Miliband seeks US link dividends

By George Kerevan It is a rite of passage that aspirant British prime ministers seek an audience with the incumbent ...

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The purpose of the heart

By Paul KavanaghWe’re told the independence campaign is a battle between head and heart, at least a lot of f...

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The BBC? Stick it up your Juncker!

  By G.A.Ponsonby  Jean-Claude Juncker is a name that few in Scotland will have heard of prior to the start ...

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Questions after BBC turns Scotland from contributor to beneficiary

  By Martin Kelly  BBC bosses are facing questions after an online economic analysis was altered in order to make it appear Scottish GDP per-head, was less than the rest of the UK. On Wednesday an article was published by the BBC which claimed to show how independence for Scotland would affect the rest of the ... Read More


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Glasgow benefiting from Scottish Government infrastructure spending

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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

Sillars and Scottish Socialists to outline case for independence

With many people yet to decide which way to vote in the referendum, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars is ... Read More

Labour for Independence to host national event in Edinburgh

Labour for Independence have announced their latest event as part of a national tour which will be held in Edinburgh this ... Read More

Palestinian Archbishop to be given warm welcome at Edinburgh Airport

His Eminence Archbishop Atallah Hanna will arrive in Edinburgh tonight to begin a week-long Scottish tour.  The Archbishop of Sebastia from ... Read More

MSP accuses Westminster of lack of transparency over possible HMRC office closures

SNP MSP Margaret Burgess has demanded transparency as HMRC’s consultation on planned office closures is kept away from public scrutiny. HMRC ... Read More

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By John McAllion

During Scottish Labour's recent Perth conference, a succession of speakers sought to convince us that a socially just Scotland could only happen inside a Labour Britain.

They promised a “race to the top” in which Scotland and the rest of the UK would fight together to build a people's economy. They explained that social justice could only prevail over capitalist exploitation after the Coalition Government had been consigned to the dustbin of history.

By Derek Bateman
Some interesting transformations this weekend. The revelation undergone by David Martin MEP contradicts the last two and a half years of denial of the reality of Scotland’s place in the EU. The other is the emergence of journalist David Torrance as a Unionist commentator rather than an impartial observer, the basis on which all his previous work had been based.

  Before retiring, John Jappy was a senior civil servant in the Inland Revenue, working for the Accountant & Controller General's Branch based at Somerset House in London.  His duties involved liaising closely with Treasury officials to prepare accounts and financial information for UK government ministers.

In the video below he reveals the truth of the extent to which Westminster has deceived Scots over their contribution to the UK economy.

By Campbell Martin
Despite Scotland having a parliament and a government, crucial aspects of our lives and our society remain controlled by another parliament and another government.
Scotland has not voted Tory since 1955: at the last UK Election, in 2010, we again rejected the Conservative Party, which finished in fourth place. Yet, because Scotland remains part of the British Union, we have a Tory-led Government imposed on us.

  By George Kerevan
I’ve heard of many reasons for a No vote in the independence referendum, but my favourite of the moment is the notion that Scotland would face a meltdown of its taxation system.
Or at least that is one interpretation of yesterday’s paper from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (Icas) on how tax matters will be handled post-independence.

SSP national co-spokesperson Colin Fox was invited to the Oxford Union last week to debate the motion 'This House Believes Scotland Should Be An Independent Country'. Opposing him were Labour MP Anne McGuire, Lord Jim Wallace and the businessman John Dunsmore. This was his speech.

Mr President I rise to support the motion and would like to thank the Oxford Union for inviting me. I understand the debate this evening will 'follow the British Parliamentary style.

By Russell Bruce

The news that the interest rate the Irish government is paying on its debt has fallen below the yield demanded for the London’s Treasury’s gilt debt has no doubt led to raising a glass of Guinness in Dublin.

The UK is currently paying 2.69% whilst Ireland, recovering from their own property bubble and banking crisis, has seen yields on their 10 year bonds drop sharply over recent months. Irish debt yields have dropped to 2.67%, 2 basis points below London.

  By Derek Bateman
We didn’t have to wait long for my warning that Catherine Macleod in the Herald sings from the same hymnbook as Brian Wilson. Within 24 hours they both made exactly the same assertion – that Scotland already has the powers to deal with inequality and you don’t need independence to end poverty. That was quick…


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