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Just how politics-free are the Glasgow Games?

  By G.A.Ponsonby  I'm enjoying the Commonwealth Games.  Like most who have taken in the fantastic atmosphere in Glasgow and ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | Comments

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No way are we a nation of quitters

  By George Kerevan  Will you quit Scotland if the referendum vote on 18 September does not go the way ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | Comments

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We Are World Class

By Derek Bateman  I was in an international city at a world class facility expertly run with smart connections today ...

Commentary | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 | Comments

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Better Together deny being behind Commonwealth Games double-flag stunt

By a Newsnet reporter The anti-independence campaign group Better Together has denied being behind a stunt which has seen hundreds of pro-Union flags handed out by activists at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Controversy has raged after the double-sided flags were seen being handed out at several Games' venues around the c... Read More

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50 mums call for Yes vote for fairer Scotland

With 50 days to go until the referendum in September, 50 Yes-supporting mums have signed an open letter outlining why ... Read More

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

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  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.

By Mark McNaught
 
The election of David Coburn as the first Scottish UKIP MEP from Kensington, who plans to run for a seat as an MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford in London in 2015, has brought the first Tea Partier to Scottish politics. It is also further evidence that dark money plutocratic conservative groups are tightening their stranglehold over Westminster. For Scotland, only independence can assure that they do not suffocate their government as well.

By George Kerevan
 
The people have spoken – the bastards. But who actually won the European elections? If you watched the BBC, the answer was Ukip. But the reality is very different. A closer look at the actual electoral maths shows the centre-right (ie the German bloc) has won out over the centre-left. Angela Merkel’s victory is the real political result of these European elections.

  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 Peter Geoghegan
 
Since the European (and local) election results were announced, our media has been convulsed in solicitous, navel-gazing paroxysms. 'Are UKIP the future of British politics?' news anchors ask of pointy-heads. 'Why are voters rejecting the political system' opine newspaper columnists.

In Scotland, news that UKIP scraped a European seat was paraded by some as confirmation that Scots are just as xenophobic as their counterparts o'er the border, regardless of their electoral preference for Labour and the SNP. (Less was made of polling that suggests UKIP success was likely to bolster support for a Yes in September.)

By Sandra Webster

The normally publicity- seeking Tory employment minister Esther McVey was asked to attend the Scottish Parliament’s welfare committee late last month. She declined but instead sent Neil Couling, work services director of the DWP.

It really made no difference that the minister wasn’t in attendance as the mandarin spoke with his master’s voice. Using cold statistics as his weapon of choice, he attempted to explain that benefit sanctions were good for those who received them, and food bank use was not demand but supply led. He attributed the growth in their usage as people “maximising their economic choices”.

  By Paul Kavanagh
 
I decided to do a telly review, and settled down with my deep fried Mars bars and Irn Bru chasers. BBC Scotland’s brand new totally non-stereotypical cutting edge 21st century current affairs for a modern Scotland show had its debut on BBC2, and I wanted to get into the mood. I wasn’t disappointed, it was the Daily Record with moving pictures. I was just waiting for Dougie Donnelly to pop up and tell us about indoor bowling from Coatbridge.

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