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Support for Gaza in Scotland

By Stephanie Pride  AS the bombs continue to fall on Gaza and the death toll mounts, support for the besieged ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Comments

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Yes means more than being a 'Proud Scot'

By Paul Kavanagh Despite claims from the Naw camp that it’s in the bag for the Union, I’m not thinking about ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Comments

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Irish lessons for Scottish Independence

By Colm Ó Broin  Despite the many predictions made during the Scottish independence debate nobody really knows what the future ...

Commentary | Sunday, 27 July 2014 | Comments

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Carmichael threatens to tighten Westminster's grip if Scots vote No

  By a Newsnet reporter  Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said that the UK Government's priority in the event of a No vote would be to strengthen its presence in Scotland. Speaking to the Herald newspaper, the Lib Dem MP said that Scots would need to be reminded that they were governed by Westminster and not just ... Read More

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Westminster 'Gung-Ho' approach to Fracking criticised

There is a clear contrast between Westminster’s "gung-ho" approach to Fracking, and the evidence-based, consensual approach being pursued by t... Read More

William McIvanney and Frank Skinner voice support for a Yes vote

William McIvanney, one of Scotland's most celebrated literary talents, and top English comedian Frank Skinner, have each voiced their support ... Read More

Yes Scotland endorsed by Pride Glasgow Chief Executive

Hot on the heels of Scotland’s biggest LGBT event, Pride Glasgow’s Chief Executive has given his backing for a Yes ... Read More

Glasgow benefiting from Scottish Government infrastructure spending

Glasgow is set to be a key centre for bio-medical science as the new facilities under construction at the Southern ... Read More

Indy supporters donate thousands for Foodbank after Yes Cyclist's 500 mile marathon

A Glasgow Foodbank will benefit from the generosity of Yes supporters after they donated thousand of pounds to a crowdfunding appeal. The ... Read More

Sillars and Scottish Socialists to outline case for independence

With many people yet to decide which way to vote in the referendum, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars is ... Read More

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  By Lesley Riddoch

Does it look as if a No vote has become a vote for Devo More?
 
The Conservatives surprised many by completing a hat trick of unionist parties proposing more powers for Holyrood if Scots vote No on September 18th.  Lord Strathclyde’s Commission boldly recommended Scots should have full control over income tax and Housing Benefit payments, a step further than Labour and just behind the Lib Dems’ plan to devolve most income tax along with Capital Gains and Inheritance Tax – if any of their Scottish MPs survive the next election, that is.

By Derek Bateman
 
Just when we thought our Nordic neighbours would be waiting their moment to congratulate Scotland on joining them as a small independent North Atlantic nation, we get their version of Project Fear shoved in our face.

Martin Lidegaard of Denmark was first with his claim that there could be no fast track into full EU membership and a full entry process would be required. Then we have Sweden’s Carl Bildt warning that our nationhood would Balkanise Britain, a phrase straight from the George Robertson playbook and deeply insulting to Scots since Bildt was an envoy to the former Yugoslavia.

A qualitative content analysis of BBC Radio Scotland’s coverage of the 2014 Referendum on Scottish independence:

This is a research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the BA Broadcast Production (Honours) at the University of the West of Scotland.  It is reproduced here with the permission of the author, David Crossan, who was supervised by Prof. John W. Robertson.  The methodology used in the study together with references can be found at the end of the submission where a link is provided to the full document.

  By Campbell Martin
 
Imagine, if you can, living in one of those oppressive states elsewhere in the world, like North Korea or China or Saudi Arabia.
 
Actually, from a UK Government perspective, the last two are not oppressive regimes, contrary to all available evidence.  China and Saudi Arabia are good customers of the UK, so small matters like human rights, torture of civilians and state executions are overlooked. 

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
President Obama has spoken; the USA made a tragic mistake when it fought off colonial rule over 200 years ago.  America wants to rejoin the self-styled 'greatest Union on earth'.
 
OK, not quite, but what an interesting question it would have been to the US President – why did they leave the UK when it was (then) a 100 year old success story?

  By George Kerevan
 
He’s back. Gordon Brown’s new book on the referendum debate is incisive and passionate, suggesting he has recovered a lot since those final, dark days of his premiership. Unlike the current Labour leadership at Holyrood, Gordon’s book possesses a coherent vision for Scotland – though not one I agree with. While I have my doubts about his economic record, I admire him as one of the few British politicians who is comfortable with the label “intellectual”.

  By Jimmy Kerr
 
Now that the Scottish Referendum campaign has entered the official campaigning period, it might, given the strict regulations that cover elections in the UK, seem reasonable to expect media coverage to even out and become more balanced. 
 
However, if anyone thinks that we are about to see an end to the relentless slew of distortions, half truths, outright lies and sheer poison that pours out of the British media, all directed at stopping Scotland pursuing a greater degree of autonomy, then they are mistaken.

Highland MSP John Finnie does a bit of time travelling...

It's the summer of 2017, and a hot summer's night in the Highland capital of the newly independent Scotland.

Many of the population have been drinking all day. The town centre party gets out of hand and the armed police officers intervene.

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