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The Barnett Trap and the expensive lunch

The Barnett Trap and the expensive lunch | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | 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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Scottish Labour is blinded by hostility to the SNP

Scottish Labour is blinded by hostility to the SNP | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

Johann Lamont's speech about Scotland's 'something for nothing' culture reminds ex-Labour voters why they defected...

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Alex Salmond's dream: The death of modern Britain

Alex Salmond's dream: The death of modern Britain | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

Ask a pundit who Britain's savviest politician is, and there's a good chance the name that comes back won't belong to someone who haunts the halls of power here in London.


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The Great Betrayal

The Great Betrayal | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

Johann Lamont, leader of Scottish Labour, just abandoned most of a century of Labour values in a single speech.

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Scottish independence: Westminster's hostility is transparent

Scottish independence: Westminster's hostility is transparent | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | 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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When Scots abroad have to bear the cross of being English

We imagine the whole world knows about Scotland and its distinctive culture and history. Most of all, we’re quite sure foreigners understand what distinguishes us from the English. We’re kidding ourselves. As far as the rest of the world is concerned, if you're Scottish, you’re from England.

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Meltdown man

When the history of the independence movement is written, and should the 2014 referendum result in a Yes vote, last night may be one of those iconic “Portillo moments” about which the victors ask each other “Were you there?”

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Legal, decent, honest and truthful?

Legal, decent, honest and truthful? | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

Is it legal for Scottish Labour to continue to lie about its membership figures?

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Scotland Debates Independence

Will Independence be good for ordinary people and what will it mean for UK's nuclear weapons program?
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Where the heart is ....

Where the heart is .... | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

Why do I campaign for Scottish independence when I don’t live there? It’s simple: because I want to go home.

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Dumbing doon

Dumbing doon | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

An accurate and forensic study of the intellectual void in the “Better Together” launch video.

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Tommy Sheridan on BBC This week - 18/10/2012

Say what you like about Tommy, but when he cuts out the shouting and engages in debate with reason and intelligence, he puts many of our politicians to shame. Great viewing.

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Holyrood magazine

Holyrood magazine | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it
Holyrood magazine provides breaking news coverage of Scottish politics, policymaking and the Parliament.
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Labour's wretched silence on child poverty

Labour's wretched silence on child poverty | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

To the detriment of the poor, Johann Lamont seems to be aping the worst of the Iron Lady...

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Is this the end of ‘Scottish’ Labour?

It is hard not to conclude that Johann Lamont has retreated into a fantasy land .......

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Better Together? Why Gordon Brown Is Inviting Us To Stay In A Britain That No Longer Exists

Better Together?  Why Gordon Brown Is Inviting Us To Stay In A Britain That No Longer Exists | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

Gordon Brown is asking us to bet our futures on a Danny Boyle vision of Britain that is no longer really represented by any major UK political party....

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Baker caught out engaging in shameless opportunism

Baker caught out engaging in shameless opportunism | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

Labour MSP Richard Baker has been caught out engaging in shameless opportunism over his criticism of rail prices in Scotland increasing by the rate of inflation plus 1%.

 


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Another Union dividend

Another Union dividend | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

All Scotland's Olympic medal winners are really English, says 'Better Together' official campaign

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No More Double Negatives

No More Double Negatives | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

The double negative: in some languages it strengthens the negation; in English it contradicts itself, becoming positive; in Scotland it just embarrasses all concerned.

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How politicians are licenced to lie

A political party can say absolutely anything it likes – no matter how demonstrably, definitively untrue it might be – and neither ordinary citizens nor rival parties have no means of recourse whatsoever.

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A gay day

A gay day | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

Today is one of those days where you can stand up tall and proclaim how proud you are of being Scottish!

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Let's talk about oil .....

According to First Minister Alex Salmond, oil revenues make up 15% of the Scottish economy. Norway's oil revenues make up 24% of the Norwegian economy and 47% of the value of Norwegian exports. In 2007, oil and gas made up 19.7% of the value of all Canadian exports. Norway and Canada seem to do just fine even though they are more dependent upon energy exports than Scotland, but then Norway and Canada have the power to invest their oil revenues in order to develop their economies in other ways. Scotland doesn't have that power, we only get what Westminster chooses to give us.

 

Oil is a finite resource and will eventually run out, but declining oil reserves don't mean a proportionate decline in revenue. As oil becomes scarcer its price will increase. As well as receiving more per barrel of oil, this also means that oil fields in deeper waters which are presently uneconomic become financially viable.

 

As our oil reserves decline, it becomes all the more important to use the revenues they generate to protect and develop our economy for a post-oil future. We urgently need to reindustrialise our country in a green and sustainable way. This is why the Scottish government wants to set up an oil fund, but cannot do so because Westminster controls all the purse strings. It's like we agreed to remove the fence between our garden and our neighbour's garden in order to grow more potatoes, but then we only get the potatoes the neighbour decides to let us have even though our garden provides almost all the potato crop.

 

At the moment we have no oil fund, only small potatoes. All the oil revenues go to Westminster which spends them on bailouts for bankers, nuclear toys, and funding the ballooning unemployment benefit bill. When the oil runs out we'll be left with nothing to show for it. And you can guarantee that Westminster will be quite keen on Scottish independence then.

 

As an aside, it's odd that it's only ever oil which gets factored out as "special" in discussions about the economy. The much vaunted financial sector of the City of London has an equally volatile contribution to the national economy of the UK. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the financial sector of the City had to be bailed out by the taxpayer to the tune of billions, but if you listen to the Unionist parties you'd get the impression it was a reliable cash cow. It's never factored out of discussions about the UK economy.

 

No one ever wonders how England would cope without the tax income from the City. But musings on a Scotland without oil are a staple of Unionist commentary. Scottish oil exists, it's real, there's no point playing a fantasy game pretending that it's not there. It's going to be an important factor in our economy for decades to come. However if we continue to allow our Westminster neighbour to allocate all the potatoes, when the oil runs out it will be as though it had never existed in the first place.

 

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The Second Great Patriotic War

The Second Great Patriotic War | Scottish Politics and the Fight for Independence | Scoop.it

We’ve now reached the point where both teams for the 2014 independence referendum have ended their pre-season training and taken to the field for real.

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