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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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The IMF is predicting a ‘lost decade’ for the UK | Liberal Conspiracy

The IMF is predicting a ‘lost decade’ for the UK | Liberal Conspiracy | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Since around 2008/2009 there has been an undercurrent to the UK economic debate asking if we will experience a Japan-style lost decade, a decade of low growth. Well, on these IMF forecasts that debate is pretty much over because that’s where they think we are heading.

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Planet Politics: The politics of preferment and patronage. Again.

Planet Politics: The politics of preferment and patronage. Again. | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Something of an unintended irony in Gerry Hassan's Scotsman article this morning, presumably. He uses the death of Labour activist and convener of the former pressure group Scottish Labour Action Bob McLean to highlight ...
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Murdoch resigns as director of News International - Herald Scotland

Murdoch resigns as director of News International - Herald Scotland | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Murdoch resigns as director of News InternationalHerald ScotlandCompanies House filings show that Murdoch stepped down from the boards of the NI Group, Times Newspaper Holdings and News Corp Investments in the UK last week.
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Another side of Lesley Riddoch: Hooray for Scotrail's late night ...

Another side of Lesley Riddoch: Hooray for Scotrail's late night ... | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Today's Sunday Post column in full Well as a teetotaller I would say that wouldn't I? But as step-mum of a student we had to rescue from a dark, lonely platform last December, I've a vested interest too.
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Lesley Riddoch: The Big Tent Special Podcast

Lesley Riddoch: The Big Tent Special Podcast | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Back from the Big Tent, Lesley has a tale or two about; huts, forests, Welsh politicians, plastic bags, the Fife Diet, Fife banks, posh Fife, Fife crime writers, and shares some thoughts about them all.
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The last province of the empire - Dan Hind - Al Jazeera

The last province of the empire - Dan Hind - Al Jazeera | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
London's status as a hub of unfettered international finance makes it uniquely adaptable, and uniquely vulnerable.

"..contemporary Britain is a collection of globally oriented businesses with their own country
And as the capital of global capitalism, the City must accept the corollary. Just as it was during the Atlantic slave trade and the opium trade with China, the City is the world capital of organised crime"

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Wings over Scotland | Have the Unionists finally gone mad?

Wings over Scotland | Have the Unionists finally gone mad? | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

We have some sympathy, because it can’t be easy being a British nationalist in Scotland at the moment.
As we’ve said, these are challenging times for British nationalists, and if we’re to maintain standards of mature debate then supporters of independence mustn’t be too cruel when the strain occasionally gets the better of them.

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Straight Up: Good for Scotland, Good for Labour

Straight Up: Good for Scotland, Good for Labour | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

 For years the argument has been, if you want independence, vote for the SNP. Well I never have nor intend to, yet we approach the precipice of the nationalist movement. Is it possible to be pro independence but vote for Labour?

 

If for nothing else than a stronger, fairer Labour party who will fight for your needs; not those of Sussex or Hampshire, then the answer has to be YES!

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Frankly: Good Riddance

Frankly: Good Riddance | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Is the European Union detaining the UK and its lawlessly disruptive casino-capitalist banking syndicates against their wishes? Not at all. A mechanism exists for a UK exit

Our English chums have got themselves into a lather, appearing to fear that Europe is evolving into a German empire. Ach so. Gott im Himmel!

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Banks, drugs, Mexico and jobs at the top | Snowblog

So Paul Moore, formerly responsible for compliance at HBOS and who was sacked after warning in 2004 that the bank’s lending was risky and in serious danger of-heating, has applied to be the Chairman of Barclays.
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Calls for scrutiny after 'absentee' Brown pockets £115,000 cash subsidy

Calls for scrutiny after 'absentee' Brown pockets £115,000 cash subsidy | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Alistair Darling was guilty of 'flipping' – making four separate second home designations covering three different properties in the space of as many years.

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The Icelandic Constitution Explained - Nordic Horizons

The Icelandic Constitution Explained - Nordic Horizons | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Broken link on previous Icelandic Constitution post so try this one for a starter..

Great meeting on March 29th in Parliament with Professor Thorvaldur Gylfason who won the highest number of votes in elections for the Commission to write Iceland's "crowd sourced" constitution.

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New Statesman - The Scottish Yes campaign’s class problem

New Statesman - The Scottish Yes campaign’s class problem | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Working class Scots are more likely to support constitutional change but less likely to vote than their middle class counterparts.

..there is a clear class dynamic to the constitutional debate in Scotland.

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Tonight - Jon Snow | Dispatches - Can You Trust Your Bank?

The Barclays interest rate scandal, unimaginable bonuses and insurance misselling have put banking in the public spotlight. In this special report, Jon Snow meets consumers, businesses and bankers to ask whether we can trust our banks.

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Back to the Future for a Democratic Politics for ... - Gerry Hassan

Back to the Future for a Democratic Politics for Scotland. Gerry Hassan. The untimely death of Bob McLean in the last week might seem news from another era, but it offers an insight into the current and future state of our ...
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Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: It's time to achieve.

Witterings of a Weegiewarbler: It's time to achieve. | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
We underachieve because we're taught to. In all walks of life we, humanity, underachieve, and in Scotland a great many of us underachieve. It's something ingrained in us, the establishment tells it to us daily, it's re-enforced at ...
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Another side of Lesley Riddoch: Big Tent a wee triumph (again)

Another side of Lesley Riddoch: Big Tent a wee triumph (again) | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Straight after chairing a discussion about the nature of "Fifeness" with writers Ian Rankin and Aileen Paterson, I chaired a final session with Jane, Andy Wightman and Mike Small discussing how to dismantle capitalism and set ...
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Lesley Riddoch: Drinks industry is falling behind - Scotsman

Lesley Riddoch: Drinks industry is falling behind - Scotsman | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

Scotsman | Lesley Riddoch: Drinks industry is falling behind. The SWA may have misread ordinary Scots desire to end an unhealthy affair (PA).

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Scottish independence: UK Defence Minister outlines Scotland's share of military assets

Scottish independence: UK Defence Minister outlines Scotland's share of military assets | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

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HOPE not hate news: Return of anti-Irish prejudice in Britain?

HOPE not hate news: Return of anti-Irish prejudice in Britain? | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Last week saw the announcement of an “anti-IRA” march in Liverpool by hardline English Defence League splinter group the North West Infidels (NWI), a far-right street protest movement.
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EU Carbon Capture snub to Peterhead increases pressure on UK Government to release funding

EU Carbon Capture snub to Peterhead increases pressure on UK Government to release funding | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Environmental campaigners hailed Peterhead as the front-runner for a £1 billion flagship clean energy fund, after two major energy giants announced they would collaborate on the project.

Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, has said Peterhead must now lead that race. The fact that Scottish and Souther Energy (SSE) and Shell had come together “must confirm this scheme as the front- runner for the Government’s £1bn test project”, he said.

If Peterhead fails in its latest bid for Westminster funding it will be the third time Scotland’s CCS potential has been hampered by decisions of the UK government.

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New evidence of government ‘collusion’ with nuclear industry - Rob Edwards

New evidence of government ‘collusion’ with nuclear industry - Rob Edwards | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
from The Guardian, 19 July 2012 Government officials worked closely with two energy companies to soften the impact of a major blow to ministers’ plans for a new programme of nuclear power stations, internal emails reveal.

The environmental group, Greenpeace, accused ministers of trying to mislead the public. “The government has been colluding with the nuclear industry to try to media-manage the collapse of their hopes,” said nuclear campaigner, Richard George.

“In reality the cost of new nuclear power has doubled in recent years and continues to rise. Instead of trying to pull the wool over the public’s eyes, the government should accept their nuclear dream is over and back renewable energy.”

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SNP considers trading share in nuclear arsenal | Herald Scotland

SNP considers trading share in nuclear arsenal | Herald Scotland | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

ALEX Salmond has insisted an independent Scotland would seek to trade in Britain's Scottish-based nuclear arsenal for "something more useful" as part of a prolonged negotiation with the UK Government.

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Moridura - : Scotland’s NATO membership – a deeply flawed concept and a retreat from principle

Moridura - : Scotland’s NATO membership – a deeply flawed concept and a retreat from principle | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it

NATO In other words, the three nuclear member states can veto any attempt to abandon nuclear weapons.

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AUDIOPod – Equal Marriage – Duncan Hothersall Fulminates

AUDIOPod – Equal Marriage – Duncan Hothersall Fulminates | YES for an Independent Scotland | Scoop.it
Duncan Hothersall speaks to Stewart Lochhead about equal marriage and the Catholic Church.
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