Mike Fenwick: Facts are chiels that winna ding...
CommonSpace columnist Mike Fenwick tries to separate a few facts from opinions
LOOK for the word "impossible" in the following three quotes, and ask yourself whether what was being said or written was a fact or an opinion.
Think back to 2014, remember Jose Manuel Barroso? Barroso said it would be "extremely difficult, if not impossible" for an independent Scotland to get the necessary approval from the member states for it to join the EU.
Mike Fenwick: Are you sure you know what your pensions contributions are paying for?
CommonSpace columnist Mike Fenwick questions where the money is going in pensions schemes
REFURBISH the palace, but cut the costs of the cladding. Refinance the banks, but cut disability benefits. Impose a sanctions regime, watch food banks increase in number, but cut the tax for corporations, and replace Trident. Change the retirement age, but do so without adequate warning, just save the money and ignore the effect. Pay for new schools and hospitals on the never never through PFI, but say you have to close jobcentres to save on costs.
Mike Fenwick: From 1707 to 2017 - how do you want history to remember us?
CommonSpace columnist Mike Fenwick says Nicola Sturgeon has given the power back to the people to make their own choice
FROM 1707 to 2017, two key elements of Scotland's story can be told in two parts. Now, it is up to the people to decide the rest.
In 1707, the population of Scotland numbered one million.
It was early in that year, 16 January 1707, when 175 individuals - not the one million - gathered together to cast their votes on the ratification of the Treaty of Union.
Mike Fenwick: The ins and outs of Scotland's economy – a ghost story
Campaigner Mike Fenwick takes a look at the ghosts lurking in Scotland's economy...
THERE is no doubt in my mind that the Yes grassroots movement is far better prepared to address and debate the issues which truly matter for the time when Scotland gains independence.
Mike Fenwick: Why the over 65s could be key in winning indyref 2
Campaigner Mike Fenwick explains why he thinks it's a mistake to assume over 65s will never vote for Scottish independence in substantial numbers
FOR me, two subjects stood out in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum.
Yes, the to-and-fro over oil was important, and still is, but the two which I wish to highlight are currency and pensions. They still appear frequently to this day, perhaps even more so than oil.
Mike Fenwick: Why are we so obsessed with oil when new industries are on our doorstep?
Campaigner Mike Fenwick explains why he believes Scotland must broaden its industrial horizons
LATER this week three Yes groups will host a meeting in East Kilbride with speakers Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp and Jeane Freeman MSP.
There will be a Q&A, and I hope to be allowed to ask them a question. It is a simple question: why is Scotland sleepwalking?
Mike Fenwick: Why it's time to educate yourself on a Scottish currency
Campaigner Mike Fenwick explains his proposal for a Scottish 'Hand' and says Scotland can find its currency solution through sharing ideas
AT the Yes Rutherglen meeting last month on currency, I put forward a proposal that we could call a new Scottish currency the Scottish 'Hand'.