Yes campaign launches as pro-independence groups come together
The pro-independence referendum campaign launches today in Edinburgh as political parties, civil groups and businesses join together to unveil ‘Yes Scotland’.
Yes Scotland will see the Greens and Scottish Socialists join with the SNP in order to try to encourage the people of Scotland to vote yes in the 2014 referendum.
A host of celebrities including Holywood actors Brian Cox and Alan Cumming will be joined by Scots from all walks of life in a campaign that organisers say will offer broad based appeal.
Yes Scotland has been billed at the biggest community based campaign in Scotland’s history, designed to build a groundswell of support for an independent Scotland.
The campaign is also supported by a new website, http://yesscotland.net.
Meanwhile, former UK Chancellor Alistair Darling said the No campaign would be launching in the summer.
The Labour MP has been involved in talks with Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in the hope of forming a campaign alliance.
SO AT LAST SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE IS ON THE POLITICAL TABLE
SET AGAINST THE SCOTTISH NATIONALISTS IS THE FULL FORCE OF THE BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT
FROM NEW LABOUR TO THE TORYS AND EVEN THE LIB-DEMS ALL UNITING AGAINST THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT
LABOUR JOIN FORCES WITH THIER SUPPOSED ARCH-ENEMIES THE TORIES
BUT IN REALITY THE LABOUR PARTY HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE TORIES PROXY IN SCOTLAND
THEY HAVE ALWAYS IMPLEMENTED TORY POLICY IN SCOTLAND
TIME AND TIME AND TIME AGAIN…….SO THIS IS NOTHING NEW
Pact with Tories leads to all time low for Labour
REMEBER THE LABOUR FEEBLE 50?….AND THE FEEBLE 41? AND THE FEEBLE 49? ETC ETC….
JUST SHOWING US THAT THEY ARE INDEED ALL THE SAME PARTY WITH ALL THE SAME INTERESTS AND FINANCIAL BACKERS
SO IS ANYBODY REALLY THAT SHOCKED?
THE ZIONIST LOBBY WILL BE TOTALLY AGAINST SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE AS WELL
ECONOMICALLY IT IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE FOR SCOTLAND TO BE INDEPENDANT
THIS VIEW IS SHARED BY THE LEFT AND THE RIGHT
View from the LEFT
“LABOUR ministers were warned in a secret Whitehall dossier 30 years ago of the powerful case for Scotland becoming independent with booming oil revenues, but the information was kept confidential by Harold Wilson’s government to keep nationalism at bay.
The dossier, most of which was written by a leading government economist in 1974 and 1975, sets out how Scotland would have had one of the strongest currencies in Europe, attracting international capital into its banks in the same way as Switzerland.
It argued Scotland could quickly become one of Europe’s strongest economies with “embarrassingly” large tax surpluses.”
View from the RIGHT
“Adam Smith Institute, Friday, April 27, 2007
The Scottish economy could enjoy record growth if Scotland became independent, leaving the average Scot many thousands of pounds better off each year. This is the finding of a research Briefing Paper published today by the Adam Smith Institute, the free market economic think tank.”
THESE FACTS ARE STILL VERY TRUE TODAY
PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE/POST BY JOHN JAPPY FOR SOME VERY CANDID ECONOMIC TRUTH
Before retiring, John Jappy was a senior civil servant in the Inland Revenue, working for the Accountant & Comptroller General’s Branch based at Somerset House in London. His duties involved liaising closely with Treasury officials to prepare accounts and financial information for UK government ministers.
Would an independent Scotland be financially sound? YES!!!
THE ECONOMIC DISASTER OF UNIONISM
THE UNION DRAINS SCOTLAND OF RESOURSES , JOBS , ITS POPULATION AND CREATES AN UNFAVOURABLE BUSINESS CLIMATE
PLEASE LOOK AT THE BRITISH ECONOMNIC MIRACLE ,COMPARED TO THE NORWAY OIL FUND!!.. OR SWITZERLAND ,WHO DID NOT JOIN THE “GERMAN UNION” AND WILL NOT JOIN THE EUROPEAN UNION. BOTH VERY WEALTHY AND NOT INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL WARS!!!
HERE WAS OUR BRITISH ECONOMIC POSTION JUST BEFORE THE ECONOMIC CRASH 3RD LAST!!!!
WE ARE IN A LOT WORSE POSITION TODAY!!! THIS WAS THE END OF A BOOM PERIOD!! WHO WAS GOING TO PAY THE DEBT DURING THE BUST PERIOD?
PLEASE NOTE NORWAY OR SWITZERLANDS POSTION
NOTE THE BIGGEST DEBTORS IN THE WORLD WHERE THE ONES THAT LIED US INTO WAR IN IRAQ
Rank Country CAB USD, bn
1 People’s Republic of China 371.833
2 Germany 252.501
3 Japan 210.967
4 Saudi Arabia 95.762
5 Russia 76.163
6 Switzerland 70.797
7 Norway 59.983
8 Netherlands 52.522
176 Greece -44.218
177 Italy -52.725
178 Australia -56.342
179 United Kingdom -105.224
180 Spain -145.141
181 United States -731.214 
This is a list of countries and territories by current account balance (CAB), based on the International Monetary Fund data for 2007, obtained from the latest World Economic Outlook database (October 2008).
SINCE THEM WE HAVE HAD THE CREDIT CRUNCH AND AUSTERITY MEASURES
IF ONLY WE WHERE LIKE ICELAND WE COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!
PLEASE NOTE THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY OF ICELAND UNDER INDEPENDANT SELF RULE DIRECT DEMOCRACY! INSTEAD ECONOMIC UNIONISED REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY(ELECTED DICTATORSHIP)
Who are the real subsidy junkies?
Any lingering doubt that Scotland more than pays its way, or survives on subsidies, was dispelled by a new report published in October 2007. Whilst the Daily Mail, which by no stretch of the imagination could be described as a supporter of Scottish nationalism, devoted a whole page to the analysis of the report which was based on tax paid per capita as against spending, Northern Ireland received £4,212 more than it paid in tax, North East England £3,133, Wales £2,990, N.W. England £1732, South West England £978, West Midlands £931, East Midlands £185 and lastly Scotland £38. Only the South East corner produced a small surplus due to tax paid on the high wages within the city of London at this time (pre-Credit Crunch).
It is no longer refuted that Scotland exports more per capita than the rest of the UK. In 1968 when I first discovered that Scotland was in surplus in relation to the rest of the UK, its exports could be broken down into whisky, meat, timber, fish, and of course tourism which is a huge hidden income. Those exports are supported by a population of only 5,000,000 as against 45,000,000 for the rest of the UK, quite a substantial advantage.
With the oil boom, Scotland’s economy was transformed. Scottish oil has to date funded the Treasury with £300 billion, which has pushed Scotland up from 7th place in World Wealth rankings, had it been in control of its own resources, to 3rd place.
On 29 May 2008, Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling admitted in a back-handed way, that Scotland’s oil revenue had been underwriting the UK’s failure to balance its books for decades. There is still 30 years of oil supply left in the North Sea (some 150 million barrels) valued at 2008 prices at 1 trillion dollars. This excludes the new fields being brought into production in deeper waters west of Shetland.
Meantime whisky exports, which I listed in 1968 as one of Scotland’s top assets, have risen at a phenomenal rate. For example, whisky exports to China amounted to £1 million in 2000/2001, by 2007 they had risen to £70 million. They have continued to rise, although I don’t have more recent statistics.
On the economies of Independence, Scotland has also 18 times its requirements in North Sea gas, which on current trading is more expensive than oil. The country exports 24% of its surplus electricity south of the Border, with much of the back-up by Hydro Electric unused.
Even if nuclear is excluded, the future looks bright, the new Glen Doe hydro station on Loch Ness which was opened by Scotland’s First Minister last year can produce enough electricity for 240,000 homes. Further projects down the Loch which have now reached the planning stage will increase this to over 1,000,000 homes. Wind and wave energy will also contribute significantly in the future.
No doubt as the time draws nearer to the referendum on Scottish Independence, politicians will do their best to distort the figures, but the truth is something that never varies.
THE ECONOMIC DISASTER OF UNIONISM
Guess Which Country Has Debt Of Nearly 1000% Of GDP…
a study by Aviva and accountants Deloitte found that the UK has the biggest pension gap in Europe, with Britons needing to increase the amount they save each year to have a good retirement income.
SO OUR FUTURE PENSIONS ARE GONE AS WELL THANKS TO THE BRITISH ECONOMIC GENIUS
BUT ECONOMICALLY TODAY SCOTLAND OUT PREFORMS THE UK
IT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER IF WE COULD CONTROL OUR OWN ECONOMY AND RESOURSES
Scotland outperforms UK in jobs market
Official statistics published today show a strengthening of the Scottish labour market, as unemployment across the UK as a whole rose above 2.5 million.
Among all the nations and regions of the UK, Scotland is the only place where unemployment fell in the latest quarter, May-July 2011.
EVEN CHINA AGREES THAT AN INDEPENDANT SCOTLAND WOULD HAVE A BETTER FUTURE THAN A DEBT RIDDEN CORRUPT (DIS)UNITED KINGDOM
Chinese rating agency strips Western nations of AAA status
China’s leading credit rating agency has stripped America, Britain, Germany and France of their AAA ratings, accusing Anglo-Saxon competitors of ideological bias in favour of the West.
The US falls to AA, while Britain and France slither down to AA-. Belgium, Spain, Italy are ranked at A- along with Malaysia.
Dagong rates Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and Singapore at AAA, along with the commodity twins Australia and New Zealand.
AN INDEPENDANT SCOTLAND WOULD BE AAA TOO IF IT WAS NOT PART OF A FAILED FINANICAL BASKET CASE, STATE CAPITALIST UK!!!!
UNIONISM DRAINS SCOTLAND OF WEALTH , BUSINESS AND POPULATION
Unionism has caused a loss of business investment ,as bank rates are set according to the souths’ needs so encouraging business to move south.
Unionism has increased unemployment due to unfavourable business environment and the migration of businesses to the south
Unionism caused a population exodus,note there where less people in Scotland in 2006 than in 1961 and note the amount of ex-pat posters
5,116,900 (2006 est)
5,094,800 (2005 est)
5,078,400 (2004 est)
5,057,400 (2003 est)
5,054,800 (2002 est)
5,062,011 (2001 est)
5,083,000 (1991 est)
5,180,200 (1981 est)
5,234,000 (1971 est)
5,201,000 (1961 est)
BUT ITS NOT JUST ECONOMICS …ITS PRINCIPLE AND ITS STOPPING A WAR MACHINE
Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist
There are many reasons I support Scottish independence (and Welsh independence and Irish reunification). But among those reasons, and the one which I shall be expounding on Sunday, is that the United Kingdom as an entity is fundamentally tied to US military and neo-imperial interests. Neither Robin Cook nor Lib Dems in government have been able to separate the UK from aggressive foreign occupations, ruinous military expenditure, addiction to weapons of mass destruction and a contempt for international law.
The UK must be broken up. I want to see a Scotland that accepts it is a proud and equal nation among other nations, but has no desire to be more than equal, that plays an active part in the UN and in strengthening the framework of international law, does not possess WMDs and which will never attack another country unless it or an ally is physically attacked,
A Scotland like that is acheivable. A UK like that is not. Part of the reason may be that the UK was in truth in itself an imperial construct, with Scotland, Wales and Ireland the first conquered people. Their later absorption into the imperial culture (which still infects unionists) does not alter that truth.
NOT ONE COUNTRY THAT HAS LEFT A UNION LIKE THE USSR OR THE OLD CZESCHSLOVAKIA REGRETS IT
UNIONS ARE NOT GOOD THINGS FOR THE SMALLER NATION….OR IN FACT AT ALL
THE LAST BIG EUROPEANS UNIONS WHERE THE USSR AND BEFORE THAT NAZI GERMANY!
MEANWHILE THE BROADCASTING BULLSHIT CONSTANTLY (BBC) PEOPLE ARE PRODUCING THIER USUAL LOW QUALITY UNIONIST PROPAGANDA WARES
The ‘not-so-Great Debate’ – a televised shambles
By a Newsnet reporter
Trailed all week by BBC Scotland, Sunday night’s referendum debate was the political anorak’s dream match-up; Unionists versus Nationalists in a head to head.
Days after the launch of the Yes campaign and – chaired by BBC Scotland’s most respected political presenter, how could it fail to energise the ‘Great Debate’.
But fail it did.
An utter shambles of a programme where viewers were treated to partisan speech after partisan speech, each masquerading as a question.
Tribal hostilities replaced intelligent debate as the rhetorical rent-a-mob took advantage of an over polite chair. It started with a front row Unionist allowed free reign to make a smear laden speech against Alex Salmond and went downhill from there.
This was no debate, it was a verbal stoning. Flanked by Unionists on either side, Nicola Sturgeon was also accosted by several audience members, each giving voice to a plethora of media scare stories that have emanated from Unionists over the last few months.
Sadly, Isobel Fraser took the role of passive observer as Sturgeon tried to deal with the Unionist pincer attack.
A pumped up and very aggressive Ruth Davidson behaved appallingly throughout. The former BBC Scotland presenter even appeared at times as though she was in charge, firing questions at Nicola Sturgeon and, in best BBC interview fashion, talking over the Deputy First Minister, thus making her replies inaudible.
A cheap stunt involving a letter should have been dealt with the Chair, or the producer, but it somehow made it through to the scheduled edited broadcast.
Anas Sarwar contributed little and arrived with a strategy that seemed to consist of nothing more than using any and every question to launch an attack on the SNP.
Patrick Harvie sat on the sidelines watching it play out. When invited, all too infrequently, to contribute, the Green MSP’s contributions were easily the best of the four.
This is no reflection on Sturgeon, who had clearly been targeted by her two Unionist opponents and was effectively ‘taken out’ by the continual verbal assaults from whispering Sarwar and hectoring Davidson.
The audience was selected using the BBC’s own criteria – we don’t know what this entails but judging by the questions, the crowd seemed less inclined towards Nicola Sturgeon than anyone else.
In my own analysis of the audience participation I found that of the 26 politically partisan submissions by audience members, no fewer than 18 attacked either the SNP or independence. Only 8 audience members spoke out in favour of Nicola Sturgeon’s party, or voiced opinions that could be interpreted as such.
In short, anti-SNP speakers were allowed more than double the opportunities to speak. Moreover, the length of time awarded to these audience members was considerably more than pro-independence speakers.
Those who have been critical of Nicola Sturgeon’s performance ought to reflect on this verbal assault. Sturgeon faced attack after attack, and that the Deputy First Minister managed to make any headway at all is a minor miracle.
Here, for those interested, is an edited segment showing every single speaker. It really is quite revealing.
THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND FACE A MASSIVE PROPAGANDA ARMY
THE UNITED FORCES OF AUTHORITARIAN GLOBALISM AND THIER USEFUL IDIOTS
A ROLLING 24/7 PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN AND SMEARS AND SCAREMONGERING WILL GET MORE AND MORE
THE STAKES ARE HIGH
AN END TO GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNION JACK
…WELL THIS VERSION OF THE UNION JACK WAS ONLY INVENTED IN THE 1950’S SO THIS UNITED KINGDOM IS NOT AS OLD AS ITS PROPAGANDA CLAIMS
IN FACT MOST THINGS UNIONIST CLAIM ARE EITHER HISTORICAL ROMANTIC FANTASY OR JUST COMPLETE NONSENSE
THE UNITED KINGDOM HAS ONLY OFFICIALLY EXISTED SINCE 1953
The new kingdom of Great Britain was superseded by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 1 January 1801, when Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland by the Acts of Union of 1800 following the suppression of the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Most of Ireland left the union in 1922, leading to another re-naming of the state in 1927, as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The later British states, albeit with territorial changes, are considered direct continuations of Great Britain rather than successor states.
In 1927 the departure of Southern Ireland from the United Kingdom five years before was recognised by the style of the British sovereign being changed, removing from it the term “United Kingdom”. This was not reinstated until 1953
THE PURPOSE OF GREAT BRITAIN, RESOURSE THEFT!
Mercantilism was the basic policy imposed by Britain on its colonies. Mercantilism meant that the government and the merchants became partners with the goal of increasing political power and private wealth, to the exclusion of other empires. The government protected its merchants—and kept others out—by trade barriers, regulations, and subsidies to domestic industries in order to maximise exports from and minimise imports to the realm. The government had to fight smuggling—which became a favourite American technique in the 18th century to circumvent the restrictions on trading with the French, Spanish or Dutch. The goal of mercantilism was to run trade surpluses, so that gold and silver would pour into London. The government took its share through duties and taxes, with the remainder going to merchants in Britain. The government spent much of its revenue on a superb Royal Navy, which not only protected the British colonies but threatened the colonies of the other empires, and sometimes seized them. Thus the Royal Navy captured New Amsterdam (later New York) in 1664. The colonies were captive markets for British industry, and the goal was to enrich the mother country
THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND ARE WAKING UP TO THIS FACT
POST INDEPENDENCE I WANT A DIRECT DEMOCRACY FOR SCOTLAND
“Representative democracy” or “elected Dictatorship” has been a TOTAL DISASTER. It gives us representatives that DESIRE POWER and are open to blackmail and bribery. It has given us a government that rapes and murders our children and covers up for it and also has sent trained killers off to other peoples countries to rape and murder and torture the locals. This does NOT make US safe and YOU can be sure the government is only spending money on protecting ,the government. Just like in the days of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction , that’s mutually assured destruction for YOU and ME ,the government had nice nuclear bunkers to live in!)
THE SOLUTION IS DIRECT DEMOCRACY
Direct democracy, classically termed pure democracy, comprises a form of democracy and theory of civics wherein sovereignty is lodged in the assembly of all citizens who choose to participate. Depending on the particular system, this assembly might pass executive motions, make laws, elect or dismiss officials, and conduct trials. Direct democracy stands in contrast to representative democracy, (UK and USA systems) where sovereignty is exercised by a subset of the people, usually on the basis of election ,i.e. a choice of Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum, OR what I call an ELECTED DICTATORSHIP. If it is NOT a dictatorship YOU will be able to tell me what else YOU get to vote on other than YOUR CHOICE OF DICTATOR?.
If anyone wants to say ,I’m a dreamer ,or it’ll never work in a real world. FYI Switzerland has been a direct democray for a very long time! Would anyone concider it to be ,a disfunctional state, or an inefficient state or a basket case state or a laughing stock state? It has better living standards than we do, it has less corruption than we do, it has less crime than we do, it is involved in less illegal wars than we are…should I go on?!
Officially the Swiss Confederation (Confoederatio Helvetica in Latin, hence its ISO country codes CH and CHE), is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons. its a Federal state, with parliamentary system and direct democracy .
…..and finally do you think that Holland , Finland , Austria , Denmark, Luxemburg,Poland etc. would give up thier soverignty to Germany or Russia for economic reasons!?!? What about the Czech Republic ,Slovakia ,Slovenia , Croatia ,Bosnia , Estonia , Latvia , Lithuania ,etc . etc etc. have they all realised what a big stupid mistake they have made by becoming independent soverign countries,none of them pump oil btw.
Whether you’re for or against an independent Scotland, or maybe you’re not entirely convinced either way, this film makes the positive case for Scottish independence in a light-hearted, self-effacing fashion.
Forget the historic grudges, the ancient battles and the unjustly romanticized idols, Scottish independence isn’t about “us and them”, it isn’t about anti-Englishness, it isn’t about ownership, it isn’t even about the SNP!
Written by Jack Foster and Alan Hunter
Good attempt but, youre talking nonsense about the Darien Scheme. IT WAS NOT THE PREMISE FOR THE UNION. The thing that started of the Act of Union was due to the fact that ENGLAND was BANKRUPT even more than Scotland. Due to the war in SPAIN.
The English Government was in debt to the tune of £14.5M in1707 doubling to £36M by 1715. While the Scots goverment was in Debt to the tune of ~£3M (if that!)
The Union of 1707 Why and How by Paul Henderson Scott, The Saltire Society
A pocket guide to an independent Scotland
No one cares more about Scotland’s future than the people who live here. Independence will put the people of Scotland in charge. We’ll speak with our own voice. We’ll have the power and the responsibility to find our own solutions to the challenges we face, and to engineer fairness, confidence, innovation, opportunity and prosperity.
Sweden has its enhanced parental rights, including generous maternity and paternity leave; Norway its £300 billion Pension Fund from oil; and Denmark has been able to lead the world in onshore wind technology. And what do they have in common? They are all small independent states.Independence will allow us to take decisions in Scotland that will improve the lives of families, communities and individuals across our country. With independence we will have the ability to solve our own problems and to make the most of the very many opportunities open to all of us. It will allow us to build a stronger nation and a better future for us all.
What does independence mean?
Independence is about making Scotland more successful. At its most basic, it is the ability to take our own decisions, in the same way as other countries. Scotland is a society and a nation. No one cares more about Scotland’s success than the people who live here and that, ultimately, is why independence is the best choice for our future.
With independence we can work together to make Scotland a more ambitious and dynamic country. We could create an environment where our existing and new private industries can grow more easily. We would have the economic levers to create new jobs and take full advantage of our second, green energy windfall. And instead of many young people having to leave Scotland to fulfil their ambitions they would be able to stay and take advantage of the increased opportunities here. We will be able to address the priorities of people in Scotland, from better state pensions to universal free childcare. Scotland could do even more to lead the world in areas like renewable energy and tackling climate change, and play our part in creating a more peaceful and stable world. Independence will allow us to make Scotland a better place to live.
A partnership of equals
And independence will mean a strong, new relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK. It will create a partnership of equals – a social union to replace the current political union. That means, on independence day, we’ll no longer have a Tory government, but the Queen will be our Head of State, the pound will be our currency and you will still be watching your favourite programmes on the BBC. As members of the EU there will be open borders, shared rights, free trade and extensive cooperation.
The big difference will be that Scotland’s future will be in our own hands. Instead of only deciding some issues here in Scotland, independence will allow us to take decisions on all the major issues. That is the reality of independence in this interdependent world.
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Would an independent Scotland be financially sound?
THE ECONOMIC DISASTER OF UNIONISM
Guess Which Country Has Debt Of Nearly 1000% Of GDP…
PLEASE NOTE THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY OF ICELAND UNDER INDEPENDANT DIRECT DEMOCRACYSELF RULE! INSTEAD OF EUROPEAN ECONOMIC UNIONISED REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY(ELECTED DICTATORSHIP)