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Scots tax powers to cost '£45m'

Scots tax powers to cost '£45m' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The cost of setting up a system to deal with Scotland's own financial powers is being put at up to £45m, MSPs hear.
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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Scotland Yet: a film about independence (FULL MOVIE)

Help support independent Scottish film making by purchasing a DVD of the film: word-power.co.uk/books/scotland-yet-I702811629295/ Scotland Yet is a feature length…
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Punishing Scotland

Punishing Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scotland will be punished by the UK establishment if we vote No in the independence referendum, independence campaigners have argued at a press conference today. The Scottish Independence Conventio...
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Why No's video appeal to undecided women won't work

But the most powerful counter to it comes from women themselves. If you do one thing today, encourage undecided women you know to watch Women for Independence's video. It's a simple, direct appea...
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Undaunted Darling to step up attack on currency plan

Undaunted Darling to step up attack on currency plan | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
BRUISED Better Together leader Alistair Darling is to ramp up his attack on the SNP's currency plans as he tries to pick himself up after his television debate defeat against Alex Salmond.
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The anti-independence campaign's determination to keep beating the worn-out drum of the currency non-issue illustrates, perhaps more than anything else, the paucity of their case. They have quite literally staked the whole campaign to deny the sovereignty of Scotland's people on a "big threat" that no informed person is taking seriously.


But we should not be complacent. When the British establishment gets desperate it tends to resort to desperate measures. The "threat" to abolish the currency union was the anti-independence campaign's big gambit. Now that it has failed, who knows what the forces of British nationalism will resort to in a last-ditch effort to preserve the structures of power and privilege which define the British state.


If you thought the unionists had been playing dirty up to now, prepare for worse to come.

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Scottish independence: Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?

Scottish independence: Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Those who watched two politicians arguing on telly about my country’s future will have got it all wrong. They made it look like a party-political brawl. It’s not.
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Debate special: Analysis

Debate special: Analysis | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
What did women make of the latest TV referendum debate? We asked two leading Yes-leaning women to provide comment and analysis in a special podcast recorded in the wake of the BBC's Salmond v Darling joust.
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Logic's Rock: Women! Spot the Difference

Logic's Rock: Women! Spot the Difference | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

It already has its own hilarious hashtag on Twitter: #PatronisingBTLady

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Lochhead spells out five key Yes gains for Scotland's farmers

Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish
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Shell Shocked

Shell Shocked | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A few quick thoughts on last night before I dash away to record a discussion on it for batemanbroadcasting.com with an all-female panel. (It will be posted later and I’ll tweet when it’s ready). I ...
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Be Who You Are

Be Who You Are | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We are awash with conversations about our national identity right now in Scotland. What does it mean, after all, to be Scottish at this seminal time in our history? A few friends w...

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Debate Night reaction from Humza Yousaf - YouTube

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Out of the loop

Out of the loop | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The key exchange on currency from last night's debate: At the end of the clip, a flustered Darling finally blurts out what the No camp have been trying not to admit for the entire campaign: "Of cou...
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Flipper Flopped Flapped and Failed

Flipper Flopped Flapped and Failed | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

A decisive moment and crucial timing last night as Alistair Darling crumbled under the onslaught of Salmond's analysis. If the body language was anything to go by one was calm and con...

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Dead ringers

Dead ringers | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Several papers today report that "Better Together" are filing a complaint with the BBC about the audience at Monday's debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, alleging bias in both audienc...

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​Star of Shetland crime series Douglas Henshall declares for Yes | Yes Scotland

​Star of Shetland crime series Douglas Henshall declares for Yes | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The star of one of Scotland’s most popular crime detective series has declared his support for a Yes vote.

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Dateline Scotland: Episode 5 - YouTube

This week's headlines: Salmond and Darling - what happened AFTER the debate Dateline Scotland: The news in Scotland, by which we mean news, in Scotland. Plea...
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Scottish independence: Salmond challenges Cameron

Scottish independence: Salmond challenges Cameron | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A buoyant Alex Salmond has claimed that the morale and momentum is with the pro-independence campaign after his TV debate success – but 120 captains of industry today warn the business case for independence has “not been made”.
Peter A Bell's insight:

So 120 "captains of industry" have signed a letter in which they restate the glaringly obvious fact that Scotland and England have economic ties; offer no rational explanation as to why these ties would be out in jeopardy by independence; and tell us that they have no confidence in their own ability to cope with uncertainty in a world where uncertainty is the norm.


We have to wonder how these people acquired the tile of "captains of industry". We have to be concerned about where the ship of industry might be headed if these are the kind of people who are at the helm. Timid. Unadventurous. Expecting all of society to adjust to accommodate their preference for an easy ride free of the need to manage change.


More than 20 times that number of business people have signed the Business for Scotland Declaration supporting a Yes vote. Their positive, entrepreneurial attitude stands in stark contrast to that of these 120 self-serving naysayers. They are not inconvenienced by a great democratic process - they are inspired by it. They see promise and potential where the naysayers see only pitfalls and problems. They see a challenge worthy of their managerial talents where the naysayers see only a chore they would rather no be bothered with.


Given that these few dozen "captains of industry" are so unsure of their ability to cope with the situation, it is reassuring to know that we have so many thousands of people with a proven track record in businesses of every size and type who are ready, willing and eager to take on the task.

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A mummy's-eye view of a different #indyref debate

“Women do like honesty more than men” says the lady next to me, and it’s clear from the start gender generalisations are not going to be for the faint-hearted tonight, “I wish somebody would just a...

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Moving to Yes

Moving to Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
"When I enter the polling booth I will vote not as a Scot but as a person, a citizen, a worker, a man, a son, a dad, an uncle and a friend. I will vote for change. I will vote for a decentralised s...
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The No campaign's latest blunder - #PatronisingBTLady

The No campaign's latest blunder - #PatronisingBTLady | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The response from Twitter to the No campaign's latest PR disaster is just marvelous. So, without any further ado, here it is: the best of the best, the crème de la crème!
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In all the excitement

In all the excitement | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
We almost forgot to mention this. Not for the first time, readers, you've left us gobsmacked sideways. Despite previous successes we were a little apprehensive about this latest fundraiser, as peop...
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Independence, Yes. But Not Just For Scotland: Russell Brand The Trews (E132) - YouTube

Russell Brand The Trews (E132). Reaction to the second TV debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling as they clashed over Scottish independence three w...
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Why I changed from a ‘No’ to a ‘Yes.’

I despise nationalism. I despise patriotism. I hate bagpipes, I hate kilts and tartan and I hate the cringe inducing shouts of "wha’s like us" in bars across the nation at closing time on drunken S...
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Big Fat Yes - YouTube

Song created to bring some extra cheer to the Yes Scotland campaigners as they work for a Yes vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum on 18 September 20...
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Scotland - It's About Democracy, Stupid

Scotland - It's About Democracy, Stupid | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Much has been written about how the upcoming independence referendum represents a divorce between Scotland and England. But if we're making relationship analogies, let's just say that historically the British government is a power-hungry polygamist a...
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My Journey to Yes

My Journey to Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Land reform activist and researcher Andy Wightman on his own journey to Yes ...
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