Yes Scotland is catching up on Better Together but the gender gap continues to grow.
Jim Arnott's insight:
Response to this news of an increase in people likely to vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland has generally been muted in the MSM. This is in contrast to the blaring headlines on any poll showing a marginal drop in support for independence. Och well, that's the biased MSM for you..
This is being done with the limited powers we currently have. Only a Yes vote in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland would allow Scotland to get rid of the Bedroom Tax completely. Well done the nine SNP led Councils.
RT @OldGlenbogle: Salmond to hail success of 'partial independence' | Herald Scotland http://t.co/4skSD6KBAl via @hsnewsbreak
Jim Arnott's insight:
As the financial benefits of "separation" i.e. independence hit home, the tide will turn and people will vote Yes for a more prosperous Scotland - especially for their family,including future generations.
Thanks to wingsoverscotland and Peter A Bell for downloading this series of articles as a pdf file. I will scoop this to both SayYes2Scotland and to Unionist Shenanigans. The lack of vision from the unionists makes a very strong case for a Yes vote in 2014.
EQUALITY campaigner and former Labour Westminster candidate Peter Tatchell has called on Scots to vote Yes in the 2014 independence referendum. (Peter Tatchell: "If I were Scottish, I'd support independence.
Jim Arnott's insight:
The main thrust of Peter Tatchell's support for independence for Scotland is that many small countries have independence. Most of these small countries don't have the benefit of oil assets worth an estimated £1,500,000,000,000
Just read the headline. A senior UK Cabinet Minister admits North Sea Oil is in Scottish Waters. That doesn't stop the UK government making statements that North Sea Oil is in UK waters. You couldn't make it up if you tried.
An independent Scotland and the SME business sector . Doug Norris | March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments . For those of us in business involved in running small , medium, or large enterprises, the thing we think about most is our ability to make a profit. In my own case I would expand that to a two word phrase: ‘profitable growth’.
As a Scottish engineering graduate and, after an indirect career path via Germany, I now find myself running a North Ayrshire based SME operating within the environmental sector, electronics recycling to be precise. When I joined Datec Technologies, we employed around 20 and operated from one small site.
We now operate two sites (one in Sweden) employing around 100 in total (the majority in Scotland). The sector we operate in depended initially on the substantial electronic/IT manufacturing industry which existed here in Scotland some 10-15 years ago (and longer). But that industry – like so many here – has largely disappeared from our shores. Many readers will recall the corridor running through our central belt was known as Silicon Glen.
Fortunately, as a SME with an outward-looking vision, we have been able to differentiate ourselves in the face of change: we have been agile, flexible, and adaptive in going out and winning the new business to replace that which disappeared from Scotland. And so because of our agility and small size, we have been able to adapt and grow – profitably.
Personally, this has been satisfying on several levels: importantly our business has some eighty or so families, living mostly in North Ayrshire, earning a wage from a local well established company in the environmental sector, that operates at the vanguard of electronics, IT, and telecommunications recycling. So as well as meeting profit targets, I am proud of the role our business plays socially and environmentally here in North Ayrshire and in Scotland as a whole.
I often wonder if that is why we have such a good fit with our Swedish colleagues – those shared values of profit, coupled with social and environmental awareness and concern.
Having travelled there on many many occasions, I often remark to my Swedish friends on their quiet optimism in how they go about things. Their results speak for themselves: major leading world corporations such as Tetra-Laval, ABB, IKEA, Volvo, Bofors, Electrolux, Ericsson, H&M. But crucially the country also a highly able and established SME sector. And that is all without oil and gas. And also without a banking crisis – which was meant to be global (it wasn’t).
In setting up our own subsidiary in central Sweden two years ago, where we now employ 20, I have come to the conclusion that Sweden works as a small independent northern European country, largely in part because of the short communication connections in their society between the SME business owners/decision makers and their elected representatives who govern – and crucially – who have the power to make a difference for businesses.
These short societal connections allow Sweden’s business community and politicians to shape things together for the good of the SME environment there. In Scotland, by contrast, the majority of fiscal/regulatory frameworks we operate under are decided by folk far away in London. Even if they do know what is right for the Scottish SME business community, the imbalance I see from the status quo means that the Scottish SME view would not be represented in equal measure in those decisions taken in those far-off corridors of power.
Progressing in business involves change and a key part of the positive change we need will be when Scottish businesses have the benefit and influence, via short direct connections to government, here in a Scotland which has full fiscal and regulatory options available to it. That way the changes we want as SMEs can be heard and acted upon.
Some people have said the advantages for business in an independent Scotland would be tenuous and vague. My Swedish friends don’t think of independence that way, they would use words such as: solid, strong and successful. Which is why I will be voting Yes in 2014.
SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Sweden - OECD
10 Swedish companies shaping the world – The Official Gateway to Sweden
Well said Doug. As a retired part owner of an SME I am sure this sector will see the advantages that independence for Scotland will bring. I too visited Scandinavia regularly and was impressed by the short lines to government that gave SME's n edge - but I was also impressed by the cohesive society in these small countries,
I want more and more and more of these videos. It is really good to hear the views of ordinary Scots - both for independence and especially some who still need more balanced information in order to come to a decision. I am so impressed by the work of newsnetscotland that I will today be making a donation to allow them to continue to carry on informing the debate on independence for Scotland.
This is certainly the most odious shenanigan of them all Let us remeber::
"Of those that voted in favour, 11 are still MPs today - including Alistair Darling, leader of the 'No' campaign - 10 now sit in the House of Lords, and 1 is a Labour MSP".
I also believe that the Chilcot Inquiry has been denied access to the conversations Tony Blair had with George Bush a year before the invasion. Cabinet papers which would show which ministers were excluded from the Blair/Campbell/Powell inner cabinethave also been denied to Chilcot.
If there was ever a reason to vote Yes in next year's Referendum on Scottish Independence this is it.
Angry LibDems slap down Rennie over bedroom tax Herald Scotland Angry LibDems slap down Rennie over bedroom tax. Tom Gordon. Scottish Political Editor. Sunday 17 March 2013.
Jim Arnott's insight:
Ordinary Scottish Lib Dem members should now actively promote a Yes vote in the 2014 Referendum. There leadership is so out of touch that ordinary members should make up their own minds instead of blindly playing "follow my leader".
Any review of the Scottish trade union movement in the run up to the 2013 Congress must surely address two key issues, the implications of the 2014 referendum campaign.
There are other issues, such as the trade union movement’s relationship with the Scottish Government that are of course important. However what I intend to do in this article is to focus upon how the Scottish trade unionists might choose to intervene, institutionally and individually, in the referendum campaign.
Very informative article. I really do hope that everyone can put politics aside when it comes to deciding Scotland's constitutional future. In the event of a Yes vote,the political lanscape after 2014 will be for the people of Scotland to decide and that will be include STUC members. In the event of a No vote, Scotland will continue to have little say in Westminster governments of whatever persuasion - and please don't think that would be for only the next parliament.