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This promises to be a great evening. All details are on the event flyer above. The end time for the event is not known. We look forward to seeing you there.
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@Murchie Ok, need to remember and don't click on articles , that lot make my blood boil, especially the Moray lot.
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@Murchie An article from Moray Conservative and Unionists with Ruth and the Ref , slagging of the ScotGov again.
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+MorayTories Why is this here?
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+ScotGov Might be a good idea to retract this article in light of the tragic events at Cameron House this morning.
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@Smuggfifer I think the complication of devolving "broadcasting" is due to a lot of factors - things such as the spectrum used (if it's devolved, we could alter it), the future sale of the spectrum, control over things such as advertising, our own version of Ofcom... etc. etc. 

I don't think there is anything stopping a private firm starting a channel and pumping out pro-indy news (provided it got approval), but it wouldn't answer to Holyrood which the BBC *kind of* does with Westminster. I think it's that power we really need. A channel that we don't control per se but that if it starts throwing out propaganda we could challenge it at HR.

It sounds simple, but I guess for all the reasons I listed in my first paragraph, it's a reason (one of many I'm sure) why it's difficult to devolve, even partially. Nothing is impossible, of course. But there is so much paperwork and regulations in the way of setting up a Scottish "BBC" that by the time we got through it all, we'd be independent, so it wouldn't matter!

There are also EU restrictions with broadcasting, which Westminster has had to abide by. This of course, changes with Brexit. Not sure exactly what differences it would make, or if it would make it easier for things to be devolved.

basically we just have to cross our fingers that TV shown in Scotland reflects our culture, our politics, our views. And not those of another country.
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Scotland’s economy has underlying strengths: employment is at a record high, unemployment is at record low levels, exports are going up faster than the UK and Scotland is the top destination for foreign direct investment in the UK, outside London. 
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Well that’s it. Time to give up and go home. I don’t mean the independence campaign, Scotland needs it more than ever now. I mean serious political commentary – although thankfully this blog has never specialised in the serious. How can you be serious when the biggest piece of political news in Scotland today is […]
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+Indyref2 Does the Scottish Govt have powers to set up a home based broadcaster? When you think how regionalised STV is , even to the point where STV 2 has an East and West version, surely a Scottish News Programme would be acceptable.
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@Murchie There's yes Dunfermline, Rosyth and north east fife but no Kirkcaldy or Glenrothes
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@Smuggfifer Might need to go to a groups page and click to visit their website. Some groups tend to use different locations for meetings so I didn't want to pin them down to one address
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This story is doing the rounds today and it is more than frightening to say the least. Remember the Labour, Tory and Liberal threats about Scotland being skint in the event of an independence vote. Well it appears the UK is actually insolvent. We have no money.  The hundreds of billions in oil money has […]
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@Murchie I would if I could find them!
Just like to say a huge hello. New SNP member , first party membership in 40 years. Time to do my bit!
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