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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Charles Clarke warns Tories will win in 2015 | Scottish National Party

Charles Clarke warns Tories will win in 2015 | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The growing risk of Scotland being subject to more Tory government in the event of a No vote has been highlighted again today – after former Labour Home Secretary Charles Clarke warned that a Tory majority is the most likely outcome of the 2015 election.


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Christian Britain™ and the New Right

Christian Britain™ and the New Right | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Has David Cameron been moved by the spirit of Lent or is he playing on the latent racism of a New Right? UKIPs posters are just a step on from the Tories own brand of xenophobia...
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The blood sacrifice

The blood sacrifice | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
As David Cameron came out of the closet this week to proclaim his great love for Scotland (a love most commonly demonstrated by forcing policies on it that its people despise and its elected repres...
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'Tory MPs secretly want Scotland independence for Westminster majority' claims Lord Forsyth

'Tory MPs secretly want Scotland independence for Westminster majority' claims Lord Forsyth | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The former Scottish Conservative Secretary claims some Tories believe Scotland could make all the difference in the next election
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Labour activists shun campaign to avoid working with Tories

SENIOR figures within Scottish Labour are refusing to get involved in the anti-independence Better Together campaign, amid rising concerns about Conservative involvement in the group.

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THE NEXT GOVERNMENT YOU DIDN'T VOTE FOR?

THE NEXT GOVERNMENT YOU DIDN'T VOTE FOR? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

If you don’t like this Government you didn’t vote for, then brace yourself for the possible next one. If you think that the Tories governing Scotland with the Liberals is bad, what about the Tories governing Scotland with UKIP?

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Referendum vote should not be based on ‘bedroom tax’, says Darling

Issues like the ‘bedroom tax’ should not be the basis for people to decide whether to vote for independence, the head of the Better Together campaign said
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British Labour's message to Scotland: "You must accept Tory government for the sake of preserving the British state."

 

Scotland's reply will be heard next year.

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:46 AM

I'm at a loss for words to describe the ineptitude of Darling's assertions. Also, how come Better Together was allowed a stall at the Scot Lib Dem conference and Yes Scotland was denied one. Liberal - I don't think so. Democratic - I don't think so.

Jim Arnott's comment, March 18, 2013 11:03 AM
Democratic - I don't think so. Maybe I am wrong in this and that Scot Liberal Democrat members voted to exclude Yes Scotland. In this case it would in fact be democratic - but then it would certainly not be liberal.
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Hit Scotland with more brutal cuts - top Tory MP | Scottish National Party

Hit Scotland with more brutal cuts - top Tory MP | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Tories are set to inflict more brutal spending cuts on Scotland if the country votes No in the independence referendum, the SNP has said, following an outspoken attack on Scotland from a top Tory MP.

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Conference: Tories’ independence dividend

Conference: Tories’ independence dividend | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The party conference season is in full swing and the Conservative party took centre stage this week. The early part of the week was dominated by the Scottish Conservatives and their leader Ruth Davidson’s provocative characterisation of Scotland as a nation of benefit ‘junkies’. A statement that even Michael Forsyth questioned.

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Lords decision shows Westminster 'unreformable' | Scottish National Party

Lords decision shows Westminster 'unreformable' | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Commenting on the announcement that plans for reform of the House of Lords are to be abandoned, SNP MP Angus MacNeil said the decision showed that Westminster was unreformable – and that, with the coalition making such a mess of constitutional reform at Westminster, they should stop interfering in the process of Scotland's constitutional future.

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Brian Monteith: Bad time for Tories to suffer an identity crisis - News - Scotsman.com

Brian Monteith: Bad time for Tories to suffer an identity crisis - News - Scotsman.com | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The Tories don’t need a new logo, they need to think about responding to the big SNP show, writes Brian Monteith...
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Former advisors turn on Davidson over referendum

Former advisors turn on Davidson over referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Ruth Davidson's leadership of the Scottish Tories and "silly" policy on Scotland's independence referendum were openly criticised by former party advisors today.

 

In a series of tweets this morning, former Tory party advisors attacked Ruth Davidson’s referendum position with one describing it as a “disaster” and another saying that she was “playing to a reactionary membership”.

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Brian Monteith: Positive push to keep Scotland in the union - News - Scotsman.com

Brian Monteith: Positive push to keep Scotland in the union - News - Scotsman.com | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The Prime Minister has now hit the right notes with reasons to stay part of the UK, writes Brian Monteith...

 

There remains a difficulty about this new found Tory enthusiasm for devolution and it is the fact that it was only last November in the party’s Scottish leadership election that the winner, Ruth Davidson, was telling us there would be no more powers for Scotland after the Scotland Bill. It was for her a line in the sand and it was intentionally so, for it marked her out as implacably different to her main rival, Murdo Fraser, who has been campaigning for fiscal autonomy since 1998.

 

Now, with a few carefully considered words of the Prime Minister, Ruth Davidson has been instructed to go back on her promise to the party members. Can Davidson show face in public again and advocate Murdo Fraser’s policy as if it is her own? Does she have the gall to remain leader when she has been elected under a false prospectus?

 

Worse still, does she or her party even matter to Cameron, for he has with such casual authority made Davidson and her supporters a laughing stock at Holyrood.

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Peter A Bell's comment, February 20, 2012 10:24 AM
Once again we have a Tory commentator congratulating Cameron on making a "positive case for the union" while totally failing to iterate any of the "reasons to stay part of the UK" that he is supposed to have enumerated in his speech in Edinburgh last week.

But Brian Monteith does make a solid point about Ruth Davidson's increasingly tenuous position given that "her Prime Minister" has so casually cut her off at the knees. What he doesn't quite manage to address, however, is the question that will surely occur to to a great many people in Scotland. If Cameron holds his the Scottish section of his own party in such contempt what value can we place in his assurances of respect towards Scotland and its people?
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I Resign

I Resign | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Dear Ms Davidson After a lifetime of commitment as a Conservative, I have today tendered my resignation from the party I love. Through every travail, and there have been many, I have held firm to t...
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Conservative, but not so Unionist?

Conservative, but not so Unionist? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
We noticed a rather unusual story on Conservative Home on Monday. "One in five party members want Scotland to leave the United Kingdom" ran the headline above a piece about a survey the site had co...
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Come on, Labour voters

If nothing else about independence tempts you, surely this does? "Sixteen per cent of Scottish voters - the equivalent of 640,000 people - say they would think about moving away if Alex Salmond ach...
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The Positive Case for the Union

The Positive Case for the Union | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

he Tory Party has been meeting in Manchester blaming poor people, young people and unemployed people for the countries woes. This mixture of forced labour and a lurch to the right in a full-scale assault on the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society may not imediately appeal to you, but there’s good news. They’ve put the positive case for the Union, with David Cameron giving over 50 seconds to the question in his big speech.


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Darling of the Tory conference | Scottish National Party

Darling of the Tory conference | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

On the day the Chairman of the No campaign - Labour MP and former Chancellor Alistair Darling - attends the Tory conference in Stirling, the Scottish National Party highlighted Mr Darling's attacks on Tory economic policy and Tory attacks on Mr Darling's policy to illustrate that Scotland would be better off deciding our own policy in the Scottish Parliament.

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Togetherness? Inequality is our biggest problem

Togetherness? Inequality is our biggest problem | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The most derided mantra in current British politics is: "We're all in this together." This assertion has been enunciated by both David Cameron and George Osborne, in the context of "necessary austerity".

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"Of course Unionist politicians will insist they can still sincerely come together when it comes to the task of preventing Scotland contending for its independence."

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Alex Salmond says Tories are bigger threat to Europe than independence referendum

Alex Salmond says Tories are bigger threat to Europe than independence referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE First Minister says that eurosceptics within Cameron's party are the bigger EU issue, and is also planning to meet the head of Quebec’s separatist party.
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The Tories are doing Alex Salmond's job for him

The Tories are doing Alex Salmond's job for him | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Kevin McKenna: Why would Scots want to stay in a union with such a palpably unjust country as England?
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Tories have struck a chord across spectrum - Letters - Scotsman.com

The Edinburgh Festival is upon us, so perhaps we should indulge the stand-up comedian of political commentary, Gerry Hassan, and his entertaining but ultimately pointless diatribes.
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Wings over Scotland | Have the Unionists finally gone mad?

Wings over Scotland | Have the Unionists finally gone mad? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We know it’s the summer silly season for politics, but there’s a difference between “silly” and “stark slavering buggo”, and we think some of the No camp might have crossed the line. (We’d say they’d been out in the sun too long, but, y’know.)

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Tories fear 2014 vote may lose them next election | Herald Scotland

Tories fear 2014 vote may lose them next election | Herald Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Senior Tories fear a vote for Scottish independence in an autumn 2014 referendum could deprive the Conservatives of an overall majority or secure Labour a narrow victory at Westminster because there would not be enough time to get rid of Scottish MPs from the House of Commons.

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PM fails to name single power 'on the table' | Scottish National Party

PM fails to name single power 'on the table' | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Tories are in a “state of disarray and division” on the issue of powers for the Scottish Parliament the SNP said after the Prime Minister failed to address a direct question at Prime Minister’s Questions asking what powers could be devolved to Scotland just days after claiming, during a visit to Scotland, that an alternative to independence is "on the table".

 

David Cameron’s failure to name a single power, in response to a question from SNP MP Angus MacNeil, adds to the confusion which has already been created after the Prime Minister’s position was contradicted by the Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson who claimed that the Scotland Bill was the more powers they would offer. In her leadership campaign she said that the Scotland Bill was a “line in the sand” as far as devolution went under her leadership.

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