.

The more I read, the more I realised that the obvious choice was for Scotland to become independent.

By Ena McLean

ENA McLEAN is a veteran socialist, a warm, lively woman in her seventies who lives in Knightswood, Glasgow. She rejoined the SSP last year. She was due to speak at a recent SSP public meeting in Knightswood on the socialist case for independence, but was ill on the day and couldn’t deliver her speech. But Ena is keen to share her thoughts so here is the speech she would have delivered.

  By Lesley Riddoch
 
I had a dream last night.
 
The Rev. Martin Luther King first spoke those words in Detroit – two months before he addressed a quarter of a million people at the March for Liberty in Washington, 1963.  What has that famous, soaring speech got to do with the relatively humdrum realities of the Scottish independence campaign? Bear with me.

By Mark McNaught

Living in France detached from the daily slugfest of the ‘Scottish’ media, attending the recent BBC protest in Glasgow really hit home the degree to which the media landscape has been so dominated by the BBC, the London-based newspapers, and commercial corporate colossus media.

By Russell Bruce
 
Most of us feel reasonably comfortable if a bit squeezed.  We hear a lot about inequality, fuel poverty, cuts to the benefits of the disabled, the rise of foodbanks.  But how much do we really think about whether our society could be fairer?
 
With the independence referendum we have an opportunity to re-examine what it is to be part of Britain and how British we may or may not feel and how that links with our Scottish identity.

  By Ken Ferguson

Of course the truth is that the UK is run by a parliament elected on undemocratic voting system which guarantees that, whoever wins, policies remain big business and banker friendly with only mild differences in tone between the so called mainstream parties.

It was against this reality that, in the latest foray north of the border by a Westminster “Big Beast” Miliband’s “vision” of a No-voting Scotland at the heart of a supposedly renewed and progressive UK had, as one respected commentator said “the impact of a blancmange hitting concrete”.

  By Paul Kavanagh
 
How do you respond to blithering idiocy without descending into idiocy yourself? It's a difficult question, and one which is regularly posed to independence supporters.

Anger at the shit-stirring proclivities of mainstream journalists itself becomes murphed into the 'abuse' of poor Unionist commentators who have a god-given right to spew lying bile in a crude and transparent attempt to mislead and misdirect, and it becomes a tale of evil bullying nationalists and not a tale of a journalist who traduces his profession.

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