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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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clarkspeak: A Yorkshireman's thoughts on Scottish independence

clarkspeak: A Yorkshireman's thoughts on Scottish independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

During my four years in Glasgow, I had to tolerate my fair share of anti-English “banter”. And I completely understand why. If we English lived next to a country with a population ten times the size of ours, whose government had, over hundreds of years, used its strength in numbers to slowly erode our native culture and language, was largely ignorant of our needs, yet still made most of our decisions, was dominant, yet indifferent, over our affairs, was so socio-economically imbalanced that our liberal beliefs became defined against it – then we’d probably have a gentle jest with its citizens every once in a while. Especially when they had the cheek to cross over our border.


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Quoted for faith

Quoted for faith | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

“The difference between Scotland and the rest of the UK at this moment is the difference between “Come to me all ye who are heavy burden’d and I will set you free” and “Come to me all ye who are heavy burden’d and I will stop your benefits”. I know which country I want to live in.”

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Break Up or Break Out?

Break Up or Break Out? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Amicable Separation? Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not attempting old-style nation-statehood: they are (and indeed, can’t help being) in search of a new mode of distinctive development. ...
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Amicable Separation? Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not attempting old-style nation-statehood: they are (and indeed, can’t help being) in search of a new mode of distinctive development.

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What does Farage factor mean for us?

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What "guarantees" might unionists provide? What form would such "guarantees" take? What would make them binding on any future UK government?

Why would the people of Scotland have any faith in such "guarantees"? What could the British parties possibly do to induce us to accept their "jam tomorrow" promises? Far less their "maybe we'll set up a talking shop to find ways to avoid actually delivering the jam non-promises"?

There is a certain naivety in Iain MacWhirter's apparent belief that some solution to the constitutional question may still be found within the framework of a British political system whose core ethos of parliamentary sovereignty is the antithesis of that which informs Scotland's politics. We cannot accept the system without also accepting - even if not embracing - this ethos. And if we accept this ethos then we must resign ourselves to fact that Scotland will always be liable to be dragged wherever a relatively tiny number of voters in England choose to take us. We either break free of the British state, or we meekly accept our fate.

Just as naive is the notion that Holyrood might continue to "insulate Scotland from the tide of right-wing Conservatism in England". To the limited extent that the Scottish Government is able to do so now. this is solely due to the fact that we have an administration committed to serving the people of Scotland before the British state. And a British state which is hesitant about imposing its will while the referendum is pending. A NO vote in that referendum would put an end to such reluctance and a future Scottish Government refusing to bend to Westminster's will would increasingly find itself in ever more intractable conflict with a British state which holds the power to resolve all issues in its own favour by emasculating or even abolishing the Scottish Parliament.

Let's be very clear about this. There is no constitutional settlement for Scotland within the UK that is viable in the long-term. The choice is not between independence and the union. The choice is between independence now, and a more acrimonious parting of the ways at some time in the not too distant future. Nothing the British parties might promise can alter that reality.

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Wings Over Scotland | Distorted reflections

Wings Over Scotland | Distorted reflections | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

It sometimes feel as though the jagged, jittery line stretching from Gretna to Berwick isn’t so much a border as a fracture in a mirror, through which things look different according to which side of it you’re standing on.

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Scotland independence movement sends dangerous message

Scotland independence movement sends dangerous message | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scotland's Alex Salmond and British Prime Minister David Cameron signed the 'Edinburgh deal' – allowing Scotland to hold a referendum vote on independence in 2014.
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Scotland has already tried devo-max. It didn't work.

Scotland has already tried devo-max. It didn't work. | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
CRAIG GALLAGHER is a man of many talents. Schooling everyone on Scottish history is but one of them.
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Americans see Scottish independence through their own prism

Americans see Scottish independence through their own prism | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
CRAIG GALLAGHER  ScotsPolitics' resident academic is based in Boston, meaning he has a great view of how the Independence debate is represented abroa...
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Malcolm Combe: Scottish Independence/Separation: Constitutional Wrangling Meets International Law Oversight

Typical. You wait ages for one regional parliament to call for a referendum, then two come along at once. Scotland’s own path towards a referendu...
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The 'Sanitization' of Scottish History: Scottish Independence is restoration NOT secession (Part 4A)

The 'Sanitization' of Scottish History: Scottish Independence is restoration NOT secession (Part 4A) | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The 20th century was to be the most significant period in Scottish political history since the Treaty of Union in 1707, especially from the end of World War I onwards.

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Wings over Scotland | Where the heart is

Wings over Scotland | Where the heart is | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I want Scotland to be independent with my head, for the reasons exhaustively detailed on this blog for the last seven months. But I realised this week that its reluctance to stand up and take its place among the nations of the world gnaws at my heart and my soul too.

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Welcome to Skintland

Welcome to Skintland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
This is where you live. This is the cost of deciding to govern yourself. Remember: you are too poor, too stupid and too lacking in talent to control your own affairs. To do so will result in your c...
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Independence for Scotland?

Independence for Scotland? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A fresh wind of new ideas is blowing from Scotland and tempting all the queen’s subjects to reimagine their identities.
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Scotland ‘one of world’s wealthiest countries’

Scotland ‘one of world’s wealthiest countries’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scottish independence: Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, official figures today showed.
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'Close ally' pledge on independence

'Close ally' pledge on independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scotland and the rest of the UK could be the "closest of allies and the best of neighbours" after Scottish independence, according to the SNP.
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The Many Scotlands | National Collective

The Many Scotlands | National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Donald Dewar’s words at the Opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 continue to strike a chord with me not for their sentiments of Scotland’s past, but for their portrayal of the multifaceted nature of Scottish society and the sheer variety of livelihoods, lifestyles and communities that Scotland contains.

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The State of the Union

The State of the Union | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

An issue has been thrown into the humdrum melly of constitutional squabbling by the NO campaign which has raised the debate beyond the lofty matter of soft savoury pastries to questio...

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Scottish independence vote is part of worrying trend

Scottish independence vote is part of worrying trend | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
DOES IT make sense for Scotland to become an independent nation, ending 300 years of union with England and Wales? And would it make any difference to Americans?
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Ulster Scots and Scottish independence

Ulster Scots and Scottish independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
When Orange Order historian David Hume suggested that Ulster Scots should get a say in the Scottish independence referendum it provoked a bemused response from nationalists.
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Europe's independence seekers: Scotland, Catalonia, and now ... Venice

It was once one of Europe’s richest trading powers, with its ships and merchants found across the Mediterranean. Venice's glory days have long since passed, but it is now rekindling its heritage and weighing a return to independence from Italy.
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Not so much homage to Catalonia, more a warning for Scotland

Not so much homage to Catalonia, more a warning for Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
In a special report, Stephen Burgen in Barcelona examines the bitter Catalan ‘referendum’ battle and the parallels that exist with Scotland...
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Eddie Barnes: Collective thinking on independence

Eddie Barnes: Collective thinking on independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THEY knew it was going to be big. But not that big. As ­Barcelona throbbed last Tuesday night to the sound of more than one million Catalans on the streets, under the banner “Catalonia: a new European State”, shockwaves spread across the continent.
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Frankly: Legislating for Scottish Independence

It is noteworthy that the announcement of this legislative programme was made on the day when the people of Quebec went to the polls in a general election which is widely expected to produce a pro-independence government, although two independence referendums have already been held there. Those anglo-unionists who are hoping that the Scottish independence movement can be killed off in 2014 would do well to bear this in mind.

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Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: Europe’s Scotland, Scotland’s Europe; both can be defined by Scots leadership.

Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: Europe’s Scotland, Scotland’s Europe; both can be defined by Scots leadership. | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Today Scotland isn’t even worthy of consideration on the European stage. Scotland and her resources are administered by Westminster. London is who Brussels deals with and in practical terms rarely a thought is given otherwise. Scotland at present effectively has no voice in Europe. The interests of Scots are subordinated to general UK policy. This is Scotland’s Europe, 2012.

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A Feminist Call to Arms

A Feminist Call to Arms | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
This is by Glasgow-based feminist activist Amy Westwell, and was originally published here. In the coming months feminists across Scotland will be working on this to ensure that Scotland’s futur...
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