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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Subliminal John

Subliminal John | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The intervention of John Major has overshadowed Gordon Brown stumbling out of the shadows. As dark obscure figures from the past you'd completely forgotten about, Major trumps even hi...

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Alex Salmond: Nukes and war will be banned in independent Scotland

Alex Salmond: Nukes and war will be banned in independent Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE First Minister will make the pacifist promise during his speech to the SNP party conference in Inverness.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Condemnation of WMD and a presumption against armed conflict does not a "pacifist" make.

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10 years since Holyrood Iraq debate: Lamont and Tories were "wrong together" say SNP

10 years since Holyrood Iraq debate: Lamont and Tories were "wrong together" say SNP | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Ten years to the day from a key Holyrood debate on 13 March 2003 in the run up to the Iraq war, the Scottish National Party has highlighted the lessons that must be learnt from the conflict.

 

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Meanwhile in Lilliput...

Meanwhile in Lilliput... | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Some mixed emotions on seeing the images of crazed jihadists executing Iraqi police. The revulsion reminded me of old footage of the Nazis shooting civilians on the edge of the graves they themselv...
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IRAQ – 10 YEARS AFTER THE VOTE FOR WAR

It was the 18th of March in 2003. Almost exactly 10 years ago, and it was probably the most important vote that I had ever participated in my time as an MP. It was the vote that committed the UK to war in Iraq and was passed by 412 to 129. Some Labour members rebelled but the Government got its way when the vast majority of Conservative members supported it. I voted against the war, believing the case to be totally unconvincing, fanciful and bordering on nonsensical

 

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SNP mark 10 years since Holyrood Iraq debate | Scottish National Party

SNP mark 10 years since Holyrood Iraq debate | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Ten years to the day on from a key Holyrood debate on 13 March 2003 in the run up to the Iraq war, the Scottish National Party has highlighted the lessons that must be learnt from the conflict.

Peter A Bell's insight:

Bruce Crawford: “The most striking lesson of all from the [Iraq] conflict is that never again should Scotland find itself dragged into illegal conflicts by Westminster governments - that requires achieving the powers of independence, which is why a Yes vote in next autumn's referendum is so important."

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 13, 2013 6:24 AM

SNP made a principled stand against the illegal war in Iraq and to this day maintains a stance against illegal wars.