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Michael Fry: Converts to Scotland’s cause

Michael Fry: Converts to Scotland’s cause | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
OCCASIONALLY, when wandering round my own neck of the woods in the West End of Edinburgh, I bump into old Tory chums, all grown a little greyer in the whiskers – just like myself.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, February 27, 2013 8:30 AM

I am often asked what persuaded me that Scotland should be independent. My answer is that I did not need to be persuaded. That independence is the default status of all nations. That if I needed to be persuaded of anything, it is that Scotland should be - or continue to be - an exception to this general rule. All I seek for Scotland is the same powers and status that other nations assume to be theirs by right. Independence is no more than Scotland's rightful constitutional status. Why would I need to be persuaded of the rightness of this?

Nonetheless, it is always good to welcome a convert to the cause of independence. For reasons that should be obvious from the foregoing, I regard the union as an anachronistic folly and devolutions as an untenable makeshift arrangement. So it is always pleasing to me to find former supporters of either or both who are open-minded enough to have come to the realisation that independence is the right thing - even if they have come to this realisation by a path that seems to me to be unnecessarily circuitous.

This remains true even when the convert in question is of a very different political persuasion to myself. Indeed, I might say that it is particularly gratifying that this should be so, because it is essential that the independence campaign addresses all of Scotland. We need to carry with us a significant proportion of Scotland's small-c conservatives as well as those "lefties". Independence is about taking on the capacity to realise our nation's potential. That potential is not the property of any ideology or political clique. Like the referendum itself, it belongs to all of Scotland's people.

There is not just one vision for Scotland's future. There are many. And what will be realised after independence will be some amalgam informed by this diversity.

I totally reject Michael Fry's view of the public sector as a non-productive drain on the nation's resources. I regard as dangerously naive the notion that an economy can be revitalised simply by shrinking the public sector and transferring resources to the service of private profit rather than the provision of public services. Avaricious accumulation will drain the lifeblood of an economy just as surely as reckless profligacy.

But, whatever our differences, I cannot do other than applaud anyone who acknowledges that Scotland must find its own way of resolving such different perspectives into an approach that best balances the demands of the economic imperative with the social conscience of our people.

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Yes Scotland - the Campaign for an Independent Scotland

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Please, please, please lets have more and more and more of this positive vision of an independent Scotland.

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Yes to a Just Scotland - Trade Unionists for Independence

Yes to a Just Scotland - Trade Unionists for Independence | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish News, News Scotland - Politics, Economy, Culture and intelligent opinion | Newsnet Scotland, uniquely Scottish (RT @davidbowman73: Yes to a Just Scotland - Trade Unionists for Independence http://t.co/01lgEx4RBj...
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I would hope that in an independent Scotland the trade unions would be an active partner with government, civic society, industry, academia et al in trandforming Soctland into a fairer and more just societry but not forgetting that we have to make our own way in an interdependent world.

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Darling ignores calls to back release of secret Devo papers

Darling ignores calls to back release of secret Devo papers | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Darling ignores calls to back release of secret Devo papers
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The SNP has called again for the release of Scotland's hidden devolution files in the interests of fairness and transparency during the debate on Scotland's independence referendum in 2014.
 
Over 30 files covering the Labour Government's 1997 devolution policy were set to be published at the start of the year under Scotland's 15-year rule, but have been kept under lock and key at the request of the Scotland Office.

The files were due to be released with almost 400 others until the Scotland Office intervened to stop the release of the 36 files relating to Tony Blair's Scottish Parliament proposals.  The SO asked to inspect the documents before making a judgment at a later date on whether they can be published.

Brian Wilson, who was a Scottish Office minister in 1997, has said: "I am a supporter of maximum transparency and have no problem with anything that took place at that time coming into the public domain.  It would be very strange if there had not been robust inter-departmental exchanges on such a significant piece of legislation."

However, a source close to the Scottish Government said the Scotland Office was cautious about releasing the files as it could provide a "gift" to the SNP, who would leap on any suggestion that ministers in the Blair government had watered down the devolution policy.

It is now seven weeks since Jamie Hepburn MSP first wrote to Alistair Darling asking asking former Labour MP to back calls for the UK government to release the files, but his letter has yet to be even acknowledged by the former UK chancellor - who was a government minister when the documents were compiled.

This renewed call comes a week after previously unpublished documents revealed that Rosyth naval dockyard lost out on a £5 billion naval contract in the 1990s after John Major's Tory government ignored evidence showing the Fife site was cheaper and safer to run than the eventual contract winner based in the south of England.

The Rosyth papers include claims by senior civil servants of the Ministry of Defence’s “south of England bias”, and were said by the SNP to demonstrate the MoD’s “utter disregard for Scotland”.

Mr Hepburn said:

“It is very strange that the UK Government wants to keep these files secret - it raises the question of what the Westminster system has to hide?

“The Chairman of the No campaign Alistair Darling must know, because he was a member of the then UK Labour Government when these files were compiled.

“I wrote to Mr Darling seven weeks ago calling on him to support my call for the files to be released - but he has not even had the courtesy to acknowledge the letter.

“The files relate to devolution, but may well contain information of relevance as we debate Scotland's future as an independent country.  What Scotland needs is transparency so that people can make the most informed decision possible.

"I hope that Mr Darling will now support my call for the publication of Scotland's devolution files - otherwise people may start to ask what he has to hide?”

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Jim Arnott's comment, February 27, 2013 5:45 AM
Westminster kept the Mccrone Report on North Sea Oil secret for 30 years (under the guise of the security risk). I am not holding my breath that Westminster will release the hidden devolution files. This is just symptomatic of the "dirty tricks" that Westminster employs to keep the people of Scotland in the dark about information that would almost certainly lead Scots to vote Yes in any Independence Referendum.
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Creighton EU clarification 'not news' and did not 'add to sum of human knowledge' says BBC

Creighton EU clarification 'not news' and did not 'add to sum of human knowledge' says BBC | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it

The BBC has defended its limited coverage of comments made by Irish Minister Lucinda Creighton on the EU membership of an independent Scotland, by suggesting that her clarification remarks following a BBC interview did not “add to the sum of human knowledge”.

 


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Jim Arnott's comment, February 26, 2013 6:28 AM
It certainly didn't add to the sum of the BBC's knowledge
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Osborne’s tax breaks for North Sea oil and a Thatcherism flashback

Osborne’s tax breaks for North Sea oil and a Thatcherism flashback | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Back in the 70s, the UK and Norway took two very different approaches to the roughly equal share of North Sea oil and gas that they had within their territo (Osborne’s tax breaks for North Sea oil and a Thatcherism flashback
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North Sea oil to give George Osborne £25bn boost - Telegraph.co.uk

North Sea oil to give George Osborne £25bn boost - Telegraph.co.uk | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk North Sea oil to give George Osborne £25bn boost Telegraph.co.uk They include Statoil's £4.3bn outlay and 700 new jobs in the Mariner heavy oil development; Talisman's £1.6bn investment and more than 2,000 new jobs at its...
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Please just read that headline carefully. What it is saying is that this will give Westminster - yes Westminster - a £25bn boost.

 

What is £25bn? We are becoming somewhat blase about these numbers.

 

It is £25,000,000,000 i.e £25,000 for every man woman and child in the Scotland. I wonder how much of this will make its way back to Scotland if we vote No in 2014. So think carefully about how you vote.

 

For myself and my family I will definitely be votong YES!

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Scotland’s relationship with Europe | Your Scotland, Your Referendum

Scotland has always been an outward looking nation. The ties that bind our country to neighbours and friends across Europe are exceptionally important and according to recent opinion polls people in Scotland believe they are worth preserving.


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Let's not forget that the EU needs Scotland's energy resources and these must be used to secure conditions that support Scotland's interests in such areas as fisheries

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Labour to join Tories in backing a £25bn deal to renew Trident fleet

Labour to join Tories in backing a £25bn deal to renew Trident fleet | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Labour will fight the next general election on a pledge to retain Britain's independent nuclear deterrent, senior party sources have said.

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What will Scottish Labour say to what Labour has said about retaining Britain's independent nuclear deterent. I hope Labour and Scottish Labour will define what they mean by "independent" nuclear deterrent.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, February 26, 2013 6:45 PM

At least johann Lamont will know where she stands on Trident now that her London bosses have told her. She may even be allowed to talk about it now.

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Scottish Independence - Feb 2013 - latest Yes Scotland updates

Scottish Independence - Feb 2013 - latest Yes Scotland updates | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Latest Yes Scotland Updates all in one place (Scottish Independence - Feb 2013 - latest Yes Scotland Updates http://t.co/CAmvSbrCsN)
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Yes Scotland updates will be updated as timeously as possible and will be posted for each month (as a bitly bundle) as we move towards the Referendum in the aurumn of 2014.

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UK oil investment 'at 30-year high'

UK oil investment 'at 30-year high' | SayYes2Scotland | Scoop.it
Investment in the North Sea is the highest for 30 years and rising, according to a report by an oil and gas trade body.
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