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Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution

Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have visited Wales to unveil plans for new tax and spending powers for the Welsh assembly, raising the stakes on devolution across the UK and next September's Scottish independence vote...
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Despite the pant-wetting excitement of unionist politicians, this latest piece of (merely proposed) constitutional tinkering has no bearing whatever on Scotland's independence referendum. The referendum ballot offers no option for further devolution. The British parties have no proposals for further devolution. And there is absolutely no rational reason to suppose that further devolution will be delivered if the people of Scotland vote for the status quo.

Why would the British government hand over powers that it has fiercely resisted handing over when the people of Scotland have forfeited the only leverage they have to secure more powers? It makes no sense.

The other fallacy in all of this is that any further devolution which the British state might grant could ever be a substitute for independence. The whole point of popular sovereignty is that it is for the people of Scotland to decide what powers their parliament should have and what powers might be delegated to some other assembly. Having powers grudgingly and gracelessly doled out by Westminster is not a solution to the problem. It is the problem!

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:19 AM

If Westminster thinks Scots will fall for this they are very much mistaken. Even Scottish politicians are stating that if Scotland votes against independence it is more than likely that Westminster will give Scotland less "pocket money" is will cut the amount of money Scotland gets back from Westminster. Margaret Curran has even suggested the Barnet Formula will suffer. There is only one way to avoid this:

 

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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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'Ethnic' Cleanse

'Ethnic' Cleanse | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

According to the Herald journalist David Torrance he is an ‘ethnic nationalist’. To the composer James Macmillan he is a ‘Blood Scot nationalist’ and ‘motivated by hate’. To the Lab...

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Rum, sodomy, and the lash

It's another of Project Fear's carefully coordinated frightnights. It's another drive-by Tory. This time it's Tory Defence Minister Philip Hammond, again. Phil has come to Scotland to make a positi...
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Agenda:

Agenda: | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
On a good day, standing on the roof of my building allows a view over to the historic Mount Herodium and, even further away, the Dead Sea and the dramatic mountain border with Jordan.
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Overwhelming majority want more positive campaign from 'No' - poll | Yes Scotland

Overwhelming majority want more positive campaign from 'No' - poll | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

And bigger majorities among No voters and women


Yes Scotland published new findings from an opinion poll commissioned by the pro-independence campaign and conducted by Panelbase. The poll was sampled among 1,024 people aged 16+ in Scotland, from 4-9 April, and is the most recent poll.

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Aberdeen City Council 'did not break rules' over pro-UK tax letter

Aberdeen City Council 'did not break rules' over pro-UK tax letter | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The letter claimed Aberdeen would be 'stronger now and in the future as a partner within the United Kingdom'.
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Captain Hammond and the Mysterons

Captain Hammond and the Mysterons | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Even dismissing thoughts of 'little green men' from Hammond's speech, the fact is that it is still a laughably implausible threat, and nothing more. Another infinitely vague and frankly insulting a...
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Spectator: Why The Scottish "Left" Should Support Scottish Independence

Spectator: Why The Scottish "Left" Should Support Scottish Independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Nicola Sturgeon's overt appeal to Labour supporters in Scotland to vote "Yes" in September, is being noted by some commentators as a new departure, although the better informed of Scottish journalists, are well aware that the SNP and Labour have competed for the same working class vote for decades. Ms Sturgeon made it clear she was not asking them to support the SNP, that the referendum was not about the SNP but about the future of Scotland, the nation. Alex Salmond, probably in full knowledge that he is not everyone's favourite politician, made the same point, adding it was not about the "First Minister". The first breakthrough by the SNP was by Dr Robert McIntyre, when he won Motherwell in a by election in 1945, followed by Winnie Ewing in Hamilton in 1967. Dr McIntyre's tenure in Motherwell was as short lived as that of Margo McDonald's in Govan in 1973 but the SNP's success in working class areas of Scotland predated by some years, its later success in Tory seats from 1974 onwards and, the only two seats the party managed to retain in the debacle of 1979, were Dundee East and Western Isles, both traditional Labour strongholds.

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SEND FOR DAVE

SEND FOR DAVE | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
What does the No campaign do now? It’s next move may well determine the outcome of the referendum and you can almost feel the competing tensions and sense the absolute paralysis and indecision at t...
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SNmr: A very (un)British intervention

SNmr: A very (un)British intervention | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I thought we lived in a country where the military didn’t tell us how to vote or who should govern us. And, yet, that is what has just happened in the independence referendum debate and I’m surprised it has not been commented on.

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A genuine mystery

A genuine mystery | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
We honestly don't understand how anyone with electricity in their house or a newsagent anywhere within a 30-mile radius can possibly come to say things like this: "[Independence] is a view not shar...
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Joan McAlpine: My cut and keep guide to pensions it Scotland votes Yes to independence

Joan McAlpine: My cut and keep guide to pensions it Scotland votes Yes to independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
JOAN says the Scottish Parliament have done well for our older citizens - delivering free personal care and free transport - which is why we have nothing to fear from a Yes vote.
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Salmond: Scotland would still build Navy ships after Yes vote

Salmond: Scotland would still build Navy ships after Yes vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond has given a clear guarantee that the Royal Navy would continue to build warships in an independent Scotland.
Peter A Bell's insight:

John Lamont for the Tories dutifully reading out one of the pre-packaged lines fed to him by Project Fear. But it is immediately obvious to the impartial observer that he hasn't even heard what Salmond said. The assurance that the MoD would continue to order ships from Scottish yards is not, as Lamont so foolishly maintains, mere bluster. Although it is certainly an assertion, it is not an unsupported. one.

Alex Salmond can be confident of his assurances on defence contracts for the same reason he can be confident that the currency union will be retained after Scotland restores its rightful constitutional status. He can be confident because he has thought the issues through calmly and rationally. The Scottish Government has approached such matters asking what is most likely to be the outcome. The British state and all its apparatus approaches these matters asking what is the scariest outcome which best serves our propaganda purposes regardless of all other considerations.

It is foolish to talk in terms of guarantees without the caveat that this is politics and the term has to be appreciated in that context. But certain things are more guaranteed than others. That the Clyde shipyards will still exist after independence is pretty solidly guaranteed. It's not credible that they will simply disappear. Much the same can be said of the workforce and the skills that they possess. These are not going to change with independence.

The Royal Navy's need for ships and, therefore, the MoD's need for the facilities and capacities of the Clyde yards is also something we can be pretty confident about. Likewise, the economic strategic and legal issues surrounding procurement are well-known and not too ambiguous.

Taking all of this into account, and considering the matter rationally, it is surely Hammond's threats which begin to look like bluster, while Salmond's position seems entirely reasonable.

If Hammond had the confidence of a well-thought position then he would not feel the need to be so vague. Had he considered all the implications and concluded that he was on solid ground, he could have been much more explicit in his threats. He could have stated categorically that the MoD would withdraw all work from "foreign" yards in Scotland if the people of Scotland dared to vote Yes.

But he's not saying that, is he? He will go no further than he needs to in order to create uncertainty. His task is but to sow the seed. To provide the cue for others to pick up on and inflate into a fully-fledged scare-story.

Hammond knows full well that the rUK government will continue to order warships from Scottish yards, just as George Osborne is perfectly aware that rUK will want to maintain currency union with an independent Scotland. The entire anti-independence campaign is built on lies and deceit.

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Philip Hammond accused of emotional blackmail

Philip Hammond accused of emotional blackmail | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
UK DEFENCE Secretary Philip Hammond was accused of making threats and engaging in “emotional blackmail” last night after he warned workers that their jobs would be among thousands at risk if Scotland voted for independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

What kind of country would we be if we gave in to intimidation such as we hear from Hammond and other British politicians who northward rush, rebellious Scots to crush - not with the sword but with the boot-heel of economic power? What kind of people would we be?

And where does it end? If we can be manipulated into giving up our very sovereignty by such threats, what might we be forced to sacrifice in the future?

And what of the unions? Is their conduct not craven? The same unions who talk pompously of "solidarity", but abandon their members as soon as the British establishment snaps its fingers. Why are the unions not protesting this intimidation? Why is it left to individual workers to have the courage to speak out?

Why are the unions not standing by such workers? Why are they not leading their members in a rousing chorus of, "We shall not be moved!"? Where is the solidarity when workers in Scotland turn to their union and look to their brothers and sisters in the rest of the UK for support in resisting the bullying tactics of employers and the state?

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Votes of No confidence

Votes of No confidence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
"Sod it", we thought, "let's compile a list after all". Clearly we're not impartial judges of how the No campaign is being conducted. To assess its performance with any degree of fairness, we must ...
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Richard Godwin: It’s the Great British Brand Corporation

Richard Godwin: It’s the Great British Brand Corporation | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Poor Britannia! These isles can have rarely known such peace and prosperity — but according to the British Attitudes Survey, national pride is at an all-time low. “Somewhat proud” is as much enthusiasm as most of us can summon for the land of Maria Miller and Jimmy Savile, where our sovereignty always seems to be under threat, our institutions in crisis and our generations at war.
Peter A Bell's insight:

In Scotland no moderately well-informed person sees "all this Great British nonsense" as an anti-SNP conspiracy. They see it for what it clearly is - the BBC's contribution to the anti-independence propaganda efforts of the British state.

Or does Richard Godwin seriously imagine that it is mere coincidence that this near 40-fold increase in "Great British nonsense" is happening just as Scotland is holding an independence referendum?

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Soaring foodbank use “the tip of the iceberg in terms of UK food poverty” | Yes Scotland

Soaring foodbank use “the tip of the iceberg in terms of UK food poverty” | Yes Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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Carmichael promises more isles power

Carmichael promises more isles power | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has promised to deliver greater powers for the Northern and Western Isles.

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Alistair Carmichael can promise whatever he likes, he's never going to be in a position to deliver.

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Three New Common Weal Reports

Three New Common Weal Reports | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Three new reports have been published by the Reid Foundation. The first suggests that a 30 hour working week would be good for all. "The report - by Pat Kane, Gillian Wales, Isobel Lindsay and Ben ...
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To the Waste and Illusion of Trident we say No

In 1979 Lord Mountbatten said “The nuclear arms race has no military purpose.  Wars cannot be fought with nuclear weapons.  Their existence only adds to our perils because of the illusions they hav...
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Scotland is the bedrock of Britain's defences - Telegraph

Scotland is the bedrock of Britain's defences - Telegraph | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The SNP's proposals for its future armed forces are risible and would undermine the UK’s safety
Peter A Bell's insight:

Con Coughlin displays all the ignorance of Scotland's independence movement that one would expect from a British journalist as well as all the sneering contempt for Scotland that we would expect from a British nationalist fanatic. But there is something more here. Something that seems to fit with a coordinated series of defence-related pronouncements from the British establishment over the last few days. Something with very disturbing undertones.

Con Coughlin appears to be suggesting that Scotland's independence poses a threat to the security of the rest of the UK (rUK). There is a distinctly Putinesque tone to a diatribe which, in another context, would surely be interpreted as a thinly veiled threat of military intervention to thwart the democratic process.

Of course, Coughlin is just another opinionated, self-important hack who mistakes his prejudices for wisdom. He certainly doesn't speak for the UK Government. But he does provide a glimpse into the pernicious ideology of extreme British nationalism. Such people are always worth keeping an eye on.

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Keep watching the skies

Keep watching the skies | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Remember, readers, how last year "Better Together" tried to ridicule the fact that we'd put a satirical line about "space monsters" into one of the questions in our first Panelbase poll? Remember h...
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Is the war over yet?

Is the war over yet? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

It feels like the blitz.  The heavy artillery has been deployed [again] to bombard the Scots into submission.

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George Kerevan: A small risk for the greater good

George Kerevan: A small risk for the greater good | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Why Scots would do well to remember John Smith – and the fair and decent land that never was, writes George Kerevan
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Scottish independence poll shows gap narrowing

Scottish independence poll shows gap narrowing | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE gap between the Yes and No camps has narrowed, according to a poll that shows support for independence at 29 per cent compared with 41 per cent who want to remain part of the UK.
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Team Scotland

Team Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Who'll negotiate our future when we win? Who's in your Team Scotland?
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