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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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How the arch-devolutionists hope to sidestep democracy | Labour Hame

How the arch-devolutionists hope to sidestep democracy | Labour Hame | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

One of the ambitions of Devo Plus is to make the Scottish government ‘permanent’. By this, they mean that it could not be dissolved by Westminster. This is problematic, because at the very core of the British constitution is the sovereignty of parliament. Parliament is the sovereign constitutional body and, crucially, past parliaments cannot bind future parliaments.

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"...at the very core of the British constitution is the sovereignty of parliament."

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What happens if England votes no and Scotland votes yes to the EU?

What happens if England votes no and Scotland votes yes to the EU? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
If England pulls Scotland out of the EU against its will, the independence cause could be re-energised.
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Wings Over Scotland | We need to talk about Glasgow

Wings Over Scotland | We need to talk about Glasgow | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Today’s press is full of reports on the Glasgow University independence referendum, in which the vote went 62-38 against on a turnout variously reported as 11%, 12% and 13%. (To our considerable surprise, this dismal level of interest was in fact regarded as a triumph, and vastly above the usual amount of engagement with student politics.)

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Wings Over Scotland | The missing words round

Wings Over Scotland | The missing words round | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

This sort of thing does seem to be happening with disturbing frequency at the august offices of the Scotsman these days. Yesterday’s paper carried a story beneath the headline “EU budget cuts ‘will favour the English’, says SNP”.

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Farage: Scottish independence is dead in the water and Sturgeon is out of her depth

Scottish Nationalism is a fraud, Nicola Sturgeon appears out of her depth and the Scottish Government's campaign for independence is "dead in the water" – according to Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

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Of all Cameron's blunders as PM pandering to Farage may rank as one of the worst.

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Europe, the Left and Scottish Independence

Europe, the Left and Scottish Independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
By Emily Macintosh When discussing the EU in a Scottish independence context, the Yes campaign line is that a vote for independence is not insular or parochial, it is about being an outward-looking...
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World watching Scots - ex-UK minister

World watching Scots - ex-UK minister | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Former UK minister Mark Malloch-Brown says the world will be watching Scotland as the referendum on independence draws nearer.
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Scots 'should consider own currency'

Scots 'should consider own currency' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scotland should consider its own currency in case negotiations over the pound are difficult if the country votes for independence, an economist says.
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 17 – Lorna Waite

The Scottish Independence Podcast 17 – Lorna Waite | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The Scottish Independence Podcast is back after a little break and I hope to have the regular Wednesday = Scottish Independence Podcast, Sunday = For A’ That podcast up and running for the forseeab...
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Wings Over Scotland | On Catalonia and Scotland

This is a letter sent to the Scotsman this week, as yet unpublished by the newspaper, in response to this. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission.

    SIR – I have read David Maddox’s article on Scotland and Catalonia (19th February 2013). As a Catalan that has lived and worked in Scotland for many years and also as a former Representative of the Government of Catalonia to the UK, I was surprised by the contents of the article.

    The relations between Scotland and Catalonia have traditionally been excellent and since devolution they have become even better. How would you otherwise explain the lessons learnt from the Catalan political system when designing the devolution settlement for Scotland?; or the Scottish and Catalan governments Protocol of Cooperation signed in 2002?; or the symbolism associated with the fact that the Scottish Parliament was built by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles?; or even the extremely successful visit of the First Minister Salmond to Catalonia just a few years ago? These are powerful statements of friendship between two countries.

    Catalans, and the rest of the world, know that Scotland is at the most important crossroads of the last 300 years. Now it is time for Scots to decide the future of its nation. We wish Scotland and its people well and we are very pleased to see that Scotland’s future is in the best possible hands.

    Xavier Solano i Bello
    Tiltman Place
    London

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Another wee slap for The Scotsman.

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Brian Wilson: No borderline case on child poverty

Brian Wilson: No borderline case on child poverty | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The idea that all Scotland’s woes can be blamed on our neighbours south of the Border has to be challenged, writes Brian Wilson
Peter A Bell's insight:

Only in the weird world of fanatical British nationalism does Brian Wilson get to decide what represents the "unembellished voice of Scottish Nationalism". Were I as bitter and twisted as he, I might pop over to The Telegraph where I would readily find some bilious, xenophobic comment about "sweaties" which I could then hold up as the authentic voice of the unionism that Wilson espouses with such intellect-crippling fervour.

Avoiding the pitfalls of Wilson's brand of pettiness, let's move on to the rancid horsemeat that is the added ingredient in his latest dour diatribe. What's the international man of misery whining about today?

Apparently, the Scottish Government isn't doing enough to ameliorate the impact of the UK Government's onslaught against the poor and powerless in society. While insisting that the powers necessary to adequately tackle child poverty remain firmly in the grasp of the austerity-fetishists in London, Wilson summons all his not inconsiderable powers of puffed-up righteous indignation to berate the administration in Edinburgh for failing to fully compensate for the ravages being wrought on Scotland by those he is adamant have a right to impose their will and their policies here despite being rejected by the electorate.

If this makes little sense, remember please that we are dealing here with the lunatic fringe of an ideology that has an unnatural amount of fringe and very much more than its fair share of lunacy. And the bizarreness of Wilson's arguments may be further explained by the fact that, within this British nationalist ideology, here is a man beset by an acidic resentment of the SNP; a bitter hatred of the democratically elected Scottish Government; and an irreconcilable detestation of the Scottish Parliament.

Let's face it! Brian Wilson is not the most impartial commentator on Scotland's politics. And certainly not the individual any sensible person would be looking to for an honest account of the SNP's attitudes or a rational analysis of the current administration's policies.

Buried within Wilson's hate-fuelled ranting is one of British Labour's most specious and meretricious arguments. The claim that issues of poverty and deprivation in Scotland cannot be addressed independently because it would be “selfish” to do so while poverty and deprivation exist elsewhere. It is akin to the argument that, unless we can eliminate WMD globally, it is wrong to seek to have them removed from Scotland.

It is an argument that says, “If we can’t do everything, we should do nothing!”. It allows pseudo-socialist British nationalists like Wilson to make superficially sincere-sounding noises about tackling poverty while pandering to the British establishment and supporting the status quo.

It is the kind of argument that has brought British Labour in Scotland to the sorry pass that Wilson and his ilk continue to blame on the SNP and the electorate.

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Dutch bank in UK split warning

DUTCH banking group ING has warned independence risks damaging economic growth in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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Welfare bill would bring tax hike after UK split

Welfare bill would bring tax hike after UK split | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scots would face tax rises to pay for the country’s growing welfare bill if it became independent, a report has warned.
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Surely the important thing is that the people of Scotland should have the choice of whether their taxes are used to support a civilised welfare system or fund WMD. And independence is the ONLY way we will ever have that choice.

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54.7% of Catalans would support independence from Spain in a referendum according to a poll

54.7% of Catalans would support independence from Spain in a referendum according to a poll | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The latest political poll issued by the Catalan Survey Centre (CEO), published every three months, shows that 54.7% of those interviewed would vote “yes” in an independence referendum, while 20.7% would vote “no” and 17.0% would abstain.

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US business rejecting fears over referendum

THE US ambassador to the UK sees no signs the independence referendum is discouraging North American businesses from investing in Scotland – comments that contrast with Chancellor George Osborne's claims that constitutional uncertainty is harming efforts to attract overseas firms.

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63% say ‘no’ to Scottish independence in mock vote

63% say ‘no’ to Scottish independence in mock vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Pro-union campaigners were celebrating last after students at one of Scotland’s biggest ­university voted “no” in a mock referendum on the prospect of leaving the UK.
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Better Together Campaign Must Up Its Game

Thursday is the day of the Glasgow University mock referendum, the first of its kind in Scotland, to see what students are thinking about independence. Working for the Glasgow Guardian newspaper, this has given me plenty of opportunities to speak to students, politicians and other campaigners about the referendum, due to take place in Autumn 2014. But whilst researching information for some interviews, it suddenly struck me: the Better Together campaign isn't particularly engaging or persuasive.

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Wings Over Scotland | The real choice that matters

Wings Over Scotland | The real choice that matters | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

This is the text of yesterday’s radio interview between BBC Scotland’s Glenn Campbell and Lord Malloch-Brown, the former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations who also served as a Foreign Office minister in the last UK Labour government. It seems reasonable to suggest that (a) he’s not a rabid SNP stooge, and (b) he’s a pretty good authority on how Europe works.

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Senior diplomat and former Labour minister says independent Scotland will be warmly welcomed by EU

Senior diplomat and former Labour minister says independent Scotland will be warmly welcomed by EU | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Yes Scotland today welcomed comments by a former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations that an independent Scotland could establish itself with ‘relative ease’ in international organisations including the EU and UN.

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Yes Scotland boss says referendum victory 'achievable' as his troops hit the streets

Yes Scotland boss says referendum victory 'achievable' as his troops hit the streets | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
It is too early to put much weight on opinion polls showing a 20% shortfall in support for independence, as voters are still open-minded and listening to the case for 'yes', says Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland...
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Scottish Independence, International Law and State Practice - The Backbencher

Scottish Independence, International Law and State Practice - The Backbencher | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Scotland leaving the UK poses major legal headaches for Scotland, Westminster and the EU.
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Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014

Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014 | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Catalonia took a step towards independence last month, announcing plans for a referendum on the region’s status within Spain.
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Wings Over Scotland | Pushing at an open door

Wings Over Scotland | Pushing at an open door | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The most interestingly consistent trend of recent opinion polls has been a significant movement away from the No vote to the Don’t Know camp. Almost every one conducted in the last few months has shown the proportion of the population intending to vote against independence dropping below 50%, but the Yes campaign has only picked up a minority, with the rest now firmly undecided.

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Wings Over Scotland | Better late than never

Wings Over Scotland | Better late than never | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

It might have taken three days, but we got there in the end. After:

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Scotland on Sunday changes dishonest headline.

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Things aint wot they used to be

Things aint wot they used to be | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Better Together campaign has launched its strongest defence of the Union yet, warning that an independent Scotland will no longer be allowed to call things ‘things’. Speaking on...

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