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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Independence: North Sea oil workers ‘sceptical’

Independence: North Sea oil workers ‘sceptical’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SIX out of ten North Sea workers do not believe their industry would be better run if Scotland became an independent country, according to a survey released today.
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Welfare cuts will take £1.6 billion out of the Scottish economy each year

Welfare cuts will take £1.6 billion out of the Scottish economy each year | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The report published by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee today shows that, when fully implemented, the UK Government’s welfare changes and benefit cuts will take more than £1.6 billion out of the Scottish economy every year.

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Why Labour must defend universal benefits for pensioners

Why Labour must defend universal benefits for pensioners | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The party should remember that benefits for the poor end up being poor benefits.
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Is it a coincidence that the parties supporting the principle of universalism are also the parties which support independence?

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Pressure builds on Darling over controversial No campaign donation

Pressure builds on Darling over controversial No campaign donation | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Pressure is increasing on Better Together head Alistair Darling over a controversial £500,000 loan paid to the anti-independence campaign.

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The way I see it, the United Kingdom is a community

Being part of a community has always been very important to me. I grew up in a small town in North Ayrshire, where the idea of community was integral to the way everything worked. People knew each other, helped each other and worked together. You knew your neighbours, always had somewhere to go if there was a problem and were never on your own. Being part of that community meant my childhood was enjoyable, safe and happy.

Peter A Bell's insight:

No mention of Scotland, I notice. Perhaps Fiona would like to explain why she thinks Scotland is the exception. Why Scotland can't be a community when all those other places are.

Maybe she would also like to explain what it is about Scotland having the normal constitutional status of a nation that she imagines would prevent her having a friend in London - or anywhere else, for that matter. After all, nearly 200 other countries manage to be independent. And I have friends in quite a few of them. What does Fiona think is wrong with Scotland? What does she see as being the deficiency in the people of Scotland that makes them uniquely unqualified to manage their country's affairs?

The poor girl seems to have got it into her head that independence is some big, scary, sky-falling thing that would totally destroy all of her relationships and make community impossible. This, of course, is the kind of silly notion that Better Together seeks to foster. It is sad indeed to see that the grindingly negative propaganda of the anti-independence campaign is having such a damaging effect on young minds.

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Weirs double to £2m cash support for independence

BRITAIN's biggest lottery winners have doubled their funding for Scottish independence by giving £1 million to the Yes Scotland campaign.

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Lesley Riddoch: All for one and one for all

Lesley Riddoch: All for one and one for all | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A petition with half a million names will be handed to Iain Duncan Smith today, urging him to live on £53 per week. The “put up or shut up” call to the bedroom tax architect is controversial. Some say it...
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Clarity is needed on report's idea of life after independence

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee demands clarity on independence.

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Ian Swanson: Should Scotland be thankful for Thatcher?

Ian Swanson: Should Scotland be thankful for Thatcher? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND is not the first place anyone would come seeking glowing tributes to Margaret Thatcher.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Ian Swanson is not the only one peddling this nonsense about Thatcher being the "midwife of devolution". Over the last few days this assertion has become something of a political cliché.  It's almost as if we're supposed to be grateful to her for being such a totally repugnant individual who treated Scotland and its people with a contempt that she was far to arrogant to try and conceal.

The reality is that the only thing Thatcher spawned - other than degradation and misery for millions - was the equally repellent Tony Blair and the New Labour project. A regime that embraced the British nationalist fervour of Thatcherism every bit as completely and enthusiastically as it embraced the rest of Thatcher's socially corrosive and economically destructive ideology.

The British state, whether under Thatcher or any of her heirs, would have prevented devolution if they could. We have nothing whatever to be grateful to them for. Devolution, like independence, is not given, it is taken. Through the agency of the SNP the people of Scotland wrenched such powers as we have from the jealous grasp of the British state. Make no mistake! The British state would have those powers back if it could. Only a YES vote in next year's referendum will ensure that we keep what we have won. And we won't be beholden to anyone for that. Especially not the vile Thatcher.

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You're making me dizzy

You're making me dizzy | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We’ve noted a few times in the past that one of the challenges of highlighting media bias is that you rarely get a chance to directly compare like with like. If a Labour MP is caught up in some sort of scandal and the media soft-pedal it, say, it’s all very well claiming “It’d be different if this was someone in the SNP”, but unless the latter does the exact same thing it’s hard to make it stick.

 

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Welfare reforms to remove £1.6bn a year from economy

Financial losses arising from the recent suite of welfare reforms will hit the most deprived areas of Scotland hardest, research commissioned by a Holyrood
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How Jimmy Goodfellow demonstrated Thatcher's society

MY MATERNAL grandfather was a refrigeration engineer called Jimmy Goodfellow who baked remarkable cakes and loved Margaret Thatcher.

 

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Not all of Thatcher's back-pedalling nor any amount of post hoc rationalisation by her acolytes will alter the meaning of what she said. Her apologists insist that we look at her denial of society in the context of a fuller quote. Why stop there? Let's look at it in a wider context still. The context of all her political works. In that context the assertion that there is no such thing as society can be seen as a perfect fit with Thatcher's repellent ideology and obnoxious personality.

The only question remaining is whether it was a statement of belief, or wishful thinking.

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How will political donations influence the independence referendum?

How will political donations influence the independence referendum? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The leaders of the Yes Scotland and Better Together discussed campaign financing on Scotland Tonight.
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SNP split over post-independence US base plan

SNP split over post-independence US base plan | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond is facing opposition within the SNP to his suggestion that United States bases could remain on Scottish soil after independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The matter of US bases will be for the Scottish Government to decide after independence. It is not an issue that can be decided by Alex Salmond or the SNP.

The MSM media have put so much effort into pretending that the referendum is all about the SNP that they have totally lost sight of the reality of the broad-based campaign.

The point of independence, of course, is that we get to choose. Without independence we are totally at the mercy of London/Washington. If US bases are a problem, best vote YES.

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House of Lords and Scottish Independence

The House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs published its report on Scottish independence on 10th April. The report itself is a curious document. Its introduction states its determinati...
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Ding Dong

Ding Dong | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Despite desperate (frantic) attempts to re-write history with variations of ‘Scotland never rejected Thatcher’  by an assortment of  scribes (no names necessary*) the reality is, we did. This is a really good time to reflect on what that rejection meant and means today.

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Calls for Better Together to withdraw ‘highly irresponsible’ smear claims

Calls for Better Together to withdraw ‘highly irresponsible’ smear claims | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The anti-independence Better Together campaign has been accused of using "highly irresponsible" language and has been urged to withdraw an online article after it made a series of sweeping accusations against the SNP and Yes Scotland.

 

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Binoculars on backwards

Binoculars on backwards | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
This is "Better Together" campaign director Blair McDougall looking comfortable and confident on last night's edition of Scotland Tonight as the recently-controversial subject of campaign donations...
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Welfare cuts deepen Britain's income inequalities | Scottish National Party

Welfare cuts deepen Britain's income inequalities | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The case for Welfare being devolved to Scotland is ‘unanswerable’ the SNP has said, after a new report laid bare the scale of cuts being inflicted on Scotland.

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Treasury figures not to be trusted | Scottish National Party

Treasury figures not to be trusted | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons has today published its report into the coalition's whole government accounting programme (WGA) into the management and reporting of public finances.

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Robertson writes to Darling over No Camp donation | Scottish National Party

Robertson writes to Darling over No Camp donation | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Scottish National Party Westminster leader Mr Angus Robertson MP has formally written to the Chair of the No campaign in the referendum, Alistair Darling, calling on him to hand back the £500,000 donation from Mr Ian Taylor, the president and chief executive of Vitol.

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The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead

The Referendum Q & A: Liz Lochhead | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

 This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they'll be voting.

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Maggie misery exposed as we reveal true cost of Thatcherism to Scotland's decimated industrial workforce.

Maggie misery exposed as we reveal true cost of Thatcherism to Scotland's decimated industrial workforce. | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
OUR gravestone front page from yesterday has praised for highlighting the real legacy of Thatcher's brutal economic policy on the people of Scotland.
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Labour & SNP ‘must co-operate to win back voters’

Labour & SNP ‘must co-operate to win back voters’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE Labour leader of one of Scotland’s largest councils has called on his party and the SNP in Holyrood to put aside their disagreements over independence and work together to challenge the coalition’s welfare reforms.
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Robertson: Our condolences... but Scotland will never forget

Robertson: Our condolences... but Scotland will never forget | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE SNP’S House of Commons supremo rips into Baroness Thatcher
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