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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Whether Scotland votes yes or no, London wins

Whatever the outcome of September's independence referendum, the capital looks set to gain from it

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The Anglosphere Media

I haven't always agreed with Martin Kettle's Guardian columns over the years. They have mixed some good, pertinent analysis of what's wrong with Britain with some unfortunate Blai...

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London has already declared independence, Scotland should do the same

London has already declared independence, Scotland should do the same | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

It’s obvious that economics is an important factor in all of this. Given the lack of physical threat and our own ‘submerged’ identity, economics occupies a more important place in the argument for independence than it deserves. What we mean by this is that independence or dependence, the economy and Scotland will not collapse. In fact, at the beginning at least, we’ll not notice much difference.


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Not in this together, nor better together | Yes Scotland

Not in this together, nor better together | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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Living on an Island: Scotland and the London Question

May 2015: Boris Johnson wins the UK general election and declares London de facto independent from the rest of the UK, stating that it will from now on keep the taxes it raises and spend most of the money it needs itself.

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James McLaren's comment, June 30, 2013 11:39 AM
I have often speculated that the Tories have a longterm vision of a City-State called London. It has always been that in all but name and a Singapore type version would be what many would want. The SE of England would be its hinterland. Scotland would be well shot of this for many reasons as UK politics will soon graduate to the RED pill BLUE pill form as the Libs disappear and are absorbed by either wing of the new Republican / Democrat political system. Incidentally I think that the actual contribution made to taxation by the City is peanuts as most profit is squirreled away in distant colonies with very unchallenging taxation and ownership regimes
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London put on a great show, but the future lies in the world's smaller cities

London put on a great show, but the future lies in the world's smaller cities | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
It would be depressing if the legacy of these Games was a new triumphalism about London's position of absolute preeminence...
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Alex Salmond: London is ‘dark star of the economy’

Alex Salmond: London is ‘dark star of the economy’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond has attacked London as the “dark star of the economy, inexorably sucking in resources, people and energy” from the rest of the UK – while promising independence will provide “a northern light” to rebalance the economy of the British Isles.
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The unionist campaign gets nastier by the day - and no less dishonest. Here we have Project Fear and their media lackeys trying to provoke hostility and rancour by falsely portraying Alex Salmond's speech as being an attack on England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The reality, of course, is that Salmond was criticising the imbalances and inequalities which impact on the majority of the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland in much the same way as they affect Scotland.

This effort to promote ill-feeling between and among the people of these islands is one of the more despicable aspects of the anti-independence campaign.

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Wealth sucking 'dark star' highlights need for Yes | Scottish National Party

Wealth sucking 'dark star' highlights need for Yes | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The SNP is today highlighting a report in the Financial Times that warns of the growing geographical disparity in wealth across the countries and regions of the UK.

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The nation's going south . . . and Scotland's paying for it

We have achieved lift-off, according to Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England in its most optimistic forecast for six years. Those struggling with debts, falling earnings and zero-hours contracts may not see much to celebrate.
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London is a separate state that impoverishes us all

London is a separate state that impoverishes us all | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
IMAGINE a city in which the streets are empty; where no children play in the parks; shops are boarded up; and where the only signs of life are black cars cruising up and down, occasionally disgorging ghost-like figures often wearing black veils.
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Comment: Independence debate fuelled by inequality

Comment: Independence debate fuelled by inequality | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTS’ experience of living in one of the most unequal nations in the world keeps the nationalism argument red hot, writes Gerry Hassan
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James McLaren's comment, July 1, 2013 10:54 AM
There are three glaring inequalities or deficits confronting Scotland; the political one, the honest press one and their bastard offspring, social inequality. Correct the first two by voting Yes in 2014 and then we will need to come together to redress that social one. That latter will take a generation or two, at least.