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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 referendum ... Read More

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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

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

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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 James Kelly
 
YouGov have been on the warpath over the last couple of days.  Nothing unusual in that, you might think - all of the polling firms that have been active in the referendum campaign so far have naturally been keen to defend their reputations, their methodologies and their results against any criticism.  
 

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
So a Scottish Labour candidate for Westminster has been forced to resign just one day after being selected to stand for her party. 

Kathy Wiles, who would have been bidding to become Labour MP for Angus, posted an image of German youngsters gathered under a Nazi banner.

  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.

By George Kerevan
 
The Better Together side in the referendum campaign has an unexpected secret weapon in its battle to defend Great Britain: George Galloway, he of the embarrassing cat impersonation on Celebrity Big Brother and that chilling meeting with Saddam Hussein. For the bête noire of the Tory tabloids and the man expelled from Labour for “bringing the party into disrepute” is currently packing halls from working class Coatbridge to middle class Edinburgh, with his populist “just say naw” message.

Willie McRae was a former vice-president of the SNP and a controversial anti-nuclear campaigner, when he was found dead at the wheel of his car in the remote Highlands.  At first it appeared he had veered off the road and crashed in a burn but the later discovery of a gun and a bullet wound to his head led police to conclude he had killed himself.

However, it had been fired twice and conspiracy theories were fuelled when it emerged the book McRae was writing, and his briefcase containing key documents, were missing.

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