Referendum 2014
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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Preparing for Project Blue

Preparing for Project Blue | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A reader comment this morning caused us to go back and double-check the facts in an old post (which turned out to be entirely correct, so that was fine). But for reasons which will shortly become c...
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Scotland's Good Neighbour

Scotland's Good Neighbour | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
As the Nordic countries have discovered, small countries need to find kindred spirits who can present a common image and message to a world too often dominated by hegemonic ideas from the large and...
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Norway Proves Independence Can Be Key Driver of Increased Standards of Living

Norway Proves Independence Can Be Key Driver of Increased Standards of Living | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Today George Osborne is launching a treasury paper which asserts that ending Westminster government ‘could’ jeopardise 4% (or £2,000) from household incomes in Scotland over the next 30 years.

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Now and Then: Norway, Scotland, and why I was wrong about the arc of insolvency

Now and Then: Norway, Scotland, and why I was wrong about the arc of insolvency | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I have often regretted coining the phrase “the arc of insolvency” in this column in 2008 to describe the financial crisis as it afflicted Iceland and Ireland. It was only ever one side of the story. While some neoliberal small nations exploded because of their irresponsible banks, the rest of the Nordic arc - Denmark, Sweden, Finland - passed through the eye of the storm largely unscathed. Certainly, in Norway, where I have been hanging out this week, there is no sign of any financial hangover from the great crash.

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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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Better Together chief under fire after oil fund claims dismissed by Norwegian official

Better Together chief under fire after oil fund claims dismissed by Norwegian official | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Better Together chief under fire after oil fund claims dismissed by Norwegian official
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All Norwegians become crown millionaires, in oil saving landmark

All Norwegians become crown millionaires, in oil saving landmark | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Everyone in Norway became a theoretical crown millionaire on Wednesday in a milestone for the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund that has ballooned thanks to high oil and gas prices.
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Norway seems to be dealing rather well with what the anti-independence campaign insists is the insuperable "problem" of oil wealth.

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Norway’s reliance on oil cash boosts SNP’s case for independence

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would not be over reliant on oil because it makes up less of the country’s overall income than is the case in Norway, according to the SNP.
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Face reality: We could be as prosperous as Norway

Face reality: We could be as prosperous as Norway | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I have often regretted coining the phrase "the arc of insolvency" in this column in 2008 to describe the financial crisis as it afflicted Iceland and Ireland.

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Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP: Time for Anti-Independence Parties to 'Face Facts' on Norway

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP: Time for Anti-Independence Parties to 'Face Facts' on Norway | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The SNP have said it is time for Ed Miliband and David Cameron to “face facts” and accept that Scotland can be just like Norway, after both leaders heaped praise on the Scandinavian country.

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