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Which campaign did Gordon Brown really save?

  By G.A.Ponsonby  So Gordon has done it again.  The man who saved the world after the banking crisis has ...

Commentary | Sunday, 21 September 2014 | Comments

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When the Independence horse bucks you off. Get up,

  By Mark McNaught However catastrophic and heart-wrenching the ‘no’ decision was, even some in the Unionist parties have said that ...

Commentary | Sunday, 21 September 2014 | Comments

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The referendum is over but the energy persists

  By Lesley Riddoch  It’s understandable Yes campaigners feel gutted, stunned and angry after the events of the last 48 ...

Commentary | Saturday, 20 September 2014 | Comments

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Labour child benefit cap leads to questions over new powers

  By Anne-Marie O’Donnell  There have been calls for urgent clarification from Labour on whether further powers for Scotland will include control of child benefit after shadow chancellor Ed Balls pledged to cap payments in a speech to the Labour party conference. In his speech, the shadow chancellor vowed to continue a Tory cap on child benefits to 2017 if Labour ... Read More

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Scottish Greens welcome 3000 new members

The Scottish Greens are thanking over 3,000 new members who have joined the party since the close of polls on ... Read More

SNP membership surge means party could overtake UK Lib Dems

The wave of democratic engagement resulting from the referendum is continuing, the SNP has said today, as 16,694 new members ... Read More

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

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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.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Jean-Claude Juncker is a name that few in Scotland will have heard of prior to the start of this week.  Previously, any mention of 'Jean-Claude' would have elicited the response 'Van Damme?' from most people... well some.

This week though that changed when BBC Scotland got tangled up in a web of its own making as it sought to make a cheap bit of political capital from an innocuous speech from the man who replaced Jose Manuel Barroso.

  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 John Finnie MSP

Regardless of location, whether our densely populated urban areas or the ultimate ‘low density’ housing of the Highlands and Islands, it’s vital we maximise participation in our historic constitutional debate.  Whilst the message ‘vote Yes - build a socially just Scotland’ will be the same across the country, there’s no doubt that the delivery techniques will vary.

  By David Torrance
 
The era of televised debates began back in 1960 when more than 60 million voters in the United States tuned in to watch the first-ever ‘Great Debate’ between the two candidates vying for the White House, Republican vice-president Richard Nixon and Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy.
 
Appearing at a television studio in Chicago, Illinois, the first of four debates centred on domestic issues.

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