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Peter Jones: Hard hats off to sensible Salmond

Peter Jones: Hard hats off to sensible Salmond | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Zeroing in on economic realities at the root of the crisis, the Scottish Government did well at Grangemouth, says Peter Jones
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Why do we have to know what the UK government did or did not do in order to male a judgement on an independent Scotland's ability to deal with crises such as that at Grangemouth? This assumes that there is some doubt as to Scotland having such an ability. The pertinent questions would relate to why anybody would harbour these doubts. Why would anybody think Scotland incapable of handling matters which are, when all is said and done, no more than the day-to-day business of government?

I detect in this article something of the "bring me a rock" syndrome. It starts with the hugely dubious and highly insulting assumption that Scotland must prove its worthiness by passing whatever tests might be contrived by those who would deny - or, at the very least, question - Scotland's rightful constitutional status as an independent nation. These tests may be imagined as taking the form of a demand to "bring me a rock" that testifies to Scotland's worthiness. The rock having duly been fetched it will always and inevitably be dismissed as an inappropriate rock - too small or too big or the wrong shape or the wrong type.

"Bring me another rock!", is the endless demand. For no rock shall ever be deemed adequate to the purpose so long as the one demanding it is the final arbiter of both adequacy and purpose.

Alex Salmond finds himself in the position where, even if he had somehow managed to find a resolution for the Grangemouth crisis which kept the plant open, with massive new investment, while allowing the workers to keep their current pay and conditions, this could still be arbitrarily discounted as indicating anything meaningful about Scotland's ability to handle industrial disputes post-independence. And we can be absolutely sure that it would be so discounted by those whose purpose is to manufacture uncertainty and fear.

Let us start by questioning the authority of those who presume to define - and endlessly redefine - the qualifications Scotland requires in order to be as other nations. Let us challenge their role as self-appointed examiners and final arbiters of Scotland's entitlement to the normal constitutional status that other nations take to be theirs by right.

Let us turn the thing around and demand of them some evidence to support the contention that Scotland is as inept and incapable as they assume. We too can play the game of "bring me a rock".

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David Cameron faces Tory 'bloodbath' over 'unfair' cash for Scotland - Telegraph

David Cameron faces Tory 'bloodbath' over 'unfair' cash for Scotland - Telegraph | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Tory backbenchers vow to block 'on the hoof' promise to sustain higher Scottish funding
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The NHS as we know it is under threat - YouTube

Joining Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow to campaign for a Yes vote, the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, says that the only way we can guarantee to keep the NH...
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Party leaders face fury of MPs over pledge to keep extra funding for Scotland

Party leaders face fury of MPs over pledge to keep extra funding for Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg faced anger today after giving Scots a signed pledge that they will continue to get more money per head from taxpayers as well as new powers if they vote to stay in the UK.
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Tom Devine: UK is a failed state, with inept and inadequate governance

Tom Devine: UK is a failed state, with inept and inadequate governance | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SIR Tom Devine, the leading historian, has claimed the UK is a "failed state," as he predicted the SNP would continue to thrive in an independent Scotland.
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An Open Letter To Ewan Morrison From A Mate

Dear Ewan You're a pal and will still be on Friday morning.  That won't change.  I'm writing this in the spirit of our friendship.  Don't worry, there's no lambasting of you, or...

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The IFS “observation” on funding Scotland’s NHS ignores the key risk to the NHS within the UK

The IFS “observation” on funding Scotland’s NHS ignores the key risk to the NHS within the UK | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
By Jim and Margaret Cuthbert On 11th September, Paul Johnson and David Phillips of the Institute for Fiscal Studies produced an “observation”, (their description), on the question of the funding of...
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Top 5 Worries That I Hear From No & Undecided Voters And My Answers To Them | National Collective

Top 5 Worries That I Hear From No & Undecided Voters And My Answers To Them | National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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Exclusive: Scottish nationalism and British nationalism aren’t the same

Exclusive: Scottish nationalism and British nationalism aren’t the same | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Billy Bragg: Some on the left seem to think voting against the Westminster status quo is an act of class betrayal. This is plainly not true

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The New Reality

The New Reality | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Raymond Williams, the Welsh critic whose lectures I was once privileged to attend (free) as a student  in England, wrote in Culture and Society (1958) these words I have tattooed on...

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A new Vision for Scotland - Vote YES and our economy will thrive

A new Vision for Scotland - Vote YES and our economy will thrive | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
There is a new Vision for Scotland that says that an independent Scotland can have faster, more sustainable economic growth whilst also becoming a wealthier society.  Written by leading academics and business people with the intention of opening a conversation about Scotland's future, it aims to
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Do Your Duty

Do Your Duty | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
What are we going to do on September 19? Yes, I know…party long and hard, barbecue the haggis and smear on the chip fat etc. But that’s also the time when the work starts because the referendum is ...
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A Risk Assessment for future of the UK

A Risk Assessment for future of the UK | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

My heart says yes and my head says no.’That’s how the narrative goes, isn’t it?  That the only reason to vote yes is out of patriotism and that we must try and quell those feel...

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Suzy Houston: Why A Yes Vote Is Not A Betrayal Of My English Roots | National Collective

Suzy Houston: Why A Yes Vote Is Not A Betrayal Of My English Roots | National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Sixteen years ago this month my dad drove me and a small car load of my worldly possessions (including a floral ironing board recently purchased especially for the occasion from Woolworth’s) three hundred miles from Stamford in Lincolnshire to Murano Street halls of residence in Glasgow. I was just starting out on an undergraduate degree and, as it turned out, the beginning of a new life in Scotland which would span the next decade and beyond. Why on earth I felt that an ironing board was necessary for my transition to student life, I can no longer recall. Needless to say, it was never used for its intended function, but instead was hastily up-cycled as an innovative drinks-table-cum-dirty-ashtray-storage-facility and was finally abandoned completely some weeks later when a drunken individual attempted to further repurpose it as a kind of ironic day-bed, causing it to collapse spectacularly amidst a filthy mushroom cloud of grey fag ash.

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Carol Fox: A letter to undecided voters

Dear undecided voter I’ve a long history of being engaged in politics and was a candidate for Labour in the Scottish Parliament elections of 1999, 2003 and 2007. But last year, I resigned my member...
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Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: The Death of the NHS (Scotland)

It’s interesting how the Unionist Parties, all of them, say that the fate of the NHS in Scotland is ‘devolved’, that therefore it becomes wholly the choice of the Scottish Parliament to privatise, or not to privatise, all the while claiming that NHS spending in England is increasing, so our ‘Barnett Equivalent’ is increasing.

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The People's Champion...

The People's Champion... | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
  Just as I was writing the text below looking at an idea for helping the country move forward – along with No voters – and to harness the inclusive sense of community we have generated, this ...
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I have a confession to make - I am not enjoying covering the Scottish referendum

I have a confession to make - I am not enjoying covering the Scottish referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
I have a confession this morning, which is that I am not enjoying covering the Scottish referendum. I should be. All journalists live for the chance to report on great events and they don’t come more momentous than the potential break-up of the UK.
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Another London-based hack who has totally failed to engage with the real Yes campaign and sees the entire referendum through the distorting lens of the British media.

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Shetland News says Yes to independence

Shetland News says Yes to independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Shetland has been blessed with good fortune for the past 40 years.


Thanks to the efforts of our far-sighted MP Jo Grimond in the 1970s, we were granted an Act of Parliament that paved the way for the SIC to negotiate a landmark deal with the oil industry.

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Seismic Cracks In the "United Kingdom"

Seismic Cracks In the "United Kingdom" | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

“If Scotland votes for independence, the United Kingdom in its traditional sense will become meaningless," asserts Paul Salveson, general secretary of the Hannah Mitchell Foundatio...

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Daily Blackmail Cranks into Overdrive

Daily Blackmail Cranks into Overdrive | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

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

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For some reason I thought maybe there were journalistic depths to which the Daily Mail could not sink.  Any illusions I harboured were dispelled by this article with Alex Salmond juxtaposed with Kim Jong Un. 

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Nick Clegg Signs Another Pledge

Nick Clegg Signs Another Pledge | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Yeah, again. Do we even need to bother? 1. "The Scottish Parliament is permanent" A meaningless platitude. As long as Westminster is sovereign, it can close Holyrood down at a moment's notice. No g...
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Councillor quits the Labour party after referendum row | Greenock Telegraph

Councillor quits the Labour party after referendum row | Greenock Telegraph | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
REFERENDUM row Councillor Vaughan Jones has quit Labour — meaning the party has lost overall control of the council.
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My YES!

I want to detail why I have been a convinced yes voter for a better part of a year now. For disclosure, I am not originally from UK, but I moved to the country over ten years ago from Finland. I be...
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Two lost cousins

Two lost cousins | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Two full-page ads in today's Scottish Sun from the two faces of the No campaign: Vague, incoherent, half-hearted lies from an old dinosaur too bewildered to know where to lie down and die, and a de...
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Cameron, Clegg, Miliband: here's the pledge of extra powers if you vote No

Cameron, Clegg, Miliband: here's the pledge of extra powers if you vote No | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The leaders of the three main parties at Westminster have signed a pledge for more powers for Scotland if it rejects independence.
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Didn't they already try this gimmick? Wasn't there a big media splash about this same meaningless political theatre only a week ago? Few people were impressed then. Fewer still will pay any attention now.


And why should we? These are the same people/parties who until recently were insisting that Scotland neither needed no deserved "more powers". These are the same people /parties who refused to allow the people of Scotland the opportunity to vote on their incoherent proposals. These are the same people/parties who have had ample opportunity to get devolution right but, by their own admission, have failed to do so.


Why should we trust them now? How much more of their constitutional tinkering are we supposed to tolerate?


It's time to end the uncertainty. It's time to put a stop to the endless constitutional "fixes". It's time to acknowledge that devolution is dead.

It's time for independence.

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