Trident will be gone from Scotland after a Yes vot

By Mark McNaught  I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the meetings between UK defence ...

Commentary | Thursday, 24 April 2014 | Comments

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Making a Difference

By Derek Bateman I was girdin’ masel  for a hurl at Gordon Brown with no little distaste I have ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Comments

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Pension off Brown’s warnings

  By George Kerevan  IF HISTORY tells us anything it is don’t trust Gordon Brown with your pension. In 1997, ...

Commentary | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 | Comments

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BBC needs to change format of referendum debates says Riddoch

  By a Newsnet reporter  BBC referendum debates are not helpful to the public and "don't shed light" according to one of Scotland’s most respected commentators. Writer and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch has called for a change in format from the BBC after she appeared in the broadcaster’s most recent televised ... Read More

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FM announces study into north-to-south HSR link

Scotland will not wait until independence day to strengthen Scotland’s relationship with the north of England and celebrate ‘the ties ... Read More

Electoral Commission designates ‘Yes Scotland’ and ‘Better Together’ as lead indyref campaigners

‘Yes Scotland’ and ‘Better Together’ have today (23 April 2014) been designated by the Electoral Commission as the two lead ... Read More

Be part of bringing traditional music and song to life across Scotland this year

VENUES and musicians are invited to take part in the TMSA Homecoming 2014 Traditional Music and Song Sessions programme. Funded ... Read More

The Kelpies - an artistic phenomena

  Newsnet Scotland took a trip to the Helix Park in Falkirk to see the phenomema that are the Kelpies.  Below ... Read More

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

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By Derek Bateman
Damn! I’ve been trying to keep to my own agenda and not be side-tracked by others. But when I read the Guardian with mounting disbelief, I realised I was off chasing someone else’s hare again.
Here is a key sentence from Martin Kettle’s column‘Nationalist opinion could become more militant if the talks become bogged down. Even acts of violence are not inconceivable in certain circumstances or places…’

  By David Torrance

One of the dominant themes of last weekend's SNP conference were continuing attempts to woo Labour voters. On Friday Nicola Sturgeon urged them to 'reclaim' their party by voting 'yes' in September and the following day Alex Salmond stressed that independence wasn't about him or the SNP.

This strategy is as old as Salmond's leadership of the party (he made a similar point after becoming convener in 1990), but actually dates back to the late 1970s.

By Mark McNaught

The Scottish government will set out an interim written constitution at the end of the current parliamentary session at the end of June, with plans for a constitutional convention to be held after full independence in March 2016 to finalise the constitution for generations to come.

For those of us who have been advocating a written constitution, this is extremely gratifying, and is as it should be.

By Chris Rumbles

There will have been many people rolling their eyes last week at the latest contribution (if one can call it that) to the referendum debate.  For Scottish football aficionados, however, Lord Robertson's talk of 'cataclysmic' consequences would have been eerily reminiscent of the events of 2012.

It was in June 2012 that Rangers Football Club's liquidation was confirmed after months spent in administration; the result of years of financial mismanagement and wrongdoing.

JOHN Smith, Labour leader and prime minister who never was, died 20 years ago next month, on 12 May, 1994. Like his political hero Hugh Gaitskell, Labour’s other lost leader, Smith’s demise at the comparatively early age of 55 was sudden, unexpected and shocking.
His departure from the political scene produced a rare wave of genuine sympathy from political opponents, as well as from friends and supporters. More significant still, the gap he left in Labour’s hierarchy would have a profound effect on the future of British politics and so on many lives, in Britain and in the Middle East.

By Ashley Husband Powton
Eleanor Roosevelt stated that 'Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people'. Throughout his myopic article, Professor Colin Kidd, respected expert in his field, vocal public supporter of the no-campaign and purveyor of his own grandiose important relationships with both current and ex Labour party (Prime) ministers, reduces the independence campaign to an argument more fitting of a cheap tabloid newspaper. 

  By Dave Taylor
This weekend pro-Union campaign group Better Together released details of a survey they commissioned from respected pollster Yougov.  YouGov regularly produces the lowest levels of support for independence in their polls, whilst competitor and no less respected pollster Panelbase often has the highest.
The Better Together survey followed a series of polls by Panelbase showing support for Yes amongst decided voters at 47%, six behind its rival. 

  By Peter Geoghegan

‘The one thing we learn from history, is that we learn nothing from history.’ Hegel’s quip might be a witty line, but when it comes to the referendum the occasional dip into the annals can often prove illuminating – if only to show mistakes of the past in a new light.

Take the 1895 general election, when a Conservative-Liberal Unionist government was returned to power in Westminster. Shortly afterwards, Gerald Balfour, the new Chief Secretary for Ireland, summarised the government’s Irish policy as ‘killing home rule with kindness’.


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