Referendum

By a Newsnet reporter

Scotland’s debate on independence is not harming its image internationally according to a leading banking executive.

Philip Grant, chair of the Scottish executive committee at Lloyds Banking Group, has said that the referendum is having a positive effect and that countries are more interested in Scotland than ever before because of the debate.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
The Scottish Government is urging the public to have their say in the Independence Referendum Consultation as the process enters its final week.
 
With over 16,000 submissions thus far, Scottish Government Minister Bruce Crawford has called on everyone living in Scotland to have their say on how the referendum should be run.

By G.A.Ponsonby

Videos released on youtube have appeared to cast significant doubt on the willingness and ability of the BBC to cover the independence referendum in an impartial manner.

The videos, containing presentations on Scotland’s forthcoming referendum, show four senior BBC presenters giving their views to what is believed to be an audience of junior BBC staff.

By Martin Kelly

Former Labour MP Dennis Canavan has given his backing to the campaign for Scottish independence saying that it would lead to “higher standards of social justice”.

The respected former MP, who was also an independent MSP, has offered to join the pro-independence campaign to achieve a Yes vote in the 2014 referendum.

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
The UK Government’s referendum consultation is in tatters today after questions were raised over a third of its submissions.
 
The integrity of the Westminster led process was seriously undermined after it emerged that 959 of the submissions were either anonymous, duplicates or were posted using auto generated text from a Labour party website.

By a Newsnet reporter
 
The row over the legitimacy of the Scottish Government’s referendum consultation has fuelled calls for the Westminster controlled consultation to be subjected to the same level of scrutiny.
 
Yesterday the SNP reacted angrily to Labour party claims that the Scottish Government had deliberately designed their online consultation to be abused. 

Today Newsnet Scotland publishes an article from one of the most exciting and controversial figures ever to grace the Scottish political landscape.

The article from Mr Tommy Sheridan is passionate, thought provoking and hard hitting – exactly as you would expect from the man whose uncompromising style and refusal to back down has seen him take on one of the most powerful media organisations in the world.