OUR GOAL: "Business for Scotland is a network for business people who believe that Scotland would thrive as an independent self governing country.
Founded by six Scottish business owners and directors we have generated over 250 members just by word of mouth prior to the launch of this site.
Business for Scotland is a member owned co-operative and so every member gets a vote at our annual general meeting and can stand for election to the board. Stakeholder members get a say in our activities and in how we invest profits.
Our goal is to ensure that the Scottish SME business community has access to the facts and educated opinions that are required in order to allow them to make educated and informed decisions in the lead up to the 2014 Referendum on Independence.
We believe that when people take the time to investigate the facts it becomes clear that Scotland’s economy, our business community and our nation as a whole will be better off as an independent country. We also believe that a Yes vote will act as a catalyst for Scottish people to become more entrepreneurial, confident, successful, ambitious and international in their outlook."
"This is called playing the race card. It is one of the most dangerous things an individual can do in any context, and of course normally done by politicians of the far right. But for a Labour blogger to do it in Scotland, where there is a hard worked for and commendable cross-party and cross-society consensus against racial prejudice, and inject it into the highly charge debate on independence is despicable."
Two-thirds of voters agree with the SNP's stance that the UK and Scottish governments should negotiate a pre-referendum settlement, a poll has suggested.
Stevie Mach's insight:
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the findings of the poll, saying the UK Government's position showed they were "out of touch". She said: "This is an extremely encouraging finding - which reflects the recommendation of the Electoral Commission - and indicates that the reasonable and constructive approach the Scottish Government are taking in the referendum debate is in tune with the vast majority of people in Scotland."
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"There's now a very big divergence in health policy north of the border and south of the border. South of the border they're destroying the National Health Service, privatizing it by the back door. In fact, in five or six years time, I don't think you'll be able to describe the health service in England as a nationally integrated health service." - Andrew Neil, Scottish Health Minister.
"Respected former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Sir George Mathewson has expressed his anger over the way information on the independence referendum is being distorted. Sir George has spoken out after UK Chancellor George Osborne visited Scotland this week and claimed the rest of the former UK would not want an independent Scotland to share the pound. In an interview with the Times newspaper, the highly respected former banking giant criticised the current UK Chancellor and former Labour Chancellors Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown."
"An opinion poll of residents of the Northern Isles, commissioned by the Press and Journal newspaper, has given the lie to claims by certain supporters of the anti-independence campaign that Shetland and Orkney might seek to remain a part of the UK if Scotland becomes independent. The poll, published in the newspaper on Wednesday, finds that 82%, the overwhelming majority, of the islanders wish to remain Scottish."
Mary Lockhart, a Labour activist for 30 years and former member of the party's Scottish executive, said independence "won't deliver Utopia. But it will deliver the chance for socialists to help shape a Scotland which reflects the identity of its people."
"Alistair Darling has accepted £500,000 on behalf of Better Together from Tory donor Ian Taylor. John Mann, Labour MP, called Mr Taylor’s donation to the Conservative party “dirty money”. Serious questions raised on National Collective and in The Herald relating to Mr Taylor’s business background have been ignored.
Better Together must return this money pending a full internal investigation. Whatever your view on the referendum, the Scottish public deserves to know the truth about how our politics is funded.
There cannot be a fair referendum if money is solicited from outwith Scotland or from rich Tory donors who do not vote in Scotland.
There cannot be an open referendum if funding comes from unethical sources. Our politics is once again tarnished by ‘dirty money’ and vested corporate interests.
We are submitting the following to Parliament:
“Calling on the Scottish Parliament to examine the circumstances and issues in relation to Mr Ian Taylor’s £500 thousand donation to the No campaign for the referendum on an independent Scotland, as publicised in a range of authoritative media sources.”
BBC News Scottish referendum: Business leaders join new pro-independence group BBC News Dozens of Scottish businesses have joined a new organisation which has been set up to lobby for a yes vote in the independence referendum.
“The progress that has been achieved in Scotland shows why it is right that we are setting our own course for recovery with the limited powers the Scottish Parliament currently holds.
“Yet with the powers of an independent Scotland we could do even more to boost our economy and get more people into jobs. Only a Yes vote in next September’s referendum will give us the economic and fiscal powers we need to build the fairer, more prosperous nation that we all want to live in.” John Mason MSP
"Duncan Campbell, one of the three artists chosen to represent Scotland at this year's Venice Biennale, is still, when we meet, not quite sure what he will present to the world this June. The Irish Glasgow-based artist, along with fellow artists Corin Sworn and Hayley Tompkins, will show his art at the 15th-century Palazzo Pisani next month as the official display of Scotland + Venice."
"He hated these periods of ignorance, of indecision, but he knew that he did have to make the occasional choice by his own utilisation of free will, and due to the police car and the note, he was in danger and could not afford to either find himself in custody, or attract undue attention to his employer, after all secrecy was what it was all about. If the general public knew about the threat civilisation was under and the mere fact that aliens were not only in existence, but had actually begun to infiltrate humankind, then wholesale panic would ensue. So, he had ended the trail back to him at the house. It had meant the death of Suzi, but Suzi was already dead, it only halted her rebirth. Suzi Two would come along soon, though. He could already feel her in his bones."
For those who see the politics leading up to the referendum as some kind of aberration, Harvie's book is compulsory reading. Focusing very much on the institutions that continued as carriers of a Scottish identity Scotland and ...
"I had one of these “did he really just say that?” moments this weekend when the pizza delivery guy asked me what was the best way to get out of our cul-de-sac. In one fell swoop he propelled himself to the top of the weekly bozo list which was no mean feat in a 7-day period that contained some utterly bizarre, incoherent ramblings from First-Minister-in-Waiting Johann Lamont."
The SNP could use Labour’s promise to maintain coalition austerity policies as a way of opening the door to the unions.
Stevie Mach's insight:
"Not long after the STUC refused an invitation to join Better Together, the pro-UK campaign vehicle, the second largest branch of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in Scotland, which represents Edinburgh, Stirling, Fife and Falkirk postal workers, voted to back independence. The CWU branch vote echoed a 2010 poll conducted by the Scottish Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which showed more than half its membership favoured secession. These developments reflect an underlying trend in Scottish politics: that of natural Labour supporters gradually switching to the SNP at Holyrood elections..." "The recent statement of support for Scottish independence by Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) boss Bob Crow - not to mention the conspicuous failure of Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), to speak out against it when last given the chance - has added to this sense of divergence. There are powerful political dynamics at work here too. Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont’s speech last September questioning the sustainability of universal benefits in Scotland established a clear ideological divide in the referendum campaign, pitching the SNP’s more conventional approach to social democracy against Labour’s Blairite demands for greater means-testing. This contrast has grown sharper still since Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – the most prominent centre-left voice in the SNP leadership - assumed control of the nationalists’ referendum strategy at the end of 2012. Given the severity of the coalition’s public spending cuts, worsening material inequality and the continued presence of nuclear weapons on the Clyde (something the STUC strongly opposes), it’s easy to see why, for large numbers of Scottish trade unionists, the appeal of London rule is beginning to wear thin." - from article.
"Filled with stories of courage, determination and selflessness, the Young Scot Awards honour the nation’s most incredible youngsters. Friday’s glittering ceremony, broadcast for the first time by STV, was packed full of telly, music and movie stars who all wanted to meet the amazing finalists after hearing their stories."
"With the Westminster government breaking promise after promise, it is little wonder that people in Scotland want major decisions to be made by a Scottish Government directly accountable to people living here. "Only a Yes vote will ensure that the decisions that matter to Scotland are made by a Scottish Parliament directly elected by people living in Scotland."