Referendum 2014
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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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London tour company offers politics-themed holiday

London tour company offers politics-themed holiday | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
WITH a £2,600 budget, you could choose to enjoy a dream trip to Disneyland in Florida this summer, or perhaps book a villa near a sun-drenched Mediterranean beach.
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In what possible way is David Torrance qualified to provide anything other than the skewed perspective of the worst of the London-centric mainstream media?

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It's the economy, stupid ... but who is making the best case?

We asked five economists to look at the financial arguments from both camps

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I'll be voting for the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status for reasons quite incomprehensible to those who imagine I might be persuaded by an "economic argument".

I want independence, not because it's "profitable", but because it's right.

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Tories : end infighting and focus on economy | Scottish National Party

Tories : end infighting and focus on economy | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

In the same week the Treasury launched another anti-independence paper, the UK Government has faced further criticism as official statistics show just how far the UK economy remains from health.

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Logic's Rock: Just Who Hates The English?

Logic's Rock: Just Who Hates The English? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Nigel Farage being unceremoniously ejected from The Canons' Gait pub on Edinburgh's Royal Mile after bizarrely disturbing the afternoon trade by bringing in a press pack and Student counter-demo, has opened up the question over whether the desire for Scottish Independence is inherently anti-English.
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Scotland forced to waste £170m on Trident every year

Scotland forced to waste £170m on Trident every year | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Referendum, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish
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The end of a political union is ALL we are asking for

The end of a political union is ALL we are asking for | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The ongoing use of fear tactics by the Better Together campaign is beginning to worry me in terms of being from an ethnic background by its continuing use of the race card. A party that I once thought of as leaders in policy based on integration and inclusion of all members of society. How low they have fallen.

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UK's problem isn't the dominance of finance –it's the dominance of London

UK's problem isn't the dominance of finance –it's the dominance of London | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Business leader: EU figures expose the staggering gap between the capital and the poorest areas of Britain. We must revitalise the regions if we want recovery
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The British state is broken beyond repair. Time for change. A Yes vote in next year's independence referendum could be the starting point for meaningful reform that will benefit all the people of these islands.

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From Poisonous Little Acorns...

From Poisonous Little Acorns... | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

It’s been a few months now since Johann Lamont, Labour’s leader in the Scottish Parliament, raised eyebrows with a speech in the chamber in which she outlined her ‘fear’ of Scotland voting for independence and the inevitable side-effect of the ‘foreignisation’ of her friends and relatives in rUK.

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Curran's strange obsession with "foreigners".

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Word and picture association

Word and picture association | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

This, in case you didn’t see it on our Twitter feed, was on the front page of the Independent website this morning (and indeed still is). It wasn’t a mistake.

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And they wonder why newspapers are in decline.

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More bank woes and questions

More bank woes and questions | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Spare a thought for Ed Miliband. Earlier this month the Labour leader gave a keynote speech on banking reform at the Co-op Bank’s headquarters.
 
He began by praising the organisation: "You have always understood that ethics of responsibility, co-operation and stewardship must be at the heart of what we do. That’s one of the reasons why the Co-op Bank has in the last week seen a 25 per cent rise in applications for accounts."

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Curran interview exposes lack of basic knowledge | Scottish National Party

Curran interview exposes lack of basic knowledge | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Commenting on this morning’s Good Morning Scotland interview with Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran, SNP MP Angus MacNeil said her initial comments on not knowing enough about Lord Healey’s revelations about Scotland’s oil wealth being downplayed by Westminster, and her remarks on ‘foreigners’ and independence, exposed the lack of basic knowledge at the heart of the 'No' campaign's arguments.

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Peter A Bell: Yes success

Peter A Bell: Yes success | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

 If the mainstream media is to be believed then the Yes Scotland campaign isn't doing too well. On the few occasions when the organisation isn't being ignored altogether in favour of the easier target of the SNP, it is to allow some comment to the effect that they are "on the back foot" or have suffered another "setback" of some kind.

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Scottish independence: ‘Campaigns seen as dishonest’

Scottish independence: ‘Campaigns seen as dishonest’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE tribal nature of the independence debate has frozen out “ordinary people” and is “not worthy” of such a historic choice, Scotland’s third-sector leaders have warned.
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One year on

One year on | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

12 months into the official independence campaign, if the mainstream media is to be believed the Yes Scotland campaign isn’t doing too well. On the few occasions when the organisation isn’t being assumed to be merely a synonym for “the SNP”, it’s to allow some comment to the effect that they are “on the back foot” or has suffered another “setback” of some kind.


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Davidson's Devo Panel under fire

TORY leader Ruth Davidson has been accused of merely paying lip service to the promise of more powers for Holyrood, after it emerged her party's high-profile devolution group has not even set a date for its first meeting.

Peter A Bell's insight:

It's not like anybody ever took this seriously anyway. Like their British Labour allies, the Tories have belatedly realised that they backed a loser when they decided to campaign for the constitutional status quo. They are now scrabbling around trying to pretend that a NO vote means more devolution. They're fooling nobody.

A No vote means whatever the British parties choose it to mean AFTER the event. They have already demonstrated that they will only deliver more powers when forced to do so by pressure from the voters. A No vote removes that pressure.

A No vote doesn't mean more devolution. It means an end to devolution.

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Indy Scotland 'would need to guarantee savings'

AN independent Scotland would need its own guarantee system to protect people's savings in the event of another banking collapse, the chief executive of the UK-wide protection scheme said yesterday.

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Those of us who aspire to the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status are hardly going to be perturbed by the "revelation" that this would involve also taking on the responsibilities of an independent nation. It is for those who insist that Scotland must be an exception to explain why they consider the people of Scotland less worthy and less capable than the people of nearly 200 other countries whose right to independence is not questioned.

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'Scottish SMEs are most supportive of independence'

A new poll is likely to show that owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are more supportive of self-determination than the general public, according to the head of a new pro-independence business group.

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1970s deja vu as Westminster oil figures are questioned

1970s deja vu as Westminster oil figures are questioned | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The SNP have raised the question of whether the Westminster is again deliberately misleading the Scottish public as it did during the 1970s, as the latest Westminster forecasts for Scottish oil revenues remain significantly below those produced by the oil industry itself.

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Bill Jamieson: Data shows why UK is truly divided

SO INWARD-looking has been the debate on Scottish independence that it is often assumed marked differences of wealth, output and performance are confined to comparisons between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Peter A Bell's insight:

There's a somewhat distasteful smugness to Bill Jamieson's assumption that nobody else has noticed the fact that social and economic "imbalances" exist within Scotland as well as between Scotland and the rest of the UK (rUK).

And he is quite wrong to suggest that the independence debate ignores this issue. Is it not one of the central arguments of the pro-independence campaign that we need the powers associated with the normal constitutional status of a nation in order to adequately address these imbalances?

Why should we believe that anything will be done to correct these imbalances within the context of a British state for which they are a defining feature?

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There's a somewhat distasteful smugness to Bill Jamieson's assumption that nobody else has noticed the fact that social and economic "imbalances" exist within Scotland as well as between Scotland and the rest of the UK (rUK).

And he is quite wrong to suggest that the independence debate ignores this issue. Is it not one of the central arguments of the pro-independence campaign that we need the powers associated with the normal constitutional status of a nation in order to adequately address these imbalances?

Why should we believe that anything will be done to correct these imbalances within the context of a British state for which they are a defining feature?

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If there's any justice, prisoners must get the vote

If there's any justice, prisoners must get the vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Kevin McKenna: Nationalists who would deny prisoners a vote in the independence referendum are being craven and dishonest
Peter A Bell's insight:

I think Kevin McKenna goes a bit overboard in his criticism of Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. After all, if we are to debate the issue of votes for prisoners then both sides of the argument have to be heard. There is no rule which says the SNP is bound to put the pro case. And it's not as if the SNP hasn't fought the good fight for social inclusion in other areas, such as votes at age 16. Mr McKenna's rather overblown rhetoric would give the impression that the SNP has a record for ultra-conservatism. An accusation that clearly isn't justified.

Having said all that, I certainly regret that Nicola Sturgeon has taken a stand against allowing prisoners to vote in the independence referendum. I would have preferred that the Scottish government be more open to persuasion on this point.

I will not rehearse here all the arguments in favour of votes for prisoners. Kevin McKenna has already done so quite forcefully. I will say only that I want the referendum on Scotland's constitutional status to be untainted by any doubt or regret. I don't want us to be saying after the event that we wish we had done this or that to make it better. There is no way in which wider participation can possibly damage the referendum. But it is quite conceivable that it could be marred by failure to be as inclusive as possible.

I would urge Nicola Sturgeon to reconsider her position on this matter.

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The geographical distribution of Yes and No votes in 2014

In an article on Wings over Scotland, the importance of Glasgow for the independence campaign was dismissed: “[T]his site’s prediction remains the same [...] – if we get 38% in Glasgow come the autumn of 2014, we’ll win.”

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Fun with figures!

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Dear England: Scottish independence and what it means for you

Dear England: Scottish independence and what it means for you | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Depending on who you listen to, Scotland is currently a one-party state under the tyrannical rule of the megalomaniac Alex Salmond. The ‘rotten’ Scottish First Minister is in the midst of whipping up anti-English sentiment in an effort to distract voters from the ‘real issues’ at hand so that he can place himself, and the SNP, at the head of a ‘separate’ Scotland for ever and anon.

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Johnny Foreigner

Of all the recent debate over independence one particular line of rhetoric sticks out like a sore thumb. It has been there in the background chattering away for quite some time now and is the "fact...
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Sign for Scotland: Why democracy will be stronger in an independent Scotland

Sign for Scotland: Why democracy will be stronger in an independent Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

 Many will say that we live in a stable democracy; the prospect of an army general orchestrating a coup d'etat, a mad monarch declaring themselves absolute ruler or even a Prime Minister refusing to leave office all seem pretty remote, and the ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ that underpins our society, despite being a poor substitute to a written constitution, do enough to ensure that elections will continue for the foreseeable future.

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Despite the Yes camp's woes, this campaign isn't over

Twelve months after its launch, the campaign to break up Britain appears to be in reverse, but it would be a mistake to assume that the Nats are beaten
Peter A Bell's insight:

Poor Old Cockers seems genuinely distressed by the success of the Yes Scotland campaign. Why else would he be working so frantically to deny it.

It goes without saying - or should by now - that Poor Old Cockers's grasp of the independence campaign is on a par with the average mollusc's appreciation of ballet. Evidence of this prideful incomprehension abounds. His obsession with polling data, for example.

With that shallowness of analysis which has become his trademark, Poor Old Cockers blithely assumes the polls to be a meaningful and reliable indicator of the absolute or relative success of the two sides of the campaign to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status. Having examined the matter to the extent that he finds something which sits well with his rabid British nationalist prejudices, Poor Old Cockers sees no useful purpose being served by considering the matter further.

Were he to overcome this tendency to stop thinking when he's found a thoughtlet with which he is comfortable, Poor Old Cockers might realise that movement in the polls towards a Yes vote could only be an indicator of Yes Scotland's success to date if achieving such movement was any part of the organisation's intent in the early stages of the referendum campaign. As less blinkered observers will have long since realised, it is not.

Assessed on the basis of what Yes Scotland was actually trying to do, i.e. set out the issues and instigate thinking and discussion about the potential of independence, it has been remarkably successful. Rather than polls and surveys, a better measure of that success is the number of people involved in and engaging with the Yes campaign.

Another useful and informative measure of Yes Scotland's success is the urgency with which hard-line unionists are striving to discount it. The independence campaign will be greatly reassured by this latest offering from Poor Old Cockers.

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