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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Empire shadow still hangs heavy over Scotland

Empire shadow still hangs heavy over Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Perched up high in Celtic Park’s West Stand watching the dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games a number of mundane actions occurring around me reki...

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Celebrating the Spirit of Envy

Celebrating the Spirit of Envy | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
By Alastair McIntosh What most struck me last week about Boris Johnson’s speech canonising Margaret Thatcher and thereby, paving the way for his own beatification, was how deeply and intimately fam...
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A Nail in the Coffin of the British State

A Nail in the Coffin of the British State | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The struggle for Scottish independence is, at its heart, an anti-colonial struggle. It is worth stating that upfront, for although it is implicit in a lot of the analyses that socialists bring to bear on the independence movement, many shy away from using the term. The nation state is a problematic entity for socialists. All but the most committed Stalinist would recognise that socialism in one country is impossible. There is no Scottish road to socialism. However, Scottish independence is a blow at the heart of imperialism, a fracture in the hegemony of the Western powers and their dominance. And as such it is a step towards genuine socialism, a socialism which can be nothing but global. The referendum in 2014 is an opportunity to throw off the shackles of empire, not only for the good of the people who live in Scotland, but for peoples across the world.


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Referendum rancour in the air at warship naming ceremony

Referendum rancour in the air at warship naming ceremony | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
REFERENDUM spin broke out as the Queen officially named Britain's biggest warship at Rosyth with a distinctly Scottish flavour - the smashing of a bottle of Scotch whisky rather than the traditional champagne.
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I listen to the likes of Cameron and Zambellas and it's like they're speaking to us, as if by the magic of time-travel wireless, from somewhere in the remoter regions of the 19th century.

British nationalists tend to get upset when more enlightened folk refer to the imperialist pretensions of the British state. But their efforts to deny this clinging to the dubious glories of Britain's imperialist past cannot long survive survive an event which combines outmoded militaristic posturing with the archaic trappings of aristocracy.

The picture editor definitely missed a trick here. It would have been much more in keeping the tone of the whole piece if the photograph of the event had been rendered in the faded sepia of a bygone age.

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How things change

How things change | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Well done to the alert reader who spotted this 2006 Q&A with Jack Straw MP, former Foreign Secretary and then Leader of the House Of Commons, on the BBC website...

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The Geo-Politics of Military Bases, Empire and Independence

The Geo-Politics of Military Bases, Empire and Independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Ministry of Defence’s latest threat to keep Faslane as sovereign territory in the event of Scottish Independence should be seen in the context of Britain’s imperial history of maintaining military bases against the wishes of local people across the world.


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Al Picozzi's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:18 PM

Really interesting news in Geopolitics and devolution.  If Scotland does vote to split form the UK, and if the UK even aloows the vote to mean something, what will happen to all the militray stationed in Scotland?  How about all the UK businesses there?  What will an independant Scotland do? What currency wil they have, the Euro? Will they even get into the EU? Lots of questions to answer here and way to many to list.  Something to think about though isn't it?