Tag Archives: Independence

Bending the rules

This week a new shop opened up on the High Street. Unlike the others, though, it is actually part of a Scotland wide chain, passing itself off as a local independent. I refer, of course, to the Yes shop in … Continue reading

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The Sunday Herald coming out too soon

Newspapers are there to make money. If they don’t do that, then they go out of business – and many have over the years. There are two ways to do that. You can either provide a balanced view, alternatively challenging … Continue reading

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Our Common Endeavour

By the strength of our common endeavour, we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power wealth … Continue reading

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Who would redistribute wealth more?

If a measure of how progressive you are, is your top rate of tax, then is it possible that an independent Scotland could end up being more right wing than the rest of the UK? Well, we now know that … Continue reading

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In, Out, Shake it all about

So, Dave has finally made his speech. To be honest, it’s actually completely irrelevant, as everything is dependent on him winning the next election. He can’t negotiate with anyone before 2015 – his opposite numbers will just say “Come back … Continue reading

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An all time high

So, according to the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, support for Scottish independence is now at its highest level for 6 years. It’s now at the dizzy heights of a third of the population. It was last this high during the … Continue reading

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A vision for Scotland’s Railways

I wrote earlier this year, that the SNP didn’t seem to get Railways. The last forward planning document from the Scottish Government was published in 2006, when Labour was in power. The ScotRail franchise comes up for renewal in 2014, … Continue reading

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The Union IS Positive

Anytime anyone tries to argue the case for Scotland staying inside the United Kingdom, nationalists tell us to stop being so negative, as if only their view of the constitutional arrangement is positive. But when you think about it, the … Continue reading

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Hiding their light?

Those who follow the SNP Government closely know they are not slow at coming forward. If there’s even a slight chance of a bit of positive publicity, or some reflected glory, they’ll announce it, sometimes more than once. This makes … Continue reading

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Renewables need Markets

I am fully behind renewable energy. As I have blogged before, I believe we as a country could be doing much more. But one thing renewables need is a market, and a recent opinion poll indicates that Scots are unwilling … Continue reading

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