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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Scottish independence: ‘UK would be weaker’ - poll

Scottish independence: ‘UK would be weaker’ - poll | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALMOST half of the British people believe that the UK would be weakened in the event of Scottish independence, according to the first poll to illustrate the extent that Scotland is valued by its neighbours.
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What matters is not how "strong" a nation is, but the purposes for which that strength is used. The British state has historically used its strength for very dubious purposes, including murderous overseas military adventures.

The British state is now, we learn, using its "clout" in an effort to enlist the aid of foreign governments in its increasingly desperate fight to preserve the structures of privilege and power which define it.


We are being asked to sacrifice Scotland's status for the sake of British power. Why would we do that?

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As Others See Us: The View from Belgium

IT's an old line but we all know it.
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David Leask quite fairly notes the existence, up to a point, of a "multi-national identity" within the UK. But in a curious, and possibly telling slip, he attributes this phenomenon to something called "Britain". Which is ironic because the very concept of a synthesised pseudo-nation called Britain was devised as a way of subsuming all the national identities of these islands into a single entity the better to serve the interests of the ruling elites concentrated around the city-state of London.


The Britain to which David Leask refers exists, not primarily as some kind of joint expression of the individual identities of the nations of the British Isles, but as an alternative and wholly contrived identity intended to supplant them.


For Britain, read greater England. And for England, read London.

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Wings Over Scotland | One nation under St George

Wings Over Scotland | One nation under St George | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We’d be getting a little nervous at the moment if we were citizens of Northern Ireland who wanted to stay part of the United Kingdom. Because over recent weeks and months, the concept of the UK has been increasingly pushed aside, in favour of that of Great Britain. (A construct which, of course, excludes the entire island of Ireland.)

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UK Bubble UK Economy: Scottish independence is a wretched idea riddled with inconsistencies and ironies

UK Bubble UK Economy: Scottish independence is a wretched idea riddled with inconsistencies and ironies | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The phrase "the country is falling apart" used to be uttered metaphorically by despairing old men. Today, it is literally true. Britain is falling apart. The leadership in the Scottish Parliament is determined to break away. The SNP have the advantage, whatever David Cameron might say or do in London. Give the SNP four more years of plotting and scheming in Edinburgh and the Union will have disintegrated.

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Peter A Bell's comment, February 22, 2012 3:43 AM
A fine distillation of British nationalist drivel. This one has the distinction of dismissing the nation of Scotland as "an arbitrarily defined region".
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The Branded Hand

The Branded Hand | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Strange things are happening following the government’s defeat over Syria. Political commentators wring their hands, agonising over whether Britain has lost influence in the world or whether the ‘special relationship’ has been put in jeopardy. Meanwhile David Cameron desperately spends the G20 summit trying to convince people that the United Kingdom is still a major force in the world.


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UK's problem isn't the dominance of finance –it's the dominance of London

UK's problem isn't the dominance of finance –it's the dominance of London | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Business leader: EU figures expose the staggering gap between the capital and the poorest areas of Britain. We must revitalise the regions if we want recovery
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The British state is broken beyond repair. Time for change. A Yes vote in next year's independence referendum could be the starting point for meaningful reform that will benefit all the people of these islands.

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Gerry Hassan: There’s no future to be had living in the past - News - Scotsman.com

Gerry Hassan: There’s no future to be had living in the past - News - Scotsman.com | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
AS JUBILEE celebrations die down in the short period of calm before the Olympics, questions arise about what all this means, what Britain and Britishness is, and what the future might be for both.
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