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


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 Lynn Malone
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps), released figures this week that suggest a huge increase in the popularity of plastic surgery in the UK – with breast augmentation hitting the number one spot.  These figures, they claim, show an impressive rise in demand for various procedures since the start of the recession in 2008.
Britain, apparently, is booming. 

   By Lesley Riddoch

UNDECIDED — unsure, uncertain, doubtful, dubious, unresolved, indecisive, irresolute, hesitant, tentative, wavering, vacillating, oscillating, equivocating, dithering, uncommitted, floating, shilly-shallying, wobbling, vague, hazy, unclear, ambivalent, in two minds, torn and split.

You’d need the self-esteem of a vole to be Undecided in Scotland and yet Don’t Knows still form a quarter of those surveyed in every independence poll. How come — especially after the voluminous White Paper?

  By G.A.Ponsonby
If you’re good you go to heaven and if not then you go to hell.  Eternal damnation is what awaits sinners and floating about in fluffy clouds is the prize for all goody-two shoes.
But what is hell?  This week we saw a snapshot of what hell might look like when the Better Together gates opened and the flames of fear roared out.

By Paul T Kavanagh

There’s been further confirmation from the Spanish Government that they “will not interfere” in Scotland’s EU membership if we achieve independence legally.  Of course, the Spanish Foreign Minister said as much a few weeks back, when as reported in the Spanish press and on this blog.

Strangely this news wasn’t prominent in the Scottish media, who were probably on holiday or something at the time.

By Mark McNaught
In his speech on February 7th at the Olympic velodrome in London, David Cameron made an emotional appeal to Scots to remain in the UK, and for the people of England, Northern Ireland, and Wales to phone and tweet Scots to exhort them to remain mired with them in the corrupt Westminster system. He presumably did not anticipate the opposite reaction.

  By Peter A. Bell
I first wrote about the implications of a No vote way back in June 2012 (What does no really mean?).  At the time, such “negativity” was generally frowned upon within an independence campaign determined to be totally positive, although many people expressed the view that I was actually being overly optimistic.
Since then, however, the theme has become part of the narrative of the referendum campaign.

  By Hamish Scott

There is a famous quote – though usually misquoted – given by a United States army officer to a journalist covering Vietnam’s American War, in justifying the destruction wrought on a South Vietnamese town, that: ‘It became necessary to destroy the town to save it’.

It seems unionists are taking a similar approach to saving the Union in the independence referendum campaign.

By Derek Bateman

Of all the strengths at the disposal of the Yes campaign one of the most muscular and effective is the selfish and ill-informed posturing of Tory English backbenchers. These are individuals, virtually all male, whose braying and crowing against rebellious Scots is a counter-effective agent in the cause of Union.

In fact, collectively they sound like people who are secretly against Union just as they are more openly against the EU and they find it impossible to stop themselves from damaging their own country and their own party.