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Scottish independence: May warns of terror threat

Scottish independence: May warns of terror threat | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
An independent Scotland’s ability to fight terrorism would be “diminished” as the country would lose out on key intelligence from MI6 and MI5, Home Secretary Theresa May warned today.
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This is, of course, no more than a rather contrived variation on the old theme of "Too wee! Too poor! Too stupid!". While every other country in the world manages its own security, Scotland is held to be uniquely incapable in this regard, as in all others.

All those other countries which enjoy the normal constitutional status of independence also manage to cooperate with one another in matters of security knowing that this is to their mutual benefit. It's not quite clear from Theresa May's little exercise in scaremongering whether she considers that Scotland's innate inadequacy extends to such cooperative efforts or if she is making some thinly-veiled threat that the government of rUK would refuse to collaborate with the Scottish Government in efforts to combat terrorism and organised crime.

If the former, then I would ask her to explain what grounds she has for supposing that Scotland is so incorrigibly inept. Although I would not expect any kind of meaningful response to such an enquiry. The usual practice of duplicitous British nationalists when questioned so directly on their contempt for the people of Scotland is indignant denial of the contempt that is glaringly apparent in their utterances.

If the latter is true - if May is actually saying that rUK would not cooperate with Scotland on matters of security - is this not a totally irresponsible attitude? I'm pretty sure other nations will want to know whether this reckless pettiness applies only to Scotland, or if it is more generalised.

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Whisky boss: 'I've not been bullied'

Whisky boss: 'I've not been bullied' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it



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The cataclysm continues

The cataclysm continues | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Only our very alertest readers are likely to recall our first brush with Azeem Ibrahim of the "Scotland Institute", a right-wing think tank which recently came up with a report on an independent Sc...

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The Great Debate. Salmond v Darling. Will it be equal and fair?

The Great Debate. Salmond v Darling. Will it be equal and fair? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
by Kevin Williamson It was no real surprise to hear that Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, will go head-to-head with former UK Chancellor, Alistair Darling, in a live 2 hour debate broadcast...

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That pesky vortex again

That pesky vortex again | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Kudos is due to the Daily Record today, which has a large and prominent feature about NHS surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford, with whom readers should be familiar. Her message, from a position of knowled...
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New calls for English devolution sparked by independence debate

New calls for English devolution sparked by independence debate | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE time for fiscal devolution in England has come, MPs have warned, as they made it clear the debate on independence was having a major influence on the so-called English Question.
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Independence referendum: Top surgeon becomes viral hit after making impassioned plea to vote Yes to save the NHS

Independence referendum: Top surgeon becomes viral hit after making impassioned plea to vote Yes to save the NHS | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
BREAST surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford was recorded giving a speech to the Women for Independence group as she predicted that the NHS would die in ten years if Scots vote No
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Juncker: No automatic EU entry for Scots

Juncker: No automatic EU entry for Scots | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has made clear he will respect the outcome of September's referendum but signalled that in the event a Yes vote, Scotland's membership of the European Union would not be a simple, ­automatic process.
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I see we have the usual doltish quote from Better Together. This time they take a simple statement of the obvious from Jean-Claude Juncker and insist that what he actually did was read out a passage from one of their ludicrous scare-mongering leaflets.

All that the incoming President of the ­European Commission said was that there is no such thing as "automatic" membership of the EU. Well, duh! We already knew that. The very idea of "automatic" membership is ridiculous. Which is why the sensible people - that would be those outside the No campaign hierarchy - are talking about CONTINUING membership. a concept which the Blair McDougall and his Tory bosses seem quite unable to grasp.

The anti-independence campaign is frantically trying to drown out sensible, rational voices in the referendum campaign. Voices which invariably contradict their shrill prophesies of doom. voices such as that of Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, professor of European law and human rights at Oxford University and author of an authoritative book on EU constitutional law.

Project Fear's inane propaganda on Scotland being expelled/excluded from the EU disintegrated a long time ago. They've changed their tune and are now frantically trying to sell the idea that Scotland's transition to membership of the EU as an independent nation will be massively complex and hugely costly. But, given that their original story was so embarrassingly wrong, why should we lend any credence to this new version?

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New EC President will respect Scottish referendum result

New EC President will respect Scottish referendum result | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The EC’s next President has endorsed the Scottish independence referendum and confirmed he will respect the result.

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Former Chairman of Scottish Labour slams party’s embrace of Tory welfare plans

Former Chairman of Scottish Labour slams party’s embrace of Tory welfare plans | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The former Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party has condemned his party's defence of Tory pension and welfare plans.

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Whisky boss: No intimidation by Yes camp

Whisky boss: No intimidation by Yes camp | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE head of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has countered claims that bosses have faced pressure from Nationalists not to enter the debate on Scottish independence.
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So, will the No campaign now shut-up about supposed "intimidation" of business leaders by the Scottish Government? Of course they won't! They will simply disregard David Frost's intervention as if it had never happened.

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The pensioner jackpot

The pensioner jackpot | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
We got an email from an alert reader today making an intriguing observation. We feel sure we must be missing something about it, but we can't figure out what it is. Perhaps you can help. Let's walk...
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What's that name again?

They say that men think about sex every six seconds. Apparently Jenny Marra thinks about Alex Salmond every 12, as she manages to get his name into this 48-second clip from last night's BBC Scotlan...
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A different parallel

A different parallel | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Last month we carried a view of the Scottish independence debate from the Canadian province of Quebec. Today we hear from the English-speaking side of the country. In English-speaking Canada, few p...
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Tories score own goal | Holyrood Magazine

Tories score own goal | Holyrood Magazine | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The TV audience for football matches used to be gauged by the power surges brought by millions across the country switching on their kettles. Last night German

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Episode 6: Creatives - Bateman Broadcasting

Episode 6: Creatives - Bateman Broadcasting | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Bateman Broadcasting took on the views of The Creatives this week, including newspaper editor Richard Walker, playwright and author Alan Bissett, screenwriter Sergio Casci and political strategist (yes, they can be creatives too!) Stephen Noon.

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How Scottish football could benefit from independence

How Scottish football could benefit from independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

A quick glance through the Scottish Government’s white paper on Independence will reveal that virtually no mention is made of Scottish sport in the 600+ page document. This is ...

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Tougher than Tories pledge will help No camp - MP

Tougher than Tories pledge will help No camp - MP | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
LABOUR’S shadow work and pensions minister has said Scots are just as supportive as voters in the rest of the UK in wanting to “control” social security as she insisted her controversial pledge to be tougher than the Tories on benefits would help the party’s campaign against independence.
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Rachel Reeves appears to have declared herself an expert on what "people in Scotland" think and want. I surely can't be the only one wondering by what authority she makes such a claim. surely others are just as curious as myself about how Ms Reeves comes by such insights.

There is certainly nothing in her quoted comments to suggest that she is any better informed about Scotland and its politics than, say, Gordon Brown, who famously claimed to be unaware of the McCrone Report. Indeed, when she trots out such glib inanities as her assertion that, "The SNP says that independence will solve all our problems", we can only assume that Rachel Reeves is as distant and disconnected from the referendum debate as any of the British politicians who have been sent north to wag a superior finger at "people in Scotland".

Here's a novel suggestion for Ms Reeves and her arrogant, condescending ilk. Maybe it would be a good idea to ask "people in Scotland" what they think rather than tell them. We can think and speak for ourselves. And even if we were to let someone speak for us, it is unlikely that we would choose someone who has absolutely no awareness of Scotland's political culture, no knowledge of our politics, and no understanding of our priorities and aspirations.

Rachel Reeves wouldn't even be on the list.

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A Letter to Scotland’s New Radicals

Radical Scotland’s re-emergence and re-invigoration around the independence referendum has been one of the most welcome and positive occurrences for many years in Scottish politics.

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Single energy market recommended

Single energy market recommended | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Single markets in electricity and gas covering the whole of Great Britain should continue if Scotland became independent, a report has said.

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Scottish independence: Talks on additional powers

Scottish independence: Talks on additional powers | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
INFORMAL discussions on bringing the next wave of powers to Holyrood have begun between the three main unionist parties in Westminster, a senior Liberal Democrat coalition figure has told The Scotsman.
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These are not "talks on additional powers". They are talks on how to withhold powers from the Scottish Parliament while putting on enough of a show of unity and intent so as to continue the deception. The British parties are NOT planning on any kind of meaningful further devolution. They are planning on burdening the Scottish Parliament with additional responsibilities whilst cutting off the funding that it needs in order to fulfil those responsibilities.

The British parties and the UK Government have no interest in empowering those who would challenge the supremacy of Westminster. Their interests are best served by crippling the Scottish Parliament and bringing it into disrepute. And that is precisely what they will seek to do if we vote No.

A Yes vote is the only way to protect our parliament and our democracy.

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Darling U-turn over Salmond STV debate means head-to-head is on

Darling U-turn over Salmond STV debate means head-to-head is on | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Better Together head Alistair Darling has agreed to take part in a televised debate with Alex Salmond on the issue of Scottish independence.


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George Kerevan: A shift in political power

George Kerevan: A shift in political power | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Mixture of old heads and new technology is offering the disaffected a way to re-engage with politics, writes George Kerevan
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Labour Pains

Labour Pains | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The agony of the real Labour voter…trapped in an odious campaign funded by a rich man’s club of Tory donors and yet impotent and unable to speak up. Month after month of humiliation as pro-Trident ...
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‘Imagine A Better Scotland’ - The Edinburgh leg of the Yestival tour (Wed-Sat)

‘Imagine A Better Scotland’ - The Edinburgh leg of the Yestival tour (Wed-Sat) | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
National Collective: ‘Imagine A Better Scotland’ is the Edinburgh leg of the Yestival tour, brought to you by National Collective. Over 4 days and nights, at Summerhall Arts Centre, National Collec...
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'With independence we could do more for social justice' - YouTube

Jill Wood of Third Sector Yes explains that independence can take the good work done by the Third Sector since devolution to the next level by providing grea...
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