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Post-indyref postcards from Spain. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Bill Jamieson: Post-indyref postcard

From tavish@giveitarest.com

Hi Jocky,

Couldn’t stand the indyref rammy any more. Ryanair flights from Glasgow packed all week.

The revelation coincided last week with news of a double-digit slide in whisky exports in the first half of the year. Picture: TSPL

Scott Reid: Whisky companies need plan of action

FOR any devotee of our national drink, it’s worrying news. Vodka is on course to overtake whisky as Britain’s favourite spirit for drinking at home.

Tescos new chief executive says the culture of the company must change. Photograph: PA

Scott Reid: Tesco will take time to turn around

IT WILL be the week that Tesco will want to forget. A week that saw Britain’s biggest retailer admit to a £250 million over-egging of its profits, suspend four of its senior executives and launch an invest­igation that will keep scores of forensic accountants and lawyers busy for some time.

Ed Miliband has now pledged to boost that to �8 an hour by 2020  a move that many employers say will threaten job creation.
 Picture Michael Gillen.

Kristy Dorsey: Employers may pay price

THE low-paid are front and centre of Labour’s campaign for next year’s general election and, as ever, businesses are warning of dire consequences should wages rise too quickly.

The Advisory Board of Yes Scotland. Picture: JP

Leader: Yes movement has power to shape Scotland

IN A timely and important column in this newspaper today, former SNP frontbencher Andrew Wilson calls on the Nationalists and their colleagues in the wider Yes movement to engage with new efforts to secure more powers for Holyrood “as builders, not wreckers”.


Many in the financial sector will have been relieved by the referendum result. Picture: Michael Gillen

No vote saves country from months of uncertainty

IT WAS said the independence referendum campaign was a clear choice between the head and the heart, emotion versus realism. But the most emotional places in Scotland this weekend are the offices of thousands of businesses liberated from a relentless, pounding migraine of uncertainty.


SNP need to build on the independence movement, not wreck it. Picture: John Devlin

Andrew Wilson: We can’t waste referendum passion

LETTING go. Never easy in life, is it? But liberating when you manage it. Often it is the step we need to take to truly find our own true path to happiness.


Scottish golfer Catriona Matthew had been able to play the Old Course at St Andrews. Picture: Getty

Moira Gordon: R&A vote indicates attitude change

THE magnitude of the moment was not up there with the destruction of the Berlin Wall, it wasn’t akin to the outlawing of slavery, was nowhere near as important as the success of the women’s suffragette movement and wasn’t even the biggest vote in the country that day, but Thursday’s decision by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews was still important and extremely positive, not just for the image of golf, but for sport as a whole.

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Dani Garavelli with her son Jamie. Picture: JP

Dani Garavelli: So proud of my first-time voter

WE WALKED into the polling station as a family: me, my husband and our 17-year-old son, each of us queasy with excitement and lack of sleep.

The Prime Minister was 'sharply political' after referendum result. Picture: John Devlin

Euan McColm: Cameron’s new devo to hobble Labour

WHEN Prime Minister David Cameron strode out of No 10 Downing Street on Friday morning to give his response to Scotland’s rejection of independence, we might have expected some carefully chosen platitudes from a man with every reason to feel an overwhelming sense of relief.


The dissenting voices were just aimed at public speakers like Jim Murphy. Picture: John Devlin

Robin McAlpine: Scots anger to boil without change

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Amidst the pain of defeat, I hope you will allow me at least a wry smile to myself. The entire political and media elite is in agreement – politics in Scotland has changed fundamentally and nothing will ever be the same again.


The Yes Scotland campaign helicopter parked up at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow

Drumlanrig: Salmond’s mist opportunity

SPECULATION was rife last week that Alex Salmond was so confident of victory in the referendum that he would book Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House Hotel for one of his presidential-style press conferences.


'As part of the UK, we can be proudly Scottish and can also take advantage of being part of something bigger'. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Alistair Darling: More powers without risks

Choosing to stay in the UK doesn’t mean we’re voting for the status quo, says Alistair Darling


Alex Salmond says more and more business people are backing independence

Alex Salmond: A rare moment for any nation

First Minister Alex Salmond says we can vote for independence with our hearts and heads


The lines of customers waiting to withdraw savings from Northern Rock were an alarming sight. Picture: Getty

Comment: No honesty about financial implications

SEVEN years ago today Northern Rock was on the verge of collapse after its request for emergency funding sparked a run on the bank.

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Facebook use shouldn't be banned in the workplace. Picture: Getty

Comment: Facebook use at work deserves a ‘like’

IN ONE of the quickest and most unqualified retreats in recorded history, Ryder Cup officials last week backtracked on efforts to ban social media from golf’s greatest competition later this month at Gleneagles.

Morag Arnot is CEO of the Winning Scotland Foundation. Picture: Contributed

Comment: Growth mindset the way forward

THIS week’s visit to Scotland by American academic Professor Carol Dweck will be significant across a number of key areas in Scottish life.

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