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"Promoting all that is best in
Scottish Nationalism and all that is best in Scotland."
Compiled by Peter D. Wright
[Issue 67 - 14th September 2001]
are times when an event occurs which is so heinous that no words are
adequate to describe the shock felt.
Tuesday’s terrorist attack on America is one such event.
Words are inadequate to express either the horror of the cowardly
attack or sympathy for the victims and the families of the deceased.
This was not only an attack on America but on the democratic,
civilised world. For this is
indeed a world tragedy.
National Bard, Robert Burns, wrote that:–
“Man’s inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn.”
vile attack proves the truth of the Bard’s words.
sixty percent of visitors to The Flag come from the United States of
America and we would extend to them, indeed to the whole American Nation,
our sincere and deep felt condolences on their sad loss.
We join with you in your mourning.
Flag concurs with the statement by the National Convenor of the Scottish
National Party, John Swinney MSP, in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.
SNP leader John Swinney expressed the party's deepest sympathies to
the people of America over the "truly awful tragedy".
He said yesterday's human loss in the terrorist attacks would have
been felt globally. "Yesterday's atrocity in the United States could
only be watched on television with horror, with shock and with
bewilderment," he told the Parliament. The SNP leader acknowledged
that an uncertain period undoubtedly lay ahead in international affairs.
He added: "But in that uncertain time, I am confident that the
interests of humanity and democracy will prevail over the forces of
terror. We owe it to our human and democratic values to make that the
case." Yesterday's atrocity was a brutal reminder of just how fragile
human life was, he said. Mr Swinney added: "We have been reminded
just how fragile human life can be at the mercy of terrorists. We have
been reminded how fragile is the peace and the security people of my age
have taken for granted for all of our lives but which my parents'
generation have not always enjoyed. We have been reminded that however
much we cherish democracy, it is fragile when attacked by those who
neither respect nor value human life or our human democracy." He went
on: "Only time, patience and exhibiting the best of human values will
unravel the full consequences of yesterday's attacks." Mr Swinney
stressed that human and democratic values must triumph and said: "Our
democratic Scottish Parliament pays tribute to our friends across the
water and join hands with them in sympathy across the seas."
session of the Scottish Parliament adjourned following speeches by the
four Party Leaders and a motion of condemnation of the terrorist
atrocities. The rest of this
week’s Flag update consists only of work already prepared before the
barbaric attack on the United States of America.
ROAD AND THE MILES TO DUNDEE
In the words of
the popular folk song SNP delegates and the media will be taking ‘the
road and the miles to Dundee’ next week for the 67th Annual
National Conference of the Scottish National Party.
The Caird Hall will be the setting for this important conference
which will lay down the groundwork for the SNP campaign in the 2003
Scottish Parliamentary Elections. A
key figure in the preparation for the SNP Conference is the National
Secretary, Stewart Hosie, and he was in upbeat mood when he told The Flag
that he was looking forward to the Conference – “ Having got the
Westminster Elections out of the way, the real work starts in earnest to
prepare a mature and appealing policy base to carry us into the 2003
Scottish Parliamentary Elections. A huge amount of interest will
inevitably be generated by the debates on nuclear weapons and NATO. Given
the massive, world-wide concerns surrounding globalisation and the
increased awareness of the environmental damage humanity is causing our
debates on the reduction of fossil fuel use and globalisation should
certainly flag up our understanding of those issues. They should also
allow the SNP to position itself as the Party best able to reflect the
concerns of the electorate about the issues.”
pointed out that motions accepted for debate were submitted from all
sections of the Party and covered the widest possible range of topics –
“ as ever at Conference, while some motions offer specific solutions to
specific problems, other s lay out principles that would direct the Party
in given policy areas. But all have one thing in common; they seek to make
the Scottish National Party credible and radical at the same time and will
prepare the way ahead for an SNP win in 2003”.
So the medias
political eyes will be focused on the SNP in Dundee – it will be
interesting to see how they report the Conference of the only Political
Party which can seriously challenge New Labour for control of the Holyrood-
FROM THE NATIONAL CONVENER
The Flag is
happy to give wider circulation to the Conference from John Swinney MSP,
National Convener of the SNP, to the delegates assembling in Dundee –
We meet for our Conference this year in Dundee, a city that recorded
sizeable swings to the SNP in the General Election. We are surrounded by
the other Tayside parliamentary seats that are held by the SNP. The
General Election may have brought some disappointments for the SNP, but
our location is a reminder that we also recorded success. Our challenge at
this Conference is to build on that success.
We are Scotland’s second party. In 2003, we have the chance to become
Scotland’s first party and to win the case for Scottish Independence.
When I was elected to lead the Party last year, I said I wanted to take
Independence out of the mouths of politicians and place it in the
hearts of the people. I wanted us to set out the difference Independence
would make to the lives of all Scots.
We have started that process by demonstrating on key issues such as
health, education, crime and jobs exactly what difference the SNP and
Independence would make to the lives of people in Scotland. We must at
this Conference continue this process and demonstrate to Scotland the type
of country we want to create.
Ours is a vision of a democratic Independent Scotland where we make the
wealth of our country work for everyone who lives here. That vision will
deliver the social justice we seek, will create the dynamic economy we
need and ensure we make Scotland the best country in which to live. That
vision must resonate through every community in Scotland as we build the
case for Independence.
The General Election demonstrated that the public is increasingly
detached from the political process. That is bad for all parties but we
must seize the opportunity for the SNP. We are a Party with a difference,
a Party with a vision of making Scotland a normal country where every one
of us who lives here has a stake in transforming our country. That is the
exciting vision of Independence - and we are going to win the case.
John Swinney MSP, National Convener
One of the
finest campaigns run by the SNP was “It’s Scotland’s Oil” in the
early 70s. This led to the a record number of SNP MPs being returned to
Westminster – 7 in the February 1974 General Election which rose to 11
in the October re-run. Unfortunately the foot was taken off the pedal and
the oil message was toned down, much to the relief of our Unionist
opponents. Well oil is still important, and in spite of Unionist’s
claims in the 70s that the North Sea oil flow wouldn’t last long, the
SNP have been proved correct. Imagine if Scotland, like Norway, had been
independent in 1970 how well we could have used the oil bounty, not only
for our immediate benefit but also for generations to come. Like Norway we
could have established an oil fund towards that aim. As Alex Salmond MP,
SNP Westminster Parliamentary Leader, pointed out at the Offshore Europe
Conference last week in Aberdeen in making a plea for such an oil fund –
“Instead of subsidising London we should be securing the benefits of the
North Sea windfall for generations to come. He said that if the surplus
Scottish Government finances (including revenue from oil and gas which
presently goes to Westminster) were invested in such a fund for the next
four years, it would yield an annual income of up to £1 bn a year.
The Banff and
Buchan MP pointed out that Treasury revenues from the North Sea had
totalled £160 bn since production began in the early 1970s and had been
frittered away by Westminster
There is still
plenty mileage to be gained from the SNP position on oil, and the oil fund
idea is an important and far-seeing proposal which will only come about
with real Independence. However the proposal can play its part in getting
over the message of fiscal independence launched during the recent
GM CROP FIELD TRIALS
CONDEMNED FOR ARROGANCE AND SECRECY
published report from the Government’s Agriculture and Environment
Biotechnology Commission condemns the Government for its arrogance and
secrecy over the issue of GM crop trials.
SNP Shadow Rural Development Minister Fergus Ewing MSP told The
Flag that this report blows the Government’s support for GM crop trials
out of the water and that the only way forward was for an immediate
moratorium on trials. Fergus
from the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission totally
blows the Government’s support for GM crop trials out of the water.
The report condemns the Government for its culture of secrecy, for
its arrogance and for the complete failure to consult with the public –
especially the local people.
“The SNP have
repeatedly called for a moratorium over trials and it now time for Ross
Finnie to accept that this is the only way forward.
I will be watching very closely to see if the Minster takes notice
of the recommendations or whether he flies in the face of public opinion -
yet again - and carries on with his discredited policy.”
commemoration of three Scottish martyrs executed for demanding workers'
rights and an independent Scottish Parliament took place in Glasgow on
Sunday. SNP shadow education
minister Michael Russell MSP addressed the commemoration at Sighthill
Cemetery. He was the main speaker at the event, which commemorated the
sacrifice made by James Wilson, John Baird and Andrew Hardie, who were
hanged in 1820. Earlier this week Gil Paterson proposed that the role of
three men in the so-called 1820 Rising should be included in the national
curriculum. According to the 1820 Society, which campaigns to raise
awareness of the rebellion, working people chose armed insurrection
against the British state because of poverty. Wilson, Baird and Hardie,
three of the main leaders, were hanged while 19 others were transported to
Australia. In his address at the commemoration, Mr Russell said: "We
should remember the 1820 martyrs simply because Wilson, Baird and Hardie
were prepared to die the most horrible of deaths in the cause of human
rights." He added: "We should also reflect on where we now meet
The people of
Sighthill - both those who have lived here for some time and those who
have come here recently to escape persecution in their own country - all
need the same thing - a life free from poverty and injustice. A life free
from the failures of Government, whether those be oppressive Government in
their own country, or uninspired, unambitious and ultimately failing
Government in their new home. We need a Scotland that is based upon vision
and principle, and a Scotland not afraid to argue for those things. A
Scotland indeed that would measure up to the courage and inspiration of
Baird, Hardie and Wilson."
Read the full story of 1820 martyrs, "The
1820 Rising: The Radical War" by James Halliday.
SLAMS NEW CRONY APPOINTMENT TO HEALTH QUANGO
of the first promises made by Henry McLeish on being elected First
Minister was a “bonfire of the quangos”.
We still await the promised bonfire and New Labour continue to pack
quangos with their supporters. On
Monday SNP MSP Alex Neil lodged a Parliamentary Motion attacking the
Health Minister’s decision to appoint a Labour Party Councillor as the
chairperson of the Health Education Board for Scotland. Branding the
appointment blatant cronyism, Alex Neil said it was time to end the old
pals’ network in Scotland and start hiring people by merit, not
Neil’s motion also asks MSPs to support his Public Appointments
(Approval) Bill. The Bill,
published last week, seeks to ensure that all major appointments to
quangos would have to come before Parliament for approval, thus ending the
current politicisation of the process.
He told The Flag:
Hinds’s appointment as the chairperson of HEBS smacks of political
cronyism. Not only has Ms
Hinds been a member of the Labour Party for over 20 years but she is a
Labour Councillor in Edinburgh too. The
only way to satisfy the public that this was not a politically motivated
appointment is for the Health Minister to justify her decision to
it any wonder that people view quangos with such scorn when appointments
are being made on the basis of Labour Party membership rather than merit?
The motion I have put down in Parliament today asks that we put an
end to the old pals’ act. It
calls for MSPs to back the Public Appointments (Approval) Bill because it
will guarantee an end to the abuse.
the Bill is passed, all major appointments to quangos, like HEBS, would
have to come before the Scottish Parliament.
If MSPs were not satisfied that the Minister had made the right
choice or followed the right procedures then they would have the power to
veto the appointment. This
Bill puts the power back where it belongs, out of the quango boardrooms,
out of internal Labour Party politics, and into the hands of the elected
representatives of the Scottish Parliament.
SAID IT FOR US
country implies politics, economics and culture.
Political space gives authority.
Economic space gives autonomy.
Cultural space gives aura.
White, poet, from his Consignia Lecture
Skye Bridge was the first PFI scheme and embodies all the worst aspects of
an increasingly discredited method of financing public works.
The toll is set at its punitive level to allow sufficient profits
for private finance.
Kemp, former Glasgow Herald editor
markets in public services cost us more, deliver less, create huge debts
for later generations and make off with the public assets.
Pollock, University College, London
watch our financial and business class being paid stratospheric sums for
superintending what remains a low wage, low productivity, low investment
gradual impoverishment of the country makes Scotland a cheaper tourist
destination, like the rest of the Third World.
McWilliams, European business expert on our rising taxes
Labour is a novel social democratic movement: it’s redistributing wealth
from the dirt poor to Sainsbury’s board of directors.
Cohen, in an ‘Observer’ article on vouchers for refugees
is regarded by most people in Britain as a smarmy git.
And I said that to him.
Ashdown, former LibDem leader
A selection of items from the SNP Daily News
over the last week:-
LEAVES TO ASSIST IN KOSOVAN ELECTIONS
Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Duncan Hamilton
MSP has today flown to Kosovo
to take part in a programme of political training for the Kosovan
political parties who are contesting the Kosovan elections at the end of
the month. Mr Hamilton was
invited by the National Democratic Institute, a Washington-based NGO who
have a programme based in Kosovo to encourage and foster the growth of
democracy. Mr Hamilton said:
was very pleased to accept the invitation to travel to Kosovo to add
whatever I can to the efforts of the NDI.
They are an organisation devoted to the expansion of democratic
freedom and the goals of tolerance and inclusion.
particular, they are looking to elected representatives from the West to
take responsibility for extending the hand of friendship to the Kosovan
region and to pass on what experience of political campaigning and
leadership we have. The
Scottish Parliament is one of the newest Parliaments anywhere in the world
and it is obvious that the transition we have made in this country has not
gone unnoticed on the world stage.
an SNP perspective, this is an excellent chance to take our message of
civic and inclusive nationalism to an area which has been torn apart by
ethnic strife. The example of
a nationalist movement advancing its cause through the democratic process
is precisely the kind of message that needs to be promoted around the
we are down on our new Scottish Parliament but occasionally external
verification of the success we have had in Scotland is valuable.
I am going there to advise, to train and to learn first hand about
what more we can do to ease the transition of Kosovo into a new era of
democracy, cohesion and prosperity. I
sincerely hope this can be the start of a close relationship between the
Scottish Parliament and the Kosovan Assembly.”
TO PROPOSE BAN ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING
A private member's bill to ban tobacco advertising north of the Border
will be published this week. Shadow health minister Nicola Sturgeon will
publish proposals on Tuesday to outlaw tobacco adverts in shops, on
billboards, and in newspapers and magazines published in Scotland. It is
estimated that a ban would save 300 lives a year. Although the bill has
won the support of doctors, nurses and cancer charities, Ms Sturgeon said
today she feared the Scottish Executive would attempt to kill it off by
having it thrown out before MSPs had a chance to consider it. The SNP MSP
said: "I am in little doubt that Labour MSPs have been told not to
support this bill solely because it has been sponsored by a SNP MSP."
To head off suggestions that the bill's publication will exacerbate
tensions between the Scottish Executive and Westminster over the issue,
the Glasgow MSP has pledged to withdraw the bill if Westminster comes
forward with a cast-iron commitment to legislate in this area. "But
until we reach that point the Scottish Parliament has an obligation to use
its own powers," she added.
MARGO PLAYS SAFE WITH MOBILE
are your thoughts when you see schoolchildren chattering away merrily on
their mobile phones? Margo MacDonald admits to an unconscious stream of
silent questions about where the money comes from to pay for the sort of
conversations she used to have with her pals in the playground. But she
admits, writing in her weekly column in the Sunday Post, that a meeting
she attended last week has made me think more about how we should handle
this brave new world of instant communication. "There are 3.5 million
mobile phones in Scotland," she writes. "We should still play
safe over the location of masts until all of us have enough proven facts
on which to decide whether to add another health risk to our lives."
LIFTED FROM MORAY FARMER
A crisis meeting between an MP and bank officials over the case of a Moray
farmer facing £300,000 of debts was last night hailed a victory after the
use of sheriff officers to evict the struggling businessman and his family
was cancelled. The meeting led to an agreement between Moray MP Angus
Robertson and Clydesdale Bank, which should secure a future in the
industry for Davie McLeod, who, with his family, was due to be thrown out
of the farm on Wednesday morning. The McLeods' case has been held up as an
example of the serious financial problems facing Scottish farmers. The SNP
"This whole case highlights the need for farmers and farming families
to approach the NFU and their elected representatives before it's too
late. It's in nobody's interest for things to go as far as they did in
ROW OVER McLEISH's CARE PLAN, MPs CRITICISED FOR INTERFERING
Henry McLeish's plans to provide free personal care for the elderly became
embroiled in fresh controversy yesterday after it emerged that Scots
moving to a nursing home in England will have their full care costs paid
for by the executive. Some Westminster Labour MPs have protested at
the consequences of the free personal care plan. The concerns
include Mr McLeish's request that Westminster should transfer to Scotland
£20 million in benefits paid by the Department of Works and Pensions to
elderly people who already qualify for free personal care. Nicola
Sturgeon, shadow health minister, has called on the Westminster Government
and Scottish Labour MPs to keep their nose out of the personal care debate
in Scotland and has condemned the continuing squabbles between Westminster
and the Scottish Government. She said: "The Government at
Westminster and Scottish Labour MPs should keep their nose out of devolved
Scottish affairs and stop trying to stymie the democratic decisions of the
Scottish Parliament. The Parliament voted for free personal care and
the Scottish Government have been forced - by the will of the Parliament -
to implement this policy."
COUNCIL PROGRESS PRAISED IN REVIEW
Angus Council's performance over the last year was highlighted by the
policy and resources committee yesterday. The committee was
considering chief executive Sandy Watson's annual report on the council's
achievements. Speaking at the committee, council leader Rob Murray
commended staff on the professional approach taken in the delivery
of services to the people of Angus. "Angus Council is acknowledged as
providing quality cost-effective services to the citizens of the county,
and the chief executive's fifth-year report reinforces this well-earned
reputation," he said. He said the SNP-run council was also delivering
on goals set out in its corporate plan. The achievements highlighted in
the fifth-year report related to the five main themes set out in the
council's corporate plan - community planning, best value, economic
prosperity and lifelong learning, healthy, caring and safe communities,
and improvement in the environment and quality of life in Angus.
Councillor Murray highlighted the launch of the new Brechin Business Park
and the creation of the Angus Digital Media Centre, which will open this
month, as examples of the council's commitment to further improving the
DEMANDS OIL JOBS SWITCH
North-east MP Alex Salmond yesterday challenged the government to move all
civil service oil and gas jobs out of London and concentrate them in
Aberdeen to help reinvigorate the North Sea. Speaking at the Offshore
Europe conference in Europe's oil capital, Mr Salmond said: "A decade
on from the first such transfers, there are some 72 offshore-related civil
service jobs in Aberdeen - but still 104 in London, hundreds of miles away
from where the oil and gas is. All such jobs should be based in Aberdeen,
where they would have a galvanising effect in drawing private sector
decision-making posts to the north-east." The SNP's Westminster Group
Leader painted a bullish outlook for the North Sea if all parties involved
got their act together. Speaking at the show's "20-20 Vision"
session on the future, the MP said Britain's offshore oil and gas industry
should last another 50 years, if remaining resources are properly managed
and exploited. "By investing the surpluses generated in the next four
years alone, we would be able to secure an income of up to £1 billion a
year," he said.
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FOOD, TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS
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SNP delegates make their way towards the City of Dundee, this column heads
further north to the Granite City of Aberdeen. The cauf-kintra of SI Chairman
Peter D Wright lies between the Rivers Dee and Don and Ptolemy identified it
as "Devana". That gave rise to a popular local brewery - Devanah -
sadly long gone. The city prospered from its wholehearted support of Robert I
and his family. Tradition has it that the citizens attacked the English
garrison in Aberdeen Castle and put them all to the sword after The Bruce's
victory over his local enemies, The Comyns, at the Battle of Inverurie ( 1308
). The password used on that occasion by Aberdonians, "Bon Accord",
was then supposedly conferred on the city as its motto. The city was to
benefit tangiably from its support of Robert I, as in 1319, he gifted to the
citizens his hunting forest of Stocket. Renamed the Freedom Lands, the revenue
from the forest was paid into a Common Good Fund - which at present stands in
excess of £20 million. Because of the city's geographical position, for many
centuries, Aberdeen was relatively isolated from the rest of Scotland but
through its sea trade enjoyed visitors from the Continent. Trade was carried
out with the Danes, Norwegians, Swedes, Germans, Dutch and French. The French
connection could have given rise to the local delicacy, the famed butterie
rowies of Aberdeen. As the well known food writer Theodora Fitzgibbon pointed
out butteries are practically the same, apart from the shape, as the ordinary
French breakfast croissant. Eat a butterie and dream that you are in France!
Ingredients : 1 lb flour; 1 oz yeast or 1/2 tablesp dried yeast; 1 tablesp
sugar; 8 oz butter; 4 oz lard; 3/4 pt tepid water; a pinch of salt.
All utensils should be warm before starting. Makes about 15.
Mix the sifted flour and salt into a basin, then cream the yeast with the
sugar. When it has bubbled up add it to the flour with the water, which must
be blood heat only. Mix well, cover and set in a warm place until double the
bulk, about thirty minutes. Cream the butter and lard together and divide into
three. Put the dough on to a floured board and roll out into a long strip. Put
the first third of fats in dots on to the top third of the pastry strip and
fold over like an envelope, as if making flaky pastry. Roll out, and do this
twice more until all the butter mixture is used up. Then roll out and cut into
small oval shapes ( or small rounds ). Put on to a floured baking sheet with
at least 2 in. between each one to allow for spreading. Cover, as above, and
leave to rise for three-quarters of a hour, then bake in a moderate to hot
oven ( 375 degrees - 400 degrees/ Gas mark 5 - 6 ) for 20 minutes.
See our Scottish
Food, Traditions and Customs in our Features section
15 September 1436
Battle of Piperden where Scots under William, 2nd Earl of Angus, defeated
English forces led by Percy and Sir Robert Ogle, near Berwick.
18 September 1959
Forty-seven miners at Auchengeich Colliery, Chryston, Lanarkshire, were
trapped and died when the bogies carrying them to work ran into smoke 300
yards from the pit bottom, 1,000 ft below ground. Only one of the squad
escaped in Scotland's worst pit disaster of the century. Later the same
evening the decision was taken to flood the burning pit.
20 September 1746
To escape capture in Scotland, Prince Charles Edward Stewart sailed from Loch
nan Uamh to safety in France aboard the French ship L'Heureux. It eluded
Government ships under the cover of fog.
SANG AT LEAST
(compiled by Peter D Wright)
"That I for poor auld Scotland's sake
Some useful plan or book could make
Or sing a sang at least ........"
- Robert Burns
ROAD TO DUNDEE
winter was howlin' o'er muir and o'er mountain,
wild was the surge on the dark rolling sea;
When I met about daybreak a bonnie young lassie
Wha asked me the road and the miles to Dundee.
Says I "My young lassie, I canna' weel tell ye,
The road and the distance I canna' weel gie,
But if you'll permit me tae gang a wee bittie,
I'll show you the road and the miles to Dundee?"
At once she consented, and gave me her arm,
Ne'er a word I did speir wha the lassie micht be;
She appeared like an angel in feature and form,
As she walked by my side on the road to Dundee.
At length wi' the Howe o' Strathmartine behind us,
And the spires o' the toun in full view we could see;
She said, "Gentle sir, I can never forget ye
For showing me so far on the road to Dundee."
"This ring and this purse take to prove I am grateful,
And some simple token I trust ye'll gie me,
And in times to come I'll remember the laddie
That showed me the road and the miles to Dundee."
I took the gowd pin from the scarf on my bosom,
And said, "Keep ye this in remembrance o' me;"
Then bravely I kissed the sweet lips o' the lassie
Ere I parted wi' her on the road to Dundee.
So here's to the lassie - I ne'er can forget her -
And ilka young laddie that's listening tae me;
And never be sweer to convoy a young lassie,
Though it's only to show her the road to Dundee.
Footnote - Around 1000 delegates will be taking
the road to Dundee on Wednesday for the Annual National Conference
of the Scottish National Party in the Caird Hall, Dundee.
See the SING A
SANG AT LEAST in our features section
A KIST O
A Keek at the Guid
By Peter & Marilyn Wright
words underlined in this section are RealAudio links)
forenent: facing; in front of; opposite
hership: famine; ruin
syver: a drain; a gutter; a sink
Aye reddin the fire: Always stirring up trouble
Auld Scotland's howes, and Scotland's knowes
And Scotland's hills for me;
I'll drink a cup to Scotland yet,
Wi' a' the honours three.
frae "Scotland Yet" - Henry Scott Riddell
by W. D. Cocker
Scots Language in our Features Section
for other poems, stories, sayings and words in the Scots language
MONTHLY PRIZE CROSSWORD
Each month the Scots
Independent Newspaper offers a prize crossword and we're now offering this
online in the Flag in the Wind as well. Should you complete
the crossword by the deadline you can fax it over to the SI and the first
correct one opened on the closing date will win a £10.00 book token.
SI Prize Crossword No.
21 SEPTEMBER 2001
here to bring up the crosswords]
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range of topics on Scottish politics, heritage and history. This means
that your advert, while publicising your company, product, service,
events, etc., is also helping to educate our children and helping us to
extend the reach of our newspaper to promote
all that is best in Scottish Nationalism and all that is best in
Scotland. We have a powerful voice not only in Scotland but all over the
world wherever Scots and Scots descendants are settled.
You can take out a 145 x 40 pixel Button Advert on this page for a
full 12 months for only £995.00 and at the same time get a FREE
2 column classified advert in the Scots Independent Newspaper for the
same 12 months, all for the same inclusive annual price of £995.00.
One Banner advert, 468 x 60 pixels, is available on this index page
under the Issue Date and before the first article. Cost is £695.00 per
month and includes an optional FREE 2 column display advert in
the Scots Independent Newspaper during the same month as you have the
banner on the site.
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