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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm

George Monbiot: England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country?
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'Yes' or 'No'? A Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'Yes' or 'No'? A Divided Scotland Confronts Independence Vote - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Traveling through Scotland, you might think the result of September's independence referendum is a foregone conclusion. "Yes" signs are everywhere. But surveys tell a different story and many who are wary of the hype.
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Scottish independence: English backlash warning

Scottish independence: English backlash warning | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
AN ENGLISH backlash against Scotland’s demands for greater political power is looming, whatever the outcome of the independence referendum.
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It has been obvious for some time now that Scotland simply cannot afford a No vote. This research merely underlines the fact that the consequences of voting No would be appalling. If there were any lingering doubts that the political union between Scotland and England is unsustainable then those doubts must surely now have vanished.


It could all have been so different. Supporters of independence have always viewed the referendum as a positive and enriching thing. A peaceful, democratic process that offered the opportunity to redefine the relationship between Scotland and England and create a new formulation of the union between our two nations which is fit for our times and the future. A robust, resilient partnership of equals founded on enlightened self-interest and mutual respect.


It has not turned out that way. History will recount how this lawful constitutional process was soured and corrupted by a cabal of hard-line British nationalists who bitterly resented the people of Scotland being "permitted" to exercise their democratic right of self-determination. The Yes side in the referendum campaign has sought a constructive, pragmatic debate which aimed to develop an aspirational vision for Scotland while being mindful of the practicalities of our situation. The No side has sought to create an atmosphere of uncertainty, trepidation and acrimony.


However much we might wish that it had been otherwise, we must now accept that the British state regards as its enemies those who would have Scotland's rightful constitutional status restored. Nobody in Scotland can now afford to disregard the implications of a No vote which empowers those who would punish us for having held this referendum and who will surely stop at nothing to so cripple our democracy as to ensure that we can never again express our will on the constitutional question by democratic means.


The very act of asking the constitutional question has provoked such unreasoning rage among British nationalists that there is now no hope of any kind of viable constitutional settlement short of independence. We do not have to wonder what the British state will do to Scotland should we hand them the power to vent that rage against us. The threats are not subtle.


The act of asking the constitutional question has irrevocably altered the relationship between Scotland and the British state. Or, perhaps more precisely, it has revealed the true nature of that relationship. What has been exposed is not pretty. It is not healthy. More importantly, it is not sustainable. We simply cannot afford to vote No and lock ourselves into that unhealthy and inevitably deteriorating relationship for years and possibly decades to come.


The only way to break out of that corrosive relationship and have the opportunity to forge something better is to vote Yes.

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LET'S CLAIM THE MAIN PRIZE

LET'S CLAIM THE MAIN PRIZE | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
On the 18th September Scotland will go to the polls to decide what is probably the most important and significant decision in our nation’s history. Those of us in the Yes camp see this as an incred...

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42 Reasons for Yes

42 Reasons for Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Better Together know they are ahead. They also know that, the more people hear the arguments for independence, the more likely they are to vote yes. For them, the strategy is therefo...


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48 Days to Go! 50 Reasons to Vote YES: Choose Our Own Governments - A Working Class Man

48 Days to Go! 50 Reasons to Vote YES: Choose Our Own Governments - A Working Class Man | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
48 Days to Go! 50 Reasons to Vote YES: Choose Our Own Governments. The most basic argument for Independence is self-determination. The power of citizens in a nation to control their own future through the use of democratic processes and institutions

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I won’t actually vote in the referendum and it’s Robinson Crusoe’s fault

I won’t actually vote in the referendum and it’s Robinson Crusoe’s fault | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I need to take you back to Letham, a housing scheme in Perth and to the 1960’s where my political consciousness was first stirred. At the heart of it was when a great unfairness ...


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The false borders

The false borders | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The second weekend in June played host to the Selkirk Common Riding, the oldest of the Ridings events in the Scottish Borders. For the uninitiated, this centuries-old tradition incorporates a serie...
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100 days until the door opens

There was a nice wee story from the Basque Country that got lost amidst the Obamahoo and the AndyMurrayha that's dominated the press over the past few days. Last week final year students in Basque ...
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Sign for Scotland: Winds of Change

Sign for Scotland: Winds of Change | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Whilst being out and about gaining signatures for Yes Scotland, I have come across on a number of occasions the phrase ‘I support independence but…’ followed by a specific issue. These take two forms: I don’t want ‘x’ to change and I don’t want ‘x’ to remain the same.
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Celebrating Separatism

Celebrating Separatism | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
By J. Simon Jones “Ordinary People.” “Ordinary Hard Working People.” “Ordinary Scots.” Spot the odd one out? There isn’t one, it’s just that the last is also the newest-touted with relish on the No...
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Ken Stott: I can't vote, but I support Yes

Ken Stott: I can't vote, but I support Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Actor Ken Stott has announced his support for a Yes vote in the independence referendum.
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If we don’t get a Yes this time, we might end up like Catalonia

There is a school of thought that the independence referendum is happening too soon, before the Scottish public has been fully convinced of the merits of the pr
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Something incredible is happening in Scotland. And if the result is a yes vote the shock to the UK will be extreme

Something incredible is happening in Scotland. And if the result is a yes vote the shock to the UK will be extreme | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Paul Mason: The Scots may vote no to independence this time. But history shows these movements intensify until something gives
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Scottish independence: Go out and win - Salmond

Scottish independence: Go out and win - Salmond | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond gathered his MSPs together last night after the final Holyrood session before the independence referendum and told them: “Go out and win.”
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I realise Tom Peterkin is paid to use pejorative language when writing about the the independence campaign. He would be failing in his remit if he referred to the aspiration to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status. He simply can't say anything so positive. So, instead, we get "bid to break up the United Kingdom".


But surely this exhibits the kind of inconsistency and confusion that we've come to expect from British nationalism's propagandists. Is it not the claim of all the British parties that the UK would remain should Scotland vote Yes? Have they not asserted that what is left after Scotland becomes independent is still the UK, and the sole continuator state? Except when it comes to debt, of course. In relation to debt and debt alone Scotland is a joint continuator state according to that "special logic" that British nationalists use.


The question for Mr Peterkin, therefore, is whether the UK can be both broken up and remain the same. I don't expect an answer.

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The People We Could Be

The People We Could Be | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

What is the state we are in? We have two official versions – an old nationalist tale of identity, history and sentiment from the Brits and a half-formed promise of something better fro...

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Why voting 'No' is a huge mistake

Why voting 'No' is a huge mistake | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
This is my first blog post and more than likely my last. I'm not big on public declarations, political or otherwise, and hitherto I've always preferred to keep my views private. However, as the mos...

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Cancer charity chief ‘optimistic’ on independence

Cancer charity chief ‘optimistic’ on independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A SENIOR cancer charity fundraiser has said he is “very optimistic” for the future of the sector if Scotland votes for independence.

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With so many people, from all walks of life, optimistic or excited by the prospect of independence it is increasingly difficult to understand why unionists are so pathologically incapable of finding a single positive thing to say about it.


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Yes to a Richer Future

Yes to a Richer Future | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I will vote Yes on 18 September because I am a Scot and want my wonderful multi-ethnic, multilingual mongrel nation to draw on its rampant egalitarian traditions and create a country w...

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Ex-MSPs voice support for Yes vote

Ex-MSPs voice support for Yes vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Former Holyrood politicians, including an ex-Tory MSP and the leader of the Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party, have spoken out about their support for independence.
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SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: THIS IS IT!

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: THIS IS IT! | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
We've come a long, long way.  We've debunked the scare stories over and over.  We answered the same question thousands of times and as time went on the evidence got stronger to support Scotland bec...
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It's about democracy, stupid

It's about democracy, stupid | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
“Great Britain” began with the Union of the Crowns in 1603, when James the VI of Scotland ascended to the Throne of England and Ireland, but the “United Kingdom” didn't come into existence until th...
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What would the constitution of an independent Scotland look like?

What would the constitution of an independent Scotland look like? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Referendum guide: How would independence or further devolution impact on the constitution?
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Scotland Yet: A film about independence - Trailer #1 - YouTube

Out of the cacophony of voices making claim and counter claim about this country's future comes a feature length documentary taking a radically different app...
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40 reasons to support Scottish independence - reasons 1-3 | openDemocracy

40 reasons to support Scottish independence - reasons 1-3 | openDemocracy | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The first three of forty reasons to support Scottish independence - geography, numbers, and sociology...

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