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It Was a Great Party

It Was a Great Party | No Scotland | Scoop.it
Robert Mercer-Nairne in The Huffington Post...
I wish the debate about Scotland's future did not have to be couched in the language of Independence. It would be far better, surely, to articulate a vision for the Scottish people which is hard-edged and specific, rather than emotional and opaque.
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Why Scotland should embrace independence - Pat Kane - Channel 4 News

Why Scotland should embrace independence - Pat Kane - Channel 4 News | No Scotland | Scoop.it
One year ahead of the independence referendum, Scotland is modern, wealthy and competent enough to embrace the prospect of independence, says writer and musician Pat Kane.
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Scotland has an extraordinary opportunity, as a nation of citizens, workers, aspirers, creators and carers, on 18 September 2014. With a simple cross on a ballot paper, in the empty box next to "yes", we can begin a powerful, exciting journey into the rest of the 21st century.

And we can do that under near-perfect conditions - the envy of any country that has previously sought the full sovereignty of a nation state in order to properly connect up democracy and power.

The basic condition is that we are thoroughly modern. Indeed, via the ideas of the Scottish enlightenment and the innovations of scientific industrialism (from Watt to Clerk Maxwell, from Kelvin to Dolly the sheep's creator), we are one of the birthplaces of modernity itself.

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BBC introduces Generation 2014 panel

BBC introduces Generation 2014 panel | No Scotland | Scoop.it
A panel of young Scots will be outlining their vision for Scotland as part of a new BBC project called Generation 2014.
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The 50 boys and girls from throughout the country will be eligible to vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum.

For the first time the franchise will include 16 and 17-year-olds.

The Generation 2014 panel members will offer their opinions on TV, radio and online throughout the next 12 months.

The referendum takes place in a year's time on 18 September, 2014.

When voters go to the polls they will be asked a straight yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

The 26 boys and 24 girls on the panel will come together on Tuesday at BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow to launch the venture.

The group, made up of participants from Coldstream to the Shetland Islands, was selected after a nationwide application and audition process.

David Stenhouse, executive producer of Generation 2014, said the teenagers would make a valuable contribution to BBC Scotland's referendum coverage.

He added: "We are delighted they are coming on board.

"They will become part of the BBC Scotland family, our window on the generation of young Scots who will help decide our future."

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MI6 ‘should hold talks with CIA about Scottish independence’ - expert - Top stories - Scotsman.com

MI6 ‘should hold talks with CIA about Scottish independence’ - expert - Top stories - Scotsman.com | No Scotland | Scoop.it
MI6 should hold immediate talks with the CIA and other US security services about the prospect of Scots voting for independence in 2014, a leading international relations experts has said.

It remains unclear how intelligence sharing as part of the UKUSA Agreement would be affected if Scotland goes it alone, according to Dr Daniel Kenealy of Edinburgh University.

The UKUSA Agreement was first signed in 1946 and has since been expanded to include Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It is seen as a key tool to combat the growing terrorist threat.

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Scottish independence vote is part of worrying trend

Scottish independence vote is part of worrying trend | No Scotland | Scoop.it
By Editorial Board, Published: October 30

DOES IT make sense for Scotland to become an independent nation, ending 300 years of union with England and Wales? And would it make any difference to Americans?

The answer to the second question is an unfortunate yes: An independent Scotland would significantly weaken the foremost military and diplomatic ally of the United States, while creating another European mini-state unable to contribute meaningfully to global security. Scottish leader Alex Salmond, who on Oct. 15 sealed an agreement with British Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a referendum on Scottish independence by the end of 2014, says his would-be country would withdraw from NATO, expel British nuclear submarines from its waters and keep an army of 8,000-10,000 soldiers. Though the population of Scotland, at 5.2 million, is less than 10 percent of that of the United Kingdom, some speculate that what remained of Britain could lose its seat on the U.N. Security Council.

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MSPs quit SNP over Nato policy

MSPs quit SNP over Nato policy | No Scotland | Scoop.it
Highland MSPs John Finnie and Jean Urquhart have announced that they are quitting the Scottish National Party.

The pair described the decision as "heart-wrenching" and said they would continue to sit as independent MSPs with no official party affiliation.

Party leader Alex Salmond said he was saddened by the resignations.

The SNP now has a majority of one at Holyrood, although the MSPs said they would support most party policy.

The change of stance on Nato membership was approved at the party's conference in Perth on Friday by 426 votes to 332.

The policy was opposed by several MSPs and rank and file members, including Mr Finnie and Ms Urquhart

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Scottish independence: Fear of a Tory Westminster win ‘would boost Yes vote’ - Top stories - Scotsman.com

More than half of Scots would be likely to vote for independence if they believed the Conservatives would be returned to power in Westminster at the next general election, a new poll has found.

The Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland found that 37 per cent agreed the country should be independent, with 45 per cent opposed.

When it asked voters what they would do if they felt the 2015 general election would result in either a majority Conservative government at Westminster, or another Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition, 52 per cent said this would make them likely to vote in favour of Scotland leaving the UK.

A Yes Scotland spokesman said: “This poll backs our view that as people in Scotland start to focus on the choices facing them, support for a Yes vote will inevitably increase.”

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Scottish independence: ‘Very unwise’ to claim referendum deal is done - Alex Salmond - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Scottish independence: ‘Very unwise’ to claim referendum deal is done - Alex Salmond - Top stories - Scotsman.com | No Scotland | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond has suggested the UK Government jumped the gun over a deal on the independence referendum, warning it would be “very unwise” to say an agreement had been reached until one was actually in place.
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Greens may back yes-no question

Greens may back yes-no question | No Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scottish Green Party may no longer support a proposal to have a second question in the independence referendum.
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Scottish Independence: Margo McDonald to be fighting fit for big debate - Politics - Scotsman.com

Scottish Independence: Margo McDonald to be fighting fit for big debate - Politics - Scotsman.com | No Scotland | Scoop.it
NEXT year will mark 40 years since Margo MacDonald was first elected to political office. Of that 1973 intake to Westminster, only six parliamentarians are still going strong and she is one of them.
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MPs announce Scots independence probe - Defence Management

MPs announce Scots independence probe - Defence Management | No Scotland | Scoop.it

Defence Select Committee to look into wide range of defence implications relating to Scottish independence...

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TV clash over referendum question

TV clash over referendum question | No Scotland | Scoop.it

Figures from Scotland's main political parties clash over the independence referendum during a televised BBC Scotland debate.

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Scottish independence: ‘Huge budget deficit’ for go-alone Scotland - Politics - Scotsman.com

Scottish independence: ‘Huge budget deficit’ for go-alone Scotland - Politics - Scotsman.com | No Scotland | Scoop.it
ONE of the UK’s most powerful business figures has warned that Scotland would have to increase taxes, slash spending or increase borrowing after independence, in a gloomy assessment of the country’s economic muscle.
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Alex Salmond 'is running scared of Scottish independence' - Telegraph

Alex Salmond 'is running scared of Scottish independence' - Telegraph | No Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond is running scared of Scottish independence or even holding a referendum on his keynote policy, Alistair Darling said today as he launched the campaign to keep the United Kingdom together.
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Why Scotland works best inside the union - Darling - Channel 4 News

Why Scotland works best inside the union - Darling - Channel 4 News | No Scotland | Scoop.it
With the Scottish referendum one year away, former chancellor Alistair Darling argues against independence and says the UK works because people from across the union pool their resources.
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In little over a year's time, we in Scotland will face the biggest decision in our history: whether to continue the most successful social, political and economic union the world has ever known, or go it alone. It is not a decision to be taken lightly.

In Scotland we have the best of both worlds - a strong devolved Scottish parliament, taking important decisions here at home about our schools, hospitals and transport, but at the same time we benefit from the strength and security being part of the larger UK gives us. Where is the sense in putting that at risk?

The central argument isn't that we couldn't go it alone, it's that separation isn't in our best interests.

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Scottish independence: what happens after the flag-waving?

Scottish independence: what happens after the flag-waving? | No Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Bell: Alex Salmond's vision for an independent Scotland is too narrow. We need more than old songs and tired policies
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A year from today people will vote on the apparently straightforward question: should Scotland be an independent country? But although this appears a simple idea, it disguises a more complex and profound issue. What is really being asked is how do citizens and the state organise for the future in a sustainable way.

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Independent Scotland ‘could not be asked to leave EU’ - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Independent Scotland ‘could not be asked to leave EU’ - Top stories - Scotsman.com | No Scotland | Scoop.it
AN INDEPENDENT Scotland could not be asked to leave the EU for “practical and political” reasons, a senior European Commission figure has said.

 

Graham Avery, an Honorary Director-General of the EC, says that Scottish citizens already have rights as EC citizens and couldn’t be asked to leave and apply for readmission.

The latest intervention will come as a boost for First Minister Alex Salmond who has always claimed that Scotland would remain in the EU after independence.

“Scotland’s five million people, having been members of the EU for 40 years, have acquired rights as European citizens,” Mr Avery says in a submission to Westminster’s Foreign Affairs committee.

“For practical and political reasons they could not be asked to leave the EU and apply for readmission.”

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Scottish Government admits no legal advice yet taken on EU membership - Top stories - Scotsman.com

Scottish Government admits no legal advice yet taken on EU membership - Top stories - Scotsman.com | No Scotland | Scoop.it
THE SNP government has admitted that it has yet to seek legal advice on whether an independent Scotland would be able to join the European Union.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement at Holyrood today as the government finally published the 26,000 responses to the independence referendum consultation.

Ms Sturgeon said that as a result of the Edinburgh Agreement, which transferred the legal power to hold the referendum from Westminster to Holyrood, SNP ministers had concluded that they had “not sought specific legal advice” on EU membership.

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The history man: Exclusive interview with First Minister Alex Salmond | Holyrood Magazine

The history man: Exclusive interview with First Minister Alex Salmond | Holyrood Magazine | No Scotland | Scoop.it

“So, what are the big game changers that will allow us to win the referendum – and I think we will win the referendum by the way – so one is the point you have just made about those people looking for further powers. People will now have to choose yes or no to independence but in effect, fiscal autonomy is now encompassed by the independence position. I think there is work to be done to persuade them but I am confident that can be done. First Minister Alex Salmond talking to  Holyrood Magazine http://www.holyrood.com/2012/10/the-history-man-exclusive-interview-with-first-minister-alex-salmond/

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Bill Jamieson: Clear the fog around independence - News - Scotsman.com

Bill Jamieson: Clear the fog around independence - News - Scotsman.com | No Scotland | Scoop.it
Many big questions remain unanswered ahead of the signing of an accord on the referendum, writes Bill Jamieson...
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'Deal agreed' on Scots referendum

'Deal agreed' on Scots referendum | No Scotland | Scoop.it

A deal has been agreed between the UK and Scottish governments over the rules for the independence referendum, BBC Scotland understands.

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Scottish support for the Union hits five-year high | Herald Scotland

Scottish support for the Union hits five-year high | Herald Scotland | No Scotland | Scoop.it
CROSS-PARTY campaigners against Scottish independence will receives a major boost today with a poll revealing that, in the past year, a one-point lead for the Yes camp has turned into a 20-point lead for the No camp.
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Scottish defence inquiry to begin

Scottish defence inquiry to begin | No Scotland | Scoop.it
An inquiry into the defence implications of possible Scottish independence is due to get under way at Westminster.
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Scottish independence: Alistair Darling hails ‘true facts’ think tank launch - Politics - Scotsman.com

FORMER chancellor Alistair Darling has helped to launch a new think tank dedicated to providing Scots with the “true facts” about the nation’s future in the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum.

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Brian Wilson: Nationalists opt for voter confusion - News - Scotsman.com

Brian Wilson: Nationalists opt for voter confusion - News - Scotsman.com | No Scotland | Scoop.it

THE SNP seems keen to avoid a clear question and answer on independence for Scotland says Brian Wilson in The Scotsman

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'We have to fight for every single vote. We can win it' | Herald Scotland

'We have to fight for every single vote. We can win it' | Herald Scotland | No Scotland | Scoop.it

"I really do care very much about the future of the country in which I live. We are better together and it's something that I'm prepared to devote the time that's needed to it."

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