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Chemikal Underground boss backs Yes vote

THE OWNER of one of Scotland's best-known record labels has stepped forward as the latest high-profile supporter of Scottish independence.
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Jim McColl: Scotland still in UK after independence

Jim McColl: Scotland still in UK after independence | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond’s most high-profile business supporter yesterday raised eyebrows by arguing that a ‘yes’ vote in next year’s independence referendum would mean remaining part of the UK.
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Jim McColl makes a fair point. Although one that is obviously far too subtle and nuanced for British nationalist fanatics to comprehend. Scotland's independence may indeed be thought of as a redefining of the many and complex relationships between Scotland and England. It is only the British nationalist extremists who talk in terms of a complete and acrimonious separation.

The reality is that there are bits of the relationship that are satisfactory and there are some arrangements that work reasonably well. Many of these arrangements, particularly those relating to trade, are a function of EU membership in any case and not affected by independence.

Independence supporters argue that there is no reason why we should not preserve those parts of the union which are mutually beneficial while discarding, or renegotiating, those aspects which are unsatisfactory. The crucial thing being that Scotland should have the same power as England to decide what to keep and what to discard and the power to freely negotiate the terms on which various arrangements are maintained.

In other words, Scotland should enter into a new relationship with England as an independent nation like any other.

This all seems very reasonable. Especially when contrasted with the unionist argument that we must throw the baby out with the bath-water even if we have to seek insanely contrived and unnecessarily damaging ways of doing so.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, June 5, 2013 5:07 AM

Jim McColl makes a fair point. Although one that is obviously far too subtle and nuanced for British nationalist fanatics to comprehend. Scotland's independence may indeed be thought of as a redefining of the many and complex relationships between Scotland and England. It is only the British nationalist extremists who talk in terms of a complete and acrimonious separation.

The reality is that there are bits of the relationship that are satisfactory and there are some arrangements that work reasonably well. Many of these arrangements, particularly those relating to trade, are a function of EU membership in any case and not affected by independence.

Independence supporters argue that there is no reason why we should not preserve those parts of the union which are mutually beneficial while discarding, or renegotiating, those aspects which are unsatisfactory. The crucial thing being that Scotland should have the same power as England to decide what to keep and what to discard and the power to freely negotiate the terms on which various arrangements are maintained.

In other words, Scotland should enter into a new relationship with England as an independent nation like any other.

This all seems very reasonable. Especially when contrasted with the unionist argument that we must throw the baby out with the bath-water even if we have to seek insanely contrived and unnecessarily damaging ways of doing so.

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Business lawyers form special independence units

SPECIALIST constitutional units have been set up in some of Scotland's largest commercial law firms to provide advice on the potential impacts of the independence referendum.

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What are the benefits for the economy and jobs?

What are the benefits for the economy and jobs? | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Being independent will mean the people who care most about making our nation more prosperous, fairer and more successful, that is the people of Scotland, will be taking the decisions about our future.
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Separation isn't on the ballot paper!

Separation isn't on the ballot paper! | Business Scotland | Scoop.it
Wealth Distribution in the UK The United Kingdom we live within isn't actually one single union, it started life as a union of the crowns in 1603, then a union of the parliaments and currency in 1707 and now it consists of many different types of ...
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Workers need independence

Workers need independence | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

The Scottish TUC congress meets in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s departure from the scene of her multiple crimes against working class communities.

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Stagecoach exec sees 'no risk' from independence | Scottish National Party

Stagecoach exec sees 'no risk' from independence | Scottish National Party | Business Scotland | Scoop.it

SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP has welcomed comments by Stagecoach’s next chief executive Martin Griffiths that he sees "no risk" from Scottish independence.

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