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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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A Yes means more jobs for young people in Scotland - YouTube

Isla Winchester will soon graduate from university and is voting Yes to ensure we have the powers here in Scotland to create new and better quality jobs for ...
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Don't think of a number

Don't think of a number | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Our brain protected us from looking at the Scotsman yesterday, so it wasn't until late last night that we noticed what we first thought must be some sort of elaborate spoof. "Labour claim 1m may lo...


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100 jobs created by US Kaiam Corporation


A US based optical components company, Kaiam Corporation, will generate 103 new jobs in Livingston, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced today (April 6, 2014) during Scotland Week.

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Reassuring news relocated

Reassuring news relocated | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Even moderately alert readers will recall our expressing slight concern on Saturday at the recent disappearance of a page from the Scottish TUC website, in which the trade-union organisation outlined its view that the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system would result in a net loss of thousands of jobs in Scotland – a position which is strongly at odds with that of the Labour Party.


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Scottish jobs growth best for six years

Scottish jobs growth best for six years | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Scottish jobs market is at its strongest for six years according to the latest Bank of Scotland monthly report.


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Wings Over Scotland | Don’t sell the bike shop, Orville

Wings Over Scotland | Don’t sell the bike shop, Orville | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Bless ‘em, they’re getting closer. After some nagging, the Herald has now finally changed the story about jobs at Faslane that it printed a correction for earlier this week. And credit to them, the new version is a good 5% less wrong than the original.

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Pro-trident MPs exaggerate civilian jobs cuts at Faslane and Coulpourt

Pro-trident MPs exaggerate civilian jobs cuts at Faslane and Coulpourt | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE SNP government, who are likely to make the removal of Trident from Scotland a prime focus in the lead up to the independence referendum, believe the nuclear weapons system is a jobs-destroyer.
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Alex Salmond: I fought to save jobs

Alex Salmond: I fought to save jobs | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE First Minister rejects claims that he traded political influence in exchange for support from The Scottish Sun...
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Top businessman says independence is ‘the jobs opportunity of a lifetime’ | Yes Scotland

Top businessman says independence is ‘the jobs opportunity of a lifetime’ | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The outgoing boss of one of the UK's most prominent companies has explained for the first time his decision to back independence for Scotland.

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Labour claim 1m may lose jobs after independence

Labour claim 1m may lose jobs after independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ONE million jobs in Scotland could be put at risk in the event of Scottish independence, Labour has warned.

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I suspect that Professor Brian Ashcroft would be the first to point out that "linked to" membership of the UK is a very different thing from being dependent on the archaic, dysfunctional political union. But I wonder if he would have expected Johann Lamont to be aware of this difference.

We are, of course, aware that British nationalist ideologues will say literally anything in their desperation to preserve the structures of power and privilege which define the British state. Neither honesty nor even making sense are a requirement. Thus, Johann Lamont can, without any apparent embarrassment, suggest that almost a million jobs would disappear simply as a consequence of Scotland normalising its constitutional status.

Like her Tory ally, Ruth Davidson, Lamont seems oblivious to the inanity of her own utterances. She parrots the scare stories supplied to her by the Better Together spin-quacks without a thought as to the meaning or implications of what she is saying. And, like her Tory side-kick, she exhibits contempt for the people of Scotland in the process.

Contempt in that she hasn't even bothered to think about what she is saying. Contempt in that she seems to assume we will all be stupid enough to accept what she says with as little thought as she has given to her script. Contempt in that she appears to suppose that this kind of vacuous scaremongering is good enough as her contribution to the the momentous political debate about Scotland's constitutional status.

As with Ruth Davidson's nonsensical waffling on the subject of opportunities for young people, there is an element of menace underlying Lamont's talk of a million jobs being put at risk. There is just the hint - intentionally contrived, I'm sure - of a threat that these jobs will be ripped from Scotland as punishment for daring to challenge the British state.

For sure, no other explanation is offered as to why companies would shut down their operations in Scotland, thereby imposing on themselves significant disruption and considerable unnecessary costs. We are supposed to believe that businesses would do this simply so as to pander to a sick need for retribution that infests the lunatic fringes of British nationalism and, hopefully, no more than that.

The other thing that is striking about the latest interventions from the Davidson-Lamont double-act is the grossly insulting assumption that Scotland would be powerless as an independent state. There is absolutely no thought as to what a Scottish Government might do to grow employment and improve opportunities for young people. The default assumption of British nationalists is that Scotland must fail.

Which moves one to wonder what lengths these people will go to in order to ensure that their doom-laden prognostications are realised.


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Leaked report: Scotland's growth rate lowest in UK

Leaked report: Scotland's growth rate lowest in UK | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND will have the lowest growth rate of any country in the United Kingdom until 2022, according to projections by a UK Government quango.
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Another idiotic outburst fro the Better Together mob that proves only that they simply don't understand what the referendum is about. Falling victim to their own propaganda, they cannot grasp the fact that it is not about jobs or the economy. The referendum is almost upon us and they still haven't got their heads around the fact that it is a constitutional question. A question of whether Scotland is to be a nation as other nations. A question of whether the people of Scotland are to be sovereign or whether we continue to allow that sovereignty to be usurped by British politicians.

Ultimately, is is a question of pride and self-respect.

And, of course, there is the customary British nationalist hypocrisy. They carp about the Scottish Government using employment figures as part of the campaign to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status even as they themselves are pumping out scaremongering propaganda about a Yes vote costing thousands of jobs.

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A better way

A better way | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

On the subject of Trident, which we more or less were, here's an interesting thing. It's a page from the Scottish TUC website. Or at least, it used to be.

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KPMG to create 150 financial jobs in Glasgow | Scottish National Party

KPMG to create 150 financial jobs in Glasgow | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Welcoming the announcement today (Wednesday) that KPMG is to create 150 new jobs in Glasgow at a new ‘tax centre of excellence’ in Glasgow’s International Financial Services District, Glasgow Kelvin MSP Sandra White described it as a huge vote of confidence in the city’s financial services district.

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'Yes vote would put 19,000 Faslane jobs at risk'

FEARS have been raised that more than 19,000 jobs dependent on Scotland retaining a nuclear deterrent will be lost if voters back independence in next year's referendum.

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It seems The Herald and The Scotsman are playing a wee game of scaremonger trumps. The latter conjured a figure of 8,200 jobs that will supposedly vanish. The former manages to up the ante an eye-watering 230%!

Doubtless there will be urgent editorial meetings at The Scotsman as a full inquiry is conducted into how the rapidly declining newspaper's reputation as the leading unionist propaganda organ came to be so carelessly jeopardised.

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350 new jobs created as firm wins contract for Shetland oil platform - Energy and Utilities - Scotsman.com

350 new jobs created as firm wins contract for Shetland oil platform - Energy and Utilities - Scotsman.com | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A TOTAL of 350 new jobs are to be created after a Fife engineering firm won two new contracts worth £140 million for the design, procurement and construction of major components for a new oil platform.
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