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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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No campaign urged to hand back money from oil chief

THE SNP has called on the campaign against independence to hand back a donation of more than £500,000 from the chief of an oil trading company involved in a string of controversies in Serbia, Iran, Iraq and Libya.

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I am National Collective

I am National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Today sees the first threatened legal actions of the independence referendum campaign, with the following notice going up on National Collective’s Facebook page – their main site being down altogether.

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Yes Scotland reveals donor list

Yes Scotland reveals donor list | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The campaign for a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum has received donations of more than £1.7m, it has revealed.
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No dodgy donors here!

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Closing down debate

Closing down debate | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A few days ago we bemoaned the state of the Royal Mail under its partial privatisation by successive Labour and Tory governments, and noted that often the post didn't arrive until well into the aft...
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The "dodgy donations" scandal just got a lot bigger!

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Better Together defend £500k Vitol donation

Better Together defend £500k Vitol donation | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE Better Together campaign, who are calling for a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish independence referendum, says a £500,000 donation from an oil trader was taken in “good faith”, amid criticism of his firm’s past dealings.
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Better Together is just a gaggle of British politicians. Sleaze was inevitable.

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Darling must hand back donation | Scottish National Party

Darling must hand back donation | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Scottish National Party has today called on the No campaign to hand back the donation of £500,000 from president and chief executive of Vitol Ian Taylor, pending full answers to serious questions surrounding how much they knew about his involvement with Serbian warlord Arkan, UK tax avoidance, and a string of other other issues.

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The referendum belongs to the people of Scotland. We will not have it tainted by Better Together and their dubious friends.

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Better Together campaign backer accused of links to terror chiefs and tyrants

Better Together campaign backer accused of links to terror chiefs and tyrants | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

A non-party political site which supports an independent Scotland – has seized on a number of major oil deals negotiated by Vitol in a bid to undermine the Tory moneyman.

 

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Yes campaign reveals £1.6m war chest

Yes campaign reveals £1.6m war chest | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE campaign for a Yes vote has built up a war chest of more than £1.6 million in donations, newly released figures have revealed.
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Pension costs more affordable in Scotland

The Scottish Government today published an analysis demonstrating that pension and social welfare costs are consistently more affordable in Scotland than in the rest of the UK – and that Scotland is in a better position than the majority of EU15 countries when it comes to meeting the costs of social protection.

 

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Controversial background of No campaign donor

THE donor of half the £1.1 million raised by the No to independence campaign Better Together can be revealed today as a controversial oil trader who stands accused of cash-for-access to Downing Street.

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Peter Jones: Farewell the midwife of devolution

Peter Jones: Farewell the midwife of devolution | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Meeting Margaret Thatcher was no laughing matter and this was partly the reason Scots were so hostile to her, writes Peter Jones
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This is bollox! Devolution was going to happen anyway. It was not being given. It was being taken.

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Maths on acid

Maths on acid | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
As we browsed the print edition of the Daily Record today to compare its coverage of the latest independence referendum donations news with the online version (with particular regard to Kevin McKid...
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Britnat spin triumphs over arithmetic at the Daily Record.

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Independence poll shows desire for fairer society

Independence poll shows desire for fairer society | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The prospect of a fairer society is a major motivating factor in the independence referendum, a poll suggests.
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In Solidarity with National Collective [Part 1]

In Solidarity with National Collective [Part 1] | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
RESISTANCE CHECKLIST: Resist whatever seems inevitable. Resist people who seem invincible. Resist the embrace of those who have lost. Resist the flattery of those who have won. Resist any idea that...
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National Collective

On the 9th April 2013, Lawyers-Collyer & Bristow acting on behalf of Vitol and multimillionaire and principal donor to 'Better Together' - Ian Taylor threatened legal action against the 'National Collective' claiming that it was grossly defamatory.

 

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We must support National Collective and resist the efforts of Better Together's corporate allies to close down pro-independence websites.

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On National Collective

On National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The short version is, we don't know either. As of around half an hour ago, the National Collective website looks like this: The site had recently attracted a great deal of traffic for a post entitl...
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Swinney comments on House of Lords report | Scottish National Party

Swinney comments on House of Lords report | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Issuing a detailed response to the latest report from Westminster on independence Cabinet Secretary for Finance John Swinney said:

“It will be no surprise to people across Scotland that out of touch unelected Lords think Scotland is too small and too poor. Westminster has been peddling this nonsense for decades and even the No campaign no longer believe it"

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KPMG to create 150 financial jobs in Glasgow | Scottish National Party

KPMG to create 150 financial jobs in Glasgow | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Welcoming the announcement today (Wednesday) that KPMG is to create 150 new jobs in Glasgow at a new ‘tax centre of excellence’ in Glasgow’s International Financial Services District, Glasgow Kelvin MSP Sandra White described it as a huge vote of confidence in the city’s financial services district.

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You are absolutely wrong on the Structural Funds, Mr Moore

You are absolutely wrong on the Structural Funds, Mr Moore | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

David Cameron was hailed as a hero by the British media and Westminster after his “success” in EU budget negotiations in February. However, one of the victims of the deal was the Structural Funds budget. (Structural Funds are concerned with improving the economic and social development of EU Regions). Overall, the deal implied a 3.3% reduction in the Structural Funds budget for the whole of the EU for the period 2014-2020, as compared with the previous seven year period. Moreover, a new formula for distributing the structural funds also agreed by the European Council in February could potentially have hit Scotland very hard. Initial calculations for the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in February indicated that Scotland’s allocation of structural funds might fall over 30%, compared with 6% for the UK as a whole.

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Cost of being part of UK exposed.

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Peers urge FM and PM: state indyref red lines before vote

Edinburgh and London should publish their "red lines" for independence talks before next year's referendum, according to a report by the Lords Economic Affairs Committee.

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Vincent McDee's comment, April 10, 2013 5:46 AM
"The report avoided to take sides in the referendum debate", but the Scottish Gov proposals are all wrong and the Londistan Gov right...........Aye! Right!
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Scottish independence would have major implications for the entire UK, says House of Lords cross-party economic affairs committee

Scottish independence would have major implications for the entire UK, says House of Lords cross-party economic affairs committee | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The cross-party economic affairs committee in the House of Lords says Scottish independence would have major implications for the entire UK and a full debate must take place
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Unelected Lords stating the obvious at taxpayers' expense.

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Ross Martin: How Thatcher plays in the referendum

Ross Martin: How Thatcher plays in the referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The passing of Margaret Thatcher will have a bearing on next year’s referendum, and her likely toxic epitaph in Scotland will work better for one side than the other, writes Ross Martin
Peter A Bell's insight:

"Or will the media blitz covering the death of this “Great British Prime Minister” simply highlight her likely toxic epitaph in Scotland, thereby pushing more people into the Yes camp? That would be ironic indeed."

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Scottish independence ‘variety show’ to tour country

Scottish independence ‘variety show’ to tour country | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A FLAGSHIP theatre production tackling the independence debate will tour village halls and community centres across Scotland in the immediate run-up to next year’s decision day, The Scotsman can reveal.
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Better Together, Arkan, and a Troubling Financial Scandal

Better Together, Arkan, and a Troubling Financial Scandal | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Last week, Better Together described the hated Bedroom Tax as "popular and right". This week, it is exposed as funded by a man who sponsored Zeljko Ražnatović even after the existence of his war crimes was revealed.

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