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How Scotland can keep itself safe

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When casting an eye across the years since 1999, it is clear that devolution has allowed Scotland's distinctive culture to manifest itself in the political arena.

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W.B. Yeats lectures on 'Ghosts and Dreams' | Century Ireland

W.B. Yeats lectures on 'Ghosts and Dreams' | Century Ireland | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
W.B. Yeats lectures on 'Ghosts and Dreams' | The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago

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The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland | EllenBrown.com

The Bank Guarantee That Bankrupted Ireland | EllenBrown.com | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it

The Irish have a long history of being tyrannized, exploited, and oppressed—from the forced conversion to Christianity in the Dark Ages, to slave trading of the natives in the 15th and 16th centuries, to the mid-nineteenth century “potato famine” that was really a holocaust. The British got Ireland’s food exports, while at least one million Irish died from starvation and related diseases, and another million or more emigrated.

 

Today, Ireland is under a different sort of tyranny, one imposed by the banks and the troika—the EU, ECB and IMF. The oppressors have demanded austerity and more austerity, forcing the public to pick up the tab for bills incurred by profligate private bankers.

 

The official unemployment rate is 13.5%—up from 5% in 2006—and this figure does not take into account the mass emigration of Ireland’s young people in search of better opportunities abroad. Job loss and a flood of foreclosures are leading to suicides. A raft of new taxes and charges has been sold as necessary to reduce the deficit, but they are simply a backdoor bailout of the banks.

 

At first, the Irish accepted the media explanation: these draconian measures were necessary to “balance the budget” and were in their best interests. But after five years of belt-tightening in which unemployment and living conditions have not improved, the people are slowly waking up. They are realizing that their assets are being grabbed simply to pay for the mistakes of the financial sector.

 

Five years of austerity has not restored confidence in Ireland’s banks. In fact the banks themselves are packing up and leaving. On October 31st, RTE.ie reported that Danske Bank Ireland was closing its personal and business banking, only days after ACCBank announced it was handing back its banking license; and Ulster Bank’s future in Ireland remains unclear.

 

The field is ripe for some publicly-owned banks. Banks that have a mandate to serve the people, return the profits to the people, and refrain from speculating. Banks guaranteed by the state because they are the state, without resort to bailouts or bail-ins. Banks that aren’t going anywhere, because they are locally owned by the people themselves.

 

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Ireland counts on Indians - The New Indian Express

Ireland counts on Indians - The New Indian Express | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it

Over a thousand technology companies, half of the world’s financial  institutions, nine out of 10 global pharmaceutical corporations and 17 out of the top 25 medical device companies — with these attractions, the Republic of Ireland wants to double the number of Indian students by 2015.

 

To add to this, Irish higher education institutions are trying to rope in Indian students into specific courses in the spaces of engineering, computer science and biomedicine.

 

For instance, the National University of Ireland, Galway, gives away fully-funded scholarships to three Indian students undertaking taught master’s in the fields of biomedical science and innovation or software engineering and informatics, plus €10,000 (approx `9 lakh) towards cost of living for a year.

 

“Europe’s premier cluster of device companies is based in the Galway region. In fact, 80 per cent of global stent (a device used in angioplasty to remove blockages in the heart) production is carried out by companies in Galway,” says Anna Cunningham, director of International Affairs, NUI Galway.


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Wales to gain more powers over tax and borrowing | UK news ...

Wales to gain more powers over tax and borrowing | UK news ... | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
David Cameron and Nick Clegg say greater devolution will also give national assembly some powers to set income tax levels.
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Independence would give Scotland a unique opportunity to create a modern tax system, say economics experts

Independence would give Scotland a unique opportunity to create a modern tax system, say economics experts | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
THE Fiscal Commission Working Group says the Scottish Government could introduce a better tax system which could be phased in over time.
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John Major: Conservatives would be better off without Scotland - Telegraph.co.uk

John Major: Conservatives would be better off without Scotland - Telegraph.co.uk | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk John Major: Conservatives would be better off without Scotland Telegraph.co.uk In words that have just surfaced, Sir John told a journalists' lunch in Westminster two weeks ago: “From a purely partisan political point of view, the...
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Lessons of Grangemouth: Scotland held to ransom by a capitalist dictator

Scotland breathed a collective sigh of relief at the eleventh-hour reprieve for the Grangemouth petrochemical plant, Scotland's biggest industrial site. 800 workers had faced unemployment 48 hours earlier, when its owner INEOS had announced its closure and liquidation. Another 550 oil refinery workers and 2,000 contract workers faced the same fate – with all the devastation, poverty and social destitution such  shameless economic vandalism threatened.


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Labour stalwart Sir Charles Gray endorses Yes vote | Yes Scotland

Labour stalwart Sir Charles Gray endorses Yes vote | Yes Scotland | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it

One of Scotland’s most distinguished and longest-serving Labour stalwarts is voting Yes in next year’s independence referendum - and is urging party colleagues to follow his lead.


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No vote warning as UK takes powers back from Wales | Scottish National Party

No vote warning as UK takes powers back from Wales | Scottish National Party | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it

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The Winding Stair | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio - Yeats and the West of Ireland with Seamus Heaney as Guide

The Winding Stair | Ideas with Paul Kennedy | CBC Radio - Yeats and the West of Ireland with Seamus Heaney as Guide | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
The poet W. B. Yeats turned often in his imagination to the west of Ireland. The wild place shaped him, and in many ways it was his spiritual home. Philip Coulter visits some of the places that most inspired the great poet.

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Tech startups bring jobs to low-tax Ireland

Tech startups bring jobs to low-tax Ireland | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Small tech firms are set to create up to 2,000 jobs in Ireland, following the lead of web giants like Google and Facebook, the country's investment agency said on Wednesday as nine firms announced hundreds of new positions.

The companies said they were basing their regional headquarters in Ireland because of the quality of the workforce rather than its low tax rate, which has led to criticism of the country from the U.S. Senate.


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How British colonialism determined whether your country celebrates Halloween - Washington Post (blog)

How British colonialism determined whether your country celebrates Halloween - Washington Post (blog) | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) How British colonialism determined whether your country celebrates Halloween Washington Post (blog) It's an especially big deal in Ireland but has also long been observed, in some form or another, among the English, Welsh and...
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Photos: Elliott Erwitt Shoots Scotland's Gorgeous Countryside ...

Photos: Elliott Erwitt Shoots Scotland's Gorgeous Countryside ... | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
The iconic photographer documents Scotland's charming country towns in his latest series for Macallan's “Masters of Photography.”
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Conference season: the view from Wales, Northern Ireland and ...

Conference season: the view from Wales, Northern Ireland and ... | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
In Wales, however, the soft nationalist pitch 'Standing up for Wales' was used successfully by Labour at the last Assembly election. However, if Labour regains power in Westminster in 2015, Carwyn Jones will be unable to ...
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Northern Ireland bomb alert closes Belfast motorway | UK news ...

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Police in Ireland still hunting for chief suspect in Derry murder after bout of dissident republican activity.
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Wales to vote in referendum on income tax powers

Wales to vote in referendum on income tax powers | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it
THE people of Wales are to vote in a referendum to decide whether to take control of powers over income tax, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have announced.

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5,000 Scots children will be homeless at Christmas

5,000 Scots children will be homeless at Christmas | UK and Ireland | Scoop.it

ALMOST 5,000 children in Scotland will be homeless this Christmas, a housing charity has warned.

 

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