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We are not afraid,,,

We are not afraid,,, | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

Alert readers will remember that Gordon Brown, who is apparently some sort of former politician, has recently been spreading the completely baseless scare story that Scots would no longer receive organ transplants or blood transfusions from other people in the UK (and vice versa) in the event of independence.

Last night, not long after the Orange Order had marched in the streets of Edinburgh with “NO POPERY” banners, a young woman with a life-limiting illness called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency climbed the face of Edinburgh Castle with oxygen strapped to her back and tubes up her nose. (The only cure for A1AD is a double lung transplant.)

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Craig Murray » Blog Archive » What Did You Expect?

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I have no sympathy at all for anybody who voted No on the grounds of the pledges by Brown, Miliband, Cameron and Clegg about constitutional change, and is now whingeing about the blatant dishonour of those pledges. I cannot understand how anybody could be so stupid as to have believed them, and yet have a brain capable of sparking respiration.

Labour is interested in losing no influence of Scottish Labour MPs on any UK or English matters. It wants greater powers to English metropolitan councils which are controlled by Labour – because that will give Labour careerists more jobs and access to contracts. Those are Labours “constitutional reform” goals. The Conservatives “constitutional reform” goals are to keep Scotland’s tax on oil revenues and tax on whisky coming to Westminster, while loading greater responsibilities but no more money on the Scottish parliament, and stopping Scottish MPs voting on English matters thus guaranteeing conservative apparatchiks continued jobs and access to contracts.

Both Tories and Labour want to keep the appalling corrupt and undemocratic House of Lords for its jobs for apparatchiks, access to contracts etc.

Nobody cares what the Lib Dems think anyway.

I ask again – what did you expect?

This is the collective wisdom of Andy Myles and myself, over an excellent mackerel breakfast at Nom De Plume.

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Scottish independence and the UK’s depleted uranium weapons.

Scottish independence and the UK’s depleted uranium weapons. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

If we win a Yes vote on Thursday, the ramifications are huge. One issue that has not been discussed in terms of the assets and ‘debts’ is the toxic legacy of the British State. Here the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons explore some of the issues. See also Solway’s Silver Bullet (Variant).

In the late 70s, the UK MoD was busy massaging ministerial approval for its plans for a controversial DU firing range in south west Scotland. The site, near Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway, had been selected after other areas that could have provided open range firing were deemed politically unacceptable. The Scottish Office was nervous. In a strongly worded memorandum a WK Fraser, who had been busy trying to mitigate public opposition to a nuclear power station in the area noted that: “The allegation that Scotland has been made a “nuclear dustbin” is receiving a good deal of publicity in the press”. The plans went ahead regardless.

 

From Dundrennan to Dalgety Bay – where former Prime Minister and No campaigner Gordon Brown has been campaigning for clean-up, the MoD’s actions over the years have only helped reinforce the nuclear dustbin claim. The Dundrennan range is one of two main UK DU ranges. Both are situated on the shores of the Solway Firth, which separates Dumfries and Galloway from the English Lake District and Cumbria. On the English side, Eskmeals was used for testing the penetration of DU rounds. Poor management of the fumes created by firing resulted in DU particles being found six kilometres away in the village of Milom. Across the Solway, Dundrennan has been used for assessing the accuracy and range of the UK’s 120mm DU tank rounds. Since 1982, more than 6000 rounds have been fired from the cliffs into the Solway, equating to 31 tonnes of DU.

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Australian flag-change champions aflutter ahead of Scottish independence vote - Sydney Morning Herald.

Australian flag-change champions aflutter ahead of Scottish independence vote - Sydney Morning Herald. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it
Australian flag-change champions aflutter ahead of Scottish independence vote
Sydney Morning Herald
Fred Rieben has a lot riding on this week's Scottish independence vote. That is because Mr Rieben may be Australia's foremost flag change fanatic.

 

Born and raised in the US, he has spent the past 15 years promoting his Southern Cross and Boomerang design, handing out more than 80,000 stickers.

What the West Australian window washer lacks in a design background he more than makes up for in self-belief.

 

"Aesthetically, there's nothing in cooee of this design," Mr Rieben said.

"I'm beating my own drum, but this design has flair, it has aesthetic qualities, and politically it's spot on."

A poll by the UK's Flag Institute found 64 per cent of Britons supported a change of flag if Scotland were to secede. 



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/australian-flagchange-champions-aflutter-ahead-of-scottish-independence-vote-20140916-10eet2.html#ixzz3DYpwRLxW

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Banks' move are a credit to #Yes | Yes Scotland.

Banks' move are a credit to #Yes | Yes Scotland. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

"The moves by RBS and other banks to set up English-registered holding companies remove a potentially very significant risk from an independent Scotland" writes Ian McConnell in today’s Herald.

Ian writes that by moving their headquarters to England, the banks secure themselves by having the Bank of England as the lender of last resort, thus taking that responsibility of having to bail them out again if we ever see a banking crisis like we did in in 2008 where Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling spent tens of billions of taxpayers’ money bailing out Northern Rock, Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) RBS, Lloyds TSB and Barclays.

"It certainly appears to knock on the head the oft-heard argument that Scotland could be bankrupted by bail-out costs" claims by the 'No' camp

As RBS Chief executive Ross McEwan explains the moving of the registered office to England will not mean changes to service or jobs in Scotland. But the responsibility of being the lender of last resort falls to the rest of the UK, namely the Bank of England, not Scotland.

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One day, one vote, that's all it will take.

One day, one vote, that's all it will take. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

HERE we stand on September 14, 2014.

 

Four days from now the Scottish people will go in droves to the polls and make perhaps the most important decision of their lives. They will be asked one question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Alone among this nation's newspapers, the Sunday Herald has answered it in the affirmative. Our reasons are straightforward, compelling and unequivocal. It is a matter of self-respect. We want to have mastery over our own affairs and be governed by those we elect.

We want democracy to be what it's meant to be, the means by which people collectively have a say in the society in which they live. We want to be a nation like so many successful others around the world, reliant on our own plentiful resources, responsible for our own actions. We want for the buck to stop with us.

It would appear to many of those who oppose independence that this is too much to ask. From the outset of this campaign, which has energised people throughout the country, the No camp has been characterised by its obdurate resistance to change. It has failed to show an alternative vision which might encourage those long repelled by Westminster politics to re-engage.

While the Scottish Government produced Scotland's Future, a prospectus which laid out its plans for the country under independence, Better Together wallowed in nostalgia and spread paranoia, calling in favours to protect the status quo.

The past week has shown how low those who would have us vote No are prepared to sink. When one opinion poll suggested there was a majority inclined to vote Yes, we were deluged with MPs, many of whom - as they dawdled up Sauchiehall Street - looked as if they'd alighted on an alien planet.

Had they been here before? In many cases, they had not. But they had been ordered to get on a train to save the Union. It reeked of cynicism, condescension and blind panic. It was also counter-productive.

Nevertheless, the Union, which commentators in the south had insisted was safe, may be days from extinction. Thus we have seen one "big" businessman after another warn of the dire consequences of independence.

How many arms did the Prime Minister have to twist for them to put their heads above the parapet when, clearly, many of them would rather have remained in their boardrooms? If we are to believe all we hear, we can expect the cost of everything, from baked beans to mortgages, to rise.

An independent Scotland, said a banker of whom no-one had heard, would cause a 1920s-style market crash. He did not mention a more recent collapse, caused by the likes of him.

Meanwhile, the media tried to bolster the naysayers. In the last week alone, Scots have been described as stupid, selfish and smug. That much we have come to expect from the ignorant metropolitan blethers, more concerning, however, is the attitude of the BBC, which we are told exemplifies what's good about Britain.

The BBC has shown its much-vaunted impartiality is a sham. Its bias is obvious in the manner that many of its reporters direct an argument and sum up discussions. This was exemplified last week when its political editor, Nick Robinson, insisted Alex Salmond had not answered a question about the Royal Bank of Scotland, when it was clear he had.

People are no longer willing to accept the writ of organisations and individuals which, in the past, they were happy to trust. Despite an almost constant bombardment of negativity and the testimony of so-called experts, support for independence has remained robust and continues to rise.

The fact is that the Scots are not stupid, selfish or smug. They are intelligent, streetwise, utterly engaged and concerned not only for themselves and their children but for people across the world who hope for a life free from fear of nuclear Armageddon.

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Sunday Herald editor Richard Walker on why the paper became the only UK title to back Scottish independence,,,

Sunday Herald editor Richard Walker on why the paper became the only UK title to back Scottish independence,,, | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it
Scotland’s Sunday Herald is the only newspaper in the UK to have declared backing for a Yes vote in the upcoming independence...
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Knowledge Base - Money and Banking: Scotland had its own currency, the pound Scots, prior to the Act of Union in 1707, and its own banks from 1695 until the present.

Knowledge Base - Money and Banking:    Scotland had its own currency, the pound Scots, prior to the Act of Union in 1707, and its own banks from 1695 until the present. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

Scotland had its own currency, the pound Scots, prior to the Act of Union in 1707, and its own banks from 1695 until the present. To find out more about money, coinage and banking, in Scotland, and how to calculate using pounds, shillings and pence, see below.

 

 

The Pound Scots and Silver Penny
Roman coins are occasionally found in Scotland, but the first indigenous currency in Scotland was the silver penny coined by David I. In theory each pound weight of silver yielded 240 pennies, but the crown coined 252 to the pound to make a profit. From the fourteenth century until the end of the sixteenth century debasement of the coinage resulted in the divergence of the Scottish and English currencies. In the reign of James III the pound sterling was worth 4 pounds Scots. In 1560, 5 pounds Scots equalled 1 pound sterling. When James VI succeeded to the throne of England (in 1603) the exchange rate for Scots pounds to sterling was fixed at 12:1. 

Other Scottish currency 
The noble, first issued by David II, was the earliest Scottish gold coin. The merk (worth 13 shillings and 4 pence) was mostly a unit of account, but was occasionally minted. Scotland periodically suffered from a shortage of coin, which is one reason why references to continental coins, such as the rex dollar can be found in Scottish records during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially in Scottish burghs Scottish currency was withdrawn after the Act of Union in 1707, but rents, wages and the value of agricultural produce continued to be stated in Scots money. For information about other Scottish coins see the bibliography below. The foremost collection of Scottish coins is that held by the National Museums of Scotland. 

Banking
Scotland’s first bank, the Bank of Scotland, was modelled on the Bank of England and founded by an act of the Scottish parliament in 1695. In 1727 the Royal Bank of Scotland was formed from the Equivalent Company of 1724. The British Linen Company (incorporated in 1746) was functioning as a bank by the 1760s. In addition to these three ‘chartered banks’, private banks began appearing in Edinburgh in the mid-18th century, many formed by merchants in partnership, and some even issued their own banknotes. Between 1747 and 1820 over thirty provincial banks opened in communities outside Edinburgh, but most provincial and private banks disappeared in the 19th century, under pressure from new joint-stock banks and savings banks. The first savings bank was founded in Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire in 1810 and quickly spread throughout Scotland and the wider world. A series of mergers and failures in the 19th century reduced the number of Scottish private banks to ten (by 1880) and three (by 1950). Scottish banks introduced some important banking ideas, including limited liability, interest on deposit accounts, local bank branches, cash credit, and the proliferation of paper money (the three Scottish chartered banks continue to issue their own banknotes today). 

Links and Bibliography 

Notes and Coinage: E Burns, The Coinage of Scotland, 3 vols (Edinburgh, 1887); I H Stewart, The Scottish Coinage (London, 1996); R W-Cochran Patrick, Records of the Coinage of Scotland, 2 vols (Edinburgh, 1876); Nicholas Holmes, Scottish Coins: a history of small change in Scotland (Edinburgh, 1998); Guide to the National Archives of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1996), pp.71-73; James Douglas,Twentieth Century Scottish Banknotes, vols. 1 & 2 (Carlisle, 1984-1998); T Jones, Twentieth Century Scottish Banknote: Clydesdale Bank plc and its constituent banks (Carlisle, 1998); A B Richardson,Catalogue of the Scottish Coins in the National Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh (Edinburgh, 1901). Also useful are Banknote Yearbook andCoin Yearbook, published annually by Token Publishing, Honiton, Devon.

Banking: S Checkland, Scottish Banking, A History, 1695-1973(Glasgow, 1975); J Orbell & A Turton, British Banking: A Guide to historical records (Ashgate, 2001); C Munn, The Scottish Provincial Banking Companies, 1747-1864 (Edinburgh, 1981); Alan Cameron,Bank of Scotland 1695-1995: a very singular institution (Edinburgh, 1995); A J. Durie (ed.) The British Linen Company 1745-1775(Scottish History Society, Fifth Series, Volume 9, Edinburgh, 1996); C A Malcolm, The Bank of Scotland 1695-1945 (Edinbugh, n.d. [1948]); C A. Malcolm, The History of the British Linen Bank, 1746-1946(Edinburgh, 1950); M Moss & A Slaven, From ledger book to laser beam: a history of the TSB in Scotland, from 1810-1990 (Edinburgh 1992); M Moss & I Russell, An Invaluable Treasure: A History of the TSB (London, 1994) R S. Rait, The History of the Union Bank of Scotland (Glasgow, 1930); R Saville, Bank of Scotland: A History, 1695-1995 (Edinburgh, 1996); N Tamaki, The Life Cycle of the Union Bank of Scotland 1830-1954 (Aberdeen, 1983). 

Websites
Bank of Scotland
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Glasgow University Archive Services for TSB Scotland records
Historical Manuscripts Commission
National Museum of Scotland
Hunterian Museum 

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We are not afraid, Posted on September 14, 2014 by Rev. Stuart Campbell.

We are not afraid, Posted on September 14, 2014 by Rev. Stuart Campbell. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

Alert readers will remember that Gordon Brown, who is apparently some sort of former politician, has recently been spreading the completely baseless scare story that Scots would no longer receive organ transplants or blood transfusions from other people in the UK (and vice versa) in the event of independence.

Last night, not long after the Orange Order had marched in the streets of Edinburgh with “NO POPERY” banners, a young woman with a life-limiting illness called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency climbed the face of Edinburgh Castle with oxygen strapped to her back and tubes up her nose. (The only cure for A1AD is a double lung transplant.)

This is what she did there.

 

 

 

 

And this was her message to Gordon Brown:

“You may have scared me and my family for a short time but as is the pattern from Westminster, your lies were uncovered and you failed to capture me in your disgusting web of deceit.“

We have nothing to add to it.

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#Brown calls for the scrapping of Scottish Education.

#Brown calls for the scrapping of Scottish Education. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

When he thought we weren’t looking, THE BIG CLUNKING FIST dropped the mother of all clangers yesterday when he demanded the scrapping of Scotland’s separate education system and for education in Scotland to be integrated into the English education system, controlled by the (English) Education Secretary, Michael Gove.

It would also see Scottish students paying £9000 a year to attend Scottish universities

Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, a lauded “heavy hitter” of the anti-independence establishment and self-proclaimed North Briton, is seen by many as a maverick, saying what others in Westminster are privately thinking.

During a speech to 1,500 people at Edinburgh University, Mr Brown said: “Around half of Scottish 14 to 17-year-olds do not want to be part of an exclusively Scottish education system but want a UK system where ‘the curriculum and exams are the same for everyone in the UK’.

“Scottish young people’s support for the same educational curriculum and exams across the UK is stronger than any poll would report…”

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said Mr Brown’s “bizarre” speech “makes the Yes case for us” because it would mean controversial UK Education Secretary Michael Gove would be in charge of Scottish policy and tuition fees for students.

We ourselves see the dismantling of Scotland’s trappings of statehood as an inevitable consequence of a rejection of independence. The example of Quebec has shown that there is a real risk of reprisals after a NO vote, even if that vote is tight.

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UK Govt facing claims of breach of market rules as RBS confirms no job losses if Yes.

UK Govt facing claims of breach of market rules as RBS confirms no job losses if Yes. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

 By G.A.Ponsonby 
 
Contingency plans announced by RBS in the event of Scottish independence will not affect jobs or operations north of the border, the banking giant has confirmed.
 
First Minister Alex Salmond has today welcomed the confirmation from Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Ross McEwan – in a letter to staff – that the bank has no intention of moving operations or jobs from Scotland following a Yes vote in next week's referendum.

The confirmation followed fevered media speculation over the impact of independence after the bank announced its intentioon to register its company in England.  However claims that the announcement would hit the Scottish economy were dispelled when the bank published a memo to staff stating that operations and jobs would not be impacted.

In the memo, RBS chief executive said:

"It is my view as Chief Executive that any decision to move our registered headquarters should have no impact on everyday banking services used by our customers in Scotland and the rest of the British Isles. This is a technical procedure regarding the location of our registered head office. It is not an intention to move operations or jobs.

"Our current business in Scotland, including the personal and business bank, IT and operations, human resources and many other functions, are here because of the skills and knowledge of our people, and the sound business environment. So far, I see no reason why this would change should we implement our contingency plans."

The RBS CEO also apologised to staff who had learned of the contingency through the media, and added: "It is always my aim to ensure we inform our staff about such issues at the earliest opportunity. I know many of you will have already heard about this first in the media. My apologies for that, on this occasion this was unavoidable."

The memo was highlighted by Alex Salmond in a radio interview after the BBC had suggested the announcement by RBS could have a significant impact on the Scottish economy.

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Alex Salmond blasts Treasury over RBS 'tip-off' to #BBC

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Alex Salmond says the RBS leak is a matter of enormous gravity and has urged the BBC to reveal its source. Photograph: Reuters

Alex Salmond has accused the Treasury of leaking market-sensitive information about the future of RBS in Scotland in a dirty tricks campaign to undermine the independence campaign.

The first minister said it was a matter of "enormous gravity" for an unnamed Treasury official to tip off the BBC on Wednesday night about a decision by the bank to move its registered office to London in the event of a yes vote.

That leak – confirmed on Thursday morning to the London Stock Exchange by RBS, sent the bank's shares down overnight on the Asian markets, the first minister said.

Salmond said he was demanding a formal leak inquiry by Sir Bob Kerslake, the head of the UK civil service, and would be sending in an official complaint. He also insisted the BBC had a duty to cooperate, implying it was duty bound to reveal its source.

The first minister's attack on the Treasury came after a serious of warnings and announcements by major banks Lloyds, the TSB and RBS that they would move their registered offices and some operations to England if there was a yes vote. John Lewis, the retailer, said its prices could rise in an independent Scotland.

The first minister said it was a clear breach of Treasury and civil service rules, which ban any official from releasing market sensitive information. He said the offence was doubly serious since the UK government owns 80% of RBS shares. "It is a basic rule that it can't be released prior to the announcement at 7am this morning. This is a matter of enormous gravity," Salmond said.

He accused the Treasury of being a major force in the no campaign: "They've now been caught red-handed as being part of a campaign of scaremongering." There were now "Treasury fingerprints all over" a campaign of "intimidation and bullying which has served the no campaign so badly".

Speaking at a referendum press conference in Edinburgh, Salmond told the BBC's political editor, Nick Robinson, that the corporation had an obligation to help the investigation.

He said: "I have always respected the journalistic right to protect sources but I know that the BBC will want to support the investigation by the cabinet secretary [Kerslake] in the leak of this market sensitive information. It is as serious a matter as one can possibly get. Therefore I know that the BBC in its impartial role as a public sector broadcaster will give full cooperation" to the inquiry, he said.

The BBC defended its conduct, insisting it was justified in publishing the RBS story: "We note that Alex Salmond has called for an inquiry by the cabinet secretary and we will await a decision on that request. The story in question was accurate and BBC News exercised normal editorial judgments."

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Cameron begs Scotland: Don't rip our family of nations apart

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron campaigns in Scotland Wednesday in last-minute bid to persuade voters to stick with UK ahead of independence referendum. (Scotland will soon vote on a simple yes/no question: Should they be an independent country?
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Platforms installed as £4.5bn Clair oil project proceeds: 13 August 2013 Last updated at 11:29,,,

Platforms installed as £4.5bn Clair oil project proceeds: 13 August 2013 Last updated at 11:29,,, | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

The latest milestone in the development of a "monster" oil field has been completed.

The jackets for the drilling production and living quarters platforms for the Clair Ridge project have been safely installed.

Clair Ridge is a £4.5bn investment in the second phase of development on the Clair field.

The development will produce about 640m barrels of oil over 40 years.

The Clair field was discovered in the late 1970s but, because of the technical difficulties in bringing oil ashore, actual production did not start until 2005.

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The safe installation of the two jackets in to the sea bed is a fantastic achievement by the project team”

Trevor GarlickBP

Oil industry experts have described it as a "monster" field containing an estimated eight billion barrels of oil and some analysts believe oil produced there could see the Atlantic overtake the North Sea as the UK's biggest oil-producing region.

The field is being developed by BP and co-venturers ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell who are involved in the project.

Clair Ridge lies 75km west of the Shetland Islands.

The project involves two new bridge-linked platforms, as well as new pipeline infrastructure to connect to processing facilities on Shetland.

The next major milestone is the installation of the platform topsides, scheduled for 2015, with production expected to commence in late 2016.

When Clair Ridge reaches its peak, it is expected to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day.

The project is headquartered in London, where more than 750 people currently employed.

Clair Ridge is the first sanctioned large-scale offshore enhanced oil recovery (EOR) scheme using reduced salinity water injection (LoSal® EOR) to extract a higher proportion of oil over the life of the field.

The living quarters jacket has been safely installed at the Clair Ridge field

To reduce the environmental impact of the project, the platforms will be powered using dual-fuel power generators, incorporating waste heat recovery technology.

Vapour recovery will also be used to capture and recycle low pressure gas for use as fuel or for exporting to shore.

Trevor Garlick, regional president for BP's North Sea business, said: "Less than two years ago we announced our decision to invest in the giant Clair Ridge project.

"The safe installation of the two jackets in to the sea bed is a fantastic achievement by the project team, and is a very visible sign of our commitment to maintaining a successful long term business in the UK."

Continue reading the main storyClair oil fieldThe Clair field was discovered in 1977 and is in water depths of about 140mFirst development - Clair Phase 1- was sanctioned in 2001 and production commenced in February 2005So far it has produced around 80 million barrels and is expected to continue in operation until 2028Clair Ridge targets the area north of Clair Phase 1Pipelines take the oil and gas to the Sullom Voe terminal on Shetland for processing

The Clair Ridge facilities are designed to continue producing until 2050.

The Clair Ridge facilities consist of two bridge-linked fixed steel jacket platforms and topsides, comprising a drilling and production platform and a quarters and utilities platform.

The jackets are constructed from tubular steel piled into the seabed.

About 30% of the £2.1bn base cost of the project is in the UK and around 80% of the estimated £1.1bn of drilling costs will be spent in the UK.

The platform jackets were made at the Kvaerner yard in Verdal, Norway. In Norwegian tradition they have been formally named.

The largest is called Odin, after the most powerful Norse god, reflecting the size of the jacket. The smaller jacket has been named Frigg - Odin's wife.

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Riots in Glasgow after Scottish referendum on independence.

Riots in Glasgow after Scottish referendum on independence. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

ONE day after Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom, British nationalists have taken to the streets of Glasgow to celebrate their victory.

The gathering began as a show of British national pride, but it quickly developed into what many witnesses are describing as a riot.

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Protesters carrying U.K. flags and banners associated with the pro-Union Protestant Orange Order had to be separated from Scottish independence campaigners by Glasgow police.

 

Glasgow has long been divided by sectarian tensions between Protestant and Catholic groups, with the Protestant Orange Order coming out strongly in favour of voting against independence.

As in Ireland, the Orange Order regularly organises parades and marches as a public show of community pride. An Orange march of around 15,000 people took place in Edinburgh the week before the referendum, with members travelling from around the U.K. to protest against Scottish independence.

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Scottish independence: Ban opinion polls in the run-up to elections says ... - The Independent.

Scottish independence: Ban opinion polls in the run-up to elections says ... - The Independent. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it
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Scottish independence: Ban opinion polls in the run-up to elections says ...
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Mr Boon was concerned that pollsters are dependent on a “relatively small pot of Scots” being interviewed by all the polling companies.
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Labour Mayor asks Scots to vote Yes - to help England too | Yes Scotland.

Labour Mayor asks Scots to vote Yes - to help England too | Yes Scotland. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

A Labour and trade union figure from the North of England is urging Scotland to vote Yes.

Craig Johnson, who is the former Labour Mayor of Carlisle, believes independence will 'energise the debate about devolution' across the UK by encouraging a movement of power from Westminster to the rest of England.

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History shows that if Scotland gains its independence it won't look back with regret.

History shows that if Scotland gains its independence it won't look back with regret. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

Standing in the throng outside Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall last Saturday, as a flag-waving “flash mob” gave several spirited renditions of “Caledonia”, I was reminded of nothing so much as the scenes I witnessed in the Baltic States almost 25 years ago. There were the happy shining faces, the flags and the singing. But there was also the sense of solidarity and determination; the youth-led hope for a better future, and the nostalgia that resounded in the chorus about “coming home”.

All right, so the parallels are not exact. The people of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia were states that had been occupied and repressed by a vast country that was far poorer and clumsier than they were. Not even the most ardent Scottish nationalist could reasonably argue that the English treated their northern neighbour as the Soviet suzerains treated their subject nations.

But when the Baltic States became the first Soviet republics Union to press their claim to sovereignty – and drove the first visible cracks into that doomed empire – their protests were not just about liberation and about righting great historical wrongs. They were also about people reclaiming their national heritage and determining their own future. If anyone had tried to deter them with warnings that their currency might not be viable, or that the Western clubs where they sought shelter might not welcome them, they would have carried on regardless. 

Such arguments about accounting and belonging may gain greater traction in Scotland, where independence could bring losses as well as gains, but they are not the clinchers that Westminster politicians – and City bankers and big business– apparently believed them to be. The whole point of asserting your sovereignty and establishing yourself as an independent state is to be able not just to command your own destiny, but to take the responsibility for it. Your economy, your politics, your welfare state, will be what you make it. If there are hard choices to be made, then you will make them. And if there is suffering to be borne, you will bear it, but it will be in aid of your own future, not someone else’s.

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Scottish independence exclusive: Millions of banknotes sent to Scotland in case Yes vote sparks run on ATMs.

Scottish independence exclusive: Millions of banknotes sent to Scotland in case Yes vote sparks run on ATMs. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it
Britain’s banks have been quietly moving millions of banknotes north of the border to cope with any surge in demand by Scots to withdraw cash in the event of a Yes vote in Thursday's independence referendum, it has emerged.

 

Sources told The Independent the moves have been taking place over the past week or so in order to make sure ATMs do not run out on Friday in the event of a panic reaction to a “yes” vote. There have been some suggestions that people will want to move their money to English banks in the event of an independence vote.

Bankers stressed there has been no sign yet of any increase in the amount of withdrawals from deposit accounts or ATMs, stressing that there was no need because the Bank of England has pledged to stand behind all accounts for at least 18 months in the event of a “yes” vote.

However, concerns about how safe is their cash still linger. It was this that led to RBS and Lloyds last week to reassure customers that they would be moving their registration addresses south of the border.

As a result, part of the banks’ contingency plans has been to ship more cash to secure locations in Scotland in readiness to keep up with the potential increase in demand.

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Scottish independence: EU negotiations under way,,,

Scottish independence: EU negotiations under way,,, | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond has revealed that talks have taken place with major European states including France, Spain and Italy about the prospect of an independent Scotland joining the EU.

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Craig Murray: Campaign Trail Again, I am heading for the train back to Scotland for the final, frenetic stretch of campaigning to achieve national independence.

Craig Murray: Campaign Trail Again, I am heading for the train back to Scotland for the final, frenetic stretch of campaigning to achieve national independence. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it
 

by craig on September 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

I am heading for the train back to Scotland for the final, frenetic stretch of campaigning to achieve national independence. Rather strange feeling on leaving the house, because I know that if we succeed I shan’t be coming back here to live, but rather staying to help build the new Scotland, in however minor a way.

I receive far more email than I can possibly reply to, about which I feel somewhat guilty. But I both replied and obtained permission to reproduce this one from Fiona Mathieson:

I am sure you will be receiving hundreds of messages from so many in Scotland at the moment. I would just like to say how grateful I have been for the information you have provided. I have been able to direct people to your blogs and videos which have helped them to start questioning and delve further into unveiling the truth.

Last week at work a colleague who was undecided came to me and said that not only was she voting yes, but her entire family of 47 were voting yes. I gave her the wee blue book and some of your video links and they all went off and looked into it and discussed it. They decided that yes was the only way forward for a future of hope and positive change.

I was late in joining the yes campaign only becoming politicised in the last 2 months as the light bulb slowly went on. I have never in my life felt so engaged and enthusiastic and am amazed to be part of something that is making history. The sad part being that I went through the entire grief cycle in a week moving between stages quite erratically as I came to grips with the level of corruption and deception from the government and the media. I know there will be many others who have been dealing with the same issues as myself.

However, onwards and upwards as we continue to engage with our sense of humour, passion and creativity in these last few days of the campaign.

Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge as it has helped many of us to stay on course as the continued scare tactics are dropped down on us from on high.

I think the greatest achievement of the campaign has been that half the population of Scotland has awoken to the fact that the mainstream media, and the BBC in particular, pump out a stream of propaganda in collusion with the state and corporate interests, and that much of it is untrue. If I have contributed to that realisation, I am very happy indeed, but I am only one of a number of alternative sources of information now available on new media. The great triumph of the Yes campaign has been the united force of social media and community mobilisation.

Thank you, Fiona, for your kind message. I hope and believe that your account will encourage others to make the same journey.

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UK 'missed chance to build up £450bn sovereign wealth fund'

UK 'missed chance to build up £450bn sovereign wealth fund' | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

Britain could have had one of the world's biggest sovereign wealth funds had the windfall from North Sea oil been saved rather than used to cut taxes and boost spending, according to a report out today.

A study from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that the UK could have built up a nest egg of £450bn - bigger than those of Kuwait, Russia and Qatar combined - had it put tax receipts from oil and gas fields into a long-term fund.

Instead, the report said, successive governments used the proceeds from oil and gas fields to keep public borrowing down rather than build up a fighting fund to tackle long-term problems such as the ageing of the population.

Norway has used its North Sea revenues to build up a sovereign wealth fund, while Middle Eastern states have recently used their funds to take stakes in banks that have run into trouble as a result of the global credit crunch.

John Hawksworth, PWC's chief economist, said that even had the UK saved only half its North Sea receipts it would have a fund bigger than that of Kuwait (£213bn) and not far behind Norway's £322bn fund. It would, however, still only been worth just over half Abu Dhabi's £875bn fund.

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Web news - Banksy images doctored by Scottish independence supporters

Web news - Banksy images doctored by Scottish independence supporters | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it

In this edition: Banksy works doctored by supporters of Scottish independence; outrage over an indiscriminate attack at a Memphis grocery store; and a time lapse video of all the stunning landscapes California has to offer.

BANKSY IMAGES DOCTORED BY SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE SUPPORTERS

Campaigning is in full swing in Scotland ahead of the September 18th independence referendum and some supporters of the yes vote have come up with a novel way of winning over voters. They have taken to social networks posting doctored images of pieces by British street artist Banksy, promoting Scotland`s withdrawal from the United Kingdom. They have used image editing software for thesereworked works that have caused something of a stir online. 

Supporters of Scottish independence have hailed the initiative, saying it is an interesting and fun way to convey the message. Some web users think the pictures are actually originals and have praisedBanksy for his stance, although the graffiti artist has not shared nay opinion on the debate raging in Scotland right now.

And while the campaign is proving hugely popular online, it’s not the first time Yes campaigners have used art for communication purposes. A collective of Scottish independence groups launched a poster competition back in April, open to all. Scores of artists submitted entries, coming up with all manner of imaginative creations, all aimed at prompting voters to say “yes” to Scotland`s separation from the United Kingdom… as we can see here.

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Yes camp promise weekend of intensity as Orange Order march in Edinburgh.

Yes camp promise weekend of intensity as Orange Order march in Edinburgh. | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it
Both sides of the Scottish independence debate will make their latest push for votes as the final weekend of campaigning gets under way.
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Why Scotland's women are swinging towards yes in independence vote

Why Scotland's women are swinging towards yes in independence vote | #Sovereign3rdrock (Scotland's Future) | Scoop.it
Voters in Falkirk say there has been a significant shift of mood in recent weeks, and some see a chance to make history
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