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I’m a Scottish Internationalist

  By Derek Bateman  I was interviewing Sir Christopher Meyer some years back, the man who used to be our ...

Commentary | Sunday, 20 April 2014 | Comments

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Yes vote must do more than put a kilt on neolibera

By John McAllion During his recent televised debate with Jim Sillars, George Galloway warned that an independent Scotland would be ...

Commentary | Saturday, 19 April 2014 | Comments

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Yes SSP: Rumours of our death have been greatly ex

By Colin Fox Yes Scotland and the Scottish Socialist Party have come a long way together since that famous launch ...

Commentary | Saturday, 19 April 2014 | Comments

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CBI under pressure over lack of consultation before joining No campaign

  By a Newsnet reporter  A business lobbying group which has announced its intention to officially campaign against Scottish independence has been accused of failing to consult with its own members before making the decision. The CBI is facing a crisis after it emerged the organisation had registered with the Electoral Commission as an official backer for the anti-independence campaign Better ... Read More

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Alan Bissett - The lights are going on everywhere

Actor, author and poet Alan Bissett talks about British Nationalism and the independence debate. A Yes vote means the people have ... Read More

Yes-Flag appeal homes in on total

A crowdfunding appeal that will see ten thousand large Yes Saltire flags flown throughout Scotland this summer has reached over ... Read More

Wind farm classroom to revolve around education

SCHOOL children from across Scotland would enjoy hands-on lessons about rural life and renewable energy, if a classroom on the ... Read More

Power outage update

First Minister Alex Salmond chaired a further meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) this afternoon where he was ... Read More

Power restored after outage

Local communities in the north of Scotland hit by a power outage on Wednesday evening have had their electricity fully ... Read More

Academic pours scorn on Commons Committee report on education after Yes

Another No campaign attack has suffered a setback after a senior academic described claims on higher education as being based ... Read More

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By Derek Bateman
 
The First Minister says we won’t be foreigners if we are independent. Speak for yourself, Mr Salmond. Who wants to be part of a country that deliberately legislates for poverty, wrecks lives, campaigns for the wealthy and closes its doors to Scotland?
 
If it means severing our links with the austerity merchants of London, I demand to be foreign. If it means no more illegal wars, I scream that I am from a foreign land. And if it brings social justice instead of embedded inequality, then call me Johnny Foreigner. I will be foreign to the Little Englanders and proud of it too.

By John McAllion

'Better Together' campaigners were triumphant as Britain's three party establishment ruled out a currency union with a post-independent Scotland.

The co-ordinated announcement by Tory, Lib Dem and Labour spokespeople was intended to be a game changer that would cause undecided voters to flock into the No camp and scupper any prospect of a Yes majority in the referendum.

By Mark McNaught
 
As part of our ongoing project to develop a written constitution worthy of ratification in an independent Scotland, I am beginning a series of articles to explain what is included in the present draft, and elicit comment and suggestions as to how it could be improved. 
 
In Scotland, the issue of land and the environment crucial not only to the quality of life to be enjoyed for this and future generations, but also to help forge a more egalitarian society.

By Stefan Bienkowski
 
The hopes of the nation were once again renewed as Scotland's national team found out its fate ahead of Euro 2016, with the preliminary qualification groups decided by this week's draw.
 
Gordon Strachan's squad were given a testing collection of sides to overcome in their long and questionable task of qualification, with Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar making up Group D.

By Stephanie Pride

Concerned communities in Falkirk are fighting back against plans by unconventional energy giant Dart to turn the district into the UK's first commercial coalbed methane site.

Although initial plans are for just 22 new wells, the company owns a licence block that covers 367 square kilometres of central Scotland which could yield up to 600 billion cubic feet of the gas, it boasts.

  By Peter Geoghegan

"Anyone here who has never been canvassing?" Jonathan Shafi, co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign, projected his voice to be heard by the 50 or so hardy souls huddled together in a half-empty car park in Easterhouse on a dreich midweek evening.  A couple of novices, hands gingerly raised, were quickly paired up with more experienced stagers. "Once you've got a partner go over and get a sheet from Tony."

By Derek Bateman
 
I've got a job at last! Blogging to end immediately…I'm hunting out my suit…Listen to this – BBC Scotland wants a public affairs adviser, someone with intimate knowledge of Scottish politics, who understands broadcasting and can advise senior management at PQ. It's made for me…
 
They're advertising for a good communicator – duh! – who can sort through a mass of information quickly and produce a coherent synopsis and tell the managers what to do to improve their image.

By Hamish Scott
 
One of the signs of a changing constitutional politics in Scotland is a change of slogans and their claims. For many years, the description of the Union as a ‘partnership of equals’ was perhaps the most popular such slogan.
 
It was used by unionists and nationalists alike, and gained mantra-like status in the process.

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