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Vote No for Devo-Something … Sometime

  By Lesley Riddoch So the three Westminster leaders have come up with a Devo Something vow.  They really will bring ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Comments

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Dear No voter,

By Alex Mooney The polls reckon most No voters are like me - of the mature variety, with children ...

Commentary | Monday, 15 September 2014 | Comments

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Daily Blackmail Cranks into Overdrive

By Mark McNaught For some reason I thought maybe there were journalistic depths to which the Daily Mail could n...

Commentary | Monday, 15 September 2014 | Comments

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Vote No for Devo-Something … Sometime

  By Lesley Riddoch So the three Westminster leaders have come up with a Devo Something vow.  They really will bring in constitutional change as long as Scotland votes No.  Really, really. The offer – in a letter carried on the front of today's Daily Record – has been described as unprecedented -- and it is.  Unprecedented for its sheer brassneck and ... Read More

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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

Yes groups unite to highlight opportunity to build better Scotland

Seven groups within the Yes movement joined have forces in a display of unity for a better, fairer and more ... Read More

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  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 Derek Bateman
 
I was in an international city at a world class facility expertly run with smart connections today to see a major sporting event. It didn’t seem like Glasgow but it was and when I stepped off the train at Dalmarnock, I thought I was in Berlin or Copenhagen, not the east end of the city.

About three years ago I turned up there on a rainy Thursday with a BBC film crew to show the rotting tenements and grubby streets that would be swept away for the Games.

By Paul Kavanagh
 
Despite claims from the Naw camp that it’s in the bag for the Union, I’m not thinking about what I’ll do with myself if there’s a No vote. In no small part because it’s not in the bag for the Union at all – for reasons which were explained in yesterday’s blog post.
 
I don’t believe it’s in the bag for Yes either, which is not a bad thing – the worst thing any campaigner can do just now is to take a result for granted.

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.

By Stephanie Pride
 
AS the bombs continue to fall on Gaza and the death toll mounts, support for the besieged Palestinians is spreading throughout all sections of society, not least among faith-based groups in Scotland.
 
Following the visit of Archbishop Theodosis of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, also known by his own name, Atallah Hanna, the Church of Scotland has come as close as it ever has to joining the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.  But you wouldn't know it from the newspapers.

By Colm Ó Broin
 
Despite the many predictions made during the Scottish independence debate nobody really knows what the future holds if there’s a ‘Yes’ vote on September 18th.
 
Both sides have argued their cases resolutely. However, a useful rule of thumb in judging each side in a debate are the number of ludicrous claims they resort to – generally the more ridiculous the claims the weaker the underlying argument is.

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