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Why I will never buy the Herald again

  By G.A.Ponsonby  I broke my self-imposed vow not to buy hard copy newspapers when the Sunday Herald came out ...

Commentary | Monday, 1 September 2014 | Comments

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Scotland: The Day after ... In Europe

By Mark McNaught The resignation of Douglas Carswell from his Clacton seat, defection from the Tories to UKIP, forcing a by-election, ...

Commentary | Sunday, 31 August 2014 | Comments

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The meltdown of the No campaign – The game that ch

  By G.A.Ponsonby  It's quite remarkable how fast it has happened.  Barely a week ago we were being told that ...

Commentary | Saturday, 30 August 2014 | Comments

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New voters could hold indyref result in their hands as new poll shows Yes closing in

The referendum is now so close that people who register in the final 24 hours before the deadline could determine the outcome of the vote, Yes Scotland Chief Executive, Blair Jenkins said today. Commenting as a major push to persuade as many people to register to vote as possible continued, Jenkins insisted that Yes was on track as the r... Read More

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Television debate will be 'Team Yes' versus 'Team Tory'

Previewing the next television referendum debate - a panel debate on Scottish Television on Tuesday, in which Yes will be ... Read More

Salmond: Yes vote will trigger global marketing campaign for Food & Drink sales

Alex Salmond will today pledge to work with the food and drink industry following a Yes vote to ensure they ... Read More

Yes will protect Scotland's EU membership as 100 Tory MPs vow EU exit

The threat to Scotland’s place in the European Union in the event of a No vote has been highlighted again ... Read More

Salmond: New voters' Hampden Roar will deliver success for Yes

Commenting on the surge in people across Scotland who have been signing up to the electoral roll to vote in ... Read More

A night for Scotland as stars take to the stage in bumper #VoteYes concert

A galaxy of Scotland's top talent is taking to the stage in the final push for a Yes vote in ... Read More

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

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  By Campbell Martin
 
One of the things I've always tried to get across is that the Bedroom Tax, benefits' sanctions, soaring unemployment, increasing poverty, widening inequality, low pay, zero-hours contracts, tolerance of tax avoidance and a whole range of other issues have not happened as the result of an evil spell cast by bad pixies.  All of the above have impacted on our lives because of decisions taken by politicians.

  By G.A.Ponsonby

On Sunday I went along to an event in Glasgow organised by the Common Weal.  It was ostensibly a Yes supporting event but there were discussions and performances that wandered into other related areas.

One such was the media.  Head of the Common Weal, Robin McAlpine, gave an impassioned speech about the need for a Yes vote.  He also gave the audience a glimpse of what a new media could look like post referendum.

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 Martin Kelly

In 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 five per cent.

By Derek Bateman
 
The agony of the real Labour voter…trapped in an odious campaign funded by a rich man’s club of Tory donors and yet impotent and unable to speak up. Month after month of humiliation as pro-Trident Jim Murphy champions their cause, the Clyde shipyard workers are turned into traitors, and bankers, aristocrats, landowners and millionaire bosses pay their bills. Meanwhile their real option of Devo Max is first removed from the ballot and then castrated by their own party as an act of expediency.

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.

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