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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Scottish No Vote Will Lead to Questions Over Its International Status in Sports - FIFA

Scottish No Vote Will Lead to Questions Over Its International Status in Sports - FIFA | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Questions will be raised over Scotland’s future international sporting participation if there is a No vote, a source at FIFA, world football’s governing body, has told RIA Novosti.
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A sporting chance?

A sporting chance? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Happy Andy Murray Day. It’s exactly a year since the eruption of joy as Murray raised the Wimbledon trophy aloft on that magnificent sunny afternoon. Most of us know where we were ...

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Indy Scotland would have our own Olympics team for Rio 2016, says sports minister

Indy Scotland would have our own Olympics team for Rio 2016, says sports minister | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scotland will have our own Olympic team by Rio 2016 if we vote for independence next year, according to the sports minister, Shona Robison.
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Scottish and British: why Andy Murray brings a fragmenting UK together

Scottish and British: why Andy Murray brings a fragmenting UK together | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
It is a sign of the health and maturity of civic Scottish nationalism that sport matters so much less to nationhood than it did a generation ago.
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In an article such as this one has to take ones pick of the piffle if one is to avoid becoming mired in the mass of it. So let's just deal with the nonsensical claim that Scotland will "probably win fewer" Olympic medals as an independent nation. To the minds of those not preoccupied with British nationalist jingoism will immediately spring the question, "How could Scotland possibly win fewer than none?". For that is the position at present. Scotland wins no medals.


I am far from being alone, I suspect, in saying that it's not all about winning medals in any case. I would happily forego the dubious privilege of contributing to the glorification of the British state in return for nothing more than the honour of having my country compete at the Olympics in it's own name and under its own flag.

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Holt proves to be an independent thinker | Herald Scotland

The American head coach of Scottish Gymnastics believes Scotland should bid for independence within the Olympic movement even if the Scottish National Party fails to win the referendum in two years' time, writes Kevin Ferrie.

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Taking your ball away

We just caught a documentary on the BBC News channel presented by John Beattie and entitled "The Games People Play", which seems to have been first aired on either Saturday or Tuesday (the BBC seem...

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Brian Wilson: Where are our big events for 2020s?

Brian Wilson: Where are our big events for 2020s? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A FIXATION on THAT vote means there is nothing set to follow the Commonweath Games and Ryder Cup, says Brian Wilson
Peter A Bell's insight:

As ever, Brian Wilson is intent on talking Scotland down. Like other blinkered British nationalists he would have us believe that Scotland has ground to a halt because of the referendum and that everything is for the worst in the worst of all possible worlds so long as we wait for British Labour's political hegemony in Scotland to be restored.

The reality, of course, is that the day-to-day business of government proceeds unhindered in any way by the referendum campaign. Holyrood is working as normal. Committees are meeting; legislation is being drafted and scrutinised; measures are being implemented.

Away from the Scottish Parliament that Wilson resents and detests, politics has never been healthier. Political discourse is more rich and diverse than it has been in decades. Fresh, innovative, radical thinking is the order of the day. Most importantly, this new politics is engaging people who previously would have shunned political discussion like the plague.

Reality is markedly different from the picture painted by miserablists like Brian Wilson.

In his determination to portray Scotland as a failing state absent the guiding hand of the "One True Party", Wilson simply ignores inconvenient facts. Like the fact that the  World Gymnastic Championships and European Swimming Championships will be held in Scotland in 2015. And the fact that we have the Senior Open Championship at  Carnoustie in 2016.

And while Glasgow missed out on the Youth Olympics 2018 it is bidding for the World Figure Skating Championships in 2017. There is a strong possibility of Scotland bidding for the Women's European Football Championships, also in 2017. Only a few weeks ago a bid to host Euro 2020 games at Hampden was launched by the Scottish FA.

These are just a few examples which disprove Wilson's claim that Scotland is on hold awaiting an answer to the constitutional question. There will be many more examples extending further into the 2020s and beyond. By the very nature of these things, the preliminary work of planning future events often goes on behind the scenes. In many cases strict confidentiality is a requirement of the process. I'm pretty sure Brian Wilson is aware of this. His attempt to present an absence of visible signs of effort as an absence of effort is, therefore, dishonest.

But, hey! Lying doesn't count if it's done in the name of preserving the established order and/or restoring British Labour to the dominance in Scotland that Wilson and his ilk regard as their divine right.

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The last Home International

The last Home International | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

There’s one last bit of data from our poll that we haven’t revealed the results of yet. That’s because, unlike the rest of the survey, this one absolutely WAS a leading question. We asked it partly to satirise the ridiculously slanted nature of those used in some “Better Together” polls, such as this one, but also to make a more serious point.


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Scottish Indy Podcast Episode 15 – Krys Kujawa

Scottish Indy Podcast Episode 15 – Krys Kujawa | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The most popular sport in our country is still football by far and whether we like it or not, there are strong political undercurrents to what goes on in the [...]
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