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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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A Choice of Paths

A Choice of Paths | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Every society has such a space. Scotland, too, has its own possibility space, within which it moves. But currently Scotland's possibilities are limited to whatever lies within the scope of British ...
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10 reasons why it’s better to live in Iceland than the UK | National Collective

10 reasons why it’s better to live in Iceland than the UK | National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Today is Iceland’s independence day! National Collective has published a series of articles on Iceland, including an interview with their new Prime Minister on Scottish independence. 69 years after becoming independent from Denmark, Iceland is doing far better than the media often give it credit for. Here are 10 reasons why it’s better to live in Iceland than the UK.

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Munguin's Republic: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM ICELAND?

Munguin's Republic: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM ICELAND? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

You'll probably remember Iceland.

It was the NATO founder member (without nuclear weapons) that Gordon Brown described as terrorists, because his Fundamentally Supine Authority (FSA, now defunct) failed to regulate Icelandic banks in Britain.

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Iceland banks repay Scottish councils bulk of £47m debt

Iceland banks repay Scottish councils bulk of £47m debt | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Iceland’s banks have repaid the lion’s share of the millions of pounds owed to Scotland’s council tax payers.
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Iceland now deemed ‘safe investment’ by major credit agency

Iceland now deemed ‘safe investment’ by major credit agency | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Iceland now deemed ‘safe investment’ by major credit agency...

 

Will British nationalists now desist from their unseemly jeering at Iceland's recent misfortunes? I doubt it! Their desperate need to lash out at Salmond and the SNP is too great.

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Darling left red-faced as 'bust' nations overtake UK in world prosperity index

Darling left red-faced as 'bust' nations overtake UK in world prosperity index | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Head of the anti-independence campaign Alistair Darling has been left red faced today after the latest prosperity table showed the UK has been overtaken by two countries he claimed this week were “bust”.

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For those of us who were sickened by their revelling in the economic misfortunes  of other nations it is particularly gratifying to see British nationalists suffering this embarrassment.

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Exclusive: Icelandic Prime Minister Ready to Welcome an Independent Scotland

Exclusive: Icelandic Prime Minister Ready to Welcome an Independent Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

In an exclusive interview with National Collective, the newly elected Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð said he would welcome an independent Scotland into the world. In the event of a ‘Yes’ vote in next year’s referendum, the Icelandic government would “welcome Scotland with a new, thriving relationship.” Although Iceland has not taken an official position, he said that “Whatever the will of the people is, that is something that we would support.”


The full transcript of the interview is available ‘here’.

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Iceland's 'tenacity' lifts economy out of crisis

Iceland's 'tenacity' lifts economy out of crisis | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Newsnight's Joe Lynam visits Iceland to see how four years after a banking collapse it has turned its ailing economy around and asks who have been the winners and losers of this remarkable return to growth.
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Unionists who continue to deride the "arc of prosperity" do so out of ignorance.

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Wings over Scotland | The arc of recovery

The International Monetary Fund has just published its latest statistics for the relative wealth per head of different countries. And, for Iceland, Ireland, Norway and the UK, they paint a fascinating picture.

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