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Wings Over Scotland is the parent site of the NewsWire, and is a (mainly) Scottish political media digest and monitor which also offers its own commentary and in-depth analysis. Click the image/title above to visit its home page.

 

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Jim Arnott's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:20 PM

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland.

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Be careful what you wish for, Scotland may not be the socialist paradise some people hope

Be careful what you wish for, Scotland may not be the socialist paradise some people hope | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

AT SOME POINT, the laws of probability being what they are, the SNP will be chuffed to announce they are now supported by a high-profile or otherwise influential figure who actually lives in Scotland.

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Why Scotland's approach to publicly funded education works

Why Scotland's approach to publicly funded education works | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Unlike the 'three initiatives before breakfast' hyperactivity of the Engish regime, Scotland's modest, consensus-seeking approach celebrates education as a public good, says Melissa Benn...
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Game of the rose: Labour’s inner battles

Game of the rose: Labour’s inner battles | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
LABOUR is being pulled apart trying to find a way to win the referendum debate, save the Union and regain power at Holyrood.
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Scottish independence: Westminster's hostility is transparent

Scottish independence: Westminster's hostility is transparent | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Sub-headings like 'the changing position of the Scottish government' make clear that this is not a report by supporters of independence.
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Labour's revival could sink Scottish independence

Labour's revival could sink Scottish independence | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
A sustained revival in Labour’s prospects at Westminster could sink the independence challenge.
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Empty seats at the Olympics show the reality of corporate Britain

Empty seats at the Olympics show the reality of corporate Britain | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
I watched a bit of the Olympics yesterday. The road race cycling seemed to be well attended, even if many of us didn’t get the result we wanted to see.
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Minister spells out Scotland's share of UK armed forces

Minister spells out Scotland's share of UK armed forces | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

Note: this piece was originally published in the Scotsman, but then mysteriously vanished.

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The Break-up of Britain is Underway, and the Olympics Will Do Nothing to Reverse it

The Break-up of Britain is Underway, and the Olympics Will Do Nothing to Reverse it | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Once the post Olympic bunting has come down what will we be left with? A bunch of empty sports venues, a £multi-billion debt and an increasingly disunited kingdom.
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Kill All Taigs – Fuck All Papists – The Tory Party Plays The Orange Card In Scotland

Kill All Taigs – Fuck All Papists – The Tory Party Plays The Orange Card In Scotland | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Ever heard of Tory Hoose? No? Well you’re about to: “Tory Hoose is a new chapter in progressive thinking and conservatism within Scotland, a grassroots and independent alternative to th...
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Labour has to voice public anger, before it's too late

Labour has to voice public anger, before it's too late | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

As pillars of national life like banks and police crumble, our fury needs an outlet. It may well find one beyond conventional politics.

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Just Say No

Just Say No | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

The start of the No campaign came after a month-long trail of visceral criticisms of the Yes Scotland launch. With a gushing media presence at the ready the packed room was led by Alistair Darling. Enter a giant Panglossian Yes-No game. A world of make-believe in which Willie Rennie and Ruth Davidson are political giants, Darling a respected elder statesman, and Annabel Goldie a hilarious raconteur.

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Independence is risky, but Union is even scarier

Independence is risky, but Union is even scarier | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

Sometimes it's worth stating the obvious.

Whoever decided that it was a good idea to have David Cameron outline his pitiless attitude towards welfare just as Alistair Darling was advertising the benefits of Union had not exactly thought things through.

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RBS could move HQ after independence, warns bank chief

RBS could move HQ after independence, warns bank chief | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
THE Royal Bank of Scotland would consider moving its headquarters from Edinburgh after independence if it encountered changes that harmed its business, Sir Philip Hampton told peers yesterday.
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Peter Jones: Independence an unknowable risk

Peter Jones: Independence an unknowable risk | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Scotland’s constitutional future could yet be decided by the force of a ‘black swan’ style unlikely event, writes Peter Jones...
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How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

Regardless of the outcome of the referendum, Labour will still have to face the SNP threat at the next election, and indeed the Conservatives will still be hampered by their own unpopularity in Scotland. However, it seems safe to suppose that the referendum result will have a profound impact on the nature of Scotland’s contribution to that election.

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Willie Rennie was too quick to attack the SCVO

Willie Rennie was too quick to attack the SCVO | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

Why anybody would attack the SCVO or their staff is beyond me. But that is what Willie Rennie, the leader of Scotland’s Liberal Democrats, did recently.

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Political games

Political games | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

Whilst everybody is enjoying the spectacle of the greatest Games on earth there is one group of people who are doing their level best to spoil it. If there was a gold medal for petty political nitpicking up there on the podium would be the anti-independence politicians and commentators.

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We should be proud of Boyle’s Britain – if only it was still real

We should be proud of Boyle’s Britain – if only it was still real | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

It’s hard to tell what was more entertaining: the Olympic Ceremony itself, or the reactions. As the NHS was saved from an enormous mechanical Lord Voldemort by an army of Mary Poppinses and James Bond shared a parachute jump with a rich old lady, millions of tweets, facebook updates and baffled international reviews were frantically tapped out in response.

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Alarm about lack of a plan for Trident if UK breaks up

Alarm about lack of a plan for Trident if UK breaks up | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

THE lack of a contingency plan for Britain's Trident nuclear arsenal if Scotland votes for independence is causing alarm within the UK Government, with one senior source decrying the gap in forward planning as nonsensical.

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Andrew Neil says Murdoch isn't quitting - and may even back Scottish independence

Andrew Neil says Murdoch isn't quitting - and may even back Scottish independence | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Andrew Neil stepped in to the Rupert Murdoch controversy yesterday - insisting that all the spin doctors need to relax — Murdoch is NOT getting out of the British newspaper business.

And he might even rub the British establishment noses in it - by backing Scottish independence.

 

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BBC backs down in ‘independence bias’ row

BBC backs down in ‘independence bias’ row | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
BBC chiefs to tell staff not to use words like ‘break-up’ in reports on independence — after Salmond’s complaints...
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Choice cut not to everyone's taste

Choice cut not to everyone's taste | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Margo MacDonald’s reassertion of the case for a single question independence referendum (Scotland on Sunday 8th July) offers the seductive prospect of a dramatic cliff-hanger in 2014. No ifs, buts or maybes. No halfway houses. No distractions. No cop outs. No hedged bets. Margo wants all the money, hope and effort of several campaigning SNP decades to go on just one square during just one roll of the dice. Independence or bust. I don’t know if Margo is a gambling woman – with such nerves of steel she’d easily break the bank.
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ONE of many strong arguments for Scottish independence is that we would win control of our own welfare system.

ONE of many strong arguments for Scottish independence is that we would win control of our own welfare system. | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it
Massive cuts to the benefits budget, coupled with the new Welfare Reform Act, will penalise some of the most vulnerable people in our society. I believe that any decent welfare system should support people into work and make work pay.
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‘Huge budget deficit’ for go-alone Scotland

‘Huge budget deficit’ for go-alone Scotland | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | 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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"Better Together" campaign launched

"Better Together" campaign launched | Wings Over Scotland NewsWire | Scoop.it

And so, in a blaze of publicity and disappointing negativity, the “No” campaign is officially launched.
Much ado about nothing in my view. Personally, these launches do little for me. The strange launch of Yes Scotland, since ridiculed as the Declaration of Cineworld, and problems with its campaigning website on which twitter followers were presented as supporters were uncharacteristically dismal by comparison with the SNP’s usually slick presentation. Given these difficulties, any intelligent person would have thought that the “No” campaign would have learned from these errors and would project a far more professional appearance. You might have also assumed that it might have something positive to say – or, failing that, at least something new.

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