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A personal plea to the undecideds

By Sinclair Macleod  This is an unashamedly emotional post. On Tuesday 9th October 2007 our son, Calum, went to bed, ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Comments

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Vote Yes for a Scottish Political Enlightenment

  By Mark McNaught  "On the 18th between 7AM and 10PM, 15 hours, a wonderful thing happens to us. When ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 16 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 ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Comments

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Andy Murray backs Yes vote in referendum

  By a Newsnet reporter  Tennis hero Andy Murray has come out in support of a Yes vote in today's referendum. In an announcement on twitter, which stunned fans as well as fellow Scots, 27 year old Murray revealed he was backing independence after the "negativity" from the Better Together campaign had "swayed his ... Read More

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SSP referendum meeting halted after pro-Union protestors berate locals

  By a Newsnet reporter  A public event to discuss the referendum, arranged by the Scottish Socialist Party, has had to ... Read More

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

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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.

  The Yes campaign should be commended for maintaining a strong sense of positivity and vision in its quest to persuade Scots to vote Yes in September.
 
Activists have helped engage the undecided voters with thousands of events the length and breadth of Scotland, they field questions and provide answers.

By Paul Kavanagh

We’re told the independence campaign is a battle between head and heart, at least a lot of folk in the papers and on telly seem to think so.

Usually, it has to be said, it’s those of a Nawish persuasion who see themselves on a self appointed mission to blind the bravehearts with a facsimile of logic.

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.

By Derek Bateman

Are you panicking? Getting desperate yet? There seems to be a line from the No fantasists that it’s in the bag and the whole of Yes is frantically searching for a game-changer. Or is that itself just an example of desperation from a campaign which is hated by its own people and which has brought British politics lower than ever before?

By George Kerevan

It is a rite of passage that aspirant British prime ministers seek an audience with the incumbent of the White House. The aim is twofold: to show British voters they are “important” enough to be received by the leader of the free world. And secondly, to reaffirm the so-called “special relationship” that is supposed to exist between the UK and the United States.

  It's one of the most inspiring stories of the whole independence campaign and has resulted in over four thousand pounds being raised by Yes supporters for a Glasgow Foodbank.
 
The brainchild of Yes Cyclist Mark Coburn, an appeal initially set up to pay for offices for some local Yes groups soon surpassed its total.

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