Referendum 2014
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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Scotland's Future - Irvine public discussion - YouTube

The Scottish Cabinet met in Irvine as part of a series of public question and answer sessions. Members of the public had the opportunity to ask questions of ...
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SNP ‘airbrushed’ recession out of white paper

SNP ‘airbrushed’ recession out of white paper | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scottish independence: The Scottish Government “airbrushed” the global financial crash from its official case for independence to avoid showing Scots would have been thousands of pounds worse off outside the UK, Labour said last night.
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If there was any remaining doubt that the Tory/Labour anti-independence alliance has been reduced to scrabbling around desperately looking for some kind of argument then it should be totally dispelled by this latest nonsense. They're down to relying on a hypothetical wrapped in a supposition inside a web of assumptions in order to claim that Scotland might have been worse off if it hadn't been better off than it could have been if things had been different.

Distilled to its essentials, this latest inanity from Johann Lamont says that Scotland should leave its affairs in the hands of the people who helped cause the near-total collapse of the global financial system because only something that is big enough to have that kind of impact is big enough to protect us from the deleterious impact that it has.

If that makes little sense to you then it's probably because you are completely sane.

Perhaps if Lamont had glanced at the cover of the Scottish Government's White Paper she'd have got a clue as to why it has little to say about the past. The document's title is, "Scotland's Future". When will British Labour and their Tory allies have something to say on that subject?

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Poll: 50% say Scots Government is spending too much on indy campaign

Half of people believe the Scottish Government is spending too much public cash on independence and next year's referendum, according to a survey.
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As numerous others have pointed out, it is a trivial matter to get people to object to pretty much any government spending. Especially if you word the question so as to elicit the desired response.


What is interesting about all of this is the anxiety with which the British parties respond to the prospect of the people of Scotland being empowered to make an informed decision next September. They had obviously hoped that the positive message of the Yes campaign and the sensible plans of the Scottish Government would be buried under the avalanche of smears, scare stories, distortions and downright lies spewing out of the Project Fear propaganda machine.


The British parties wanted to treat the people of Scotland like mushrooms. (I think we all know what that means.) But once again they have been out-manoeuvred by Salmond and his team.

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Governments miss deadline on position after referendum

Governments miss deadline on position after referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The Scottish and British governments have missed a deadline to agree a statement about what happens after the independence referendum.
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Treasury claims post Yes funding gap

Treasury claims post Yes funding gap | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

An independent Scotland would need to find an extra £1.6bn a year to pay for policies such as free childcare, according to the UK government.

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Republic of Books

Republic of Books | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Tuesday’s presentation of the White Paper was one for publishers to admire; with everything that can go wrong in launching a new tome (and it certainly fits that word; running Booker Prize winner The Luminaries close for longest paperback of the year at 670 pages), the launch was slick, sophisticated and delivered a document that – whatever side of the debate you’re on – is a major moment in Scottish history. Pretty much everything a publisher could ask for.

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Scotland the Brave?

Scotland the Brave? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I thought I took a gamble in publishing my short book, Scotland the Brave? Independence and radical social change, just before the launch of the SNP government’s White Paper on independence. It turned out there was no gamble at all.


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The dreich day in November destined to go down in history

Alex Salmond's offer of a bright new future was met with the reality of a dreich Glasgow day yesterday.
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White Paper: MSPs asked to endorse the blueprint in Holyrood debate

White Paper: MSPs asked to endorse the blueprint in Holyrood debate | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
It comes the day after Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the paper at a media launch in Glasgow.
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'We do not seek independence as an end in itself, but as a means to change Scotland for the better'

'We do not seek independence as an end in itself, but as a means to change Scotland for the better' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

AN independent Scotland would overcome a "challenging" economic inheritance with an ambitious programme to increase immigration, cut taxes and provide full-time child care, Alex Salmond has pledged.


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Independent Scotland would keep sterling, says Alex Salmond

Independent Scotland would keep sterling, says Alex Salmond | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
First minister launches blueprint for Scottish independence promising 'a new and better direction for our nation'
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It was always anticipated that the first task facing independence campaigners following publication of the White Paper, Scotland's Future, would be dealing with the lies and distortions in the way the contents are presented by the mainstream media. Here we have an example.

Alex Salmond DID NOT say that "Cameron would be in breach of the Edinburgh agreement if the UK rejected a currency union". What he said was that the Edinburgh Agreement imposes a responsibility on both governments to seek to do what is in the best interests of both countries. Cameron would not, therefore, be in breach of the Edinburgh Agreement if he could make the argument that abolishing the currency union was in the interests of the rUK. And therein lies his problem.

While anti-independence campaigners are eager to threaten abolition of the currency union implying that this will do harm to Scotland, they flatly refuse to address the implications of such an action for the rest of the UK.

As was clear from many of the questions being asked at the launch of Scotland's Future, unionists continue to think of the currency issue as something with which to threaten Scotland into voting No. But the debate has moved on, leaving the MSM behind. Online and on the streets, it is now the wild assertions of the No campaign which are being questioned. It never seems to occur to professional journalists to ask why rUK would want to abolish the currency union. But it certainly occurs to those who are less constrained in their thinking.

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Scottish independence: 1/3 unaware of white paper

Scottish independence: 1/3 unaware of white paper | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALMOST a third of Scots are unaware of the existence of Alex Salmond’s White Paper and almost nine out of ten people have not bothered to read it, a poll commissioned by the Scottish philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter has claimed.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Is it not a sad commentary on our society, our media and the politics bequeathed to us by the British state that a third of Scots are unaware of the existence of the Scottish Government’s White Paper and nearly 90% of people haven't read it?

And why would there be such apathy? Could it be explained, in part at least, by the unionist media's spin on the document? Is it not only reasonable to expect that the sneering contempt for anything to do with Scotland's independence referendum evinced by the mainstream media will contaminate the political atmosphere to at least some extent?

Look at the way this article refers to "Alex Salmond's White Paper". Look at all the references to "Alex Salmond's referendum". Look at how The whole of what should be an admirable exercise in democracy is being personalised and reduced to the level of snide celebrity bitching and the pettiest of party politics.

What we have here is the unedifying spectacle of the media crowing over its success in crippling the democratic process.

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Scottish independence: Public to quiz SNP Cabinet

Scottish independence: Public to quiz SNP Cabinet | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond has announced he will take his cabinet to Bathgate for the first in a series of special meetings where people can question SNP ministers on their independence plans.
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The No campaign for dummies

"Better Together" website, May 2013: "In 500 days Scots will answer the most important question we have ever been asked. On all the big questions – on currency, on the EU, on pensions – the nationa...
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SCOT goes POP!: Hammerblow for the anti-independence campaign as it turns out they can't even run a push-poll properly

SCOT goes POP!: Hammerblow for the anti-independence campaign as it turns out they can't even run a push-poll properly | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I'm indebted to Marcia on the previous thread for pointing me in the direction of the anti-independence campaign's latest failed attempt at a push-poll, and the comic spectacle of them trying to put a brave face on it. Let's face it, we all know that voters generally say they disapprove of absolutely any government spending that isn't on health, education or (for viewers in the Tory shires) weapons of mass destruction, so you can almost tangibly feel the disappointment and frustration as Project Fear announce that they persuaded a mere 56% of respondents to say "Yes" to their doom-laden question about the SNP supposedly spending too much money on delivering information to the public about the independence referendum.

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Santa Brings Yes A Little Present? - What Scotland Thinks

Santa Brings Yes A Little Present? - What Scotland Thinks | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Commentary on poll of independence referendum voting intentions conducted by TNS BMRB in December 2013.
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Scottish independence: migrants’ families welcomed

Scottish independence: migrants’ families welcomed | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
An independent Scotland would have a “fairer” approach to allowing the families of migrant workers to move to the country, the External Affairs minister said today.
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Comment: SNP leaves economic questions unanswered

Comment: SNP leaves economic questions unanswered | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
For a document that runs to over 660 pages, Scotland’s Future leaves many of the key economic and financial issues unanswered or, at best, half-answered.
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Three word synopsis. Ye cannae dae it!!!

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Independence White Paper Q/A events to travel length and breadth of country

People across the country will be given the opportunity to quiz ministers on Scotland’s Future – the Scottish Government’s detailed blueprint for an independent country – in a series of public meetings in the run-up to the referendum.


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Joan McAlpine: Real subsidy junkies are in the south-east

Joan McAlpine: Real subsidy junkies are in the south-east | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
JOAN believes Scotland's economy can grow and become one of the strongest in the world if the plan for independence is fully backed.
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Scottish independence: Salmond unveils white paper

Scottish independence: Salmond unveils white paper | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond yesterday laid out his vision for independence with the publication of a historic white paper which, he said, gives voters the opportunity to build a “better Scotland”.
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Scotland's government unveils rosy blueprint for independence

Scotland's government unveils rosy blueprint for independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
LONDON — An independent Scotland would be richer, fairer and nuclear-free but would keep the British pound, the queen and membership in the European Union and NATO , the Scottish government pledged Tuesday, laying out its most...
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White line fever

White line fever | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
We're still dutifully ploughing through "Scotland's Future", but in truth we're not really its target audience. We're already convinced, and much of it is just like reading our own articles back ex...
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