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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Brian Wilson: Why we’ll miss our man in Havana

Brian Wilson: Why we’ll miss our man in Havana | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Turning our back on one of the best trade, diplomatic and consular networks will cost Scotland dear, writes Brian Wilson
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Reading Brian Wilson's woeful offerings is always an onerous task to be undertaken only with extreme reluctance and, perhaps, the bracing effects of a stiff drink. This is an individual for whom the word miserabilist might have been invented.

Fortunately - at least from a certain perspective - wide reading of the British press and listening to British politicians has inured me to the kind of sneering contempt for Scotland that is evinced by the likes of Wilson and which might otherwise be just too much to bear. Brian Wilson appears to genuinely believe that Scotland's people are incapable of doing anything without the British state holding their hand.

There's one of those curious contradictions in Wilson's latest Jeremiad such as we so often find in the rantings and bleatings of rabid British nationalists. He is willing, however grudgingly, to acknowledge the, perhaps disproportionately, significant role played by Scotland's people and institutions in the UK's trade, diplomatic and consular networks. But he is evidently incapable of conceiving of those same people and institutions doing a similarly outstanding job on Scotland's behalf.

Wilson appears to believe, with all the fervour of the religious zealot, that all the talents, skills, capacities and capabilities of Scotland's people flow from and are critically dependent upon the British state. Scotland's people, as portrayed by Wilson and his ilk, are mere ciphers who draw whatever worth they may have from their immersion in the British state. Without it, we are nothing.

What may strike some as curious is the fact that Wilson sees no insult in this. To the British nationalist mind, such condescending scorn is perceived as a compliment. Go figure!

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10 important points on independence, trade and borders

10 important points on independence, trade and borders | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
EU membership safeguards open borders Independence will benefit trade and co-operation across Britain and further afield.
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Scottish households '£2,000 better off if they reject independence'

Scottish households '£2,000 better off if they reject independence' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Every Scottish household will be £2,000 better off if they reject independence, according to a new Treasury report analysing the economic benefits of having a borderless United Kingdom.
Peter A Bell's insight:

A "projection" three decades into the future is, of course, utterly meaningless, even if it was totally impartial. So this latest UK government/Project Fear publication should be of no interest to anyone other British nationalism's amateur propagandists who take their cue from such wind and pish.

More interesting to thinking people is the talk of a "border effect". What is this effect? Given the European single market and the existing UK single market, what could it be other than some kind of illegal trade sanctions imposed by the rUK  in retribution for the people of Scotland demanding the restoration of their nation's rightful constitutional status.

There is absolutely nothing about Scotland's independence that would necessarily affect trade in any way. There is no necessary reason why arrangements that already work reasonably well should not continue. Disruption of trade could only follow from a political decision by the government of rUK rather than be an inevitable consequence of the ending of political union.

So this is the message we are now getting from the British parties who claim to have our best interests at heart. A barely  veiled threat to launch some kind of low-level economic warfare against Scotland should we have the temerity to challenge the divinely ordained British state.

So much for the "respect agenda". The British establishment is already treating Scotland as if it was a hostile foreign power.

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City ‘will keep trade flowing’ if UK splits - Business

City ‘will keep trade flowing’ if UK splits - Business | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE City of London will use its lobbying power and political clout to ensure trade and business ties do not suffer if Scots vote to break away from the UK, its Lord Mayor says.
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City of London Lord Mayor shoots down unionist scaremongering.

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UK minsters tone down 'obscure' Scottish independence attacks

UK minsters tone down 'obscure' Scottish independence attacks | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
UK minsters have toned down the stridency of their attacks on the minutiae of Scottish independence amid concerns they were giving credence to the Nationalists’ claims of scaremongering.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Vince Cable doesn't seem to realise that his "big picture" arguments are no less silly than the nonsense about mobile phone roaming charges. It seems to have escaped his notice that the single market is EU-wide. The kind of low-level economic warfare against Scotland that he hints at would not only be damaging for the economy of rUK, it would also be totally illegal.

Empty threats won't impress anybody any more than silly scare stories.

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Independence brings opportunities, not complication, for business

Independence brings opportunities, not complication, for business | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The UK Ireland border: not a border post in sight. As a qualified Lawyer in Scotland as well as in England & Wales, I can understand how two complex systems of law can operate successfully and independently, yet retain influence over and working respect for each other. I also know which system
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EU support wafer thin, says Cameron

EU support wafer thin, says Cameron | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

British people's support for staying in the European Union is currently "wafer thin", David Cameron has said.

Peter A Bell's insight:

I am ever at pains to point out the fallacy of drawing direct parallels between the UK and the EU. Without getting bogged down in detail here, we might simply acknowledge that they are very different forms of union.

Having said that, the comments of fellow British nationalists, Cameron and farage, highlight some of the more glaring contradictions and inconsistencies in the propaganda of Project Fear.

Firstly, we are told that the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status will lead to Scotland being expelled from the EU - by some unknown and unexplained process. Or that independence would, at the very least, put our membership of the EU at risk. We are told that we must remain bound to the British state in order to maintain or EU membership. And yet here we have David Cameron explicitly telling us that it is being part of the UK which threatens Scotland's relationship with the EU.

Confused? Don't be! Just vote Yes! That way yo can be sure that Scotland will continue to be part of the EU until the people of Scotland decide otherwise. You will also have the assurance that Scotland's interests will be directly represented within Europe rather than being secondary (at best) to the priorities of the London-centric British state

Then we have Cameron's toxic ally in the anti-independence campaign, Nigel Farage, ridiculing the idea that leaving the EU would somehow mean a sudden end to trading with Europe. And yet these are the same people who issue dire warnings that Scotland leaving the UK would inevitably entail an abrupt and total cessation of all trade between Scotland and rUK.

Confused? Don't be! Just vote Yes! Do so in the sure and certain knowledge that independence in the 21st century means redefining relationships rather than severing them. Just ask yourself how credible it is that the rUK which wants to retain the benefits of the European single market would perversely seek to end all commercial ties with its biggest single trading partner. It makes no sense. But then, little that oozes out of Project Fear does.

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Trading partners

In an interesting addition to the independence debate today, Jim Gallagher (former director-general for devolution in the UK government, and senior adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown on devolution strategy from 2007 to 2010) has written about the “positive case” from a business perspective for Scotland to remain in the UK.


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Fact check: UK claims on trade after independence | Scottish National Party

Fact check: UK claims on trade after independence | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The UK government scaremongers on trade between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK, but the fact is that the majority of OECD countries’ biggest trading partners are their neighbours. Why would Scotland be any different?

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What would Scottish independence mean for your business? - Simply Business knowledge

What would Scottish independence mean for your business? - Simply Business knowledge | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Simply Business knowledgeWhat would Scottish independence mean for your business?
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