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40 musicians answer the Scottish independence question

40 musicians answer the Scottish independence question | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

With just 500 days until Scotland’s independence referendum takes place on September 18, 2014, The Pop Cop asked 40 musicians from the Scottish music scene the same question that will be on the ballot – “Should Scotland be an independent country?” – giving each of them the choice of ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Undecided’ and inviting them to explain their answer.

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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Coming Home to an Independent Scotland! Maryann Gallagher

Coming Home to an Independent Scotland!   Maryann Gallagher | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Maryann is currently working in London but is following the Referendum Debate with great interest.             I work as a social worker in East London and I have alwa...

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Independence: More ‘don’t knows’ veer towards Yes

Independence: More ‘don’t knows’ veer towards Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
UNDECIDED voters are more likely to come down on the side of independence in the referendum – but not in enough numbers to secure victory for the Yes camp.

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This would appear to confirm a fairly well-established trend. As people learn more and more about the aims and aspirations of the independence movement; as they hear the rational, pragmatic arguments; as they begin to question the ever more exaggerated assertions of the anti-independence propagandists, they naturally tend to move towards a Yes vote.

Informed people vote Yes. It's as simple as that.


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Study: undecided voters more likely to back indy...but not by enough for Yes

Undecided voters are more likely to back independence, but not in high enough numbers to win a Yes vote in the referendum, according to new research.

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EU may let Scotland in then close the door to other states

EU may let Scotland in then close the door to other states | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
EU members may well let Scotland into their club - but will immediately introduce rules to stop any other breakaway nation doing the same, an expert has warned.


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There is something rather ominous about all this talk of seeking to circumvent the democratic right of self-determination.


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We are not alone

We are not alone | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Supporters of independence are often accused of a certain degree of paranoia when it comes to their lack of trust in the Scottish and UK media. The above chart is from the latest European Quality O...

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The chocolate teapot

The chocolate teapot | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The UK Trident programme encompasses the development, procurement and operation of the current generation of British nuclear weapons, and the means to deliver them. It was announced in July 1980 an...

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Scottish Independence: A view from America

Scottish Independence: A view from America | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

With the Scottish independence referendum quickly approaching, and campaigns for both sides well underway, the Commonwealth Games has...

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Generation Yes (ish)

Generation Yes (ish) | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
It’s amazing when young people get involved in politics. It’s fantastic that Scotland’s radical left is finding its feet again. But, just this once, here’s to the thousands of folk who are in no po...

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Scottish independence: 700,000 could leave if Yes

Scottish independence: 700,000 could leave if Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ABOUT one in six people would consider moving away from Scotland in the event of a Yes vote in the referendum, according to a new poll.

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Given that these 700,000 people, supposing they exist, are those who wish Scotland only ill, it is difficult to see why we should be concerned about them threatening to leave. And, of course, it is only a threat. There's a big difference between answering a question about leaving the country and actually doing it.

Bear in mind also that those saying that they will quit Scotland after a Yes vote are likely to be among the more fanatical British nationalists. and threats - or what they imagine to be threats - are their stock in trade.

In other words, they would say that, wouldn't they.


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Scottish independence campaigners urge 'missing million' voters to register before referendum

Scottish independence campaigners urge 'missing million' voters to register before referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE Yes Scotland campaign urged people to register and avoid missing out on the "once in a lifetime opportunity" to help decide the country's future.

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Carmichael threatens to tighten Westminster's grip if Scots vote No

Carmichael threatens to tighten Westminster's grip if Scots vote No | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said that the UK Government's priority in the event of a No vote would be to strengthen its presence in Scotland.

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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Are You Sitting Comfortably? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Are you panicking? Getting desperate yet? There seems to be a line from the No fantasists that it’s in the bag and the whole of Yes is frantically searching for a game-changer. Or is that itself ju...

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The unlikeliest places

Investors Chronicle (part of the Financial Times group), 25 July 2014: "In the 12 months since we recommended EnQuest (ENQ) as a speculative buy option, the share price of the North Sea independent...

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When you're happy and you know it

Alert readers will of course remember a few short weeks ago in April, when "Better Together" attracted much great hoopla in the press for its relaunched, "more positive" campaign strategy. We thoug...

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Carmichael accused of hopes to strengthen Westminster ties

NICOLA Sturgeon has accused Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael of attempting to strengthen Westminster's

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There is actually nothing at all surprising about what Alistair Carmichael has admitted.* Other, perhaps, than the fact that he has admitted it. It has always seemed to me to be a glaringly obvious fact of realpolitik that a No vote - by any margin - would trigger a veritable storm of British nationalist triumphalism in which the result would be hailed as an absolutely conclusive affirmation of the union while the views of the substantial minority of yes voters would be summarily dismissed.

 

Unionists genuinely seem to believe that a No vote will settle the constitutional issue once and for all. And there is nothing in the slightest bit surprising about the fact that they intend to take steps to ensure that the constitutional question is buried for all time. A No vote will be used to justify measures to effectively prohibit further referendums - probably through legislation to establish that any constitutional referendum in Scotland will require the approval of a majority of Westminster MPs.

 

We can also expect that the electoral system will be "reformed" in such a way as to ensure that Holyrood is brought back under the control of the British parties for all time. The Scottish Parliament will be undermined at every opportunity - mainly by way of tightening constraints on its budget combined with increased responsibilities in various areas. As confidence in the Scottish Parliament is eroded the Scotland Office will seek to enlarge its role, with the British parties in Scotland actively colluding in the process of shifting power away from Scotland's elected representatives and putting it in the hands of those who can be relied upon to put the interests of the British state first in all things.

 

All of this is no more than we would expect in a situation where a No vote has empowered those who regard the Scottish Parliament, Scottish political parties and the progressive/independence movement in Scotland as a threat to the structures of power and privilege which define the British state. If the referendum campaign has taught us anything it is that British nationalists will seek to defend the British state by any means and at any cost to the people of these islands and even democracy itself.

 

Why has Alistair Carmichael acknowledged all of this now? It could, of course, be because he is stupid. By which I mean that he is dumbly unaware of the implications of what he is saying. An unawareness that arises from that curious detachment from Scottish politics that seems common to all British politicians.

 

Carmichael is not addressing his remarks to Yes voters. Like most (all?) of his associates in the anti-independence camp, he is quite incapable of talking to people who aspire to the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status because he is as unthinkingly convinced of the righteousness of the established order as anyone who has never spent so much as one second reflecting upon the possibility of alternatives.

 

Carmichael cannot even comprehend the desire for independence. So he is ill-equipped to talk to those who hold this principle dear. He can only really talk to fellow British nationalists. His comments were made, not in the hope of posing a threat to the independence campaign, but as an inspiration to those who see Scotland's subordinate status within an anachronistic political union as part of the natural order.

 

The anti-independence campaign long-since gave up trying to win converts to the cause of denying Scotland's nationhood and the sovereignty of Scotland's people. Their sole aim now is cling to the lead that they believe they have just long enough to survive the vote in September. Then, as Alistair Carmichael has made clear, they intend to ensure that they never face such a challenge again.

 

Be in no doubt about this. In the event of a No vote, the British nationalists fully intend to put Scotland back in what they consider to be its proper place.


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There is actually nothing at all surprising about what Alistair Carmichael has admitted.* Other, perhaps, than the fact that he has admitted it. It has always seemed to me to be a glaringly obvious fact of realpolitik that a No vote - by any margin - would trigger a veritable storm of British nationalist triumphalism in which the result would be hailed as an absolutely conclusive affirmation of the union while the views of the substantial minority of yes voters would be summarily dismissed.

 

Unionists genuinely seem to believe that a No vote will settle the constitutional issue once and for all. And there is nothing in the slightest bit surprising about the fact that they intend to take steps to ensure that the constitutional question is buried for all time. A No vote will be used to justify measures to effectively prohibit further referendums - probably through legislation to establish that any constitutional referendum in Scotland will require the approval of a majority of Westminster MPs.

 

We can also expect that the electoral system will be "reformed" in such a way as to ensure that Holyrood is brought back under the control of the British parties for all time. The Scottish Parliament will be undermined at every opportunity - mainly by way of tightening constraints on its budget combined with increased responsibilities in various areas. As confidence in the Scottish Parliament is eroded the Scotland Office will seek to enlarge its role, with the British parties in Scotland actively colluding in the process of shifting power away from Scotland's elected representatives and putting it in the hands of those who can be relied upon to put the interests of the British state first in all things.

 

All of this is no more than we would expect in a situation where a No vote has empowered those who regard the Scottish Parliament, Scottish political parties and the progressive/independence movement in Scotland as a threat to the structures of power and privilege which define the British state. If the referendum campaign has taught us anything it is that British nationalists will seek to defend the British state by any means and at any cost to the people of these islands and even democracy itself.

 

Why has Alistair Carmichael acknowledged all of this now? It could, of course, be because he is stupid. By which I mean that he is dumbly unaware of the implications of what he is saying. An unawareness that arises from that curious detachment from Scottish politics that seems common to all British politicians.

 

Carmichael is not addressing his remarks to Yes voters. Like most (all?) of his associates in the anti-independence camp, he is quite incapable of talking to people who aspire to the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status because he is as unthinkingly convinced of the righteousness of the established order as anyone who has never spent so much as one second reflecting upon the possibility of alternatives.

 

Carmichael cannot even comprehend the desire for independence. So he is ill-equipped to talk to those who hold this principle dear. He can only really talk to fellow British nationalists. His comments were made, not in the hope of posing a threat to the independence campaign, but as an inspiration to those who see Scotland's subordinate status within an anachronistic political union as part of the natural order.

 

The anti-independence campaign long-since gave up trying to win converts to the cause of denying Scotland's nationhood and the sovereignty of Scotland's people. Their sole aim now is cling to the lead that they believe they have just long enough to survive the vote in September. Then, as Alistair Carmichael has made clear, they intend to ensure that they never face such a challenge again.

 

Be in no doubt about this. In the event of a No vote, the British nationalists fully intend to put Scotland back in what they consider to be its proper place.

 

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Twitterendum: who's winning the indyref debate on social media?

Twitterendum: who's winning the indyref debate on social media? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
As the clock ticks down towards the independence referendum, our Twitterendum shows how the pro-Yes camp is winning the debate on social media.

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Great infographic! 

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We Are World Class

We Are World Class | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
I was in an international city at a world class facility expertly run with smart connections today to see a major sporting event. It didn’t seem like Glasgow but it was and when I stepped off the t...

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Back to Bowie's

Back to Bowie's | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Despite the best intentions of some, the referendum is going to be the all consuming backdrop to this years Edinburgh Festival. But as well as infiltrating every bar room conversation and every sta...

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River City star moving back to Scotland to join campaign for independence | Yes Scotland


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Our Smiling Future

Our Smiling Future | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

If the referendum debate is one giant selfie - yesterday Erraid Davies gave us another unlikely insight, another unlikely star. If township opera singer Pumeza Matshikiza warmed heart...

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The case of the missing billions

The case of the missing billions | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Readers of this site may remember the story published on the BBC earlier this week, where the figures for GDP per capita miraculously switched overnight from showing Scotland as a net contributor t...

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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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Tale of Two Governments on fracking | Scottish National Party

Tale of Two Governments on fracking | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

There is a clear contrast between Westminster’s “gung-ho” approach to Fracking, and the evidence-based, consensual approach being pursued by the Scottish Government, the SNP said today.

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Carmichael: How No vote will settle Scotland's future once and for all

Carmichael: How No vote will settle Scotland's future once and for all | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Carmichael has said maintaining a strong UK Government presence north of the Border in the event of a No vote in September would mean the independence question would never be put again and the issue of Scotland's future would be settled

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fazzledown: Another Union Dividend.

fazzledown: Another Union Dividend. | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

First of all, I don't think any one wouldn't be moved by Ross Murdoch getting his gold medal - scooped in the 200m breast stroke which I am given to understand is a swimming thing. The favourite - Michael Jamieson - looked gutted, but that was more than off-set by the look on the winner's face.


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