A Happy New Year and here's some reasons to be cheerful as we look forward to 2014

JOAN reckons we can all look forward to a brighter future if we vote for independence in September and then reap the benefits.

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Ed Miliband's New Year message for Scots promises social justice if we stay part of the UK... but why should we put our faith in Labour?

JOAN says trusting Miliband and Co's visions for a united Union hasn't worked up to now, and questions just what would be different for the working class people of Scotland in the future.

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The No campaign's Project Fear scare tactics are about as effective as watching a horror movie on repeat

JOAN says some of the predictions made about an independent Scotland by the Tory-led opposition to Alex Salmond and Co are just plain bonkers and are in fact turning off the voting public.

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We could all stand to learn a thing or two from the resilience and spirit of Lockerbie and its people

JOAN reflects on the good in Lockerbie and how its people have built the town back up since that unimaginable tragedy of 25 years ago... and says they deserve nothing but praise and help in every way.

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Pay row proves you get what you pay for

MSPs at Holyrood should refuse to accept the 11 per cent pay rise going to MPs at Westminster and the decision should highlight the differences between the two parliaments

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Real subsidy junkies are in the south-east

Scotland's economy can grow and become one of the strongest in the world if the plan for independence is fully backed.

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Who do you trust with the future of Scotland?

AS the anti-independence politicians try to savage the White Paper - JOAN asks us to remember the decades of cuts and inequalities that the No campaign will provide.

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Don't put Christmas on that plastic card

JOAN says Scots are being pressurised to spend more than they can afford at Christmas and are easily exploited by credit card and payday loan companies.

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Labour's battle plan is to rewrite history by regaining seats they have lost

Joan discusses the Labour campaign strategy and why they are not doing themselves any favours in their bid to claw back votes

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They've walked 500 miles but never left their roots

Scotland has a lot to look forward to if it takes a lead from The Proclaimers and sees that it can succeed in the world on its own terms.

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So much to learn from our rich tapestry of life

Joan was hugely impressed with the detail on the 160-panel great tapestry of Scotland which celebrates the country's achievements and history.

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Take it as Red.. Clydesiders would have been voting Yes

JOAN says she would bet her honours degree in Scottish History that the Red Clydesiders would be at the forefront of the Yes Campaign today.

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Scotland needs own welfare state to protect people against Westminster cuts

JOAN says that the brutal cuts imposed by the coalition Government can only be defended against if Scotland has full control over her own welfare state.

 

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Scotland is a proud nation in more arenas than just sport

JOAN reckons the Commonwealth Games will be a valuable lesson to the next generation of Scots on what independent countries can achieve.

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Let farmers reap harvest of independent Scotland

JOAN says that Scotland's position within Great Britain means our rural industries are at an unfair disadvantage on the world stage.

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Robin House Children’s Hospice a beacon of light for children and families

Joan tells how her view of hospice care for sick children was completely changed after a visit to the Balloch institution...

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Privatisation is killing off the NHS south of the border...we must pay to keep it healthy in Scotland

THE public interest comes a poor second to the self-interest of Westminster elites...

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MoD mandarins waging a secret war on Scotland

JOAN argues that it's time Scotland controlled the future of civilian defence jobs north of the border - rather than decisions being made in London...

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Alex Salmond has every right to fly Saltire for Andy Murray at Wimbledon

JOAN says that the First Minister was right to show Scotland's colours in celebration of hero Andy's historic Wimbledon victory...

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Let's send clear signal we don't want project fear

JOAN hits out at claims that Scottish independence would result in more expensive phone calls, and says that it could instead result in a better service...

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