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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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"changes that might see less devolution in certain areas" Owen Smith | Wales - ITV News

"changes that might see less devolution in certain areas" Owen Smith | Wales - ITV News | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Read the latest Wales stories, UK nations should work together more says Owen Smith on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Wales news...

The Shadow Welsh Secretary denies that it would amount to rolling back devolution and he says the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, is 'right in large measure' to call for a constitutional convention to rethink the relationship between the different parts of the United Kingdom.

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Frankly: Another Cochrane Diatribe

Frankly: Another Cochrane Diatribe | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

"Regardless of constitutional arrangements, Great Britain, and indeed the British Isles, like Scandinavia, is a reality which produces what can be referred to as a social union, comparable in some respects to the Nordic Union. Confusing citizenship with nationality and both with geography is an ancient English pastime which contributes nothing of value to the constitutional debate."

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Future of Scotland - The best small country in the world? Robert Livingston

Future of Scotland - The best small country in the world? Robert Livingston | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland is often described as a ‘small country’. It’s not. In area it’s four times the size of Wales, and it encompasses enormous natural, cultural and social diversity. Whatever the future for Scotland, in or out of the Union, we need structures and policies which actively engage with that diversity and which celebrate Scotland’s heterogeneous, mashed-up, multi-faceted , ever-changing cultures in all their glory.
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Media Watch: Gore Vidal on Independence - National Collective

Media Watch: Gore Vidal on Independence - National Collective | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

And I think you would be much more comfortable as a rather more strict intellectual polity and become the brains of Scandinavia. This is a Scandinavian country really. So you would go from here over to Norway, over to Sweden, Denmark and Finland. This would be the sane cortex, to move physiologically to parts of the brain, of Europe.”

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Ministers to shake up Civil Service | Thatchers Maoism endures among Tories

Ministers to shake up Civil Service | Thatchers Maoism endures among Tories | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Ministers could given new powers to dismiss senior civil servants when they enter office, as part of radical plans being considered by the Government.

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St Danny, saviour of the union - Kenneth Roy

St Danny,  saviour of the union - Kenneth Roy | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

"The rival patriots, Scottish and British, slugging it out for the next two years at the tops of their shrill, silly voices – it's a hideous prospect."

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Better Together: The No Declaration

Better Together: The No Declaration | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

“I believe that it is fundamentally better for us all, if decisions about Scotland’s future are taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is the occupants of 10 Downing Street, The House of Commons & The House of Lords."

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Mike Small writes a brilliant critique of Danny Boyle's Olympic show

Mike Small writes a brilliant critique of Danny Boyle's Olympic show | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

"Having failed to create any credible opposition alternative to the Tory-Liberal coalition, liberal England has retreated into cultural self-congratulation as it recedes into terminal decline and schools, hospitals and public services are systematically sold off and bought off " Mike Small

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The Scotland Institute is a fraud

Thanks to Stu Campbell for further exposing the nasty lies of this fraudulent think tank..

In a twitter exchange when first launched they failed to provide any evidence of impartiality beyond assertions.

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A Constitutional Blank Slate for Scotland? Carpe Diem!

A Constitutional Blank Slate for Scotland? Carpe Diem! | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

"For Labour, a written constitution could enshrine union rights and collective bargaining, and an utterly level playing field for resolving conflicts with management, if that is still what they stand for.

 

For Conservatives, it could protect Scottish culture and heritage, the market nature of the private economy, and other priorities. Regardless of their position on independence, they should seriously consider entering a dialogue on the content of a constitution in the event that ‘yes’ prevails."

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An open letter to Peter Kearney of the Catholic Media Office | Patrick Harvie

An open letter to Peter Kearney of the Catholic Media Office | Patrick Harvie | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
I very much hope that you have not mistaken such distortions of science for the real thing, or worse still decided to repeat the deliberate distortions and untruths being peddled by certain campaigners in the US. I would therefore like to offer you the opportunity to clarify your comments from the programme, and to give clear references to the “vast array”, or “overwhelming body of medical evidence” to which you referred.
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AUDIOPod – Edinburgh Conversations P2 – A Critique of SNP Leadership

AUDIOPod – Edinburgh Conversations P2 – A Critique of SNP Leadership | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Stewart Lochhead in conversation with Peter Curran. Topics include – Scots currency, Monarchy, Alex the dictator, Great British Summer of 2012, Legal advice about the EU, Electoral success in 2011 but failure in 2012

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Joyce McMillan: Cast the beam from your own eye Tartaglia

Joyce McMillan: Cast the beam from your own eye Tartaglia | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
ILL-informed insinuations by the Catholic Church ignore a basic principle of Christian teaching.

BRILLIANT ARTICLE!! Thank you Joyce McMillan for one of the best pieces of writing the Scotsman has produced for some time. putting this hideous organisation, the vile Tartaglia and his muppet Kearney back in their boxes. Well done Joyce. You speak for many, many Scots, Catholics included

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Trust announces independent review of BBC impartiality

Trust announces independent review of BBC impartiality | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Bridcot report's twelve guidelines to ensure BBC impartiality:

1. Impartiality is and should remain the hallmark of the BBC as the leading provider of information and entertainment in the United Kingdom, and as a pre-eminent broadcaster internationally. It is a legal requirement, but it should also be a source of pride.

2. Impartiality is an essential part of the BBC’s contract with its audience, which owns and funds the BBC. Because of that, the audience itself will often be a factor in determining impartiality.

3. Impartiality must continue to be applied to matters of party political or industrial controversy. But in today’s more diverse political, social and cultural landscape, it requires a wider and deeper application.

4. Impartiality involves breadth of view, and can be breached by omission. It is not necessarily to be found on the centre ground.

5. Impartiality is no excuse for insipid programming. It allows room for fair-minded, evidence-based judgments by senior journalists and documentary-makers, and for controversial, passionate and polemical arguments by contributors and writers.

6. Impartiality applies across all BBC platforms and all types of programme. No genre is exempt. But the way it is applied and assessed will vary in different genres.

7. Impartiality is most obviously at risk in areas of sharp public controversy. But there is a less visible risk, demanding particular vigilance, when programmes purport to reflect a consensus for ‘the common good’, or become involved with campaigns.

8. Impartiality is often not easy. There is no template of wisdom which will eliminate fierce internal debate over difficult dilemmas. But the BBC’s journalistic expertise is an invaluable resource for all departments to draw on.

9. Impartiality can often be affected by the stance and experience of programme-makers, who need constantly to examine and challenge their own assumptions.

10. Impartiality requires the BBC to examine its own institutional values, and to assess the effect they have on its audiences.

11. Impartiality is a process, about which the BBC should be honest and transparent with its audience: this should permit greater boldness in its programming decisions. But impartiality can never be fully achieved to everyone’s satisfaction: the BBC should not be defensive about this but ready to acknowledge and correct significant breaches as and when they occur.

12. Impartiality is required of everyone involved in output. It applies as much to the most junior researcher as it does to the Director-General. But editors and executive producers must give a strong lead to their teams. They must ensure that the impartiality process begins at the conception of a programme and lasts throughout production: if left until the approval stage, it is usually too late.

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#fudmonger Graeme Pearson - It may not be lies but its deception - Daily Record

#fudmonger Graeme Pearson - It may not be lies but its deception - Daily Record | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Aye Right! ...

"America is fuelling its economic recovery on the back of cheap energy provided by (FRACKING)gas, a fuel cleaner than coal or oil and a dependable source for the future."Graeme Pearson

Note the omission of 'fracking' that earthquake causing water poisoning method of gas extraction

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Scottish independence: David Cameron intervenes again over Scots referendum

Scottish independence: David Cameron intervenes again over Scots referendum | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday infuriated the Scottish government by attempting to pressure Scottish ministers into a ‘deal’ on Scotland's independence referendum by September and with an emphasis on a single-question referendum.


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How come I have gone my whole life without once, not once, hearing someone describe themselves as ‘Scottish-British’?

How come I have gone my whole life without once, not once, hearing someone describe themselves as ‘Scottish-British’? | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

"Why wait for a socialist government in London? Why not simply hold out for Jesus Christ once again to walk the face of the earth and for the promised paradise to follow? Or we could bank on aliens, scientology style. Or for a serious reforming Labour Party at a UK level. These delusions are all millenarianism – the belief that massive social transformation is simply a matter of waiting." Robin McAlpine

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Olympics fail to muscle out Fringe fans as sales leap 70%

Olympics fail to muscle out Fringe fans as sales leap 70% | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
FRINGE venues are reporting increased ticket sales of up to 70 per cent on this time last year despite the scheduling clash with the London Olympics.
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Frankly: No Nukes

Frankly: No Nukes | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

On June 17th of this year the Scottish National Party criticized the UK government for proceeding with its plans to spend £1 billion on a contract renewing the UK's nuclear-armed submarines at Faslane despite the fact that Scottish public opinion is consistently shown to be opposed to Trident.

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Labour facing constitutional split as pro-independence wing emerges

Labour facing constitutional split as pro-independence wing emerges | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

The Scotsman & Herald reported this over the weekend. Nice to see the MSM catching up with what we already know..

"Labour facing constitutional split as pro-independence wing emerges..."

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The folly of Scotland's Catholic hierarchy over gay marriage

The folly of Scotland's Catholic hierarchy over gay marriage | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
One shouldn't worry too much about the church's remarks regarding the death of former Labour MP David Cairns.

The Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, for example, can be stalwartly relied upon to make absurd and crass pronouncements. Devine reckons too that the "gay lobby" attends Holocaust memorials "to create for themselves the image of a group of people under persecution".

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Lesley Riddoch: Ringing paean of praise to diversity

Lesley Riddoch: Ringing paean of praise to diversity | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

#fudmonger Scotsman edits Lesley Riddoch who dosesn't use the pejorative "separation"

"The opening ceremony was a triumph of togetherness but it’s unlikely to change minds set on separation, writes Lesley Riddoch..."

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Frankly: Catalonia | Builder at Work

Frankly: Catalonia | Builder at Work | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Catalonia, which was taken over by Spain just seven years after Scotland was forced into an incorporating parliamentary union with England, has just demanded full fiscal autonomy,

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VIDEOPod – You’ve Been Trumped review plus A Rant to a Rave

VIDEOPod – You’ve Been Trumped review plus A Rant to a Rave | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
The home team review that film and express a few strong opinions about police violence...
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Controversy as team GB Scots refuse to sing God Save the Queen

Controversy as team GB Scots refuse to sing God Save the Queen | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Two Scottish members of the women’s team GB football team have caused controversy after deciding not to sing the British national anthem at the Olympics.

Footballers Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke both declined to join their team mates in singing God Save the Queen before their recent game against New Zealand.

“It’s the national anthem of England, and she is Scottish,”

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