Brain drain is a grey matter of urgency

SCOTLAND is the best educated country in Europe, if not the world.

That was the good news released by the Office for National Statistics this week. Nearly 45 per cent of us have been to college, ahead of Ireland, Luxembourg and Finland, the only other countries to get more than 40 per cent.

But even folk who didn’t finish higher or further education are a bright bunch, with a high number of the working population holding qualifications at NVQ4 level or above. So a pat on the back to us.

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Whitehall is doing us a civil disservice

JOAN says Sir Nicholas Macpherson and George Osborne will do anything to preserve their elite position and for that reason we should ignore their views on Scottish Independence.

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There are risks that go along with both Yes and No votes in the independence referendum

JOAN urges those who are worried about opting for change to consider the uncertainties that will come with sticking with the status quo.

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A No vote at the referendum will ensure the Tories win the next UK election

JOAN believes that if Scotland rejects Independence then David Cameron will milk the result for all it's worth and condemn the whole of the UK to Conservative rule.

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We should be investing in the future of our kids instead of nuclear weapons

Joan discusses the importance of investing in children and why the Scottish Government's early years care plan could be the answer.

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Word of CBI is gospel according to the Tories

JOAN McAlpine discusses the mystery behind the CBI, and says they do not represent the majority of employers in Scotland.

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My cut out and keep guide to pensions if Scotland votes Yes to independence

JOAN says the Scottish Parliament have done well for our older citizens - delivering free personal care and free transport - which is why we have nothing to fear from a Yes vote.

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Margo MacDonald was one of a kind.. and one of us

JOAN reckons Scots taking Margo's advice by backing independence in September would be a legacy she would have wanted.

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Use your vote to stop persecution of poor

WHILE the Scottish Parliament's Welfare Reform Committee can listen to the hardship faced by Scots hit by the DWP's sanctions regime JOAN said they are powerless to act because welfare policy is based in London.

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Labour are up to their oxters in Tory ordure

JOAN says Labour's disastrous decision to campaign side-by-side with the Tory UK government against independence is to blame for voters swaying towards Yes vote.

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Tories are masters at prescribing pain

AS the Tories vow to reintroduce prescription charges JOAN insists there is nothing trivial about 600,000 Scots, who earn less than £16,000 a year, being forced to pay for vital medicine.

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Scots are being kept in the dark over poisonous radioactive leaks in our own country

JOAN says the latest revelation about naval reactor in Caithness shows how Westminster and the Ministry of Defence treat the Scottish people with contempt.

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Sick of waiting on empty promises

JOAN says the only way Scotland can guarantee the powers promised by independence is to vote Yes in the September referendum.

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Born to rule over us? That'll be right, Dave

AS David Cameron admits the enormous potential of the North Sea oil and gas industry JOAN insists that's the reason why the Prime Minister is so keen to prevent Scotland having control over it.

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Gideon thinks we were all Osborne yesterday

AFTER economic surveys revealed yesterday that business confidence in Scotland is on the up, JOAN reckons George Osborne's scaremongering won't fool the Scottish public.

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BP invest in Iraq and Libya yet we're some sort of risk? Aye, right

AS Angola, a country recovering from decades of war, is revealed as one of BP's major fields of exploration JOAN says the suggestion that Scotland is any kind of risk is completely absurd.

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London's never had our welfare at heart

JOAN believes that Westminster should pay for the £50m a year that it will cost to get rid of the bedroom tax because it is their mess, and says it would be better if Scotland controlled its own taxes and resources.

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Turning the tide in the war on Project Fear

JOAN examines the number of Scots planning to vote Yes in the referendum as independence becomes a real possibility.

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TV bosses must act on findings of study that show indy coverage isn't the balanced affair it should be

JOAN examines work from academic Dr John Robertson and says it shows more needs to be done to ensure broadcasters stick to their obligation of holding truth to power - including Westminster.

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Voting Yes can boost your standard of Fife

JOAN spoke to a family in Fife about the Scottish Government's plan for independence and reckons Scotland needs to move away from a low-wage model as too many parents are struggling to support their children.

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