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2014 will be a referendum on relocating power from London to Scotland. 2016 will be an election about the policies of a free Scotland
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A Scottish Liberal: Willie Rennie must provide evidence of SNP-English Democrats link

A Scottish Liberal: Willie Rennie must provide evidence of SNP-English Democrats link | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

So please, Mr Rennie, show us the hard, definitive, indelible evidence that the SNP are in cahoots with the English Democrats. Let us see these offending tweets. Tell us when English Democrat representatives have met with senior SNP members. Explain exactly what you mean when you refer to “allies” and “working together”. You have to provide this evidence because your personal credibility now depends on it.

And, if you can’t do that, please issue an apology to Mr MacNeil. And then to your party for misleading its conference.

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Scottish Labour leadership under pressure as 'Cuts Commission' chief admits "nothing off the table"

Scottish Labour leadership under pressure as 'Cuts Commission' chief admits "nothing off the table" | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
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What Johann Lamont meant to say... TURN LEFT

What Johann Lamont meant to say... TURN LEFT | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

What Johann Lamont meant to say…

After their Summer holidays, Labour in Scotland decided to differentiate themselves from the SNP. They wrote two speeches. The coin toss landed on heads so Johann Lamont read the speech ‘Turn Right’. Below is the discarded second speech entitled ‘Turn Left’.

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Lamont's cuts to fair policies will not win Labour any votes | Herald Scotland

Lamont's cuts to fair policies will not win Labour any votes | Herald Scotland | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

"..her party voted to abolish prescription charges in the Scottish Parliament and voted for free personal care and promised not to increase tuition fees in the 2011 election campaign. Labour were living a lie, it seems. So how do you tell when they aren't? "

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Climate change costs already top $1tr - and are set to spiral

Climate change costs already  top $1tr - and are set to spiral | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
NGO sets out economic case for addressing climate change, warning world will lose 3.6 per cent of GDP a year by 2030 with no action...

 

"Inaction on climate change already costs the world economy 1.6 per cent of global GDP - approximately $1tr a year - and cost are likely to double to 3.6 per cent of GDP by 2030 if governments and businesses fail to take urgent action, an NGO has warned."

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Should China be involved in the UK's nuclear energy infrastructure?

Should China be involved in the UK's nuclear energy infrastructure? | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Paul Dorfman: A more responsible way forward to this ethically questionable strategy can be found with Germany's energy policy...
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Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones opposes Lamont Cuts

Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones opposes Lamont Cuts | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

"We are not going to touch free prescriptions. If you look at what people have found most beneficial to them they will talk about free bus passes, they will talk about free school breakfasts, they will talk about free prescriptions. Those are the areas that I think members of the public will expect us to protect." Welsh Labour First Minister Carwyn Jones

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Even loyal labour voters won't back No campaign

Even loyal labour voters won't back No campaign | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Dennis Canavan's powerful speech at the Scottish independence rally discussed how he believes Westminster is completely out of touch with Scotland.
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Scottish Labour plans to end free universal benefits

Scottish Labour plans to end free universal benefits | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Scots face losing all their free benefits – from free elderly care to tuition fees – following a radical policy re-think by the Scottish Labour Party.
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Help Catalonia: Spanish Military Threaten Separatists with Court-Martial

Help Catalonia: Spanish Military Threaten Separatists with Court-Martial | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

These words take a whole new dimension when we consider that the last Catalan president before Franco's dictatorship, Lluís Companys, was court-martialed, sentenced to death, and shot by the fascist Spanish army. He is the only democratically elected president to ever have been executed in Europe.

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VIDEOPod | Margo MacDonald MSP at the March for Independence

VIDEOPod | Margo MacDonald MSP at the March for Independence | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Margo delivers a passionate speech and is delighted to be alive in Scotland to see the day that such a rally happens.
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Lamont’s lurch to right opens policy divisions within Labour leadership

Lamont’s lurch to right opens policy divisions within Labour leadership | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
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Universalism - Mike Small

Universalism - Mike Small | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
By Mike Small Johann Lamont’s extended and public self-immolation has churned up some fascinating divisions in how our politicians see the world. One group sees the rich (defined vaguely as [...

 

"To refresh memories Fred Goodwin had a pay-off of £16 million. He’s not down at your Boots pharmacy scamming his way to some free heavy-dose Benilyn. Even the language of ‘freebies’ is a debasing one that’s been driven by years of tabloid and right-wing vitriol. It’s part of the gradual erosion of a civilised understanding of how society works."

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Scottish independence: Vote no and Tories will veto devolution, says Darling

Scottish independence: Vote no and Tories will veto devolution, says Darling | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
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JOHANN LAMONT didn’t go quite as far as declaring: Don’t vote for me.But she might as well have.It’s hard not to think of turkeys and Christmas.

READ The Scottish Sun Says...
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New Statesman | Scottish Labour's support for cuts plays into the SNP's hands

New Statesman | Scottish Labour's support for cuts plays into the SNP's hands | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Johann Lamont's echo of Conservative rhetoric - "something for nothing" - was a disastrous way to begin the debate.

"..But with her provocative support for cuts, Lamont has fallen into a giant SNP elephant trap."

 

"But universal public services, to which all contribute and from which all benefit, are the essence of social democracy. Once this principle is abandoned, greater cuts will inevitably follow as the rich, no longer receiving, have less incentive to give"

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Conclusive figures show that the sceptics who lobby against wind power simply have their facts wrong

Conclusive figures show that the sceptics who lobby against wind power simply have their facts wrong | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Chris Goodall and Mark Lynas: Conclusive figures show that the sceptics who lobby against wind power simply have their facts wrong...

"The assertion that wind turbines don't reduce carbon emissions is a myth, according to conclusive statistical data obtained from National Grid and analysed here in the Guardian for the first time"

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The Economist | Right turn - Britons are getting more conservative. Blame New Labour

The Economist | Right turn - Britons are getting more conservative. Blame New Labour | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
THE British are drifting to the right. The British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published on September 17th revealed growing scepticism of the welfare safety net....
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THE Scottish Labour leader said that her party would raise taxes or cut services if returned to power.

THE Scottish Labour leader said that her party would raise taxes or cut services if returned to power. | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
THE Scottish Labour leader said that her party would raise taxes or cut services if returned to power.
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Media Notes Part 1: When Saturday Came

Media Notes Part 1: When Saturday Came | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
MEDIA NOTES (PART 1): WHEN SATURDAY CAME This is the first of three articles by Kevin Williamson looking at the increasingly fractious relationship between the Scottish media and an increasingly [....
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GREENS: LABOUR HAS ABANDONED RADICAL POLITICS FOR FAR TOO LONG • Scottish Green Party

GREENS: LABOUR HAS ABANDONED RADICAL POLITICS FOR FAR TOO LONG • Scottish Green Party | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
If policy reform means ending the free education Johann Lamont’s generation enjoyed, or charging patients for NHS services, or continuing to court the support of big business donors for middle-of-the-road policies, Labour are free to continue...
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Stephen Maxwell - Arguing for Independence: Evidence, Risk and Tackling the Wicked Issues

Stephen Maxwell - Arguing for Independence: Evidence, Risk and Tackling the Wicked Issues | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
This book marks the beginning of the real debate on Scottish independence while acknowledging the complexity and conditional character of political argument.
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Labour MSP uses Hillsborough tragedy to attack Alex Salmond

Labour MSP uses Hillsborough tragedy to attack Alex Salmond | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Labour MSP uses Hillsborough tragedy to attack Alex Salmond...
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