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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Culture Club

Culture Club | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The List's indy issue is really odd. Promising 'a range of cultural voices' I thought of all the papers out there The List has managed at last to unearth some No voting creative types....

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The roots of our cultural cringe

The roots of our cultural cringe | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
JONATHAN Mills's decision to ignore the independence referendum in next year's Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) has evoked two reactions:
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A sense of promise | Scottish Left Review

Scotland is a land of many cultures; a cause for celebration. A mongrel nation is a healthy nation, with inward migration an enhancing counterpoint to the outward variety which has long been a feature of Scottish ambitions for some of her daughters and sons.

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Why Tommy Sheppard's Standing Up For Independence

Why Tommy Sheppard's Standing Up For Independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
As Edinburgh's festivals launch this week, Tommy Sheppard takes a Stand and announces he's backing independence.
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The Call for an English National Theatre

The Call for an English National Theatre | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Whenever I announce suddenly in conversation that I think we ought to have an English National Theatre (because that’s what I do), I am given a look which suggests the listener believes me to...
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Scotland's Proud Cultural Heritage Benefits From Being in the UK

Scotland's Proud Cultural Heritage Benefits From Being in the UK | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
In Scotland we can be proud of not just having a great cultural heritage, and to lay claim to the likes of Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson, but we can also be proud of the many modern companies that we can call our own...
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Who does Maggie Curran imagine is preventing "Scotland's creative communities" being heard on both sides of the constitutional debate? The reality is that artists and those in the creative industries are as free as anybody else to come out for or against the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status. It just happens that through groups such as National Collective there appear to be more artists and creatives coming out for independence than against. Curran may want to pretend that this is because anti-independence voices in the creative communities are being suppressed by some mysterious force, but the more likely explanation for the dearth of artists and performers coming out in support of the anti-independence campaign is the dire nature of that campaign's aptly named "Project Fear".

And who can blame them when the closest Curran can come to a positive argument in favour of the union is that Scotland gets back some of the money the people of Scotland pump into the National Lottery. By implication, at least, Curran suggests that Scotland benefits disproportionately from sending money to London to be disbursed as the cliques of the British state see fit. But, unsurprisingly, she offers no evidence of this. Perhaps because the National Lottery's accounting procedures are so labyrinthine as to make it all but impossible to determine where money comes from and where it goes to. Perhaps because, in keeping, with the abysmal standards of Better Together - the official name for the Tory/Labour/LibDem alliance for the preservation of the British state - evidence, accuracy and honesty are not a priority.

Totally in keeping with the barrel-scraping, scaremongering standards of Project Fear is Curran's threat that the rest of the UK (rUK) would somehow contrive to cut off Scotland from the cultural world. The threat that, in a fit of petty pique at the people of Scotland deciding that they want to bring their government home, those cliques of the British state would throw up barriers to exclude Scotland from the networks of cultural discourse and exchange that have been built up over centuries - not only between Scotland and the other nations of these islands, but between Scotland and the global family of nations.

It is generally accepted that Maggie Curran is not the most intellectually acute among the little group that British Labour in Scotland are pleased to regard as their "big-hitters". Some say that she is there to make Anas Sarwar look clever, while Sarwar's role is to make Johann Lamont appear smarter than your basic kitchen utensil. It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that she should be unable to think of independence as anything other than a severing of relationships rather than a redefining of them. As necessarily implying isolation rather than allowing Scotland to freely negotiate the terms on which it engages with other nations which consider this freedom their natural right.

Unfortunately, such attitudes are not confined to the shallow end of the British nationalist intellect pool where Curran and her ilk wallow. The contemptuously condescending view of Scotland evinced by Curran is a defining characteristic of British nationalist ideology.

The claim that Scotland's artistic and creative communities can only thrive under the auspices of a superior, paternalistic British state is profoundly insulting. It is patronising in a way that grates on Scottish sensibilities. While British sensibilities think it patronage that Scotland should be grateful for.

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Why Scottish Culture CAN’T & SHOULD NOT Be Separate From The Independence Movement | National Collective

Why Scottish Culture CAN’T & SHOULD NOT Be Separate From The Independence Movement | National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

This is a response to Sara McCorquodale’s recent blog titled ‘Why Scottish Culture Must Be Kept Separate From The Independence Push’.

This is a response to Sara McCorquodale’s recent blog titled ‘Why Scottish Culture Must Be Kept Separate From The Independence Push’. - See more at: http://nationalcollective.com/2013/08/08/why-scottish-culture-cant-should-not-be-separate-from-the-independence-debate/#sthash.fee1HtiB.dpuf
This is a response to Sara McCorquodale’s recent blog titled ‘Why Scottish Culture Must Be Kept Separate From The Independence Push’. - See more at: http://nationalcollective.com/2013/08/08/why-scottish-culture-cant-should-not-be-separate-from-the-independence-debate/#sthash.fee1HtiB.dpuf
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The day Big Bad Alistair let the music die

I’ve got no idea what possessed Alistair Darling to attempt to scaremonger on the issue of culture but he has ended up quite rightly a laughing stock. Last night he said that “British music will no...
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We need a new cultural renaissance for independence

We need a new cultural renaissance for independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Throughout the history of Independence-seeking nations, one almost always find those of a cultural bent blazing the trail. Be it in art, literature, performance, poetry, or song, there are always men and women who separate from the groupthink and propel their ideological contributions into sparking the debate.

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