A new Scotland ... A new media

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

Commentary | Saturday, 12 July 2014 | Comments

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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 ...

Commentary | Friday, 11 July 2014 | Comments

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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 ...

Commentary | Thursday, 10 July 2014 | Comments

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Just who exactly are the OBR and are their forecasts on oil believable?

  By Martin KellyIn March 2013 I wrote an article which looked at the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) and asked whether its forecasts on oil revenue were believeable.Since the article was published, the body set up by George Osborne has revised its forecasts for the oil and gas sector downwards several times - the latest by a whopping twenty ... 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 Mark McNaught
If there there any lingering doubt, then disclosures over the past months have obliterated the pretension that Scotland is an equal partner within the Union, and that the UK is ‘Better Together’.
It is now clear that Westminster views Scotland as a mere colony to exploit, is contemptuous of Scots, insults their intelligence, and has erected monumental lies to keep Scots cowering with fear from seeking self-determination. 

  By G.A.Ponsonby

Newsnet Scotland ran a story this week that should have been on the front page of every newspaper in Scotland.

The exclusive, although it wasn't billed as such, revealed that the National Union of Journalists in Scotland were locked in a battle with the BBC over the broadcaster's membership of the CBI.

  By George Kerevan
I’ve heard of many reasons for a No vote in the independence referendum, but my favourite of the moment is the notion that Scotland would face a meltdown of its taxation system.
Or at least that is one interpretation of yesterday’s paper from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (Icas) on how tax matters will be handled post-independence.

SSP national co-spokesperson Colin Fox was invited to the Oxford Union last week to debate the motion 'This House Believes Scotland Should Be An Independent Country'. Opposing him were Labour MP Anne McGuire, Lord Jim Wallace and the businessman John Dunsmore. This was his speech.

Mr President I rise to support the motion and would like to thank the Oxford Union for inviting me. I understand the debate this evening will 'follow the British Parliamentary style.

By Ken Ferguson

Two years into their relentlessly negative campaign – codenamed, in best Biggles style, as Operation Fear – early signs of a change of tone if not message are emerging from the bowels of Better Together.

Indeed those self same bowels are becoming increasingly uneasy as the gap between Yes and No narrows and the contrast grows between the genuinely mass nature of the Scotland-wide Yes campaign and the cunningly concealed No campaign ground-level activity.

By John McAllion

During Scottish Labour's recent Perth conference, a succession of speakers sought to convince us that a socially just Scotland could only happen inside a Labour Britain.

They promised a “race to the top” in which Scotland and the rest of the UK would fight together to build a people's economy. They explained that social justice could only prevail over capitalist exploitation after the Coalition Government had been consigned to the dustbin of history.

By Derek Bateman
Some interesting transformations this weekend. The revelation undergone by David Martin MEP contradicts the last two and a half years of denial of the reality of Scotland’s place in the EU. The other is the emergence of journalist David Torrance as a Unionist commentator rather than an impartial observer, the basis on which all his previous work had been based.

  Before retiring, John Jappy was a senior civil servant in the Inland Revenue, working for the Accountant & Controller General's Branch based at Somerset House in London.  His duties involved liaising closely with Treasury officials to prepare accounts and financial information for UK government ministers.

In the video below he reveals the truth of the extent to which Westminster has deceived Scots over their contribution to the UK economy.


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