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15 bills outlined as MSPs return

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The keepers of the gate

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Professor Michael E. Smith, the Chair of International Relations at the University of Aberdeen, is a man who it's fair to say knows his onions when it comes to the politics of transatlantic defence...
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"If the UK was smart, it would use Scottish independence as an excuse to scrap Trident altogether and invest the money elsewhere. But the UK government hasn’t been acting very smart lately!"
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Scottish independence: what else should we investigate?

Scottish independence: what else should we investigate? | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
Scottish independence: what else should we investigate?
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Well said!!

Commenters have been discussing to what extent independence of currency from England would have an impact on political independence. HandandShrimp says:

There have been cries of Aha! (a la Alan Partridge I think) that if we use Sterling that is not real indpendence but If interest rates stay low I cannot see currency impacting on political independence. On a day to day basis it would be a non-issue. If for some unforeseen reason the BoE needed to raise interest rates dramatically then yes, Scotland would probably drop out of Sterling and either float its own currency or consider the Euro. Contingency plans would always need to be on the Risk Register. Fortuntaely the BofE is independent of the Treasury and monetarist policies are no longer the port of first call for Government.

The only real debate is whether the arrangement is formal or informal.

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The Barnett Trap and the expensive lunch

The Barnett Trap and the expensive lunch | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it

The Barnett formula, which has determined Scottish Government funding since devolution, works by taking the money spent in England on services and allocating an equivalent percentage (based on population and devolved service provision) to the Scottish Government. It merely gives a lump sum to Holyrood based on the previous year’s spending in England. And it’s this system that will eventually lead to the undermining of the Scottish Government’s finances.


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The Electoral Commission are asking for peoples views on the referendum question

The Electoral Commission are asking for peoples views on the referendum question | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
The Electoral Commission are asking for peoples views on the referendum question.

They wish to know if the Scottish Governments proposed question of "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?" is easy to understand and fair.

If you wish to give your views please e-mail them to infoscotland@electoralcommission.org.uk by November 30th, and include 'referendum question' in the subject line of your email.

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#BetterTogether arrangements for 'big push' leaflet campaign. Details... #BetterApart #YESScot #Indyref

#BetterTogether arrangements for 'big push' leaflet campaign. Details... #BetterApart #YESScot #Indyref | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it


Dear *********,

Next Friday, 23rd November, at the start of our second National Campaign Weekend, we want to take the Better Together message to people on their journey to and from work. We have produced hundreds of thousands of special campaign materials. We need you to help us get them out there.

We have set up a special Station Leafleting Page on our website where you can sign up to join the team. It has a list of all the train stations in Scotland from the largest to the smallest and has a choice of times that you can pick to be involved. Every station is important to us, so please don’t feel that just because you don’t live near a large, busy station that we don’t need your help. We do. We need everyone’s help to convince Scots that we are better together with the rest of the UK.

 

http://www.bettertogether.net/page/s/leaflet-your-station

 

If you can’t help this time, there are many other ways in which you can get involved in Better Together.

You can come along to one of the many events that are taking place at our National Campaign Weekend. You can find out all about it here.

 

http://bettertogether.net/page/event/search_simple

 

 

You can sign up to be a Campaign Volunteer. Or you can join our National Delivery Network – where we regularly send you Better Together campaign materials that you can distribute in your local area.

If you have any money to spare, you can Donate to the Campaign.

Or you can simply keep up to date with what is happening by Finding us on Facebook or Following us on Twitter.

For as long as all of us can remember, we have thought that the break of Britain would never happen. Now it just might. The only way to prevent it is to make your voice heard.

Better Together is your campaign. I hope you can join us.

Blair

Blair McDougall

Campaign Director

Better Together

 

I for one, will be contacting my local YES Scotland organisation and trying to arrange a independence leaflet campaign for the same day!

 

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Joan McAlpine: Pump price increases

Joan McAlpine: Pump price increases | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
DESPITE the fact a secret report stated Scotland would become one of the world's richest nations thanks to oil, the country now faces more pain at the pumps.
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Shelved child abuse report found

Shelved child abuse report found | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
Copies of a shelved and unpublished report into abuse at north Wales care homes of the 70s and 80s - which is part of the row which has engulfed the BBC - is found in council archives.
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Darling must stop efforts to bully Commission | Scottish National Party

Darling must stop efforts to bully Commission | Scottish National Party | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it

Darling must stop efforts to bully Commission

Mon, 12/11/2012 - 12:34

Efforts by Alistair Darling to influence the deliberations of the Electoral Commission on Scotland’s referendum question have been branded as “utterly shameless”.

The senior Labour politician has been quoted as describing the question as “skewed” and “another attempt to rig the question” in a broadside that is clearly intended to influence the Electoral Commission’s process.

A substantial majority of the 26,000 respondents to the consultation on the referendum found that the Scottish Government’s proposed wording was clear and understandable.

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Ross rallies Labour fans of independence - Politics - Scotsman.com

Ross rallies Labour fans of independence - Politics - Scotsman.com | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
DEACON Blue singer Ricky Ross and former MP Dennis Canavan are among the speakers who will address a conference for Scottish Labour supporters of independence in Glasgow tomorrow.
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Wings Over Scotland | Weekend: Bridging the funding gap

Wings Over Scotland | Weekend: Bridging the funding gap | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
RT @WingsScotland: How an independent Scotland would be £850m a year better off from day one: http://t.co/kSMQvQcj #indyref #yesscot #bettertogether...
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The day Big Bad Alistair let the music die

The day Big Bad Alistair let the music die | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
I’ve got no idea what possessed Alistair Darling to attempt to scaremonger on the issue of culture but he has ended up quite rightly a laughing stock. Last night he said that “British music will no...
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Independent Scotland would ‘slowly and surely’ return to the UK

Independent Scotland would ‘slowly and surely’ return to the UK | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
Former chancellor Alistair Darling says currency union would lead back to political union.
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Labour for Independence announce line-up for first conference

Labour for Independence announce line-up for first conference | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
Labour for Independence announce line-up for first conference...
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A true unionist debater!

The depth of pro union debate just keeps improving!!

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So I had an 'excellent' debate with my posty today... The man should take over from Ali Darling!

 

He opened with "down with independence!"

I laughed as he usually tries to wind me up about the independence debate...

He then continued with "not joking, you Nationalists are going to loose, no way I'd vote for independence"

My response: "I assume your happy with one in four of our children living in poverty then?"

" Ah ha!" he sad, "always about money with you guys!"

" Damn right it is!! What is wrong with wanting your own resources for your own country?"

"Ah, erm...  And that Alex Salmond, jumping on the band wagon with us!!"

I was slightly confused, did he think the First Minister wasn't Scottish, Wasn't a Nationalist or Wasn't pro-independence??

"Anyway!!!" he shouts.... "Down with Independence!"

 

As I said.... amazing!

 

The sad truth is, there are a LOT of ill informed people in Scotland and we risk the chance of loosing out on our basic right to self determination, if the YES campaign don't get the case across!

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Nato talks over Scots independence

Nato talks over Scots independence | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
Nato sources confirm a meeting was held last month with Scottish government officials to discuss membership of the alliance in the event of independence.
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Michael Moore banging his gums around the edges of the issue.
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‘UK should have created oil fund’ says Darling

‘UK should have created oil fund’ says Darling | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
ALISTAIR Darling has acknowledged that the UK should have invested its North Sea oil bounty for future generations, but warned voters that remaining reserves cannot be both “spent and saved” by future governments.

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Darling is very good at forgiving himself and those for whom he speaks. Can we afford to be so blasé? I think not!

The squandering of oil revenues was not just a one-off misjudgement. It was a wilful act symptomatic of a mindset which still prevails in the British state. Who can doubt that if a similarly exploitable resource were discovered tomorrow, it too would be purloined for the purposes of an economic and political elite?

The bottom line is that Darling is not to be trusted. It's nothing personal. He just happens to be mired in a political system that is as corrupt as it is incompetent. A system that will protect itself at any cost to the people.

In Scotland we are fortunate in having not only the will and the capacity to do things differently, we also have the opportunity. All that is required is that we trust ourselves rather than the likes of Alistair Darling. All we have to do is vote Yes next year.

When you think about it, why would we do anything else?

Jim Arnott's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:04 AM

Well done Peter A Bell for an excellent taking apart of Alistair Darling's spluttering performance on BBc's Hard Talk. He reveals his abysmal record in government. The slight uptick in the UK's performance in early 2010 was nothing more than "a dead cat's bounce" - a term well known in financial markets.

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A similar exploitable resource such as shale gas maybe! To hell with public opinion and the know consequences lets frack......
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My fear of the NO vote #Indyref #YESScot #BetterTogether #BetterApart #BetterThanThis

My fear of the NO vote #Indyref #YESScot #BetterTogether #BetterApart #BetterThanThis | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it

If you turned the fabric of our lives over, I imagined the design on the backside would be woven in the bleak grays of doubt and fear.

I hope Scotland can get passed it's inherent fear of the unknown, it's unfounded belief in the UK Government's view that we are "Too wee, Too poor, Too Stupid" to go it alone. Our economy has out performed the rest of the UK the majority if the last 30yrs!

The McCrone report proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Scottish economy would be as strong, if not stronger than Norway's by now.

Had the report been published and the people of Scotland allowed to know the truth of our potential, the last 30 years would have been vastly different!

Instead, our overseers in the UK Government decided to hide the facts from us for 30 years, not through altruism, not with any respect for the people of Scotland, but for the sole purpose of keeping Scotland in the dark and to feather Westminster's nest with Scotland's resources.

WE have propped up the UK economy for 30 years, helped maintain the UK's AAA credit rating, WE have allowed the UK Government to purchase WMD's and to play at being a world power(without the button needed to use them, the US keeps that wee bit of the 'independent deterrent' for themselves), while Scotland's infrastructure rots, Scotland's industries have been stripped and Scotland's people left with part time hospitals, inferior housing, a life expectancy lower than the majority of Europe and an economy shackled by taxation and policies that the people of Scotland cannot vote to influence.

2014 will be the one chance in a generation where the people of Scotland can realize their potential. Where they have a democratic right, to take back their countries resources and potential for the people of Scotland.

To run their country, their way.

To vote for the party they want.

Not to have another forced upon them by a larger neighbour, who despite sharing many values with Scotland, has consistently voted for a different party than Scotland.

The UK Government has consistently had a different vision of what a Government should do for the people.

A Government based in London, will naturally see London as the 'power house' of the UK economy. It is only natural that the majority of policies will be targeted at growing that economy, sustaining the infrastructure around that economy and developing international links and investing in future projects to grow and protect that economy.

It is a fact that more money is spent per head on Londoners than ANY other part of the UK. Scotland has an almost equal population to London yet our people are spread throughout a geographically difficult country, with population centers at every corner of our nation, a fact which should mean higher infrastructure costs.

Yet densely populated London, with higher living costs and therefore higher tax income per square mile, with the benefit of mass transport, mass purchase of services and the economies of scale, still costs more per person to run than anywhere in the UK.

The question then arises, Who subsidizes who?

The ONLY chance Scots will have to vote for the party, Government and values they believe in, will be the 2014 independence referendum.

If we are too scared to take our own path, to wee and too afraid to show the world our potential and to stand up and be counted

To take our resources, values and innovation and to grasp our potential, then we will give the Westminster Government a mandate to continue down a road that will lead to more London based policies, more London aggrandizement, more pocket money policies for Scotland, more policies we cannot affect, more WMD's parked outside our biggest population center and more of our taxes going towards Tory and New Tory (Nee Labour) policies including privatization of the NHS through the back door, our hand out being squeezed until the Scottish Government is forced to reduce social policies including free prescriptions, free bus passes for the elderly (a must for many who rely on public transport in rural areas) and a slow, strangling death of any remaining socially responsible policies voted for by Scots but not followed by Westminster.

A no vote, will give Westminster a green light to continue on it's present course. To order WMDs at a 25yr cost of £100 BILLION at a time of 'austerity' when we have children living in abject poverty, Elderly dying of the cold, families choosing between massively inflated fuel bills or food... when Scottish rural hospitals are closing Neonatal units, coastguard stations are closing, Scottish regiments are being amalgamated and reduced in size, Scotland is forgotten when high speed rail is discussed, Scottish airports have to compete with London airports where the Mayor states that "A pound spent in Croydon is of far more value to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde,".

We will allow the UK Government to forge ahead with their policies without a backwards glance towards the distant people of Scotland, with their wee nation values and ideas. Let Scotland continue to tinker at the edges of policy, with no real effect on the UK government, UK policies or the way the rest of the world views Britain.

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HC 643 The foreign policy implications of and for a separate Scotland (17th October 2012)

HC 643 The foreign policy implications of and for a separate Scotland (17th October 2012) | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it

8. From the political point of view, Scotland has been in the EU for 40 years; and its people have acquired rights as European citizens. If they wish to remain in the EU, they could hardly be asked to leave and then reapply for membership in the same way as the people of a non-member country such as Turkey. The point can be illustrated by considering another example: if a break-up of Belgium were agreed between Wallonia and Flanders, it is inconceivable that other EU members would require 11 million people to leave the EU and then reapply for membership.

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Tory infighting puts Davidson under pressure | Scottish National Party

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Tory infighting puts Davidson under pressure

Tue, 13/11/2012 - 11:14

In a scathing attack on Ruth Davidson’s leadership, the Tories have been told they must go back to the drawing board and reevaluate their position on constitutional politics, the Tory council group leader in Fife has said.

The damning critique on their positioning in the anti-independence No campaign sees Cllr Dave Dempsey attack party leader Ruth Davidson and former Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth, saying:

“We need to decide who is the leader of our party. Then she needs to be seen to be ahead of the curve and ahead of the other leader.

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France hits Amazon with $252 million tax claim

France hits Amazon with $252 million tax claim | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
FRANCE - Online retailer Amazon said on Monday that French tax authorities had slapped the company with a $252 million claim for back taxes, interest and penalties. Amazon has said it will "vigorously contest" the assessment.
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Scottish independence: European Free Trade Association could be EU alternative - Top stories - Scotsman.com

SCOTLAND would be welcomed into the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) if it votes for independence and then leaves the EU, a spokesman for the body has claimed.
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Do you agree that skewed questions are depressingly cynical?

Do you agree that skewed questions are depressingly cynical? | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
Do you agree that AhDinnaeKen is a pathologically shallow facile, hate blinded anti-SNP diatribe journal written by a Unionist Tory/Labourite/Lib-Bent mockerymonger? Answers to the biased untrustab...
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SNP to vote against UK gov's 3p petrol hike | Scottish National Party

SNP to vote against UK gov's 3p petrol hike | Scottish National Party | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it

SNP to vote against UK gov's 3p petrol hike

Sat, 10/11/2012 - 14:14

Commenting on reports that Chancellor Osborne will come under pressure to drop a planned fuel duty rise, SNP Transport Spokesman Angus Brendan MacNeil confirmed the SNP will maintain its long opposition to this.

He said:

“The SNP are completely committed to opposing this price hike which will undoubtedly have a negative impact on jobs, growth and household budgets – particularly in rural Scotland.

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The Observer: “We’re Sorry for Misreporting #IndyRef Facts”

The Observer: “We’re Sorry for Misreporting #IndyRef Facts” | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it
Those who follow National Collective will be aware that we recently revealed that The Observer misreported Herman Van Rompuy’s year-old comments on independe...
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Holyrood rejects Brussels' plea for rise in EU budget | Herald Scotland

Holyrood rejects Brussels' plea for rise in EU budget | Herald Scotland | Scottish Independence and a better future! | Scoop.it

Ministers confirmed their opposition to a multibillion-pound budget rise as one of Europe's top officials prepared to visit Scotland to press the case for greater EU spending.

Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor will visit a Prince's Trust scheme in Edinburgh which has used cash from the European Social Fund (ESF) to train thousands of disadvantaged you people for work.

Writing in today's Herald, Mr Andor urges Scots organisations to back increased spending in the next budget period, from 2014 to 2020.

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