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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Who is Lord Smith of Kelvin?

Who is Lord Smith of Kelvin? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Lord Smith of Kelvin has been appointed to oversee the process of devolving more powers to Scotland. But who is he?

Peter A Bell's insight:

Was the Scottish Government consulted about this appointment? Or is this just an early example of the kind of high-handed treatment we can expect from Westminster now that they have been emboldened and empowered by those who chose to vote away their own sovereignty?

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Here I Come!

Here I Come! | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
I will never give up on independence and in the meantime believe there is a pulsating demand to get to grips with our so-called government structures.
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Ours was a campaign of hope and aspiration

Ours was a campaign of hope and aspiration | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

This has been a unique time in Scotland’s history. Over the last two years we have had an opportunity which billions of people across the world can only dream of – an opportunity to imagine a better country.

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Scottish referendum results: Tories call on PM to renege on reckless funding vow

Scottish referendum results: Tories call on PM to renege on reckless funding vow | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
With a No vote successfully secured senior Conservatives have come out of the shadows to demand that David Cameron renege on his “reckless” promise to maintain Scotland’s generous funding settlement from Westminster.
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Alex Salmond resignation: Tributes from friends and rivals to outgoing First Minister

Alex Salmond resignation: Tributes from friends and rivals to outgoing First Minister | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond resignation: Tributes from friends and rivals to outgoing First Minister
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Irvine Welsh: this glorious failure could yet be Scotland's finest hour

Irvine Welsh: this glorious failure could yet be Scotland's finest hour | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

They came out in their droves, in a last-ditch, stoic defence of the union, to staunch the seemingly irresistible tide towards independence. The no voters should take a bow: they delivered the UK establishment a reprieve the enervated, confused and weak campaign of their masters certainly didn't deserve. They have bought time for the union, and many of them, people who will habitually support the status quo at almost any cost, will simply be relieved. Others in this disparate group, who want change, but decided to give the establishment one more chance, will be keenly looking south to see what is on offer. The Westminster parties now have to look closely at who the no voters are, especially the devo max ones they made the late pitch for. Many of them must now be at the limits of their patience, and they won't be remaining silently in that camp after any more fudges and broken promises.

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The Guardian view on the Scottish referendum: a big moment that demands a big response

The Guardian view on the Scottish referendum: a big moment that demands a big response | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Editorial: When 45% of your citizens tell you they want out, they are saying that the system needs changing, as it must be and will be
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For all the talk of change in this article it is essentially about getting back to business as usual. About returning, as far as is possible and as quickly as possible, to a <i>status quo ante</i> in which the needs, priorities and aspirations of Scotland's people are subsumed in a debate about "reform" which is utterly futile because it is wholly controlled by those whose overarching imperative is the preservation of the old order.


No part of the process now unfolding has anything to do with finding a settlement which suits Scotland. The process is entirely about defending the established structures of power and privilege.

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Stewart Stevenson's news updates: Stevenson Praises Salmond for Delivering Huge Result for Scotland

Stewart Stevenson's news updates: Stevenson Praises Salmond for Delivering Huge Result for Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has paid tribute to First Minister Alex Salmond for delivering a huge result for Scotland in yesterday’s referendum and spoken of his decision to step down as SNP leader this November.
- See more at: http://stewartstevenson.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/stevenson-praises-salmond-for.html#sthash.nFYDHUqv.dpuf

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I'm Still Standing...

I'm Still Standing... | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Look, Scotland!…I’m still standing. I was wrong about the vote and I lost the referendum but I’ve come out the other side unscathed. I remain an independista, an unflinching Scottish Nationalist and convinced that one day, after my time, we will be sovereign again.

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Wipe your eyes. On your feet.

Wipe your eyes. On your feet. | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

he rebellion: Phase Two There will be a time to put in words how I feel now. There will be a time for me to discuss what I think we should have done differently to win. There wil...

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Gordon Brown warns Westminster must deliver more powers

Gordon Brown warns Westminster must deliver more powers | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THE former prime minister is expected to warn party leaders they risk the threat of Scotland splitting away again unless they act quickly to deliver on their promise of more powers.
Peter A Bell's insight:

If we are now dependent on Gordon Brown then we are truly screwed. But the reality is that this self-appointed trumpet speaks for nobody but himself. He has no authority. He has no mandate. He has no credibility.


Gordon Brown does NOT speak for Scotland. He has declared his allegiance to the ruling elites of the British state. Scotland has its own parliament. Our democratically elected government speaks for the nation, not this pompous, self-righteous, self-important, self-regarding, self-aggrandizing buffoon.

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Politics Scotland

Politics Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Referendum 2014 will no longer be updated. Although the site will be retained as an archive, no new material will be posted after Sunday 21 September.


I would like to thank everyone who has supported this site.


For news, blogs, analysis and commentary on the aftermath of Scotland's independence referendum, please follow Politics Scotland - http://www.scoop.it/t/politics-scotland.

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Renata Hill's comment, September 22, 2014 3:52 PM
Thank you for all of the educational content. It really helped inform my perspective on the referendum. Don't give up. Freedom from London can still happen.
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Shadow cabinet minister Chuka Umunna: I can only think of two Labour MSPs

Shadow cabinet minister Chuka Umunna: I can only think of two Labour MSPs | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Shadow cabinet minister Chuka Umunna was caught out when questioned about his party's team in Scotland after only being able to identify two of Labour's senior MSPs.
Peter A Bell's insight:

The fact that Chuka Umunna doesn't know much about British Labour MSPs is trivial. What is more striking is his completely dishonest claim that his party wants to give people power. British Labour has spent the last three years urging the people of Scotland to reject their own sovereignty. They joined forces with the Tories, Ukip, the Orange Order and other even more odious groups in a concerted effort to prevent the people of Scotland taking power to themselves.


British Labour, and particularly British Labour in Scotland, has betrayed the people it is supposed to represent and the principles for which it is supposed to stand. Compared to that, forgetting the names of some very forgettable British Labour MSPs is a matter of no significance whatever.

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New Media for a New Scotland

New Media for a New Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Bella Caledonia will be announcing plans for an extended service, and our new ideas for improved content next week. We will be reaching out to readers for your support. We are going nowhere. We are...
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We said No

Believe it or not, despite the empty feeling in my stomach, I don’t see a No vote as all that much of a disappointment. We were living in the days of a No vote anyway, given that the Kingdom has been United for the entirety of my life. The consequences of a No were never something untested and hypothetical – they were something we were experiencing anyway.

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Independence is definitely a generational thing

Independence is definitely a generational thing | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Baby Boomers opted for a present which only exists in their rose-tinted view of the past, rather than a future which was not theirs to design. If I was in my twenties, I'd be pretty pissed off wit...
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Scotland started a glorious revolution. Don’t let Westminster snuff it out

Scotland started a glorious revolution. Don’t let Westminster snuff it out | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

“The state of our union is strong.” Those are the words uttered with ritual regularity by a US president delivering his annual address to the nation. What, though, is the state of our union, nearly a century older than the Americans’ and questioned this week as never before? You could say it has emerged from yesterday’s vote in Scotland with its strength renewed, reaffirmed not by the whisker foreseen by the closing opinion polls but by an unarguable 10-point margin. What’s more, after weeks of speculation over the future of David Cameron, it was the advocate of independence,Alex Salmond, who resigned today. Earlier, one of his lieutenants had admitted that independence would now be shelved for a generation.

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We've Won! Scotland will be an Independent country!

We've Won! Scotland will be an Independent country! | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Here's a little bit of YES futurism. Let's wind forward 10 years and see the kind of editorial The Point would like to be writing on the morning after the second Scottish Independence Referendum in 2024.

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Eilidh Whiteford MP for Banff & Buchan: Whiteford Comments on Salmond Statement

Commenting on the statement from First Minister Alex Salmond, Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford said:

"Alex Salmond has served the people of Scotland with passion, vision and immense dedication. His role in shaping the Scottish political landscape over the past 25 years has been immeasurable, and in the last seven years he has transformed the role of First Minister.

"Alex has represented the interests of the people of Banff & Buchan, and East Aberdeenshire without fear or favour. Anyone who knows Alex, knows his extraordinary willingness to make time for his constituents, his determination to improve the lives of our people, and his desire to build a better future for Scotland.

“Alex’s departure as First Minister leaves Scotland with unfinished business in terms of the new powers promised to our parliament, but the seeds of hope and expectation he has helped to plant in the hearts and minds of the people of our country will flourish in the years to come, and will make Scotland a better place for all of us.”

- See more at: http://banffandbuchansnp.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/whiteford-comments-on-salmond-statement.html#sthash.ORJ4LxUT.dpuf

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First Minister's resignation is a measure of the man

It's been a long 36 hours with only 4 hours sleep. And six hours in the 48 hours before that.

Forgive me then for being a little tired and emotional. But I didn't expect the tears that have be...

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Alex Salmond Resigns: His Speech in Full

Alex Salmond Resigns: His Speech in Full | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Full text of Scotland's First Minster's resignation statement following referendum defeat.
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Today. Alex Salmond secured his place in Scotland's history and showed himself to be a true statesman of the highest order.

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