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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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Bella Caledonia | Darling as Avatar

Bella Caledonia | Darling as Avatar | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
By Callum McCormick By all accounts it has been a good couple of months for the Unionist campaign.
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Kinetic Capital | Beautiful short film of the Edinburgh by Walid Salhab

Kinetic Capital | Beautiful short film of the Edinburgh by Walid Salhab | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Beautiful short film of the Edinburgh by Walid Salhab

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What has the Scottish Parliament ever done for us?

What has the Scottish Parliament ever done for us? | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

The day after Professor Bonnington claimed the Scottish Parliament was damaging Scots Law, I provide one example in relation to debt law, where this is not the case.

 

In 1985 when the Scottish Law Commission produced it’s report into diligence, the area of Scots Law that deals with the legal recovery of debts, it was proposing reform of an area which had not bee...

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Steve Richards: The stakes are unbearably high for Salmond and Cameron

Steve Richards: The stakes are unbearably high for Salmond and Cameron | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
David Cameron faces a deeply dangerous sleeping issue, one that will awake and spring into wildly unpredictable life shortly before the next general election. It is already wide awake in Scotland.

If I were Cameron, I would allow the devo max option on the ballot paper in some form or other. Otherwise, an already tense and complex build-up to the next general election risks becoming, for him, the most hellish in modern times.

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George Monbiot – Bounty Paid for Blair Arrest Attempt

George Monbiot – Bounty Paid for Blair Arrest Attempt | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Press release: Payouts for attempts to arrest the former PM now exceed £10,000. On Tuesday the Arrest Blair campaign will pay Tom Grundy £2,400 for his attempt to arrest Tony Blair during a public event in Hong Kong.
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March For Independence – After Party – 22nd September 2012

March For Independence – After Party – 22nd September 2012 | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
To add to the festivities an After party on the 22nd of September has been organised sponsored by VASI and Radio Independence Scotland. For more info click here...
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Jesus Christ 'may have suffered from mental health problems', claims Church of England

Jesus Christ 'may have suffered from mental health problems', claims Church of England | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Jesus Christ 'may have suffered from mental health problems', claims Church of England |

"Even Jesus was not immune to accusations about his mental health: there is a story in the gospel that tells of his mother and siblings attempting to take him home because they are afraid that he has lost his mind."

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Lallands Peat Worrier: Women and Alex Salmond: An academic postscript...

Lallands Peat Worrier: Women and Alex Salmond: An academic postscript... | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

In 2014, YesScotland faces a far more daunting task: to attract women to independence, despite independence. No pressure.

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Will whoever wins the US election find themselves with the unenviable task of overseeing the decline of the US?

Will whoever wins the US election find themselves with the unenviable task of overseeing the decline of the US? | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Will whoever wins the US election find themselves with the unenviable task of overseeing the decline of the US?
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Scotland would be a far safer place out of Nato than within it | Herald Scotland

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THE reported opinion poll question commissioned by Angus Robertson was "Would Scotland be safer by remaining part of Nato" ("SNP leaders hit back at critics of Nato u-turn plan", The Herald, August 25)?

The implication of this question is that an independent Scotland would face some military threat. What evidence is there for this? State-on-state attacks are very rare if you discount the ones Nato members have initiated. The rights to our marine resources are regulated by international law. We are likely to be safer from terrorism outside Nato than in and, in any case, this is essentially a policing issue.

So why did Mr Robertson ask this question, especially since it creates a potential problem for the SNP? The proposed policy change states that if Nato membership precluded the early disarming of Trident, Scotland should not be a member. Does that mean Scotland would be any less safe? Why didn't he use his Westminster funds to ask such very relevant questions as: "Do you think Nato's Afghan war has made Scotland safer?" or "Do you think Scotland would be safer in an organisation based on weapons of mass civilian annihilation?"

Isobel Lindsay,"

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The Unpolitical: the SNP's pied Lord Advocate...

The Unpolitical: the SNP's pied Lord Advocate... | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Cast your mind back through the Stygian fug of time, to the spring of 2007.  The SNP had, by the narrowest of margins, displaced the Labour Party's plurality in parliament, and Salmond was forming his first minority administration.
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BBC Radio Scotland - Good Morning Scotland, 25/08/2012

BBC Radio Scotland - Good Morning Scotland, 25/08/2012 | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
The nation's morning news programme with Isabel Fraser and Derek Bateman.
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OLD NEWS from the Express | Scots referendum yes ‘10 times more likely to succeed’

OLD NEWS from the Express | Scots referendum yes ‘10 times more likely to succeed’ | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

SCOTLAND’S independence ballot could be 10 times more likely to achieve a “yes” vote for separation than a “no”, according to the world’s top expert on referendums.

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If Labour go into the independence referendum chained to a Tory bill they will be gubbed for good

If Labour go into the independence referendum chained to a Tory bill they will be gubbed for good | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Douglas Alexander, Scottish nationalist?

 

If Labour go into the independence referendum chained to a Tory bill they will be gubbed for good.

 

"This is an astonishing moment. The ground is moving under our feet. If Labour is now contemplating fiscal independence, and though Alexander has not said this, I believe that is what he means, then we are on the verge of a constitutional revolution"

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Desmond Tutu shuns Blair as war crimes bounty ... - Scottish news

Desmond Tutu shuns Blair as war crimes bounty ... - Scottish news | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
International statesman Desmond Tutu has refused to share a platform with Tony Blair based on the former Prime Minister's record on the Iraq war. Scottish news: Desmond Tutu shuns Blair as war crimes bounty paid out on ...
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MUST READ | Joyce McMillan: Cynically demonising the disabled - Scotsman

MUST READ | Joyce McMillan: Cynically demonising the disabled  - Scotsman | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
POLITICIANS prepare to bask in the inclusive glow of the Paralympics ignoring the reality of their policies, writes Joyce McMillan...

"On one hand, the anti-state ideology of the age constantly corrodes and threatens the public provision on which many disabled people depend for their quality of life"

"Yet it is now more than three decades since Britain last saw a government that was prepared to embrace that proper role. Instead, successive governments have allowed themselves to be seduced and bamboozled by a theory of social Darwinism that implicitly leaves the weak and imperfect for dead"

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Wind power study says opponents' claims are unfounded

Wind power study says opponents' claims are unfounded | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Report from thinktank IPPR says wind power is an efficient and reliable energy source, contrary to claims made against it...
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Scotland’s Future: Devo-Max or just Devo-Maybe? « Better Nation

Scotland’s Future: Devo-Max or just Devo-Maybe? « Better Nation | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Another guest article from Alasdair Stirling, to follow up a very well received Referendum Round-up from earlier in the month. Aasdair describes himself as cynical of politicians and believes that we should reject all authority which we cannot justify by reason, but believes that politics that delivers the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers can be virtuous.

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‘Wee’ First Minister pledges to raise £1200 for Scottish Independence

‘Wee’ First Minister pledges to raise £1200 for Scottish Independence | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
‘Wee’ First Minister pledges to raise £1200 for Scottish Independence...

Makki Ahmed Tahir, known as the ‘Wee First Minister’ was First Minister of Pollokshields Primary School, Glasgow.

Last Thursday evening at the Scots Asians for Independence (SAFI) Dinner, he pledged to raise £1200 for Scottish Independence.

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TV viewers "failed by Westminster" - First Minister

Alex Salmond tells Edinburgh Television Festival independence will bring TV into digital age.

"Speaking at the festival for the first time, Mr Salmond said that broadcasting frameworks imposed by successive UK governments had not adapted to the digital revolution, nor to devolution."

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Attacks on Soldiers and Civilians Leave Dozens Dead in Afghanistan

Attacks on Soldiers and Civilians Leave Dozens Dead in Afghanistan | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
In three separate attacks on Sunday and Monday, an Afghan soldier killed two American troops, attackers killed 10 Afghan soldiers at a checkpoint, and the Taliban cut the throats of 17 civilians.
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Lesley Riddoch: Loyalty test may be a wonky strategy

Why has the SNP leadership backed Nato membership and triggered a pre-referendum challenge to the authority of Alex Salmond? Despite all the complex reasons offered, it’s still a puzzle.

"The Norwegians have not endured decades of unwanted American-supplied weapons of mass destruction located on Scottish soil – which have become the most visible and potent symbols of colonial London diktat. They have not watched successive British prime ministers become the poodles of American presidents. They have not watched their country sleepwalk into a fatal and fateful war in Iraq, making them potential targets for fundamentalist Islam. "

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@burdzeyeview | Why is Westminster dominating Scotland’s debate? | With added comment

@burdzeyeview | Why is Westminster dominating Scotland’s debate? | With added comment | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
If you look at how the SNP is framing this debate - or trying to - the language, the approach and the narrative hasn't actually changed all that much from the case that was made in the 1980s and 19...

 

"No doubt it is all part of a plan" Kate Higgins.

If that plan is for the SNP to swing to the right, to give the impression of a lost cause and lost direction its definately working.

Where is the admired election machine that won so convincingly in 2011?

I'm of the opinion that bringing forward a debate now about a Scottish Constitution regardless of the referendum result answers  the concerns raised in this article.

Lets engage with the entire Scottish polity to ask 'what kind of Scotland do we want ?'

As the clear majority want change (independence or devo-max) as the polls suggest then its a debate the majority want.

A debate about a draft constitution for Scotland before the referendum would provide the forum and focus such a debate requires.

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Lallands Peat Worrier: Are women really not "keen" on Alex Salmond?

Lallands Peat Worrier: Are women really not "keen" on Alex Salmond? | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Why is support for independence lower amongst women than men? And following hotly on the tails of that question, another, more practically-oriented one: what steps can YesScotland and pro-nationalists take to convince more women to embrace independence?

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Alex Massie: Mystery surrounds the SNP message -

Alex Massie: Mystery surrounds the SNP message - | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
If the Nationalists are to win independence, they will need a stronger, clearer, more inclusive message, writes Alex Massie...
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