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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Euan McColm: Nationalists will change next year

Euan McColm: Nationalists will change next year | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
HAVING reached this crucial stage, the SNP stands on the brink of two very different futures, says Euan McColm
Peter A Bell's insight:

Euan McColm is clutching at straws when he tries to pretend that "there is not much change in the polls since the campaign began". With characteristic shallowness he bases this facile conclusion on what we can only assume to be - because he declines to specify - the recent survey commissioned by Better Together. A survey which is as seriously flawed as any that has been designed for the purpose of providing anti-independence propaganda rather than meaningful insight.

At least McColm doesn't fall into the common unionist fallacy of imagining that a No vote will destroy the SNP. But he does seem to think that it will put an end to the independence campaign. He should disabuse himself of that silly notion immediately.

There is no realistically conceivable scenario in which the anti-independence campaign might prevail by anything other than the slimmest of margins. Even if the unionists win, they will rapidly be found to have done so on the basis of a false prospectus backed by a campaign riddled with lies and deceit and groundless scaremongering. The clamour for a new referendum will begin almost immediately, and is likely to be too powerful for the SNP to ignore even if the party was minded to put independence on the back burner for a while.

That demand for a new referendum will increase even more when it becomes obvious that the British parties have no intention of honouring their jam tomorrow promises. Independence is not going to be off the agenda in the event of a No vote. Independence is never going to be off the agenda. The referendum is really just a choice between taking our independence now, or enduring further years of constitutional tinkering and uncomfortable compromise before taking our independence at a later date.

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10 reasons why internationalists should support Scottish independence | National Collective

10 reasons why internationalists should support Scottish independence | National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
“If we artificially confine our interest or responsibility to our small corner, we will think small thoughts and do small
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Scotland: a nation, not a region

Scotland: a nation, not a region | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
An independent parliament in waiting, Edinburgh's devolved Holyrood legislature will become the beating heart of Scotland's democracy if the country backs itself and votes yes in September's independence referendum. There ...
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Think tank warns Scotland will be worse off than rest of UK until 2018

Think tank warns Scotland will be worse off than rest of UK until 2018 | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND will be worse off than the rest of the UK to the tune of £1000 per person in the years immediately following Alex Salmond's proposed date of independence, according to an analysis published today.
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State Power and Party Myth: the managed decline of Scottish Labour

State Power and Party Myth: the managed decline of Scottish Labour | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Christopher Silver on the background to #DevoNano George Galloway’s analysis of the referendum, though often so far from the reality on the ground, hits the nail on the end in one respect. New Labo...
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The Big Question: Who ‘Lost’ Scotland?

The Big Question: Who ‘Lost’ Scotland? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The independence debate is a product of Scotland changing over decades and generations. Subsequently, this debate has also accelerated and abetted change, challenging old assumption...

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Scots, undo this union of rogues. Independence is the only way to fulfil your potential

Scots, undo this union of rogues. Independence is the only way to fulfil your potential | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Tariq Ali: For the first time since 1707, Scotland has its sovereignty, honour and dignity within its grasp
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The Big Question: Who ‘Lost’ Scotland?

The independence debate is a product of Scotland changing over decades and generations. Subsequently, this debate has also accelerated and abetted change, challenging old assumptions and throwing light on parts of our public life never previously thoroughly examined.

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New academic evidence adds weight to independence case

New academic evidence adds weight to independence case | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Economic evidence submitted to the Scottish Parliament confirms the strong foundations behind a ‘Yes’ vote for independence. Professors Anton Muscatelli and Professor Jeremy Peat will present evidence to the Scottish Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee tomorrow on the economics of Scottish
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Memo to Danny Alexander: the very things that make London rich make us poor ...

Memo to Danny Alexander: the very things that make London rich make us poor ... | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Aggreko warns of risks." The Scottish front pages have been reduced to a proforma. They just fill in the dots. Alliance warns of risks, Standard Life warns of risks, RBS warns of risks ... Lloyds ... BP ... Shell ... Sainsbury's. There is a weary inevitability about the coverage of the referendum campaign. George Osborne says No, Ed Balls says No, Danny Alexander says No, Johann Lamont says nothing at all. A coalition of the City of London, the political classes and a UK-dominated media laying down the law. Wagging a finger. No means No!


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Mundell: Salmond would need to make huge concessions to rUK to meet 2016 Independence Day

Mundell: Salmond would need to make huge concessions to rUK to meet 2016 Independence Day | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond will only be able to deliver Independence Day as promised on March 24, 2016, by making "huge concessions" to the UK Government in the negotiations following a Yes vote, Scotland Office Minister David Mundell has warned.
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Another strong hint from the Tories that they intend to renege on the Edinburgh Agreement and refuse to negotiate in good faith following a Yes vote. They ask us to trust them while openly declaring their untrustworthiness. What kind of fools do they take us for?

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Secession Is Sanity - Guest blog

I used to be a 'No' voter, but not for any of the reasons you'll read about in the Daily Mail. I think we need a revolution, and when I say we, I mean humanity.  And the reason...

Peter A Bell's insight:

There is much in this article to agree with. Especially, perhaps, the analysis of and conclusions about the anti-independence campaign and the nature of the British state. But I have to take the author to task about one rather glaring error. We are not creating a new nation, as claimed. We are restoring the rightful constitutional status of an ancient nation.

I would also dispute the nonsense about nations no longer being irrelevant. But I know how resistant to reason and reality that infects true believers in some sort of alternative to the nation as a unit of socio-political organisation. Frankly, its not worth the effort. The nation-state shows no signs of becoming obsolete in its role as that largest social aggregation with which individuals can identify in a meaningful way.

The death of the nation has been predicted for decades if not centuries. It is no nearer happening now than before. Instead, what is evolving is new forms of association between and among nations. what we see developing is actually a situation where nations - and especially small nations - are more secure in themselves because these new post-imperialist forms of association are less threatening and, in fact, allow nations to be more confident as they express their political and cultural distinctiveness.

But, as I say, those who believe the nation-state is in decline do so in the face of all this. It's probably a harmless delusion.

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SNmr: Small is beautiful

SNmr: Small is beautiful | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

One of the key arguments Yes Scotland has presented to the Scottish Parliament's economy committee is that developed nations of Scotland’s size enjoy an independence bonus, which Scotland too should claim.

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Renata Hill's comment, April 9, 7:02 PM
Just posted your URL on the Clan MacKay FB group. I hope you get more readers!
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Many thanks, Renata.
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The Internationalist Case for Scottish Independence | Yes Scotland

The Internationalist Case for Scottish Independence | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

For the first 50 years of my life I was unconvinced by the case for independence. I was comfortable in my Scottish identity but confident that it was entirely possible to be “Scottish and British” and proud of what Scotland has contributed to the wider UK.

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Scottish independence: Unite leader slams No camp

Scottish independence: Unite leader slams No camp | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE leader of Britain’s biggest trade union has slammed the negativity of the Better Together campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, and warned that Scots will back independence if they think the Tories can win the 2015 election.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Look at that phrase, "if Scots are to reject independence". Why would we do that? Why would anybody do that?

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Craig Murray » Blog Archive » Six More Years of Tory Rule

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Peter A Bell: Can! Should! Must!

Peter A Bell: Can! Should! Must! | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

With six months to go until the people of Scotland vote on the constitutional future of our nation, Yes Scotland has launched a massive campaign to promote the message that Scotland can, should and must be independent. As you might expect, I have no disagreement with any of that. But, as you might also have anticipated, I have my own slant on this message.

Peter A Bell's insight:

If we vote No then we will be the nation that threw away its independence, not for any sound, rational reason, but out of craven timidity.

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The NO Campaign rally behind a successful independent Scotland - YouTube

If there's one thing that both YES campaigners and NO campaigners can agree on, it's that Scotland is more than capable of being a successful independent cou...
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For Scotland it's Industrialisation versus Financialisation

For Scotland it's Industrialisation versus Financialisation | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
On Wednesday the 12th March, Yes East Lothian continued its WEEKLY roadshow campaign with ordinary activists speaking for a Yes vote on September 18th. Here is an unabridged copy of one of the spee...
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Mental Health and Independence

Mental Health and Independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Beyond the Great British Bunfight over facts, figures and legalities on the issue of Scotland’s independence from Westminster governance and its exit from the United Kingdom ther...

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Why I'll be voting yes to Scottish independence

Why I'll be voting yes to Scottish independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Bob Holman: An independent Scotland led by the Scottish National party would reduce poverty and narrow the gap between rich and poor
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Tommy Sheridan on Independence - YouTube

"Dedicated to Elaine Smith, a fine Fife woman who sadly died of Cancer shortly before Christmas." - Tommy Sheridan. Tommy Sheridan, Socialist and former memb...
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Moving On

Moving On | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Flora Napier on Ivor Cutler, bobbing seals, improbably high hedges and getting to Yes. It took a fair chunk of reading, chatting and mulling things over before I finally decided that I would vote f...

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Inside Track: Thoughts on independence from the worldly wise

I've been spending a lot of time on the road of late.
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