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People's power in the independence battle

  By Ken Ferguson Of course the truth is that the UK is run by a parliament elected on undemocratic ...

Commentary | Sunday, 6 July 2014 | Comments

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Independence – Dare to dream Alex

  By Lesley Riddoch  I had a dream last night. The Rev. Martin Luther King first spoke those words in Detroit ...

Commentary | Saturday, 5 July 2014 | Comments

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Blithering idiocies and the maturity of children

  By Paul Kavanagh  How do you respond to blithering idiocy without descending into idiocy yourself? It's a difficult question, ...

Commentary | Thursday, 3 July 2014 | Comments

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News – Scotland and International

Labour fantasy of how Union works

  By George Kerevan
ON TUESDAY we got Labour’s Mark III devolution plan – or Mark IV if you include the abortive 1979 version. My point is not to denigrate Labour’s efforts. In fact, I think these latest fiscal proposals should be examined seriously and on merit. I merely observe that this is Labour’s latest offering – which suggests dissention and … Read More

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News in Brief

UK budget can’t hide continued cuts

Independence is the only way Scotland can properly create opportunities and secure the investment in public services and the economy … Read More

Full tax power discussions herald ‘great opportunity’, say SNP

Evidence given to a Scottish Government committee discussing the benefits of the country having full control over its own tax … Read More

£110 million youth funding

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance will highlight that the area qualifies for an allocation from the EU’s Youth Employment … Read More

Glasgow SNP group elect new leader

Glasgow City Council’s SNP Group today (Tuesday, the 18th of March) elected Councillor Susan Aitken as the new Leader of … Read More

PFI contract reviews to save £26 million

Plans to deliver £26 million savings across the 28 existing Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects in NHS Scotland have been … Read More

Boost for Yes after Unison branch debate triumph

INDEPENDENCE campaigners have received another boost as a Unison trade union branch sided “positively with the Yes side”.
Nation-wide branch Skills … Read More

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  By Lesley Riddoch
 
So LLoyds Banking Group, Barclays and Shell have joined RBS and Standard Life to warn that Scottish independence could destabilise business.
 
Lloyds annual report fears an independent Scotland might have a poorer credit rating than the rest of the UK so the cost of borrowing on international markets might rise.  A bit rich you might think, coming from a company whose disastrous management has meant massive borrowing from the domestic taxpayer – but let’s leave that to one side.

  This is our fourth installment of the Duggy Dug series of animated cartoons aimed at bringing a bit of colour and humour to the independence debate.  In this episode we see Duggy explain just why Scotland will remain a member of the European Union after independence, contrary to claims from those who would suggest otherwise.

As Duggy makes clear, Scotland is already a member of the EU and a Yes vote will simply allow us to continue that membership and become a member in our own right.  Claims that Spain will block Scotland’s membership are similarly dealt with by wee Duggy and his Barcelona friend Pep.

By James Scott

There is a hauntingly familiar ring to the No campaign’s attempts to recruit business leaders to forecast woe and destruction after a Yes vote for Scottish independence.

I, for one, have been through it all before.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Jose Manuel Barroso, Bob Dudley and David Nish – three men who have dominated recent media coverage of the independence referendum.  They are the heads of the European Commission, BP and Standard Life respectively.
 
Vaclav Klaus, Joelle Garriaud-Maylam, Michael O’Leary and Willie Walsh – four people who haven’t featured quite as much, indeed if at all in some cases.

  By Martin Kelly
 
Recently a few UK businesses have decided to enter the independence debate.  Their annual reports contained a nod to this September’s referendum – some a little more than a nod.
 
In truth most were pretty anodyne and the statements were less about entering the debate on independence and more about satisfying a requirement to acknowledge there was a possibility that Scots could indeed vote to end the Union.

  We’re officially into the last 200 days of the referendum campaign, so it’s time to let our readers know where we are and what we plan as we move forward to the referendum itself.

This time last year the site was attracting around 80,000 unique visitors each month.  In the space of twelve months we have increased our readership by an impressive 60,000 and are now on course to reach over 150,000 unique visitors in March – the first six days of this month has witnessed over 38,000 unique visitors.

By Derek Bateman
 
What a shock today to Google the name of Ailsa McKay and to find she had died in the last 24 hours. I wanted to get in touch about an interview with her and didn’t realise she was so poorly. Such a grounded and committed woman to lose at any time but with Scotland in political turmoil her presence was like a rock. My condolences go to her family.

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.

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