Holy Willie and Robert Burns

| 19/04/2014 | 0 Comments
Holy Willie and Robert Burns

From The Scotsman, April 19, 2004.   ENSHRINING our laws and freedoms is a crucial step in creating Scottish independence but the government has to put theory into practice, writes Michael Fry For a movement grown up out of a yearning for freedom, the SNP has become a strangely authoritarian outfit. This is especially noticeable […]

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Politically Scotland has already left the union behind

| 16/04/2014 | 0 Comments
Politically Scotland has already left the union behind

From the Financial Times, April 15, 2004. By Janan Ganesh In many ways the country is so unlike England as to resemble a separate state The next round of powers for Edinburgh will be followed by another – and another.  Devolution has no reverse gear Shrill, leaderless and fizzing with all the emotional power of […]

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Don’t give me £500 – give me discovered luck

| 15/04/2014 | 2 Comments
Don’t give me £500 – give me discovered luck

For a long time, I have thought that all that really matters when Scotland makes its choice of “yes” or “no” is whether it affects free trade. A wealthy nation stays wealthy and builds more wealth through trade. Interfere with that and wealth shrinks while new wealth stumbles. Jim Walker’s piece on full employment points […]

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A radical agenda for full employment

| 12/04/2014 | 0 Comments
A radical agenda for full employment

 By Jim Walker, founder and managing director, Asianomics, Hong Kong.  Watching the independence debate from afar I often become frustrated (then, when I hear contributions from the likes of Lord George Robertson, I just start rolling on the floor laughing) with the way that we Scots are falling into the British trap of separating workers […]

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English law cannot stop Scots being sterling squatters

| 10/04/2014 | 1 Comment
English law cannot stop Scots being sterling squatters

by John Kay, Financial Times, April 9, 2014. People make contracts in whatever currency and under whatever legal system they choose Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, has stated that if Scotland became independent following September’s referendum, the country would continue to use the pound sterling.  George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, with support from […]

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Small is more beautiful

| 06/04/2014 | 0 Comments
Small is more beautiful

From The Scotsman, April 4, 2014, by Andrew Cumbers and Iain Docherty Scotland needs ‘strategic capacity’ in order to join the list of the world’s most prosperous countries, write Andrew Cumbers and Iain Docherty Hidden away in the small print accompanying George Osborne’s “Beer and Bingo” Budget was the most remarkable admission: that productivity – […]

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Did you say an ethical foreign policy?

| 28/03/2014 | 2 Comments
Did you say an ethical foreign policy?

Much media attention is currently focused on Malaysia and the mysterious disappearance of their passenger airliner. But curiously, nothing is being said about the kind of society that Malaysia has become or what may have spawned the mystery. As Neal Asherson says in his recent article in ‘London Review of Books’, Malaysia has retained much […]

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Constitution too serious for posturing

| 26/03/2014 | 1 Comment
Constitution too serious for posturing

From The Scotsman, March 25, 2014. A constitution does not mean a government which happens to have a parliamentary majority can pass any law it likes, writes Michael Fry THINGS are getting serious, then, with the gap in the polls between No and Yes closing and the government of Scotland flexing its muscles as if […]

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Currency union: Scotland is not Greece

| 25/03/2014 | 0 Comments
Currency union: Scotland is not Greece

We present here a second extract from the report for the Hunter Foundation by Professor Leslie Young of Beijing.  Again, he starts with a quotation from the published advice on currency union written by Sir Nicholas Macpherson, permanent secretary of the UK Treasury, to George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr Macpherson says: “Treasury analysis […]

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Currency union: distance counts, not direction of travel

| 24/03/2014 | 0 Comments
Currency union: distance counts, not direction of travel

We republish here an extract from the article written for the Hunter Foundation by Professor Leslie Young of the Cheung Kong graduate school of business, Beijing. Professor Young starts with one of the objections raised by Sir Nicholas Macpherson, permanent secretary of the Treasury, when the UK government last month set out its rejection of […]

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The Morning After The Night Before

| 18/03/2014 | 2 Comments
The Morning After The Night Before

Six steps on the path to Scottish economic independence. 1. Referendum Night: September 18th / 19th 2014.  In the headquarters of the “Yes” campaign, joy is unconfined, as news comes in of a decisive vote in favour of independence.  The music is raucous and the water of life flows freely.  Until, that is, at around […]

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The real risk of “risks”

| 16/03/2014 | 1 Comment
The real risk of “risks”

Many are now telling us that independence for Scotland would be “risky”.  These claims generally come from technocrats who hedge their bets on almost everything; look out for the mantra of “there are two sides to this”. Professional consultants make a living from such option juggling, and crucially what they juggle are yesterday’s ideas. Look […]

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Britain’s next bust: Time for Scotland to leave

| 16/03/2014 | 3 Comments
Britain’s next bust: Time for Scotland to leave

When Mark Carney was hired by George Osborne to help him win the 2015 Westminster election, he may not have expected to be taking part in the NO campaign for the Scottish Referendum. But he has loyally followed the Treasury script. Meanwhile his day job requires him to keep money cheap until May 2015. Interest […]

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The full monty – David Simpson

| 07/03/2014 | 2 Comments
The full monty – David Simpson

In view of the public interest aroused by the remarks of Professor David Simpson to the economy committee of the Scottish Parliament, we are publishing here his preliminary submission in full (slightly amended to take account of points raised in the subsequent discussion). Currency unions, formal and informal. A currency union based on sterling remains […]

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Scottishness and socialism

| 05/03/2014 | 4 Comments
Scottishness and socialism

This article is by Andy Maciver, director of Message Matters, a strategic communications consultancy.  He is a former head of communications for the Scottish Conservatives and helped to run Murdo Fraser’s leadership campaign for a new party for Scotland. Ignore what you read in the press, as the old saying goes. Unionist ‘ultras’ amongst the […]

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